Omicron unravels travel industry’s hopes for a comeback

A new variant of COVID-19 has already skittish tourism businesses bracing for another crushing blow. Travelers also have had to prepare for abrupt changes in plans.


National News

December 1, 2021 - 9:59 AM

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Tourism businesses that were just finding their footing after nearly two years of devastation wrought by the COVID-19 pandemic are being rattled again as countries throw up new barriers to travel in an effort to contain the omicron variant.

From shopping districts in Japan and tour guides in the Holy Land to ski resorts in the Alps and airlines the world over, a familiar dread is rising about the renewed restrictions. 

Meanwhile, travelers eager to get out there have been thrown back into the old routine of reading up on new requirements and postponing trips.

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