Vaccine rollouts & a new virus variant as 2020 comes to a close
Welcome to a new year, and to our December media and communications newsletter, a comprehensive roundup of travel- and coronavirus-related developments affecting our industry at large.
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The month at a glance
- Canada “stuck at Stage Zero,” says National Airlines Council of Canada
- CDC labels Mexico a “very high risk” for travel
- CDC says 2-week coronavirus quarantines can be cut to 10 or 7 days
- Delta to launch quarantine-free flights between Atlanta and Rome
- Thailand to stay closed until at least next year
- Could a travel bubble between New York and London be on the horizon?
- Oprah-backed healthcare company on track to be the hotel industry’s go-to safety standard
- Royal Caribbean: More than 150,000 people applied for test sailings
- Tokyo tourism sector worried as elderly asked not to use travel scheme
- Health Canada approves Pfizer-BioNTech Covid-19 vaccine
- F.D.A. advisory panel gives green light to Pfizer vaccine
- Covid-19 vaccinations could start next week pending Health Canada approval
- Indigenous tourism group paid CEO $25K bonus days after it was tasked to distribute Covid-19 relief funds
- No vaccination, then maybe no travel
- A cruise ship returns to Singapore early after a passenger tests positive
- American Airlines will offer coronavirus testing kits you can do at home
- First vaccine given in US as roll-out begins
- Canada administers first Covid-19 vaccines
- Boris Johnson tightens U.K. lockdown, citing fast-spreading version of virus
- Covid-19 has set world tourism levels back 30 years, says UNWTO
- South Africa announces a new coronavirus variant
- Sandals in Grenada forces a partial island lockdown after 26 covid-19 cases are linked to the resort
- United launches effort focused on improving contact tracing
- Vaccines, not testing, emerge as key to cruise resumption
- Last-minute surge in air bookings for the holidays
- Coronavirus: Ontario plans travel tax credit for tourism within the province
- Post-Covid tourism strategy may need a rebrand, says Yukon government
- E.U. approves Pfizer vaccine
- Moderna’s vaccine rolls out in the U.S.
- U.S. officials debate travel bans as coronavirus variant spreads in Britain
- Canada restricts UK travel due to new strain of virus that causes Covid-19
- U.K. variant of coronavirus appears in Canada, elsewhere
- Concerns about Coronavirus variant cut off U.K. from Europe
- Ontario announces sweeping new restrictions ahead of Boxing Day
- Millions are traveling in the U.S., despite warnings.
- New Covid test requirements for U.K.-U.S. flights
- Help for hospitality in new Covid relief bill
- Dozens of airline passengers in Canada hit with fines, warning letters for refusing to wear a mask
- Malaysia launches 10-year tourism plan after $25 billion loss in 2020
- Here’s what we know about the U.K. coronavirus variant
- First case of highly infectious coronavirus variant detected in Colorado
- Canada to require all arriving air passengers to show negative Covid-19 test
- Air travel hits pandemic record amid surging infections and hospitalizations
- People with coronavirus are still getting on planes. No one knows how many
- Canadian travel agents call for bailout after being forced to repay commissions on cancelled vacations
- Tourism to Mexico could rise up to 65% next year
- ‘Go To Travel’ suspension rocks tourism spots in Japan
What the media is saying…
Travel Weekly — 2020: A Year in Review
Snippet: The Covid-19 pandemic, and the industry’s response to it, isn’t just the story of the year. It’s the only story of the year.
Washington Post — What happened to travel in 2020? What will happen in 2021?
Snippet: If there’s one thing 2020 has taught travelers, it’s that there’s no sure thing when it comes to travel. I witnessed thousands of bucket-list tours and cruises get torpedoed by the virus, particularly this spring.
BNN Bloomberg — The future of travel: From rapid tests to immunization tracking, how COVID-19 will reshape tourism
Snippet: The future of travel is dependent on the economic recovery and that means extra enticements will be offered to business and leisure travellers in the coming year. Another key piece to its rebound is a yet unspecified government aid, rapid testing and a loosening of the 14-day quarantine requirements upon return to Canada.
National Geographic — How has the pandemic affected African safari tourism and the communities that depend on it?
Snippet: With the pandemic continuing to obstruct the travel industry, safari and conservation tourism are being hit hard. How are Africa’s rural communities coping with the lack of focus and funding tourism brings to the region and its wildlife?
Travel Weekly — The Bucket List Boom
Snippet: Stuck close to home in 2020, pandemic-weary travelers are already channeling their wanderlust into plans for epic vacations.
Washington Post — Why testing won’t save the cruise industry from the coronavirus
Snippet: While voyages have restarted in other parts of the world with some success, no mainstream cruises have left from the United States — and probably won’t for many more months as operators and health authorities continue to hammer out plans for what coronavirus-era cruising will look like. One thing has become clear: Pre-cruise testing does not guarantee a safe bubble.
What experts are saying…
ZenoGroup — The Human Project
Snippet: New research of Generation Z and younger Millennials finds young Americans have had their worldviews dramatically disrupted in 2020. The report offers new views that will be critical for companies, brands and leaders to understand if they want to engage them as consumers, citizens and advocates now and in the future.
Agility PR — PR leaders offer their PR predictions for 2021
Snippet: From the need for brands to show up and have a purpose at the heart of their DNA to keep consumers on their side, to the shift to more wellbeing and mental health support in PR agencies as employees experienced massive burnout and stress in 2020—here are some topline thoughts on what big trends will affect PR in 2021.
Muck Rack — 7 media trends that dominated the news cycle in 2020
Snippet: From stay-at-home orders and Covid-19 prevention to lighter topics like the Tiger King and Carole Baskin—we’ve seen a whole range of subjects dominate the news cycle in 2020. Being able to understand and contextualize a story and potentially combat media criticism is more important than ever before.
Travel Health Insurance Association of Canada — U.S. travel is falling out of favour with Canadians as Covid-19 continues: survey
Snippet: While the U.S. is typically the most popular destination for Canadian travellers, the ongoing border closure has stalled tourism and snow birds eager to return to their winter homes. But, according to the THIA, 79 per cent of Canadians, and 90 per cent of seniors, said they would not travel to the U.S. this winter even if their travel health insurance policy provided coverage for Covid-19.
21 Best Places to Go in 2021
– Conde Nast Traveler
What consumers learned about travel complaints in 2020
– Washington Post
What’s the safest way to quarantine before and after travel?
– Conde Nast Traveler
No, you still shouldn’t travel if you had Covid-19
– Washington Post
What made us smile this month…
10 feel-good travel stories from the year travel stood still
– Washington Post
Air New Zealand’s New Domestic Safety Video
– One Mile at a Time