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. When the virus hit this year, it became our way of delivering a daily update on travel conditions.

OCTOBER 24: CORONAVIRUS DAILY SPECIAL
Read all about it! More than 219,000 220,000 225,000 Americans have died during the virus pandemic and predictions for the next few months are dire. U.S. infection rates soar to mid-summer highs. Cruise lines consider reopening. The airlines and hotels try to imagine the future. Global lockdowns get more severe. Airlines face ugly numbers. And more.

OCTOBER 17: CORONAVIRUS DAILY SPECIAL
Read all about it! More than 214,000 215,000 219,000 Americans have died during the pandemic as the second wave takes hold around the world. Cities and countries eschew total lockdowns, but restrictions on daily life return. The airlines and hotel chains warn it will be years before 2019 travel patterns return. Airline third-quarter numbers are predictably dreary. And more. Here's how we're covering it.

OCTOBER 10: CORONAVIRUS DAILY SPECIAL
Read all about it! More than 209,000 210,000 214,000 Americans have died during the pandemic as a second wave engulfs many Western nations. Cities once past the worst of the Coronavirus begin new shutdowns. The White House Coronavirus crisis deepens. Airlines rethink international routes. And more. Here's how we're covering it.

OCTOBER 3: CORONAVIRUS DAILY SPECIAL
Read all about it! More than 204,000 205,000 209,000 Americans have died during the Coronavirus pandemic as global deaths pass one million. Airlines trim fall and winter transatlantic flights since there's little chance countries will open their borders to the United States. The White House becomes a Coronavirus hotspot. And more. Here's how we're covering it.

SEPTEMBER 26: CORONAVIRUS DAILY SPECIAL
Read all about it! More than 199,000 200,000 204,000 Americans have died during the Coronavirus pandemic. Airlines and hotels cut back because there is little traffic to support more optimistic approaches. Europe resumes some limited lockdowns. Airline bosses expect the worst. And more. Here's how we're covering it.

SEPTEMBER 19: CORONAVIRUS DAILY SPECIAL
Read all about it! More than 193,000 195,000 199,000 Americans have died during the virus pandemic as positive cases pass the 6.5-million mark. Countries that once "beat" the virus now experience second wave. Flying numbers fall as both business and leisure travel slows. Hotels are closing forever. Ground borders in North America remain closed. And more. Here's how we're covering it.

SEPTEMBER 12: CORONAVIRUS DAILY SPECIAL
Read all about it! More than 188,000 190,000 193,000 have died in the United States during the Covid-19 pandemic. Schools and universities continue to cancel or curtail in-person classes. Airlines press for another bailout, but the Senate omits it from its bill. The travel industry begins autumn cutbacks as the summer uptick flattens. And more. Here's how we're covering it.

SEPTEMBER 5: CORONAVIRUS DAILY SPECIAL
Read all about it! The United States has now passed 6 million confirmed cases and 182,000 185,000 188,000 dead. That's about 24 percent of the global cases and 20 percent of the death toll. We are 4 percent of the world's population. Meanwhile, more and more 2021 events are cancelled and travel dials back from a brief summer "high." And more. Here's how we're covering it.

AUGUST 29: CORONAVIRUS DAILY SPECIAL
Read all about it! The death toll from Coronavirus surges past 175,000 180,000 182,000 as European and Asian nations deal with resurgences of the virus. Flying hits the wall as daily traffic sags noticeably. Airlines globally begin to pull down service again. And more. Here's how we're covering it.

AUGUST 22: CORONAVIRUS DAILY SPECIAL
Read all about it! As the nation begins two weeks of Zoom-like political conventions, the death toll from Coronavirus surges past 169,000 175,000 176,000. As many places open, others shut back down. Travel continues to wobble: Airline passenger volume flattens, hotel occupancy rates remain far below 2019 levels. And more. Here's how we're covering it.

AUGUST 15: CORONAVIRUS DAILY SPECIAL
Read all about it! The U.S. Coronavirus death toll surges past 162,000 165,000 169,000. There are now more than 20 million cases worldwide and a quarter of them have been in the United States. Travel continues to be in an extended holding pattern as Americans fret about schools, the football season--and the post office. And more. Here's how we're covering it.

