Over 150,000 US travel advisors are working tirelessly to build forward better as travel restarts. Hear Zane’s unique perspective on how traveler needs & dreams have changed, & why travel advisors are now critical.
The Tauck Family have lived in Westport, Connecticut – outside of New York City, for over 60 years. The 4-generation company Tauck Inc. was headquartered in Westport from 1971-2000, moving to nearby Wilton.
Dan Woog is Editor of 06880, the “voice” and zip code of Westport, CT for over 30 years. He interviews influential town residents bringing the World to Westport.
This podcast was taped on July 13, 2021 – my views on history and the future of tourism & travel, cultural preservation, environmental issues and my hometown in CT.
For millions of people and places across the globe, the evolving Covid 19 Pandemic has been a monumental challenge. To keep up, the Travel & Tourism Media has played a critical role to keep us informed, inspired and connected.
For my second episode in my ROBIN TAUCK: IN CONVERSATION Leadership series I am honored to welcome two Media leaders and great friends: Travel Weekly’s Arnie Weissmann and Insider Travel Report’s James Shillinglaw.
As Chair of Tourism Cares I speak for the industry in thanking them for all they have done and for their unique perspectives on building forward better to a new future of Travel.
As our world opens to travel, now is the time for leaders to unite around building forward better.
So excited to launch my new series: ROBIN TAUCK: IN CONVERSATION ON THE FUTURE OF TRAVEL featuring leaders I greatly respect and admire as we all step up to rebuild a brighter future.
As Chair of Tourism Cares, I value their unique perspectives on “whats better”, new trends with respect to our shared environment.
Enjoy my conversation with CLIA (Cruise Lines International Association) President and CEO, Kelly Craighead.
This is uniquely important for travel and tourism around the world. For the first time this year, a high level travel and tourism Global Summit was held with ministers of several G20 nations, whose GDP is driven by tourism. I was honored to speak and join the first “live” WTTC – 20th Global Summit in April, in Cancun, Mexico. Over 600 leaders joined from governments, key regions and tourism businesses across the world, with over 30,000 people joining virtually online. The theme? Uniting the World for Tourism Rebound.
The global summit was powerful, and purposeful, for a number of reasons. Firstly, it was a statement that the Public Sector leads Private Sector in this health crisis – we depend on the governments to align, strategize and streamline health mandates. Secondly, it demonstrated the return of international travel safe events. The ‘new normal’ of protocols and massive Rapid & PCR testing in Quintana Roo province, were strictly enforced, respectful of continued challenges being faced there and across the world.
Thirdly, we acknowledged the paradox of developed nations at 40-50% vaccination rates among their citizens in 2021; with developing nations some at <1%. Also, the Summit clearly put in place not just the pathways to recovery of our industry, but the priorities for steady recovery. The collective call to action / change was loud and clear – everyone present was incredibly inspiring.
I was honored to be asked by the WTTC to be a part of “The North American Story” alongside great leaders I admire. I was excited to share very real data – proof of travelers committing to travel in 2021 and beyond. We know that the world is re-opening with travelers around the world being so excited to be able to travel once more. People have missed loved ones, people have missed the joy of traveling of discovery, of visiting favorite places, seeing cultures. This is not simply a hunch regarding pent up demand. At Tauck we see it directly through the forward bookings. You can in the video clip below that we as an industry have every reason to feel confident.
As is clear from the video, we are finding that travelers want to travel again; and to all destinations in their hearts. Our theme is “SMALL IS BIG”. As much as travelers are respectful of the places they’re visiting, we spoke about how Operators are creating smaller, safer groups and ways of travel. Interestingly, river cruising especially is growing in strength as river cruises offer a wonderful, safe, controlled opportunity for travel, to explore once more, but in a bubble with smaller groups; fresh air environments. Small Ship Cruising, Expeditions and River cruises provide outdoor comforts and peace of mind – yet direct exposure to the finest natural settings in the world. Here is more on my perspective on Small Ships – why it is among the first ways for many people to re-start travelling internationally:
Finally, and most importantly, was a full Summit Day on Sustainability. How will our big industry make a difference to the people and places we visit, and to protect the environment now? Or will it be too busy trying to build back better, putting sustainability lower on the priority list?
We heard, over and over, sustainability is top of the list for a number of reasons. Firstly, we know that to build forward better, to rebuild our industry in a way that genuinely protects preserves, promotes and celebrates the world around us, both people in places, for the long run. Leaders stated emphatically, “Sustainability is not an appendix to Strategy.” For Consumers today, it is not a request, but a demand, an expectation of travelers and travel companies around the world. We have all seen by being grounded in 2020, the difference that we make to local communities, on supply chains, on artisans, on all of those around us, who desperately need jobs driven by the travel and tourism industry.
Tourism Cares, the not-for-profit that I am very fortunate to be the Chair of, is being turned to and requested to activate our over 20 years of experience and expertise in convening the industry around a common purpose, and proven approaches, to make the greatest impact together! United we are, as we rebuild our “essential industry” together. Enjoy the video below, which gives my point of view on sustainability as our shared call to action.
I wish to congratulate the WTTC team and the Government of Quintana Ro for all that they did to activate the 20th WTTC Global Summit. It was an important Summit for all of us as practitioners in this industry, and as travelers ourselves. I personally got incredible response from associates across the globe – Europe, South America, Canada and more. We have a new world to enter into as global travelers. We must do this carefully, consciously and collectively. We must and will “Do it Right.”
Every year in April people around the world celebrate Earth Day. It all began in 1970. Since then it has become a day when we all stop to appreciate all that Mother Nature has created for us, around us, and hopefully with us. We now look to improve upon our past, looking ahead and we commit to doing more, to volunteer more, and to building forward better.
This year is unique. Why? Simply this: over the past year we have all been grounded, unable to move around the world, unable to look at the world from different perspectives. As travelers, it has been challenging. Yet in an interesting way, it has also been rewarding.
For the first time in a long time we’ve been able to appreciate our natural world by standing still. We’ve seen the beauty that is around us, noticing the detail, noticing the changes of the seasons, and importantly, noticing our footprints. As we start traveling again let us reflect:
- Global carbon dioxide emissions fell by 6.4%, or 2.3 billion tonnes, in 2020
- 55 Whales were spotted in the waters near South Georgia, just north of Antarctica in 2020 after 50 years in which sightings in the same waters were scarce.
- 69% of people interviewed in global Values Shift study agreed: “To protect the environment I believe it is important that we all work together towards a more sustainable future.”
This year, as nature rebounds anew, we all have the opportunity to reflect on not just the beauty around us, but our urgent responsibility towards it. What can we do, each and every day, to contribute actively, in both immediate and long term ways? What am I doing? What are you doing?
This year, Earth Day and every day is, I believe, our call of action.
Now is the time to recognize that it is we, each and every one of us, that must commit:
- as individuals to reduce, reuse/recycle, use renewable energies, convert our ways
- support our industry’s plans – environmentally, economically, culturally, and socially. Measurable actions are articulated in every Strategic Plan and on websites.
- Join our families, friends and communities at home or abroad, to work together on new initiatives to “make a difference.”
And reap the great benefits for now and for future generations. The journey has started. 2020-22 is a special time to honor, to celebrate, and to care for, all that we have been given as a gift of Mother Nature. Happy Earth Day!