As travel restructures, leave room for inspiration: Travel Weekly

Arnie Weissmann

Arnie Weissmann

Perhaps it’s not surprising that a side effect of the pandemic is introspection. That may be particularly true for those in the travel industry, an extroverted industry if ever there was one. But I’ve gotten the sense that some of the time that would have been spent on the road or at events and conferences since March has instead been given over to reflection.

Last year, we had seven contributions to our Forum section, where readers express opinions on industry topics. This year, we’ve published 25 Forums, with contributors speculating about what the future will bring.

The killing of George Floyd and the rising prominence of the Black Lives Matter movement in 2020 has added an urgent issue to the mix as we ponder a regenerated travel industry. The words “restart,” “resumption” and “recovery” are frequently used as we look forward, but taking those 25 Forums in aggregate,

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Disney to Cut 28,000 Resort Jobs in U.S.

Here’s what you need to know:

Credit…Eve Edelheit for The New York Times

For six months, Disney has kept tens of thousands of theme park workers on furlough with full health-care benefits in hopes that a light at the end of the pandemic tunnel would appear. On Tuesday, Disney conceded that none was coming.

The company said it would eliminate 28,000 theme park jobs in the United States, or about 25 percent of its domestic resort work force.

“As heartbreaking as it is to take this action, this is the only feasible option we have in light of the prolonged impact of Covid-19 on our business, including limited capacity due to physical distancing requirements and the continued uncertainty regarding the duration of the pandemic,” Josh D’Amaro, chairman of Disney Parks, Experiences and Products, said

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Mass Airline Layoffs On Deck and They Will Hurt Trump

Mass Airline Layoffs in Swing States

Please consider Mass Airline Layoffs in Swing States Would Further Imperil Trump by Bloomberg writer Joshua Green. 

If the government’s payroll support program for airlines is allowed to expire as scheduled on Wednesday, the airlines say they’ll cut tens of thousands of jobs—many concentrated in battleground states including North Carolina, Florida, Arizona, Pennsylvania, and Texas.

For months, airlines and workers’ unions have been imploring Congress and the president to extend that payroll aid, without any success. Over the summer, airlines including American, United, Spirit, and Delta filed notices under the Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification (WARN) Act that they are planning to lay off tens of thousands of workers beginning Oct. 1. Together, those airlines operate hubs in Phoenix, Philadelphia, Charlotte, Miami, and Houston.

American’s plan to cut 19,000 jobs will hit Arizona, North Carolina, and Pennsylvania. Spirit will cut about 1,000 jobs in

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White House overruled CDC on school reopening and cruise guidelines, reports say

Media reports in recent weeks suggest top White House officials overruled CDC on guidelines concerning the reopening of schools and cruise line operations. Meanwhile, former FDA commissioners are raising concerns about reports the White House could try to intervene on vaccine standards for the new coronavirus.

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US new coronavirus cases top 7.2M, deaths surpass 205K

U.S. officials as of Wednesday morning reported a total of 7,219,800 cases of the novel coronavirus virus since the country’s epidemic began—up from 7,176,500 cases reported as of Tuesday morning.

According to data from the New York Times, the rates of newly reported coronavirus cases are “staying high” in Puerto Rico and 22 states that have had a daily average of at least 15 newly reported cases per 100,000 people over the past week. Those states are Alaska, Arkansas, Idaho, Illinois, Iowa, Kansas,

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Enchanted Princess joins Princess Cruises fleet

The newly completed Enchanted Princess was delivered to Princess Cruises today in an official handover ceremony presented via live streaming video from the Fincantieri Shipyard in Monfalcone, Italy. With the arrival of this 145,000-ton, 3,660-guest ship, Enchanted Princess expands the Princess Cruises global fleet of MedallionClass™ vessels.

The ceremony was virtually attended by executives from Carnival Corporation
& plc including Micky Arison, Chairman of the Board of Carnival
Corporation; Arnold Donald, President and CEO of Carnival Corporation; Stein
Kruse, Group CEO of Princess Cruises, Holland America Line, Seabourn, Carnival
Australia and Carnival UK; and Jan Swartz Group President of Princess Cruises
and Carnival Australia. Fincantieri was represented by CEO Giuseppe Bono.

Enchanted Princess is the 100th cruise ship built by Italian shipbuilder
Fincantieri. This milestone is significant for both companies since Crown
Princess was the first ship to launch Fincantieri into the modern passenger
ship building business, when it

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Sea Cloud Cruises cancels winter Caribbean, plans spring startup

Sea Cloud Cruises canceled its winter Caribbean program and plans to resume sailing with all three ships, including the new Sea Cloud Spirit, in Europe in the spring.

