Why Do U.S. Politicians Completely Ignore the Travel Industry in Election Season?

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President Donald J. Trump waves as he boards Air Force One at Joint Base Andrews, Md., Tuesday, Feb. 18, 2020, to begin his trip to California and Nevada. Shealah Craighead/Official White House Photo / Flickr

Skift Take: The travel industry is truly a diffused set of forces, both big business and people powered. Unfortunately it’s easier for politicians to scare people with an imaginary foreign threat than articulate a vision for a better, more connected world.

— Andrew Sheivachman

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Blackstone Ups Offer in Bidding War for Japanese Hotel Chain Unizo

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The logo of Hotel Unizo, operated by Japanese hotel operator Unizo Holdings, at the entrance of a hotel in Tokyo, Japan. The company is the subject of a bidding war. Junko Fujita / Reuters

Skift Take: Blackstone looks to be out in front at the moment, but given the level of interest expressed in Unizo so far, this saga probably isn’t over yet.

— Patrick Whyte

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Why you need to know about Japanese Encephalitis


As a seasoned traveller, there are a few things that I will absolutely no longer travel without. One of them includes getting appropriate vaccines for wherever I’m travelling to. Not only have I heard too many awful stories about travellers getting sick from preventable diseases, it’s even happened to several of my friends! To ever consider skipping out on my vaccines is just not worth the risk. And since today, February 22nd, is World Encephalitis day (#WED), I thought it would be a perfect time talk about Japanese Encephalitis and why you need to protect yourself from this relatively unknown disease.

What is Japanese Encephalitis?

Encephalitis is an inflammation of the brain, which is most commonly caused by an infection. The Japanese encephalitis (JE) virus is spread by mosquitos and is the leading cause of vaccine-preventable encephalitis in Asia and the western Pacific. Most human infections are asymptomatic or result in only mild symptoms. However, a small percentage of infected persons develop inflammation of the brain (encephalitis), with symptoms including sudden onset of headache, high fever, disorientation, coma, tremors and convulsions. About 30% of cases are fatal, and there is unfortunately no cure or specific treatment for this disease. Even those who survive can be left with permanent neurologic or psychiatric conditions.

Who is at risk?

Japanese encephalitis is found in many Asian countries and western Pacific regions, including Southeast Asia which is a very popular destination for travellers (myself included, I love visiting the area!). Anyone can get encephalitis, regardless of age or how healthy they are. The risk for JE is based on destination, duration of travel, season, and activities. There are huge numbers of people travelling to affected areas each year who are completely unaware of this disease.

How to protect yourself

Whenever you plan a trip, it’s always important to speak with a healthcare professional about all the preventative measures that are recommended for your destination. I usually visit my local travel medical clinic at least 6-8 weeks before I travel anywhere. A short consultation will determine if I need to receive any vaccines, medications, or if there are any other precautions I need to be aware of. Sometimes I don’t need anything, but at least it gives me peace of mind and I won’t have to worry about it during my trip.

If you’d like to know more, you can read the incredible story of how one Canadian family was affected by Japanese encephalitis: https://www.ctvnews.ca/health/death-of-canadiansickened-in-thailand-inspires-daughter-s-vaccine-crusade-1.4299162


Note: This post was sponsored by Valneva. All thoughts and opinions are 100% my own.





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Shangri-La Lost and Found: Can Bhutan Find Its Way Back to Tourism Paradise Again?

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Bhutan’s exclusive destination image has come under question with surging tourist numbers into the country. Adam Singer / Flickr

Skift Take: Bhutan’s high tourist fee was one key reason the country managed to avoid the pitfalls of mass tourism until recently. It’s high time that the sustainable tourism development fee is uniformly levied for all tourists, regardless of their origins.

— Shuriah Niazi

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Australia Courts Tourists to Help Rebuild After Bushfires

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Fires raged in Victoria, Australia in 2019. The country’s government is asking working tourists to help rebuild affected areas. State Government of Victoria / Associated Press

Skift Take: This is smart policy. Many young people from Europe and North America want to live, temporarily, in Australia, and many of the country’s rural areas need rebuilding. Might as well put those young people to work in the bush.

— Brian Sumers

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Oyo on the Defense After Reporting $335 Million in Losses and 14 Other Top Hospitality Stories This Week

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Despite many setbacks, Oyo CEO Ritesh Agarwal has no plans to decelerate the company’s rapid growth. Jose Marmolejos / Skift

Skift Take: This week in hospitality news, hundreds of millions in losses, disgruntled partners, and unsatisfied guests: Oyo has gone from startup darling to something of a black sheep, and CEO Ritesh Agarwal still isn’t ready to change up his playbook yet. Plus, Choice Hotels sees the upside in corporate travel and is expanding its extended stay brands.

— Danielle Hyams

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