What to expect on an East African Safari?

This is a sponsored post in collaboration with Contiki. All thoughts and opinions are mine.

In January 2020 we got the opportunity to travel on Contiki’s East Africa Safari, a 12 day adventure through Kenya and Tanzania. Growing up with the Lion King as one my favourite childhood movies, I always dreamed of seeing these animals in the wild and this was the perfect trip to achieve that.


Nairobi, Kenya

We started off our adventures at the Jacaranda Hotel in Kenya’s Capital and largest city, Nairobi. We flew in two nights earlier since we knew, coming from Western Canada, our jet lag would be pretty rough. We were correct, and very glad we had a couple days to recover and relax before heading out on our tour. It also gave us a chance to pick up a local sim card (and anything we were missing) from the Sarit Shopping Mall literally across the street from the hotel. 

For those looking, Safaricom is the best cellular provider for Kenyan safaris. We purchased 4 gigs of data for 1,200 shillings, which is around 12 USD. After testing it, we had a good signal pretty much everywhere we went in Kenya, even in the middle of large parks like the Maasai Mara. Just make sure to bring your passport as you’ll need it to get a sim card.

The first day of the tour is left open for people who are still arriving in Kenya. Later in the evening we got to meet the rest of the group along with our tour manager. After introductions our tour manager gave us a little overview on what was to come because the next day we got right into the action!

Our Contiki Vehicles


One thing you will realize after the first day on tour is that Contiki supplies top-of-the-line safari vehicles, and these are some very impressive machines. Each of the modified 4×4 Land Cruisers seats 7 passengers, and every person has a window seat. They close up to protect you from the elements and the cold, and later on the bugs. But when it’s game drive time, the windows slide open and the roof lifts up to give you 360 degree views of the animals, even in the front seat! They are a bumpy ride though, and there’s nothing you can do about it since you’re on dirt roads for the majority of the safari through both Kenya and Tanzania. So if you get motion sick, bring tablets. And if you have any back issues, sit in the front seats as I did.

Maasai Mara National Reserve – Sentrim Mara (2 nights)

Our first destination was the Maasai Mara National Reserve, an incredible place to begin. We were told before our first game drive to prepare ourselves since this would likely be one of the highlights of our trip, and he was not wrong. On our first drive in the park we saw an incredible variety of animals, including 4 of the Big Five (Lions, Elephants, Leopards and Buffalo), and that was just the first day.


Sentrim Mara was a very cool accommodation. The rooms are a mixture of a lodge and a tent, like several others on our trip, which really made it feel like we were sleeping in the middle of the jungle. This is where having some warm clothes came in handy as it gets a bit cooler at night. Being so close to wild animals meant that in the morning we’d wake up to the sounds of elephants or hyenas. In between game drives the pool was a big hit and a popular place to hang out and enjoy some sun before our next game drive in the park.


 

Hot Air Balloon

One of the optional experiences you can do is a sunrise hot air balloon ride. You can do this in the Maasai Mara, or the Serengeti in Tanzania. While it’s certainly not cheap, it was an amazing experience and almost everyone in our group did it. We all decided to do it in Kenya because it’s slightly cheaper than in Tanzania, but most importantly, if the hot air balloon was cancelled due to bad weather, you’d still get 100% of your money back and you have another option to do it in Tanzania. To us it felt like a no brainer. 

That hot air balloon ride was worth every penny. It is hands down one of the most incredible things I’ve ever done in my life. Watching the sunrise while floating over the vast plains and viewing the wildlife from above, just incredible. If you are on the fence about doing it, jump that fence, make room in your budget, you won’t regret it.


Lake Elementaita  – Sentrim Lake Elementaita (2 nights)

After a few days in the Maasai Mara and many hours of game drives, it was very nice to spend a chill day relaxing at Lake Elementaita. The accommodation and pool here is probably the nicest of the entire trip and you arrive with a whole afternoon of free time to just hang out. If you are lucky, at the right time of year you can see huge flocks of flamingos on the lake, it’s what it’s famous for! We didn’t quite have the right timing, but our stay here was still nothing short of relaxing.

