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Twitter, Others Take On Trump Admin Rule Requiring Visitors to U.S. to Disclose Social Media History

Twitter, Others Take On Trump Admin Rule Requiring Visitors to U.S. to Disclose Social Media History

David Shepardson, Reuters

The war between tech companies and the White House hit another new level this week. The travel industry in the United States should be applauding the efforts on this one by Twitter and Reddit, especially when its business has been cratered by the pandemic.

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Florida Officials Approve Walt Disney World Reopening Plan Starting July 11

Florida Officials Approve Walt Disney World Reopening Plan Starting July 11

Lisa Richwine, Reuters

Visitor numbers to Disney's flagship park in Florida will be one of the most closely eyed statistics of the next year. It's symbolic of the travel sector's fortunes because a visit to the Magic Kingdom typically requires a flight, significant spending, and a comfort with crowds.

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Wizz Air Expands in Western Europe

Wizz Air Expands in Western Europe

Sarah Young, Reuters

Wizz Air expects passenger volume to recover next year, so it's expanding. Meanwhile, larger rival EasyJet says air travel won't rebound until 2023, so it's cutting deeper. Who's right?

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France’s Louvre Museum Plans to Reopen on July 6

France’s Louvre Museum Plans to Reopen on July 6

Christian Lowe and Benoit Van Overstraeten, Reuters

The move to reopen France's most famous museum will come in time for Bastille Day celebrations of national freedom. Très bien.

19 hours ago

Denmark and Norway Lift Travel Restrictions But Snub Neighbor Sweden

Denmark and Norway Lift Travel Restrictions But Snub Neighbor Sweden

Jacob Gronholt-Pedersen and Terje Solsvik, Reuters

Sweden's high rate of coronavirus deaths left it out of a Nordic travel bubble emerging between Denmark and Norway. The exclusion could be a cautionary tale in other joint tourism districts forming via national alliances around the world.

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Canada’s Large Cruise Ship Ban Extended Until Oct. 31

Canada’s Large Cruise Ship Ban Extended Until Oct. 31

Steve Scherer, Reuters

Fall foliage cruises through Canada are essentially a no-go this season due to the latest extension of a large cruise ship ban because of coronavirus.

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Major South African Hotel Operator Tsogo Sun Sees Hit to Core Profit

Major South African Hotel Operator Tsogo Sun Sees Hit to Core Profit

Tanishaa Nadkar, Reuters

Tsogo Sun, which owns luxury properties in seven African countries including Nigeria and the Seychelles, is a bellwether for the pandemic's impact on international travel across southern Africa.

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China to Keep Curbs on International Flights Through June

China to Keep Curbs on International Flights Through June

Stella Qiu and Se Young Lee, Reuters

This news dovetails with Friday's Trip.com Group earnings call that said new international inbound reservations to China would probably be close to zero through the end of June because of travel restrictions.

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Major U.S. Airlines Push Voluntary Leave and Early Retirement Message

Major U.S. Airlines Push Voluntary Leave and Early Retirement Message

Tracy Rucinski and David Shepardson, Reuters

These measures reinforce the earlier messages that smaller airlines will be the future, but execs must find a balance to make sure they'll have sufficient employees to be able to operate in the future.

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Spain May Open Some Cities But Not Others to Foreign Tourism First

Spain May Open Some Cities But Not Others to Foreign Tourism First

Ingrid Melander and Belen Carreno, Reuters

Spain's Foreign Minister Arancha Gonzalez Laya has declined to give a timetable on when popular cities like Barcelona or Madrid will reopen to foreign visitors. But with summer tourism upon us, the travel sector needs clarity pronto.

2 days ago

Low-Cost Carriers Put Squeeze on Airports in Coronavirus Cost Drive

Low-Cost Carriers Put Squeeze on Airports in Coronavirus Cost Drive

Laurence Frost and Sarah Young, Reuters

If anyone knows how to drive a bargain, these three low-cost carriers do. Expect airports across Europe to struggle to say no to their demands.

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EasyJet Shrinks Fleet and Cuts Jobs to Stay Competitive

EasyJet Shrinks Fleet and Cuts Jobs to Stay Competitive

Sarah Young, Reuters

A significant number of airlines have not survived the coronavirus crisis. Even the ones that do will look quite different on the other side, as easyJet's latest moves show.

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