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Recipes Around the World: Belarusian Draniki

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My Name is Matcha and This is My Incredible Story!

Oh my. I just watched the sunrise from the highest platform of my super fun cat tower. A few minutes ago, I devoured a plate of white ocean fish mixed with salmon flakes! Can you believe it? Salmon flakes! Seriously, what a wild ride my life has been. And I’m only 4 months old. My […]

How to Take a Pet Home from Bali

After rescuing an abandoned kitten in Bali, I made the decision to take her to the US with me when it was time to leave. However, to take a pet home from Bali is not a straightforward decision by any means. First, pets are not allowed out of Bali. Yes, it is illegal to take […]

LTO Launches Online Portal for Driver License Transactions

The last thing anyone wants to do in the time of COVD-19 is to wait in long queues in a busy office for several hours to submit a paper application form. And that is exactly what you used to have to do if you wanted to convert your foreign driver license into a local one […]

Teaching English: Get Paid to Travel

Plenty of people aspire to have the freedom to travel as part of their career. It’s often something that’s gradually worked towards as you climb the career ladder. But, what if you could travel the world and begin a new career at the same time? Teaching English abroad is an increasingly popular choice for keen […]

Flight Centre Takes Aim at Essential Services Travel for the Road to Recovery

Flight Centre Travel Group posted an overall loss of $370 million for its 2019/20 financial year. Flight Centre Skift Take: With a narrowing pool of viable customers, in the form of governments and other essential service providers, the competition’s going to be tough out there. — Matthew Parsons Read the Complete Story On Skift

The State Of Educational Travel In a World Gone Virtual

Some countries are waiving travel restrictions for overseas students. StephanieHau / Unsplash Skift Take: Overseas students bring in the cash, but specialist agencies are still exposed as the pandemic starts to bite. — Matthew Parsons Read the Complete Story On Skift

Virgin Atlantic Now Has 18 Months to Get It Right After Court’s Plan Approval

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Airlines Urge U.S. and Britain to Trial Virus Testing for Flyers to Revive London-New York Route

Passengers from international flights arrive at Heathrow Airport, following the outbreak of the coronavirus disease, London, Britain, July 29, 2020. Toby Melville / Reuters Skift Take: Passenger testing could enable an “air bridge” between London and New York. Yet quick, accurate, and affordable tests remain rare. — Sean O’Neill Read the Complete Story On Skift

United, Other Airlines Finalize Furlough Numbers for When Federal Aid Expires

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Not Every U.S. Airline Is Eliminating Change Fees in the Same Way

American Airlines has introduced new customer-friendly policies. Pictured are a parent and child on one of the airline’s aircraft. American Airlines Skift Take: In the near future, airlines expect fewer business travelers will fly. That means they need to attract people going on vacation. And a lot of those consumers do not like change fees. […]

At Least One Airline Said It Saw Demand Grow

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The End of the Expat Lifestyle and How That Will Impact the Travel Industry

One of the casualties of globalization, hyper-connectedness, direct flights, rising levels of nationalism — and a global pandemic — is most certainly the plum expat gig.  Merla / Adobe Skift Take: As the cushy expat gigs wind down in the world, what is needed from a policy standpoint to attract the new generation of talented, […]

The Tourism Industry Wants a ‘Stretch Season’

The travel industry hopes people still take road trips into autumn. Dino Reichmuth / Unsplash Skift Take: The virus isn’t going anywhere come autumn, but there is some hope that the travel industry can stretch the summer travel season into the cooler months. — Rosie Spinks Read the Complete Story On Skift

Croatia Welcomed Americans This Summer — How’d That Work Out?

Dubrovnik, Croatia Morgan / Unsplash Skift Take: Croatia has taken a more liberal approach than other European nations to visitation this summer, framing itself as a safe country to visit even while welcoming Americans. The problem is that an influx of visitors may just be undermining that claim. — Rosie Spinks Read the Complete Story […]

Gunmaker Smith & Wesson’s Parent Sees Opportunity With New RV Vacation Boom

Anthony Lake in Baker County, Oregon. It’s in the Elkhorn Mountains of Northeast Oregon along the Elkhorn Scenic Byway just outside of Baker City. Baker County Tourism Skift Take: Thanks to pandemic-driven demand for all thing in outdoor recreation, everyone’s hearing the call of the wild. Even gunmakers. — Sean O’Neill Read the Complete Story […]

How Will Emerging Economies Reliant on Tourism Survive the Crisis?

