Travel Goals Podcast

Episode 15: How the travel industry can recover from a global shut down

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On episode 15 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 Coronavirus

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 part 2 of this 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.

Gretchen Hall

President and Chief Executive Officer Little Rock Convention and Visitors Bureau

Gretchen began working at the Little Rock Convention and Visitors Bureau (LRCVB) in 2001. Her career began in the Operations division as an Event Coordinator.

She provided leadership within the Little Rock hospitality industry with her work in celebrating the Grand Opening of the William J. Clinton Presidential Center and Park, as well as the 50th Anniversary of the Integration of Little Rock Central High School.

She later became the Director of Merchandising and Communications and managed the public relations, communications and marketing initiatives.

She was named the bureau’s president and CEO in May 2011. As the official destination marketing organization for the City of Little Rock.

The LRCVB also manages public meeting facilities including the Statehouse Convention Center, Robinson Center, Ottenheimer Hall, First Security Amphitheater, and five downtown public parking facilities.

The LRCVB has 125 full-time employees, and another 100 part-time and seasonal staff.

Best things to do in Little Rock Arkansas | Travel Guide

During her tenure, Gretchen managed the $70 million renovations and expansion of Robinson Performance Hall and Conference Center, which closed July 2014 and reopened in November 2016.

Travel and tourism is one of the largest economic industries in the state of Arkansas, and Little Rock serves as the state’s capital and is the largest hub for tourism.

Find out more about visiting Little Rock with my article on the best things to do in Little Rock.

Britt-Marie Monks

Director of The Honeymoon Fixer

The Honeymoon Fixer is an independent travel consultancy founded by Britt-Marie Monks in 2016.

What started as a passion for exploring and adventure, soon became a way of life for Britt. She has an excellent reputation for planning destination weddings and honeymoons abroad.

Now Britt combines her love for travel with motherhood, taking her daughter Ava on most of her trips.

Britt believes it is her family that inspires and motivates her to do better for each and every client.

Over the past 20 years, she has been travelling to the furthest corners of the world, unwittingly building up contacts and the experience needed to build a successful travel empire.

From humble beginnings, Britt’s experience and expertise has helped her to grow a travel business to be proud of and is both ATOL and ABTA protected.

She is at the centre of The Honeymoon Fixer and she is excited to help you plan your Honeymoon or Destination wedding.

Sophie Ibbotson

Uzbekistan’s Ambassador for Tourism to the U.K

Sophie is an entrepreneur, consultant, travel writer, and lover of wild places.

She is Uzbekistan’s Ambassador for Tourism to the U.K and the author of five Bradt Travel Guides, including Bradt’s guidebook to Uzbekistan.

Sophie is also the founder of Maximum Exposure, who provide consultancy and public relations services to tourism ministries and tourism boards, travel and lifestyle brands, hotels, and tour operators.

Maximum Exposure has 14 years of professional experience in tourism and culture development and promotion.

This includes providing consultancy at a national and regional government level, and for the World Bank.

They advise, position, and represent brands and destinations in multiple markets. Emerging destinations are a particular speciality.

Jessica Buck

Travel blogger and travel industry worker

Jessica is a travel blogger and travel industry worker from Oxford, England.

She has been running her blog (Journeys with Jessica) for almost 6 years and she lives, breathes and also works in travel for her day job.

Journeys with Jessica is focused on city breaks and short weekend stays, come and follow her adventures as she explores the U.K., Europe, America & Australia on her travel blog.

Jeremy Long

Founder of Full Metal Worldwide

Jeremy Long is the founder of Full Metal Worldwide, a digital marketing and content creation agency based in Las Vegas.

He began his career in broadcast news before transitioning to public relations and marketing.

Every step of the way though, he had a video camera in his hand and his laptop by his side, filming and editing everything his clients could imagine.

Originally from Texas, he moved to Las Vegas in 2014 and instantly felt at home among the glittering lights and desert landscape. 

Dan Manley

Founder & Co-owner Big Blue Adventures

Dan is the founder and co-owner of Big Blue Adventures from Cardiff in the UK.

Big Blue specialises in group adventure travel, running tailor-made trips with a variety of adventure activities.

Typical activities include watersports like coasteering to surfing, outdoor activities such as rock climbing to mountain biking.

The trips also involve exploring, absorbing some local culture, events and all the travel essentials required at the core of the packages.

Groups range from company retreats & team building, to stag and hen parties, bloggers and media trips and kids camps.

They currently operate across sunny Wales and Portugal, with more exciting destinations on the horizon.

Big Blue will also run more open adventure events soon for individuals and small groups to combine on a Big Blue Adventure. So watch this space!

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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