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Marriott and Accor CEOs Disagree on How Quickly Europe’s Hotels Will Recover

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The CEOs of Accor and Marriott disagree on whether European hotels are too dependent on long-haul travel to recover quickly from coronavirus. Jim Trodel / Flickr

Skift Take: As long as Europe can create a strong network of travel bubbles or reopen as much of the Schengen Area without coronavirus travel restrictions, its hotel recovery timeline may surprise hotel executives like Marriott’s Arne Sorenson.

— Cameron Sperance

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Tours and Attractions Pursue New Hygiene Regimes to Coronavirus Recovery

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The coronavirus pandemic is forcing tour operators and attractions to heighten their health and sanitation protocols, like this zipline attraction from El Nido Resorts in Palawan in the Philippines . Miniloc / Adobe

Skift Take: Tourism is now having its OCD moment in the face of the coronavirus. Will new sanitation protocols in the tourism sector buy peace of mind for travelers post-pandemic or usher in a new age of travel anxiety?

— Xinyi Liang-Pholsena

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Hotel CEOs Say Protests Are Our ‘Call to Action’ to Do More to Promote Racial Justice

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Several U.S. hotel company CEOs Tuesday said they support ongoing peaceful protests against racial inequality. Fibonacci Blue / Wikimedia

Skift Take: U.S. hotel leaders say repeated examples of prejudice and racial inequality are a call for them to do more given their diverse workforces. What materializes from such a call? A whole world is waiting.

— Cameron Sperance

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Greek Hotels Reopened Monday to Uncertain Summer Travel Season

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Greek hotel operators were able to reopen properties Monday, but that doesn’t mean demand levels justify resumed operations. Pedro Szekely / Flickr

Skift Take: Greece’s tourism sector is technically reopened to business, but a normal level of operation hinges on demand giving hoteliers a reason to resume business at temporarily shuttered properties.

— Cameron Sperance

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Marriott CEO: Virtual Meetings and Remote Work Won’t Hurt Hotels Permanently

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Marriott President and CEO Arne Sorenson doesn’t anticipate coronavirus to have a different impact on the hotel industry than any other economic crisis has in the last 30 years. Manningmbd / Wikimedia

Skift Take: Marriott’s Arne Sorenson is optimistic that hotels will eventually go back to pre-coronavirus performance levels, but the biggest uncertainty remains over how long group travel fears will prevent business from a full rebound.

— Cameron Sperance

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Airlines Will Tap New Tech in These Uncertain Times to Make It Easier to Change Restricted Tickets

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A passenger checks in for a JetBlue flight. JetBlue

Skift Take: Many travelers no longer want to take some trips this year for various reasons, even if their flights haven’t been canceled. A new automated solution will speed up the pace at which airlines can rebook passengers by overriding the restrictions on tickets bought before the crisis.

— Sean O’Neill

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