Hong Kong’s Top Tourism Executive Plans Marketing Blitz to Revive Travel by July

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Hong Kong’s top tourism executive plans to promote the city in new markets like India in his quest to revive inbound travel by July. Estial / https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Hong_Kong_Skyscrapers.jpg

Skift Take: Given Hong Kong’s decimated tourist appeal due to coronavirus and months of anti-government protests, the Hong Kong Tourism Board has several obstacles to clear ahead of a recovery.

— Cameron Sperance

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Leisure Travel Comes Back First as Drive-To Rather than Fly-To: Pebblebrook Hotel Trust CEO

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Pebblebrook Hotel Trust operates 56 upscale hotels across the U.S., including the Liberty Hotel in Boston (pictured). Most of the company’s hotels have closed due to coronavirus. Ben W. / Flickr

Skift Take: It’s hard to expect a V-shaped rebound for the hotel industry, but improvements to coronavirus testing could accelerate the L-shaped recovery, anticipates Jon Bortz, the CEO of a large hotel ownership group.

— Cameron Sperance

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String of Crises Puts Asian Hotelier Ovolo’s Brand of Creativity to Test

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Ovolo Hotels’ new social hour trolley service delivers drinks to guests seeking isolation time in their rooms. Ovolo Hotels

Skift Take: There’s no avoiding the blow the coronavirus pandemic is causing the hospitality sector. Creative marketing could be one way to soften the pain for hoteliers while they strategize their business continuity plans amid the crisis.

— Xinyi Liang-Pholsena

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Chinese Travelers Vacation Close to Home After Coronavirus Brought Under Control

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Travelers with their luggage walk past the Hankou railway station in Wuhan, China. Wuhan lifted its 11-week lockdown on April 8, allowing residents to travel in and out of the city. Ng Han Guan / Associated Press

Skift Take: In the longer run, will the prospect of being quarantined upon their return from overseas holidays deter Chinese travelers from venturing abroad?

— Xinyi Liang-Pholsena

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Airbnb’s Valuation Almost Halved to $18 Billion

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Joe Gebbia, Airbnb co-Founder, gives a speech after signing​ a nine-year, five-Games partnership with the International Olympic Committee, at Japan House, London. The games were subsequently postponed. Airbnb

Skift Take: Love it or hate it, you can hardly blame Airbnb for a deflated valuation, although not all of the plunge is coronavirus-related. The pain that is infecting travel and other companies at this moment is boundless.

— Dennis Schaal

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