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If shutting down the travel industry is an unparalleled experiment, so is reopening it.

In absence of a global or U.S. federal co-ordinated response to the reopening, many travel industry associations have tried to step into the gap by summarizing the best advice for the various industry sub-sectors and their members.

The expert guidelines don’t try to make predictions about the pandemic, and they don’t try to tell you how to run your business. But they can provide some big picture advice on what’s most important to prioritize, such as providing physical distancing for customers or workers, depending on the context for each industry segment and region.

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Here’s a table where we’ve gathered all the guidelines for reopening from travel industry associations we’ve seen. If we’re missing any, let us know, see details at the end.

Travel Industry Recovery Guidelines

Airlines and AirportsInternational Air Transport Association (IATA) and Airports Council International (ACI)Safely Restarting Aviation

Nine Sectors WorldwideWorld Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC)Safe Travels: Global Protocols for the New Normal
U.S. AirlinesAirlines for America (A4A)Covid-19 Resources for Airlines
U.S. HotelsAmerican Hotel & Lodging Association (AHLA)Safe Stay Guidelines
U.S. Vacation RentalsVacation Rental Management Association (VRMA)Safe Home Guidelines
Short-Term RentalsAirbnbEnhanced Cleaning Initiative
Attractions WorldwideInternational Association of Amusement Parks and Attractions (IAAPA)Reopening Guidance
Cruises WorldwideCruise Lines International Association (CLIA)Covid-19 Toolkit for Cruise Industry
EuropeEuropean CommissionCommission’s Guidance on How to Safely Resume Travel and Reboot Europe’s Tourism in 2020 and Beyond
U.S. TourismU.S. Travel AssociationHealth and Safety Guidance
ChinaMcKinseyWhat the World Can Learn from China’s Travel Restart
SingaporeSingapore Tourism BoardSingapore’s Clean Tourism Initiative
RestaurantsNational Restaurants AssociationU.S. Restaurants Reopening Guide
Spas WorldwideInternational Spa AssociationReopening Resources for Spas
U.S. RecreationOutdoor Recreation Roundtable (ORR)Reopening Strategy
U.S. National ParksNational Park ServicePublic Health Update
U.S. MuseumsAmerican Alliance of MuseumsPreparing to Reopen
U.S. Federal Guidance on Cleaning in the Coronavirus EraOccupational Safety and Health AdministrationGuidance on Preparing Workplaces for Covid-19

If we’re missing any industry guidelines from associations, email us. Please note we’re not planning to add to this page data trackers, Covid-19 resources generally, or advice on, say, how to restart marketing. We want to focus here on reopening guidelines. Thank you.

For more context, see: Learning to Walk Again: 21 Hopeful Signs for Reopening the Travel Economy.

Photo Credit: Travel organizations globally are offering guidance on how to reopen safely, which will impact iconic tourist locations like the Grand Canyon. ignacio izquierdo / Visual Hunt