Coronavirus and Travel

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Airplane Wastewater Study Reveals UK Travel Restrictions Didn’t Halt Covid Spread

A laboratory study has cast doubt on the effectiveness of the UK’s travel restrictions last year. Scientists at Bangor University in Wales tested wastewater on planes to monitor coronavirus infections and the general health of passengers coming into the UK from other countries. Almost all aircraft arriving at the three monitored UK airports (Heathrow, Edinburgh…

Coronavirus

2022 Fizzles Out, Optimism for 2023: New Skift Travel Health Index

Skift Research is cautiously optimistic about travel's continued recovery in 2023, despite a growing likelihood of a recession in many countries. Travel is still under-indexed compared to the broader economy, and the reopening of Chinese borders provides a strong boost.

2022 Fizzles Out, Optimism for 2023: New Skift Travel Health Index

Coronavirus

A Return to Mask Wearing Encouraged for Long-Haul Flights

World health officials urging flyers to mask up again is a loud reminder the fight against Covid is far from over despite travelers' eagerness to put the pandemic — and masks on planes — firmly behind them.

A Return to Mask Wearing Encouraged for Long-Haul Flights

Travel Agents

How Prepared Are Travel Agents for China’s Reopening This Weekend?

China's tourism experts warned the industry to prepare for the return of the Chinese traveler months ago — meaning active destination promotions with special packages catering to China's reopening should already be in place. We will know how well it heeded that call in the days ahead.

How Prepared Are Travel Agents for China’s Reopening This Weekend?

Tourism

China’s Great Migration Kicks Off Under Shadow of Covid

More than 2 billion Chinese passengers are set to take trips over the next 40-day period of Lunar New Year. However, concerns remain about the increase in travelers and the spread of COVID-19 infections.

China’s Great Migration Kicks Off Under Shadow of Covid

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India Makes Covid Test Mandatory for Arrivals From China and 5 More Asian Countries

India is making a PCR Covid test mandatory for inbound arrivals from China, Singapore, Hong Kong, Thailand, Japan, and South Korea, from January 1. Passengers arriving in India from any of these six countries would be required to upload results of tests not older than 72 hours before departure along with a self-declaration on the…

Tourism

The Most Important Tourism Story in 2022

Thanks to China's strict zero-Covid policy, the global tourism industry made due without the world's largest outbound tourism market. Given how painstakingly slow the country has been to relax restrictions, tourism businesses would be wise to have learned their lessons about depending on the Chinese market even if it fully reopens in 2023.

The Most Important Tourism Story in 2022

Airlines

United Airlines Mulls When to Add More Flights to China

Given the Covid-19 outbreak in China, United is being prudent in figuring out when is the best time to increase its schedule there.

United Airlines Mulls When to Add More Flights to China

News Blog

Beijing’s International Airports Remove Negative Covid Test Requirements — Reports

Beijing Capital International Airport will no longer require proof of a negative Covid result for entry into its terminals, Reuters has reported, quoting Beijing News, a newspaper owned by the Chinese Communist Party. However, it is unclear if passengers need to show negative tests prior to boarding. The relaxed rules come as the government steps…

Coronavirus

Travel’s Final Push to Full Recovery Stalled: New Skift Travel Health Index

Continuing uncertainties and headwinds suppressed growth in October, with the Skift Travel Health Index sitting around the 85 percent mark since June with little movement.

Travel’s Final Push to Full Recovery Stalled: New Skift Travel Health Index