Marriott CEO Sorenson Details Crisis Contingency Plans in Emotional Address

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Marriott CEO Arne Sorenson was candid in a video message to employees about the cuts the hotel chain has to make to survive. Marriott International

Skift Take: It’s fairly certain that many Marriott International-affiliated properties will never reopen. CEO Arne Sorenson is showing leadership in being candid about the tough measures the hotel chain has to take to emerge with a business worth running when coronavirus hopefully fades.

— Dennis Schaal

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Recession-Wracked Argentina Faces Tourism Hit on Top of Existing Weakness

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Traffic moves through downtown Buenos Aires, Argentina, in an image from 2019. Diego Levy / Bloomberg

Skift Take: Spare a thought for Argentina, whose woeful state finances make it ill-prepared to help the country’s hotels, wineries, and famous cultural attractions during the tourism plunge and coming quarantine.

— Sean O’Neill

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Coronavirus Fears Hit Tourism on World’s Tallest Peak

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Mount Everest is seen from Namche Bajar, Solukhumbu district, Nepal. China and Nepal have canceled the upcoming climbing season for both sides of Mount Everest. Niranjan Shrestha / Associated Press

Skift Take: Even the world’s highest travel spot cannot escape the fallout of the coronavirus pandemic. Looks like winter is not yet over for Nepal tourism.

— Xinyi Liang-Pholsena

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Trip.com Expects 50 Percent Drop in First Quarter Revenue But Sees Some Local China Recovery

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Trip.com CEO Jane Sun speaking at the launch of the OTA’s Travel Revival V Plan to stimulate post-coronavirus tourism recovery. Trip.com

Skift Take: To hear that signs of recovery are in sight from China’s biggest travel firm is offering the battered tourism industry a glimmer of hope.

— Xinyi Liang-Pholsena

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