Customer First: Mitigating currency risk within the turbulent travel industry

Jessica Wong

The Travel Industry were handed some harsh lessons in 2020, as the economic mire from the coronavirus pandemic manifested on company balance sheets. Covid-19’s effect on international business has been profound. For the global travel and tourism market, there has been enormous disruption. Airlines have faced mass cancellations and refunds, while hotel bookings between hoteliers and travel companies have also been withdrawn. As the trajectory of the coronavirus outbreak continues, travel and tourism remain largely at a standstill. With border closures and quarantine measures still in place, the World Travel and Tourism Council estimates that 197 million jobs could be

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A World of Opportunity: Emory Students Travel Nationwide to Attend Virtual Classes

Jessica Wong

It is no secret that the past year of Zoom classes and limited face-to-face interaction has rendered an entirely new college experience: one that lacks the typical daily excitements that come with being a student. 

Despite the disappointments of virtual classes that many college students continue to face, several Emory students have made the most of the circumstances by studying in new settings. For Tyson Zhang (22B), the prospect of attending college in a novel location excited him.

“It’s kind of a cool opportunity to explore new places since I don’t exactly have to be in Atlanta,” Zhang said. 

Along

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As Infections Dip, Governors Across U.S. Start Easing Restrictions

Jessica Wong
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With the coronavirus slowly receding, governors around the United States are beginning to relax pandemic restrictions.

But the rules ae being eased much in the same way as they were imposed: in a patchwork fashion that largely falls along party lines. Republicans are leaning toward rollbacks, and Democrats are staying the course or offering a more cautious approach.

On Thursday, Gov. Greg Abbott of Texas said he was considering lifting a statewide mask mandate that has

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After traveling to 193 countries, UNC professor Jim Kitchen sets his sights on space

Jessica Wong

Jim Kitchen didn’t set out to travel to every recognized country in the world.

But by the end of 2019, the UNC professor of the practice had visited all 193 United Nations-recognized countries — a journey that took more than 30 years to complete.

He recently finished writing a book detailing his travels, “A Bigger World,” which is scheduled to release in mid-2021. And even after his travels across the globe, he still has dreams for more. 

‘Kind of a journey’

As an undergraduate student, Kitchen said he took an introduction to entrepreneurship class that inspired him to open his

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Vaccination ‘passports’ may open society, but inequity looms

Jessica Wong

TEL AVIV, Israel (AP) — Violet light bathed the club stage as 300 people, masked and socially distanced, erupted in gentle applause. For the first time since the pandemic began, Israeli musician Aviv Geffen stepped to his electric piano and began to play for an audience seated right in front of him.

“A miracle is happening here tonight,” Geffen told the crowd.

Still, the reanimating experience Monday night above a shopping mall north of Tel Aviv night was not accessible to everyone. Only people displaying a “green passport” that proved they had been vaccinated or had recovered from COVID-19 could

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