AUGUST 8: CORONAVIRUS DAILY SPECIAL
Read all about it! The U.S. Coronavirus death toll spikes dramatically as the nationwide tally surges past 155,000 160,000 162,000. Countries that thought they'd tamed the virus are scaling back activities just as the August vacation season kicks into high gear. U.S. carriers and hotels face the wreckage of a shrunken travel industry. And more. Here's how we're covering it.

AUGUST 1: CORONAVIRUS DAILY SPECIAL
Read all about it! The U.S. Coronavirus death toll surges past 146,000 150,000 154,000 as new cases and rising hospitalization rates tax hospitals in Florida, Texas and other Sunbelt states. European countries consider requirements for returning residents to test after holidays. The travel industry worries about the fragility--and shallow nature--of the "recovery." And more. Here's how we're covering it.

JULY 25: CORONAVIRUS DAILY SPECIAL
Read all about it! The U.S. Coronavirus death toll surges past 140,000 145,000 146,000 while infections rage out of control throughout the Sunbelt. Countries close their borders again and reopenings in the United States are rolled back or curtailed. The travel industry faces a hard reality: There's no V-shaped recovery. And more. Here's how we're covering it.

JULY 18: CORONAVIRUS DAILY SPECIAL
Read all about it! The U.S. Coronavirus death toll surges past 135,000 140,000 while countries such as New Zealand can declare themselves virus-free. New York City, however, said it had its first death-free day since mid-March. Meanwhile, Florida is the new global epicenter of Coronavirus. And more. Here's how we're covering it.

JULY 11: CORONAVIRUS DAILY SPECIAL
Read all about it! The U.S. Coronavirus death toll surges past 130,000 135,000 and new virus infections are rising around the nation and around the world. The question is now what a post-Fourth travel scene will look like as several states with key hubs--California, Arizona, Texas, Florida--report record-breaking infection numbers. And more. Here's how we're covering it.

JULY 4: CORONAVIRUS DAILY SPECIAL
Read all about it! The U.S. Coronavirus death toll surges past 126,000 130,000. As the Coronavirus rages throughout the South, reality sets in about the pace of any possible "recovery" and reopenings. Europe drops most of its intra-continental travel restrictions, but most foreign visitors, including Americans, are still barred. And more. Here's how we're covering it.

JUNE 27: CORONAVIRUS DAILY SPECIAL
Read all about it! The Coronavirus death toll surges past 115,000 120,000 125,000 126,000. The infection rate is growing in half of the states. U.S. travel picks up. Northeast states that suffered in earlier months now quarantine arrivals from Sunbelt states. European carriers grow capacity as the continent prepares for a July 1 reopening that may not permit Americans to visit. And more. Here's how we're covering it.

JUNE 20: CORONAVIRUS DAILY SPECIAL
Read all about it! The nation's Coronavirus death toll surges past 115,000 119,000. The second wave seems to be starting in states that opened early. More airlines around the world resume service. U.S. airlines add back some flights, but traffic remains below 20 percent of 2019's totals. And more. Here's how we're covering it.

JUNE 13: CORONAVIRUS DAILY SPECIAL
Read all about it! The nation's Coronavirus death toll surges past 110,000 115,000 and the number of confirmed cases passes the two-million mark. Protests around the nation overshadow the pandemic and its effects. New York City opens up just as London and Britain launch 14-day quarantines. Flight traffic jumps yet remains a small fraction of 2019 volume. Here's how we're covering it.

JUNE 6: CORONAVIRUS DAILY SPECIAL
Read all about it! As the nation's virus death toll surges past 100,000 105,000 110,000, the nation's cities are hit with peaceful protests and violent riots. European carriers begin to fly again and the continent's major tourist countries plan to reopen to the world. U.S travel inches up from its mid-April floor. Here's how we're covering it.

MAY 30: CORONAVIRUS DAILY SPECIAL
Read all about it! As the nation's Coronavirus death toll surges past 95,000 100,000 103,000, holiday travel "surges" back to about 13 percent of 2019's numbers. Some international travel resumes, but new bans are instituted, too. Here's how we're covering it.

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.