Decorations to simulate plane windows are seen on the exteriors of a Thai Airways pop-up aeroplane-themed restaurant in Bangkok on September 10. Coronavirus-safe travel bubbles have the potential to restart business and leisure travel in Asia, but only if robust procedures and guidelines are in place. Photo: AFP Decorations to simulate plane windows are seen on the exteriors of a Thai Airways pop-up aeroplane-themed restaurant in Bangkok on September 10. Coronavirus-safe travel bubbles have the potential to restart business and leisure travel in Asia, but only if robust procedures and guidelines are in place. Photo: AFP
Decorations to simulate plane windows are seen on the exteriors of a Thai Airways pop-up aeroplane-themed restaurant in Bangkok on September 10. Coronavirus-safe travel bubbles have the potential to restart business and leisure travel in Asia, but only if robust procedures and guidelines are in place. Photo: AFP
Todd Handcock
Opinion

Opinion

Todd Handcock

For Covid-19 travel bubbles to last longer than their namesakes, standard protocol is key

  • The repeated failures to restart global travel by economies in Asia and elsewhere demonstrate the critical need for a multilateral solution to mitigate risks
  • These health and safety measures must be in place to shore up traveller confidence, without which demand will remain weak

Decorations to simulate plane windows are seen on the exteriors of a Thai Airways pop-up aeroplane-themed restaurant in Bangkok on September 10. Coronavirus-safe travel bubbles have the potential to restart business and leisure travel in Asia, but only if robust procedures and guidelines are in place. Photo: AFP Decorations to simulate plane windows are seen on the exteriors of a Thai Airways pop-up aeroplane-themed restaurant in Bangkok on September 10. Coronavirus-safe travel bubbles have the potential to restart business and leisure travel in Asia, but only if robust procedures and guidelines are in place. Photo: AFP
Decorations to simulate plane windows are seen on the exteriors of a Thai Airways pop-up aeroplane-themed restaurant in Bangkok on September 10. Coronavirus-safe travel bubbles have the potential to restart business and leisure travel in Asia, but only if robust procedures and guidelines are in place. Photo: AFP
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Todd Handcock

Todd Handcock

Todd Handcock is president, Asia Pacific, at Collinson. He has over 25 years of experience in the region, with leadership roles across sales, marketing and operations. Prior to joining Collinson, he was president Europe, Middle East and Asia Pacific for Kognitiv Corporation. He is currently chairman of the Canadian Chamber of Commerce in Hong Kong.