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Coronavirus Ends Dreams to Hike Entire 2,200-Mile Appalachian Trail

Alexandra Eagle and Jonathan Hall will not be able to complete their goal of hiking the entire stretch of the Appalachian Trail. Sarah Blake Morgan / Associated PressSkift Take: Even the remote stretches of the Maine-to-Georgia Appalachian Trail aren't enough to assuage concerns about the pandemic. The trail was closed last week, ending the ambitions of hikers looking to go the distance. — Tom Lowry Read the Complete Story On Skift

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What to expect on an East African Safari?

This is a sponsored post in collaboration with Contiki. All thoughts and opinions are mine. In January 2020 we got the opportunity to travel on Contiki’s East Africa Safari, a 12 day adventure through Kenya and Tanzania. Growing up with the Lion King as one my favourite childhood movies, I always dreamed of seeing these animals in the wild and this was the perfect trip to achieve that. Nairobi, Kenya We started off our adventures at the Jacaranda Hotel in Kenya’s Capital and largest city, Nairobi. We flew in two nights earlier since we knew, coming from Western Canada, our jet lag would be pretty rough. We were correct, and very glad we had a couple days to recover and relax before heading out on our tour. It also gave us a chance to pick up a local...

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Asia’s Travel Advisors Caught in the Middle of Cancellation Quandary

In their role as travel intermediaries, travel agents are caught between a rock and a hard place as they assist their customers to seek refunds from suppliers like airlines, hotels and attractions. Mark Schiefelbein / Associated PressSkift Take: The coronavirus crisis accentuates the value of travel advisors as much as it highlights their plight as go-betweens in the tourism sector. But a bigger question looms: Will these travel intermediaries in Asia survive the onslaught of this latest crisis? — Xinyi Liang-PholsenaRead the Complete Story On Skift

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Travel Advisors Deal With Torrent of Spring Break Cancellations, Vacation Swaps

One travel advisor's clients from New Rochelle, New York, figured it would be safer to travel to Turks and Caicos than to stay home, where one of the U.S.' viral cluster outbreaks has formed. Pictured is an undated photo from Exhale Spa in Turks and Caicos. Exhale SpaSkift Take: Spring break travel is in wait-and-see mode as travel advisors field calls from clients rattled by the coronavirus pandemic. Some travelers are swapping their trips for “safer” spots like Hawaii, Florida, and the Caribbean. — Dennis SchaalRead the Complete Story On Skift

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Tourism Marketing’s Coronavirus Conundrum and 14 Top Tourism Stories This Week

Bamboo grove forest in Kyoto, Japan. Merchants in Kyoto’s Arashiyama neighborhood — which includes the bamboo forest, a tourist and Instagram hotspot — have created a series of posters depicting the area’s popular tourist attractions as empty. With hashtags that translate to #nopeople and #nowisthetime, it seems intended to encourage travelers to visit despite the perceived risks. vekidd / AdobeSkift Take: This week in tourism news, destination marketing organizations find themselves in a pickle. Should they carry on with promotional campaigns amid growing fears over coronavirus? Also, Skift launches a one-on-one interview series. Founder and CEO Rafat Ali candidly talks with industry leaders on travel's path forward as the world grapples with, and recovers from, the virus crisis. — Faye ChiuRead the Complete Story On Skift

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