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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.

Travel Technology

Traveloka, RedDoorz Share New Mobile-First Aspirations for Southeast Asia

The opportunity that Southeast Asia presents for the travel industry is boundless. Time to capitalize on it.

Traveloka, RedDoorz Share New Mobile-First Aspirations for Southeast Asia

Tourism

Ukraine Tourism Chief Looks Beyond Tragedy of War to a Hopeful Tourism Future

If hope had a name, it could be called Ukraine. As the Russian aggression brought tourism development to a halt in the country, the industry's willpower to succeed is evident even amidst the war.

Ukraine Tourism Chief Looks Beyond Tragedy of War to a Hopeful Tourism Future

Tourism

Disney Parks Blends Virtual and Physical Experiences to Elevate Storytelling

Disney is about to be a century old. Its focus on immersive storytelling demonstrates it's not thinking like a centenarian.

Disney Parks Blends Virtual and Physical Experiences to Elevate Storytelling

News Blog

Hong Kong Finally Looks to Scrap Hotel Quarantine Policy

As Hong Kong leaders acknowledge how stringent Covid policies have hammered the destination’s competitiveness, the government might soon be on its way to scrap the controversial hotel quarantine policy for inbound travelers. On Tuesday, Chief Executive John Lee said an announcement was impending and the destination would look to allow more activities in an orderly…

Business Travel

In Search of Corporate Travel’s Elusive Recovery

Most industry forecasts point to an eventual recovery — even to the 2019 high of $1.4 trillion in annual spending — as business trips start to bounce back. But many underlying trends are emerging in a fragile global economy. How we travel, and for what purpose, is far from certain as we enter a new era of accountability.

In Search of Corporate Travel’s Elusive Recovery

Tourism

Thailand’s Long-Awaited Tourism Rebound Boosts Economic Forecasts

Once the top tourist destination in Southeast Asia, Thailand this weekend offered a GDP forecast from its finance minister that certainly suggests the long pandemic slump may finally be ending.

Thailand’s Long-Awaited Tourism Rebound Boosts Economic Forecasts

Tourism

Asia’s Uneven and Delayed Tourism Recovery

Today’s edition of Skift’s daily podcast looks at Asia’s coronavirus recovery, Maine’s tourism labor woes, and two airlines betting on a hybrid plane.

Asia’s Uneven and Delayed Tourism Recovery

Business Travel

Remote Work May Win New Advocates Over Rising Energy Costs for Offices

Coronavirus threw traditional work and travel patterns into disarray last winter, forcing people to stay at home. But this time around concerns over sky-high energy bills could push people into co-working spaces to keep costs down.

Remote Work May Win New Advocates Over Rising Energy Costs for Offices

Coronavirus

Asia’s Recovery Remains Unpredictable: New Skift Travel Health Index

While not fully recovered, travel is taking on recognizable and predictable patterns in most regions. Asia Pacific is the exception, where there are still major fluctuations in travel performance with every new announcement of loosening and tightening of pandemic-related restrictions.

Asia’s Recovery Remains Unpredictable: New Skift Travel Health Index

Tourism

Maine’s Top Tourism Exec on Surviving a Crazy Rebound Summer With a Labor Shortage Grind

With reduced travel restrictions, the tourism industry in the United States is seeing a rabid comeback. No place experienced that more than the Pine Tree State, which saw a surge of tourists, but found fewer workers to serve the demand. Maine's summer story may just be a proxy for the dilemma facing so many other destinations.

Maine’s Top Tourism Exec on Surviving a Crazy Rebound Summer With a Labor Shortage Grind