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New Covid Strain in UK Prompts Travel Bans Across Europe

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London’s Heathrow Airport will see even less activity with new travel bans put in place. Skift

Skift Take: A harsh reminder that recent cheers for vaccine deliveries does not mean this pandemic is over yet. New travel bans are being put in place as the UK grapples with the spread of a new coronavirus strain.

— Tom Lowry

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100 Million Chinese Projected to Travel Overseas in 2021: How Realistic Is That? 🔒

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Chinese free independent travelers exploring Switzerland. Photo courtesy of Switzerland Tourism

Skift Take: It would be fantastic if 2021 would see 100 million mainland Chinese traveling overseas. The first huge swell is touted to begin during the Lunar New Year holiday in February. But like a horoscope, it’s just a prediction. Still, destinations are wise not to be caught off-guard should the big moment happens.

— Raini Hamdi

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Keynote Address: Vital Steps to Building a Local-First Tourism Economy

Skift Take: A new era of travel is dawning. After mass tourism all but ended during Covid-19, and with the road to recovery ahead, what comes next? Moving into 2021, tourism needs to be about more than just the visitor; it needs to be a harmonious ecosystem that benefits locals and visitors alike.

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Navigating the Path Forward for Meetings and Events: Insights and Perspectives for Success in a Post-Pandemic World

Skift Take: In this report, Skift and The Venetian Resort Las Vegas reveal how industry stakeholders are dealing with the Covid-19 crisis. They share learnings, best practices, and innovations that can enlighten businesses, meeting planners, and venues alike.

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Meet 3 Small Businesses Paving the Road to Recovery

Skift Take: This year, Visa committed to digitally enabling 50 million small businesses around the globe in an effort to get local communities back to business in the wake of the pandemic. Here, we profile three businesses that have innovated to survive and thrive, no matter the challenge.

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Airbnb’s Distribution Strength Could Pressure Online Travel Giants and Woo Hotels

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Guests arrive at an Airbnb-booked short-term rental. Airbnb has built its brand over a decade by standing apart from the traditional hospitality industry. But its IPO prospectus suggests it may have to change. Airbnb

Skift Take: The typical Airbnb review talks up a rental’s charms while overlooking vital information. The company’s stock prospectus similarly skips some key details for understanding its business. But we can still infer a few things about the distribution dynamo.

— Sean O’Neill

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Airbnb Well-Positioned Versus Peers Despite Pandemic Setback, IPO Filing Reveals

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Airbnb CEO Brian Chesky at a Fortune Global Forum conference in San Francisco on November 4, 2015. Airbnb’s registration statement for an initial public offering is now publicized. Fortune Global Forum / Flickr.com

Skift Take: Despite the Covid-19 hit, Airbnb stands above its fellow travel rivals due to its ability to continue to book sales during the crisis and turn those stays into cash flow.

— Dennis Schaal

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The Reality of a Vaccine Is Here: Can Airlines Deliver?

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FedEx is among the cargo airlines preparing to transport billions of Covid vaccines. FedEx

Skift Take: If Pfizer’s Covid vaccine is approved, airlines will be on the hook to transport billions of doses. Is the industry up to the job? What roadblocks stand in its way?

— Madhu Unnikrishnan

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