Marriott CEO: Virtual Meetings and Remote Work Won’t Hurt Hotels Permanently

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Marriott President and CEO Arne Sorenson doesn’t anticipate coronavirus to have a different impact on the hotel industry than any other economic crisis has in the last 30 years. Manningmbd / Wikimedia

Skift Take: Marriott’s Arne Sorenson is optimistic that hotels will eventually go back to pre-coronavirus performance levels, but the biggest uncertainty remains over how long group travel fears will prevent business from a full rebound.

— Cameron Sperance

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Greek Hotels Reopened Monday to Uncertain Summer Travel Season

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Greek hotel operators were able to reopen properties Monday, but that doesn’t mean demand levels justify resumed operations. Pedro Szekely / Flickr

Skift Take: Greece’s tourism sector is technically reopened to business, but a normal level of operation hinges on demand giving hoteliers a reason to resume business at temporarily shuttered properties.

— Cameron Sperance

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Hilton Hall? Colleges Consider Hotels as Dormitories to Speed Up Return to Campus

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Colleges like Northwestern University (pictured) are considering housing some students in hotels in the fall semester to respect social distancing guidelines. Jaysin Trevino / Flickr

Skift Take: Residential hall deals with universities may be the rare type of group booking the hotel industry gets in 2020, and provide some operators with enough occupancy and revenue to buoy into recovery mode.

— Cameron Sperance

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Hotel Industry Turns to 9/11 Legal Framework to Navigate Pandemic Insurance

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Washington legislators are considering a bill for pandemic risk insurance based on a 2002 law passed in response to the 9/11 terrorist attacks. FranckinJapan /

Skift Take: Legislators may have a pandemic business interruption insurance solution — but it almost certainly won’t help hoteliers currently struggling due to coronavirus-related drops in travel.

— Cameron Sperance

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Germany Pushes to Downgrade European Travel Alerts From Warnings to Guidelines


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Skift Take: Germans don’t just want time in the sun. As a high-savings country, it relies on its citizens to spend cash in higher-borrowing European countries to help keep the eurozone’s finances in balance. Without travel, Germany may have to lead a bigger bailout of countries like Italy.

— Sean O’Neill

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Southwest Says Buyout and Paid Leave Packages Boost Survival Chances

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Most of Southwest’s staffing reductions could be achieved through voluntary measures, its pilots association believes. Miguel Angel Sanz / Unsplash

Skift Take: Fortunately for CEO Gary Kelly, the packages are being well-received by pilots and the flexibility to return when things pick up is also hitting the right notes.

— Matthew Parsons

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Czech Republic to Open Borders Based on Color-Coded Coronavirus Country Risk Scale

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The Czech Republic’s approach to opening its borders includes color-coding countries based on their coronavirus infection levels. MuderousPass / Wikimedia

Skift Take: The Czech Republic’s metered approach to allowing foreign visitors based on a country’s coronavirus risk factor could be a model for other governments to develop travel bubbles with nations beyond those that share a border.

— Cameron Sperance

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