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In Skift's top stories this week, a new report delves into the downsides of remote work, the U.S. implements new travel requirements to combat the Omicron variant, and hotels express concern about how governments might impact their recovery.

Throughout the week we are posting original stories night and day covering news and travel trends, including on the impact of coronavirus. Every weekend we will offer you a chance to read the most essential stories again in case you missed them earlier.

KPMG Report Gives Big Thumbs Down on Long-Term Remote Working: A revealing survey of corporate mobility teams shows that the post-pandemic legacy of remote work may not be that great after all.

U.S. Puts Tougher Covid Test Requirements on Inbound Flyers Over Omicron Spread: New regulations won’t be welcomed by the travel industry, and airlines in particular, so soon after the country reopened its borders on Nov. 8.

Vacasa Paid $619 Million for TurnKey Vacation Rentals in Mostly Stock: Rentals did well for its investors — especially if the Vacasa stock price holds up in its pending public market debut.

Hotel Industry Faces Omicron Variant With Concerns About Travel Bans: We’re still weeks away from knowing just how much of an impact the Omicron variant will have on the travel industry. But companies can already discern just how much of a role government can have in altering the course of recovery.

Accor’s All-Inclusive Resort Growth Plan Strengthens Company Grip on Luxury: Accor is staying busy with brand rollouts and expansion into newer sectors like all-inclusive resorts, but make no mistake: This is all about elbowing out the competition to win over luxury customers.

GBTA Postpones European Conference in Berlin Over Omicron Fears: This is a cruel blow for an event that was designed to instill confidence in corporate travel, after the Global Business Travel Association’s successful U.S. edition in Orlando.

Omicron Pushes Hotel Industry to Look for Hard Lessons From Delta Variant: Here we go again. Maybe.

Why the African Travel Ban Is Misguided: The African travel ban is rooted in media alarmism and politics, not science. And it will have disastrous consequences for a continent that has already been beaten down by Covid. Here’s why it is just plain wrong.

What Chile’s Elections Mean for Tourism: The winner of the Chilean presidential election needs to make the process of visiting the country much easier for prospective tourists. The fifth largest economy in South America is taking a big hit from the absence of travelers from lucrative source markets like neighboring Argentina.

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