Coronavirus and the Travel Industry

Covid-19's Impact on the Business of Travel

Follow the latest news about coronavirus and its impact on hotels, airlines, cruise lines, tourism destinations, and other sectors of the travel industry.

We are over a year into the Covid-19 global pandemic, and the impact on the travel industry has been severe to say the least. Skift has been covering this on a day-to-day basis since January 2020. You can read the latest news, as well as all of our coverage, on the pages below.

If you have specific interest in Skift’s coverage of the cruise, hospitality, and airline industries, you can follow along at our coronavirus and cruises, coronavirus and hospitality, and our coronavirus and airlines pages.

Tourism

Cuba Starts Staggered Reopening Ahead of Tourist High Season

The goal is to vaccinate 90 percent of Cubans by mid-November. If officials hit that goal, tourism-related businesses will breathe a huge sigh of relief in anticipation of visitors returning to the island.

Cuba Starts Staggered Reopening Ahead of Tourist High Season

Tourism

How Travel Execs Reacted to Airbnb CEO Brian Chesky’s Golden Age Vision

Several fellow speakers aligned themselves with Brian Chesky at Skift Global Forum in a surprising show of unity among the dogfighting.

How Travel Execs Reacted to Airbnb CEO Brian Chesky’s Golden Age Vision

Airlines

Israel’s El Al Warns It May Not Survive Without $100 Million State Aid

The carrier's CEO, and others, said the country's aviation sector was "perched above a slippery slope." Israeli authorities won't be able to argue with that.

Israel’s El Al Warns It May Not Survive Without $100 Million State Aid

Hotels

Accor’s Hotel Owners Are Clamoring to Become Lifestyle Brands

CEO Sebastien Bazin has certainly evolved Accor's luxury and lifestyle lineup, but will that be enough to help him finally break into the U.S. market?

Accor’s Hotel Owners Are Clamoring to Become Lifestyle Brands

Hospitality

Hilton CEO: Business Travel Demand Will Eclipse 2019 Levels in 3 Years

Don't discount the return of business travel demand, but Hilton has an advantage in having a bulk of its business transient traffic coming from smaller companies. Those relying on major corporate traffic to fill hotel rooms shouldn't get too excited quite yet.

Hilton CEO: Business Travel Demand Will Eclipse 2019 Levels in 3 Years

Online Travel

Certares Founder on the Ease of Investing in Travel During a Pandemic

It is certainly an attractive time for private equity firms to invest in travel companies under pressure, but picking winners is never a slam dunk.

Certares Founder on the Ease of Investing in Travel During a Pandemic

Hospitality

Marriott CEO Juggles Growth Ambitions With Plan to Go Net-Zero by 2050

Anthony Capuano revealed an an ambitious sustainability plan at Skift Global Forum on Wednesday, which puts a lot of the onus on franchise owners and partners.

Marriott CEO Juggles Growth Ambitions With Plan to Go Net-Zero by 2050

Hospitality

Travel Agent Interest Surge Expected in Post-Pandemic Family Travel

Don’t discount the need for travel agents in the future of travel. Two recent surveys show Americans increasingly want to utilize a travel advisor’s services for post-pandemic vacationing.

Travel Agent Interest Surge Expected in Post-Pandemic Family Travel

Tourism

Travel Needs to Get Ahead of the ‘Great Migration’: Strategist Parag Khanna

The media may be spinning a tale of increased nationalism, but that's not what's actually happening. The travel industry's focus must stay on the world's shifting human mobility patterns where it can play a huge role and reap the benefits.

Travel Needs to Get Ahead of the ‘Great Migration’: Strategist Parag Khanna

Travel Agents

Onefinestay’s Founder Sees a Rejuvenated Future for Travel Agents With New Startup

It's too soon to tell whether the pandemic will drive people back into the arms of human beings to book their holidays, but Evan Frank thinks he's got the right ingredients to reboot the classic travel agent model.

Onefinestay’s Founder Sees a Rejuvenated Future for Travel Agents With New Startup