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WTTC warns new hotel quarantine measures would ‘destroy the Travel & Tourism sector as we know it’

The World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC) says the introduction of new hotel quarantines by the UK government would force the complete collapse of Travel & Tourism as we know it. WTTC, which represents the global Travel & Tourism private sector, fears the crippling impact of the new proposals being considered by the UK government […]

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Secretary-General Pololikashvili Nominated to Lead UNWTO for Four More Years

The Executive Council of the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) has expressed its continued support for Secretary-General Zurab Pololikashvili. Meeting in Madrid, its members nominated him to continue leading the United Nations specialized agency for four more years. At the end of the 113th session of the Executive Council, held as a hybrid event in Spanish capital, […]

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IATA Urges Support for Common European Digital Vaccination Certificate

The International Air Transport Association (IATA) urged all branches of the European Union to support an initiative from Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis to agree a common digital European COVID-19 vaccination certificate that would enable those who are vaccinated to travel freely within Europe without COVID-19 testing. In an open letter to Ursula von der […]

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Vienna: Protective shield provides planning security

Planning security for Vienna’s meeting industry. Anyone planning an event in Vienna in 2021 and 2022 will have government protection. Under the approved EUR 300 million protective shield, the Austrian government will cover financial damage resulting from events being canceled or restricted due to COVID-19. The Austrian guarantee gives event planners much needed planning security. […]

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“Dark Tourism” guided tours by FEG and Clio Muse

The European Federation of Tourist Guide Associations (FEG) in collaboration with Clio Muse Tours is organizing and hosting 30 educational webinars on ‘Dark Tourism’ guided tours. Supported by the EU-funded project RePAST these webinars, that will take place from mid-January to the end of March 2021, are addressed to certified tourist guides in Cyprus, Germany, […]

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UK: Covid-19 Passport from iProov and Mvine Moves Into Trial Phase

Mvine and iProov announce today their design for a simple, secure and widely recognized Covid-19 immunity and vaccination passport will now move into live testing. The Mvine-iProov passport enables a person’s test result or vaccination status to be registered and proved without disclosing their identity, and without the need for extensive new infrastructure. With additional […]

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CDC Expands Negative COVID-19 Test Requirement to All Air Passengers Entering the United States

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is expanding the requirement for a negative COVID-19 test to all air passengers entering the United States.  Testing before and after travel is a critical layer to slow the introduction and spread of COVID-19. This strategy is consistent with the current phase of the pandemic and more […]

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State aid: Commission approves €1.25 billion German measure to recapitalise TUI

The European Commission has approved German plans to contribute up to €1.25 billion to the recapitalisation of TUI AG (TUI), the parent company of the TUI Group, as part of a wider support package. The measure was approved under the State aid Temporary Framework. Executive Vice-President Margrethe Vestager, in charge of competition policy, said: “As many other companies […]

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Dr. Taleb Rifai is appointed Secretary General of World Tourism Forum Institute

Former Secretary General of the United Nations World Tourism Organisation (UNWTO), Dr. Taleb Rifai has been appointed as the Secretary General of World Tourism Forum Institute (WTFI). The World Tourism Forum Institute is a London based research institute that supports sustainable and universally accessible tourism. Dr. Rifai recently accepted his new role at WTFI and […]

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EU-UK Trade and Cooperation Agreement

After intensive negotiations, the European Commission has reached an agreement with the United Kingdom on the terms of its future cooperation with the European Union. President of the European Commission, Ursula von der Leyen said: “It was worth fighting for this deal because we now have a fair and balanced agreement with the UK, which will protect our […]

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