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 The outbreak is moving quickly, and some of the articles may fall rapidly out of date.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.
SCMP: Thailand discusses travel bubble with China – October 16, 2020
Thailand is in talks with China to establish a quarantine-free travel corridor by January to rescue its ailing tourism industry. The agreement with Beijing will be subject to the success of a limited reopening of the Thai tourism industry to foreign travellers this month, according to Tourism Minister Phiphat Ratchakitprakarn. China, which accounted for more than a quarter of Thailand’s tourist arrivals before the pandemic, will be the first low-risk country the Southeast Asian nation will sign up for quarantine-free travel.
ST: Indian Scientists Develop New Paper-strip Test for Covid-19 – October 15, 2020
A fast and easy paper-strip test for Covid 19, similar to a pregnancy test, is set to hit the market, and it could be a game changer for India as it seeks to curb the coronavirus pandemic.
BBC: Covid alert level: London and Essex to move into Tier 2 restrictions – updated October 15, 2020
Under Tier 2, households are also barred from mixing in pubs and restaurants and people should aim to reduce use of public transport. It comes as Greater Manchester is set to move into the highest level of Covid restrictions.
SKIFT: Hong Kong and Singapore Will Establish a Travel Bubble – October 15, 2020
This week, Hong Kong’s daily coronavirus infections have dropped mostly into single digits since August and it has eased some social distancing curbs. Singapore has similarly seen its daily cases fall below 10 so eased quarantine to just seven days for travellers from Hong Kong from 14 earlier. It has put the city on its list of low-risk places.
UNWTO: UNWTO Delegation in Brussels for Talks With European Institution Leaders – October 14, 2020
The Secretary-General has led a high-level delegation to Brussels for a series of meetings aimed at ensuring tourism remains at the top of the political agenda of the European Institutions.
WTTC: Consumer Survey Finds 70 Percent of Travelers Plan to Holiday in 2021 – October 13, 2020
An overwhelming majority of US and Canadian travelers (99 percent) are eager to travel again, with 70 percent stating that they plan to take a holiday in 2021, according to a Travel Leaders Group survey of nearly 3,000 frequent travelers. The survey was conducted in September in conjunction with the World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC), which represents the global Travel & Tourism private sector
ACI: After COVID-19: Long-term solutions for airport passenger experience – October 13, 2020
While most airports have been quick to implement short-term solutions to help keep passengers safe, such as increased sanitization, PPE vending machines, and face mask mandates, there is a need for long-term solutions. Airports need to maintain a secure environment and ensure the health and wellness of passengers and staff for years to come.