Influencers are now spread across various niches, with travel being one of the biggest. Travel influencers have some of the best jobs, they get to go around the world, stay at lovely resorts and hotels, and get paid for doing so! However, with coronavirus wreaking havoc on the global economy and mandating travel bans, these influencers are also feeling the burn.
Speaking to BuzzFeed, several travel influencers shared how the COVID-19 outbreak is killing their revenues, with some reporting 50% reductions and others uncertain about their future.
Callum Snape, a travel influencer with over 800k followers, claimed that his income was being affected massively and he has not received any new inquiries in well over a month since the virus broke out.
Similarly, Alen Palander, another travel influencer, shared how many of his main projects were canceled and others were put on hold as businesses brace for the economic impact of blockages and economic activity coming to a halt.
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Most governments around the world have closed or restricted travel across borders, and places of public gathering, such as schools, cinemas, and other venues have been closed in a bid to prevent the virus from spreading unchecked.
While these steps are necessary to control the outbreak and have proven effective in China, they have a substantial impact on the economy as all activity stops, businesses don’t make money, salaries are not paid and consequently, there is no public spending.
The question now is how long this will take because even with government aid packages, there is only so long the economy can be suspended without largescale damage. Businesses that are big enough and have buffers can survive, but those barely meeting expenses and having to make debt payments are at risk of going under.
Another travel influencer Melissa Hie told BuzzFeed that her revenue dropped to half since the outbreak and that she is not planning any new trips until the virus situation is resolved.