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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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China to Keep Curbs on International Flights Through June

This news dovetails with Friday's Trip.com Group earnings call that said new international inbound reservations to China would probably be close to zero through the end of June because of travel restrictions.

China to Keep Curbs on International Flights Through June

Coronavirus

Hotel Industry Turns to 9/11 Legal Framework to Navigate Pandemic Insurance

Legislators may have a pandemic business interruption insurance solution — but it almost certainly won't help hoteliers currently struggling due to coronavirus-related drops in travel.

Hotel Industry Turns to 9/11 Legal Framework to Navigate Pandemic Insurance

Tourism

Spain May Open Some Cities But Not Others to Foreign Tourism First

Spain's Foreign Minister Arancha Gonzalez Laya has declined to give a timetable on when popular cities like Barcelona or Madrid will reopen to foreign visitors. But with summer tourism upon us, the travel sector needs clarity pronto.

Spain May Open Some Cities But Not Others to Foreign Tourism First

Coronavirus

Boutique Hotels Push Back on Major Chain Brand Conversion Tactics

Travelers may crave familiarity during the coronavirus recovery, but boutique hoteliers say familiarity can be achieved without making your property feel generic and sterile.

Boutique Hotels Push Back on Major Chain Brand Conversion Tactics

Tourism

Greece to Welcome Specific Nationalities First as It Reopens to Visitors

Many countries have put selective travel bans in place, and these bans increasingly appear to be driven more by politics than science.

Greece to Welcome Specific Nationalities First as It Reopens to Visitors

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MGM Resorts Plans Early June Reopening for 4 Las Vegas Properties

The whirring sound of slot machines is coming back to the Las Vegas Strip, but it will be awhile before Sin City is back to normal operations.

MGM Resorts Plans Early June Reopening for 4 Las Vegas Properties

Business Travel

A Plunge in Tourism Is Hurting Luxury Retail in Europe

The fashion capitals of Paris, Rome, and Milan are awakening to a harsh reality. Chinese and other Asian tourists accounted for a crucial slice of the luxury retail sector’s sales in Europe before coronavirus, but those visitors aren't likely to return soon.

A Plunge in Tourism Is Hurting Luxury Retail in Europe

Coronavirus

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