Fishermen in Bali Thomas Depenbusch (Depi) / Flickr Skift Take: Many emerging economies have built their growth strategies on tourism. Not every one will survive a long-term upset — followed by a likely long-term recession — and be able to pick up where they left off on the other side. — Rosie Spinks Read the […]

Starwood CEO Touts Resiliency of Extended Stay Hotels During Pandemic

Starwood Property Trust continues to see notably above-average performance in its extended stay hotel sector investments, like InTown Suites (pictured). InTown Suites / Wikimedia Skift Take: Extended stay hotels may be strong performers for Starwood Property Trust and Barry Sternlicht, but it may be years before the investment firm looks to deploy capital further into […]

Traveler Confidence in Public Health Officials Plummets

Who’s keeping Americans safe? Skift Skift Take: Travel companies in the U.S. are up against a vexing foe: declining trust in public health bodies. — Rosie Spinks Read the Complete Story On Skift

The Coolest Airbnbs in New York City

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Struggling Tourist Destinations Pitch Themselves to New Digital Nomads as Remote Work Locales

Come to Bermuda, stay a while? Bermuda Tourism Authority Skift Take: The pandemic may accelerate the existing trend of digital nomads in an unexpected way — and some destinations are taking notice at a time when leisure travel is decimated. — Rosie Spinks Read the Complete Story On Skift

Virgin Atlantic Files Chapter 15 Petition in U.S. to Assist Its Rescue in the UK

Virgin Atlantic and TUI Airways aircraft are seen at Manchester Airport, following the outbreak of the coronavirus disease, Manchester, Britain, June 8, 2020. Phil Noble / Reuters Skift Take: The real restructuring happened three weeks ago, as Airline Weekly’s analysts have noted. This move is just to facilitate that. — Sean O’Neill Read the Complete […]

Hyatt CEO Says China Offers Proof Hotels Don’t Need a Vaccine to Recover From Coronavirus

Hyatt leaders Tuesday touted significant recovery in their Greater China portfolio (pictured: the Grand Hyatt Taipei) despite a major second quarter loss. Solomon203 / Wikimedia Skift Take: Hyatt leaders promote ongoing strength in China’s hotel recovery, but the company can’t lose sight that its exposure in the country — despite the momentum — is smaller […]

Tourism and Aviation Among the Sectors Giving Insurers the Most Concern in the Pandemic

Empty plane interior with few people and stewardess during coronavirus pandemia. Underwriters said aviation is one of the most concerning areas in current portfolios. Pavlo Vakhrushev / Adobe Skift Take: Aviation and tourism are two of the leading areas of concerns for insurers, according to a recent survey. It’s the latest bit of troubling news […]

The Ultimate One-Week Pacific Northwest Road Trip Itinerary

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How I Find Coworking Spaces Around the World

Every week I work. It’s not just travel. Without work, there would be no travel. If I need to work 40 hours per week, or more, so be it. The reward is being able to spend my free time on all kinds of adventures around the world that I never dreamed I would be able […]

Best Western CEO Says U.S. Hotels Need 6-Month Lifeline From D.C. to Survive, Not Just to Recover

The next six to nine months are a crucial survival breaking point for the U.S. hotel industry, Best Western CEO David Kong said in an interview with Skift. Best Western Hotels & Resorts Skift Take: Best Western CEO David Kong wants hotel-specific economic relief from Washington like anyone else in the industry, but he’s among […]

China, Italy, and the U.S. — A Tale of 3 Hotel Industry Recoveries

China’s hotel industry recovery from the pandemic continues to propel forward while the U.S. stagnates amid rising cases. Li Yang / Good Free Photos Skift Take: China and Europe continue to post strong gains in their hotel industry recoveries — not so much in the U.S. Hotel company mask mandates won’t help the problem unless […]

Airlines Facing a Lot of ‘Ifs’

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Travel Blogs Rode Credit Card Referrals Wave: What Comes Next?

