India Shuts Down Border With Myanmar, Extends Travel Restrictions

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The northeastern state of Manipur in India has shut its border with Myanmar as a coronavirus precaution. Nick Irvine-Fortescue / Flickr

Skift Take: Even though Myanmar has no reported cases of coronavirus, India is making the prudent move to shut down the border, knowing full well the limitations of its health care system if a full-blown outbreak should spread across the country of 1.4 billion people.

— Tom Lowry

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Skift Webinar: Moving Beyond Demographics — Data Drives the Future of Travel Advertising

Skift Take: What does personalization mean in 2020, and what does it look like in a world where customers are becoming increasingly protective of their data? In this webinar, Skift is joined by experts from Accenture Interactive to answer that question and inform listeners about what intelligent advertising and marketing campaigns could accomplish.

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Cathay Pacific Warns of Big Loss as It Battles ‘Unprecedented Challenge’

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A Cathay Pacific777-300ER aircraft. The airline has been hit badly by the coronavirus outbreak. Cathay Pacific

Skift Take: Chairman Patrick Healy’s comments are pretty eye-opening, basically admitting that the airline has no control over the situation. Like other airlines across the world, Cathay Pacific just has to hope this blows over quickly.

— Patrick Whyte

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Will the U.S. Travel Sector Get a Trump Bailout?

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Spirit Airlines planes are shown at Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport in May 2018. jtocchialini / Flickr

Skift Take: It’s looking increasingly like the battered U.S. travel sector will be bailed out by the U.S. government. A recession’s impact on small businesses in the travel sector, though, is extremely worrisome.

— Andrew Sheivachman

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Deep Cutbacks on Corp Travel Force U.S. Airlines to Slash Flights

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United Airlines is prepared to make drastic cuts in a worst-case scenario, its president said Tuesday at an investor event. Ted S. Warren / The Associated Press

Skift Take: Coronavirus is a disaster for U.S. airlines. Some executives compare to the the fallout after 9/11. The big question is how long will it last? Airlines hope the revenue dip will be short-term.

— Brian Sumers

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