Singapore Deploys Drones to Monitor Social Distancing: Will Other Tourist Destinations Follow?

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Airobotics drones (one pictured here) are being deployed in Singapore to make sure people keep their distance. Nir Elias / Reuters

Skift Take: Drones have been both a bane and a gift to the travel industry. A problem for airports and airlines, for sure, but a treasure to travel marketers filming from above. This looks like another way in which they will be applauded by tourism officials.

— Tom Lowry

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Booking.com’s Deep Cuts and 12 Other Coronavirus Travel Stories This Week

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Shown here is Sequana Tower, Accor corporate headquarters in Issy-les-Moulineaux, France. Accor

Skift Take: In another busy week of coronavirus coverage at Skift, there were stories about digital nomads, the contrasting outlook of Airbnb’s boss versus Expedia’s, and investor calls from numerous hotel companies.

— Rosie Spinks

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Hotels Aren’t Putting People Back to Work Like Other Industries

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The U.S. hotel industry’s extraordinarily high unemployment rate has come down from highs seen in April, but industry leaders fear a stalled recovery is already underway. yayayang1619 / Pixabay

Skift Take: U.S. hotel industry employment has improved by 11 points since April, but a stalled recovery and fading summer has analysts cautioning of a pending winter jobs decline.

— Cameron Sperance

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