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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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Global Airline Trade Group Deals Massive Blow to Travel Agencies by Opposing Refunds

The association's nod to airlines that they can withhold cash will not mean much without official government recognition, meaning the refund debate has just become political.

Global Airline Trade Group Deals Massive Blow to Travel Agencies by Opposing Refunds

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Virtual Reality Gives Training Boost to Asia’s Displaced Hotel Workers During Crisis Downtime

With borders shut and hotels closed during the coronavirus pandemic, this could be the moment for remote training — and virtual reality’s role — in hospitality to shine and take off.

Virtual Reality Gives Training Boost to Asia’s Displaced Hotel Workers During Crisis Downtime

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AirAsia Seeks Government Loan to Ride Out Coronavirus Storm

There’s no end to troubles for AirAsia Group. With Tony Fernandes finally back in the CEO saddle after being cleared of bribery charges, the airline now has to fight a much tougher pandemic battle.

AirAsia Seeks Government Loan to Ride Out Coronavirus Storm

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The EasyJet Cabin Manager Volunteering for the UK’s National Health Service

Working for an airline while that airline's fleet is grounded is a strange position to be in. In response, Rebecca Lawrence and many of her colleagues are using their furlough period to help the frontline of the coronavirus response.

The EasyJet Cabin Manager Volunteering for the UK’s National Health Service

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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’

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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