One thing we know is the travel industry is incredibly resilient. After 9/11, the travel industry bounced back. After the 2008 recession, the travel industry bounced back. After H1N1, the travel industry bounced back. And after COVID, the travel industry will bounce back.
The world will reopen, and let's face it, after spending so much time cooped up in our homes, we’re all going to need a vacation!
The demand for travel will be high - already, bookings are up for 2021 - and travel advisors will be key to the rebirth of the travel industry.
The Value of a Travel Agent is at an All-Time High
Being a travel advisor is more than just knowing the trendiest travel destinations. Advisors protect their clients’ travel investments. When travel restrictions went into effect, travel agents advocated for their clients to get them home safely and get refunds or credits for future travel. Travelers who opted to book without a travel professional often found themselves on hold for hours and with limited options.
Even as the world opens back up, travelers will need to navigate a web of guidelines that will vary from destination to destination. Travel agents will play a critical role in providing guidance on safe destinations and activities and protecting travelers’ investments.