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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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Abandoned Hong Kong Hotels Go Into Survival Mode as Virus Fallout Spreads

As hotel occupancy plunges to a single digit, Hong Kong’s leadership toward one of its most important industries is being put to the test during the coronavirus crisis. So is the leadership of hotel CEOs in keeping their companies whole.

Abandoned Hong Kong Hotels Go Into Survival Mode as Virus Fallout Spreads

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Canary Islands Hotel Quarantines 1,000 Guests Amid Coronavirus Fears

As the coronavirus spreads across Europe, expect more hotels to enter lockdown mode and some airports to begin shutting down flights to afflicted regions.

Canary Islands Hotel Quarantines 1,000 Guests Amid Coronavirus Fears

Airlines

Air Travel Demand May Fall for the First Time in a Decade Due to Coronavirus: Airline Group

The aviation industry is sure to have a tough year ahead, particularly for airlines with a heavy reliance on the Chinese market.

Air Travel Demand May Fall for the First Time in a Decade Due to Coronavirus: Airline Group

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Asian Airlines to Bear Brunt of Projected $29 Billion in Revenue Losses From Coronavirus

With no end in sight to the coronavirus epidemic, the crisis could soon push some Asian carriers to the brink of collapse as global travel demand plummets.

Asian Airlines to Bear Brunt of Projected $29 Billion in Revenue Losses From Coronavirus

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Hyatt’s China Business Is Down 90 Percent in February From Coronavirus Fallout

Hyatt Hotels had a strong year in 2019, so the story it had to tell on Thursday wasn't all dreary. The problem is that shareholders and guests hate uncertainty. And so far the travel industry faces nothing but uncertainty, left beholden to how the coronavirus crisis evolves.

Hyatt’s China Business Is Down 90 Percent in February From Coronavirus Fallout

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Air France-KLM’s $324 Million in Fuel Savings Likely to Offset Coronavirus Outbreak Costs

For the moment, the drop in fuel price is benefiting Air France-KLM, but if the coronavirus outbreak doesn't ease off, this could all change.

Air France-KLM’s $324 Million in Fuel Savings Likely to Offset Coronavirus Outbreak Costs

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Grassroots Opposition to Cruises in the Caymans Looms as Larger Warning for Industry

A judge ruling on a citizen-led referendum in the Cayman Islands has, for now, sided with cruise opposition. While the battle is localized, it could point to wider industry implications for the cruise industry.

Grassroots Opposition to Cruises in the Caymans Looms as Larger Warning for Industry

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Less China-Dependent IHG Takes Wait-and-See Approach on Coronavirus

IHG CEO Keith Barr seems to be taking quite a level-headed approach to the coronavirus outbreak. Unlike some in the travel industry, he's not pressing the panic button yet and is waiting to see how things play out.

Less China-Dependent IHG Takes Wait-and-See Approach on Coronavirus

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Cathay Pacific Expects Significant Financial Hit From Coronavirus-Related Cancellations

The bad news just keeps on coming for Cathay Pacific. If the situation in China worsens we should expect a further degradation in earnings.

Cathay Pacific Expects Significant Financial Hit From Coronavirus-Related Cancellations

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U.S. Passengers Aboard Quarantined Carnival Cruise Ship to Be Flown Home From Japan

Good call on the part of the U.S. to evacuate 380 Americans who have been living a nightmare the past two weeks aboard the Diamond Princess. Here's hoping that everyone gets off that ship.

U.S. Passengers Aboard Quarantined Carnival Cruise Ship to Be Flown Home From Japan