Australia, NZ & South Pacific

Air New Zealand Pauses New Bookings to Ease Burden on Quarantine Facilities

Air New Zealand Pauses New Bookings to Ease Burden on Quarantine Facilities

Praveen Menon, Reuters

This zero tolerance approach to risk is necessary because the country doesn't want to make any more mistakes. Will a three-week bookings hiatus be enough though?

2 months ago

Australia’s Borders Likely to Stay Closed to International Tourists Until 2021

Australia’s Borders Likely to Stay Closed to International Tourists Until 2021

Renju Jose, Reuters

School's in for winter, going by the country's decision to allow international students rather than tourists in for the remainder of the year. It must have been a difficult decision, but if there's one thing Australia has shown since the pandemic started, it's that it never compromises the health of its population.

3 months ago

China Warns Citizens Against Visiting Australia Alleging Discrimination

China Warns Citizens Against Visiting Australia Alleging Discrimination

Anirudh Saligrama, Reuters

In Australia, about a third of the approximately 60 racism complaints made to a state anti-discrimination watchdog this year have been related to the pandemic. No wonder many Chinese are concerned.

3 months ago

Australian States in Row Over Opening Borders for Domestic Tourism

Australian States in Row Over Opening Borders for Domestic Tourism

Colin Packham, Reuters

With the majority of state and territory border closures still in place, getting domestic tourism in Australia to pick up again remains difficult, let alone opening the national borders for international travel.

4 months ago

How Australia’s 3-Step Reopening Plan Could Be a Travel Recovery Model For Others

How Australia’s 3-Step Reopening Plan Could Be a Travel Recovery Model For Others

Daniel Hurst and Paul Karp, The Guardian

If Australia could successfully complete its phased reopening plan, it would pave a strong path to eventual recovery for international tourism — and a good model for other countries to replicate.

4 months ago

Who Will Come Last in Global Travel’s Staged Recovery?

Who Will Come Last in Global Travel’s Staged Recovery?

Rosie Spinks, Skift

Everyone wants to know when global travel will recover, but that is perhaps the wrong question. With the rise of the "travel bubble," the prospect of recovery is looking a lot more uneven. Who gets to welcome visitors first?

4 months ago

Blackstone Picks Up $360 Million Stake in Australia’s Crown Resorts From Melco

Blackstone Picks Up $360 Million Stake in Australia’s Crown Resorts From Melco

Rashmi Ashok, Reuters

Gaming companies are hard hit by the coronavirus pandemic, but Melco seems to be suffering more than others — if its latest money-losing deal with Blackstone goes to shows.

5 months ago

Australian Travel Companies Warned to Honor Refund Policies After Consumer Backlash

Australian Travel Companies Warned to Honor Refund Policies After Consumer Backlash

Christopher Knaus, Guardian

Travel operators are no doubt suffering the impacts of Covid-19, but any abrupt changes to their refund policies and applying them retrospectively will certainly not win any loyalty from customers, even if these players survive the crisis.

5 months ago

New Zealand Contemplates Tourism Future as the Country Nears Goal of Eliminating Virus

New Zealand Contemplates Tourism Future as the Country Nears Goal of Eliminating Virus

Nick Perry, Associated Press

As a country with one of the world's highest chances of eliminating the virus, how New Zealand navigates its economy and tourism industry out of the pandemic will be closely watched by many. Will isolation travel packages lead the way forward?

5 months ago

Embattled Virgin Australia Faces Imminent Prospect of Voluntary Bankruptcy

Embattled Virgin Australia Faces Imminent Prospect of Voluntary Bankruptcy

Jamie Freed, Reuters

Will there be a last-minute lifeline for the embattled Virgin Australia? The clock is ticking away.

5 months ago

Fiji’s Colossal Tourism Sector Faces Catastrophic Impacts From Coronavirus

Fiji’s Colossal Tourism Sector Faces Catastrophic Impacts From Coronavirus

Sheldon Chanel, Guardian

Like other Pacific Island destinations that have been highly reliant on tourism — and typically just a few visitor source markets — it will be interesting to see how Fiji charts its course in the wake of global pandemic.

5 months ago

Coronavirus Threat Hangs Over Tourism-Reliant Pacific Islands as Powerful Cyclone Batters Region

Coronavirus Threat Hangs Over Tourism-Reliant Pacific Islands as Powerful Cyclone Batters Region

Yasmine Bjornum, Guardian

The coronavirus storm, if it makes landfall on these vulnerable Pacific island nations, could trigger a second wave of hardship for these tourism-oriented economies.

5 months ago