What will tourism look like in 2022 and beyond? That’s one of the big questions The IndependentOur travel team attempted to settle in an Independent live virtual event following a series of new restrictions around the world in response to the new omicron variant.
Hosted by travel editor Helen Coffey and draw on the expertise of the illustrious travel reporter Simon Calder, event is allowed Independent readers to get in touch and give their most pressing queries on all things travel and vacation related.
Between questions about whether it’s possible to fly to Switzerland and ski in France (yes) and whether leisure travel to New Zealand is possible in January (no), many viewers questioned ask more broadly about the future of getaways.
To see highlights from the event, check out the video below
Traveling without traffic lights
Will red tape, experiments and forms ruin our travel plans for years to come or is this just a flash of light? Will we need to wear masks on planes next February? Will we ever go back to the “old ways” of travel?
Talking about the current restrictions, Simon Calder said they made entering the Soviet Union in the Iron Curtain seem like a “piece of cake”.
“Passenger Locator Forms will be around for the medium term – three, four, five years,” he predicts. “It could be that we get a Global Passenger Locator Form where all your details will be effectively contained. I think we’ll have to get used to them. ”
Regarding the “second day” tests currently required for domestic tourists, Simon said he had previously expected these tests to be phased out in the new year, but the variation omicron eliminated the possibility of this happening after the UK had been “one step forward and two steps back”, swapping the side streams for PCR again.
https://www.independent.co.uk/travel/news-and-advice/travel-2022-simon-calder-predictions-event-b1968431.html Expert Simon Calder examines what travel will be like in 2022 in live event