Cuba Wonders If Biden Will Loosen Rules on U.S. Leisure Travel to Cuba

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U.S. President Joe Biden participates remotely in a virtual Presidential Inaugural Prayer Service from the White House in Washington, U.S., January 21, 2021. Jonathan Ernst / Reuters

Skift Take: The Trump Administration banned most Americans from making leisure trips to the Caribbean island. Travel companies such as Carnival will watch whether the Biden Administration reverts to Obama-era policies. Some policy experts predict change will come slowly.

— Sean O’Neill

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China’s Hotel Recovery Falls Off Rails Amid New Coronavirus Flare-Ups

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China’s latest lockdowns impact northern cities like Shijiazhuang (pictured). ping lin / Wikimedia

Skift Take: All eyes have been on China in terms of its travel recovery. While China’s hotel recovery faces a major setback now with a surge of new Covid-19 cases, the country is still likely to make a faster rebound than other parts of the world.

— Cameron Sperance

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President Biden Ends Discriminatory Travel Ban

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Then-candidate Joe Biden speaking at Broward College in Coconut Creek, Florida on October 29, 2020. Biden for President / Flickr

Skift Take: Despite the travel industry’s continued growth from the Obama administration into the first three years of the Trump era, its leaders found themselves apologizing for the president’s offensive comments, discriminatory policies and lack of planning. The hopeful normalcy of a Biden administration will be a welcome relief.

— Jason Clampet

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