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Travel #2

  • The future of air travel
  • “Arizona’s beach” open
  • A tool for social justice?
  • Safaris on brink of extinction
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Business Insider

The pandemic is reshaping airlines — and how you fly will never return to ‘normal’

We spoke with experts from across the airline and travel industry who told us what to expect when we return to the skies.

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Editor’s Note:

Airlines form a big part of travel and they’re among the worst-hit sectors amidst the ongoing crisis. David Slotnick speaks to people in the know and wonders how things are being reshaped forever.

Washington Post

The virus that shut down the world

Not long ago, to step through the lushly planted Green Wall at Singapore’s Changi Airport was to walk into an ever-more-globally connected future.

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The Conversation

Can roots tourism build social justice? A case study of travellers to Ghana provides insights

The Year of Return – 2019 – was a tourism campaign to commemorate the 400th anniversary of the first slave ship landing in America. It was an instance of “roots tourism”, which appeals to travellers to visit a destination on the basis of their ancestry.

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Editor’s Note:

Roots tourism is an emerging concept that enables people to visit places where their ancestors lived. Alana Dillette argues that this trend could not only help the travel industry but also promote social justice in countries like Ghana.

The Economist ($)

Why the French Riviera is full of ghost yachts

Tucked behind a craggy peak on the Mediterranean coast, La Ciotat has served as a harbour for local fishermen since the 15th century. Today, the port is better known for a different sort of seafarer. One in seven of the world’s superyachts over 50 metres long — equivalent to the height of the Arc de Triomphe — passes through La Ciotat Shipyards at some point each year. With 300 berths in its dry dock, the yard carries out roughly a tenth of the refit and repair of all the big yachts in the world.

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Arizona Daily Star

‘Arizona’s beach’ welcomes tourists anew – but not their COVID-19

After months of isolation, the Sonoran town known as “Arizona’s beach” is open to tourists again — but the tourist experience is far different than it was pre-coronavirus.

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Can VR help tourism destinations recover from COVID-19?

The current pandemic has brought forth unprecedented and unpredictable change that presents new challenges for the tourism industry. There remains uncertainty not only as to how transport and accommodation services are able to implement strategies to facilitate social distancing measures, but also around how the regulations and tests at international borders will operate.

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Business Live (South Africa)

Safari tourism on brink of extinction as insurers and government fiddle

Are any of the tourism businesses forced into shutdown doing so as a result of anything other than a notifiable disease? Absolutely not.

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South China Morning Post

Hong Kong Tourism Board Chief Brushes Aside Fears National Security Law Will Scare Off Foreign Visitors

Pang Yiu-kai says mainland China also has such legislation but foreigners still visit sites like the Great Wall and Forbidden City in droves.

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Financial Times ($)

Tourism: can Europe save its summer?

Blanca del Rey sits in front of the stage where she danced for John Lennon until dawn, in the flamenco venue where her late husband once stopped Salvador Dalí from entering with his pet ocelot.

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Editor’s Note:

European nations are battling to save their summer tourism season as some governments look to raise funds from an influx foreign travelers. This piece from a team at the Financial Times with bylines all over the continent analyzes the risks and rewards as the tourism industry looks at opening up.

The Hindu

Locals resist influx of tourists asnumber of infections increase

They are angry with visitors who do not follow distancing and other norms.

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