In the summer of 2020, as the World Travel and Tourism Council forecast the UK to lose £22bn in spending as international tourism plummeted, we brought together a panel of travel and tourism experts to reflect on the dire impact of the pandemic. A few months on and with no sign of the damage to the travel and tourism industry abating, we welcome them back to consider the latest developments.
As borders close and air bridges become fewer, quarantining becomes non-negotiable and even staycations are largely prohibited, our panel explore the options for quenching wanderlust. Far from being discouraged, they discuss the positive implications of the vaccination schemes, destinations you might not have considered and the benefits of embracing a slower, more sustainable approach to travel.
Virginia Messina, Managing Director at World Travel & Tourism Council Henry Morley, Founder & CEO at True Travel Ash Bhardwaj, Filmaker, journalist and travel columnist for The Telegraph Lisa Grainger, Deputy Editor and Travel Editor of LUXX magazine on The Times
Moderated by Paul Charles, CEO at The PC Agency