David and Catherine talk to Thomas Willms, CEO of Deutsche Hospitality, about what it means to lose the freedom of travel. Referencing Germany’s history and the restrictions that existed prior to the fall of the Berlin Wall, Willms says this is a particularly tough time for consumers right now.
In China, too, he says it’s been tough rewinding of the clocks to an era of border and state controls. He is optimistic, however, that travel will return due to our innate curiosity and desire to see the world. By September, he hopes leisure travel will start to come back, followed soon after by business travel; however, large-scale meetings and events will likely take significantly longer.