June 21, 2021

How COVID-19 affected business travel and the hospitality industry

Each year, students from the University of Missouri work with students from India on joint story projects that link their two countries. This year’s stories deal with how various industries are faring in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic. The project was overseen by Laura Ungar, an adjunct instructor at the University of Missouri and investigative and enterprise editor at The Courier Journal in Louisville, and journalist Sujoy Dhar, founder of the Indian news agency India Blooms, based in Kolkata, India.

Rod Uphoff remembers his last day of travel before COVID-19 like it was yesterday, even though it’s been well over a year since the start of the pandemic.

In the span of thirteen months, one of the world’s most prominent industries has drastically changed as the pandemic forced employees across the world to work from home, causing an unprecedented decline in business travel.