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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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Travel Industry Struggles With Sluggish Adoption of Real ID Driver’s Licenses

The bliss of finally being able to travel is making people oblivious to the Real ID requirement, which has been extended twice, and is now just around the corner. For travel advisors, it simply adds more to the pile of potential things that can go wrong.

Travel Industry Struggles With Sluggish Adoption of Real ID Driver’s Licenses

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Grenada’s New Diaspora Loyalty Program Could Be Model for the Caribbean  

We've long said that the diaspora remains an untapped and lucrative "visiting friends and relatives" market for the Caribbean. Working out the kinks of the program by beefing up the incentives and committing to the effort beyond the recovery phase could pay off long term for Grenada.

Grenada’s New Diaspora Loyalty Program Could Be Model for the Caribbean  

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Chinese Airlines Still in Covid’s Grip Report Wider 2021 Losses

Chinese airlines are walking a tricky tightrope with their efforts to knock out the Omicron variant. The consequences are brutal, and amid a plane crashe, inflated fuel prices due to the Russian-Ukrainian conflict, and Covid-positive Chinese citizens flying internationally, they fear there will be more to come.

Chinese Airlines Still in Covid’s Grip Report Wider 2021 Losses

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The Big Travel Trends to Follow in 2022

What’s the state of the European travel industry right now? Skift Research has some answers as well as solutions to the challenges ahead.

The Big Travel Trends to Follow in 2022

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Hong Kong Eases Travel Curbs and More Top Stories This Week

In Skift's top stories this week, Hong Kong will reopen to travelers from nine countries in April, the war in Ukraine is delaying world health officials' review of Russia's Sputnik V vaccine, and family trips are expected to make a big rebound this year.

Hong Kong Eases Travel Curbs and More Top Stories This Week

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Asia’s Travel Recovery Could Look Like This

With Asian destinations learning to live with the virus, recovery doesn't seem as elusive. A new Pacific Asia Travel Association (PATA) report goes to great lengths to explore how that recovery could play out.

Asia’s Travel Recovery Could Look Like This

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Ukraine War Delays Approved Travel With Russia’s Sputnik V Vaccine

The review process by world health officials of the Russian jabs was postponed by the war, so travelers are requesting to get vaccinated with approved brands. Other destinations with fewer stringent health requirements are managing to seize the moment.

Ukraine War Delays Approved Travel With Russia’s Sputnik V Vaccine

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Daily Podcast: Uncertainty Is the New Certainty in Travel

Good morning from Skift. It's Monday, March 21, in New York City. Here's what you need to know about the business of travel today.

Daily Podcast: Uncertainty Is the New Certainty in Travel

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Soho House Owner Risks Cool Factor in Pursuit of Profitability

Membership Collective Group and its leading brand Soho House haven’t seen profitability since the first club opened more than 25 years ago. Opening more clubs at reduced costs can lead to profits, but that also risks diluting the exclusivity once associated with the brand.

Soho House Owner Risks Cool Factor in Pursuit of Profitability

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China’s Omicron Setback Not a Deterrent for Hotel Developers

China's national hotel performance sank amid an Omicron surge that is gripping major cities on the mainland as well as Hong Kong. But you wouldn't know that based on the development interest in the region from major companies like IHG.

China’s Omicron Setback Not a Deterrent for Hotel Developers