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  • Scaling back in Singapore
  • US travel seeks help
  • Controversy in Japan
  • Saving the Maldives
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Channel News Asia

Retrenchments in tourism industry are ‘inevitable’ without resumption of air travel: Chan Chun Sing

SINGAPORE: Job losses in the Singapore tourism sector are “inevitable” without mass market travel, but the Government will work with businesses and workers to help them adapt to the new COVID-19 reality, Minister for Trade and Industry Chan Chun Sing said on Wednesday (Jul 22) in a virtual dialogue with more than 600 tourism industry players.

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Xinhua

Japan’s campaign to revive domestic tourism sparks controversy

The Japanese government has recently proposed to help the tourism industry through the current difficulties by boosting domestic tourism which, seen as a source of economic growth, has been in trouble since the start of the year due to the COVID-19 outbreak.

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CNN

From free flights to Covid-19 payouts: Can travel incentives lure visitors back?

Ever since the world went into lockdown back in March, many of us have been furiously making a mental list of all the places we’ll go once we’re finally able to travel again.

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Editor’s Note:

On the consumer side, the travel industry is constantly looking for ways to reignite demand and ensure that companies stay afloat. Tamara Hardingham-Gill discusses some of the incentives that are being used to lure visitors, from deep discounts to insurance covers.

New York Times

China’s Swimwear Capital Can’t Wait for You to Go Back to the Beach

There may be no place on earth that had been looking forward to summer more than Xingcheng, a laid-back seaside town dotted with the occasional high rise.

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Tallahassee Democrat

What went wrong in Florida? Timing, testing, tourism and a COVID-19 crush

Two months after Gov. Ron DeSantis boasted about proving the experts wrong by flattening the curve and getting COVID-19 under control, Florida has become the state that other states don’t want to become.

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Reuters

U.S. travel industry seeks govt assistance, new tax breaks to spur trips

The coronavirus-hit U.S. travel industry on Friday asked Congress for $10 billion in federal grants to promote safe practices, new liability protections and tax credits for travelers and the industry.

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Editor’s Note:

The US travel industry has been hit hard by the ongoing pandemic. Here, Reuters reports that the industry has come together to demand $10 billion in federal grants to promote safe practices, new liability protections and tax credits.

Stuff NZ

Christchurch Airport’s Central Otago expansion plan new international option

Christchurch Airport is eyeing up the Queenstown tourist market, announcing plans to build a terminal with international flight capacity just an hour up the road.

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Associated Press

Tourists hard to manage amid pandemic

MADRID — From the palm-fringed beaches of southern India to the bar-lined streets of a Spanish island and the rolling hills of Ireland, restaurants, pubs and clubs are emerging as front lines in efforts to prevent the reemergence of the coronavirus.

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United Nations Development Program

The choices we make will determine the future for the Maldives

With 70 percent of its GDP linked to tourism, the COVID-19 wrecking ball has crashed hard into the Maldives economy. UNDP’s latest Assessment on Livelihoods published this month revealed unprecedented impacts on workers in the tourism industry.

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Editor’s Note:

The Maldives is considered to be among the top tourist destinations in the world. As the country develops its COVID recovery plan, it must also consider environmental aspects such as global warming, Kanni Wignaraja and Akiko Fujii write.

Radio New Zealand

Tourism collapse in Fiji’s west causing panic, NGO

A Fiji NGO based in the tourist dependent Western Division says desperate unemployed people in Nadi are beginning to panic about their prospects.

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