5 ways the luxury travel industry is responding to the coronavirus pandemic
- As countries close their borders and restrict travel amid the coronavirus pandemic, luxury travel is an industry in flux.
- High-end travel agencies and tour operators are working to postpone or cancel trips for droves of customers.
- Private aviation companies, on the other hand, are seeing a boom in demand from travelers evacuating hard-hit areas or trying to get around travel restrictions.
- Many luxury hotels are waiving change or cancellation fees and boosting cleaning measures.
- Wellness resorts and spas are catering to clients with packages for coronavirus-anxiety relief.
- Yacht charters are being encouraged, but boat shows are being canceled.
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The coronavirus pandemic has upended daily life around the globe, and travel has been one of the hardest-hit industries.But the luxury travel industry doesn't necessarily play by the same rules as travel in general. Advertisement
While most commercial airlines are suspending or severely reducing flights, private jet companies are cashing in on demand from travelers who want to evacuate places most impacted by the virus or who are trying to get around travel restrictions.
Here are five ways the luxury travel industry is responding to the coronavirus pandemic.
1. Yacht charters are being encouraged, but boat shows aren't.
2. Private aviation companies are seeing a boom in demand.Advertisement
3. Luxury hotels are waiving cancellation fees for certain dates and destinations and and having staff do double cleaning shifts.
4. Luxury travel operators are allowing customers to postpone their vacations for up to a year — but many aren't offering complete refunds.Advertisement
5. Many high-end spas and wellness centers are staying open, catering to clients with coronavirus-anxiety relief packages.