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Czech Republic lifts travel restriction for Germany, Austria and Hungary

The government of Czech Republic has decided to lift travel restrictions to Germany, Austria and Hungary.

  • U.K. likely to ease lockdown restrictions this week

    Published on : Monday, May 11, 2020

    On Sunday, U.K. Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced the government’s plan to slowly ease lockdown restrictions.

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  • France eases lockdown restrictions amid COVID-19 pandemic

    Published on : Friday, May 8, 2020

    On Thursday, French Prime Minister Édouard Philippe announced that the government of France is planning to ease coronavirus lockdown measures starting May 11.

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  • International Tourist Numbers Could Fall 60-80% in 2020, UNWTO Reports

    Published on : Friday, May 8, 2020

    The COVID-19 pandemic has caused a 22% fall in international tourist arrivals during the first quarter of 2020, the latest data from the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) shows. According to the United Nations specialized agency, the crisis could lead to …

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  • ATM Virtual to be launched in June to Middle East hospitality community

    Published on : Thursday, May 7, 2020

      Arabian Travel Market has announced the launch of ATM Virtual, a three-day event that will take place from June 1st-3rd.  ATM Virtual, a three-day event will start from June 1st-3rd, which seeks to underscore a commitment to deliver positive …

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  • Italy slowly eases lockdown restrictions after two months of closure

    Published on : Tuesday, May 5, 2020

    After observing strict lockdown measures for nearly two consecutive months, Italy has finally decided to ease lockdown restrictions.

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  • Gatwick Airport operation may not reopen for British Airways

    Published on : Sunday, May 3, 2020

    British Airways has informed staff that its Gatwick airport operation may not reopen after the coronavirus pandemic passes. BA’s Gatwick operation is currently suspended and is  roughly a fifth as big as its Heathrow hub. BA said it cannot rule …

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  • Florida will embrace huge tourism-tax revenue losses

    Published on : Friday, April 24, 2020

    The economy of Florida is driven by tourism, but the nationwide coronavirus lockdown has lowered tourism and travel sector. While exact figures since the shutdown won’t be calculated until the end of the month, Bay and Walton County officials and …

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  • Severe tornadoes batter Oklahoma, Texas, Louisiana and other regions

    Published on : Friday, April 24, 2020

    Severe tornadoes, flooding, and thunderstorms hit the southern regions of Oklahoma, Texas, and Louisiana on Wednesday and early Thursday. The weather disruption left dozens injured and at least seven people have been reported dead.     In Oklahoma and Texas …

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  • WTM Global Hub launched to support travel industry professional

    Published on : Friday, April 24, 2020

    A new online portal, WTM Global Hub has been launched by World Travel Market to connect and support travel industry professionals around the world.     Latest guidance and knowledge can be gathered by the resources which will help exhibitors, …

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  • European Athletics Championships cancelled due to COVID-19 pandemic

    Published on : Friday, April 24, 2020

    The European Athletics Championships, which is one of the most popular sports event, scheduled for Paris in August this year, has become the latest sports event to be cancelled because of the coronavirus pandemic after the cancellation of Tokyo Olympics. …

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  • Europe expects €400bn loss in tourism sector

    Published on : Thursday, April 23, 2020

    Across Europe, empty airports, abandoned hotels, deserted squares and lonely monuments illustrate how the coronavirus or COVID -19 outbreak has prompted probably the worst crisis in history for the travel and tourism industry in Europe. It is estimated that between …

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  • WTTC calls upon G20 leaders to support tourism recovery

    Published on : Thursday, April 23, 2020

    The World Travel and Tourism Council (WTTC) has called upon G20 tourism ministers so that they can lead a united and coordinated recovery action for the Travel and Tourism sector in the wake of the COVID-19-pandemic.     WTTC is …

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  • Air Mauritius enters voluntary administration

    Published on : Thursday, April 23, 2020

    The coronavirus pandemic has led another flag-carrier Air Mauritius to enter voluntary administration.   The week has been tough for airlines and the carrier follows Virgin Australia in making the move, however, South African Airways is teetering on the edge. …

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  • IATA predicts slow recovery in aviation sector, govt should boost confidence

    Published on : Wednesday, April 22, 2020

    Considering the anticipated slow recovery in demand for air travel the International Air Transport Association has called for governments to work with the industry on confidence-boosting measures.   Alexandre de Juniac, IATA director general said that passenger confidence will suffer …

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  • Egypt is expecting to lose $5bn in tourism revenues

    Published on : Wednesday, April 22, 2020

    The Egyptian Tourism is expected to lose $5 billion in tourism revenues this year as the country reels from the effects of deadly coronavirus or COVID 19.It was expected that the tourist industry in Egypt would make $16 billion in …

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  • Singapore extends circuit breaker till June

    Published on : Wednesday, April 22, 2020

    Singapore has decided to extend its circuit breaker plan till the month of June. On Tuesday, Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong informed that partial lockdown measures titled as a ‘circuit breaker’ that was undertaken to curb the spread of the …

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  • UNWTO seeks strong governmental action for tourism recovery

    Published on : Tuesday, April 21, 2020

    The World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) convened the Global Tourism Crisis Committee in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. The committee was formed to bring together every part of the tourism sector as well as leading international institutions in order to create …

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  • World’s largest folk festival Oktoberfest cancelled

    Published on : Tuesday, April 21, 2020

    The world’s largest folk festival, Oktoberfest, has been cancelled because of the rapid COVID 19 spreading. This annual festival, Oktoberfest attracts around more than six million revellers in Munich for the two-week-long festivities, amassing more than €1bn in tourist dollars …

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  • Refund made harder by travel firms for cancelled holidays

    Published on : Tuesday, April 21, 2020

    Hundreds of thousands of customers whose trips have been cancelled are facing difficulties as Britain’s bigggest travel firms appear to have made the process of obtaining refund more difficult.   But like almost all holiday firms, it is unable to …

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  • Barlett announces ministry will offer six-month moratorium

    Published on : Monday, April 20, 2020

    Recently, the Jamaica minister of tourism, Edmund Bartlett announced that the ministry will be offering a six-month moratorium on licences and fees that are to be paid by tourism entities.   This was said during a digital press briefing hosted …

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