Covid-19 Travel Bubbles Were Set to Restore Flying but Haven’t Taken Off

A few months ago, travel bubbles were the big idea for reopening skies across the Asia-Pacific region. Countries would strike deals with each other to allow air travel with certain restrictions, many officials said, and those would expand to regional pacts.

It’s proving hard to do, even for countries that have largely managed to keep a lid on the coronavirus.

Take Singapore, a city-state whose economy is so dependent on its airport, officials liken it to the lungs. Passenger volumes are languishing at 1.5% of pre-coronavirus levels, threatening its status as an aviation hub and the investment that comes with it.

The region’s other airports are similarly quiet, according to the latest data from August. Hong Kong International Airport saw 1.4% of passenger traffic compared with August 2019. At Japan’s Narita airport, international travelers in August were just 3.3% of the same month last year. At South Korea’s Incheon International

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How Mountains and Ski Areas in NH Are Dealing With COVID-19

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Though things might not look all that different on the slopes — such as at Waterville Valley pictured here — expect to see a number of changes this season at ski areas and resorts around the state. Photo by Tyler Walker/ Waterville Valley Resorts

Shortly after the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic last spring, experts encouraged people to get outside, into nature’s open spaces. They emphasized the myriad benefits of fresh air and sunshine for our mental, emotional and physical well-being. Normally, skiing — both alpine and Nordic — would seem to check off all those boxes. But COVID-19 is having a negative impact on the skiing experience, in the lodges, in the lift lines, and on the lifts themselves. Of course, New Hampshire’s ski areas and resorts, large and small, are no strangers to negative impacts.

“Rightly or wrongly, we are total optimists in this business,” says Kris Blomback,

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Greek Travel Agents, Tourist Guides Angered Over Covid-19 Risk Map

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Greek travel agents and tourist guides are up in arms over a recently announced Covid-19 risk-assessment map which categorizes into four levels the country’s regional units based on degree of risk as indicated by a color-coded system.

The Federation of Hellenic Associations of Tourist & Travel Agencies (fedHATTA) and Efi Kalampoukidou, an accredited tourist guide in Greece and president of the European Federation of Tourist Guide Associations (FEG), are demanding that the government clarify which restrictions apply, arguing that the measures are unreasonable and unfair.

According to Kalampoukidou, under the current measures, no group tours are allowed in Level 3 areas, which include all of Athens. She adds that authorities have failed to clarify number of participants in groups, locations, monuments, and open-air tourist attractions as well as whether smaller private group tours are allowed.

At the same time, FedHATTA also reacted to the

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eB2B Retail in India – Cruise Control Post COVID-19

DUBLIN, Oct. 13, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — The “Unlocking the Indian EB2B Retail Opportunity” report has been added to ResearchAndMarkets.com’s offering.

Driven by consistent expected increase in private consumption, the Indian retail market is expected to grow at ~10% CAGR to reach ~$ 1.6 TN by FY 25. Despite the current economic slowdown and the expected normalized real GDP forecast of 6 to 7%, this report expects the private consumption expenditure to continue driving ~60% of the nominal GDP. This is predominantly going to be driven by consumer retail consumption of goods, which is expected to continue driving ~50% of the private consumption. Driven by the same, the consumer retail market will grow at 10% YoY from nearly $900 BN today to reach $1.6 TN by FY 25.

This huge retail market is facilitated through a long B2B retail supply chain between the brand/manufacturers, and the end consumer through multiple

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Sink or swim: How the food and drink sector is adapting and innovating to overcome the challenges of Covid-19

There’s no denying that 2020 has been an unusual year, and one that has presented an entirely unique set of challenges to people in almost all walks of life and society – whether that be adapting to working from home or doing food shopping solely online, to socially distanced socialising and mask wearing while out and about.

It’s safe to say that it’s been an ‘unprecedented’ experience – and no doubt that’s one word we’ve heard to describe it more times already this year than we’d like. From travel to hospitality, banking to fitness, almost every industry and sector has had to adapt quickly to the ever-changing Covid landscape in order to survive, transforming the way we live and work in almost every conceivable way.

