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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

Tourism’s Time for Talk Is Over

Will the industry seize this historic moment to go beyond discourse, and rebuild in a way that puts communities first?

Tourism’s Time for Talk Is Over

Coronavirus

U.S. to Ease Travel Restrictions for All Vaccinated Travelers Worldwide From November

This is the most significant international travel news since the start of pandemic restrictions being put in place. Watch travel bookings go crazy — and the share prices of travel companies.

U.S. to Ease Travel Restrictions for All Vaccinated Travelers Worldwide From November

Business Travel

Business Travel’s Prospects Underscored by London City Airport’s Fragile Recovery

A record-breaking day for passenger numbers, with bankers once again rubbing shoulders with tourists in the terminal. But the good news stops there, because business travel traffic is proving impossible to forecast in the short term, and pre-pandemic levels aren't pegged to return until at least 2025.

Business Travel’s Prospects Underscored by London City Airport’s Fragile Recovery

Airlines

Lufthansa Will Raise $2.5 Billion to Help Pay Off Some of Its State Loan

From the outset, CEO Carsten Spohr appeared determined to pay back the government as soon as possible. He's sticking to that.

Lufthansa Will Raise $2.5 Billion to Help Pay Off Some of Its State Loan

Coronavirus

Australia in Step to Reopen Will Test Quarantine for Vaxxed Global Travelers

If Australian officials deem the home quarantine scheme to be a success, expect the government to give more consideration to opening up the country for tourism sooner.

Australia in Step to Reopen Will Test Quarantine for Vaxxed Global Travelers

Tourism

Pressure Mounts on White House to Reopen the Border with Canada

Border state senators say the restrictions have led to "economic and emotional strain in our communities" — a fair point considering they've been in place since March 2020.

Pressure Mounts on White House to Reopen the Border with Canada

Tourism

Dubai Expo Tells Unvaccinated or Untested to Stay Away

The presence of "2020" in the name should tell you what you need to know about why Dubai is not screwing around. And really, what destination other than Florida or Texas is excited about being a super-spreader hotspot?

Dubai Expo Tells Unvaccinated or Untested to Stay Away

Tourism

UK Travel Restrictions May Ease for Vaccinated Arrivals

The removal of the much-hated and frequently sleazy testing regimen for vaccinated travelers will give a boost for airlines, holiday and tourism companies not just in the UK, but across Europe. It's time to catch up.

UK Travel Restrictions May Ease for Vaccinated Arrivals

Airlines

United Airlines’ Tough Stance Paying Off With 90 Percent of Workers Vaccinated

As companies debate whether carrots or sticks are the best way to get staff vaccinated against Covid-19, United Airlines is proving that sticks can work. After a threat of unpaid leave, nearly all of the carrier's staff have gotten their jabs.

United Airlines’ Tough Stance Paying Off With 90 Percent of Workers Vaccinated

Coronavirus

Chinese Travelers Still See U.S. as Most Unsafe for Travel

Got the pandemic under control? That remains a key factor for Chinese tourists to go abroad, a new sentiment survey from Dragon Trail shows. None of that "living-with-the-virus" approach that some Asian destinations are starting to embrace.

Chinese Travelers Still See U.S. as Most Unsafe for Travel