Coronavirus


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LIVE BLOG: Impact of coronavirus on the travel industry
By PhocusWire | March 29, 2020
PhocusWire's live blog is charting official announcements from travel brands, reports via our own family of media outlets and news from around the web. Read More
News | Online
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Airbnb hosts in China are “confident” about market recovery
By Jill Menze | March 27, 2020
According to data from Airbnb, 99% of hosts in China feel positively or neutral about engaging in the short-term rental market following the COVID-19 outbreak, while 1% say they will “definitely not”... Read More
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Travel intermediaries look to regulators for help with airline refunds
By Linda Fox | March 27, 2020
ECTAA, a body representing European agents and operators, is urging the European Commission to take action on airlines not refunding tickets. Read More
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Sounding Off: Travel bailouts are not simple tasks to manage
Sounding Off: Travel bailouts are not simple tasks to manage
By PhocusWire | March 27, 2020
 It seems more likely that any form of state aid will go only to propping up the travel-facing operations that inspire people to travel or are functional elements of a trip. Not the ecosystem... Read More
Interview | Technology
InPhocus, episode 3 - Living with the virus, thinking about a reset for tourism
InPhocus, episode 3 - Living with the virus, thinking about a reset for tourism
By PhocusWire | March 27, 2020
We asked destination specialist Doug Lansky to give us an account of his own experience with contracting coronavirus and, secondly, share his perspective on the current climate for destinations and what... Read More
News | Technology
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Data shows severe impact of coronavirus on global hospitality industry
By Mitra Sorrells | March 26, 2020
Global hospitality data company STR has released figures for Asia, Europe and the United States for the week ending March 21. Read More
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Travel value chain under scrutiny as airlines get bailouts and intermediaries plead for help
Travel value chain under scrutiny as airlines get bailouts and intermediaries plead for help
By Linda Fox | March 26, 2020
IATA's mention of the value chain has faced significant criticism in the past week from some areas of the intermediary community, seemingly for acting in isolation. They believe the industry is in this... Read More
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Tours are at an absolute low - here’s how they can recover after COVID-19
Tours are at an absolute low - here’s how they can recover after COVID-19
By Alex Govoreanu - Questo  | March 26, 2020
It's starting to look like a perfectly terrifying mix between the Spanish Flu and the Great Depression, with the tours and activities sector likely to never be the same again. Read More
Opinion | Online
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Venture Republic CEO Kei Shibata on coronavirus: “Web traffic is down to the floor”
By Mitra Sorrells | March 26, 2020
Venture Republic co-founder and CEO Kei Shibata discusses the impact of the coronavirus on his travel metasearch and media companies. Read More
News | Online
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Amadeus plans for €300M cost-cutting program as coronavirus slams aviation
By Linda Fox | March 25, 2020
The company has been hit by a combination of trip cancellations and restrictions on international flights, impacting the volume of bookings and passengers boarded. Read More
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Youth and student travel sector looks to previous crises for coronavirus recovery clues
By Linda Fox | March 25, 2020
In its latest analysis of the business impact of COVID-19, WYSE says that although every crisis is different, longer term youth and student travel was less impacted by the financial crash than... Read More
News | Distribution
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Could addiction to debt come back to haunt some online travel companies?
By Steven Lerner | March 25, 2020
If revenue drops due to COVID-19, past debt will make it more challenging for online travel companies to survive economic obstacles. Read More
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The long tail of travel may get cut off - automation is one way to get it back up
By Marissa Trew - WiT  | March 25, 2020
Tour and activity distribution CEOs offer perspective on how the sector can recover from the coronavirus setback. Read More
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Digital travel brands want the same bailouts from governments as hotels and airlines
Digital travel brands want the same bailouts from governments as hotels and airlines
By Kevin May | March 24, 2020
A lobbying organization, which includes the likes of Amadeus, Travelport, Booking.com, Expedia Group, Skyscanner, Tripadvisor and eDreams ODIGEO as members, says the COVID-19 outbreak is hitting the... Read More
News | Technology
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Confronted by crisis, travel startups weigh difficult - and personal - decisions
By Jill Menze | March 24, 2020
Not only are startups equipped with fewer resources, funds and time, but also, the close-knit nature of their workforces means that even one shift within the company is often felt by all. Read More
News | Startups
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