Throughout the week, we’re posting original stories night and day covering travel news and trends, including the impact of the coronavirus. Every weekend, we’ll give you the chance to re-read the most essential stories in case you missed them sooner.
The UK is expanding the list of “green light” countries for travel: Real beach weather has finally arrived for Britons keen to get away from it all this summer, and that’s great news for tourism-dependent places like the Caribbean, Malta and the Balearics. But with the traffic light system subject to change at any time, it is unlikely to boost consumer confidence for international travel.
Don’t blame extra unemployment benefits for the hotel workforce shortage crisis: The additional $ 300 in weekly federal unemployment benefits is an easy-to-use political punch bag to explain the hospitality industry’s labor shortage issues. Want people to come back? Pay more and market the industry better.
Google to complete booking tours and activities next month: Google’s decline in tour and activity booking services doesn’t mean Google is becoming less powerful in travel. This is part of Google’s strategy to fight consistency between its products by offering a combination of ads and free ads to gain an even larger audience.
Can Trump Hotels Ever Recover Tax Evasion Charges? : This is just the start of growing legal problems for the Trump Organization. Prosecutors typically start small with charges as they look for ways to get people to turn around and shoot down a bigger whale.
Travel’s Creator Economy resets for the next boom: Post-pandemic, brand and destination marketing dollars will favor those who become hyper creative, hyper local and hyper talented at video and storytelling content. There is a boom ahead – for those who play the long game.
The EU lifts travel restrictions in 11 more countries, bringing the total to 25: The recovery of tourism in Europe is expected to receive a major boost as the list of safe travel countries grows, including Canada’s lucrative outbound market.
American Airlines is suing Saber for the way tickets are displayed at travel agencies: Good news for lawyers! American is suing Saber – again.
Inspirato goes public in $ 1.1 billion Thayer Ventures blank check merger: This is the last validation of the travel subscription model. Inspirato, which has 12,500 customers who pay for its luxury travel subscription products, is merging with Thayer’s specialty acquisition company, or SPAC.
Hawaii tourism is greeted by an “about-Face”: 70% of residents now support: The people of Hawaii know that tourism in itself is a plus for development, according to the latest survey, but they also want solutions and actions. Acting quickly is crucial.
Travelport adjusts fees and technology to navigate recovery: The pandemic has given travel distribution companies a weak hand. Since this is the third-largest player, Travelport must play all cards during the resumption. So far, he seems to have done so.