How Top Travel Destinations Were Impacted By the Coronavirus Pandemic

Noble Horvath

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla., Sept. 17, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — Six months ago, the World Health Organization declared the coronavirus outbreak a global pandemic, impacting travel worldwide.

Data from travel insurance comparison site, Squaremouth, reveals how travel to top tourist destinations has been affected since COVID-19 was declared a pandemic.

Drastic Decrease in Travel to International Destinations

Prior to COVID-19, international trips made up 86% of all insured travel, but in the six months following the pandemic declaration, international trips account for only 47% of insured travel.

 

Top 10 Destinations

6 Months Prior to Pandemic Declaration

% Change in Number of Travelers

Post-Pandemic Declaration

US

+7.48%

Mexico

-75.15%

Italy

-93.89%

France

-90.78%

Canada

-74.92%

Spain

-93.16%

UK

-84.27%

The Bahamas

-83.53%

Israel

-86.55%

Costa Rica

-91.64%

Accessible Destinations Replace Europe For American Travelers

European countries accounted for half of the top ten international destinations for American travelers prior to COVID-19.

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Sorry, but your beloved L.A. holiday event has probably been canceled. Blame coronavirus

Noble Horvath

Does anyone remember summer 2020? Because somehow, our novel coronavirus spring of masks and marching came and went and suddenly, we’re facing Labor Day, the bittersweet three-day weekend when we traditionally celebrate the last few moments of beach and barbecue while looking ahead to that magical pumpkin-spice time of year, when we’re all cookies and candies and anticipation of holiday delights.



a close up of a fruit: This is the time of year when we typically start thinking about traditional fall festivities — such as pumpkin carving. (Ross May / Los Angeles Times; Getty Images)


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This is the time of year when we typically start thinking about traditional fall festivities — such as pumpkin carving. (Ross May / Los Angeles Times; Getty Images)

Except it’s 2020, remember? Our through-the-looking-glass pandemic year when nothing is as it should be, nor will be, because in case you didn’t get the memo, most of the traditional holiday events and beloved light shows that enliven the last quarter of the year have already been canceled.

In other words,

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Asia’s coronavirus ‘travel bubbles’ fail to form, and travelers face a long winter at home

Noble Horvath

With the end of the year approaching, travelers holding onto hope they may still get to enjoy a quick winter escape in Asia are facing some hard truths right now.



a small boat in a body of water: In this photo taken on August 18, 2020 a taxi boat is anchored along an empty beach in Chalok Baan Kao Bay in Koh Tao island in the Gulf of Thailand.


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In this photo taken on August 18, 2020 a taxi boat is anchored along an empty beach in Chalok Baan Kao Bay in Koh Tao island in the Gulf of Thailand.

Christmas on the beach in Phuket? Highly unlikely — unless you’re willing to quarantine in a hotel for two weeks first.

Lunar New Year in Bali next February? Don’t book those flights just yet.



a group of people lying on a sandy beach: Though closed to international tourism, Bali remains open to domestic tourists.


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Though closed to international tourism, Bali remains open to domestic tourists.

The list of countries in the region that are off limits to most leisure travel remains long and, according to the experts, is likely to remain that way for some time yet.

In early

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Coronavirus: Non-essential travel could be restricted in Ireland

Noble Horvath
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image captionThe department of health in the Republic will present the options to the government

Options are being prepared for the Irish government on how to restrict non-essential travel from countries outside the UK and European Union, according to the Republic’s health minister.

Stephen Donnelly said he was “concerned about high rates” of coronavirus in some countries, in a tweet on Sunday.

The number of travel-related cases in Ireland is currently thought to be low.

However, Mr Donnelly said “the risk is increasing”.

According to the minister, his department will finish the proposals “as soon as possible” and present them to government for discussion.

On Friday,

restrictions were put in place in Kildare, Laois and Offaly restricting residents from traveling beyond those counties, except in limited circumstances.

