For over a year, the world’s travel industry has grounded to a halt and is only slowly starting to pick up now.
What Covid has made us realise is how inter-dependent we are on each other and how we need to appreciate the people that put in the hard slog, like the healthcare workers.
Less recognised but of course still important, are the travel specialists who rely on tourism as their daily bread and butter.
They’ve had to shift their strategies enormously and wait with bated breath for the international skies to formally open again. Here’s why we need them more than ever now:
- They are up to date with Covid protocols in all countries
National tourism boards and forums have been keeping the tourism industry up to date with any changes in terms of Covid regulations and safety protocols per country. The travel specialists can advise you on a daily basis if there has been any change and when it’s actually ‘good to go’.
- They can manage your travel money wisely
Travel specialists roles are becoming similar to a financial planner in that they are a part of the client’s team of advisers for their long-term plans.
- They know more than the average traveller
Travel specialists’ jobs are to know more than their clients. They will know the nuances of each country, the right questions to ask, the right time frames to look out for, they’ll receive notifications before the general public. Essentially they are your trusted guide and take the hassle out for the general visitor.
- Travel looks entirely different now
Travel specialists can help parents navigate remote schooling and working from foreign destinations. There will be a focus on enjoying a specific place rather than flitting between many countries on planes. There is a more of a ‘slow movement’ where people can focus on one place and what is has to offer.
- They make things work, no matter what
Travel specialists need to keep hold of their own careers and to do this, they need to keep travellers happy. This will be done by helping them move or defer bookings without incurring cancellation fees while ensuring that service providers—the camps, lodges, and hotels—don’t lose bookings.