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Travel #3

  • Saving French tourism
  • Thailand allows foreigners
  • New routes paused in India
  • Namibia’s tourism puzzle
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France Tourism: Inside The $20 Billion Fight To Save A Battered Industry

To find a reason for optimism about the summer tourist season that starts next week in France, just pay a visit to the Maison D’Orride in the country’s southwest province of Béarn.

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Bangkok Post

Hope, fear as kingdom’s gates creak ajar

Islands prepare to receive first batches of foreign tourists allowed in since Covid-19 struck.

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Editor’s Note:

Thailand is getting ready to welcome foreign tourists on certain islands starting from next week. This special report from the Bangkok Post assesses their preparedness and wonders whether local weekenders are going to provide a much needed boost.

Independent (Ireland)

Tourism industry needs a ‘middle way’ to avoid total catastrophe

The situation is so bad that it isn’t even talking about beginning to recover until the second quarter of 2021, that is almost a year away.

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COVID-19 has held back launch of some of the most anticipated routes

For airlines, months, and at times, years of efforts go into announcing a route. This involves looking at the fleet plans for the next couple of years and planning aircraft delivery based on estimations.

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Editor’s Note:

Airlines tend to put in a lot of effort to assess the viability potential routes for the future. However, In India, the ongoing pandemic has led to a situation where the launch of such routes is being pushed back, Ameya Joshi reports.


New technology and political will can give tourism the post-COVID-19 lift needed to save jobs

Some fear COVID-19 has halted globalisation’s progress, eroding international cooperation and ravaging a primary driver of our interconnectedness: tourism. For those dedicated to global harmony, or simply concerned about the future viability and prosperity of tourism as a sector, these outcomes are unacceptable.

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The Namibian

Namibia’s tourism revival puzzle

Players in the tourism industry and the government are at loggerheads over the introduction of a mandatory quarantine period for tourists when borders open.

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NBC News

Why the U.S. was nowhere near making the E.U.’s coronavirus safe list

LONDON — People in Algeria, Rwanda, Uruguay, China and Canada are now free to travel to parts of Europe on vacation. Travelers from the United States are not.

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Editor’s Note:

Readers of this newsletter will know that Europe has made the decision to disallow visitors from the US for now. Here, Alexander Smith dissects the decision and compares the restrictions with other countries around the world.

Dallas Morning News

COVID-19 has blown up air travel for nearly four months. The next four could shape it even more.

During April’s pandemic low point, passengers posted selfies on empty planes and airlines put unoccupied employees to work making face masks for co-workers. Executives talked about “survival” and the thousands of workers they’ll be forced to cut this fall when government stimulus money runs out.

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Financial Times ($)

Cornwall braces itself for the return of tourism

Few villages have as appealing a name or appearance as Mousehole. The tiny fishing settlement, perched on Cornwall’s southern coast near Penzance, is so called for the slim entrance to its 130-year-old harbour. Rambling cottages cover the sides of the rocky bay, overlooking around 90 moorings of day boats and fishing vessels. Its name is pronounced “Mow-zel”.

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Washington Post

Maine’s Vacationland hot spots are ghost towns amid coronavirus

BAR HARBOR — Tourists typically pack this seaside village on Maine’s rocky coast for the Fourth of July holiday, lining up to take whale-watching trips, hike Cadillac Mountain or savor slices of blueberry pie. But since the coronavirus struck, the sidewalks have been desolate.

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San Antonio Express-News

San Antonio tourism’s way back? ‘Making people feel safe again’

March is normally one of the busiest months of the year on the River Walk, as spring conventions fill the hotels, crowds of revelers descend upon bars and restaurants for St. Patrick’s Day and families on spring break flood the place.

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