Trump Administration Blocked Recommendation That Seniors Avoid Flying

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Vice President Mike Pence, right, along with Florida Sen. Rick Scott, left, and Gov. Ron DeSantis, center, speaks to the media after a meeting with cruise line company leaders to discuss the efforts to fight the spread of the COVID-19 coronavirus, at Port Everglades, Saturday March 7, 2020, in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. Gaston De Cardenas / Associated Press

Skift Take: We’d rather see decisions like this made by reasonable people with the nation’s best interest at heart rather than their own self interest top of mind.

— Jason Clampet

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Tourism Marketing’s Coronavirus Conundrum and 14 Top Tourism Stories This Week

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Bamboo grove forest in Kyoto, Japan. Merchants in Kyoto’s Arashiyama neighborhood — which includes the bamboo forest, a tourist and Instagram hotspot — have created a series of posters depicting the area’s popular tourist attractions as empty. With hashtags that translate to #nopeople and #nowisthetime, it seems intended to encourage travelers to visit despite the perceived risks. vekidd / Adobe

Skift Take: This week in tourism news, destination marketing organizations find themselves in a pickle. Should they carry on with promotional campaigns amid growing fears over coronavirus? Also, Skift launches a one-on-one interview series. Founder and CEO Rafat Ali candidly talks with industry leaders on travel’s path forward as the world grapples with, and recovers from, the virus crisis.

— Faye Chiu

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Flybe Claims Demise Related to Virus and 7 Other Top Aviation Stories This Week


Jet tails of Flybe planes, which will be grounded permanently now. Skift

Skift Take: In aviation news this week, an already shaky Flybe went out of business. The regional UK airline said coronavirus delivered the fatal blow to its operations. Plus, nearly 90 percent of U.S. travelers have yet to cancel travel plans, according to a survey from Skift Research. Also, a new digital format Skift Airline Weekly launched.

— Faye Chiu

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