Covid-19: why travel will never be the same


This video from the Economist explains the massive impact that COVID-19 is having on the travel industry worldwide. What will happen in the long-term?

Learn the key phrases!

business is now starting to pick up
to exacerbate existing inequalities
to create economic hardship
to postpone/cancel all non-essential travel
to climb back to pre-crisis levels
to make it through the pandemic
to impose some form of travel restriction
to create an inequitable/unfair/uneven system
to have a knock-on effect on something
to accelerate the shift towards efficiency

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Let’s check the main ideas!

  1. Is traveling harder now?

It’s slowly going back to normal, but some aspects of traveling are still a bit more difficult than they were in February.

  1. How big is the travel industry?

It’s enormous. Every year international holiday makers spend 1.6 trn dollars on bookings.

  1. What areas of travel might never recover?

One of the examples is business travel. Studies show that they never tend to go back to a pre-crisis level.

I think that…

Share your thoughts!

  1. Do you think the story is exaggerating how bad the future of travel will be?
  2. Do you think that all of the airlines will go out of business?
  3. Do you think that the sales will bounce back as soon as the COVID pandemic is under control?

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