Travel News: February 12, 2020


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American Airlines Extends Suspension of Flights to China, Hong Kong
Travel Pulse

American Airlines has extended its suspension of flights between two of its U.S. hubs and mainland China and Hong Kong amid ongoing concerns due to the coronavirus outbreak.

The carrier, which isn’t alone in temporarily halting Asia-bound flights this winter, cited a “reduction in demand” for the latest update, which grounds flights between Dallas-Fort Worth and Los Angeles and mainland China—including Shanghai and Beijing—and Hong Kong through late April.

Tourism Australia provides bushfire updates
Travel Weekly
Although Australia’s bushfires have “abated significantly” thanks to firefighters’ efforts and recent rains, the country’s tourism industry will need the U.S. travel industry’s help with recovery as well as with “debunking the myths” about the fires’ impact on its landscape, representatives from Australia said during an informational session for travel consortia and media.

Calling out bad behavior becomes part of Southwest’s pre-flight announcement
If you’re already asleep during the pre-flight announcements, you’re likely to miss it.
Southwest Airlines is asking passengers to report any “unwelcome behavior” on their aircraft to the flight attendants on duty.
As of January 22, it’s now part of the airline’s required pre-flight emergency briefing and demonstration, right after the instructions about operating oxygen masks.

Singapore Braces for 30% Tourism Drop After Virus Outbreak
Singapore could see a 25% to 30% decline in tourist arrivals and spending this year because of the coronavirus outbreak, as the industry braces for a worse impact than the 2003 SARS pandemic, the city’s tourism chief said.

The city-state is losing about 18,000 to 20,000 tourists a day, and the figures could plummet further if the situation persists for longer, Keith Tan, chief executive of Singapore Tourism Board, said in an interview with Bloomberg TV.


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