Japan Wants to Pay for Part of Domestic Travel To Boost Tourism

By Jason Cochran

Posted on 05/26/2020, 3:00 PM

Hiroshi Tabata, chief of the Japanese Tourism Agency, announced in a press conference his intention to help revive visitation to his country by discounting vacations there. Tokyo's Summer Olympic Games won't happen in 2020 and may not even be realized in 2021, so Japan is mounting a lavish plan to stimulate tourism through other means. Details are still being sketched out and there is no start ...

Portugal Reopens to Tourism June 6, but with an Odd Twist

By Pauline Frommer

Posted on 05/19/2020, 2:00 PM

Update, June 30: Portugal has updated its policy to conform to recommendations by the European Union. Americans are no longer welcomed. For complete information, see our feature about the rules of entry for most European countries.  Like many countries in Europe, Portugal will reopen to nonessential travel (i.e., tourism) soon. But unlike its neighbors, Portugal is basing its decisions about w...

Las Vegas Casinos Planning to Reopen—But They Won't Be the Same

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 05/15/2020, 3:00 PM

There is still no reopening date for the Las Vegas Strip.  The casinos along that normally overbusy thoroughfare are waiting for the go-ahead from Nevada Gov. Steve Sisolak and the Nevada Gaming Control Board.  But in the meantime, nearly three dozen Strip properties have taken a very on-brand gamble by opening reservations for as soon as May 22, the Friday before Memorial Day.  Among the...

Pauline Frommer: Social Distancing Inspires Creativity at Restaurants

By Pauline Frommer

Posted on 05/15/2020, 1:00 PM

What's the new specialty at some of the world's restaurants? Extreme theatricality. In an attempt to shield customers from the buzzkill of social distancing, restaurateurs are getting mighty creative. Earlier this week, Frommer's wrote about a Swedish farm-turned-eatery and its nightly solo dinner service. That's just the beginning of a worldwide trend in innovation. At Cafe & Kondito...

If Americans Want to Travel Again, They'll Fight for On-Demand Testing

By Jason Cochran

Posted on 05/14/2020, 12:00 PM

Countries around the world are making plans for welcoming international tourists again. Austria: Tourists must quarantine for two weeks—unless they can show recent proof of a negative Covid-19 test. Iceland: Tourists must quarantine for two weeks—unless they can show recent proof of a negative Covid-19 test. Greece: Tourists must present proof of a clean bill of health for entry. As th...

Despite What They Say, Airlines Are Not Enforcing Mask Use

By Jason Cochran

Posted on 05/13/2020, 4:00 PM

This spring, news about U.S. airlines has followed a familiar pattern. First, the airlines trumpet a new safety measure that the news media repeats, generating a round of praise. Then someone exposes the announcement as a sham. Airlines tell customers they can cancel flight reservations—only to refuse to issue cash refunds. Airlines announce they will leave middle seats open—only to renege o...

Europe Has a Plan to Save Summer Travel—But Will Non-Europeans Be Welcome?

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 05/13/2020, 10:30 AM

The European Union laid out a plan today for salvaging the summer travel season—at least, for Europeans.  Facing bleak economic prospects due to a drying up of tourism amid the pandemic lockdown, the EU's governing body, the European Commmission, released a set of guidelines for reopening the continent's internal borders and restarting travel infrastructure. The main thrust of the commission...

Enough Is Enough: Let American Cruise Workers Go Home

By Jason Cochran

Posted on 05/07/2020, 2:00 PM

In March, the U.S. Coast Guard helped more than 265,000 passengers leave cruise ships and get home. Crew members, however, were forced to remain aboard. About 80,000 crew members are still there, floating in international waters off the U.S. coast, unable to go home. In the TV news clip below, aired on Kansas City–based station KMBC, five perfectly healthy U.S. citizens describe what it's li...

Better Buy a Watch: Your Travel Future Will Be Timed

By Jason Cochran

Posted on 05/06/2020, 6:00 PM

Travel is still shut down, but the coronavirus has already changed it. New social distancing measures have forced attractions around the world to look at entrance procedures anew. Before reopening, those attractions must figure out ways to manage crowds better so we can all have our personal space. Timed tickets are about to be the new normal. And the dominance of timed tickets won't fade...

Greece Announces a Bold Concept to Open Soon. Now, About That Plan...

By Pauline Frommer

Posted on 05/05/2020, 8:00 AM

Greece has been comparatively lucky this spring, with some of the lowest infection rates and fatality numbers in Europe (144 deaths in a population of 11 million). With that in mind, and since its curve seems to be flattening, Greece partially reopened May 4, putting hair salons and small retail back into service.  And in a move that puts the country at the forefront of European tourism, Gre...

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