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Hong Kong’s Restart Prompts Warnings Over Rising Corporate Travel Costs

Once China does reopen, experts warn demand will outstrip supply as airlines try to ramp up their reduced capacity. It may also be difficult to obtain seats to a desired destination, while airport staff and ground handling could be another issue.Matthew Parsons (Skift)

Europe’s Hotels Risk Lights Out in Energy Crisis Spawned by Ukraine War

Nearly every hotelier across the Continent is planning for soaring energy costs. Russia has slashed the supply of natural gas — which is critical for generating electricity and heat for many European businesses. Energy prices are at historic highs as countries work to boost supply. While European lawmakers promise about $280 billion (€280 billion) in relief to businesses and consumers, the crisis appears to be outpacing the planned aid.Sean O’Neill (Skift)

The Re-Reinvention of the Travel Agent

Back to the Future.Žiga Sancin

Transatlantic Travel Rebound Faces an Unwelcome Slowdown

The surge in demand, however, comes at a time when carriers on both sides of the Atlantic are grappling with staffing shortages, forcing them to cut capacity. In Europe, widespread labor strife, including short-term strikes by cabin crew over pay, has left passengers facing long-lines and flight cancellations. That’s raising questions over whether airlines and even airports have enough resources to meet increased demand. Transatlantic traffic has already reached 85 percent of 2019 levels, according to aviation analytics company Cirium.Allison Lampert and Rajesh Kumar Singh (Reuters)

Upscale Hotels Bet on Personalization That Goes Deeper

True hotel luxury means choosing what my hotel room looks and feels like. It means a hotel room where I feel at home — or stimulated by a very different environment.Maud Bury

TAP Air Portugal CEO Says Airline Passengers Will Wear Masks Forever

We have put into place so many additional protocols. I am absolutely convinced they will stay forever.Christine Ourmières-Widener (TAP Air Portugal)

European Union Struggles to Reach Consensus on Covid Travel Rules

I have only seen that closing borders is in any case not the solution.Xavier Bettel (Luxembourg’s Prime Minister)

Iceland’s Genius Parody of Mark Zuckerberg’s Metaverse to Woo Tourists

Through humor and sarcasm against the backdrop of Iceland’s wide open green landscapes and northern lights, the scenes remind viewers what they crave the most and should reconnect with: real humans, real nature, real experiences — and not the world of social media.Lebawit Lily Girma (Skift)

Heathrow Airport Is ‘a Greed Monopoly Hub’: Global Airlines Group Chief

Since leaving British Airways parent company IAG last year to run the International Air Transport Association, Walsh has continued to bang the drum against passenger charges at Britain’s busiest airport.Sarah Young (Reuters)

Southwest Airlines Warns Covid Variants Could Wipe Out Profits This Fall

Southwest Airlines Co became the first big U.S. carrier to warn of a hit from the more infectious Delta variant of the coronavirus on Wednesday, saying it may not be profitable in the current quarter.Abhijith Ganapavaram and Sanjana Shivdas (Reuters)

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