When will travel return? Predictions for cruises, international destinations, tours and more

Covid-19 has put the travel to a halt. While experts agree the tourism industry remains in flux, there are early signs of adaptation and resilience that are fueling consumer confidence. 

While most Americans aren’t yet ready to book their next dream vacation, they are starting to browse. This past week, top booking sites have grown web traffic. Roughly 87% of American travelers are hoping to take a vacation by the end of 2021, according to a new customer poll by InsureMyTrip

While there are safety challenges ahead, there remains a strong desire to visit other parts of the world – eventually. Here’s some predictions on when travelers will actually be able to do it. 

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Road trips 

Rebound potential: Very high

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Loss of Shearings will have a profound impact on Britain’s most popular destinations

The collapse of Shearings spells trouble for dozens of hotels and many of Britain’s most popular destinations

Another week of lockdown, another loss for the tourist industry. The UK’s largest coach tour operator, Shearings, ceased trading on Friday. 

Shearings, which rebranded as Specialist Leisure Group (SLG) in 2018, has been offering affordable holidays and escorted tours since 1903 and was particularly popular with older travellers.

Richard Calvert, SLG chief executive, said he fought “tooth and nail” to save the group, but the ongoing effects of lockdown measures gave it little chance. More than 64,000 bookings have been cancelled following its collapse, and 2,460 jobs have been lost. 

“The effects of Covid-19 on our 117-year-old company and the wider travel industry have been devastating,” he said of the firm that serves over 1.1 million people a year.

SLG’s failure also raises doubts about the future of dozens of hotels in some

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