Australia to Close Borders as New Coronavirus Cases Mount

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Nowhere to go, given Australia shutting down most international flights: The view from Qantas’s first-class lounge at Sydney airport. Qantas

Skift Take: Australia’s borders close Friday 9 p.m. local time. National carrier Qantas will end international flights and furlough two out of three of its workers despite a mammoth rescue package by the government. Who would’ve imagined this a month ago?

— Sean O’Neill

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Don’t Discount the Resiliency of Asia’s Vital Travel Industry and Its Smaller Players

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Small players in the travel industry are especially hard hit by the coronavirus crisis as tour bookings demand dries up. Traditional cyclos ride down the streets of Hanoi, Vietnam. studiolaska / Adobe

Skift Take: A greater appreciation of travel and its many segments could be a positive outcome of the coronavirus pandemic. But until the storm blows over, many small businesses in the Asian tourism industry are facing survival threats.

— Xinyi Liang-Pholsena

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