Articles tagged “australia”

Thailand Rethinks Travel Bubble Plans on Virus Worries

Thailand Rethinks Travel Bubble Plans on Virus Worries

Panarat Thepgumpanat and Chayut Setboonsarng, Reuters

The latest wave of outbreaks shows how precarious travel bubbles are; Thailand is running out of options.

4 days ago

Qantas to Cut 6,000 Jobs, Raise $1.3 Billion in New Equity

Qantas to Cut 6,000 Jobs, Raise $1.3 Billion in New Equity

Jamie Freed, Reuters

CEO Alan Joyce's stark warning of no international operations of real scale for another 12 months means this airline is now in survival mode.

2 weeks 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.

4 weeks 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.

1 month ago

Japan Could Reopen to Corporate Travelers With Strict Coronavirus Testing

Japan Could Reopen to Corporate Travelers With Strict Coronavirus Testing

Naomi Tajitsu, Reuters

Thailand, Vietnam, Australia and New Zealand would need to sign up to dual COVID-19 tests, and either side of the border, in order to gain entry. Is this the future of corporate travel?

1 month 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.

2 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.

2 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.

3 months ago

String of Crises Puts Asian Hotelier Ovolo’s Brand of Creativity to Test

String of Crises Puts Asian Hotelier Ovolo’s Brand of Creativity to Test

Xinyi Liang-Pholsena, Skift

There’s no avoiding the blow the coronavirus pandemic is causing the hospitality sector. Creative marketing could be one way to soften the pain for hoteliers while they strategize their business continuity plans amid the crisis.

3 months ago

Travel Agency Flight Centre to Shutter 800 Storefronts as Part of $1.2 Billion Savings Effort

Travel Agency Flight Centre to Shutter 800 Storefronts as Part of $1.2 Billion Savings Effort

Matthew Parsons, Skift

This cost-cutting package could be one of the largest we'll see in this crisis. On paper, the cuts look like they'll be enough, but there will be collateral damage to its brand with so many shop closures.

3 months ago

Australia to Close Borders as New Coronavirus Cases Mount

Australia to Close Borders as New Coronavirus Cases Mount

Katharine Murphy and Paul Karp, The Guardian

Australia's borders close Friday 9 p.m. local time. National carrier Qantas will end international flights and furlough two out of three of its workers despite a mammoth rescue package by the government. Who would've imagined this a month ago?

4 months ago

Flight Centre Shutters 100 Stores in Australia as Coronavirus Roils Travel Sector

Flight Centre Shutters 100 Stores in Australia as Coronavirus Roils Travel Sector

Ben Butler, The Guardian

Bushfires, drought and now coronavirus — can it get any worse for Australia tourism? Hopefully not, but signs are pointing to a darker picture ahead.

4 months ago