Covid-19

  • Turkey begins COVID-19 vaccination for tourism workers

    Published on : Tuesday, April 13, 2021

    Turkey has now started to roll out the COVID-19 vaccination programme for tourism employees in coordination with the ministry of culture and tourism, ministry of health and Turkey Tourism Promotion and Development Agency (TGA). The country aims to complete the …

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  • TUI Group plans to raise €350 million in fresh funding

    Published on : Tuesday, April 13, 2021

    TUI Group has recently revealed plans to raise at least €350 million in fresh funding as the company seeks to fight against the ongoing devastating impact from the COVID-19 pandemic. The new senior unsecured bonds will fall due in 2028. …

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  • British government plans to implement traffic light system for international tourists

    Published on : Monday, April 12, 2021

    The British government has recently unveiled details on the suggested ‘traffic light’ system that it intends to introduce as international travel reopens. Transport Secretary Grant Shapps explained that the scheme would categorise countries based on associated risk. Authorities mentioned that …

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  • Carnival Corporation reports $2 billion loss for first quarter

    Published on : Friday, April 9, 2021

    Carnival Corporation has reported a net loss of US$2 billion for the first quarter of 2021. The company was forced to halt all sailings in March 2020 as the COVID-19 pandemic spread around the world and has yet to return …

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  • IATA reports continued slump in air traffic demand

    Published on : Friday, April 9, 2021

    The International Air Transport Association (IATA) recently reported that passenger traffic fell in February, both compared to pre-COVID-19 levels in February 2019, and to the immediate month before January this year. Because comparisons between 2021 and 2020 monthly results are …

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  • Australia and New Zealand set to launch ‘travel bubble’ on April 19

    Published on : Tuesday, April 6, 2021

    Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has announced that New Zealand is set to allow quarantine-free visits by Australians starting April 19, with the creation of a “travel bubble” for the neighbouring nations which have closed borders to the rest of the …

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  • England set to ease lockdown restrictions; international travel stays on hold

    Published on : Tuesday, April 6, 2021

    On Monday, April 5, British Prime Minister Boris Johnson said that England is likely to begin a planned reopening of the economy starting April 12 with the opening of all shops, gyms, hairdressers and outdoor hospitality areas in England. However, …

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  • Palau and Taiwan launches coronavirus travel bubble for tourists

    Published on : Monday, April 5, 2021

    The islands of Palau and Taiwan recently opened a reciprocal travel lane, allowing residents of both places to travel back and forth quarantine-free provided they follow certain guidelines. The bubble, which Palau addressed as the “sterile corridor,” started off on …

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  • Philippines, Kenya and Bangladesh added to England’s ‘red list’

    Published on : Monday, April 5, 2021

    The Philippines, Kenya and Bangladesh have been added to England’s ‘red list’ in a move to protect the country against new variants of COVID-19. Officials said the decision came at a critical time for the vaccine programme. From 04:00 on …

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  • France enters into extended four-week COVID-19 lockdown

    Published on : Monday, April 5, 2021

    France has entered into another extended COVID-19 lockdown, effective Sunday, April 4, 2021 in light of the recent surge in coronavirus cases across the country. The lockdown is expected to last for the next four weeks. French President Emmanuel Macron …

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  • Ontario set to return to lockdown amid rise in COVID cases across Canada

    Published on : Friday, April 2, 2021

    The popular Canadian province of Ontario has decided to return to a lockdown on Saturday after a steady rise in COVID-19 cases. Home to 14 million people, more than a third of the country’s population, the region is all set …

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  • UNWTO reports 87% decline in tourist arrivals in January 2021

    Published on : Friday, April 2, 2021

    The United Nations World Tourism Organisation (UNWTO) has stated that the devastating impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on global tourism has carried on into 2021, with new data showing an 87 per cent fall in international tourist arrivals in January …

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  • Malta set to welcome vaccinated British tourists from June 1

    Published on : Thursday, April 1, 2021

    Malta has decided to start welcoming passengers who are fully vaccinated against COVID-19, starting June 1. British travellers who can show proof of full vaccination received at least ten days before arriving in the country will no longer have to …

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  • UNWTO urges international community support for small island developing states

    Published on : Thursday, April 1, 2021

    The United Nations World Tourism Organisation (UNWTO) has called upon the international community to show solidarity with ‘small island developing states’ (SIDS) by ensuring they have access to COVID-19 vaccinations. As tourism is a leading employer and economic pillar for …

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  • Italian Survey of Conferences and Events: Meetings see a huge decline in revenues of 79% in 2020

    Published on : Wednesday, March 31, 2021

    The crisis sparked by the COVID-19 emergency has had a devastating impact on the conference and events industry. According to the Italian Survey of Conferences and Events, events venues registered a decline in revenues of 79% in 2020. Conference centres, …

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  • Phuket set to pave the way for Thailand’s tourism reopening

    Published on : Wednesday, March 31, 2021

    Thailand has decided to remove quarantine requirements and open its borders to fully-vaccinated travellers starting this summer, according to officials. From July 1, the popular tourist island of Phuket will be the first destination in the country to welcome international …

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  • Jersey to reopen borders for travellers from the UK and Crown Dependencies

    Published on : Tuesday, March 30, 2021

    Jersey, the largest Channel Island, recently announced that it has decided to reopen its borders as COVID-19 restrictions is being eased throughout the UK. Guests from the UK and Crown Dependencies will be welcome again from April 26. Visitors do …

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  • Virgin Atlantic all set to begin health pass trials

    Published on : Tuesday, March 30, 2021

    Virgin Atlantic has partnered with IATA Travel Pass and TrustAssure to launch two separate, complementary trials of the digital health passes. Starting April 16, the airline will commence a one-month trial of the IATA Travel Pass on its popular London …

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  • RwandAir vaccinates all staffs against COVID-19

    Published on : Tuesday, March 30, 2021

    RwandAir has become the first African airline that has vaccinated all its staff against COVID-19, as Africa seeks to position itself as one of the safest on the continent. The airline began its vaccination rollout programme earlier this month targeting …

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  • The Townhouse closes after 50 years of operation

    Published on : Friday, March 26, 2021

    When Francois and Kitty Petousis purchased the Trocadero from South African Breweries in 1968 and demolished it to create the 107-room Townhouse Hotel, they laid the foundation upon which the portfolio of Petousis Hotels was built. The Townhouse, launched in …

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