The travel industry has been one of the hardest hit during this pandemic. With much of the world in lockdown, passenger airline traffic is down 95 percent, hotels are nearly empty, and tour operators are unemployed. The industry will rebound eventually, as the urge to travel is hardwired into many humans, but it’s unlikely to look exactly the same as it did before 2020.
Treehugger predicts that, among other things, road trips and rural destinations will be the hot-selling ticket items in the coming months as people start to regain their thirst for travel.
Portugal’s Airbnb owners resist push to low-rent housing
Meanwhile, in Lisbon and Porto the government are offering to take short term rentals back into the long term marketplace by offering 2 to 5 year leases in order to free up housing stock and potentially help holiday rental owners through these difficult times.
LISBON (Reuters) – As reservation calendars at Portugal’s 90,000 holiday homes were wiped clean amid the coronavirus outbreak, councils in its biggest cities swooped in with offers to rent up to 2,000 properties to sublet as low-cost housing.
France to Build Online Platform to Rival Airbnb, Booking.com
The French government has announced that they plan to build a listings portal for the country. This could make a lot of sense as they could then control properties that are listing in the grey area of legality, especially in Paris, along with policing things like minimum stays, licensing and taxes.
They may have underestimated the costs and complexity of such a task though.
The French government will join forces with the tourism industry to build an Internet site aimed winning back customers from U.S. online travel giants such as Airbnb Inc. and Booking Holdings Inc.
The initiative is part of government-led stimulus package to revive tourism in one of the world’s top destinations as hotels, restaurants, theme parks as well as travel sites and tour operators are among the hardest hits by lockdowns and restrictions to fight the global coronavirus pandemic.