Giraffe Centre and Elephant Orphanage

The day that we left Lake Elementaita we drove back through Nairobi to make a couple stops at two incredible animal conservations. The first is the African Fund for Endangered Wildlife, commonly called the Giraffe Centre. Here you’ll get an opportunity to see, interact with, and learn about the endangered Rothschild giraffe and what they’ve been doing to help support them. One cool fact about the Giraffe Centre is that it’s located right beside the Giraffe Manor (the famous place all over Instagram where you can eat breakfast with giraffes) and they are actually the same giraffes that you see! Instead of spending over a thousand dollars per night to stay at the manor, you get to see them as part of your tour.

The second stop is at the David Sheldrick Elephant Orphanage, to see a special feeding of baby elephants! Make sure to take closed toes shoes and avoid white because it can be pretty muddy, but you won’t really mind once you see the baby elephants playing in the mud! A little tip for the best view point, go to the areas where the branches are placed on the ground, as those are the elephant’s favourite. During the hour-long presentation, we watched the elephants feed and learned about what they do in the nursery. At the end of the presentation you can adopt your own baby elephant and help support them in their conservation efforts.

Amboseli National Park  – Sentrim Amboseli 

Amboseli is the last stop in Kenya. As soon as you enter the park you’ll realize it’s a very different landscape compared to the Maasai Mara. Here’s it’s all about the trees, the elephants, and the views! Amboseli is the premiere spot, and the only chance on the trip, to catch a glimpse of Africa’s tallest mountain, Mount Kilimanjaro. You might even get a chance at the famous shot of elephants grazing with Kilimanjaro in the background. Unfortunately for us the skies were cloudy while we were there, but if the weather is good it looks like it’s spectacular. 

The game drives through Amboseli were shorter, but filled with big moments. We had a chance to witness over 100 elephants crossing the road right in front of us, it was one of the best moments on the whole trip.

Maasai Village

One of the most enlightening experiences was our visit to a Maasai Village. The Maasai are a group of people living in Kenya and Tanzania who are known for their unique customs, attire, raising cattle, and for being fierce warriors. We got to spend several hours learning how the Maasai hunt, build fire, milk goats, protect their families, and build their homes. They even dressed us in their traditional attire before we all sang and danced together.

We then broke into two separate groups of females and males. This gave us the chance to ask questions about each other’s lifestyles and customs. They were so open to sharing and very curious to hear about us just as much as we were about them. After that we got a tour of the local school they are able to fund with help from our tourist dollars (as you pay to visit the tribe) and from Contiki. 

At the end of the experience you’ll get a chance to shop among their local handmade goods, so make sure to bring cash! We ended up spending lots on jewelry for our friends and a few carved wooden items. Just make sure you buy from several different shops as the profits go to the person you are buying from directly, since they also made it. No middle man here, 100% local.

Tanzania

We crossed the border from Kenya to Tanzania by land, and it is here where we say goodbye to our Kenyan tour guide and hello to our Tanzanian guide. He was also there to help escort us over the border. We applied beforehand online for both our Kenya and Tanzania e-visas, so we just had our print out on hand. Make sure you do this at least 1 month before you go, because the timelines they list on their website are not 100% accurate. You can also get visas right at the border, but save yourself the stress and just do it online before you go.

This is also the time to grab a local Tanzanian sim card. Vodacom is the best provider in Tanzania and although our first stop was at a supermarket to grab snacks, there was no provider there. There are some shops at the border, so just ask your guide if you need one right away and he can help you sort it out. 

Shanga Community Project




Our first stop just outside of Arusha was the amazing Shanga Community Project: a social enterprise which employs people with disabilities to create unique, high-quality, handmade jewelry, glassware and home wares incorporating recycled materials. You are going to want to bring your wallets along for this one, as the products they create are stunning. After our tour, where we saw first hand the work they do, we ended up purchasing quite a few souvenir gifts for our friends. They also have really good coffee here, some of the best of the whole trip!

Tarangire National Park – Roika Tented Camp (2 nights)


Tarangire was our first taste of Tanzanian wildlife, and oh boy, it was a wild one. It’s quite different to the previous parks as it’s full of hills and trees, including the giant Baobab tree. There are also lots of very smart, sneaky monkeys running around that will grab your lunch!

Our accommodation for the night was Roika Tented Camp which was surrounded by bush with no fences to keep the animals away. We were truly sleeping in the jungle! We also had the opportunity to be invited into the kitchen to learn how to cook Ugali, a very traditional East African dish.

