As the travel industry is recuperating from its losses by coming up with tourism packages on one hand. The other side sees a dip in urban travel as commuters are now finding out different ways of working, shopping, and living their lives. Digital devices are finding their way into people’s lives in the post-pandemic times. People have got a new way of watching new movies through OTT platforms like Amazon Prime, Zee5, Disney+ Hotstar, and Netflix, among others. This makes them not use public transport like buses, trains, etc. to go to other places to visit malls and movie theatres.
With the online sales of Amazon, Flipkart, JioMart, and Meesho on the rise, it is obvious that people are liking to shop online and enjoy the goods at discounted rates. So, the idea of going out to malls and stores using public transport has become limited in the post-pandemic times. With the new and remote ways of doing office work, more and more people are willing to stay back at home and use technology to report to their workplace rather than traveling using transport systems to their workplaces.
Work from home, remote working, gig working, freelancing, and part-time jobs are intriguing professionals more during recent times. People are not interested to waste their 2-3 hours of time by traveling in trains or buses or taxis to their workplaces. Instead, they prefer to work from home and conduct online meetings using apps like Zoom, Google Duo, YouTube Live, Facebook Live, etc. Virtual dating is also taking the industry by a new storm. People are willing to connect with others on online dating and matrimonial platforms in the initial stages of their relationship to know each other and connect well rather than taking time out to visit cafes and restaurants in the initial stage.
Thus, all these factors have caused the urban travel industry to see a decline because people have found new ways of working, living, and shopping during the coronavirus lockdown times, which they are willing to carry on with even if the cases have come down drastically. As per reports, the impact of technology on the demand for urban travel has been huge in recent times. This has led to a perceived decline in travel demand due to digital usage in work, economy, lifestyle, society, and life in general.
The coronavirus pandemic has led to a decrease in travel demand, which can be considered an opportunity for a sustainable and less time-consuming travel future. The travel industry can find out ways how they can monetize their existing options so that they can waive off the cons that the pandemic has caused them. With every decade, a new set of challenges come. So, we can say that the pandemic has led to these challenges of decline in the travel demand that can be recovered with smart planning and strategies. There can be a new model in the travel industry that can be innovated to recover the losses that the pandemic has brought in.