The Points Guy moved into new office space in 2017. It racked up big revenues on credit card referral fees. TPG Architecture Skift Take: If you wanted to make money in travel media in the past decade, credit card referral revenue was the best bet. But now that stream has dried up. Will it return? […]

Phased Out: U.S. Airlines Look to the Past, Future

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A Quarter for Airlines Everyone Wants to Forget

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Airbus Orders Plunge

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Majority of Brits, Germans and French Would Skip Holidays if Masks and Testing Required: New Survey

No wonder these tourists are lonely. Many Europeans say they would skip vacations if required to wear masks and take tests. Nacho Doce / Reuters Skift Take: Travel is just too much of a hassle, it seems. So many Europeans are asking: Why bother? Not what airlines, hotels, and destinations want to hear right now. […]

China Tourism Leans on Cross-Province Group Tours as Bellwether of Recovery

Domestic travelers at Yu Gardens in Shanghai before Covid-19. Will there be as many? Photo courtesy of Abercrombie and Kent Skift Take: China has allowed cross-province group tours to resume, with conditions. Sold in a flash is an understatement. But will all go well? This will be the test towards full recovery of its travel […]

The Hotel as Cultural Diplomacy: More Important Than Ever Going Forward

The lobby of the Royal Mansour Hotel in Marrakech, Morocco. The Royal Mansour Hotel Skift Take: Cultural diplomacy is often found in museums and cultural initiatives. It is seldom found in hotels. The Royal Mansour in Marrakech was a statement of intent from the king to show the best of the country’s craft and service. […]

A 33 Percent Drop in U.S. GDP and the Ominous Signs for Travel’s Recovery

U.S. GDP decreased at a record rate in the second quarter of 2020. A closer look shows rough news for travel Joshua Woroniecki / Pixabay Skift Take: The U.S. economy showed a record rate of contraction in the second quarter, and a closer look revealed some troubling signs for travel. — Korey Matthews Read the […]

Finding the Right Formula for Promoting Luxury Pandemic Staycations in Asia

Capella Singapore: Who says locals won’t holiday at home? Capella Singapore Skift Take: Asia’s luxury hotels are competing for staycations with ideas, not price. A valuable outcome will be a rise in partnerships as hotels tie up with various local companies to curate new experiences to entice locals. — Raini Hamdi Read the Complete Story […]

Spain Imposes Second Local Coronavirus Lockdown After Infections Spike

A scene in Galicia, Spain, on November 8, 2018. The Galicia region announced a coronavirus-related lockdown July 5, 2020. Kristian Ruhe Thorsen / Flickr.com Skift Take: The smart money always said that a coronavirus recovery would be uneven, and Spain is finding that out the hard way. — Dennis Schaal Read the Complete Story On […]

Ireland Delays Loosening Travel Restrictions Until July 20

A scene in Dublin, Ireland on June 5, 2014. Ireland will ease coronavirus-related travel restrictions on July 20, 2020. Sean Macentee / Flickr.com Skift Take: Ireland has one of the lowest Covid-19 infections rates in Europe, and its cautious approach appears to be working. — Dennis Schaal Read the Complete Story On Skift

Taj Mahal to Open Monday With Mask, Distancing Restrictions

The Taj Mahal, pictured here at sunrise, is set to reopen on Monday, July 6. Visual Hunt Skift Take: Even though it will reopen with 80 percent fewer visitors than on average days, it’s a welcome sign to see one of the world’s greatest landmark destinations back up and running. — Tom Lowry Read the […]

The Ultimate Southern USA Road Trip Guide

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Second Half Blues and 12 Other Coronavirus Travel Stories This Week

Photo of an empty plane. Adobe Stock Skift Take: In coronavirus travel stories this week, Skift covered the prospect of a disappointing second half of 2020, travel managers assessing the worth of sending employees on trips, whether hostels in Singapore are doomed, and how under-visited destinations may get a boost in the recovery. — Dennis […]

U.S. Hospitality Jobs Rose Sharply in June But Hotels Still Operating With Half the Staff

