Radio Guest List – New York – January 2, 2021
This week, Eye on Travel is in New York for 2021’s first broadcast! We’ll have my report from the first Boeing 737 MAX to take to the skies with passengers — after the troubled plane was grounded for 21 months. And what this means for the U.S. airlines that operate the MAX — American, United and Southwest — as well as your travels moving forward. Joining me this week is Roger Dow, President and CEO of the United States Travel Association, who shares his wish list for 2021, and how he hopes we put common sense and data at the forefront of our decision-making. Then, Arnie Weissmann, Editor-in-Chief of Travel Weekly, talks about all things travel technology for this new year including contactless check-in, the elimination of airport jobs and how hotels have been getting in on the touchless action. And The New York Times‘ Tariro Mzezewa expands on the COVID-19 vaccine, the concerns some people might have about it and how people are approaching their travel bookings in 2021. There’s all this and more as Eye on Travel broadcasts from Manhattan on this second day of 2021.
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Roger Dow, President and CEO of the United States Travel Association, shares his wish list for 2021, how he hopes we put common sense and data at the forefront of our decision-making and that we get traveling again. Roger then discusses the widespread inconsistencies when battling the pandemic among states and why a united front will ensure that COVID-19 is managed properly. He’s convinced travel is the backbone of the U.S. economy and if travel goes, so does the country’s economy. So when and how will travel come back? Roger argues for a way that travelers can regain confidence in the travel industry and a policy that he thinks would get people traveling like never before.
Arnie Weissmann, Editor-in-Chief of Travel Weekly, talks about all things travel technology for this new year including contactless check-in, the elimination of airport jobs and how hotels have been getting in on the touchless action for the past few years. In hospitality, people want to connect. He says that allowing for human connection and interaction is necessary for better immersion wherever one travels. There are just some things that a kiosk could never help you with at an airport or a hotel lobby, but a person could.
Tariro Mzezewa, Contributor at The New York Times, expands on how she feels about the COVID-19 vaccine and the valid concerns people might have about it. What does the future look like in 2021? Tariro also talks about how travelers are approaching their travel bookings now. She says it’s about going all out and ticking off their bucket list destinations. Also, will the excess baggage and other ancillary fees be gone forever? Tariro discusses what may or may not be sticking around and the sobering statistics regarding travel industry jobs that are still a very real consequence from the pandemic.
Nick Graham, Head of Hotwire, chats about last-minute bookings and the new way that people are booking trips. Travel insurance is another big issue that loomed over travelers’ heads in 2020. How will it change in 2021? Then, he’ll share his two cents on the current price depression period we’re in and what he hopes for hotel and airline recovery this new year. And he’ll share the lessons that have been learned and applied from this past year. He speaks about how travelers are becoming more savvy and are going into this new year more prepared.
Doug Lansky, Travel Writer, Keynote Speaker, speaks about life in Sweden mid-pandemic. The numbers are horrible, but there are lessons learned and lessons applied. Are people wearing masks in the Scandinavian country? Doug explains the inconsistency with wearing (and not wearing) masks in Sweden and what he hopes becomes the reality in the post-COVID-19 world. The only place you have to wear a mask in Sweden is at the airport. Doug and Peter then chat about travel insurance, reliable testing and life after COVID-19.
Zak Dychtwald, Founder of Young China Group, joins Peter to discuss the pandemic in China, the government’s strategy and how that’s affected travel within the country. He shares the lessons learned and applied, the pre-COVID-19 culture of getting sick that prevailed in China and why it has been so effective in containing the virus. There was already a level of comfort in wearing a mask and respect for others. He compares the dividedness of the United States to the communal sacrifices made by China and the outcome. Then, Zak and Peter discuss the future of virtual businesses and why companies are realizing they don’t have to be tethered to a place, which allows for more globalization. And finally, they’ll chat about the lifestyle changes — in China and elsewhere — that have come out of the pandemic.