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Pandemic May Permanently Shrink Travel For Business As Videoconferencing Rises




A plane sits on the tarmac at a South Carolina airport on March 01, 2020 in Columbia, South Carolina. As concerns grow about the spread of the Coronavirus, many travelers are altering their plans which has affected companies in the travel industry.
A plane sits on the tarmac at a South Carolina airport on March 01, 2020 in Columbia, South Carolina. As concerns grow about the spread of the Coronavirus, many travelers are altering their plans which has affected companies in the travel industry.
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Businesses that have traditionally relied on travel have had to adapt to the pandemic’s restrictions, which may permanently reshape the way that they operate. According to an article in the Associated Press, businesses are replacing travel with substitutes such as video conferences, and this could cause problems for hotels, airlines, convention centers, and other industries that have historically relied on business travelers.

In many senses, the pandemic has proven travel obsolete and cut costs for businesses. While retail giants like Amazon have saved billions of dollars, many employees feel that videoconferencing is not as effective as conducting business in person.

We talk with L.A. Times reporter Hugo Martín about the future of business travel. If your travel for work has been reduced or scrapped altogether, call in and let us know how this has affected your employment at 866-893-5722.

Guest:

Hugo Martín, staff writer for the Los Angeles Times covering the travel industry; he tweets @hugomartin