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Welcome to our October media and communications newsletter, designed to help you track travel- and coronavirus-related developments that continue to affect our industry at large.
Over the past seven months, we at Bannikin have endeavoured to provide you with our expert analysis of what’s been covered in the news and what it means for the tourism industry in a way that’s helpful to our clients and partners as we all navigate these challenging times.
As the pandemic has continued, however, we’ve admittedly struggled with the tone of our analysis, and the need to shed light on the realities we’re all facing without adding more negativity than is absolutely necessary.
So, moving forward, we’re going to take a new approach and forego our analysis of recent events in favour of a simpler format. Bannikin will continue to track Covid-19-related news daily, and compile it into a time-stamped round-up for easy access. Please let us know what you think of the new format!
In addition to sharing media editorials, recent studies and expert insights examining the pandemic’s impact on the industry, we’ve also begun two new sections: “Consumer Conversations” and “What Made Us Smile“. The former will highlight traveler-targeted media content beginning to emerge (this style of coverage took a long hiatus in the summer), for you to review and perhaps share on your social networks for your clients. The latter is just for fun, because we could all use a reason to smile these days.
Thank you for your continued support and readership, and as always, if you can’t access an article due to a pay wall, let us know and we may be able to send it through to you.
Your friends at Bannikin
The month at a glance
- Experts call for inclusive and regenerative tourism to build back stronger post-Covid-19
- ASTA threatens a lawsuit over the CDC’s cruise ban
- American, United go forward with job cuts as payroll support expires
- Carnival cancellations follow No Sail Order extension
- United plans with ‘bounce back‘ in mind
- U.S. airports roll out Covid tests in bid to reopen travel markets
- Trans-Tasman ‘bubble‘ to become a reality in two weeks
- State travel restrictions during Covid-19: A guide
- The Bahamas’ new travel policies will eliminate quarantine rules
- Islands with zero Covid-19 deaths brace for return of tourism
- UNWTO teams with IATA in effort to restore confidence in travel
- Canada will pitch ‘safe tourism‘ to travelers once borders open
- Many tour ops are focusing on Canada tours, but are they actually selling?
- Ontario tourism industry needs urgent support to survive COVID-19, survey finds
- At Disney World, ‘worst fears’ about virus have not come true
- The Covid-19 cash burn rate for airlines is US$300,000 every minute: IATA
- The end of Coronavirus relief talks bodes poorly for travel industry
- Australian government says international travel “to remain largely closed off” until late 2021
- Crowds swarm the Great Wall of China as travel surges during holiday week
- Most of Cuba reopens to international tourists, but Havana remains off-limits
- Spain’s government imposes a state of emergency in virus-hit Madrid
- Ethiopia reopens for tourism: Entry requirements
- New rent relief program supports Canada’s commercial tenants through end of 2020
- Industry groups get behind Senate hospitality and travel relief bill
- Another member of Congress has questioned the cruise ban extension
- EU countries adopt common travel guidelines amid pandemic
- More companies delay return to the office
- Coronavirus cases set records in Europe
- Royal Caribbean and Dream Cruises to operate ‘cruises to nowhere‘
- Expedia joins with UNWTO on plans to promote tourism recovery
- New York’s Roosevelt Hotel to close after nearly 100 years due to the coronavirus pandemic
- Thailand plans quarantine travel for foreign tourists
- Planes flying, people traveling. China is recovering, but how?
- Teen on family trip spread the coronavirus to 11 relatives across 4 states after a negative test, CDC says
- Peru reopens archaeological, tourist sites
- Iceland tourism prepares for a comeback
- As virus surges in Europe, resistance to new restrictions also grows
- Canada officially removed from EU’s permissible travel list due to rising COVID-19 cases
- Canada-U.S. border to remain closed until Nov. 21, at least
- A new Covid “passport” being tested at Newark and Heathrow could help reopen global travel
- Facing economic devastation, Hawaii attempts to revive tourism
- Travel groups call for an end to ‘blanket’ quarantine rules
- Alberta to pilot Covid-19 testing at border that could shorten quarantine time
- Costa Rica is dropping Covid-testing requirements and fully reopening
- Nova Scotia reports 3 new Covid-19 cases, all related to travel
- Hawaiian will be back to all its mainland gateways in December
- AI platform evolves into Covid-era essential
- A 7-hour flight has been linked to 59 coronavirus cases in Ireland
- Canadian govt. extends 14-day quarantine, travel restrictions to Nov. 30
- Europe Covid lockdown: Multiple countries shut down again as cases spike
- International tourism down 70% as travel restrictions impact all regions
- Global travel industry on pace to lose 174 million jobs
- Canada’s Atlantic region closed out world to beat Covid-19, and the economy has done OK
- Vancouver Island tourism board looks to attract snowbirds unable to travel south this winter
- New survey to study link between tourism and happiness in the Thompson Okanagan
- U.S. tentatively approves Delta-WestJet joint venture
- Caribbean destinations forced to rethink tourism strategies as cruises face huge challenges
- Merkel plans “lockdown light” for Germany to tackle coronavirus
- A woman died of coronavirus on a plane. Her fellow passengers were never notified.
