France’s Ban on Non-Essential Travel Cuts Number of Air Passengers in Half in a Week

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A ban on non-essential travel in France has greatly reduced air travel into the country, leaving airports like De Gaulle (pictured) in Paris even more desolate. Terry / Flickr

Skift Take: Trying to avoid having to impose a third lockdown, France has put in place new border restrictions, which are a good move for the country’s citizens. For the airlines? Not so much.

— Tom Lowry

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U.S. Hotel Jobs Recovery Stalls, Unemployment Rises

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The U.S. hotel unemployment rate jumped more than 4 percent in January due to a longer-than-expected travel recovery. Elizabeth Backus / Flickr

Skift Take: The slow winter travel season, delayed vaccination schedules, and people giving up on hotel jobs are pushing the hospitality sector unemployment figures up once again. More vaccines can speed up the recovery (the industry hopes).

— Cameron Sperance

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Hotels Hope Profits Are Cooking in the Ghost Kitchen Business

Graduate Hotels

The Graduate Berkeley (pictured) is the first to host a multi-branded ghost kitchen in a partnership between parent company Graduate Hotels and C3. Graduate Hotels

Skift Take: The pandemic has produced unlikely partnerships between the hotel and office sectors, but the longevity is up for debate. The ghost kitchen pairing between hotels and an outside food operator may actually stick for years to come, as it solves a pre-pandemic revenue loss problem.

— Cameron Sperance

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Collinson, Singapore Airlines, and Mandarin Oriental Consider Travel’s Safe, Long-Term Return in Asia-Pacific

Skift Take: The vaccine rollout is fueling optimism among Asia-Pacific’s travelers and the region’s travel industry. But until inoculations are widespread and the right systems for recognizing official health documents are in place globally, extra layers of protection — such as testing — remain key to traveler health and safety.

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Travel Megatrends 2025: Work From Anywhere Spurs a New Type of Business Travel

Meetingsbooker.com launched a remote workspaces solution to facilitate the booking of local workspaces for teams working from home.

Skift Take: By 2025, it turned out employees were happy to give up the office, but they wholeheartedly fought to keep some kind of physical interaction with coworkers.

— Matthew Parsons

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The Persistent Pilot Squeeze and 9 Other Top Travel Stories This Week

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In the past,Qantas has cooperated with Australian universities on pilot training. A shortage of pilots is a global problem. Qantas

Skift Take: In its top travel stories this week, Skift covered the airline pilot shortage, ghost kitchens, diversity and inclusion initiatives, and the emergence of TUI Musement in tours and activities.

— Dennis Schaal

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Loyalty Goes Both Ways in a Pandemic When Airlines Exit Markets

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After announcing its exit from long-haul flights due to the pandemic, Norwegian Air on Monday issued a pause to its frequent flyer loyalty reward program affecting millions of passengers worldwide. Skift

Skift Take: Many global airlines have reduced long-haul flights or exited markets altogether due to the pandemic, but more often than not their loyalty points have an expiration date. Now is a really good time for airlines to put customers first and adjust their valuable currency — or risk losing their loyalty.

— Ruthy Muñoz

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