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Episode 14: How the travel industry can bounce back after a global pandemic Part 1

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Episode 14 How the travel industry can bounce back after a global pandemic

On episode 14 of the Travel Goals Podcast, we talk about how the travel industry can bounce back after a global pandemic like the coronavirus.

How the travel industry can bounce back after a global pandemic

Coronavirus is a global pandemic with confirmed, Global cases of 1 million, countless deaths and about 20% of the world’s population are also currently under lockdown.

Among many industries, the effect on the travel industry could be catastrophic.

The World Travel and Tourism Council has warned the COVID-19 pandemic could cut 50 million jobs worldwide in the travel and tourism industry.

How will Coronavirus affect the travel industry? 

This episode was recorded in the middle of a global pandemic which is causing chaos with health care providers, economy and employment.

One of the sectors affected by the crisis is, of course, the travel industry. Many countries are in lockdown, borders are closing, airlines are cancelling flights and many travel jobs are at risk.

Current reports are suggesting that once the outbreak is over, it could take up to 10 months for the industry to recover. The tourism industry currently accounts for 10% of global GDP, so this is pretty worrying stuff.

Travel industry Experts

We talk to people from the travel and tourism industry in a special, 2-part series about what is happening to the travel industry right now.

There is also a lot of discussions on what steps the industry can take to recover and move forward from the coronavirus crisis.

Here are some of the industry experts that appear on the show:

Bill Fitzgerald

Little Rock Convention & Visitors Bureau

A graduate of Millsaps College, Bill has spent his career creating effective and award-winning advertising and marketing campaigns for clients in the financial, health care, packaged goods and tourism sectors.

In 2018, he went client-side, joining Little Rock Convention & Visitors Bureau as their Vice President for Marketing & Communications.

At LRCVB, Bill strategizes and supervises with teams in marketing, public relations, social media and digital and traditional advertising.

Sabrina Nordlund

Tour guide and travel blogger 

Sabrina is an Edinburgh lifestyle and travel blogger who create content relating to life in Edinburgh and travel in Scotland which is shared across Instagram, Youtube and
She began writing about Scottish travel when she worked as a tour guide in Edinburgh. 
She is hoping to return to tour guiding as soon as the coronavirus crisis passes.

Michael Luongo

UCLA Adjunct Professor and Freelance Journalist

Michael Luongo is an award-winning New York based freelance journalist, photographer, editor and educator and author and editor of 16 books, mostly on travel.

He is one of the few travel writers gossiped about in the New York Post’s Page Six.

He has visited over 100 countries and all seven continents, with specialities including the Middle East, Latin America and conflict zone travel.

Bylines include New York Times, Wall Street Journal, CNN, Bloomberg, Washington Post, New York Post, Smithsonian Magazine, National Geographic Traveler, Gay City News and others.

He was 2013 Journalist of the Year for the National Lesbian and Gay Journalists Association.

Michael was also the 2010 and 2014 Grand Prize in Travel Journalism Award Winner for the North American Travel Journalists Association.

Michael has taught writing at several universities in the United States and China and is a UCLA adjunct professor.

He was a 2016 University of Michigan Knight Wallace Journalism Fellow, researching the role of travel media in tourism redevelopment and recovery in conflict zones and urban areas in transition.

Michael’s website is and Twitter is @michaelluongo

_Michael Luongo by Mark Bennington

Karen Turner 

Guide book author and blogger

Karen Turner is an American writer living in The Hague, The Netherlands. She runs the blog Wanderlustingk, which focuses mainly on her hometown of NYC and her adopted home in the Benelux region.
 She is working on the first edition of upcoming guidebook Moon Travel Amsterdam, Brussels, and Bruges. 

Michael Coyne

Tourism lecturer and owner of Coyne’s Bar and Bistro

Michael is a Further Education Tutor with the Galway & Roscommon Education and Training Board in Ireland.

He lectures in Tourism, Irish Culture and Heritage, the Irish Language and Digital Marketing for Tourism.

Michael and his wife, Annemarie operate the award-winning Coyne’s Bar and Bistro in Kilkieran, Connemara, located on the famous Wild Atlantic Way in Ireland

The bar and bistro have featured in numerous publications, the latest being John and Sally McKenna’s “Wild Atlantic Way: Where to Eat & Stay”. 


Coyne’s Bar & Bistro

Coyne’s Bar & Bistro is located in the heart of the Connemara Gaeltacht, (the Irish speaking area of Connemara). In Co Galway, Ireland overlooking the picturesque Kilkerrin Bay. 

Menus are in both English and Irish, which gives a nice sense of place,  everything is also freshly cooked to order.

Coynes Bar and Bistro aim to give a proper informal dining experience, accessibly-priced and catering for all tastes.

There are also live Irish Music sessions at the weekends adding to the atmosphere. 

Rachel Morgan-Trimmer

MD Career Break Site

Rachel Morgan-Trimmer is the founder of the Career Break Site, the
UK’s leading career break and sabbatical website.

It provides a huge range of information and advice on everything you need for a career break, from what to do and where to go to how to get the money together and what to do about your job.

The site recently expanded to the US and they are releasing a career break book in the autumn.

Lavina Dsouza

Analyst and travel blogger

Other than travel, Lavinia loves food!  An analyst by day, she writes about fast travel, culture and food in the evenings on the blog ContinentHop.
In addition to travel and writing, photography and Black Forest cake are her biggest passions!

Continent Hop was built to share stories with explorers for whom connecting with people and reading stories mattered, irrespective of the time on hand.

Globetrotters who made sure to immerse themselves in experiences by making the most of the limited time they could spare by putting it to the best use.

On the site, you’ll find personal experiences here detailed in the form of in-depth itineraries, quick and easy guides, photo essays and tips to travel fast and efficiently.

Get in touch

Have you had to flee a country during a crisis? What happened? What are your other travel goals this month?

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