International Travel May Not Resume This Year

(FreedomJournal.Org)- The coronavirus pandemic has brought travel to a screeching halt.
The United States cut off its border with other countries, and states eventually followed suit and issued stay-at-home orders for their residents.
As some states are beginning to lift these coronavirus-related restrictions, there is a glimmer of hope for some that travel will be able to resume soon enough.
As for international travel, it’s “too hard to tell” whether that will even be able to resume this year, Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin said Monday morning. Appearing on Fox business, he said:
“Our priority is opening up the domestic economy. Obviously, for business people that do need to travel, there will be travel on a limited basis. But this is a great time for people to explore America.”
Those who were hoping to travel internationally sometime this summer are probably in for a reality check. As Mnuchin said, the United States’ first priority is getting America open again. Step one in that plan is getting states to re-open, and hopefully not having to close them again due to another coronavirus outbreak.
That alone is going to be quite the task, as has been proven over the last week or so. While more than half the states in the U.S. are starting to ease restrictions somewhat, there are still others that are remaining closed. When they will begin to re-open is anyone’s guess at this point.
Once states do re-open, the question is whether people will travel across state lines to traditional summer vacation hot spots. The answer, of course, is there will be a contingency that most likely will, while others will be cautious.
A recent Harris Poll found that most Americans will take the cautious route. When asked how long after the coronavirus curve flattens will they stay in a hotel, 21% said they’d do it within a month, with 41% saying three months and 60% saying six months.
But even that waiting game begs the question of how will that affect the spread of coronavirus Will it lead to many more outbreaks and the need to put more restrictions in place again for fall and beyond?
That’s what has a lot of medical professionals and even some politicians worried at this point — all the more reason why traveling abroad is a distant thought at this point. The thought of going to another state at this point is worrisome, let alone traveling to another country that may have a serious outbreak of its own.
Some industry insiders believe the travel industry will rebound in America, but that it will take time. As the chief executive of the U.S. Travel Association, Roger Dow, predicted:
“Americans generally are going to stay home until next year. Europe is done for American travelers.
“The most important thing as an industry is that we have to be ready for when that moment comes.”
Once Americans finally do have an appetite for traveling again, hotels, airlines and other businesses in the tourism industry are going to have to ramp up again, as they made significant cuts already.