Episode #26: Will travel ever be the same again?    

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Hands up if you had a trip cancelled because of COVID-19. As the pandemic continues to evolve, spending time abroad, exploring that new city or walking along a deserted beach may have to wait a little longer.

Since lockdown, some of us have been discovering our local areas. Others probably need a holiday now more than ever.

We can’t imagine a future without travel. It’s a fundamental part of human history. It sustains families and economies. It makes us see the world differently (and up until earlier this year, made us lose countless hours on Instagram…).

But there are many questions about the sustainability of the way we travelled before this pandemic. From mass tourism to business travel, many of us worry about the impact on the environment and local communities.

So where do we go from here? For this episode, we’re joined by Andreas Scriven, a hospitality and leisure industry expert, and Ian Taylor, executive editor at Travel Weekly to find out.

What will happen to the empty hotels and airlines in distress? How do companies cater for the future of travel? Will we finally see better environmental strategies? What will be the key for success?

And how are we changing as a society? What kind of experiences will travellers be looking for? Are business trips a thing of the past? And as hard as it’s been – is COVID-19 the perspective we need for better travel going forward?

Tune in to find out:

  • Why rocky road is Lizzie’s favourite ice cream
  • Ian’s predictions on when we’ll next be travelling again
  • Why Andreas wants to see hotels review their light switches
  • Why they both feel confident about the future


Andreas Scriven
head of hospitality and leisure at Deloitte UK

Andreas is Head of Hospitality & Leisure at Deloitte UK. He has extensive consultancy and M&A experience across the UK, Europe, the Middle East, Africa, and the US. His key areas of expertise include commercial due diligence, strategic reviews and advice, bank support, feasibility, and market analysis. He works with many of the leading global brands and operators.

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Ian Taylor
Executive Editor at Travel Weekly

Ian is Executive Editor of Travel Weekly Group, reporting online and in print for Travel Weekly, Travel Weekly Business, Travel Weekly Europe and Travel Weekly Insight. He reports sector-wide on aviation, leisure and corporate travel, inbound and outbound and moderates many events. He is a career journalist who has worked in travel for most of the last 20 years.

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