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Ending VAT-free shopping for international visitors can mean billions of pounds loss for the UK

Travel and retail bosses have warned that a government plan for ending VAT-free shopping for international visitors at the end of 2020 could cost the UK billions of pounds in lost income. The heads of firms like Marks & Spencer, …

  • European airports to lose billions of passengers: ACI

    Published on : Friday, April 10, 2020

    Airports Council International Europe (ACI) recently released official data that reveals that European airports lost more passengers in March than during the 2009 global financial crisis. As compared to the same time period last year, passenger numbers across Europe’s airports …

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  • U.K. likely to extend lockdown restrictions

    Published on : Friday, April 10, 2020

    On March 23, the U.K. Prime Minister Boris Johnson issued a nationwide lockdown notice under the term “National Emergency” as a response to the coronavirus pandemic. Later, Mr. Johnson tested positive for coronavirus and was admitted to the ICU for …

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  • Airbnb U.K. restricts accommodation to keyworkers

    Published on : Friday, April 10, 2020

    Leading accommodation providing platform Airbnb has decided to limit its accommodations and bookings in the U.K. All bookings in the U.K will now be limited to “essential stays”. Only keyworkers working to provide any essential services can book rooms and …

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  • Italy plans to ease lockdown restrictions gradually

    Published on : Thursday, April 9, 2020

    After numerous days of battling the coronavirus pandemic, Italy might look to ease some of its highly strict lockdown restrictions towards the end of April. On Wednesday, Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte mentioned that the lockdown in Italy that is in …

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  • FCO extends non-essential global travel ban

    Published on : Monday, April 6, 2020

    The Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) has recently decided to extend its ban on all non-essential global travel for an indefinite period of time. The decision arrives as the number of confirmed coronavirus cases continues to rise across the globe …

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  • TUI U.K. to lay-off thousands of staff

    Published on : Wednesday, April 1, 2020

    The holiday giant and the biggest holiday provider in the United Kingdom, TUI U.K. has decided to lay-off around 11,000 staff starting today. The move will also include nearly 4,500 retail agents. The company mentioned in a statement that approximately …

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  • U.K. invests £75m for rescue flights to bring British citizens home

    Published on : Tuesday, March 31, 2020

    The U.K. government recently announced a £75m package to introduce a new airlift operation. The rescue flights would be launched to bring home thousands of British nationals stranded abroad due to the coronavirus pandemic. Numerous Britons left behind in other …

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  • ASAP to provide serviced apartment properties around the U.K.

    Published on : Monday, March 30, 2020

    The Association of Serviced Apartment Providers (ASAP) recently announced to supply serviced apartment properties around the U.K. to accommodate NHS staff and other vital workers. The decision comes as a response to the call for help to support the individuals working tirelessly …

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  • Public financing of Fehmarn Belt fixed link approved by European Commission

    Published on : Tuesday, March 24, 2020

    The European Commission has recently concluded that Denmark’s public financing model for the Fehmarn Belt rail and road tunnel to Germany is compatible with EU state aid rules.     It was back during July 2015 that the Commission first …

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  • UK issues strict stay-at-home notice amid rising coronavirus cases

    Published on : Tuesday, March 24, 2020

    The United Kingdom finally decided to issue a strict lockdown notice and is currently banning people to leave their houses except for very limited or urgent reasons. On Monday, the UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson officially addressed the UK citizens …

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  • Hotels all over Greece have shut down

    Published on : Monday, March 23, 2020

    Hotels all over Greece are shutting down as of Monday morning with few exceptions that were to be modified on Sunday, putting the tourism of Greece on ice even though it is the prime income source for many districts of …

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  • Italy bans internal travel as coronavirus cases continue to rise

    Published on : Monday, March 23, 2020

    In light of the coronavirus pandemic, Italy recently declared a ban on internal travel as the number of coronavirus cases in the country increased over the weekend. Italy’s government has now ordered to restrict all travel and movement within the …

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  • UK Civil Aviation Authority to extend ATOL renewal

    Published on : Saturday, March 21, 2020

    The UK Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) recently decided to extend the accreditation of all Air Travel Organisers’ Licensing (ATOL) holders’ paperwork. The ATOL holders applied to renew their paperwork and the renewal was scheduled for the forthcoming month. In a …

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  • In Northern Ireland, 3,000 businesses related to tourism ‘may not survive’!

    Published on : Friday, March 20, 2020

    Minister of Northern Ireland, Diane Dodds recently explained that there had been “an alarming drop-off in activity” in the tourism sector.   She disclosed that Titanic Belfast, one of the key attractions of the country, was seeing visitor numbers going …

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  • As Coronavirus spreads tube passengers decline by 20 per cent

    Published on : Wednesday, March 18, 2020

    Transport for London (TfL) is expected to lose £500 million as passengers avoid using public transport amid coronavirus fears.   Underground travel is down almost 20 per cent from the same period last year – with bus journeys falling by …

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  • Portugal and Spain agree to stop tourism across their 1,200-kilometer shared border

    Published on : Tuesday, March 17, 2020

    Portugal and Spain have agreed to stop tourism across their 1,200-kilometer shared border beginning from Monday, but they will still allow workers to commute as well as the exchange of goods across the land border, said Portuguese Prime Minister Antonio …

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  • Ryanair to ground maximum flights across Europe by next week

    Published on : Monday, March 16, 2020

    Ryanair just announced its plan to ground the majority of its flights across Europe over the next seven to ten days. The decision comes as the deadly coronavirus continue to spread across the globe and virus affected cases rise in …

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  • Spanish tourism witnessing a corona virus ‘tsunami’

    Published on : Saturday, March 14, 2020

    Spanish tourism is literally witnessing a corona virus ‘tsunami’ with ‘no new bookings’ at some hotels with the disease making its presence in the country.   Occupancy rates at Spanish hotels have fallen radically, with some hotels left empty due …

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  • Croatia tourism already under the influence of coronavirus

    Published on : Thursday, March 12, 2020

    As Poslovni Dnevnik inscribes on the 11th of March, 2020, as two-thirds (66 percent) of the companies in Croatia are by now feeling the negative impacts of coronavirus in their business, and more than 53 percent, have seen a decline in turnover, …

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  • Spain initiates measures to tackle coronavirus

    Published on : Saturday, March 7, 2020

    This article brings you the latest news from across Spain, through on ground reporting by its reporters.   After admitting that the coronavirus will strongly impact the country’s crucial tourism sector on Thursday (5 March), the Spanish government announced extra …

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