[2021 결산] Omicron has swallowed up hope to resume travel…  still dark tunnel

[2021 결산] Omicron has swallowed up hope to resume travel… still dark tunnel


2021 in 50 travel newspaper articles

COVID-19 will hit the travel industry unprecedentedly in 2021 as well. Expectations for normalization were raised due to the travel bubble and with Corona, but it sank again due to the spread of Omicron at the end of the year. We looked back on 2021 through 50 major travel newspaper articles.

●January to March

1. Second panic in mutant virus … Since the beginning of the year, it has been

Movement was again restricted due to the COVID-19 strain. Governments around the world responded immediately to the spread of the strained virus. January 4th

2. Aiming for overseas travel in the 3rd and 4th quarters and spurring sales to resume

As the outline of the domestic vaccination schedule is announced, it is expected that more travel agencies will resume overseas travel sales in the second half of 2021. January 11th

3. First appearance of overseas travel products in home shopping

Overseas travel products that had disappeared from home shopping have reappeared. Interpark Tour will start selling ‘Vietnam Danang & Phu Quoc products’. January 18th

4. Real Estate Sales Scale Hana Tour… From the restructuring controversy to the public petition

Hana Tour pulled out several super strong cards. It has begun to take a large-scale recommendation to resign, and is considering the sale of its headquarters building. January 25th

Travel industry protests for survival support

5. “Guarantee the right to live” Travelers’ first protest… Industry-wide appeal

The travel industry, which has been pushed to the edge of a cliff, continues to protest to ensure the survival of the travel industry. This is the first protest in the travel industry since the COVID-19 crisis. February 1st

6. Three major associations that raised the level of policy proposals… will you achieve

The ‘three major associations’ are drawing attention as they raise the level of policy proposals for the survival of the tourism industry. The 14-day self-isolation measures are diverse, including requests for improvement. February 15th

7. Thailand’s ‘golf quarantine’ with anchor raised, other regions are also expected

Thailand’s ‘golf quarantine’ lifted anchor. This is a start in a situation in which overseas travel has been completely suspended since the outbreak of COVID-19. February 22nd

8. The high-flying travel stock… Expectations to resume travel

As domestic vaccination began, travel-related stock prices all at once drew an upward curve. March 1st

9. Drawing a bigger picture beyond disaster aid

Based on the ‘half success’ achieved by the travel industry in the 4th disaster subsidy payment, it is increasingly pointed out that the focus should be on drawing up more fundamental support measures for the survival of the travel industry. March 8

10. Travel industry opinion ‘need to revise’ the reorganization plan to maintain distance without opinions

The travel industry expressed regret that the travel industry’s opinions were not reflected in the government’s social distancing system reform (draft) and requested a revision. March 15th

Hana Tour also suffered from labor-management disputes over restructuring, etc.
Hana Tour also suffered from labor-management disputes over restructuring, etc.

11. Hana Tour in the Restructuring Controversy… Management vs. union ‘parallel’

Hana Tour is experiencing a sharp labor-management conflict. Hana Tour co-CEOs Jin-guk Kim and Mi-sun Song said, “There is no artificial restructuring plan,” but the union raised their voices to agree to collective bargaining. March 22nd

12. 29 trillion won in sales evaporated in one year… Still struggling to endure

In 2020, the sales of listed travel agencies and airlines decreased by an average of 69.2%, and the net loss amounted to 1.86 trillion won. March 29

●April to June

13. The key is to ease the ’14-day quarantine’… Pay attention to small but big changes

It is expected that a legal basis will be prepared to flexibly apply the 14-day self-quarantine period for overseas travelers, depending on the circumstances. April 5th

14. Travel Bubble Vaccine Passport in earnest… Which countries are taking the lead in resuming overseas travel?

There is an active movement around the world to resume overseas travel. There are various methods, such as signing a travel bubble and introducing a vaccine passport. April 12

15. Travel agency employees return one by one in anticipation of the resumption of travel

The travel industry, which has spent a full year maintaining minimal business, is reorganizing with the expectation of resuming overseas travel in the second half of the year. April 19th

