What You Can Learn From This Tourism Exec in Lockdown in Italy

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A prelate walks outside St. Peter’s Square after the Vatican erected a new barricade at the edge of the square, in Rome, Tues., March 10, 2020. Italy entered a nationwide lockdown after a government decree extended restrictions on movement from the hard-hit north to the rest of the country to prevent the spreading of coronavirus. Andrew Medichini / Associated Press

Skift Take: Be in it. Don’t be afraid to feel what’s going on around you. And don’t try to play the business-as-usual approach. Nothing about these days are that. Don’t pretend to have all the answers.

— Lesley Pritikin

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World Hunkering Down Puts Sharper Focus on Eerie Halt to Travel

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The world hunkers down and stop traveling as borders and business shut in many countries. Trisnadi / Associated Press

Skift Take: Hopefully the drastic disruptions to life and travel of millions of people worldwide will translate to quicker containment of the virus spread and recovery of the tourism sector. It’s going be a quiet few weeks ahead for travel.

— Xinyi Liang-Pholsena

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Travel’s Big Disruption Came Ahead of Schedule: It Wasn’t the One We Expected

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The departures board at Rome Leonardo da Vinci International Airport. Andrew Medichini / Associated Press

Skift Take: For the travel industry, coronavirus has upended everything, kind of like how we expected climate change to — just much faster. Recovery, when it comes, will require taking the lessons from this thoroughly global disruption on board.

— Rosie Spinks

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