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The New Rules of Travel for Road Warriors

As lockdown restrictions ease, businesses travelers slowly return to the skies.

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How long will Australians have to wait to travel overseas again?

While other countries are reopening their borders to international visitors, Health Minister Greg Hunt dashed the hopes of would-be globe trotters earlier this week, suggesting Australia’s border would remain closed for a “very significant” amount of time.

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Editor’s Note:

Australia was called an “island sanctuary” from the coronavirus, though now it is looking at how to connect to the rest of the world. Here SBS explores issues such as a vaccine, a travel bubble with New Zealand, and differences between Australian states.


America’s Biggest Park Struggles to Survive the Pandemic

Old Forge, N.Y., like many of the 100-plus towns located within Adirondack Park, is largely dependent on tourism to survive. This year, an already shortened summer season is in jeopardy due to the coronavirus and the restrictions on travel and commerce. Many whose livelihoods rely on tourism are concerned that if the state doesn’t reopen fast enough, it will be too late to save jobs and businesses.

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Boston Globe ($)

With many Berkshires arts organizations closed for the season, unemployed workers facing a grim summer

Then the coronavirus pandemic swept through the state, closing Blantyre’s doors and taking MacNeil’s job with it, along with thousands of others. Now, 15 percent of residents are unemployed, one of the highest rates in Massachusetts.

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Travel Weekly

For vacation rentals, a ‘tricky balance’ as they await OK to reopen

Shuttered since last March when statewide Covid-19 restrictions went into effect, Hawaii vacation rental owners and operators are adapting their operations as they await word on when they will be able to welcome guests again.

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What happened on Santorini when the tourism ‘machine’ stopped

There’s a reason Greece’s Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis flew to Santorini earlier this month when he wanted to announce the reopening of his country to tourism.

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Bangkok Post

Green light for foreigners

The first group of foreigners to be allowed to enter Thailand will comprise business representatives, skilled workers, experts, people with Thai families, teachers, students and patients who agree to quarantine, according to the government.

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Editor’s Note:

Travel represents a particular challenge for countries whose economies are more dependent on tourism. Here the Bangkok Post explains Thailand’s strategy, including the idea of a “Villa Quarantine” where visitors are kept in their resorts.

New York Times

E.U. May Bar American Travelers as It Reopens Borders, Citing Failures on Virus

European Union officials are racing to agree on who can visit the bloc as of July 1 based on how countries of origin are faring with new coronavirus cases. Americans, so far, are excluded, according to draft lists seen by The New York Times.

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The Guardian

The trampling of Venice shows why tourism must change after Covid-19

Coronavirus has given hotspots like the besieged Italian port breathing space – and a vision of a new, greener kind of tourism

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Editor’s Note:

One of the lingering questions over the tourism industry in recent years has been its sustainability. Here Neal E Robbins writes about the effects of mass tourism on Venice, and the push for a new kind of travel.

Middle East Institute

Egypt’s path forward from the pandemic’s economic fallout

Today marks almost three months of a global shutdown to curb the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic, and the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region faces a double whammy from the resulting economic fallout and the sharp decline in oil prices this spring. While Egypt is rightly focused on its short-term response to the crisis, the pandemic is changing the global landscape both geopolitically and economically. The “Great Decoupling” between the U.S. and China looks like a reality. Economists support increasing government spending to save the economy, and state-backed enterprises — so-called national champions — are likely to be the coming trend. As a prominent emerging market, Egypt should take advantage of the international and regional shock caused by the pandemic to change its growth model for the longer term and implement much-needed structural reforms to the economy on a variety of fronts.

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