5 ways the luxury travel industry is responding to the coronavirus pandemic
- As countries close their borders and restrict travel amid the coronavirus pandemic, luxury travel is an industry in flux.
- High-end travel agencies and tour operators are working to postpone or cancel trips for droves of customers.
- Private aviation companies, on the other hand, are seeing a boom in demand from travelers evacuating hard-hit areas or trying to get around travel restrictions.
- Many luxury hotels are waiving change or cancellation fees and boosting cleaning measures.
- Wellness resorts and spas are catering to clients with packages for coronavirus-anxiety relief.
- Yacht charters are being encouraged, but boat shows are being canceled.
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The coronavirus pandemic has upended daily life around the globe, and travel has been one of the hardest-hit industries.
But the luxury travel industry doesn't necessarily play by the same rules as travel in general.
While most commercial airlines are suspending or severely reducing flights, private jet companies are cashing in on demand from travelers who want to evacuate places most impacted by the virus or who are trying to get around travel restrictions.
Hotels and wellness centers are both stepping up cleaning and sanitizing measures, with many staying open unless federal or local guidelines mandate otherwise.
Here are five ways the luxury travel industry is responding to the coronavirus pandemic.