Aviation Insurers Hold Back on Afghanistan Flights After U.S. Troops Leave


Passengers on a moped in Kabul, Afghanistan. Airline insurers want more security at Kabul’s airport and proper air traffic control before they cover commercial flights, Reuters reports. Pixabay

Skift Take: Airline insurers want more security and proper air traffic control at Kabul’s airport before restarting their coverage of commercial flights there. The concerns are understandable.

— Sean O’Neill

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European Union Pulls U.S. From Safe Travel List and 11 Other Top Travel Stories This Week

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The Grand Place in Brussels could see even fewer U.S. visitors. Dennis Jarvis / Wikimedia Commons

Skift Take: In Skift’s top stories this week, the European Union recommends further restrictions be placed on U.S. travelers, two major companies go public, U.S. travel brands turn to TikTok to attract younger travelers, and Radisson’s CEO explains why the company split in two.

— Rashaad Jorden

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U.S. Tourism Brands Take Quick Advantage of New Rules to Sign Elite College Athletes to Endorsement Deals

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College football stars at institutions like Boston College (left) and Clemson (right) will surely look to take advantage of any NIL opportunities. TigerNet.com / Flickr

Skift Take: Travel companies and destinations need to do extensive research and pay attention to more than the biggest sports — football and men’s basketball — to find the right athletes who will be worthy returns on the promotional investments.

— Rashaad Jorden

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Caribbean Returns to Lockdowns as Covid Spikes Amid Low Vaccination Rates

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Martinique (pictured) is among the Caribbean destinations seeing a spike in Covid cases. Jo Dasson / Flickr

Skift Take: Hopes for a tourism recovery are being dashed in the Caribbean as vaccinations can’t keep pace with the spike in new Covid cases. It’s another example of why vaccine equity matters.

— Tom Lowry

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Discover Puerto Rico Becomes Marketer-For-Hire to Others

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Discover Puerto Rico selling its creative services to third parties will diversify revenue and strengthen the destination’s brand. Courtesy of Discover Puerto Rico Studios / Discover Puerto Rico

Skift Take: It’s a win-win for the island’s destination marketing group and for its in-destination clients — but how many other tourism boards are ready to follow suit at this time?

— Lebawit Lily Girma

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Choice Hotels First Major Hotel Brand to Outperform Pre-Pandemic Levels

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Choice Hotels’ focus on leisure and drive-to travel across brands like Comfort (pictured) boosted the company to several financial wins in recent months. Choice Hotels International

Skift Take: Profitability is one thing, but out-performing 2019 is the genuine sign of a rebound. Choice Hotels is lucky to not have to worry as much about corporate travel and conventions as some of its competitors.

— Cameron Sperance

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Can a Downsized Regional Airline Relaunch in a Pandemic? ExpressJet Thinks It Can

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An ExpressJet Embraer 145 aircraft. ExpressJet hopes to resume flying in the third quarter. ExpressJet Airlines

Skift Take: Like Lazarus, regional carrier ExpressJet hopes to rise from the dead. Can the airline survive flying on its own during a pandemic with small jets? The airline almost pulled it off before, but can it do it again, or will history repeat itself?

— Angel Adegbesan

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