askST@NLB Episode 5: How Covid-19 safety considerations will change the travel industry
Synopsis: This is the fifth episode of the askST@NLB podcast series, brought to you by the National Library Board. The monthly talks by The Straits Times correspondents were previously held at the Central Public Library but due to Covid-19 safe distancing measures, we are converting the sessions into a podcast series done remotely.
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In this episode, ST travel editor Lee Siew Hua talks to her guest - Mr Paul Whiteway, senior director for the Asia-Pacific region at global online travel company Skyscanner. They discuss how travelling will change when it is safe to get on a plane again.
1. Are post-lockdown "travel bubbles" or "fast travel lanes" prone to more disruptions? (2:40)
2. What are Singaporeans searching for when it comes to future travel plans? (4:00)
3. Singapore travellers, for now, will consider flexible room change and cancellation policies to be more important than hotel star ratings or loyalty programmes (6:50)
4. Why short road trips and outdoor or back-to-nature experiences will be preferred in the coming months (12:30)
5. Virtual tours in one-hour escapade formats (20:10)
We tackle selected readers' questions: (23:35 onwards)
From ST reader Bernadette Tan: "My boyfriend plans to return to London and Paris for his 40th birthday, which is in October 2020. I think he is being optimistic. He thinks it can happen. What do you say?"
Reader Richard Yeo: "When can Singaporeans visit the United Kingdom? Will there be a 14-day quarantine?"
Reader Ben Kong: "Will post-Covid airfares and hotel room rates go up?"
More on virtual tours in Ms Lee's story: https://str.sg/JsFM
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