Posted: Monday, March 15, 2021. 1:38 pm CST.
By Benjamin Flowers: Travel Market Report (TMR), a site dedicated to global travel news is reporting that Mexico may be the first country to see a major influx of tourists once global travel returns to some level of normalcy.
TMR interviewed several travel companies for its recent article titled “Where Will the Post-Pandemic Travel Boom Bring Travelers?” with the general consensus leaning towards Mexico being the beneficiary of the expected travel boom. A major consideration for countries that will see an influx of tourists is how well that country handled the pandemic.
Kim Goldstein, president of Journeys Inc. said that Mexico reopened quickly after lockdown and implemented safety measures that allowed clients to feel safe. She also noted that resorts in Mexico began offering on-site complimentary testing, after a negative COVID-19 test became a requirement for return into the US earlier this year, which kept many clients from canceling their bookings.
Terri Jobe, the owner of Blue Water Travel, said “For me, Mexico is definitely the winner for post-pandemic travel. I know the trend says that most will want to do domestic trips, but I have not seen that in my bookings. Mexico, and mainly Cancun, is about 90% of my 2021 bookings,” she said.
The advisors also felt that destinations in the Caribbean, such as Jamaica will be next in line to see an increase in visitorship, but noted that their increase will hinge heavily on the measures put in place to assure traveler safety.
Kerri Brewster, owner of Escapes Unlimited & Bride Tribe Travel, predicts that Jamaica “will see a massive influx of tourists once the pandemic restrictions are reduced.” She added, “There is a pent-up demand for travel, especially beach vacations for couples or families. I think we will see a lot more Caribbean travel once restrictions are lifted.”
Tom Karnes, president and owner of La Macchia Travel Agency, predicts that Central America will be next to see visitors returning, and that places such as Costa Rica, Belize, and Panama will be the ones to benefit when that finally happens.
Europe, Asia, and Alaska close off the predictions as to where hopeful travelers will be headed once the world reopens in earnest, as advisors believe the combination of loss and lockdowns has made travelers bolder about taking trips while they can.
Lia Vincent, owner of Vincent Vacations & All Inclusive Weddings, said that “People are realizing that at any moment their travel list could be shut down and you never know when it will be able to resume,” Vincent said.
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