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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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IATA: Sluggish Improvement in Passenger Demand Continues in July

The International Air Transport Association (IATA) announced that passenger demand in July (measured in revenue passenger kilometers or RPKs), continued at critically low levels–79.8% below July 2019 levels. This was somewhat better than the 86.6% year-over-year decline recorded in June, primarily driven by domestic markets, most notably Russia and China. Market reopening in the Schengen […]

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Athens International Airport: Large reduction of passengers in August

August was yet another month substantially impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic crisis and its impact on air travel. As a result, the airport’s passenger traffic was below the respective 2019 levels by 60.4% and amounting to 1.2 million passengers, approximately. Both domestic and international passenger traffic were sharply reduced, by 47% and 66.2%, respectively. Overall, […]

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ACI Europe: Latest traffic data shows disastrous COVID-19 impact on airport industry

European airport trade body, ACI EUROPE, today released its air traffic report for June, Q2 & H1 as well as an interim update for July. The report reveals the devastating impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on Europe’s airports, with passenger traffic decreasing by -64.2% during the first half of the year – and almost coming to complete standstill in the second Quarter, with a […]

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UNWTO: 40% of destinations have now eased travel restrictions

UNWTO has surmised that up from 22% of destinations that had eased restrictions on travel by 15 June and the 3% previously observed by 15 May. It confirms the trend of a slow but continuous adaptation and responsible restart of international tourism. At the same time, however, of the 87 destinations that have now eased travel restrictions, just four have completely […]

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IATA: Recovery Delayed as International Travel Remains Locked Down

IATA released an updated global passenger forecast showing that the recovery in traffic has been slower than had been expected. In the base case scenario: Global passenger traffic (revenue passenger kilometers or RPKs) will not return to pre-COVID-19 levels until 2024, a year later than previously projected. The recovery in short haul travel is still expected […]

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ITB Berlin and IPK International: Germans want to travel abroad despite the coronavirus pandemic

The reputation of Germany as the nation with the world’s keenest travellers is still intact – that is one of the findings of a global survey on travel in times of corona conducted by IPK International, in which ITB Berlin also participated. According to the survey, interest among Germans in trips abroad is much higher […]

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STR: Europe hotel performance for June 2020

Reflecting early reopening around the continent, Europe’s hotel industry reported improved performance from May but at an all-time low level for a June, according to data from STR. Euro constant currency, June 2020 vs. June 2019 Occupancy: -72.8% to 21.6% Average daily rate (ADR): -34.8% to EUR83.69 Revenue per available room (RevPAR): -82.3% to EUR18.11 The […]

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Ranking the World’s Best Cities for Newlyweds in 2021|Athens among them

A new study reveals the top cities for newlyweds to consider, based on the elements that are the most important to new married couples. Taking a list of the 34 most-visited cities around the world,  “Purely Diamonds”  scored each city based on Average Rent, Utilities (including 60mbps Internet), Safety, Climate, Pollution, Essentials (Bread, Milk, Eggs), […]

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Airline Industry disruption has far-reaching impact

The global airline industry, which is featured in Moody’s infographic, has been disproportionately affected by the coronavirus pandemic. It is one of just a few industries that saw more than 90% of demand fall away within weeks of the global spread of the coronavirus in March. The strain on the industry’s previously flourishing fundamentals is […]

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