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COVID-19: European Council adopts a recommendation to coordinate measures affecting free movement

The European Council adopted a recommendation on a coordinated approach to the restrictions of free movement in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. This recommendation aims to avoid fragmentation and disruption, and to increase transparency and predictability for citizens and businesses. “The COVID-19 pandemic has disrupted our daily lives in many ways. Travel restrictions have made […]

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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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UNWTO, ONCE Foundation and ENAT call for the reopening of tourism destinations to cater for the needs of people with disabilities

According to the newest data from UNWTO, 40% of global destinations have now eased restrictions on travel introduced in response to COVID0-19. Now, with tourism steadily returning, UNWTO has joined disabled people’s organizations and organizations from across civil society to design a basic set of recommendations aimed at maintaining the ethos of “Accessible Tourism for All” in the […]

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WTTC says UK is heading to ‘worst case scenario’ threatening nearly three million Travel & Tourism jobs

Nearly three million jobs in the UK – and 197 million worldwide in the Travel & Tourism sector globally – look set to be lost due to the collapse of travel, according to the World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC). WTTC economic modelling conducted less than two months ago predicted this ‘worst case scenario’ would […]

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MSC Cruises reveals details of company’s comprehensive health and safety protocol

MSC Cruises’ CEO Gianni Onorato revealed the full details of the Company’s comprehensive health and safety protocol that has been developed to support the restart of operations in the Mediterranean, designed to protect the health and safety of guests, crew as well as the local communities that the Company’s ships will visit. MSC Cruises has […]

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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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TUI UK announces streamilining of retail and closes 166 of its stores

TUI UK and Ireland announced that it is set to streamline its retail estate and will close 166 TUI high street stores replacing them with a new homeworking sales and service team. Customers value the personal service and support TUI travel advisors offer; the business is looking to move 70% of the 900 impacted roles […]

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Britain “axes” Luxembourg from its safe travel list

Britain has “axed” Luxembourg from its safe travel list with immediate effect from midnight 30 July. The official website of the British Government said: “If you arrive in England, Wales, Scotland or Northern Ireland from Luxembourg on or after 31 July 2020 you will need to self-isolate. those arriving from Luxembourg from midnight tonight will need […]

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Jet2 suspends flights to Cyprus up to 16th August due to entry requirements

Jet2 announced recently that it will suspend flights to Cyprus up to 16th due to the entry requirements. Specifically, the announcement states that the flights to Larnaca and Paphos will be suspended until the aforementioned date and the Cypriot government is urged to review its entry criteria in line with other destinations. Jet2’s customers will […]

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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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