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

Read the Complete Story On Skift Expects 50 Percent Drop in First Quarter Revenue But Sees Some Local China Recovery CEO Jane Sun speaking at the launch of the OTA’s Travel Revival V Plan to stimulate post-coronavirus tourism recovery.

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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