[Next steps]: where do you get the latest information? How to work with your travel partners?
At the present time, according to CNN, 93% of people around the world live in countries with coronavirus travel bans. I've been listening to several experts sharing their thoughts on travel resuming. They think it's most likely that countries will open up slowly: it may be progressive, we will probably experience several rounds of borders opening up and then closing temporarily, and most likely region by region.
In order to get ready to cope with what's ahead of us, I'd like to ask 3 questions to the community:
- Where do you get the latest information and keep up with updates? (e.g. travel restrictions/bans, public health recommendations, local measures such as self-quarantines... )
- How do you work together with your travel partners in this context? (e.g. TMC, hotels, airlines, IT providers)
- How do you consider adjusting your travel policy/processes in this climate of rapid change? (e.g. how do you make sure the above is reflected in your online booking tool, how do you coordinate with your TMC?)
To add some context, for example Business Insider explains the situation in Europe and the challenges ahead of us when it comes to re-opening borders. "Before March, traveling in Europe was as easy as going from state to state in the US with no passport checks on borders between 26 countries. Under the Schengen Agreement, most countries on the continent formally abolished border controls with one another in the spirit of continental unity. After entering Europe's external Schengen border, travel is largely unrestricted as countries become more interconnected".