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Second Half Blues and 12 Other Coronavirus Travel Stories This Week

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Skift Take: In coronavirus travel stories this week, Skift covered the prospect of a disappointing second half of 2020, travel managers assessing the worth of sending employees on trips, whether hostels in Singapore are doomed, and how under-visited destinations may get a boost in the recovery.

— Dennis Schaal

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Pandemic Costs Africa Nearly $55 Billion in Lost Travel and Tourism

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An elephant grazes among wildebeests and zebras during a census at the Amboseli National Park, 290 km (188 miles) southeast of Kenya’s capital Nairobi, October 9, 2013. Thomas Mukoya

Skift Take: The pandemic threatens an economic whiplash in Africa that could be worse than the disease itself. But the upside for wildlife is that trophy hunting has nearly stopped.

— Sean O’Neill

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U.S. Hospitality Jobs Rose Sharply in June But Hotels Still Operating With Half the Staff

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While the overall U.S. leisure and hospitality unemployment rate fell to 29 percent in June, the hotel sector still faces 43 percent unemployment. Andrewrabbott / Wikimedia

Skift Take: A strong jobs report is a good sign for the U.S. economy but may hinder hotel organizations in their push for further government stimulus.

— Cameron Sperance

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