- Public support for cruising’s return was overwhelming, CDC says
What the media is saying…
Inc. — Here’s the Opportunity Covid-19 Could Offer Travel and Tourism Brands
Snippet: With global tourist arrivals expected to be down anywhere from 58 to 90 percent throughout 2020, tourism-based brands are having to rethink the way they market themselves, and the value they can offer, to a public that likely won’t book a trip or a stay until 2021.
CBC — Safety key factor in bringing back tourism, says national executive
Snippet: Destination Canada is gathering and sharing the public health measures being put in place by tourism operators. The list includes cleaning protocol ideas for restaurants and accommodations, as well as suggestions for more niche operations, such as how to clean the riding gear on a horse.
Conde Nast Traveler — Venice Sees a New Future for Tourism Post-Pandemic
Snippet: There are hopes that a move toward experiential tourism will change how visitors view, and treat, the city. If you feel part of it, perhaps you’ll be less inclined to jump in the canals, wander round in swimwear, or sit down on bridges with a picnic.
TravelWeekly — Covid’s impact on the expedition cruise experience
Snippet: While itineraries to the most remote parts of the world may offer safety to travelers, they can be a threat to the wildlife and indigenous communities they visit. As a result, expedition brands have said that as long as there is a pandemic, remote encounters and experiences will be much more limited.
Skift — Culturally, Environmentally, Tourism Was Off The Rails, We Have a Chance For Reset: Jane Goodall
Snippet: Jane Goodall on what led us — in travel, in daily lives — to where we are, and what her hopes are for the future of meaningful tourism from here.
TravelWeekly — Endless Pivots
Snippet: With so many unknowns regarding how long the pandemic will last, when borders to popular destinations like Europe will reopen and when we might see a vaccine or effective treatments, the big question for travel companies remains whether changes in consumer travel demand and habits will be temporary or mark more permanent shifts in behavior.
CNN — How Covid-19 ended the city escape
Snippet: The components that usually make for a great city escape are now the very reasons travelers are staying away. Crowded museums, restaurants and public transportation aren’t appealing in the time of Covid-19 when we’re encouraged to socially distance ourselves to lower the risk of contagion.
What experts are saying…
McKinsey & Company — COVID-19 tourism spend recovery in numbers + expected trends
Snippet: Recovery will be slow and driven by the underlying dependencies countries had on domestic and nonair travel. Different countries, therefore, should prepare for their own recovery curves and reimagine their tourism sectors (as well as the support they provide) differently. Tips include:
- Address traveler concerns
- The recovery could be slow
- Domestic tourism will likely recover faster
- Recovery speeds will vary across markets
- Dependence on domestic travel and nonair travel will likely determine recovery;
Daedal Research — The future of the global travel and tourism industry 2020-2024: The pace of Covid-19 recovery
Snippet: This report provides an in-depth analysis of the global travel and tourism market by value, by travel type, by application, by region, etc. The report provides a regional analysis of the travel and tourism market, including the following regions: Asia Pacific, Europe, North America, Middle East & Africa, and Latin America. The report also provides a detailed analysis of the COVID-19 impact on the travel and tourism market.
Phrasee — Maximizing customer engagement and revenue: leveraging the power of language
Snippet: This report exposes the increasing importance of brand language and highlights difficulties brands and businesses are having generating high-quality content.
Statistics Canada — The economic impact of travel restrictions on the Canadian economy due to the Covid-19 pandemic
Snippet: This new study finds the travel restrictions imposed to contain the spread of the virus are estimated to lead to a reduction in Canada’s gross domestic product (GDP) in the range of $27.9 billion to $37.1 billion and to the loss of 400,000 to 500,000 jobs in 2020.
World Economic Forum — These 6 strategies can help tourism recover in Latin America
Snippet: Reviving and supporting tourism in Latin America and the Caribbean will take ongoing collaboration and strategic thinking from both the private and public sectors. Policymakers and industry stakeholders must think strategically to improve the region’s competitiveness, while maintaining its authenticity, in a post-Covid-19 world.
What to do if your airplane seatmate won’t wear a mask
— Conde Nast Traveler
An interactive guide to traveling safely for the holidays
— Washington Post
As tropical destinations reopen, here’s what travelers need to know
— New York Times
Covid-19 travel: Which countries can Americans visit?
— Los Angeles Times
4 women on getting back into solo travel after lockdown
— Conde Nast Traveler
New ways to protect your 2021 vacation
— Washington Post
What made us smile this month…
An antidote to weighty times
– Travel Weekly
After a 7-month wait, this tourist got Machu Picchu all to himself
– New York Times
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