Tarangire was also our first experience with tsetse flies. These are one of the most annoying bugs that bite, and it hurts. They are attracted to dark colours, especially blues and blacks.

This is where you’ll be very glad you packed neutral clothes, which now is a good time to mention, save your neutral colour clothes for Tanzania. It’s time to rock the safari look and pull out the bug spray! These flies are also known to carry a parasite which causes African Sleeping Sickness and can be quite dangerous. Fortunately none of the tsetse flies in the areas we traveled to are known to carry this parasite.

Serengeti National Park – Wildebeest Camp (2 nights)

Serengeti, wow what can I say, this place just simply took my breath away. I was already amazed at how incredible all the other parks had been up till now, but the Serengeti was something else. It’s about 8 times bigger than the Maasai Mara and the plains seem to go on forever. 

To get there from Tarangire we drove up and around Ngorongoro Crater (which I’ll touch on later), down through the Ngorongoro Conservation Area, and past the Cradle of Humankind (oh you know just the origin of our species). Then it was the wide open plans of the south Serengeti, which at the time we were there (end of January) it was where the Great Migration was located. 

Thousands upon thousands of wildebeest, zebra and antelope, stretched out as far as the eye can see. It’s hard to even comprehend how many animals we saw. And this was just our greeting to the Serengeti. 

If I were to describe our experience with the rest of the wildlife there I would say it was vast herds. We saw a huge group of buffalo, a whole pride of lions stroll by our vehicles, and the most incredible pair of leopards mating in a tree. Baboons, cheetahs, you name it, we saw it.


We spent two nights tenting in the middle of the Serengeti which was another camp that was open to the wildlife. We also saw some of the most incredible starry skies, although we weren’t too keen on leaving the tents at night! 

Ngorongoro Crater

Our last and most unique park of the trip was Ngorongoro Conservation Area and a game drive inside the Ngorongoro Crater. Imagine Jurassic Park, but in real life. You feel like you’re looking into the lost world, a crater filled with countless animals and the elusive rhino. We got a preview on our drive to the Serengeti as we stopped at a viewpoint of the crater, but now it was time to go down into it. 

Our mission in the crater was to find a rhino, it was the last of the Big 5 we hadn’t seen yet. This was also our best chance to see one since the crater is home to approximately 30 black rhinos. And succeed we did, although he was very small and in the distance we still call that mission complete!

Eileen’s Tree Inn & The End

Our last accommodation to end our trip was a lovely little spot just outside of Ngorongoro. Sadly it was time to say goodbye to our new friends, our amazing tour guides, and to our East Africa Safari. Now, all that’s left to do is to go through the thousands of animal pictures we took!

If you’d like to book your own Contiki #EastAfricaSafari, check it out here! Plus, join me on my Europe Contiki Train Trip this June 4-12th!




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Why you need to know about Japanese Encephalitis

 

As a seasoned traveller, there are a few things that I will absolutely no longer travel without. One of them includes getting appropriate vaccines for wherever I’m travelling to. Not only have I heard too many awful stories about travellers getting sick from preventable diseases, it’s even happened to several of my friends! To ever consider skipping out on my vaccines is just not worth the risk. And since today, February 22nd, is World Encephalitis day (#WED), I thought it would be a perfect time talk about Japanese Encephalitis and why you need to protect yourself from this relatively unknown disease.

What is Japanese Encephalitis?

Encephalitis is an inflammation of the brain, which is most commonly caused by an infection. The Japanese encephalitis (JE) virus is spread by mosquitos and is the leading cause of vaccine-preventable encephalitis in Asia and the western Pacific. Most human infections are asymptomatic or result in only mild symptoms. However, a small percentage of infected persons develop inflammation of the brain (encephalitis), with symptoms including sudden onset of headache, high fever, disorientation, coma, tremors and convulsions. About 30% of cases are fatal, and there is unfortunately no cure or specific treatment for this disease. Even those who survive can be left with permanent neurologic or psychiatric conditions.

Who is at risk?

Japanese encephalitis is found in many Asian countries and western Pacific regions, including Southeast Asia which is a very popular destination for travellers (myself included, I love visiting the area!). Anyone can get encephalitis, regardless of age or how healthy they are. The risk for JE is based on destination, duration of travel, season, and activities. There are huge numbers of people travelling to affected areas each year who are completely unaware of this disease.

