Locked Out: Europeans Grapple With New U.S. Travel Ban

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A passenger wears a protective mask at Adolfo Suarez-Barajas international airport on the outskirts of Madrid, Spain, Wednesday, March 11, 2020. A new anti-virus travel ban announced by U.S. President Donald Trump has thrown Europeans’ best-laid plans into disarray. Bernat Armangue / Associated Press

Skift Take: Pity the European travelers who saw their plans to visit the U.S. thrown into disarray by a new anti-virus travel ban announced by President Donald Trump on Wednesday.

— Sean O’Neill

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Trump’s Europe Travel Ban Delivers Another Blow to Airlines Reeling From Coronavirus Pain

Julio Cortez  / Associated Press

A Southwest Airlines jet moves on the runway as a person eats at a terminal restaurant at LaGuardia Airport in New York. The US travel ban from Europe has left many air passengers and airlines scrambling. Julio Cortez / Associated Press

Skift Take: Whether a broad travel ban from Europe to the U.S. will slow the virus spread remains to be seen, but the move is now pushing the beleaguered airline industry closer to its limits.

— Xinyi Liang-Pholsena

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Americans, Don’t Travel Abroad: U.S. State Department Gives Strongest Warning Yet

Evan Vucci  / Associated Press

The U.S. State Department is urging Americans to reconsider travel abroad. Bank of America CEO Brian Moynihan, left, and President Donald Trump listen during a meeting with banking industry executives about the coronavirus, at the White House, Wednesday, March 11, 2020, in Washington. Evan Vucci / Associated Press

Skift Take: Where do we go next? That’s probably the question the tourism sector will be asking as a battered industry tries to comprehend and navigate such unprecedented travel restrictions on a global scale.

— Xinyi Liang-Pholsena

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Baltimore Tourism Rebrands to Show More of the City Beyond Violent Crime Stereotypes

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Baltimore has long been reviving its waterfront into a tourist attraction. Visit Baltimore

Skift Take: Baltimore has strong tourism offerings, but those unfamiliar with the city may have trouble looking past the headlines about violent crime. The tourism board is ready to take control of that narrative.

— Sarah Enelow-Snyder

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Crisis-Ridden Sri Lanka Tourism Aims to Regain Momentum

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Sri Lanka is a biodiversity hotspot with an abundance of ecosystems and many endemic species, including the highest density of wild Asian elephants worldwide. Nearly a year after a series of terrorist attacks in the capital city Colombo, the country’s tourism industry is reestablishing itself as a desired destination. thdk / Adobe

Skift Take: The arrival of a new tourism-focused government appears to fix the global marketing conundrum Sri Lanka has long faced. Will the tourism sector finally get its act together? Hopes are high that it will.

— Xinyi Liang-Pholsena

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United’s New Refund Policy: One More Reason to Stay Home

United Airlines

United Airlines has asked employees to be stingier with refunds. Pictured is an agent at Houston Intercontinental. United Airlines

Skift Take: United Airlines can do anything it wants to save its business. But we caution the airline against changing the rules after people buy tickets. Do that enough, and travelers will stop trusting you.

— Brian Sumers

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