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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.

Tourism

Canary Islands Aim to Accept German Travelers If They Take Coronavirus Tests

The Canary Islands want to have a policy that's different from Spain, the government that controls them. It's a less-than-ideal situation for multiple regions and municipalities to create a patchwork of policies. It risk creating traveler confusion and discouraging a recovery.

Canary Islands Aim to Accept German Travelers If They Take Coronavirus Tests

Coronavirus

The Best Way to Social Distance on Vacation? Rent the Entire Hotel

Who needs an elaborate cleaning partnership? If you're willing to pay for it, you can ensure social distancing throughout your summer vacation by booking a room (and every other room at the hotel).

The Best Way to Social Distance on Vacation? Rent the Entire Hotel

Tourism

Canada and the U.S. Slated to Extend Travel Ban Through July

No "bienvenue" for you. The United States and Canada appear set to agree to keep their 5,500-mile border closed to nonessential traffic, as the coronavirus continues to spread in both nations.

Canada and the U.S. Slated to Extend Travel Ban Through July

Coronavirus

Who Launches a Brand in the Worst Year Ever for Hotels?

It's the worst time to launch a new hotel brand, right? Maybe not, if you're banking on a low-cost conversion model for operators struggling to meet bigger brand standards.

Who Launches a Brand in the Worst Year Ever for Hotels?

Coronavirus

Germany Slated to Extend Coronavirus Travel Ban for Non-European Countries Through August

Given its dependence on domestic travelers over long-haul, Germany’s extended ban on non-European travelers may not be as detrimental to its economy as a similar move may have been in neighboring countries.

Germany Slated to Extend Coronavirus Travel Ban for Non-European Countries Through August

Airlines

Emirates Lays Off More Pilots, Cabin Crew as Part of Thousands of Job Cuts

This news reminds us of an internet meme. Imagine a shot from the movie Back to the Future, where one character is saying to the other, "Whatever you do, never go to the year 2020."

Emirates Lays Off More Pilots, Cabin Crew as Part of Thousands of Job Cuts

Coronavirus

Sweden’s Scandic Hotels Sees Bookings Double

More positive signs of rebirth in Scandinavian travel.

Sweden’s Scandic Hotels Sees Bookings Double

Online Travel

Google Maps to Alert Users About Pandemic-Related Travel Restrictions

One more sign of how Google Maps aspires to be a superapp for travel.

Google Maps to Alert Users About Pandemic-Related Travel Restrictions

Tourism

Russia Partially Reopens Borders as Moscow Lifts Its Lockdown

It's great news that Russia has begun to allow some travelers to leave country and that Moscow has canceled its digital travel pass system that had made business and leisure domestic trips difficult.

Russia Partially Reopens Borders as Moscow Lifts Its Lockdown

Coronavirus

Giving Away the House? Las Vegas Resorts Reopen With Rock-Bottom Rates

Vegas casino operators may care more about occupancy over daily rates in the initial recovery, but prolonged room discounts can alter guest rate expectations — and sink hotel revenue streams for the long-term.

Giving Away the House? Las Vegas Resorts Reopen With Rock-Bottom Rates