While the overall U.S. leisure and hospitality unemployment rate fell to 29 percent in June, the hotel sector still faces 43 percent unemployment. Andrewrabbott / Wikimedia Skift Take: A strong jobs report is a good sign for the U.S. economy but may hinder hotel organizations in their push for further government stimulus. — Cameron Sperance […]

A European Summer Without Americans Threatens Already Struggling Luxury Hotels

The EU’s travel ban on Americans is another hit to the struggling hotel industry, but some segments may manage to navigate the summer without much of an impact. Ptra / Pixabay Skift Take: The EU’s ban on American travelers is another revenue hit for European hoteliers, but also an opportunity to build up a domestic […]

6 Key Takeaways From Skift Forum Europe

Travel business got a chance to look themselves in the mirror and to redesign their operations during the coronavirus crisis. A sideview mirror as pictured on December 5, 2015. Sam / Flickr.com Skift Take: Nothing like a world-shattering crisis to force companies to look into the mirror and contemplate a makeover. Will consumer travel preferences […]

IHG and Accor Leaders See Short-Term Virus Response Fueling Longer-Term European Hotel Strategies

The InterContinental London Park Lane. IHG uses classic colors for its luxury brand. Skift Take: The hotel sector is nothing if not inventive, and IHG and Accor have bold ideas to take advantage of what’s shaping up to be a mostly domestic summer season. — Matthew Parsons Read the Complete Story On Skift

Is the End for Boeing’s Storied 747 Jumbo Jet Finally Here?

Boeing is reportedly set to finally retire the legendary 747, after speculation over the years it would soon be history. Zen Sasaki / Flickr Skift Take: No secret on this one. The grand jumbo that revolutionized aviation in the 1970s appears ready to become part of history. RIP, Queen of the Skies. — Tom Lowry […]

How U.S. Airlines Are Trying to Stop the Pandemic Spreading on Flights

Woman wearing a mask for prevent virus at an international airport. Adobe Skift Take: People will debate whether these airline efforts amount to “health theater” or not for months to come. — Sean O’Neill Read the Complete Story On Skift

JetBlue Founder Close to Giving Up TAP Stake as Portuguese Government Takes a Controlling Share

A Tap Air Portugal Airbus A321 in Hamburg. The airline is closing in on a deal to give the government a controlling interest. Kevin Hackert / Flickr.com Skift Take: Giving a controlling stake to the Portuguese government is the price TAP will likely pay for a bailout. — Dennis Schaal Read the Complete Story On […]

American Airlines Warns Its International Capacity Will Still Be Way Down a Year From Now

An American Airlines Boeing 737 aircraft on the tarmac. American Airlines Group will adjust its long-haul international schedule for winter 2020 through summer 2021 to be down 25 percent from 2019 levels. American Airlines Skift Take: Given the crisis, it’s hard to believe the words “dividend” and “solidly profitable” will ever appear in the same […]

United Turns Bullish, Adding 25,000 Flights for August

United Airlines plane. The company is adding nearly 25,000 flights in August. Skift Skift Take: United is adding nearly 25,000 flights for its August schedule. It’s a big bet that the demand will be there to make it worth it. — Korey Matthews Read the Complete Story On Skift

Thailand Partially Lifts Ban on International Arrivals With Rapid Covid Tests on Arrival

Suvarnabhumi Airport in Bangkok, Thailand Mr.Autthaporn Pradidpong / Unsplash Skift Take: In line with its prudent approach to containing the virus so far, Thailand will be testing all foreign arrivals at its largest airport as it begins to lift travel restrictions. — Rosie Spinks Read the Complete Story On Skift

Pandemic Costs Africa Nearly $55 Billion in Lost Travel and Tourism

An elephant grazes among wildebeests and zebras during a census at the Amboseli National Park, 290 km (188 miles) southeast of Kenya’s capital Nairobi, October 9, 2013. Thomas Mukoya Skift Take: The pandemic threatens an economic whiplash in Africa that could be worse than the disease itself. But the upside for wildlife is that trophy […]

Greece’s Small Resorts Hope for Just 20 Percent of Last Year’s Summer Season

Ruines in Rhodes, Greece. LA khai-way / Unsplash Skift Take: Tourism is reopening in Greece but expectations remain historically low for places like the island of Rhodes. — Rosie Spinks Read the Complete Story On Skift