16. From vaccine tourism to cash support… “Seduce travelers”

As expectations for the resumption of overseas travel grow, marketing is being conducted to entice travelers with various conditions, such as free vaccinations. April 26

17. ‘Vaccination rate’ is the key to the travel bubble and the resumption of overseas travel

Expectations for overseas travel are growing as the government exempts those who have been vaccinated from self-quarantine when entering the country. However, there are skeptics as the period for forming herd immunity is expected to be in the third quarter. May 3rd

18. Travel support business must also respond to With Corona

Regardless of the Corona 19 situation, as the number of domestic travel increases, there are voices calling for the restart of the travel support business. May 10th

19. ‘Expectation’ from vaccine incentives to flexible isolation

Anticipation for the resumption of overseas travel has risen significantly as vaccine incentives are expanded and self-quarantine periods can be operated flexibly. May 17th

20. Airlines running out of funds “Key industries only in words, need practical support”

Airlines tried to secure funds through rights offerings, but even this showed a bottom. It is not easy to transfuse funds through the key industry stabilization fund due to difficult conditions and high interest rates. May 24

21. “The travel industry that suffered the most, the exclusion of the loss compensation law is contradictory”

At a hearing on the Loss Compensation Act, travel industry workers expressed the need to enact a loss compensation law that includes compensation for damage in the travel industry. May 31st

22. First overseas travel package August-September Guam likely

The resumption of overseas travel has also become visible thanks to the acceleration of vaccination. Travel agencies expect customers to return little by little in August or September. June 7th

23. ‘Temperature difference’ leaving the travel bubble

While the government is pushing for a travel bubble with Singapore, Thailand, Taiwan, Guam, and Saipan, the reaction of the inbound and outbound industries shows a temperature difference. June 14

24. Complex immigration … Standardization and unification urgently

The complicated departure requirements emerged as a headache. This is because each country and each region has different documents and conditions to meet when entering the country. June 21st

25. Even if you get a vaccine, PCR test… Process and cost ‘significant burden’

When entering the country from abroad, it is mandatory to submit a PCR test negative confirmation. However, it is pointed out that the cost of each inspection is in the range of 100,000 to 300,000 won, which puts a high burden on travelers. June 28

●July to September

26. ‘Hope’ for the resumption of travel despite the negative factors of the spread

While expectations for the resumption of travel were rising, bad news came: the delta mutant virus and the re-spread of Corona 19. The travel industry is concerned that the atmosphere for the resumption of travel will subside. July 5th

27. PCR No. 2 in France, No. 3 in Travel Bubble Saipan

Vaccination has opened the way for overseas travel, but multiple PCR tests are still a burden. July 12

28. Travel industry ‘wobbles’ once again in the 4th stage of social distancing

The travel industry is in a state of extreme tension as social distancing is strengthened. This is because various guidelines restricting movement have begun to constrain travel. July 19th

29. Unblocking overseas… Special travel advisories should be relaxed

There are many voices calling for the differential application of the special travel advisory issued to all countries and regions in the world, taking into account the vaccination rate and the number of confirmed cases in each country and region. July 26

30. Is now the best time for travel agency M&A?

M&A in the travel industry is attracting attention. While travel companies faced with financial difficulties decided to sell one by one, some showed their presence by attracting large-scale investments. August 2nd

31. Even after vaccination is complete, family travel with children is practically restricted

It is pointed out that incentives for exemption from self-quarantine upon entry for vaccinated persons should be expanded. Because minors are not included. August 9th

32. Overseas travel in the fog… Travel agent ‘home’ again

An increasing number of travel agents are returning to their homes. This is because the fourth epidemic is prolonged and the vaccination plan is set to be disrupted. August 16

33. Other tourist flights to and from, are they all charter flights?

Non-landing international tourist flight continues to evolve again in September. It plans to introduce a new form of departure from Gimpo and Busan to Jeju and Busan. It is operated by charter flights from duty-free shops and travel agencies. August 23rd

34. ‘With Corona Travel Policy’… Will it be a game changer?

