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Coronavirus Travel News

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.

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Air Doctor, Hotelmize, and Huilianyi Get Backing Despite Crisis: Travel Startup Funding This Week

This week, travel startups Air Doctor (which helps travelers find doctors overseas), Hotelmize (which helps bedbanks automatically rebook hotel rooms when rates drop), and Huilianyi (a business travel expense manager), announced rounds of investment this week, in a bit of good news.

Air Doctor, Hotelmize, and Huilianyi Get Backing Despite Crisis: Travel Startup Funding This Week

Airlines

United Airlines President No Longer Counting on Quick ‘Snap Back’

United Airlines is in great peril, losing $100 million in revenue per day. But its CEO-in-waiting is already thinking about how the airline can emerge stronger from this crisis. Let's see if he can pull it off.

United Airlines President No Longer Counting on Quick ‘Snap Back’

Airlines

What This Decision by American Airlines Says About How Fast Demand Will Recover

The surprise here is not how many international flights American Airlines is cutting this summer. It is how many the airline intends to operate. American is only cutting 60 percent of its international flights this summer, compared to 2019. That seems optimistic.

What This Decision by American Airlines Says About How Fast Demand Will Recover

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Shuffled Not Shaken Out: How Hotel Giants Will Handle All Those Brands Post-Coronavirus

Recent brand buildup by global hotel giants has caused some analysts to caution against brand cannibalization, but the coronavirus downturn isn't likely to change the push for more flags.

Shuffled Not Shaken Out: How Hotel Giants Will Handle All Those Brands Post-Coronavirus

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Nevada Extends Casino Coronavirus-Related Closures Until April 30

Las Vegas casinos will be closed at least another month due to coronavirus fears, but the dormant resorts and convention halls are getting alternatively used for healthcare services.

Nevada Extends Casino Coronavirus-Related Closures Until April 30

Business Travel

Mistakes to Avoid When Renegotiating Corporate Hotel Rates

Travel budgets are likely to be cut, so smarter renegotiation tactics will help buyers find a happy medium with beleaguered hotels.

Mistakes to Avoid When Renegotiating Corporate Hotel Rates

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Understanding the Impact to the Virus-Hit Hotel Industry: New Skift Research

There is no doubt that these are some of the toughest times for the hotel industry. Hit hard by the Covid-19 pandemic, the industry is on its knees. Recovery will come, but when, and in what shape, is wholly uncertain. Understanding the current situation, and what a recovery might look like, will help the industry to prepare for when that day comes.

Understanding the Impact to the Virus-Hit Hotel Industry: New Skift Research

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China’s Domestic Aviation on the Rebound But Recovery Still Slow

With China’s domestic aviation still not showing the swift rebound as the coronavirus crisis subsides in the country, the route to recovery for global carriers will probably be harder than expected.

China’s Domestic Aviation on the Rebound But Recovery Still Slow

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BA in Union Talks to Suspend Around 32,000 Workers

Unite has had a lot of run-ins with the airline recently. In the past. it's often held the upper ground, but this time round things are different and staff will have some tough calls to make that will determine how BA emerges from the crisis.

BA in Union Talks to Suspend Around 32,000 Workers

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Travel CEO Video Messages: Best Practices for the Coronavirus Pandemic

Like any great speech, CEO videos about the coronavirus crisis need to be straightforward, authentic, and personal — and most important there needs to be substance to reinforce the message. Some brands have been able to deliver these crisis communications messages much better than others.

Travel CEO Video Messages: Best Practices for the Coronavirus Pandemic