Travel's Reopening and Coronavirus Recovery

The latest news about coronavirus recovery around the world and the reopening of travel and tourism in destinations around the world.

Skift Research subscribers can view the latest data about country-by-country recovery at the Skift Recovery Index. Data about public companies can be viewed at the Skift Health Score.

Tourism

Intrepid’s 2030 Tourism Targets: Can India’s Travel Ecosystem Support Them?

Intrepid's vision for India is ambitious. However, the concerns of international travelers need to be addressed by India before inbound numbers can substantially increase.

Intrepid’s 2030 Tourism Targets: Can India’s Travel Ecosystem Support Them?

Airlines

Western Airlines Are Pulling Out of China – Virgin Atlantic Is the Latest

After leaving Hong Kong in 2022, Shanghai was Virgin Atlantic's final Chinese destination. The development comes amid a broader retreat among some Western carriers.

Western Airlines Are Pulling Out of China – Virgin Atlantic Is the Latest

Tourism

China’s Visa-Waiver Policy Boosts Inbound Tourism: Foreign Visitors Up 152%

After the pandemic-induced slump, China’s simplification of visa procedures appears to have paid off, with foreign visitors in the first half of the year soaring 152% compared to the year before.

China’s Visa-Waiver Policy Boosts Inbound Tourism: Foreign Visitors Up 152%

Airlines

How India-China Direct Flights Went From 539 … to Zero

Two tourism powerhouses, two economic giants, two of the world's most populous countries — and yet, not a single direct flight between India and China.

Airlines

IndiGo Widens Lead in Indian Market Share – India Report

The Indian aviation sector is adding more airports across the country, and airlines are investing in upgrading and expanding their fleets. A consistent growth in domestic air passenger traffic is crucial to their return on investments, especially as international airlines are eyeing this growing consumer base.

IndiGo Widens Lead in Indian Market Share – India Report

Short-Term Rentals

These Markets Could Drive Vacation Rental Growth

Texas could be the future of the vacation rental market.

These Markets Could Drive Vacation Rental Growth

Tourism

Most Travel Spending Is Close to Home, Despite ‘Revenge Travel’ Boom

Travelers may be catching up on international trips, but the pandemic set a precedent for exploring close by.

Most Travel Spending Is Close to Home, Despite ‘Revenge Travel’ Boom

Tourism

China’s Golden Week Travel Signals a Revival. Plus, Why U.S. Travel Is Still Lagging

China’s outbound travel is coming back, driven by favorable visa policies, increased airline capacity, and a growing interest in diverse global destinations. However, challenges remain, particularly in travel to the U.S.

China’s Golden Week Travel Signals a Revival. Plus, Why U.S. Travel Is Still Lagging

Daily Lodging Report

State of Global Tourism, According to the UN

International tourism nearly reached pre-pandemic levels in early 2024, with notable growth in the Middle East, Europe, and Africa, and a full recovery projected for the year.

Podcasts

TBO Tek’s Mega IPO, Air India-Vistara Merger and Visa Waiver Extensions

Catch up on the latest travel headlines out of India on this week’s podcast.

TBO Tek’s Mega IPO, Air India-Vistara Merger and Visa Waiver Extensions