How to protect yourself

Whenever you plan a trip, it’s always important to speak with a healthcare professional about all the preventative measures that are recommended for your destination. I usually visit my local travel medical clinic at least 6-8 weeks before I travel anywhere. A short consultation will determine if I need to receive any vaccines, medications, or if there are any other precautions I need to be aware of. Sometimes I don’t need anything, but at least it gives me peace of mind and I won’t have to worry about it during my trip.

If you’d like to know more, you can read the incredible story of how one Canadian family was affected by Japanese encephalitis: https://www.ctvnews.ca/health/death-of-canadiansickened-in-thailand-inspires-daughter-s-vaccine-crusade-1.4299162

 

Note: This post was sponsored by Valneva. All thoughts and opinions are 100% my own.

 

 

 

 




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Paul Immigrations Reviews: The Singapore PR Application Experts

Singapore is consistently ranked among the top places worldwide to live, work, or study. A recent study by HSBC, a global investment banking company, has found Singapore to be the best country for ex-pats worldwide in terms of career progression, work-life balance, healthcare and the ability to make new friends. About 47% of those who had moved to Singapore for work, the study says, have decided to stay due to the quality of life the country offers them and their families.

A financial hub with countless career opportunities, Singapore remains extremely livable due to the warm tropical climate, lush greenery, developed transport and community infrastructure, and a busy cultural scene. Foreigners account for 1.68 million out of the 5.7 million total population of Singapore. A truly international destination, with English widely used as a common language, the country remains an extremely attractive destination.

In order to stay in Singapore long-term, a permanent residence status is needed. This status offers most of the same rights, privileges, and responsibilities as Singapore citizenship, apart from the ability to vote or hold public office. A permanent residency offers the opportunity to live, work, and retire in Singapore without any time limits, which makes this status highly sort after.

Expectedly, the local government is quite picky when green-lighting PR applications, so there are a lot of hoops to jump through on the way to the coveted residence status. The process is handled by the ICA, the Immigration and Checkpoints Authority of Singapore, and is quite lengthy and effort-intensive.

First, applicants need to compile an extensive set of documents, including a detailed form and a series of relevant supporting documents to confirm all of the numerous ICA eligibility criteria are met.

Paul Immigrations Reviews – The Easy PR Administrative Process

Hiring an immigration consultant to guide you through this tedious process is key to surviving it with minimum stress. It is important to use a reputable agency that has all the insight and experience, such as the long-running Paul Immigrations. This consultancy firm has successfully helped over 15,000 applicants to date.

They make the application process easy by taking over, handling all aspects, providing you with the proper information you need, ensuring all the mandatory documents are completed properly and submitting the necessary paperwork on your behalf.

With Paul Immigrations’ qualified consultants, the entire process will be done in six simple steps:

Step 1: Call and arrange a phone interview with one of the firm’s consultants. During this conversation, the representative will ask you a series of questions to get your basic information and make sure you’re eligible to apply for permanent resident status.

Step 2: An Immigrations Consultant will schedule an in-person appointment. During this meeting, they will check if you’re holding the correct work permit, and provide you with all the information you need to proceed with the process. Dealing with the ICA closely, the firm’s representatives have all the information on the current political climate and other factors that might influence your chance of success.

Step 3: This is the only step that requires additional effort from your side. You will have to collect all the necessary documents (as indicated by their consultant), including the submission form (Form 4A), compulsory documents as per the ICA requirements and additional materials as needed, such as employer recommendations, materials reflecting your participation in charity work or your involvement with the local community. After handing over all the documents to them, either in person or via email, the hard part is over for you. The rest of the process will be handled by their specialists.

Step 4: The agency’s specialists check to make sure all the documents you have provided meet the ICA criteria and they then complete the rest of the paperwork. Paul Immigrations’ in-house writers will carefully create the important cover letter, based on a questionnaire that you fill out. A thoughtfully composed cover letter makes a world of difference as it highlights the applicant’s involvement in the local community and their commitment to the Singaporean society. It also describes the client’s skills and professional strengths, their participation in local events, and all other factors that would help the applicant stand out from the hundreds of others that the ICA processes on a monthly basis.

Step 5: Once all of the preparation is done, the agency will guide you with the submission of the documents. On average, the process from the first phone call to the completion of the application with them lasts between 1 to 2 months. From this point, you will simply wait for your paperwork to be processed by the ICA, which can take 4-6 months.

