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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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ETC: Second wave of COVID-19 outbreak threatens european tourism recovery | Loss of almost 1 billion global international arrivals expected in 2020

A new surge in Covid-19 cases and the reintroduction of travel restrictions have halted European tourism recovery with international tourist arrivals to Europe down 68%[1] halfway through the year relative to 2019. That is according to the European Travel Commission’s (ETC) latest quarterly report “European Tourism: Trends & Prospects” for Q3 2020 which has been closely […]

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IATA: Criteria for COVID-19 Testing in the Air Travel Process

The International Air Transport Association (IATA) released criteria for the use of COVID-19 testing in the travel process. Should governments choose to introduce COVID-19 testing for travelers arriving from countries considered as high risk, testing must deliver results fast, be able to be conducted at scale, and operate to very high rates of accuracy. Additionally, […]

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UNWTO: Restrictions on Tourism Travel start to ease, but caution remains

The world is slowly opening up again, new research from the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) indicates, with destinations cautiously easing travel restrictions introduced in response to COVID-19. As the United Nations specialized agency releases its Global Guidelines for Reopening Tourism, signalling a transition into gearing up for stronger and better recovery, 3% of all global […]

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Marriott International extends furloughs until October 2020 and announces more redundancies in its work force

Marriott International provided an update to the company’s global workforce on the continuing impact of COVID-19 on its business. The COVID-19 pandemic is having a more severe and sustained financial impact on Marriott’s business than 9/11 and the 2008 financial crisis, combined. From the first warning signs of this unprecedented event, the company took a […]

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Booking Reveals the Top Travel Dreams of a World in Waiting

According to Booking.com Bali, Andalusia, London, Florida and Paris – beach spots and city escapes are high among most wish-listed international destinations by global travelers during Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. Travel might be on pause in these unprecedented times, but data from Booking.com reveals that this hasn’t stopped people across the world from dreaming about its […]

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HVS: Paris Hotels will Experience Short-Term Pain but a Strong Recovery to Follow

Once the Paris hotel sector overcomes the initial period of recovery, the longer term, post-COVID-19 future looks promising, with the Olympic Games in 2024 expected to provide a much-needed boost to tourism. Along with the Games, the city will also benefit from the €2 billion investment plan to revitalise Disneyland Paris, which is expected to […]

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IATA: Don’t Make A Slow Recovery More Difficult with Quarantine Measures

The International Air Transport Association (IATA) released new analysis showing that the damage to air travel from COVID-19 extends into the medium-term, with long-haul/international travel being the most severely impacted. Quarantine measures on arrival would further damage confidence in air travel. A risk-based layered approach of globally harmonized biosecurity measures is critical for the restart. […]

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UNWTO: Strength of Tourism Sector’s Support for Workers and Communities

A recent survey of UNWTO showed that employers from across global tourism are taking the lead in supporting their workers and helping the communities in which they operate, research carried out into the sector’s response to COVID-19 has found. As the sector faces up to an unprecedented challenge, the World Committee on Tourism Ethics (a subsidiary of […]

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