2020 Archive
Internet Travel With Context
When Joe Brancatelli launched JoeSentMe two weeks after 9/11, it was all he could do to get his own columns, Brancatelli File and Tactical Traveler, posted. When he decided to keep the site running, however, one of the first things he created was the Travel Newsstand. At the time, it was aimed at linking to all the travel news and commentary sites on the Web. Now it is Joe's way of linking to useful travel stories that appear elsewhere on the Internet.

MAY 23: CORONAVIRUS DAILY SPECIAL
Read all about it! As the national Coronavirus death toll surges past the 85,000 90,000 95,000 96,000 mark, all eyes are on the states that opened quickly. Will their infection and death rates spike? Asia deals with zero tourism as bans on visitors continue. European countries sweat the decisions to open to some tourism. Flying is still down more than 90 percent compared to 2019, but surges for Memorial Day. Here's how we're covering it.

MAY 16: CORONAVIRUS DAILY SPECIAL
Read all about it! The nationwide Coronavirus death toll surges past the 75,000 80,000 85,000 88,000 mark. European countries make plans for slow, phased openings. The United States is more chaotic. Airlines and airports go beyond masks to temperature checks. Travel is picking up--if you squint and squeeze the numbers. Here's how we're covering it.

MAY 9: CORONAVIRUS DAILY SPECIAL
Read all about it! The nationwide Coronavirus death toll surges past the 65,000 70,000 75,000 78,000 mark. We enter the era of the masked flyer. New York closes its subways for the first time ever. Airline losses keep piling up. Traffic doesn't. Here's how we're covering it.

MAY 2: CORONAVIRUS DAILY SPECIAL
Read all about it! The nationwide Coronavirus death toll surges past the 50,000 55,000 60,000 65,000 66,000 mark. Some states loosen restrictions while European countries will keep things closed into the summer. U.S. airline traffic begins to nudge up as airline earnings plunge. Here's how we're covering it.

APRIL 25: CORONAVIRUS DAILY SPECIAL
Read all about it! The nationwide Coronavirus death toll surges past the 35,000 40,000 45,000 50,000 52,000 mark, but progress is made in Italy, Spain, Austria and France. Governors start opening their states. Airlines begin to declare bankruptcy and the first tranche of first-quarter financial results are brutal. Here's how we're covering it.

APRIL 18: CORONAVIRUS DAILY SPECIAL
Read all about it! U.S. governors talk about when the states can reopen even as nationwide Coronavirus deaths surge past the 20,000 25,000 30,000 35,000 mark. Airlines whine about the terms of the bailout money they get from the nation's taxpayers. And only fools and self-important pundits know anything about the future of travel. Here's how we're covering it.

APRIL 11: CORONAVIRUS DAILY SPECIAL
Read all about it! As the world convulses with the waves of Coronavirus, the toll on the travel industry is revealed. Remaining flights are essentially empty, airports are shutting terminals and business travelers have no where to go--and aren't in a rush to get there. Here's how we're covering it.

APRIL 4: CORONAVIRUS DAILY SPECIAL
Read all about it! Domestic travel is down more than 90 percent from last year. More states impose stay-at-home orders. The death toll in Italy and Spain continues to skyrocket. And doctors and nurses are scrambling for supplies to help Coronavirus patients--and protect themselves. Here's how we're covering it.

MARCH 28: CORONAVIRUS DAILY SPECIAL
Read all about it! The new normal? International transit airports barring transit passengers. U.S. states demanding arrivals from other U.S. states quarantine themselves on arrival. U.S. passenger volume dropping by 90 percent in a matter of days. Here's how we're covering it.

MARCH 21: CORONAVIRUS DAILY SPECIAL
Read all about it! The world is closing--and we watch in personal and transportation isolation. Countries are closing borders, airlines are all but shut and hotels are putting the keys in the door. Here's how we're covering it.

MARCH 14: CORONAVIRUS DAILY SPECIAL
Read all about it! Italy, Spain, France and Israel shut down. Other countries close their borders as the United States preps for what's to come. The Trump Administration botches the roll out of a ban on "all travel from Europe." U.S. carriers begin cutting service to the bone. Here's how it's happening.

MARCH 7: CORONAVIRUS DAILY SPECIAL
Read all about it! Italy emerges as the new Coronavirus hotspot so airlines begin making huge service cuts there. Meanwhile, Chinese airlines resume some flying. The chief rabbi of Israel says don't kiss the mezuzah. The travel industry starts tallying the financial damage. Here's how it's happening.

FEBRUARY 29: CORONAVIRUS DAILY SPECIAL
Read all about it! The Coronavirus spreads around the globe. Japan, South Korea and Italy are hit hard and airlines quickly drop their flights. Tourism disappears and companies begin telling employees to curtail business travel. The Tokyo Summer Olympics may be threatened. Airlines begin rolling out gimmicky fee waivers to nervous flyers. Here's how it's happening.

FEBRUARY 14: CORONAVIRUS DAILY SPECIAL
Read all about it! The spread of the Coronavirus is still mostly affecting mainland China, but Hong Kong, Macao and Taiwan are losing flights and visitors, too. But as Chinese tourists stay home, the travel industry learns how much they mean to airline traffic, cruise ships and hotels. Here's how it's happening.

JANUARY 31: CORONAVIRUS DAILY SPECIAL
Read all about it! As the Coronavirus worsens, airlines have reacted by slashing service to Hong Kong and mainland China. Retailers and food-service giants such as McDonald's are closing locations, too. And neighboring countries are closing their borders. Here's how it's happening.

JANUARY 23: ON THE NEWSSTAND
Read all about it! Everything you need to know about the Coronavirus, the city where it started and how airlines and airports are reacting. Three creeps (and $82,000 in cash) on a plane. The best passport to carry, best place to retire and healthiest capital cities in Europe. From our archives: airport agonistes and awful Amtrak, then and now. And much more.

JANUARY 9: ON THE NEWSSTAND
Read all about it! Japan worries about 7-Eleven, ubiquitous convenience stores that operate 24/7/365. The Trump Organization tries to cash in on the Old Post Office Building in Washington. Montreal's classic French bistro and Gander's magnificent mid-century airport lounge. Recycling hotel soap. Emirates' extra-profitable short-haul route. And much more.