Global gov’ts react to new variant; tourism forges ahead with future plans
Welcome to our January 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
- What vaccines mean for the return of travel
- In new U.S.-Europe air corridors, tourism experts see a strategy for quarantine-free travel
- More states are detecting the highly contagious virus variant
- UK now has more new Covid cases per capita than any other country in the world
- After quick vaccine success, Israel faces new virus woes
- Canada’s travel industry thrown into ‘tailspin’ by Ottawa’s new Covid-19 testing rules
- Merkel announces an extension of the lockdown in Germany, and other news from around the world.
- Carnival, Princess, HAL cancel sailings through March and beyond
- Airline vacation ads face scrutiny as Canadian politicians named and shamed for their pandemic trips
- Air Canada hires influencers to promote vacation travel even as federal guidelines urge people to stay home
- Covid-19 prompts rethink of mass tourism
- 10 countries suffering the biggest tourism revenue loss due to Covid-19
- The U.S. will require negative virus tests from international passengers arriving by air
- Covid-19 herd immunity unlikely in 2021 despite vaccines
- EU looks at vaccine certificates to help summer tourism
- ASTA asks the CDC to delay its Covid-testing order
- No more cannabis tourism in Amsterdam post-coronavirus
- Mexico sees holiday bump in tourism amid pandemic surge
- Japan finds new Covid virus strain, distinct from UK and Africa types
- About 80% favor canceling, postponing Tokyo Olympics in summer
- Testing, not proof of vaccination, should be the way forward: WTTC
- New Canadian Covid-19 test requirement prompts WestJet to slash capacity
- Japan to suspend entry of all foreigners
- 1,500 flights and rising as Canadians seek sunny escapes despite surging Covid-19 crisis
- France ramps up border controls and extends a nationwide curfew
- Quarantine after international travel now required for those arriving in the U.S.
- Biden order requires masks for travel
- W.H.O. sees record global death toll, but some signs cases are declining
- World Tourism Organization calls for vaccine passport
- Rio de Janeiro postpones Carnival celebrations until 2022 as Brazil struggles to vaccinate residents
- Holidays to Spain could be delayed ‘until end of summer’
- Belgium bans foreign tourism to avoid third Covid-19 wave
- U.S. Travel will push Biden team for travel tax credits
- B.C.’s travel industry rallies against possible travel ban
- Travel groups say it’s critical to get workers vaccinated quickly
- Germany tightens lockdown ‘to prevent the danger that lies in this mutated virus,’
- Russia mulls ‘Covid passports’ to let people with some immunity travel more easily
- The world reaches a staggering milestone of more than 100 million known virus cases
- UK eyes traveler quarantine as virus toll passes 100,000
- 2020 was worst year in tourism history, UN says
- The E.U. recommends restricting nonessential travel as virus variants boost the case for stricter rules
- Ailing aviation sector pleads for aid as Canada considers new travel restrictions
- Vaccine tourism on the rise as wealthy international tourists eye an opportunity in the U.S.
- Travel to Japan during Covid-19: What you need to know before you go
- U.S. arrivals will now have to quarantine. But officials haven’t said how they plan to enforce it.
- California lifts stay-at-home order and curfew statewide
- Masks required on German airlines
- Covid vaccines will cause side effects for travel
- Canada to quarantine travelers, suspend flights to Mexico and the Caribbean
- The U.S. may soon have a third vaccine
What the media is saying…
Vox — The new utopia
Snippet: For a certain jet-setting sect, wide-open spaces with views, few Covid-19 cases, and the freedom to go maskless are all the rage. But who pays the price?
The Globe and Mail — In 2021, let’s work toward the end of ‘toxic’ travel and the start of ‘slow’ travel
Snippet: We can use the pause in global jet-setting brought on by Covid-19 to rethink and reset our habits as tourists, moving toward travel that is thoughtful, intentional and, most importantly, infrequent. Travel should be viewed as a privilege, not insofar as it should be prohibitively expensive, but rather in that people should consider the social and environmental costs of their trips, and act accordingly.
Time — Tourists are returning to Cancún. But workers’ fears about Covid-19 never went away
Snippet: Even as tourists begin flooding in, often escaping a raging pandemic back home, Covid-19 remains a crippling crisis for the waiters, housekeepers, chauffeurs and others here who depend on tourism, with many losing their jobs, their family or even their lives because of the deadly disease.
Travel Courier — Six tour operators share insights into how they are adapting to survive… and eventually thrive
Snippet: Travel executives with Collette, Exodus Travels, Globus family of brands, Tauck, The Travel Corporation and Outer Shores Expeditions weigh in on how they are persevering through the many challenges brought on by the pandemic and gearing up for the future of travel.
Travel Weekly — Operators train their sights on some slow-travel options
Snippet: With travelers expected to embrace more immersive and so-called “slow travel” experiences post-pandemic, luxury operators continue to add more options for exploring Europe and North America by rail.
Conde Nast Traveler — Travelers are flocking outdoors, but trekking guides are still struggling
Snippet: Staying at home is still the only way to mitigate all Covid-19 risks, but guides can demonstrate how to be as safe as possible if you do decide to head into the wilderness. That guardian-type role isn’t going to change because of Covid-19. It is more important than ever.
The Globe and Mail — Travel industry concerns about overtourism give way to worries over pandemic’s undertourism paradox
Snippet: The worry is that once travel picks up again, places starved for revenue will desperately try to lure tourists back without addressing how to regulate the industry. But some organizations are using this time to rethink old models and develop tourism economies that will be more sustainable for the environment and the locals who call popular destinations home.
CNN — The tourists who believe travel restrictions don’t apply to them
Snippet: In the pandemic, facts cannot be tailored. It seems that some people are behaving in a manner that would suggest they are switching off to the facts — believing that it will not happen to them and that only the most vulnerable are at risk. What’s more, according to one travel industry expert, the lack of coherency on travel restrictions across the globe doesn’t help.
Travel Weekly — The industry faces a cancellation conundrum
Snippet: “Will I get my money back if I can’t travel?” This is undoubtedly among the most asked questions travel consultants heard in 2020. And the question keeps popping up in 2021. For a tourism industry in tatters, the debacle around refunds is a tough challenge.
Conde Nast Traveler — How Iceland Is Rethinking Tourism for the Long Haul
Snippet: Iceland has a New Year’s resolution. After a 10-month pause in tourism due to global lockdowns, the country is preparing for a new era of outdoor adventure—one that locals are hoping is more sustainable than before.
Is it safe for my parents to visit once they’re vaccinated?
– Conde Nast Traveler
Where to go in 2021
What Does Travel Anxiety Look Like In 2021?
– Conde Nast Traveler
What made us smile this month…
52 Places to Love in 2021
– New York Times
11 travel resolutions for when we can go on adventures again
– Washington Post
10 good news stories for UK travel and tourism in 2021
– The Guardian
Why good manners are more important than ever during pandemic travel
– Washington Post