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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

China’s Great Reopening: Take 2

Remember the grand announcement of the “Chinese are coming” extravaganza in 2023? Turns out it was more of a slow dance than a stampede. Will 2024 finally be the year for the potential great return of the Chinese tourist?

China’s Great Reopening: Take 2

Airlines

Weddings and Sporting Events Fuel Growth in Aviation and Hospitality: India Report

The aviation and hospitality sector's growth, coupled with workforce expansion, is a sign of India’s recovering economy post-pandemic.

Weddings and Sporting Events Fuel Growth in Aviation and Hospitality: India Report

Tourism

China and Thailand Agree on Permanent Visa Waiver from March

You know China is serious about boosting inbound tourism when in a span of less than two months the country has announced visa waivers for 8 countries.

China and Thailand Agree on Permanent Visa Waiver from March

Tourism

China Eases Visa Rules for U.S. Tourists

China's opening up, but if the airlines don’t step up their flight game, we might be looking at even crazier airfare hikes with all these eager travelers.

China Eases Visa Rules for U.S. Tourists

Tourism

International Traveler Spending in the U.S. Remains Below 2019 Level

Taking into account inflation, the U.S. still has a lot of work to recover international traveler spending.

International Traveler Spending in the U.S. Remains Below 2019 Level

Online Travel

Trip.com: Easy Visa Rules Would Lift Chinese Travel

The Chinese travelers have changed and destinations that want them to visit, need to pay attention to what they want and how they can cater to them.

Trip.com: Easy Visa Rules Would Lift Chinese Travel

News Blog

Amtrak Ridership Jumped a Quarter in Fiscal 2023, Fell Short of Full Recovery

Amtrak carried 28.6 million customers on train trips during its latest fiscal year. That number, while an improvement of nearly a quarter from 2022, fell short of its aim to match pre-pandemic ridership of 32.5 million trips. But even as overall numbers fell short of those four years ago, Amtrak said Thursday that the number…

Tourism

Long Visa Wait Times to Be U.S.’s ‘White Whale’ in 2024

Doesn't seem unreasonably high visa wait times are going away any time soon in Mexico, India and Colombia.

Long Visa Wait Times to Be U.S.’s ‘White Whale’ in 2024

Online Travel

Chinese Travel Rebound Pushes Trip.com Group’s Revenue to Exceed 2019 Levels

Trip.com has reported a solid third quarter and sees no signs of a slowdown any time soon. But not keen to put all its eggs in one basket (China), the online travel company has also sets its sights on global expansion.

Online Travel

The New Chinese Traveler: Latest Trends From Trip.com

The post-pandemic Chinese traveler is a whole new ballgame, and travel companies need to understand that and step up their game.

The New Chinese Traveler: Latest Trends From Trip.com