Speaking after they

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NWA MLK Council event offers coronavirus tests and voter registration

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STA Travel becomes latest casualty of coronavirus crisis | Travel & leisure

Noble Horvath

STA Travel, which offered package tours for backpackers and adventurous young people, has become the latest business to cease trading because of the coronavirus pandemic. The travel company employed around 500 staff in 50 high street branches across the UK and at its central London headquarters.

A statement posted on its Twitter account read: “To our valued customers, due to the recent announcement that STA Travel UK has ceased trading, unfortunately our team are unable to assist you at this time.

“Please be assured that if you had a previous booking with us, or hold a live booking, you will receive further communication in the coming days. We are sorry for the inconvenience and the limited information available to you at this time.”

The company, which went into administration on Thursday, was licensed to carry around 30,000 package holidaymakers a year under its Air Travel Organiser’s Licence (Atol) bond.

A

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Chatham Township Mayor: Spike in Coronavirus Cases Prompted 5-Day Suspension of Recreation Sports; Fields Reopened Wednesday

Noble Horvath

CHATHAM, NJ – In his message to residents, Chatham Township Mayor Michael Kelly explained that a spike in Coronavirus cases caused recreation programs in both Chatham Borough and Chatham Township to be suspended for five days. The suspension was lifted on Wednesday.

“A few hours of ill-advised partying has undone the school district’s entire summer of planning, preparing and investing for the start of classes in September,” Kelly said in his message. “A five-day pause in recreation sports pales into insignificance by comparison.”

A back-to-school party has been blamed for 12 to 16 Chatham High Students contracting the virus, and shutting down in-person instruction at the high school until Sept. 29.

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Kelly noted that there was a spike of 21 cases over six days in

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Australia should introduce a new skilled migrant visa as part of coronavirus recovery, report finds

Noble Horvath

Australia should capitalise on tighter migration restrictions in place across the world and promote skilled migration as part of its coronavirus recovery, an industry report has found. 

A new study from the Committee for the Economic Development of Australia (CEDA), released on Monday, has urged the federal government to introduce a new “intra-company transfer” visa to assist multinational businesses in expanding their operations to Australia.

The report also found Australia’s success in managing COVID-19 had made the country an attractive option for international students and skilled migrants, but issues with the system needed to be fixed “over the next few months” to reap the full benefits.

“We should use this period to improve on our skilled migration system to ensure that when the borders open up again, Australia is the destination of choice for the best and brightest,” CEDA chief economist Jarrod Ball said.

“While many countries will try to

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The Grand Tour will still travel the world after coronavirus

Noble Horvath
(L-R) Richard Hammond, Jeremy Clarkson and James May have been dubbed ‘fearless’ (Picture: WireImage)

The Grand Tour fans are in luck as it’s been confirmed that the show, fronted by Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond and James May, will be as grand as ever following coronavirus.

It’s no secret that all shows have been hit hard by the pandemic, with fans naturally worrying about the car show, which sees the hosts travelling around the world, especially given the current travel restrictions.

However, Amazon’s Director of European Originals, Georgia Brown, insisted fans have got nothing to worry about.

She said at Edinburgh TV Festival (via Radio Times): ‘Of all of our talent, these guys are fearless. They will go anywhere, they will do anything. So no, it continues. We have more Grand Tour coming, we have more of their individual projects coming.

‘Every single show has been impacted, but it’s not stopping

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How to vacation in Israel in August during the summer of coronavirus

Noble Horvath
There’s nothing Israelis like to do better in August than leave the country.

The summertime heat is oppressive, state-subsidized Israeli summer camps have closed by then and many companies encourage or even require employees to take off a certain number of days during the month.

But this year, with the coronavirus pandemic raging, Israelis are trapped. The European Union, the preferred summertime tourist destination for most Israelis, bars visitors from Israel because of the country’s high COVID-19 infection rate. Airplane travel anywhere represents an elevated risk, given the impossibility of social distancing. And Israelis can’t really leave their country by car. (Neighboring Egypt and Jordan, the only border countries with which Israel isn’t in a perpetual state of war, are considered off-limits due to security risks and those countries’ own coronavirus outbreaks.)

More than ever, Israel feels like an island.

Arab critics often deride Israel as living a fantasy that
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