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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.

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

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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

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U.S. Considers Vaccine Requirement for International Travelers

Vaccine requirements are a no-brainer to reopen U.S. borders to the rest of the world. But don't expect this to happen overnight — the Delta variant is still a major headwind and concern to those who have to approve any kind of reopening.

U.S. Considers Vaccine Requirement for International Travelers

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Skift Global Forum Preview: Incoming Southwest CEO Robert Jordan on Pulling Off New Service to 18 Airports in 18 Months

Incoming Southwest Airlines CEO Robert Jordan sees the pandemic's road to recovery in four stages: Survive, stabilize, repair, and prosper.  Right now, he says his airline is still in the stabilize phase.

Skift Global Forum Preview: Incoming Southwest CEO Robert Jordan on Pulling Off New Service to 18 Airports in 18 Months

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Marriott’s Post-Pandemic Growth Story Is Outside the U.S.

A cooled-off construction market for hotels in the U.S. gives owners an opportunity to charge even higher rates during the recovery thanks to less supply in the market. But Marriott needs to show shareholders signs of growth. Hello, Asia and Europe.

Marriott’s Post-Pandemic Growth Story Is Outside the U.S.

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Retirement of Best Western’s Longtime Chief David Kong Sets Stage for Competitive CEO Search

David Kong took Best Western into a new era of multiple brands across a variety of price points. The next CEO has to take the reins and throttle the company out of an uncertain pandemic recovery.

Retirement of Best Western’s Longtime Chief David Kong Sets Stage for Competitive CEO Search

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Trump’s D.C. Hotel Still Has Inflated Price Even After $100 Million Price Chop

No, the Trump International Hotel in Washington isn’t worth $400 million. But there are a lot of investors waiting on the sidelines to park capital in just about any available asset — a classic example of the laws of supply and demand.

Trump’s D.C. Hotel Still Has Inflated Price Even After $100 Million Price Chop

Airline Weekly

Japan Airlines to Deploy $2.7 Billion to Expand Budget Carrier Operations

Japan Airlines to Deploy $2.7 Billion to Expand Budget Carrier Operations

Airlines

White House Aims For 20 Percent Lower Aviation Emissions by 2030

As the race for net carbon neutrality inches closer, governments are looking for ways to incentivize airlines into reducing their carbon footprints. Let's be real, who doesn't like a tax cut, but why can't an airline do the right thing for the sake of the people it serves?

White House Aims For 20 Percent Lower Aviation Emissions by 2030

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U.S. Department of Transportation Is Still Investigating 18 Carriers Over Ticket Refund Complaints

It's still new territory, dealing with the financial fallout of mass government-imposed travel restrictions, and airline bankruptcies thrown into the mix. This will take years.

U.S. Department of Transportation Is Still Investigating 18 Carriers Over Ticket Refund Complaints