Today is jour 46 of the France lockdown. Forty-six days of confinement.
I detoured to Nice on my way to Italy in March, hoping to avoid the worst of it. But a few days later, covid-19 slammed France with unexpected ferocity, and the entire country turned into a red zone.
Today my rented apartment in the Jean Médecin district is a cage. French police and military patrol the streets. My three teenage kids and I are only allowed out of the house for an hour a day.
Curfew starts at 8 p.m.
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What will it take to bring you back after the pandemic? Tourism officials want to know.
Here’s what they think will work:
✓ Interactive experiences like webcams and “virtual” bingo.
✓ Emails and videos about your favorite vacation destination.
✓ Hard work behind the scenes. Think “clean.”
But it may take more than that. The World Tourism Organization had projected that international tourism arrivals would grow 3 to 4 percent this year. It now estimates that arrivals could plummet by 20 to 30 percent because of the coronavirus. That’s a loss of $30 billion to $50 billion in spending.
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The coronavirus travel bargain was too good to pass up. For just $500, Danielle Tedrowe could enjoy a week at the five-star Live Aqua Beach Resort in Cancún, Mexico, this fall. “It was a phenomenal rate,” says Tedrowe, a property manager and travel agent from Austin, Texas.
An 80% discount for an oceanview room at the Live Aqua Beach? That’s not a deal; it’s a steal.
The travel industry is in a tailspin. Everything — I mean everything — is on sale.
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The coronavirus crisis is quickly turning into an airline ticket refund crisis. Travelers have slammed our help desk with questions about how to get a refund on a nonrefundable ticket.
You can sometimes get a full refund, even if your ticket is nonrefundable. But it’s often complicated.
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When is it safe to travel again? That’s the $570 billion question.
When the experts say so, that’s when. But figuring out who those experts are during the coronavirus crisis may be as difficult as finding a vaccine.
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