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Is This the End of Business Travel as We Know It?

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Is This the End of Business Travel as We Know It?

Pivot Podcast

New York Magazine,

5 min read
4 take-aways
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Which pandemic-inspired changes are worth keeping?

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The pandemic forced people to get comfortable doing business primarily online, using digital communication tools. Some pandemic business practices will be worth keeping, and a major reduction in business travel will be one of them. Now that everyone is comfortable using Zoom, will business travel really be necessary postpandemic? Emissions are down and people are spending more time at home and with their families. Aren’t these changes worth saving? New York Magazine’s Pivot podcast hosts Kara Swisher and Scott Galloway think so.


Premature travel could facilitate the proliferation of dangerous COVID-19 variants. If a vaccine-resistant strain gains traction, it could be catastrophic.

As Dr. Anthony Fauci predicted, small outbreaks of COVID-19 have been popping up, even in the vaccine era. Duke University canceled classes due to an outbreak, for example, and Yale University canceled spring break this 2021 in an attempt to keep its students from traveling to spring break party spots where the virus might proliferate. Attempts to limit the spread seem at odds with the needs of the airline industry, which has suffered due to reduced travel. US airlines took a major hit, losing at least $35 billion dollars. Now, travel is up for the first time since March 15, 2020. It’s good news, right? Possibly...

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