ravel experts say the devastation to the industry caused by the global pandemic of the coronavirus will only make the sector stronger – and entice more people to travel – when the pandemic finally ends.

Paula Froelich, founder and editor of the online travel magazine for women ‘A Broad Abroad,’ recently wrote a piece in the New York Post on this topic. She talked about the situation with fellow pundits who all agree that, while it will take time, there will be an appreciation for travel that will help bring the airlines, cruise lines, hotels and restaurants back to life.

“I think when this has finally come under control it will create a huge need to travel,” said Samantha Brown, who hosts the PBS travel show ‘Places to Love.’ “And I’m not talking just travel to far places … but small trips to more local and state destinations. We will want to move and most importantly reconnect to people.”

Pavia Rosati, who founded the travel site Fathom, agreed and said there will likely be an “increased interest in local travel, for those who want to stay relatively close to home. This might be the year that New Yorkers who usually go to Greece make their way to Nantucket or the Gullah Islands instead.”