Thursday, 07 May 2020 20:52

Low cost ‘devalues tourism’

Will many low cost carriers (LCCs) survive, will there still be flights to points in Europe that cost the same as a flat white? Do we even want that situation again post Covid?

Those were questions posed by Chris Flynn, president and CEO of the World Tourism Association for Culture and Heritage (WTACH) at the second webinar in the Keeping the Dream Alive – Tourism Expert Recovery series.

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While the urge to travel will be strong as Covid restrictions come off around the world, financial constraints and other hurdles are likely to ensure recovery is slow and steady, according to presenters in the ongoing Keeping the Dream Alive - Tourism Expert Recovery webinar series.

Dr David Beirman, senior lecturer tourism, UTS (University of Technology Sydney), says people will definitely feel ‘confined and cloistered’ and this will result in them wanting a release.

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Travellers are likely to avoid ‘crowded, crazy’ cities, at least in the early stages of a return to travel post Covid-19, according to Chris Flynn, president and CEO of the World Tourism Association for Culture and Heritage (WTACH).

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