In a follow-up to last week’s cover story about travel agencies, Travel Courier heads to the frontline to get a sense of how things are going for travel advisors and what recovery looks like.
Six months and counting into the worldwide pandemic, Shelly Monroe is surprised to still be looking for signs of any kind of recovery in the travel industry.
“We are anxious to book our clients and get back to planning their bucket list trips and help them see and experience the world,” Monroe, Owner & Personal Travel Consultant of Sweet Escapes Travel – TPI in Kentville, Nova Scotia, tells Travel Courier. “There is definitely a lot of pent up demand for travel when they are ready to go and feel safe enough.”
For Monroe, the biggest obstacle for industry recovery in Canada is the mandatory two weeks of self-quarantine order by the Government, which has been extended until Oct. 31.
“I feel that is the bigger issue over a vaccine,” she says. “There are many people that will travel and take precautions before they receive an effective vaccine once that is rolled out. Others will wait for a vaccine, it is a personal decision and we have to respect the clients’ comfort level.”