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Hotels in Asia Find Locking Down Easier Than Unlocking

Hotels in Asia Find Locking Down Easier Than Unlocking

Raini Hamdi, Skift

Though seasoned at crisis management, Asian hoteliers are writing the textbook on how to reopen hotels when the only certainty is occupancy and room rates will be low. So why unlock, or when and how?

3 hours ago

Singapore to Resume Changi Airport Transit Flights in June

Singapore to Resume Changi Airport Transit Flights in June

Aradhana Aravindan, Reuters

It has never been truer that the journey is the destination. The global travel industry is recovering lost ground inch by inch. Transit flights are a fulcrum, so Singapore's move is to be applauded.

6 days ago

Cambodia Lifts Entry Ban on Visitors From 6 Nations

Cambodia Lifts Entry Ban on Visitors From 6 Nations

Reuters

Travel bans are beginning to slowly lift in a piecemeal fashion. Cambodia, now with a reported zero cases, will be a case study for how it goes.

6 days ago

Vietnam’s Tourism Industry Gets Back to Business With Discount Offers

Vietnam’s Tourism Industry Gets Back to Business With Discount Offers

James Pearson, Reuters

For any country starting to reopen its economy in the wake of the coronavirus crisis, it’s inevitable that price will be a key driver in the recovery of its tourism sector.

6 days ago

Booking’s Agoda Cuts 1,500 Workers in Asia

Booking’s Agoda Cuts 1,500 Workers in Asia

Raini Hamdi, Skift

At first, John Brown cut costs rather than staff, including foregoing his salary for the rest of 2020. But the Agoda CEO now has to take the last measure, citing a deeper and more prolonged recovery than expected.

1 week ago

Asia’s Genting Cruise Lines to Offer Short Sailings Without Any Stops in Ports

Asia’s Genting Cruise Lines to Offer Short Sailings Without Any Stops in Ports

Xinyi Liang-Pholsena, Skift

Unlike North America and Europe where cruising already has a loyal following — and critics in equal measures — Asia’s nascent cruise market also means the region’s travelers are likely more malleable and open in their impressions of cruising in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic.

1 week ago

Curtains Come Down on Cambodia Shadow Puppet Theater as Coronavirus Keeps Tourists Away

Curtains Come Down on Cambodia Shadow Puppet Theater as Coronavirus Keeps Tourists Away

Chantha Lach, Reuters

Despite all the talk about tourism diluting local culture, tourist revenue has, on the other hand, helped to prop up the survival for traditional arts in Cambodia. Without any tourists now, the coronavirus pandemic might be the final push over the cliff's edge for these dying art forms.

2 weeks ago

Does a Generational Divide Await Asia Pacific’s Return to Travel?

Does a Generational Divide Await Asia Pacific’s Return to Travel?

Xinyi Liang-Pholsena, Skift

It’s hard to imagine how Asian millennials, who have been relatively unscathed by earlier financial crises, would go through the current pandemic without some drastic changes to their lifestyles and habits, travel included.

2 weeks ago

Las Vegas Sands Bails on Integrated Resort Casino Plans in Japan

Las Vegas Sands Bails on Integrated Resort Casino Plans in Japan

Rocky Swift, Reuters

It looks like the high stakes that casino operators have to put into Japan's integrated resorts scene is too much of a gamble, especially in the post-pandemic climate which makes returns on tourism investment even more uncertain.

2 weeks ago

Vietnam Races Ahead of Other Southeast Asian Countries in Tourism Reopening

Vietnam Races Ahead of Other Southeast Asian Countries in Tourism Reopening

Raini Hamdi, Skift

Astonishingly, Vietnam is the success story in Southeast Asia in the battle with coronavirus. Domestic travel is now kickstarting recovery, while so-called travel bubbles allowing travel with China and South Korea are in the air.

2 weeks ago

Thailand Slashes 2020 Tourist Arrival Forecast by 65 Percent Due to Virus Outbreak

Thailand Slashes 2020 Tourist Arrival Forecast by 65 Percent Due to Virus Outbreak

Panarat Thepgumpanat, Reuters

For an economy that is highly reliant on tourism as a revenue generator, the dramatic cut to Thailand's foreign arrival projections this year is particularly devastating for the millions employed in the sector.

2 weeks ago

Shanghai Disneyland Reopens With Anti-Virus Precautions

Shanghai Disneyland Reopens With Anti-Virus Precautions

Sam McNeil, Associated Press

Face masks, temperature checks, visitor caps, and assigned entrance times. For a glimpse of what post-coronavirus theme park experiences will be like, look no further than Shanghai Disneyland.

2 weeks ago