Hospitality Schools Weigh the Pandemic’s Long-Term Impact on Travel Curriculum

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Universities with hospitality schools like Cornell (pictured) aren’t likely to make swift changes to curriculum in light of coronavirus. But the pandemic is a hot topic within every classroom. sach1tb / Wikimedia

Skift Take: It will take years for pandemic strategy to show up as a central part of any major hospitality school curriculum, but coronavirus today is still a central part of any classroom — virtual or otherwise.

— Cameron Sperance

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Money to Travel, Just Not Booking Yet: Amadeus Consumer Poll

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The Upper House Hotel in Hong Kong. The world’s leisure travelers are planning trips again, but their responses to a survey released by Amadeus on Wednesday show a thirst for vacations. Swire Hotels

Skift Take: The year has been so horrible for the travel sector that it can be easy to forget about consumers’ pent-up demand to explore the world. This survey is a helpful reminder.

— Sean O’Neill

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Hilton, Hyatt and Others Pull Back the Curtain on Making Hygiene More Than Theater

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Critics argue safety measures like temperature checks are more theatrical than effective against the spread of coronavirus. Hotel brands say they help build guest confidence. NeferJanah Meistrup / Wikimedia

Skift Take: Strong communication and decision-making power at the local level are key to making heightened hotel cleaning measures succeed in an ever-changing pandemic information environment.

— Cameron Sperance

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What Happens When a Massive Wave of Hotels Default?

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Some hotels like Chicago’s Palmer House (pictured) are facing foreclosure, but real estate attorneys see alternative options for struggling owners. ThreeIfByBike / Flickr

Skift Take: The hotel industry is struggling under months of cratered occupancy and revenue. But there may be a way to avoid foreclosure with the bank — as long as your hotel was doing fine before the pandemic.

— Cameron Sperance

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JetBlue Founder Delays Launch of His New Airline to 2021 Starting in Southeastern U.S.

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A Breeze Airways Embraer E195. The airline expects to start flying in 2021. Breeze Airways

Skift Take: At some point, the U.S. airline industry will have a robust recovery. But given the depth of the Covid-19 pandemic, it is unlikely this will happen next year. Breeze Airways may have a rough go at first.

— Brian Sumers

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