Airlines Urge U.S. and Britain to Trial Virus Testing for Flyers to Revive London-New York Route

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Passengers from international flights arrive at Heathrow Airport, following the outbreak of the coronavirus disease, London, Britain, July 29, 2020. Toby Melville / Reuters

Skift Take: Passenger testing could enable an “air bridge” between London and New York. Yet quick, accurate, and affordable tests remain rare.

— Sean O’Neill

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Gunmaker Smith & Wesson’s Parent Sees Opportunity With New RV Vacation Boom

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Anthony Lake in Baker County, Oregon. It’s in the Elkhorn Mountains of Northeast Oregon along the Elkhorn Scenic Byway just outside of Baker City. Baker County Tourism

Skift Take: Thanks to pandemic-driven demand for all thing in outdoor recreation, everyone’s hearing the call of the wild. Even gunmakers.

— Sean O’Neill

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The End of the Expat Lifestyle and How That Will Impact the Travel Industry

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One of the casualties of globalization, hyper-connectedness, direct flights, rising levels of nationalism — and a global pandemic — is most certainly the plum expat gig.  Merla / Adobe

Skift Take: As the cushy expat gigs wind down in the world, what is needed from a policy standpoint to attract the new generation of talented, remote workers who can go wherever they please? And what does it all mean for travel’s ecosystem?

— Colin Nagy

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Starwood CEO Touts Resiliency of Extended Stay Hotels During Pandemic

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Starwood Property Trust continues to see notably above-average performance in its extended stay hotel sector investments, like InTown Suites (pictured). InTown Suites / Wikimedia

Skift Take: Extended stay hotels may be strong performers for Starwood Property Trust and Barry Sternlicht, but it may be years before the investment firm looks to deploy capital further into other hospitality sectors.

— Cameron Sperance

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