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IATA Calls for Systematic COVID-19 Testing Before Departure

The International Air Transport Association (IATA) called for the development and deployment of rapid, accurate, affordable, easy-to-operate, scalable and systematic COVID-19 testing for all passengers before departure as an alternative to quarantine measures in order to re-establish global air connectivity. IATA will work through the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) and with health authorities to […]

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WTTC celebrates as 100 destinations get the Safe Travels stamp

The World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC) announce that in just three short months, 100 destinations are now using its ‘Safe Travels’ stamp, with the Philippines becoming the official 100th destination. WTTC, which represents the global Travel & Tourism private sector, made history earlier this year when it launched the world’s first ever global safety […]

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Unprecedented industry appeal to European Commission President to end quarantines and develop common EU Testing Protocol

Over 20 EU Travel and Tourism Associations issue open letter to European Commission President von der Leyen following further dramatic decreases in air passenger traffic. Over 20 travel and tourism bodies as well as unions across Europe united today in an unprecedented call for European Commission leadership to replace quarantine restrictions with an EU Testing […]

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International tourist numbers down 65% in first half of 2020, UNWTO reports

International tourist arrivals plunged 93% in June when compared to 2019, with the latest data from the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) showing the severe impact COVID-19 has had on the sector. According to the new issue of the World Tourism Barometer from the United Nations specialized agency, international tourist arrivals dropped by 65% during the […]

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UNWTO highlights potential of domestic Tourism to help drive economic recovery in destinations worldwide

As restrictions on travel begin to ease globally, destinations around the world are focusing on growing domestic Tourism, with many offering incentives to encourage people to explore their own countries. According to the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO), with domestic tourism set to return faster than international travel, this represents an opportunity for both developed and […]

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UNWTO: More than 50% of global destinations are easing travel restrictions – but caution remains

A majority of destinations around the world (53%) have now started easing travel restrictions introduced in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Though many remain cautious in view of the development of the pandemic, the seventh edition of the UNWTO “COVID-19 Related Travel Restrictions: A Global Review for Tourism” confirms the ongoing trend towards the gradual […]

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WTTC responds to latest quarantine announcements

Gloria Guevara, WTTC President & CEO, said: “The World Travel & Tourism Council shares the dismay and severe disappointment of thousands of British holidaymakers and the Travel & Tourism sector as Portugal once again goes back on the quarantine list. “Taking Portugal and Hungary off the exception list has left families and in a race […]

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Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA) Releases 2020 Environmental Technologies and Practices Report

Annual report affirms cruise industry leadership and progress in maritime environmental protection practices Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA), the leading voice of the global cruise industry, released today the Global Cruise Industry Environmental Technologies and Practices Report produced by Oxford Economics. The report highlights the progress that CLIA oceangoing cruise line members continue to make […]

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Coronavirus: Commission proposes more clarity and predictability of any measures restricting free movement in the European Union

The Commission  adopted a proposal for a Council Recommendation to ensure that any measures taken by Member States that restrict free movement due to the coronavirus pandemic are coordinated and clearly communicated at the EU level. The Commission’s proposal sets out four key areas where Member States should work closer together: Common criteria and thresholds […]

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Memorandum of Understanding will be signed for tourism cooperation between the Italian-Cypriot Chamber of Commerce and the Cyprus Hotel Association

The Italian-Cypriot Chamber of Commerce and The Cyprus Hotel Association announce that a Memorandum of Understanding will be signed in September between the two Organizations with the purpose to formalize an institutional cooperation aimed to develop jointly initiatives and projects for the promotion of Cyprus Tourism and Hospitality sector in all the possible areas. The […]

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