It is almost impossible to comprehend the extent
of the damage that COVID19 continues to inflict upon the global travel industry.
Airlines have been grounded, hotels closed,
people around the world stranded, separated from loved ones,
quarantined, lost their jobs, their livelihoods and sadly for over
647,900 people, their lives.
Normally in times of difficulty we would look at
historic data to help us understand what may happen next, how
things may change and how the travel and tourism sector could
begin to get back to some form of normality. But, we are very much
in unchartered waters and while many experts have opinions on the
matter, the simple truth is, we do not know.
Most national tourist organisations (NTO) in the
region, and around the world, are looking at their domestic
markets to help boost tourism, even if that is a segment of the
market that previously went largely untapped and unobserved.
cities like Hong Kong and Singapore are working hard to encourage
and promote staycations, get their local and expat residents to
explore parts of the cities they may not know, and treat
themselves to a few nights at a luxury hotel, a spa, or a fancy
restaurant or two.
There is talk of pent up demand for travel, green
shoots of recovery, of vaccines, of travel corridors being opened,
and airlines gradually starting to resume operations. But is all
that just the industry being optimistic, or are people really
ready to travel again?
To answer that question, and many, many more,
Steven Howard of TravelNewsAsia.com interviewed Mr. Frank Trampert,
Managing Director & Chief Commercial Officer, EMEA & APAC, Sabre
Hospitality Solutions, and Mr. Todd Arthur, Vice President Agency
Sales – Asia Pacific, Sabre Travel Solutions.
In this interview, filmed over the internet on 24
July 2020, we discuss what bookings are coming through the Sabre
system, what trends the company is seeing, how hotels and airlines
should be pricing themselves in this time of crisis, what Sabre is
doing to help hotels and airlines in the region and how Sabre
itself has been affected by COVID19.
We also discuss, hotel distribution, GDS
pricing, whether labels of cleanliness for hotels matter, as well
as the results
of the recent
Asia Pacific Travel Sentiment survey that Sabre conducted in
the region. All that and much, much more in the video and podcast
Emerging Travel Trends in
Asia Pacific – Interview with Frank Trampert and Todd Arthur of
My apologies that the audio and visual quality in this video interview
are not up to the same HD quality that they normally would be. This is the
fifth in a
series of video interviews conducted over the internet. Hopefully it won’t be too
long until we are once again conducting exclusive video interviews
in person, but for now we have to make do with what we have. Thank