White House Will Hold Talks With U.S. Cruise and Airline Executives on Coronavirus Risk

Patrick T. Fallon  / Bloomberg

Vice President Mike Pence will meet with executives from U.S. airlines and cruise lines. Picture are American Airlines jets at Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport. Patrick T. Fallon / Bloomberg

Skift Take: Don’t worry, U.S. airlines and cruise ship companies. Demand is dropping like a rock. But Mike Pence is on the case. What could go wrong?

— Brian Sumers

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Virus Cuts Thailand’s Tourist Arrivals Projection This Year by 6 Million

Sakchai Lalit  / Associated Press

A masked tourist poses for a souvenir photo at Wat Pho, a popular Buddhist temple in Bangkok which has seen lesser crowds in recent weeks due to the virus scare. Sakchai Lalit / Associated Press

Skift Take: For Thailand’s tourism, which is much more used to a growth narrative, plunging visitor numbers is a sobering reality the industry is now facing. Unfortunately, the tourism free fall hasn’t stopped.

— Xinyi Liang-Pholsena

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The New Face of Latin American Airline Partnerships

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Latam is a prized partner for Delta Air Lines. Pictured is one of Latam’s Airbus A320s. Alexandro Dias / Flickr

Skift Take: Airline partnerships connecting North and South America look different in 2020, with Delta a stronger contender in the region than ever before. Its $1.9 billion investment for a 20 percent stake in Chile’s Latam Airlines helps. Now, the question is how it will shape the industry — and the strategies of competitors like American Airlines.

— Kristin Majcher

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New Mexico Drilling Plan Calls for Native American Cultural Preservation

Jeff Geissler  / Associated Press

In this Aug. 10, 2005, file photo, tourist Chris Farthing from Suffolks County, England, takes a picture of Anasazi ruins in Chaco Culture National Historical Park in New Mexico. Jeff Geissler / Associated Press

Skift Take: The Trump Administration is dead set on destroying National Parks in order to drive oil and gas revenue. The long history of stripping Native Americans of agency over their own land continues.

— Andrew Sheivachman

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Into the Wild Draws Adventure Tourists Ill-Prepared for Alaska’s Wilderness

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People keep making the dangerous pilgrimage to the Alaskan Wilderness where the book Into the Wild was set. Jillian Rogers / Associated Press

Skift Take: Nearly 25 years after its publication, the book Into the Wild and the subsequent movie are still beckoning novice travelers to the Alaskan wilderness. They often face injury or the same deadly fate as hiker Christopher McCandless did, and nobody can agree on the best way to stop them.

— Danielle Hyams

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