COVID-19 Weekly Recap: August 15 – 21

COVID-19 Weekly Recap: August 15 – 21


This article is intended to provide travel professionals and business leaders with an objective perspective on the evolving situation through facts, statistics, official statements and key resources from international regulatory bodies and government ministries. The outbreak is moving quickly, and some of the articles may fall rapidly out of date. We will provide updates on a weekly basis as the outbreak evolves.

CNN: Bali Plans to Reopen to International Tourists in September. A Number of Obstacles Stand in Its Way – 19 August, 2020 

Tjokorda Oka Artha Ardana Sukawati, Bali’s vice-governor and former chair of the island’s hotel and restaurant association, tells CNN Travel the date remains tentative, but reopening is critical to the island’s economy.

CNBC: Chinese Airlines Could Recover from Coronavirus Slump More Quickly Than Their Peers – 19 August, 2020 

China, the first country hit by the coronavirus, has in the last few months eased some restrictions allowing people to travel domestically as its outbreak stabilized.That means Chinese airlines, which rely on domestic travel for much of their revenues, are likely to recover faster than many of their peers, said Eastspring Investments.

CNBC: Here’s What Happened When the World’s Most Popular Islands Let Tourists Back In – 18 August, 2020 

Some of the world’s most popular islands experienced a spike in Covid-19 cases after reopening to tourists this summer. Now, governments are adding restrictions that range from outright tourist bans to increased testing and quarantine requirements, while other islands are indefinitely postponing plans to reopen.  

OAG: OAG Coronavirus Update – Week Thirty-One Airline Network Planners Take a Holiday – 17 August, 2020 

Network planners are on holiday this week. With only a 67,000 change in global seats this week compared to last week; less than 0.2% change it could be assumed that those planning scheduled have either given up trying to plan around lockdowns and quarantines or taking a well-deserved rest.

IATA: Health Checklist to Help Airlines Implement ICAO COVID-19 Guidance – 17 August, 2020 

The International Air Transport Association (IATA) released an airline self-assessment health checklist to support the International Civil Aviation Organization’s (ICAO) Take-off: Guidance for Air Travel through the COVID-19 Public Health Crisis.  

CNA: Hong Kong Records 44 new COVID-19 Cases as Distancing Measures Extended – 17 August, 2020 

Hong Kong reported 44 new COVID-19 cases on Monday (Aug 17) as the government announced an extension to social distancing measures aimed at controlling further spreading of the coronavirus, which has seen a resurgence in the Asian financial hub since early July.

SCMP: From Barcelona to New Zealand, How Destinations Are Shaping Tourism’s ‘New Normal’ – 14 August, 2020 

The world has gone from over-tourism to nearly no tourism in a matter of months and the crisis is providing an opportunity to rethink, reimagine and reboot in a more sustainable way.

ACI: ACI Issues Call to Replace Quarantine Measures with Robust Testing Programme – 14 August, 2020 

Airports Council International (ACI) World has today called on governments to follow a robust and consistent protocol for testing which should be implemented only when necessary and as an alternative to broad-brush requirements for quarantine.

ACI: ACI World Issues New COVID-19 Security Guidance for Airports – 13 August, 2020 

Airports Council International (ACI) World has today published comprehensive guidance for airports to implement at security screening checkpoints as they prepare to restart operations. 

Sojern: COVID-19: Insights on Travel Impact, APAC #60  – 12 August, 2020 

When looking at changes in domestic travel in APAC since 5th April, Sojern has noticed changes in the trends. Flight and hotel search and booking trends correspond with each other when it comes to the following countries – Australia, New Zealand, Japan, Taiwan, Thailand, Vietnam, and Singapore


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