Taiwanese Passengers Freed From Quarantined Diamond Princess Cruise Ship

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Passengers are finally beginning to be allowed off the quarantined Diamond Princess cruise ship, which has been docked at the Japanese port of Yokohama for more than two weeks. Athit Perawongmetha / Reuters

Skift Take: After a nightmarish two weeks in quarantine following the coronavirus outbreak, passengers are finally disembarking the Diamond Princess cruise ship off Japan. Hopefully the cruise industry has learned from this debacle. The question is not if something of this nature will happen again, but when.

— Danielle Hyams

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JetBlue Readies for Battle Over Boston and 3 Other Top Aviation Stories This Week

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JetBlue readies for more competition as mega-carriers American and Delta increase their presence at the carrier’s hub in Boston. aeroprints.com / Wikimedia Commons

Skift Take: This week in aviation news, is brand loyalty (ahem, free premium snacks) going to be enough to keep JetBlue’s Boston customers from getting cozy with the competition as American and Delta make moves to increase their presence at the Beantown hub? Plus, we discover that Delta’s CEO is firmly in the “do not recline your seat” camp.

— Danielle Hyams

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Japan’s Olympic Year Deflates Due to Virus Outbreak, Economic Woes

Yoshitaka Sugawara  / Associated Press

Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe speaks to reporters at his prime minister’s official residence in Tokyo, Feb. 21, 2020. In the run-up to the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, the virus outbreak that has spread from China to even remote parts of Japan has Abe and his ruling Liberal Democratic Party playing defense.
Yoshitaka Sugawara / Associated Press

Skift Take: Prime Minister Shinzo Abe insists that the Olympic Games will go on as planned in July. But Abe and his government officials are going to need to do some serious damage control as international criticism mounts over Tokyo’s handling of the Diamond Princess quarantine.

— Faye Chiu

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Colorado’s Sand Creek Massacre Site Confronts U.S. History of Racial Violence

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In this Dec. 27, 2019, photo, an entrance sign is shown at the Sand Creek Massacre National Historic Site in Eads, Colo. This quiet piece of land tucked away in rural southeastern Colorado seeks to honor the 230 peaceful Cheyenne and Arapaho tribe members who were slaughtered by the U.S. Army in 1864. It was one of worst mass murders in U.S. history. Russell Contreras / Associated Press

Skift Take: With these historic sites, the tourism industry can orient itself toward truth and reconciliation in a country where there is no such federal effort.

— Sarah Enelow-Snyder

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Myanmar Looks for a Second Chance and 8 Other Top Tourism Stories This Week

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Myanmar’s tourism industry is getting another lease on life as the recent genocide fades from memory. Danielle Hyams

Skift Take: This week in tourism news, after decades of isolation, Myanmar finally opened up to tourists, only to scare them off as it perpetrated genocide against its Rohingya minority. Today, Myanmar has real potential to become a thriving destination again, but only if it can overcome its tendency to enflame ethnic tension. Plus, cruise lines are investing in new experiences on private islands.

— Danielle Hyams

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