Step 6: If your application is successful, Paul Immigrations will advise you on the next steps in order to finalize everything and make it official.

Paul Immigrations Reviews – Conclusion

Trusting the specialized consultancy firm takes a significant amount of stress out of the daunting process.
You don’t have to worry about mistakes, as the agency guarantees 100% document accuracy.

The staff writers will craft a thoughtful cover letter to make your application stand out, which is a relief for those of us who dread writing important emails or letters.

The firm’s insight and expertise will give a competitive edge to your Singapore PR application, increasing your chance of success. Besides, if you’re going to make the decision to apply for such status in Singapore, it definitely pays to do it properly.

Obtaining permanent residence status is a major step in creating a wonderful life for yourself in Singapore and enjoying all of the benefits this country has to offer!

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How to Bargain in Foreign Countries

Bargain in Foreign Countries

The other day I received an email from a reader asking me to confirm the proper way to bargain in foreign countries. The ‘proper way’ that was mentioned is something that I’ve heard from travelers all the time.

It’s the 50% rule. And to me, the rule is wrong.

Bargaining is indeed a part of travel. And with more people traveling than ever before, questions about bargaining are on the rise.

In many countries, when you buy certain items, there are often no set prices. It’s just how it works.

As a result, travelers all over the world spend time trying to figure out how much things should actually cost.

But how do we really know how much we should be paying?

Back to that oh-so-common 50% rule.

Bargain in Foreign Countries – “The 50% Rule”

This rule states that we should always take the starting price that a shopkeeper gives us and try to reduce it by 50%. We will then reach the ‘actual’ price.

However, I’ll tell you exactly why that doesn’t work.

  • The starting prices given by a shopkeeper or market vendor are not always the same. Different tourists get different starting prices.
  • The shopkeeper will set that price by determining how much he thinks you will pay, based on many factors.
  • This is why shopkeepers all over the world ask you ‘where are you from?‘, ‘is this your first time in India/Thailand/Morocco/etc?‘ and ‘what do you do?‘. The answers to those questions help them calculate their starting price based on their experience with people from your country and with as much travel experience as you have.

So, if the real price of a silk shawl is $4 but the shopkeeper starts with $30, the 50% rule is way off.

The 50% rule only works if every single shopkeeper automatically doubles the price of an item before you start the bargaining process.

But since shopkeepers start with different prices based on what they think they can get from you in the end, that rule is useless.

If the 50% rule doesn’t work though, what does work?

Bargain in Foreign Countries – “The Better Method”

The advice I give other travelers, which involves the quick method that has always worked best for me, is this:

1. Shop around.
If you see something you want to purchase, visit 2-3 other shops nearby that sell the same thing or something similar. Ask how much it costs at each of the shops. This will give you a general idea of a true starting price for negotiations. If one shop quotes you $50, another quotes $35 and another one quotes you $20, you know the actual price is below $20.

2. Walk away.
Based on the knowledge you gain from Step 1, decide on the price that you think is fair and offer that. If the shopkeeper declines, you can simply thank them and walk away. If your price is indeed too low, the shopkeeper will let you leave. If your price is indeed doable or very close to an acceptable price, they will call you back into the shop and accept or provide one last offer.

This method is quick, efficient and it works every time.

And for those travelers who don’t like to bargain in foreign countries (which makes sense if you’re not used to it), this is an easy way to get a better price without getting too involved in the potentially awkward bargaining process.

Final Thoughts on Bargaining

  • It’s not always worth bargaining. If the difference is a very small amount, it’s generally better to just accept their slightly higher price. After all, this is their business and livelihood and as a traveler, we already have enough money to have traveled to this destination in the first place. Bargaining over a few cents or even a few dollars is probably not worth it.
  • In many countries, bargaining is part of business for everyone, not just something aimed at tourists. And since it’s expected, it should always be done in a polite, even-mannered way as getting angry or being rude is not how it’s supposed to work.
  • You will always get ripped off. I’ve been traveling for 20+ years and I still get ripped off. It’s impossible to avoid but again, it’s usually not by a huge amount. If you’re happy with your purchase, that’s the main thing. And if you paid a little more than the ‘normal’ price, it’s really not a big deal in the end.

Safe travels and happy bargaining!


