One travel advisor’s clients from New Rochelle, New York, figured it would be safer to travel to Turks and Caicos than to stay home, where one of the U.S.’ viral cluster outbreaks has formed. Pictured is an undated photo from Exhale Spa in Turks and Caicos. Exhale Spa
Skift Take: Spring break travel is in wait-and-see mode as travel advisors field calls from clients rattled by the coronavirus pandemic. Some travelers are swapping their trips for “safer” spots like Hawaii, Florida, and the Caribbean.
United jets at the gate at Denver International Airport. Flickr
Skift Take: With federal payroll aid rules preventing airlines from making any job or pay cuts before September 30, it’s a safe bet we’ll see the other major U.S. carriers make similar announcements for October.
Artist impression of Marco Polo Prince Hotel’s Club Lounge: Note the more spacious layout, plus private sections. Wharf Hotels
Skift Take: It’s clear there’s going to be a new normal when guests start traveling again. Hotels in Asia that are renovating in times of Covid-19 are altering designs, although some things don’t change.
Flight Centre’s retail footprint will be reduce by half in the new measures proposed.
Skift Take: This cost-cutting package could be one of the largest we’ll see in this crisis. On paper, the cuts look like they’ll be enough, but there will be collateral damage to its brand with so many shop closures.
Girl on a Mobike bike in the line for street food shops in Wuhan China. Walks
Skift Take: In travel-related coronavirus stories this week, Skift covered potential recovery timelines, layoffs at Tripadvisor and Kayak, Aribnb’s vision of an era of travel redistribution, lessons for hoteliers from 9/11 and SARS, and Hilton’s partnership to enhance its cleaning protocols, among many other topics.
A general view shows the headquarters of Anbang Insurance Group in Beijing, China, February 23, 2018. Mirae Asset scraps $5.8 billion deal to buy U.S. hotels from China’s Anbang. Thomas Peter / Reuters
Skift Take: Mirae is probably experiencing a bad case of buyer’s remorse as the coronavirus pandemic takes a huge bite out of Anbang’s asset values. Such disputes over deals made in a pre-Covid era are not the first, and they won’t be the last.
Southwest Airlines jets at an airport. Associated Press
Skift Take: It’s a significant step since the launch of Southwest Business last year, designed to tap into the travel management community. Before the crisis, roughly a third of the airline’s traffic was corporate travel. This move could help it boost that market share.