England Scraps Travel Restrictions for 50 Nations, U.S. Arrivals Will Still Need to Quarantine

Travelers’ shadows queue at Heathrow Airport. Yolanda Sun / Unsplash Skift Take: In a month, the UK’s travel restrictions have gone from blanket quarantine, to air bridges, to a traffic light system. What will they think of next? — Rosie Spinks Read the Complete Story On Skift

Nearly 37 Million Americans Are Expected to Take July 4th Road Trips Even as Virus Cases Surge

A Fourth of July parade. Stephen Kruso / Flickr Skift Take: The pandemic shows no signs of slowing down in the U.S., but the Arrivalist’s Daily Travel Index shows that Americans are taking road trips regardless. — Rosie Spinks Read the Complete Story On Skift

Marriott Says Trump Administration Demanded It to Shutter Cuba Hotel Operations

Four years after Starwood became the first U.S. hotel operator to run a hotel in Cuba since the 1959 revolution, Marriott — which bought Starwood in 2016 — says the Trump administration wants it to end operations. Falkenpost / Pixabay Skift Take: Marriott’s planned Cuban expansion may become a sacrificial byproduct of the Trump administration’s […]

European Union Plans to Reopen Most Borders in July

EU Home Affairs Commissioner Ylva Johansson talking at an earlier press conference. European Commission Skift Take: Member countries of the European Union are in disagreement about how long to maintain travel restrictions. But expect most travel in and out of the bloc to stay blocked at least through July 1. — Sean O’Neill Read the […]

Travel Sector Remains Thorn in a Falling U.S. Unemployment Rate Defying Expectations

The U.S. unemployment rate dropped to 13.3 percent in May, but the travel sector is still seeing brutally high numbers. William Warby / Flickr Skift Take: The travel industry shouldn’t sing yet — the hospitality and leisure unemployment rate fell three points in May, but the sector is still in a decimated place from where […]

What South Africa’s Virus Protocols Tell Us About Balancing a Travel Economy With a Nation’s Health

South Africa president Cyril Ramaphosa imposed strict lockdown measures early on in the crisis. Reuters Skift Take: South Africa is understandably cautious as it approaches winter, and doing all it can to stave off a health crisis. But its strict and prolonged protocols might end up doing more harm than good. — Matthew Parsons Read […]

Tourist Guides Will Be the Earliest Enforcers of Safety Measures in Travel

A tour guide in China. Chastagner Thierry / Unsplash Skift Take: For tourist guides who manage to ride out travel’s shutdown, a new set of challenges and expectations will be awaiting the profession on the other side. — Rosie Spinks Read the Complete Story On Skift

U.S. Airlines Plan to Increase Flights to Places That Boast the Great Outdoors

Jackson Hole, Wyoming. Ben Emrick / Unsplash Skift Take: Summer tourism certainly won’t be robust this year, but where it does happen, it’s likely to happen outdoors. Airlines are changing their offerings to cater to that need. — Rosie Spinks Read the Complete Story On Skift

Project Ideas Around the House (for When You’re Not Feeling Productive at All)

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A New Boss of Clean Will Ensure More Than Just Crystal Sparkles at New York’s Baccarat Hotel

Tanja Hernandez is the Baccarat Hotel’s new director of environmental health and safety. Baccarat Hotel New York Skift Take: It’s going to take more than a label to give guests confidence to book a post-pandemic hotel stay. Hoteliers need someone to make sure all the heightened cleaning standards are not only announced but also rigorously […]

Where Are Travel Prices Headed? Get Ready for Twists and Turns

Pavilion of the enlightened at Ancient Siam in Thailand. Hatoriz / Visual Hunt Skift Take: Domestic airfares around the world fell dramatically in May — on average. But, as with hotels, there are currently pockets of strength — and will be for months. Still, contrarian trends don’t make for a nice, tidy trend line when […]

