Pandemic Costs Africa Nearly $55 Billion in Lost Travel and Tourism

Thomas Mukoya

An elephant grazes among wildebeests and zebras during a census at the Amboseli National Park, 290 km (188 miles) southeast of Kenya’s capital Nairobi, October 9, 2013. Thomas Mukoya

Skift Take: The pandemic threatens an economic whiplash in Africa that could be worse than the disease itself. But the upside for wildlife is that trophy hunting has nearly stopped.

— Sean O’Neill

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Tours and Attractions Pursue New Hygiene Regimes to Coronavirus Recovery

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The coronavirus pandemic is forcing tour operators and attractions to heighten their health and sanitation protocols, like this zipline attraction from El Nido Resorts in Palawan in the Philippines . Miniloc / Adobe

Skift Take: Tourism is now having its OCD moment in the face of the coronavirus. Will new sanitation protocols in the tourism sector buy peace of mind for travelers post-pandemic or usher in a new age of travel anxiety?

— Xinyi Liang-Pholsena

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Marriott and Accor CEOs Disagree on How Quickly Europe’s Hotels Will Recover

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The CEOs of Accor and Marriott disagree on whether European hotels are too dependent on long-haul travel to recover quickly from coronavirus. Jim Trodel / Flickr

Skift Take: As long as Europe can create a strong network of travel bubbles or reopen as much of the Schengen Area without coronavirus travel restrictions, its hotel recovery timeline may surprise hotel executives like Marriott’s Arne Sorenson.

— Cameron Sperance

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Hotel CEOs Say Protests Are Our ‘Call to Action’ to Do More to Promote Racial Justice

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Several U.S. hotel company CEOs Tuesday said they support ongoing peaceful protests against racial inequality. Fibonacci Blue / Wikimedia

Skift Take: U.S. hotel leaders say repeated examples of prejudice and racial inequality are a call for them to do more given their diverse workforces. What materializes from such a call? A whole world is waiting.

— Cameron Sperance

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