Coronavirus Tests Economic Reforms for Travel in Gulf Arab States

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Saudi Arabia last week also shut down the two holiest sites of Islam in Mecca and Madina (pictured here) to foreign travelers. Shaihana AlMutairi / flickr.com

Skift Take: Gulf Arab states are feeling the brunt of an economic slowdown as the spread of coronavirus tests years’ worth of reforms. Countries like the United Arab Emirates and Saudi Arabia have relied on tourism and hospitality sectors to diversify away from oil, but recent travel cancellations and suspensions due to the illness are set to result in significant financial losses.

— Reem Abdellatif

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Millennial Parent Travelers Set Themselves Apart From Peers Without Kids: Skift Research

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Most millennials today are parents, and they’re changing family travel. A young dad plays with his son on the beach. Pixaby / Pexels

Skift Take: Millennial parents have a lot in common with their generational peers without kids, but they also have some unique travel preferences and values. Their impact on the family travel segment is just beginning.

— Meghan Carty

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Travel Advisors Face Daunting Cruise Business Shake-Up From Coronavirus

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The quarantine of the Diamond Princess, pictured in Yokohama, Japan, is among the many factors putting a damper on cruise bookings. Princess Cruises

Skift Take: The coronavirus is dealing a blow to travel in general, but ship quarantines and other factors may be making cruise especially vulnerable. Travel advisors are scurrying to chart the best way forward for their worried clients.

— Maria Lenhart

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Travel Megatrends 2020: The Rise of Ultra-Long-Haul Flights Is Changing the Way We Travel

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More airlines are launching ultra-long-haul flights, making it easier for travelers to fly nonstop between large cities. Skift

Skift Take: Connecting to the ends of the Earth with nonstop flights is an increasingly attractive prospect for flyers. The growing popularity of nearly day-long flights, however, is set to disrupt the economics of the airline business. Adapting will be crucial as demand from the travel industry grows.

— Brian Sumers

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Nearly 90 Percent of U.S. Travelers Have Yet to Cancel Plans Due to Virus: Skift Research

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In a straw poll of the U.S. online adult population conducted by Skift Research from Feb. 27–29, almost nine in 10 American travelers have not canceled trips due to coronavirus. Nico El Nino / Adobe

Skift Take: U.S. travelers are taking a wait-and-see approach to the evolving coronavirus situation, with few canceling just yet. But most American travel happens domestically, and as the virus spreads within the country, that may soon change.

— Seth Borko

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