American and United Diverge on Summer Recovery Expectations

American Airlines is adding significant domestic capacity in July. Tim Bounds / Flickr Skift Take: American and United are taking different approaches in the Covid-19 recovery. Each has valid reasons for their strategies, which seem rooted in how they view the U.S. market’s potential. — Brian Sumers Read the Complete Story On Skift

Emirates and Etihad Will Resume Transit Flights

A traveler walks in Abu Dhabi. JumpStory Skift Take: Many people remain stranded far from home because they can’t get transit flights onward to their final destinations. So it’s good news for many workers and families that Emirates and Etihad are restarting transit flights through hub airports in Abu Dhabi and Dubai. — Sean O’Neill […]

Sweden to Ease Travel Curbs as It Pursues Different Approach to the Pandemic

One of Oslo’s waterfronts. JumpStory Skift Take: Norway and Denmark opened their borders to each other but snubbed neighboring Sweden due to its relatively high levels of confirmed coronavirus cases. Sweden will permit its domestic tourism to resume in the meantime. — Sean O’Neill Read the Complete Story On Skift

Recipes Around the World: Sri Lankan Curry

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Tours and Attractions Pursue New Hygiene Regimes to Coronavirus Recovery

The coronavirus pandemic is forcing tour operators and attractions to heighten their health and sanitation protocols, like this zipline attraction from El Nido Resorts in Palawan in the Philippines . Miniloc / Adobe Skift Take: Tourism is now having its OCD moment in the face of the coronavirus. Will new sanitation protocols in the tourism […]

Marriott and Accor CEOs Disagree on How Quickly Europe’s Hotels Will Recover

The CEOs of Accor and Marriott disagree on whether European hotels are too dependent on long-haul travel to recover quickly from coronavirus. Jim Trodel / Flickr Skift Take: As long as Europe can create a strong network of travel bubbles or reopen as much of the Schengen Area without coronavirus travel restrictions, its hotel recovery […]

Hotel CEOs Say Protests Are Our ‘Call to Action’ to Do More to Promote Racial Justice

Several U.S. hotel company CEOs Tuesday said they support ongoing peaceful protests against racial inequality. Fibonacci Blue / Wikimedia Skift Take: U.S. hotel leaders say repeated examples of prejudice and racial inequality are a call for them to do more given their diverse workforces. What materializes from such a call? A whole world is waiting. […]

The Long View This Week: Oyo CEO Ritesh Agarwal on the Future of His Company & Hospitality

Skift Take: A path to survival for Oyo was already compounded by mounting problems pre-pandemic. But CEO Ritesh Agarwal says he has a plan to ensure that Oyo will be around for a long time. Don’t miss out on him telling me what is behind that strategy. — Rafat Ali Read the Complete Story On […]

Marriott CEO: Virtual Meetings and Remote Work Won’t Hurt Hotels Permanently

Marriott President and CEO Arne Sorenson doesn’t anticipate coronavirus to have a different impact on the hotel industry than any other economic crisis has in the last 30 years. Manningmbd / Wikimedia Skift Take: Marriott’s Arne Sorenson is optimistic that hotels will eventually go back to pre-coronavirus performance levels, but the biggest uncertainty remains over […]

Greek Hotels Reopened Monday to Uncertain Summer Travel Season

Greek hotel operators were able to reopen properties Monday, but that doesn’t mean demand levels justify resumed operations. Pedro Szekely / Flickr Skift Take: Greece’s tourism sector is technically reopened to business, but a normal level of operation hinges on demand giving hoteliers a reason to resume business at temporarily shuttered properties. — Cameron Sperance […]

Spain Calls for Investigation Into Airlines Breaching EU Refund Regulations

An Iberia aircraft at Madrid’s Barajas airport. Iberia Airlines Skift Take: Airline refunds have not been happening as they should be in Europe in the wake of mass cancellations due to the virus. Though it’s not clear which specific airlines are at fault, the practice has been widespread enough to warrant an investigation. — Rosie […]

Airlines Will Tap New Tech in These Uncertain Times to Make It Easier to Change Restricted Tickets

A passenger checks in for a JetBlue flight. JetBlue Skift Take: Many travelers no longer want to take some trips this year for various reasons, even if their flights haven’t been canceled. A new automated solution will speed up the pace at which airlines can rebook passengers by overriding the restrictions on tickets bought before […]

China Eases Flight Curbs After U.S. Targets Its Carriers

China has slashed international flights since late March to allay concerns over rising coronavirus infections brought by arriving passengers. 孤飞的鹤 / Adobe Skift Take: China’s policies are about to become even more complex, and airlines will need to jump through even more hoops if they want to increase flight frequencies to the country. — Matthew […]

U.S. Blocks Chinese Flights in Geopolitical Tensions: What Does It Mean?

