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 The outbreak is moving quickly, and some of the articles may fall rapidly out of date.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.
Sojern: Insights on Travel Impact, APAC – update July 15, 2020
A strong trend we are observing is the increase of domestic hotel searches and booking across the Asia Pacific region. Locals and residents are taking advantage of their domestic hotel facilities, and in turn, turning their 2020 trips (which were initially thought to be travel bubble driven) into staycations – right at their doorstep.
CNN Travel: Which international destinations are reopening to tourists? – 14 July, 2020
Although many governments are still advising against “nonessential” international travel, a host of popular destinations are beginning to ease their Covid-19 lockdown measures and border restrictions and are moving toward welcoming tourists back.
Skift: We may never see as many business travelers as before, Delta Air Lines CEO – July 14, 2020
Delta Air Lines executives do not expect “sustainable recovery” for two years or more, nor do they predict business travel ever will revert to 2019 traffic levels.
Skift: Asia Enacts New Round of Coronavirus Travel Restrictions Amid Rising Case Count – July 14, 2020
Australian states tightened borders and restricted pub visits on Tuesday, while Disney prepared to close its Hong Kong theme park and Japan stepped up tracing as a jump in novel coronavirus cases across Asia fanned fears of a second wave of infections.
ACI:COVID-19: Transformation is the key to recovery for airport retail – July 13, 2020
The wide reaching and devastating consequences of the COVID-19 pandemic have been felt keenly in all areas of society and the economy. The human cost of the virus has been, and continues to be, staggering. The economic consequences threaten to be equally so.
Skift: Vietnam and China Agree to Resume Commercial Flights – 13 July, 2020
Vietnam has agreed to resume commercial flights to and from China after months of closure due to the coronavirus pandemic, the country’s ministry of transport said on Monday, noting the frequency and timing of flights was still being discussed.
Skift: Corporate Travel Agents Plot Return to Life After Zoom – 13 July, 2020
Corporate travel agents are using the coronavirus-induced lull in bookings to work with companies on how to get their staff out of Zoom video conferences and safely back in the air.
WeForum:Cross-border travel is confusing after COVID – this framework can help borders reopen safely – July 10, 2020
Cross-border travel after COVID must be safe and predictable and shouldn’t require excess disclosure of personal health information. Developing such crossing experiences will take cooperation between the health sector as well as aviation, travel and tourism sector stakeholders. Timing is of the essence to prevent further harm to economies and make travelers comfortable with travel.
At just below 50 million seats a week we have in the last six weeks seen capacity bounce back some 60% and are making steady progress back towards the 118 million seats operated in the same week last year.
Representatives of 29 Member States and territories joined private sector leaders to identify ways of restarting tourism across Asia and the Pacific region in a safe and sustainable manner.