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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.

Coronavirus

Hospitality Company at Root of Loan Controversy Pivots to Survival Mode Sans Federal Help

Ashford Inc. wants to tout the strength of its smaller businesses that could benefit from changing guest expectations around health and safety, but it can't ignore the billions of dollars in hotel debt held by two of its associated real estate companies.

Hospitality Company at Root of Loan Controversy Pivots to Survival Mode Sans Federal Help

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Hilton Cuts Nearly a Quarter of Its Corporate Workforce: Will It Regret the Deep Layoffs?

There is always the potential of going too far with layoffs during an economic downturn. But coronavirus has upended the travel industry with so much uncertainty that Hilton's sizable layoffs reflect a narrowed corporate focus on near-term health, survival, and reopening.

Hilton Cuts Nearly a Quarter of Its Corporate Workforce: Will It Regret the Deep Layoffs?

Tourism

Spain to Trial Coronavirus Tracing App on La Gomera in the Canary Islands

All of Europe will be watching.

Spain to Trial Coronavirus Tracing App on La Gomera in the Canary Islands

Airlines

Thai Airport Group Expects Revenue and Passengers to Be Down by Half

Airports of Thailand thinks passenger numbers and revenue will fall by half this year. If a vaccine is made and ready for use by July next year, they could see air traffic volume being back to normal by October, 2021.

Thai Airport Group Expects Revenue and Passengers to Be Down by Half

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2 Hospitality CEOs Who See Very Different But Sweet Opportunities in Soured Year of Travel

Many hotels won't come back from coronavirus shutdowns, but the downturn in travel won't last forever. It is a shrewd business strategy to plan for future growth, if you can stomach the short-term occupancy meltdown.

2 Hospitality CEOs Who See Very Different But Sweet Opportunities in Soured Year of Travel

Tourism

Thailand to Spend $722 Million to Reward Health Workers With Cheaper Domestic Travel

What a great idea! The Thai government will reward 1.2 million medical workers and health volunteers with subsidies to pay for domestic trips, including for hotel rooms, meals, and train rides.

Thailand to Spend $722 Million to Reward Health Workers With Cheaper Domestic Travel

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What To Make of Marriott’s Post-Pandemic Playbook

There is still a long road to a full economic recovery from coronavirus, but a short-term debt buyback offer and loyalty deals signal Marriott is designing a path to rebound from the worst of the pandemic.

What To Make of Marriott’s Post-Pandemic Playbook

Tourism

Portugal Prime Minister: Britain Travel Bridge Talks Going Well

Portugal's prime minister said talks with Britain about a possible "air bridge" are advancing. If completed, it can be a big boost to the UK travel economy's recovery.

Portugal Prime Minister: Britain Travel Bridge Talks Going Well

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The Travel Deals That Have Fallen Victim to the Pandemic

Don't count your deals before they've hatched. Coronavirus has killed valuations of many companies, and deals along with them. On the other hand, some companies, such as Grubhub, are in the right place at the right time.

The Travel Deals That Have Fallen Victim to the Pandemic

Coronavirus

Uzbekistan to Reopen Borders to Travelers on a Country-By-Country Basis

Uzbekistan's hedging arrival restrictions on a country of origin is yet another way to accelerate the reopening of travel economies while addressing fears of a second wave of coronavirus spreading.

Uzbekistan to Reopen Borders to Travelers on a Country-By-Country Basis