Despite the impact on almost all UK businesses, one industry that has had to adapt more quickly than many to the ‘new normal’ and transform

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Cheap flights abound due to COVID-19

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Delta Air Lines, American Airlines and Alaska Airlines have all joined United Airlines in ditching change fees for flights within the U.S.

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Anyone who has checked the prices of flights online lately may be shocked at what they are seeing. 

Here are some sample Halloween weekend getaways from Google Flights, as seen on the site Monday, for flights leaving Thursday, Oct. 28, and returning Sunday, Nov. 1.

  • Los Angeles to Chicago: $125 round trip on United Airlines
  • Minneapolis to Orlando, Florida: $147 round trip on Sun Country Airlines
  • Cleveland to Miami: $150 round trip on American Airlines
  • Seattle to Denver: $107 round trip on Delta Air Lines

It’s not just those dates or that platform. Choose any.

Due to the coronavirus pandemic, some airfares appear so low that they look like the airlines might have posted them by mistake. Yet the screaming bargains can also be viewed

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Failures at Austrian ski resort ‘helped speed up spread’ of Covid-19 in Europe | Austria

An independent commission has found that Austrian national and local authorities made “momentous miscalculations” by first hesitating and then rushing to evacuate an Alpine ski resort that has been described as the “ground zero” of the coronavirus first wave in Europe.

Ischgl, a town of 1,600 inhabitants in the Tirolean Paznaun valley and one of Europe’s premium skiing destinations, has been in the spotlight since the middle of March, after thousands of tourists, including at least 180 Britons, caught the virus there during the spring holidays and carried it back to their home countries.

After interviewing 53 decision-makers about their handling of the outbreak, an expert commission appointed by the Tirolean regional government on Monday for the first time officially identified individual failings that helped speed up the spread of the virus across the continent.

The commission, chaired by the former vice-president of the Austrian supreme court, said in its

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Airlines Offering ‘Flights to Nowhere’ Amid COVID-19 Travel Restrictions

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How are people who love travel coping during a pandemic that has left a lot of us stuck at home, a lot of borders closed. Right? Well, they are coping not well. Some airlines in Asia are trying to offer a solution – flights to nowhere. Seriously, these flights start and end at the exact same airport. A skeptical Michael Sullivan investigated.

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UNIDENTIFIED PERSON: (Non-English language spoken).

MICHAEL SULLIVAN, BYLINE: It’s late afternoon, and I’m standing in Bangkok’s Don Mueang Airport waiting to board my flight home to Chiang Rai. It’s about an hour north. The airport is about half full. The Thai government still isn’t allowing foreign flights in due to COVID, but people here can get where they need to go in Thailand as long as they wear masks. And if the weather’s good,

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U.S. Covid-19 travel restrictions state by state

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Editor’s note: This story was current at the time of last publication on October 11 and will be updated periodically. However, you should still check with the official state websites before you commit to travel plans.

With the Covid-19 pandemic in near constant fluctuation in the United States, the 50 states are having to adapt rapidly with their rules and regulations.

If you’re planning a family vacation or simply wish to travel to another state, it is important to be updated on the latest statewide regulations. While some US states have no restrictions on travel, all their sites have important Covid-19 safety information, including possible face mask mandates in public settings.

This list is alphabetical and includes links where you should get more information and updates before you head out:

Alabama

As of October 11, there were no statewide travel restrictions in Alabama. However, visitors should

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Safe vacation spots near NYC during COVID-19

Up for a vacation this autumn? We could use about 20.

But amid this socially distant reality, there’s a whole new slew of concerns you have to keep in mind when booking travel.

Happily, there’s no shortage of options that fit the bill for safer travel, from the recently opened Roundtree in Amagansett, boasting exterior entrances and accommodations fanned out over two acres to the secluded Grove Lodge, the newest accommodation at Mohonk Mountain House, a family-friendly resort in the Hudson Valley (pack your hiking boots).

For more inspiration, these road-trippable spots — for a variety of selling points — make it easy to stress less, savor more.

Live out your HGTV dreams in South Cairo, New York

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They had us at tiny homes. But in case you need more convincing to head to any of Think big! A Tiny Home Resort‘s eight

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