The first few weeks of quarantine felt like the beginning of an apocalyptic movie: No planes in the sky, no cruise ships on the horizon…no toilet paper on the shelves. Thousands of businesses across the country struggled to adapt and remain open, but with stay-at-home orders in place, the travel industry came to an abrupt standstill.
Within a matter of days airports emptied, hotels became vacant, and Disneyland closed its gates for only the third time in history. By April of 2020, just one month into quarantine, hotels and motels had already lost nearly 50% of their monthly revenue, according to a recent QuickBooks study . Museums and other tourist attractions along with them. And travel agents immediately felt the pain.