For more posts about money and travel, check out my Travel Costs category.

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Asia’s Travel Advisors Caught in the Middle of Cancellation Quandary

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In their role as travel intermediaries, travel agents are caught between a rock and a hard place as they assist their customers to seek refunds from suppliers like airlines, hotels and attractions. Mark Schiefelbein / Associated Press

Skift Take: The coronavirus crisis accentuates the value of travel advisors as much as it highlights their plight as go-betweens in the tourism sector. But a bigger question looms: Will these travel intermediaries in Asia survive the onslaught of this latest crisis?

— Xinyi Liang-Pholsena

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Travel Advisors Deal With Torrent of Spring Break Cancellations, Vacation Swaps

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One travel advisor’s clients from New Rochelle, New York, figured it would be safer to travel to Turks and Caicos than to stay home, where one of the U.S.’ viral cluster outbreaks has formed. Pictured is an undated photo from Exhale Spa in Turks and Caicos. Exhale Spa

Skift Take: Spring break travel is in wait-and-see mode as travel advisors field calls from clients rattled by the coronavirus pandemic. Some travelers are swapping their trips for “safer” spots like Hawaii, Florida, and the Caribbean.

— Dennis Schaal

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Tourism Marketing’s Coronavirus Conundrum and 14 Top Tourism Stories This Week

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Bamboo grove forest in Kyoto, Japan. Merchants in Kyoto’s Arashiyama neighborhood — which includes the bamboo forest, a tourist and Instagram hotspot — have created a series of posters depicting the area’s popular tourist attractions as empty. With hashtags that translate to #nopeople and #nowisthetime, it seems intended to encourage travelers to visit despite the perceived risks. vekidd / Adobe

Skift Take: This week in tourism news, destination marketing organizations find themselves in a pickle. Should they carry on with promotional campaigns amid growing fears over coronavirus? Also, Skift launches a one-on-one interview series. Founder and CEO Rafat Ali candidly talks with industry leaders on travel’s path forward as the world grapples with, and recovers from, the virus crisis.

— Faye Chiu

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Coronavirus, Olympics Delay Batter Japanese Hotel Business

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A ryokan in Takayama, Japan. Hotels across the country are reeling from a significantly diminished tourist season and postponed 2020 Olympics due to coronavirus fears. Espen Faugstad / Flickr

Skift Take: Coronavirus precautions keeping tourists at home and the now-delayed 2020 Olympics are a devastating combination for Japanese hoteliers that were banking on a strong tourist year to compensate for significant capital investments.

— Cameron Sperance

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Hospitality Sector Teams Up Online to Help During the Crisis

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InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG) has been running a Lights of Love campaign where properties are encourage to leave hotel lights on to signal hearts or a message of love during the crisis. IHG

Skift Take: The hospitality industry has always fundamentally been about bringing people together creatively. So it makes sense that the lodging sector has been putting together resources online to trade operational insights and to share ways to help their communities.

— Sean O’Neill

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Amazon, CVS Have Thousands of Jobs for Furloughed Hilton Workers

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Hilton’s global headquarters in Tysons, Virginia. The hospitality giant announced Monday a plan to find temporary work for furloughed employees. Altercari / Wikimedia

Skift Take: Not all is down-and-out with U.S. companies during the coronavirus outbreak, and furloughed hotel workers could provide much-needed labor in healthcare, grocery, and e-commerce supply chains until the economy gets back to baseline.

— Cameron Sperance

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How the Italian Government Plans to Rebuild Alitalia

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An Alitalia aircraft. The Italian government reportedly wants to create a carrier with a smaller fleet. BriYYZ / Flickr

Skift Take: Given the years of struggle it would be amazing if Alitalia manages to outlast some of its better-funded European rivals. The Italian government clearly thinks the carrier has a viable future in the post-coronavirus world.

— Patrick Whyte

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India to Stop Domestic Flights and Suspends Rail Service

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In this April 16, 2015 file photo, an Air India aircraft prepares to land at the Indira Gandhi International airport in New Delhi, India. Altaf Qadri / Associated Press

Skift Take: While India had only eight confirmed deaths from coronavirus as of Monday, experts warn that a jump in cases is likely soon. Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s government ordered a shutdown of domestic flights. Rail travel is already suspended. The economic pain will be fierce.

— Sean O’Neill

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