9th Year Blog Anniversary
As I start my tenth year of blogging, continuing to share my thoughts, observations, and beliefs on how travel & tourism continues to develop, I would like to thank many and any of you that have taken the time to follow my musings, view my photographs and share in feedback along the way.
I hope to continue offering my own insights into how international travel & tourism is developing as an industry, with its multitude of stakeholders. I will also persist in only using my own images, all photographed during my travels.
The pause in all clients’ travel over the past twelve months, with the subsequent knock-on affecting all our location service providers, has resulted in the most comprehensive set of travel & tourism challenges.
Fortunately, after 35 years of business, Nomadic Thoughts have good reserves, no borrowings and we own our office. In addition to a strong business model, our longstanding relationships with our fellow travel industry colleagues across the world (build up over decades) and the understanding and good will of our clients, have allowed us to not only safeguard all our customers’ trips and pre-paid monies, but also take a considerable number of new bookings for those planning to travel later this year.
Despite the collapse of airlines, transportation organisations, accommodation providers, and destination management companies due to the pandemic, we steadfastly continue to offer 100% financial protection of our client’s money through our ATOL license. In addition to returning all clients initially stuck across the globe when the pandemic broke out, we have become experts in postponing, re-postponing, re-jigging and in some cases cautiously cancelling client travel arrangements.
Although we genuinely looking forward with confidence – we take huge encouragement from the work on inoculation rollouts, digital health apps, vaccine passports, bilateral travel deals and the huge appetite for a return to all things travel – the fact remains ‘surviving’ in this COVID-19 business environment will be one of our greatest business achievements.
The world’s travel shutdown has been quick and wholescale. Exemplified by the fact that when I posted my 8th Year Blog Anniversary posting last year, I did not even mention coronavirus.