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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.

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EU Health Agency Slams Border Closures as Too Late and Costly to Tame Coronavirus

The fine print in this Tuesday report by Europe's top health agency is that border controls can sometimes be effective in delaying an epidemic at its start or in isolated regions. In other words, now that the pandemic is unleashed, many travel restrictions aren't worth the cost to society.

EU Health Agency Slams Border Closures as Too Late and Costly to Tame Coronavirus

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European Airline, Hospitality Stocks Surge Amid Talks of Lifted Travel Restrictions

A V-shaped recovery still seems overly optimistic, but reports of eased travel restrictions and low infection rates amid businesses reopening is a strong argument for something more accelerated than an L-shaped recovery to Europe's travel sector. That was enough to convince investors.

European Airline, Hospitality Stocks Surge Amid Talks of Lifted Travel Restrictions

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Germany Moves to Ease Travel Restrictions on 31 European Countries

Germany needs to fire up its economic engine soon to prevent sinking even deeper into its worst recession since World War II, but critics are cautioning against opening borders too soon to countries hit the hardest by coronavirus.

Germany Moves to Ease Travel Restrictions on 31 European Countries

Coronavirus

Development Pipeline for New Hotels Throttles Ahead Remarkably to Record Highs — For Now

The U.S. hotel industry may already be inching into recovery territory while hotel construction has yet to begin a decline that could last years.

Development Pipeline for New Hotels Throttles Ahead Remarkably to Record Highs — For Now

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Amsterdam’s Mayor Warns Against Rushing to Regain International Tourism

There’s a growing divide between tourism leaders championing the end of travel restrictions and people fearful of the pandemic's reemergence.

Amsterdam’s Mayor Warns Against Rushing to Regain International Tourism

Coronavirus

The Decline of Celebrity Chefs and the Future of Travel Post-Pandemic: The Long View This Week

There may be too many (celebrity) cooks in the kitchen, and how that evolves from here on out could signal a similar editing of voices in the world of travel and hospitality.

The Decline of Celebrity Chefs and the Future of Travel Post-Pandemic: The Long View This Week

Coronavirus

Portugal Won’t Quarantine Visitors Arriving by Plane

Portugal’s foreign minister vaguely referred to "minimal health controls" at airports but otherwise the country wants to make it as easy as possible for people to visit. Fearless young people may come, especially when other countries like the UK require visitors to self-isolate for days.

Portugal Won’t Quarantine Visitors Arriving by Plane

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Debt Woes Mount for Hotel Company Tied to Coronavirus Relief Loan Controversy

Ashford Hospitality Trust is running out of relief options for its billions of dollars in mortgage debt, and selling or giving back assets to lenders seems almost certain.

Debt Woes Mount for Hotel Company Tied to Coronavirus Relief Loan Controversy

Airlines

Southwest CEO Says Airline to Limit Seats Through July

On the positive side, Southwest said so far this month bookings outpaced trip cancellations.

Southwest CEO Says Airline to Limit Seats Through July

Coronavirus

Someone Says They Caught Coronavirus at Your Hotel: Now What?

Coronavirus liability lawsuits may seem like catnip for lawyers who advertise on daytime TV, but the proof hurdle is a high one to clear when it comes to a highly infectious disease.

Someone Says They Caught Coronavirus at Your Hotel: Now What?