Few people are travelling because of the coronavirus pandemic, and sales of guides to destinations such as the temples of Cambodia are down. Two Hong Kong-based publishers have different survival strategies as they wait to see when and how international travel restarts. Photo: Getty Images/iStockphoto Few people are travelling because of the coronavirus pandemic, and sales of guides to destinations such as the temples of Cambodia are down. Two Hong Kong-based publishers have different survival strategies as they wait to see when and how international travel restarts. Photo: Getty Images/iStockphoto
Few people are travelling because of the coronavirus pandemic, and sales of guides to destinations such as the temples of Cambodia are down. Two Hong Kong-based publishers have different survival strategies as they wait to see when and how international travel restarts. Photo: Getty Images/iStockphoto

Shock of Covid-19 for travel guide publisher ‘unprecedented’ – 9/11 and financial crisis did not have as big or deep an impact

  • Simon Westcott of Luxe City Guides, based in Hong Kong, says the future is more uncertain than ever, as he looks to business-to-business deals
  • A 40-year veteran of travel guide publishing, Magnus Bartlett of Odyssey Guides, sees a huge market for ‘vicarious travel’ as he lines up new and revised books

Topic |   Books and Literature
Few people are travelling because of the coronavirus pandemic, and sales of guides to destinations such as the temples of Cambodia are down. Two Hong Kong-based publishers have different survival strategies as they wait to see when and how international travel restarts. Photo: Getty Images/iStockphoto Few people are travelling because of the coronavirus pandemic, and sales of guides to destinations such as the temples of Cambodia are down. Two Hong Kong-based publishers have different survival strategies as they wait to see when and how international travel restarts. Photo: Getty Images/iStockphoto
Few people are travelling because of the coronavirus pandemic, and sales of guides to destinations such as the temples of Cambodia are down. Two Hong Kong-based publishers have different survival strategies as they wait to see when and how international travel restarts. Photo: Getty Images/iStockphoto
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