An open letter to NYC's Travel Professionals
An Open Letter to NYC'S Journalists, Travel Writers, Hoteliers and Other Travel Enthusiasts and professionals:
Introducing GONYC2021.NYC for Mayor UBI & Universal Global Travel Movement
We all had a lot to lose if Trump was re-elected.
The Trump administration’s xenophobia, insularism and threat of menace made the U.S. a very unwelcoming place for international travelers for the past 4 years, New York City alone was estimated to have lost up to one billion in lost tourist spending. Likewise, domestic travelers have had good
reason to have re-thought their plans and consider staying closer to home given the MAGA-inspired chaos and uncertainty that Trump inflicted on the country for four long, painful years. On the other side of the Atlantic, Brexit has proven to be very similar.
The huge financial toll that the pandemic has taken on the travel industry, which the World Travel and Tourism Council estimates lost $5.5 trillion last year, is renewing complaints from hotels, airlines, and tour providers about the largely unseen percentages of their revenues they have to pay to online travel agencies, or OTAs ,“I don’t think most consumers understand how much hotels are paying out to acquire their business,” said Cindy Estis Green, CEO and cofounder of the hospitality data firm Kalibri Labs.
NYC' travel professional we have a common enemy OTA's.
Jeff Bezos's Amazon blindsided and ravaged Mom & Pop Shops Nationwide and stole billions in tax revenue from the American people.
Behemoths Expedia and Booking.com and their subsidiary brands: Priceline, Kayak, Hotels.com, Hotwire, Orbitz, Travelocity blindsided the traditional travel industry. Goggle and Airbnb are on their way to becoming to the Amazon of Travel.
Fortunately the pandemic is nature's way of resetting the imbalance in the travel industry, and as your Mayor I can't wait to help rebuild and re-imagine the industry I love.
The COVID-19 pandemic has, as we all know, turned the world upside-down. The way we interact with other people, one of the most basic yet fundamental traits of humankind, has been massively disrupted. Economies have floundered. How we work has had to be completely re-thought. And modern travel, those multi billion-dollar myriad of threads that for so long have intertwined around the world, is fighting to establish how best to survive, let alone move forward post-pandemic.