So what’s in store for us in this ‘new world’?
Here are the BigChilli’s predictions:
• An increase in online education, as well as fun activities like piano lessons, dancing and yoga.
• The mask will become a wardrobe staple.
• Businesses will shift to smaller, flexible office space, or co-working sections, leading to a glut of office space, especially in prime buildings.
• Domestic tourism and family travel will boom, with kids being the decision makers.
• Many independent mid-market restaurants will not reopen. Online F&B will grow rapidly in popularity.
• Nightlife areas like Patpong, Nana and Soi Cowboy will struggle to re-establish themselves.
• The expected recession will see a significant fall in the price of property, especially condos. The car market will be flooded with second-hand vehicles at bargain prices.
• People will spend less on clothes. Lavishing the cash on luxury items will be drastically reduced.
• Shopping centres will change in format with restaurants replacing many shops.
• An increase in home cooking, growing vegetables and even brewing beer.
• Families will spend more time together at home; online games will be even more popular.
• Less physical contact will mean fewer touch screens and an expansion of voice and machine vision interfaces that recognize faces and gestures.
• Video conferencing and webinars will increase but some face-to-face meetings and conferences will happen.
• An increase in video consultations with doctors, replacing personal visits.
• An increase in e-sports that create games of football, rugby and baseball, as well as F1 car races.
• Less trust in mainstream media (MSM), more attention to independent websites and citizen journalists.
• More government surveillance.
• Beginning of the end of paper money.
Travel Industry predictions from Andrew Wood:
• Travel Agents regrettably will see even further business declines in their business volumes post Corvid-19. Potential travellers will continue to DIY digitally as they are
becoming increasingly computer proficient and savvy surfers.
• Green travel and care of the environment will see record volume growth as the travelling public now ‘get-it’ after the effects of a virus that stopped the world in its tracks.
• As domestic and family travel grows, 5-star hotel occupancies will decline. Mid-range hotels will see the fastest growth.
Andrew was born in Yorkshire England, a 40-year professional
hotelier, who is currently President of Skal International Bangkok and guest lecturer at various universities in Thailand including Assumption University's Hospitality School and the Japan Hotel Schoolin Tokyo.