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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

Dubai to Let Foreign Tourists Enter From July 7

All positive news is welcome these days.

Dubai to Let Foreign Tourists Enter From July 7

Coronavirus

Convention Plateau: The Hotel Recovery Can Only Go So Far Without Group Bookings

Unless a vaccine or widespread coronavirus treatment becomes available this year, a W-shaped hotel industry recovery seems likely. But that doesn't mean hoteliers should accept that fate — alternative revenue streams are out there.

Convention Plateau: The Hotel Recovery Can Only Go So Far Without Group Bookings

Airlines

KLM Plans to Steadily Increase Flights Through End of Summer

KLM's plan to operate as much as 60 percent of its summer capacity by August is a signal of relaxing travel restrictions, but demand for fly-to destinations is still a major uncertainty in the travel industry's coronavirus recovery.

KLM Plans to Steadily Increase Flights Through End of Summer

Online Travel

Airports and Rail Operators Prioritize Some Touchless Technologies Over Others

Vendors are getting creative with pandemic-related services, like the following: Passport control via facial recognition. Contactless elevators. Food-ordering without needing an app. Luggage disinfection via ultraviolet light. Mask-detecting robots.

Airports and Rail Operators Prioritize Some Touchless Technologies Over Others

Coronavirus

Dormant U.S. Hotels Will Cost Cities and States Nearly $17 Billion in Tax Revenue in 2020

States and cities are going to lose a lot of tax revenues from hotels due to the pandemic. The question is how long will the drought last?

Dormant U.S. Hotels Will Cost Cities and States Nearly $17 Billion in Tax Revenue in 2020

Tourism

Spain to Support Tourism With $5 Billion in Aid

The most notable parts of Spain's package are nearly $1 billion (€859 million) in loans to subsidize the digitization and modernization of tourism businesses, plus a moratorium on mortgage-loan payments for some travel companies.

Spain to Support Tourism With $5 Billion in Aid

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

Coronavirus

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