Chinese carrier soon may not fly to the United States. Pictured is a China Southern jet. China Southern Airlines Skift Take: Is this an airline issue? Or are airlines merely caught in the middle of a big geopolitical spat between two powerful countries? — Brian Sumers Read the Complete Story On Skift

Lufthansa Will Resume Flying to More Cities But With Fewer Flights

By September, Lufthansa airline expects to operate 40 percent of regular capacity. Richard Weiss / Bloomberg Skift Take: The airline group spent months negotiating its $10 billion rescue deal, and seems to know exactly what it will take to pay it back. — Matthew Parsons Read the Complete Story On Skift

Turkey Plans to Resume Flights With 40 Countries in June

Turkey is in talks with 92 countries on resuming flights in a safe manner. Konstantin Dyadyun / Unsplash Skift Take: Governments are going to huge efforts to open up for the summer season, and in Turkey’s case that means discussions with some 92 countries. — Matthew Parsons Read the Complete Story On Skift

How Many Travel Reopening Guidelines Is Too Many?

A (near) empty airport. Faisal Mahmood / Reuters Skift Take: Everyone wants travel to resume as safely and assuredly as possible. But a glut of guidelines currently available for how to do so may be a confusing way to reach that aim. — Rosie Spinks Read the Complete Story On Skift

Prague Tempts Visitors With Cheaper Czech Beer and Other Perks

An image of the Charles River flowing through Prague, Czech Republic. JumpStory Skift Take: Only last December, the Czech capital had many residents griping about overtourism. The pandemic has since crushed tourism, prompting local businesses to tempt visitors back with cheaper prices. Hopefully a balance can be struck. — Sean O’Neill Read the Complete Story […]

Austria to Lift Coronavirus Travel Restrictions With Its Neighbors — Except Italy

Austria will continue to enforce travel restrictions to and from Italy due to that country’s higher coronavirus infection rate. Emmanuel DYAN / Flickr Skift Take: Austria’s continued plans to enforce travel restrictions against Italy show shared borders don’t mean automatic admittance to a travel bubble during the coronavirus recovery. — Cameron Sperance Read the Complete […]

Caribbean Islands Reopen to International Tourism

An image of Gros Piton, or Grand Piton, a mountain in the southern tip of the Caribbean island of Saint Lucia. JumpStory Skift Take: A cluster of Caribbean islands, including Saint Lucia, are reopening this month for international tourism. But be cautious. Federal forecasters expect an above-average hurricane season amid a pandemic. — Sean O’Neill […]

United Plans More Than 7,000 Pilot and Management Layoffs After Relief Rules Expire

United jets at the gate at Denver International Airport. Flickr Skift Take: With federal payroll aid rules preventing airlines from making any job or pay cuts before September 30, it’s a safe bet we’ll see the other major U.S. carriers make similar announcements for October. — Matthew Parsons Read the Complete Story On Skift

Hotels in Asia Revise Renovation Designs to Suit Post-Covid World

Artist impression of Marco Polo Prince Hotel’s Club Lounge: Note the more spacious layout, plus private sections. Wharf Hotels Skift Take: It’s clear there’s going to be a new normal when guests start traveling again. Hotels in Asia that are renovating in times of Covid-19 are altering designs, although some things don’t change. — Raini […]

Ecotourism’s Collapse Puts Conservation Programs in Grave Danger

Gorillas are at risk due to ecotourism’s collapse. Richard Ashurst / Flickr Skift Take: Ecotourism’s collapse due to the coronavirus isn’t just bad for the humans who rely on it for revenue, but also the wildlife that it protects. — Rosie Spinks Read the Complete Story On Skift

