Coronavirus Travel News

Follow the latest news about coronavirus and its impact on hotels, airlines, cruise lines, tourism destinations, and other sectors of the travel industry.

We are over a year into the Covid-19 global pandemic, and the impact on the travel industry has been severe to say the least. Skift has been covering this on a day-to-day basis since January 2020. You can read the latest news, as well as all of our coverage, on the pages below.

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U.S. Road Trips Still a Go With Higher Gas Prices But Here’s What Changes

Rural destinations that have benefitted from long-haul road trippers will want to prepare for the impact of higher gas prices on consumer behavior, on the cusp of busy spring and summer seasons.

U.S. Road Trips Still a Go With Higher Gas Prices But Here’s What Changes

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Middle East Hotel Development Picks Up the Pace

The pace of hotel development in the Middle East is picking up after a two-year dry spell. The key to making these hotels a success is showing this region is still a place to visit when the rest of the world is back to open borders and on a level tourism playing field.

Middle East Hotel Development Picks Up the Pace

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U.S. Hotels Gained Much-Needed Workers in February

February was a surprisingly strong month for hotel job gains. Companies need to continue the momentum leading into the busy summer travel season, which is only a few months away.

U.S. Hotels Gained Much-Needed Workers in February

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Trump Hotels CEO Leaving the Dwindling Company

Eric Danziger, the departing CEO at Trump Hotels and one of the few non-family members to hold the top job at the company, is the latest drag on the hotel brand that has shed properties over the last several years.

Trump Hotels CEO Leaving the Dwindling Company

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Fallout From Marriott and Hilton’s Staggering Layoffs Isn’t Easily Fixed

Major hotel companies are recognizing that trust issues lingering from pandemic furloughs and layoffs play a major part in the industry’s labor shortage crisis.

Fallout From Marriott and Hilton’s Staggering Layoffs Isn’t Easily Fixed

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Cruise Confidence Returning Slowly But Not for Megaships

It's still an unpredictable road ahead for the major cruise lines eyeing the rebound of U.S. consumer confidence. Travel restrictions are indeed easing for its top region in demand, the Caribbean, and more cruisers are making plans. But they're also remaining cautious.

Cruise Confidence Returning Slowly But Not for Megaships

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Casino Resorts Look to Diversify Asia Growth Beyond Macau

MGM Resorts International and Las Vegas Sands aren’t writing off Macau, but they also aren’t solely focusing on China’s gaming hotspot for growth in Asia.

Casino Resorts Look to Diversify Asia Growth Beyond Macau

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CDC Declines to Lift Airplane Mask Mandate Despite Easing Covid Guidelines

Lifting the airplane mask mandate would've been an awfully premature victory lap considering the fight against Covid is far from over.

CDC Declines to Lift Airplane Mask Mandate Despite Easing Covid Guidelines

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Wyndham Positions Itself for International Expansion in 2022

Wyndham plans to throttle its recovery forward with a wave of international openings this year. The uncertain factor is if investors want this, given the company's resilience during the pandemic stemmed from domestic travel demand.

Wyndham Positions Itself for International Expansion in 2022

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Japan Reopens to More Vaccinated Tourists But Excludes Some Shots

Japan is clearly taking steps to prepare for a reopening to foreign tourists — not just the gradual border easing that will take place next month. But the country's refusal to include vaccines developed by Chinese makers is a sign Japan isn't expecting visitors from China anytime soon.

Japan Reopens to More Vaccinated Tourists But Excludes Some Shots