5 heartwarming travel stories that show the world coming together despite restrictions

Siobháin Spear
Apr 6, 2020

Positive travel stories during COVID-19 are hard to come by, so here are five that will make you smile.

Despite the tourism sector being hit the hardest as a result of the global pandemic, it is also one of the industries that is leading the way forward when it comes to tackling the obstacles that the world is facing. From airlines to hotels to tourism boards, here are five uplifting stories that show you how the travel sector is helping the world come together despite the global travel restrictions that are in place.

1. From Dubai to San Paulo

On April 1, Emirates SkyCargo flew 500,000 COVID-19 test kits to Sao Paulo on the first of two special chartered flights that are carrying medical supplies from China to Brazil. In a similar mission, the UAE sent an aid plane to Italy to deliver medical supplies to the country that has been heavily hit with fatalities as a result of the coronavirus.

2. Irish hotel Group gives away €250,000 worth of stays

the colourful lobby of the G Hotel in Galway in the West of Ireland

An Irish hotel group, Choice Hotel Group, offered 1,800 free stays to healthcare workers and saw the allotment of giveaways snapped up within hours. In a similar initiative, JA Hotels and Resorts said ‘Thank You’ one-thousand times to medical workers across the UAE by offering 1000 stays at any of its six Dubai resorts.

3. Boeing donates three Dreamlifter aircraft

A Boeing Dreamlifter taxiing along a runway

Boeing offered the use of 3 of its 747-400LCF Dreamlifter aircrafts to the United States amidst the COVID-19 pandemic; each boasts an oversized cargo hold ideal for transporting excess quantities of freight. The aerospace manufacturer wanted to offer its assistance in the distribution of aid in order to supply frontline health workers with the equipment they need in this fight against the virus.

4. Hotels open to healthcare workers

In England, two hotels owned by Manchester United and England defender Gary Neville opened their doors to National Health Service employees – for free. The award-winning Hotel Football and the luxury The Stock Exchange have been offered as a sanctuary for NHS workers who may have to be separated from their families while treating Covid-19 patients

5. Tourism boards flip the marketing message

Portugal’s Tourism Board shares a powerful message

Sending an ironic message to travellers to #StayHome, Tourism Boards from around the world flipped the script on their typical marketing campaigns. Many of the global tourism boards joined the fight againt COVID-19 by rolling out emotional videos from the heart of destinations around the world to remind people to save lives by staying home. Reinforcing that “it’s time to stop”, Portugal’s Tourism Board reminded people that nature, landscapes, beaches and monuments aren’t going anywhere; they’ll still be waiting when we come through this pandemic and start to live our lives once again.

While the tourism industry has been hit hard, the sector continues to face the obstacles head on, and travellers around the world are also finding ways to help each other and spread their positivity while we all wait for the world to open back up.

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