Across air, hospitality, cruise and retail, there was remarkable agreement among the executives I interviewed about how 2021 could play out for leisure travel: Rough first half, but incredible pent-up demand driving strong recovery beginning in the second half.
But there are two big ifs attached to this prediction: If the vaccine rollouts are smooth and if people can adhere to recommended protocols to get the virus under control.
The approval of vaccines in the waning months of 2020 seems to have provided improved visibility, but some lingering fog remains.
-- Arnie Weissmann
This year's Executive View:
Ed Bastian, Delta Air Lines
Jan Swartz, Holland America Group
Audrey Hendley, American Express Travel
Graeme Davis, Baha Mar