2021: The Year Travel Reinvents Itself

Has the pandemic created an opportunity for the travel industry to transform?

Change is happening incredibly fast. This past year has seen sweeping changes in how we live, work, communicate and shop and so much of this has to do with technology; however, we are yet to see how exactly the travel industry will change.

So far, there have seen discussions around vaccination passports and that you must be vaccinated to travel, but nothing has been confirmed yet. With new documentation required, different rules for different countries and the aftermath of not only Covid but Brexit too, it is inevitable that the way we travel is going to change.

At Selective Travel Management, we are aware that the thought of travelling again can seem overwhelming. There is now more to think about than ever before when making travel plans and you may worry that something has been overlooked or that your travel plans might be disrupted. That is why we are working hard to improve our service and online tools, so that our clients can once again travel confidently when travel resumes.

2021 is seeing many changes across all industries and this is a journey we will all need to adapt to as technology evolves.

Some key questions are:

  • How will technology change the way we travel?
  • Will everything go digital?
  • And will travel be easier because of this?

Whilst we do not know the answers to all these questions, what we do know is that the opportunity for change is endless.

Our personal phones are the key to us not only keeping our personal data protected but also our personal identification and there is no doubt that they will play a major role as to how the travel industry evolves.

Some of the things that may change because of technology improvements are:

  • Security
  • Immigration
  • All our documents may be stored on our phones including our tickets, passports, visas and any additional documents that may be required

As a result of these changes, airport queues will be quicker which will benefit business travellers and there will be less wastage of paper, making the way we travel more sustainable.

Lockdowns and restrictions have enabled us to appreciate our own countries, with ‘staycations’ and exploring local attractions becoming our only source of freedom. The way people travel and their reasons for travelling will ultimately change because of this, as some people may no longer have the desire to travel, whilst some might have an even bigger desire than ever before.

Not only has the desire to travel changed, but the way we travel will also change, as people become more eco-conscious than ever before. At Selective Travel Management, we have focused on our own sustainability by gaining our ISO 14001 and Eco Vadis accreditations whilst also partnering with a carbon offsetting company to provide carbon friendly options to our clients.

Selective Travel Management will keep you up to date with the latest developments regarding vaccinations, vaccination passports and any other new travel requirements.

If you have any questions on any of the above information or would just like some advice regarding the future of travel, do not hesitate to get in touch. Our team of experts have the knowledge and experience to guide you through this process.

If you would like to have your Business Travel Simplified, then speak with a member of our team on (028) 9038 9007 or email