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What Is The Future Of Travel Under Biden's Administration?
A report from the World Travel & Tourism Council estimates that travel and industry will lose 174 million jobs worldwide with the current travel and quarantine restrictions.
In the United States, the travel sector is bleeding money. Since the beginning of March, the COVID-19 pandemic has resulted in $443 billion in cumulative losses for the travel economy.
Come January 20, a new administration will be sworn into office. President-elect Joe Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris will inherit some challenges from the previous administration regarding the COVID-19 pandemic across many industries, including the travel and tourism sector.
So, what is the future of the travel industry under a Biden presidency?
The Biden-Harris transition team has identified four priorities, including economic recovery and getting a hold of the coronavirus.
So far, they have put together a COVID-19 advisory board made up of public health experts and doctors to do a few things: ensure Americans have access to reliable, regular, and free testing; guide local and state leaders with implementing mask mandates nationwide; ramp up the production of PPE and invest $25 billion in a vaccine that will be available to every American free of charge.
What that means for travel?
“One thing President-elect Biden has stressed during the campaign is that COVID-19 and the economic recovery are not separate issues. There will be no travel recovery until we’ve beaten the virus. Biden understands this, and there’s much reason for optimism that his administration will prioritize defeating COVID-19,” Scott Keyes, founder of airfare tracking service Scott’s Cheap Flights, told Afar.
And while Trump and Biden disagree on how to get the coronavirus under control, the incoming administration agrees on extending the CARES Act stimulus package to aid the airline industry with another payroll protection program to prevent further layoffs.