Lonely Planet co-founder says worldwide travel will never return to normal

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Sun, 6 Dec 2020, 10:00AM
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Lonely Planet co-founder says worldwide travel will never return to normal

Author
Newstalk ZB,
Publish Date
Sun, 6 Dec 2020, 10:00AM

Worldwide travel will never be the same again.

That's the message from the co-founder of Lonely Planet who's contributed to a book on the future of New Zealand tourism.

Tony Wheeler, who has contributed to 100% Pure Future: New Zealand Tourism Renewed, told Francesca Rudkin Covid-19 has been a monster change for the travel industry, and when the world opens up again we are likely to look back and see all of the things we did wrong with tourism.

"Some of them we don't want to go back to, we don't over-tourism.

European cities don't want the big cruise ships sailing into Venice anymore, they don't want Barcelona being a place where, if you're a local, you can't get down the street."

Wheeler also thinks people will be much warier about international travel even when the pandemic is over.

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