It is argued that while the government decides to review ‘with Corona’, it is necessary to demand improvement of various barriers that are blocking the normalization of travel. August 30

35. Quarantine exemption upon entry has been extended by two weeks

The period for receiving quarantine exemption upon entry has been extended up to two weeks earlier than before. If the travel period is more than 2 weeks, you can receive benefits even if you go abroad immediately after the second vaccination. September 6

36. Plans are opaque, containment remains… asia of duckweed

The resumption of travel to Asia is at a standstill. China and Japan show no signs of opening their borders, and some Southeast Asian countries are in the process of allowing entry to those who have been vaccinated. September 13

37. Started European package with Switzerland + France… vaccine effect

As the vaccination rate increases, the package travel agency is revitalizing after 1 year and 7 months. Travel bubble Saipan, as well as European package tours such as Switzerland and France started one after another. September 27

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●October to December

38. Saipan sold out, Europe also goes as a group… vaccine effect

It seems that the sentiment for overseas travel is gradually recovering. It seems that consumer sentiment has changed as the vaccination rate has increased and cases of safe overseas package trips have been piling up. October 4th

39. A game about matching platform and travel agencies? Predicted tectonic shifts in the travel market

The pairing between travel and leisure-related platforms and traditional travel agencies has ignited. In the process of preparing for the resumption of travel, synergy is expected as the targets do not overlap. October 11th

40. Korea-Singapore Travel Bubble, In-Outbound Bi-Directional ‘Startup’

The Singapore travel bubble starts on November 15th. Both individual and group travelers can travel to both countries without quarantine if they are vaccinated. Expectations from the inbound industry are also high. October 18th

41. Fair Trade Commission recommends corrective action to IATA… Will ‘Zero Come’ End?

The Fair Trade Commission judged that it is against the Terms and Conditions Act for an airline to unilaterally determine the ticket sales commission paid to a travel agency. October 25th

42. The tunnel finally escapes, but the anticipation is high… What are the remaining tasks?

An inflection point has come after a year and 10 months of living limited by COVID-19. This is because from November 1, we will begin a gradual recovery of daily life (with Corona). November 1st

43. Domestic travel sentiment ‘rises’ in November and December due to the pouring benefits

Domestic travel between November and December is unusual. This is because travel sentiment is growing thanks to large-scale promotions as well as policy shifts toward a gradual recovery of daily life. November 8

44. IATA grieving over the recommendations for municipal administration… KATA refute piece by piece

The International Air Transport Association (IATA)’s position that the Fair Trade Commission’s recommendation for correction cannot be readily accepted, the Korea Travel Association (KATA) refutes piece by piece. November 15th

45. Winter charter flight to Southeast Asia… Fierce battles in Thailand and Vietnam

Airlines and travel agencies are busy preparing charters for the winter season. In particular, supply is expected to gather around Southeast Asia, where borders have been gradually opened. November 22nd

46. ​​Domestic flight ticketing fees collapsed… heightened anger

With the recent entry of My Real Trip and Triple into Naver air tickets, the domestic flight ticketing agency fee (travel service handling fee, TASF) has disappeared. November 29

47. Omicron ambush… Travel market ‘ice’ again amid cancellation crisis

The travel industry was engulfed in confusion with the 10-day mandatory self-quarantine measure for overseas arrivals, which was suddenly applied from December 3rd. December 6th

48. Flight and travel cancellations and postponements… Travel industry is booming again

The travel industry is again enveloped in fog due to the increase in the number of confirmed cases of Omicron mutated virus and COVID-19 in Korea. Travel has been canceled or postponed, and immigration procedures and various regulations have been strengthened. December 13th

49. Omicron attacked… Employment support for next year is unclear

As the recovery of the travel market becomes unclear due to omicron mutation, interest in employment retention support for next year is gathering. The travel industry is in desperate need of an extension of job retention, but there are also many obstacles. December 20

50. 7 times for Corona 19 on a 5 days 3 nights trip to Saipan… Travel bubble hard times

Saipan and Singapore, which have signed a travel bubble agreement, are also walking a difficult path due to Omicron. Immigration regulations have been changed several times, and the number of COVID-19 tests has increased. December 27th

Arrangement = Correspondent Kim Seon-joo [email protected]

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