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Russia Closes State-Run Hotels, Resorts Over Rising Coronavirus Cases

Russia Closes State-Run Hotels, Resorts Over Rising Coronavirus Cases

Alexander Marrow and Tom Balmforth, Reuters

Russia has gone into tourism lockdown to combat coronavirus, including closing state-run recreational areas and hotels and halting all international flights. But the country's other problem is that a majority of its residents do not believe government figures, which show the number of coronavirus cases within Russia has only just surpassed 1,000.

3 days ago

Travel Agency MisterFly Slams Airlines for Delayed or Denied Refunds

Travel Agency MisterFly Slams Airlines for Delayed or Denied Refunds

Sean O'Neill, Skift

Everyone in the travel industry is frustrated right now with much of the world frozen up. But Nicolas Brumelot, the co-founder and president of travel startup Misterfly, speaks for many agencies frustrated by alleged delays in refunds by some airlines.

3 days ago

Singapore Airlines Secures Record $13 Billion Funding Lifeline

Singapore Airlines Secures Record $13 Billion Funding Lifeline

Jamie Freed and Anshuman Daga, Reuters

Many carriers will be looking on enviously at this record bailout. Singapore Airlines not only gets to survive the crisis, but is also primed to come out stronger on the other side.

3 days ago

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3 weeks ago

Lilium Raises $240 Million for Flying Taxis: Travel Startup Funding This Week

Lilium Raises $240 Million for Flying Taxis: Travel Startup Funding This Week

Sean O'Neill, Skift

Take a break from all the bad news and dream about flying taxis.

3 days ago

Will It Matter for U.S. Airlines With the Government as a Shareholder?

Will It Matter for U.S. Airlines With the Government as a Shareholder?

Brian Sumers, Skift

Given the circumstances, U.S. airlines are getting good terms from their proposed government bailout. They should be grateful.

3 days ago

Hotel Deals and Lending Zapped by Coronavirus at the Finish Line

Hotel Deals and Lending Zapped by Coronavirus at the Finish Line

Cameron Sperance , Skift

Until lenders can wade through the $2 trillion U.S. stimulus package and determine valuations, hotel deals will remain on ice. Expect smaller banks to issue the first round of hotel loans on the upswing.

3 days ago

Force Majeure: Will it Really Help Cancelled Events?

Force Majeure: Will it Really Help Cancelled Events?

EventMB

Force majeure is the legal clause on everyone’s lips. On almost every event contract, it seems like the COVID-19 pandemic would be the obvious case it was designed for, but that’s not how insurance companies see it. What recourse is there for event organizers?

3 days ago

Introducing Skift Research’s New Monthly Subscription Plan

Introducing Skift Research’s New Monthly Subscription Plan

Haixia Wang, Skift

We're making it easier for travel professionals to get access to the information they need in these crucial times.

4 days ago

UK Hotels Get a Little Lift From Block Bookings for Crisis Workers

UK Hotels Get a Little Lift From Block Bookings for Crisis Workers

Matthew Parsons, Skift

As more countries mobilize their crisis workers, hotel groups can at least rely on small levels of business — the tricky part will be figuring out which properties stay open, and who exactly checks in.

4 days ago

5 Tourism Promotion Campaigns Hitting the Right Notes in a Crisis

5 Tourism Promotion Campaigns Hitting the Right Notes in a Crisis

Rosie Spinks, Skift

It's a tough time for tourism marketers but going dark isn't necessarily required. Here are some examples of campaigns that are striking the proper tone.

4 days ago

How the Top Boss at One of Paris’s Most Iconic Hotels Copes With the Crisis

How the Top Boss at One of Paris’s Most Iconic Hotels Copes With the Crisis

Sean O'Neill, Skift

What's it like being the general manager of a luxury hotel during coronavirus? We asked Franka Holtmann, who looks after Le Meurice for Dorchester Collection. She spoke candidly and poetically about her worries, her new workflows, and how she cares for her team.

4 days ago