UK Hotels Threaten Legal Fight Over Rejected Insurance Claims

Britain’s hospitality sector is threatening a wave of lawsuits against insurance firms like AXA over rejected business interruption claims stemming from coronavirus. Kokky92 / Wikimedia Skift Take: British lawsuits could set a global precedent for how insurance firms perceive a global pandemic in terms of business interruption coverage. — Cameron Sperance Read the Complete Story […]

Recipes Around the World: Hotdish

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Travel Agency Flight Centre to Shutter 800 Storefronts as Part of $1.2 Billion Savings Effort

Flight Centre’s retail footprint will be reduce by half in the new measures proposed. Skift Take: This cost-cutting package could be one of the largest we’ll see in this crisis. On paper, the cuts look like they’ll be enough, but there will be collateral damage to its brand with so many shop closures. — Matthew […]

South Korea’s Mirae Asset Scraps $6 Billion U.S. Hotel Deal With China’s Anbang

A general view shows the headquarters of Anbang Insurance Group in Beijing, China, February 23, 2018. Mirae Asset scraps $5.8 billion deal to buy U.S. hotels from China’s Anbang. Thomas Peter / Reuters Skift Take: Mirae is probably experiencing a bad case of buyer’s remorse as the coronavirus pandemic takes a huge bite out of […]

Luxury Hotel Group Caves to Pressure, Returns $59 Million in Relief Funds

The Ritz-Carlton Sarasota (pictured) was among the recipients of the Ashford Group of Companies’ PPP funding. Josh Hallett / Flickr Skift Take: Bigger companies are returning PPP funds, but that doesn’t mean small hotel operators are having an easier time getting relief from the downturn in travel. — Cameron Sperance Read the Complete Story On […]

A Recovery Timeline and 25 Other Top Cororonavirus Stories This Week

Girl on a Mobike bike in the line for street food shops in Wuhan China. Walks Skift Take: In travel-related coronavirus stories this week, Skift covered potential recovery timelines, layoffs at Tripadvisor and Kayak, Aribnb’s vision of an era of travel redistribution, lessons for hoteliers from 9/11 and SARS, and Hilton’s partnership to enhance its […]

U.S. Hotel Profits Per Room Cratered to Losses in March

Down 203 percent, New York City saw the steepest decline in hotel gross operating profits in March. The U.S. average was a 102 percent decline. Fred Hsu / Wikimedia Skift Take: Gross operating profits tanked in March, and it could take until 2021 for them to get to levels where owners can satisfy operational costs […]

Luxury Hotel CEO Steps Down Amid Coronavirus Relief Loan Pushback But Controversy Lingers

The Ashton (pictured) in Ft. Worth, Texas, is among the Ashford Hospitality Trust properties receiving coronavirus relief funding. Michael Barera / Wikimedia Skift Take: Douglas Kessler’s resignation only addresses one part of a luxury hotel portfolio tied to Monty Bennett receiving tens of millions of dollars in small business relief. — Cameron Sperance Read the […]

Farelogix Pushes Seat Distancing Tech for Airlines After the Sabre Merger Collapses

American Airlines has been installing new interiors. The carrier is a significant customer of Farelogix, an airline tech vendor. American Skift Take: Farelogix CEO Jim Davidson says the pandemic presents opportunities. Yet despite that brave face, it’s hard to see Farelogix facing anything but revenue declines during the crisis now that it’s lost the Sabre […]

Southwest Moves Ahead of Schedule to Bring On Distribution Partners to Boost Corp Travel Bookings

Southwest Airlines jets at an airport. Associated Press Skift Take: It’s a significant step since the launch of Southwest Business last year, designed to tap into the travel management community. Before the crisis, roughly a third of the airline’s traffic was corporate travel. This move could help it boost that market share. — Matthew Parsons […]

Tiny Sun Country Airlines’ Earlier Deal With Amazon May Just Help It Withstand the Crisis

A Sun Country jet in Las Vegas. Tomas Del Coro / Flickr Skift Take: Sun Country is betting its unusual model will help it endure the crisis better than other airlines. But it’s no sure thing. The airline faces many of the same problems as other carriers. — Brian Sumers Read the Complete Story On […]

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