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Coral Princess Is Docking in Miami With 2 Fatalities

Coral Princess Is Docking in Miami With 2 Fatalities

Curt Anderson, Associated Press

The cruise industry, with most lines ceasing operations, is still very much in the process of disembarking passengers. It will be a considerable period before operations get restarted.

48 mins ago

American Airlines’ Big Decision and 11 Other Coronavirus Travel Stories This Week

American Airlines’ Big Decision and 11 Other Coronavirus Travel Stories This Week

Dennis Schaal, Skift

In our coronavirus coverage this week, American Airlines slashes international routes for the summer, indicating it doesn't think demand will come back any time in the short-run. Plus, Airbnb CEO apologizes to hosts in the form of a $260 million relief package. And Booking Holdings CEO Glenn Fogel is the first high-profile travel CEO to disclose he has contracted coronavirus.

4 hours ago

Russia Stops All International Flights, Even for Repatriation

Russia Stops All International Flights, Even for Repatriation

Gleb Stolyarov, Andrey Kuzmin, and Alexander Marrow, Reuters

Russia had already closed its borders to foreigners. But its sudden stop of all flights risks stranding many citizens abroad and preventing people from leaving the country.

5 hours ago

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New Skift Report: The Bright Future of Meetings and Events in Thailand

New Skift Report: The Bright Future of Meetings and Events in Thailand

Thailand Convention and Exhibition Bureau + Skift

The meetings, incentives, conferences, and exhibitions (MICE) industry in Thailand is stronger now than ever before and is expected to continue growing. Today, Bangkok is one of Asia’s most exciting cities and a major business hub for the region, especially after hosting the ASEAN summit in 2019.

3 weeks ago

New Skift Online Summit for Startups and Investors on April 14

New Skift Online Summit for Startups and Investors on April 14

Brian Quinn, Skift

Please join Skift editors and research analysts, along with VC investors and startup founders, for this dive into the state of travel startups today.

21 hours ago

Feds Come to Rescue of Flyers With Hardball Mandate to U.S. Airlines on Refunds

Feds Come to Rescue of Flyers With Hardball Mandate to U.S. Airlines on Refunds

Brian Sumers, Skift

Crisis or not, the U.S. government made it clear that airlines owe refunds to a lot of customers. Airlines don't want to see cash go out the door, so look for more carriers to take creative approaches to try to buy passengers off and keep them from asking for their money back.

22 hours ago

U.S. Travel Ad Spending Plunges 90 Percent in March

U.S. Travel Ad Spending Plunges 90 Percent in March

Sean O'Neill, Skift

Quarantines and lockdowns are driving huge spikes in online traffic, and digital marketing may be more effective than ever when the crisis ends. In the meantime, ad tech companies need to prove their worth by helping suppliers plan how to re-activate their marketing campaigns at the right time — and in the best ways.

1 day ago

The New Pivot to Managing Travel for Crisis Workers

The New Pivot to Managing Travel for Crisis Workers

Matthew Parsons, Skift

It's good to see hotels support workers on the frontlines, but consolidation of these bespoke programs and booking platforms may be needed if the pandemic escalates.

1 day ago

5 Ways Event Professionals Can Manage Stress During Uncertain Times

5 Ways Event Professionals Can Manage Stress During Uncertain Times

EventMB

Event planning is never easy, and it's only been made more chaotic by the current global pandemic. But it’s also an industry that trains us to deal with adversity, to be adaptable, to be resilient. Here are 5 tips to help with stress management during this uncertain time.   The coronavirus outbreak has placed an…

1 day ago

Global Airline Trade Group Deals Massive Blow to Travel Agencies by Opposing Refunds

Global Airline Trade Group Deals Massive Blow to Travel Agencies by Opposing Refunds

Matthew Parsons, Skift

The association's nod to airlines that they can withhold cash will not mean much without official government recognition, meaning the refund debate has just become political.

1 day ago

Virtual Reality Gives Training Boost to Asia’s Displaced Hotel Workers During Crisis Downtime

Virtual Reality Gives Training Boost to Asia’s Displaced Hotel Workers During Crisis Downtime

Xinyi Liang-Pholsena, Skift

With borders shut and hotels closed during the coronavirus pandemic, this could be the moment for remote training — and virtual reality’s role — in hospitality to shine and take off.

1 day ago

AirAsia Seeks Government Loan to Ride Out Coronavirus Storm

AirAsia Seeks Government Loan to Ride Out Coronavirus Storm

Liz Lee, Reuters

There’s no end to troubles for AirAsia Group. With Tony Fernandes finally back in the CEO saddle after being cleared of bribery charges, the airline now has to fight a much tougher pandemic battle.

1 day ago