Experts recommend heightened protocols for the healthy return of sailing

New recommendations from a panel of globally recognized medical and scientific experts say that by relentlessly focusing on prevention and other measures – including the testing of guests and crew members – public health risks associated with the pandemic can be mitigated in a cruise ship environment. The Healthy Sail Panel submitted its recommendations today […]

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Tourism will never look the same | Skyscanner publishes new trends report

Leading travel company Skyscanner has today released a new report for Tourism, titled “The New World of Travel”. Moshe Rafiah, Skyscanner’s CEO said of the report’s publication; “Where they are able and willing, travellers are pioneering new ways to explore the world. Whether it’s shortening the timeframe in which they plan and take a trip, tackling complex risk assessments before deciding to travel, or expecting previously […]

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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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P&O Cruises cancels all cruises until early 2021 but looks forward to setting ‘sail for a new beginning’

P&O Cruises, part of Carnival Corporation & plc (NYSE/LSE: CCL; NYSE: CUK), today confirmed an extension to its pause in operations, with all sailings cancelled until early 2021. All Caribbean cruises are cancelled until the end of January 2021 and all cruises from and to Southampton are cancelled through February as well as Arcadia and […]

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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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Thomas Cook Relaunches as Online Travel Company 

Thomas Cook returns following acquisition by Fosun Tourism Group Thomas Cook will relaunch as an online-only travel business following the acquisition of one of the best-known names in travel by international leisure company Fosun Tourism Group. The new ‘Covid-ready’ travel company will initially sell holidays to destinations on the Government’s safe travel corridor list. Licensed […]

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ITB Virtual Convention addresses changes in global travel demand in the age of the COVID-19 pandemic

Virtual sessions featuring experts from Statista, the German Business Travel Association (VDR) and Destination Capacity – 15 September 2020 from 2 to 4 p.m. CET – includes networking options for users of the ITB Travel Network Travellers around the world are facing huge change and new conditions due to the COVID-19 pandemic. On 15 September […]

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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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