OHIO – Despite the ongoing pandemic, the travel industry is looking to recover from two years of quarantine and social distancing.
Spectrum News 1 presenter and reporter Chuck Ringwalt spoke to Jeanenne Tornatore about his travel forecast for 2022.
Ringwalt: “It doesn’t look like the virus threat is slowing down. To the right? How do you think the current climate will affect whether or not people decide to travel as we approach spring and then finally summer? “
Tornatore: “Well, I think over the next few weeks we might see people pull back slightly while we’re in this current wave, but looking at the bigger picture going into 2022, the travel and travel industry. tourism is on an upward trajectory. People are actually planning longer trips and planning to spend more this year.
Ringwalt: “What do you see from airlines, hotels and rentals? I mean, how are these different sectors preparing for a year that could go both ways? “
Tornatore: “Well, they’re getting ready in a big way. I’ll start with some of the bigger cruise lines. Of course, we now have a CDC advisory in place, but cruise lines are currently very flexible with their policies. Carnival actually allows people to make changes without penalty until the end of the month. Looking further this year you have these great cruise lines all making a big comeback. Carnival in the wake of a successful return in 2021, they will have 22, the 22 of their fleet back in service by March, celebrating their 50th anniversary. It’s going to be a really big year for cruise lines, especially for people who are considering these cruises further afield. Now when we look at the hosting industry. Where we are really seeing high demand is in the private vacation rentals side of these sites like Airbnb and Vrbo. Vrbo actually says that people are planning their trips two to three months later than in the past, so what this means for travelers is that you need to book early to really get these places with availability, especially during these highs. seasons. And on the airline side, you know, over the holidays we saw a lot of cancellations and delays. Sadly, this is really set to continue, at least in the short term, as these airlines continue to grapple with staff and manpower shortages as the New Year dawns. “
Ringwalt: “Got it. And we’ve seen an increase in staycations over the past couple of years. In your opinion, are there any new trends that will emerge over the next 12 months? “
Tornatore: “Yeah, I think we’re going to see a lot of people still get into their cars to get to their destinations. See. Domestic travel is still what’s really important going into 2022. You talk about national parks and a lot of those outdoor destinations. And like I said, people plan to take longer trips. Now that we have this kind of work-from-home environment, people can really go out and work from anywhere, so take longer trips and spend more on experiences while they’re there.
Ringwalt: “Okay. Finally, what are some tips for planning ahead if you’ve postponed your family vacation, honeymoon, or other trip in the past two years? “
Tornatore: “Of course. Well I think number one is if you had a trip planned for 2020 and maybe got some travel vouchers for those, the start of this year is really when you want to check those out. -this. Many of them may start to expire this year, so be sure to use them if you have them. Second, the early bird is going to take the place this year. With all of these bookings starting a little earlier if you’re planning the spring and summer break of the peak season, be sure to start that planning now and book now. And then finally, it’s about planning flexibly this year. Make sure you understand what these policies are for your airlines, hotels, car rental companies and what they can do for you in the event of a change and cancellation later in the year, even. And then also think about things like travel insurance if you are planning those expensive trips.