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‘The Future of Travel’


Illustration by Dorothy Woodend.

The streets emptied. The planes landed. The hotels closed. In spring 2020, the global tourist train derailed.

Now what? Will the COVID-19 crisis mark a permanent turning point for the travel industry? Is this enforced pause an opportunity for a new approach to tourism? Which destinations are doing a good job of planning their next steps? How does Airbnb fit into the picture?

In this series travel experts and local government sources discuss the future of tourism and the industry as a whole. Not everyone loves tourism. But its temporary absence has not daunted those who depend upon it. And they are plotting their comeback.

In This Series



The Pandemic Has Revolutionized Your Next Vacation

For better and worse, the travel industry will never be the same. First in a series on remaking tourism.

Steve Burgess, 24 Jun 2020



Are You a ‘Mindful’ Tourist? They’re in Demand Now

Cities like Copenhagen plan to reel in visitors who act like locals. Will it work?

Steve Burgess, 25 Jun 2020



The BC Mayor Remaking Tourism by Treating Locals Better

Will international air travel return in full? Whatever happens, Victoria’s Lisa Helps is prioritizing tourism closer to home.

Steve Burgess, 26 Jun 2020



Airbnb Hosts Are Already Plotting Their Post-Pandemic Comeback

If the short-term rental site rebounds, BC communities want to see better regulation.

Steve Burgess, 29 Jun 2020

Real Cities Give Their People Places to Pee

Public washrooms should be plentiful and accessible, says one scholar. And cities that do flush, flourish.

By Christopher Cheung