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Australia-New Zealand quarantine-free travel suspended

The quarantine-free travel from all Australian states and territories to New Zealand will be suspended, New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern and Covid-19 Response Minister Chris Hipkins announced on July 23. The news comes as Australia continues to wrestle with …

  • 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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  • Study: Nearly 60 million Europeans could suffer from furloughs and layoff

    Published on : Monday, April 20, 2020

    According to McKinsey, nearly 60 million jobs across the European Union and the United Kingdom are at risk from the coronavirus or cOVID 19 pandemic. The consulting firm warns in a report published on Monday that the European Union unemployment …

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  • WTTC launches ‘Together in Travel’ campaign

    Published on : Monday, April 20, 2020

    The World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC) has decided to launch a new marketing campaign, ‘Together in Travel’. The campaign has been planned with the aim of galvanizing the global travel and tourism community. It will also show the importance …

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  • Iconic music festival Montreux Jazz Festival cancelled as coronavirus pandemic escalates

    Published on : Saturday, April 18, 2020

    The prestigious music concert Montreux Jazz Festival announced the cancellation of this year’s edition due to the COVID 19 or coronavirus pandemic, marking the first time since 1967 that the show cannot go on. It was scheduled to happen to …

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  • Florida opens its beaches and amusement parks

    Published on : Saturday, April 18, 2020

    Florida has opened some of its beaches and parks, while other states like Texas and Minnesota unveiled their own tourism revival plans for the coming days. Govornor  Ron DeSantis’ announced on Friday that north Florida beaches became among the first …

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  • Canada-U.S. extend border closure for several weeks

    Published on : Saturday, April 18, 2020

    Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau recently announced that the U.S.-Canada border would not completely reopen and is subjected to remain closed for several other weeks. The decision has been taken in light of the COVID-19 pandemic as coronavirus cases continue …

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  • Indonesia sees US$14 billion loss in tourism revenue due to coronavirus outbreak

    Published on : Friday, April 17, 2020

    The coronavirus outbreak is set to wipe out more than US$10 billion from Indonesia’s tourism revenue this year as leisure travel comes to a near complete halt, the government said on Thursday.  Indonesia is preparing stimulus packages for the industry …

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  • U.K. officially extends lockdown by three weeks

    Published on : Friday, April 17, 2020

    On Thursday, Foreign Minister Dominic Raab officially announced that the U.K. will undergo a second phase of lockdown in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic. Britain has decided to extend its coronavirus lockdown by at least another three weeks.   …

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  • London bus travel is now free

    Published on : Friday, April 17, 2020

    The passengers in London will be allowed to board buses for free and banned from using the front door as part of new pandemic measures announced by Transport for London (TfL). The free travel and middle door-only boarding will be …

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  • UNWTO reviews the plight of global tourism amid COVID-19 pandemic

    Published on : Friday, April 17, 2020

    The United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) recently issued a new report highlighting the scale of disruption caused to the global tourism industry by the COVID-19 pandemic. The report outlines a comprehensive study on travel restrictions in the wake of …

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  • Slovenia expects 70% decline in tourism business as global pandemic escalates

    Published on : Thursday, April 16, 2020

    The tourism in Slovenia hit particularly very hard due to coronavirus outbrerak. Slovenia is in a precarious position. The Slovenian Tourist Board expects the sector to experience a 60-70% contraction this year. Slovenian Tourist Board (STO) director Maja Pak told …

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