COVID 19 Weekly Recap: July 24 – August 5

COVID 19 Weekly Recap: July 24 – August 5

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 The outbreak is moving quickly, and some of the articles may fall rapidly out of date.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.

 

CNA: Air travel during COVID-19 a familiar, yet unsettling experience – 4 August, 2020 

Such was the response from my family members when they heard about my upcoming flight – the first since COVID-19 hit in Indonesia in March. Travelling by air is part and parcel of my job as a journalist in this huge archipelagic country.

StraitsTimes:From virtual tours to online stores, Singapore tourism companies boost digital offerings amid Covid-19 – 4 August, 2020 

Companies that catered mostly to tourists before Covid-19 are beefing up digital offerings and redeploying resources amid prolonged travel restrictions due to the pandemic. For instance, travel firm Nam Ho Group is planning to launch virtual tours of travel destinations as well as an online store selling popular overseas snacks and produce.

OAG Coronavirus Update – Week Twenty-Nine Sixty Million Mark Reached, Halfway Back – But Only Just – 3 August, 2020 

With one of the world’s largest airlines making nearly 800 schedule changes in one day and at the same time having to release over 17,000 dedicated employees, the challenges of running a scheduled airline are not getting easier. 

IATA: July 2020 SURVEY AIRLINE BUSINESS CONFIDENCE INDEX – 3  August, 2020

Our July 2020 survey of airline CFOs and Heads of Cargo confirmed that the aviation industry experienced the sharpest quarterly fall in demand and profits since the global financial crisis. Moreover, weakness in profitability is expected to be maintained over the next twelve months.

UNWTO: TOURISM RESTARTS: 40% OF DESTINATIONS HAVE NOW EASED TRAVEL RESTRICTIONS30 July, 2020

The responsible restart of tourism is underway around the world as growing numbers of destinations ease COVID-19 related travel restrictions and adapt to the new reality. According to the latest analysis from the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO), 40% of all destinations worldwide have now eased the restrictions they placed on international tourism in response to COVID-19

IATA: Traffic recovery slower than expected – 29 July, 2020 

Short haul travel will do better than long haul travel so passenger numbers will recover slightly faster than traffic measured in RPKs and should reach pre-COVID-19 levels in 2023. For 2020, however, global passenger numbers are expected to decline 55%. 

CNN: If you have to travel right now, here’s how to stay as safe as possible – 29 July, 2020 

While some of us have the ability to work from home and cancel travel, there are plenty of people who do not. For those who must take a plane, train, bus or taxi or drive a long distance, for business or personal reasons, we’ve compiled some expert tips for staying safe and healthy.

IATA: Stakeholders agree on consistent travel processes – 24 July, 2020 

European Aviation Associations and the European Union Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) agreed to strengthen efforts to ensure a consistent and safe travel experience for passengers during the COVID-19 pandemic.

UNWTO: IMPACT OF COVID-19 ON GLOBAL TOURISM MADE CLEAR AS UNWTO COUNTS THE COST OF STANDSTILL – 28 July, 2020 

The enormous toll of COVID-19 on international tourism has now become clear, with World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) data showing the cost up to May was already three times that of the 2009 Global Economic Crisis.

Skift: IHG’s Race to Avoid Defaulting on More Than 100 Hotels: What’s the Fallout? – 28 July, 2020 

IHG could become the first major victim of a coronavirus-related financial drag on hotels in North America, but its default may be a strategic play on a financial structure unusual for such a global brand.

Skift: Tourism’s Jagged Reopening May Be Worse Than Not Reopening At All – 28 July, 2020

It’s understandable that tourism economies are eager to reopen despite the public health risks. But with the situation so fluid and unstable, reopening could prove an economic risk as well.

OAG: The Strategic Use Of Cancellations: How Airlines Managed Schedules During Covid – 28 July, 2020 

Unprecedented” is a word we’ve heard a lot over the past 5 months. It’s a term which very much applies to the airline industry. Never before have airlines had to adjust so rapidly and at such scale to a changing external environment. 

OAG Coronavirus Update – Week Twenty-Eight – UK Holidaymakers Stranded In Spain As Global Capacity Grows – 27  July, 2020 

Global capacity continues to creep forward was this week’s planned headline; then the UK Government stepped into to change that; thanks Boris! The blanket quarantine restriction for travellers from Spain despite most of the country recording lower Covid-19 levels than the UK will be the final nail in the coffin for some tour operators over this winter.

ACI: The unintuitive truth: Why aviation might face a post-COVID capacity crunch and how to handle it – 23 July, 2020 

Together with sustainability, capacity was probably the hottest topic in aviation in the pre-COVID era. Limited air space and airport capacity were bottlenecks for the ever-increasing demand for air travel.

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