Puzzling Out Pandemic Travel #95

Deepnews Digest #94

Puzzling Out Pandemic Travel

As the world ends an entire year with coronavirus, the disease has gone from impacting the spring and summer to threatening the holiday season, and along with it holiday travel. With governments rolling out plans for how citizens can celebrate safely, we set our algorithm to look for in-depth articles from the wide world of travel and tourism. Here are the results, all gathered with the Deepnews Scoring Model.

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Lessons From Europe’s Covid Surge: Control Is Fragile and Losing It Is Easy

As Americans travel for holidays, they might consider new evidence from across the Atlantic that summer tourists brought home a mutation from a corner of Spain

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Nikkei Asian Review

Vaccine hopes lift Asia travel sector worried by COVID-19 rebound

TOKYO — Asian travel companies are increasingly optimistic that recent breakthroughs in producing effective coronavirus vaccines will soon help the industry get back to normality — even though worries persist about a near-term resurgence of the pandemic and some officials suggest incentives to travel should be curbed.

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Asheville Citizen Times

Can holiday tourism save an otherwise dismal year? Local business owners weigh in

At the Engadine Inn and Cabins in Candler, they’re banking on the Santas — 1,200 of them, to be exact.

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Hawaii Is Riding Out the COVID-19 Storm. But Geographic Isolation Isn’t the Blessing it May Seem

When Hawaii’s coronavirus infections were rising in late August, Honolulu Mayor Kirk Caldwell visited doctors in the COVID-19 ward of The Queen’s Medical Center, the state’s largest hospital. “I could see it in their faces and in their eyes,” Caldwell says. “The concern and fear they had that, by the following week, if things didn’t change, they were not going to be able to care for people, that they were going to have to put them in tents outside.”

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A new love for medieval-style travel

I felt a surge of emotion and, unexpectedly, shed a tear. For the next few minutes, the throbbing in my feet seemed to evaporate and the bag on my back felt lighter than it had all week.

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Editor’s Note:

Sometimes it helps to take a historical perspective on things. Here our algorithm highlighted an in-depth piece by Len Williams looking into the idea of pilgrimages, a la The Cantebury Tales. – Christopher Brennan, Editor


Is It Right to Promote Holiday Travel Amid a Second Covid Surge?

More travel executives get their mission-critical industry news from Skift than any other source on the planet.

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Napa Valley Register

Decline in tourism pokes holes in city budgets across Napa County

From the November 19 recap: Napa Valley news you may have missed today series {{featured_button_text}} Sarah Klearman

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South China Morning Post

Thai businesses call for travel bubbles even as local tourism surges

Tourism revenues from domestic travellers are projected to surpass that of foreigners for the first time amid the coronavirus pandemic

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‘We’re like a supermarket with nothing on the shelves’: Travel agents at breaking point as hundreds shut down

Miriam Henry was on a five-and-a-half-month travel adventure when she fell sick in late March.

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The East African

Tourism adapts to fight against virus

For much of the year, thanks to the Covid-19 pandemic measures, there were hardly any safari vehicles driving through East Africa’s endless plains searching for a glimpse of wildlife.

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Stuff NZ

Time to grasp the freedom camper by the horns

The recent announcement from newly appointed Tourism Minister Stuart Nash he will ban freedom camping in vehicles that are not self-contained has come like a bucket of cold reality to many in the tourism industry.

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The Palm Beach Post

The Thanksgiving plight: In Palm Beach County, who is gathering, traveling or celebrating?

Cocoa Begtrup and his wife Laurie have hosted Thanksgiving at their Royal Palm Beach home for more than 30 years, with as many as 35 family members enjoying a massive feast. But because of the COVID-19 pandemic, this year’s group will shrink.

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Editor’s Note:

In the U.S. this week it was Thanksgiving, the first of the many days that are normally filled with travel. Here our algorithm highlighted a local piece from the Palm Beach Post looking into what changes this year. – Christopher Brennan, Editor

Associated Press

COVID-19 vaccinations may be required by some countries and airlines for international travel

International air travel could come booming back next year but with a new rule: Travelers to certain countries must be vaccinated against the coronavirus before they can fly.

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The Telegraph (UK)$

A blanket ban on Christmas skiing isn’t just disastrous – it’s delusional

I remember vividly where I was when I received the news that Italy’s ski resorts would be closing to help curb the spread of coronavirus, back in early March: I was doing my weekly food shop.

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The Desert Sun

‘Opportunity of the century’: Coronavirus pandemic underscores need to shift desert economy

September 19, 2020 marks six months since California issued a stay-at-home order to slow the spread of COVID-19.

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The Points Guy

It’s official: You’ll now be able to test out of the mandatory 14-day quarantine

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Australia opens up more borders in domestic travel boost, eyes COVID-19 vaccine

SYDNEY: Australia will lift more internal border restrictions in a boost for tourism as new coronavirus infections slow to a trickle, while first vaccines could be available in March, a government minister said on Tuesday (Nov 24).

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Editor’s Note:

In Australia one of the stories of the pandemic has been restrictions between different states. Here is an update from Reuters about things starting to loosen. – Christopher Brennan, Editor


Portugal Admits It Must Diversify Beyond International Tourism

A shift towards domestic tourism for many tourism-dependent markets is a wise one that has benefits beyond pandemics. — Jason Clampet

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Scaling sustainable aviation fuel today for clean skies tomorrow

Global warming is one of the greatest challenges of our time. As the world comes together to reduce greenhouse-gas emissions and limit global warming to 1.5 degrees compared with pre-industrial levels, the World Economic Forum’s Clean Skies for Tomorrow (CST) Coalition has set out to identify and address the challenges of decarbonizing the aviation sector (see sidebar, “About Clean Skies for Tomorrow”).

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Travel Weekly

Gloria Guevara and Kevin McAleenan: Deploy tech to bring travel back faster and more safely

Gloria Guevara is CEO of the World Travel & Tourism Council. Kevin McAleenan is co-founder and chairman of Pangiam and former acting secretary of the Department of Homeland Security.

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