‘In view of the current development of the COVID-19 pandemic, this necessary step is the only way to give our guests and all our sales partners the peace of mind when planning for future travel,’ Managing Director Daniel Schäfer said.

Limited port availability

Besides all Caribbean cruises, itineraries with Central America and the two trans-Atlantic crossings are canceled.

Sea Cloud noted the past months have shown that immigration regulations can change bilaterally on very short notice due to changes in infection rates. ‘Since infection rates are continuing to rise worldwide, almost all the islands in the Caribbean still do not allow ships to enter their territory,’ Schäfer said.

Flight uncertainties

Uncertainties also remain about flight options to the Caribbean, as well as

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Boeing will move all production of 787 Dreamliner to South Carolina, report says

A Tuesday report in the Wall Street Journal said Boeing is planning to move its production of the 787 Dreamliner exclusively to its South Carolina plant.

The massive jetliner has been manufactured at Boeing’s production facilities in North Charleston as well as in Everett, Washington.

But during a July 29 call about the company’s earnings, Boeing President and CEO Dave Calhoun said the airline manufacturer was studying whether to shift all of the production to one of site while dealing a blow to the other facility.

Sources told the Wall Street Journal that Boeing has made the decision to consolidate manufacturing the widebody passenger jets in South Carolina.

A spokeswoman for Boeing declined to comment on the report. Instead, Elizabeth Holland cited a statement issued from the July call when airline officials said steps to cut expenses, including layoffs, could be coming as it continues to struggle financially during the

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Lufthansa’s India Spat Highlights Barriers to Long-Haul Return


Photographer: Martin Leissl/Bloomberg

Deutsche Lufthansa AG’s decision to scrap flights to India following a clash over coronavirus-related travel curbs illustrates just how difficult bringing back inter-continental flights is proving.

Europe’s biggest airline said Tuesday it was pulling 23 weekly flights for the next three weeks after India’s Directorate General of Civil Aviation declined to sign off on the schedule. It complained that Germany had imposed stricter entry restrictions leading to an “inequitable distribution of traffic.”

The falling-out, which shatters an accord in place for several months, shows how attempts to reopen international routes are being frustrated by parallel efforts to halt the virus’s spread. Germany has one of the lowest death-rates from Covid-19 in Europe, while India has the highest infection total after the U.S.

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Deutsche Lufthansa CEO Carsten Spohr

Photographer: Krisztian Bocsi/Bloomberg

“Air bubbles only work when implemented between countries with similar infection levels,” said Mark

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Thailand eyes 50,000 foreign tourists in Q4, down 99.5%

Thailand eyes 50,000 foreign tourists in Q4, down 99.5%

FILE PHOTO: A tourist walks on the nearly empty Yaowarat Road, the main street of Chinatown in Bangkok, on March 1, 2020. (AFP)

Thailand is expected to have 50,000 foreign tourists in the fourth quarter of 2020, down 99.5% from a year earlier, an industry body said on Wednesday, as the country tries to support its battered economy by gradually reopening to visitors.

Foreign tourist receipts are seen at 4.5 billion baht in the quarter, down 99% year-on-year, Chairat Trirattanajarasporn, president of the Tourism Council of Thailand, told a briefing.

The council predicts 6.74 million foreign tourists this year, down 83% from a year earlier, after a record 39.8 million visitors last year, he said.

Next year’s outlook remains uncertain, Mr Chairat said, although the official tourism agency predicts 20 million foreign tourist in

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A Coast-to-Coast Train Trip Restored My Faith in Travel

First came my friends’ skepticism: Why on earth would I take a train from New York City to Los Angeles during a pandemic? Wouldn’t a flight be safer? Cheaper? A better use of my time? But then, almost always, they’d soften and start confessing that they’d always wanted to do a cross-country train ride too.

Since March I’ve spent most of my time camped out in my Brooklyn apartment, socially distancing like the rest of the country. Sometimes just plain distancing, nothing social about it. I knew I couldn’t really fly anywhere, but I ached for an adventure beyond staycations or day trips or cabins upstate. Enough dreams have been dashed by this awful year. I wanted to make a dream come true.

So, to visit family, I boarded a train in New York’s Penn Station one Friday afternoon this summer. On a Monday morning some 3,224 miles, 13 states,

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