What Now For the Travel Industry?
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. Which raises huge questions in itself –
should an intrinsically racist travel industry even be allowed to make
a comeback after the pandemic? Or is there actually a compelling
argument for socializing travel for the benefit of all humankind?
The majority of humans are non-white people of color.
Unsurprisingly, despite their minority status, the travel industry
remains in the clutches of an elite white cabal. That simply cannot
continue. One of the few upsides of COVID, even though that
sounds somewhat bizarre, is that the whole world is going to have to
fundamentally re-assess how it operates. The travel industry is
certainly no exception.
The old adage that travel broadens the mind has never been truer
than now. Not only that, it enhances understanding and promotes
solidarity among peoples irrespective of skin color, religion, culture,
sexuality or any other arbitrary factor. Flying in the face of that
have been both Trumpism and Brexit. Both are insular, inward