Algeria Opens to Visitors and 11 Other Top Tourism Stories This Week

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As oil and gas revenues fall, Algeria is looking to tourism as a way to stay afloat. Leila Artese / Adobe

Skift Take: In tourism news this week, Algeria hopes attracting tourists will bolster its finances as the oil and gas industry becomes less lucrative. Can it emulate neighboring Morocco to become a prime destination? Plus, why do politicians continue to ignore the tourism industry when it’s a global economic force?

— Danielle Hyams

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Virgin Galactic Registers Thousands for Future Space Tourism Flights

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The VSS Unity craft flies during a supersonic test flight on May 29, 2018. As Virgin Galactic moves toward starting operations, nearly 8,000 people have registered their interest. Virgin Galactic / via Associated Press

Skift Take: Thousands have expressed interest in going to outer space with Virgin Galactic as the company reopens registration for it flights. Is 2020 the year that space tourism will finally take off?

— Danielle Hyams

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Trump Administration Bans Travel to Iran, Elevates Advisories for Italy, South Korea

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President Donald Trump and Vice President Mike Pence with senior health officials at a White House press briefing on Saturday offering an update on coronavirus. Carolyn Kaster / Associated Press

Skift Take: Travel’s role in the coronavirus outbreak was front and center on Saturday. New restrictions on travel are smart precautions, but bad news for a travel industry already reeling from the virus.

— Tom Lowry

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U.S. Airlines Await Coronavirus Fallout and 4 Other Top Aviation Stories This Week

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As coronavirus continues to spread across borders, it’s unlikely U.S. based carriers will will avoid the fallout. PixieMe / Adobe

Skift Take: U.S. airlines have fared far better than their Asian counterparts as coronavirus rages on, but with federal officials warning of an imminent outbreak stateside, the worst is certainly yet to come. Plus, American Airlines cozies up to longtime adversary Qatar Airways in what appears to be a bid to take on Delta.

— Danielle Hyams

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