Travel agency Neosho says industry is rebounding | KSNF/KODE

NEOSHO, Mo. – Many industries have still not returned to the status quo due to the changes brought about by COVID. But one of them is getting closer.

“At some point, how bad did it go?” asked Stuart Price of KSN, Reporting.

“In a word, awful,” said Ken Mayer, owner of GalaxSea Cruises & Tours.

At the height of the pandemic, Mayer had to lay off nearly all of his 10 employees and wasn’t sure he could stay in business. But what a difference a few years make.

“And more people can go to places, and more places are open, and cruises have resumed,” Mayer said.

Although the travel industry has improved a lot, he says it has not yet returned to its pre-pandemic state. The main problem being, as you might guess, a shortage of workers in all aspects of the travel industry.

“Instead of tourist companies making 10 trips a day, they only make 5, and instead of airlines making 15 flights a day, they only make 6,” he said.

Even with these limitations, he was able to bring back most of the people he let go. And in some facets of travel and tourism, business has never been better.

“National parks off the maps, uh vacation rentals, uh vacation homes, especially along Florida beaches off the maps.”

If you’re worried about COVID-related restrictions or vaccination mandates, as a reason not to travel overseas and especially to the United States…

“Most of these things are significantly scaled back from what they used to be, and it continues to be less and less restrictive. We are going in the right direction, is it completely open, no but it is going in the right direction,” added Mayer.

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