COVID-19 has already changed consumers’ willingness to travel, and the fallout will continue to wreak havoc on hospitality workers and destinations that rely on tourism.
In the near future, workers may find their jobs in less demand, and tourist-dependent states may try to move to other industries to make up crucial revenue shortfalls.
One tourist mecca Orange County, Florida, home to Disney World, is not forecast to return to pre-pandemic levels until 2023. Tourism makes up 2.8% of the U.S. economy.
One possible silver lining is that social distancing could lead to better experiences for visitors at local attractions because there will be more room, and fewer people.