Covid-19

  • Business Events Council Malaysia highlights convention centres’ vital role as business and community engagement platform

    Published on : Monday, February 22, 2021

    Business Events Council Malaysia (BECM) Chairman, Alan Pryor, urges the Malaysian government to continue to enhance more active engagement with the business events industry, in order to advance mutual economic recovery goals and strategies to elevate the city’s and the …

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  • U.S. extends travel restrictions with Canada and Mexico until March 21

    Published on : Monday, February 22, 2021

    The U.S. government recently announced that the U.S. land borders with Canada and Mexico will remain closed to non-essential travel until at least March 21. The restrictions at U.S. land border crossings with Canada and Mexico was first established exactly …

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  • Uzbekistan hoping to welcome international tourist after pandemic pause

    Published on : Monday, February 22, 2021

    Uzbekistan has forever depended on tourism and travel services for its economic growth. Nestled along the Silk road and with abundance of cultural heritage as well as historical monument, Uzbekistan experienced a constant surge in international tourist visit, but recently …

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  • Mayor of London set to launch £5m campaign to boost tourism recovery

    Published on : Friday, February 19, 2021

    The Mayor of London Sadiq Khan has recently revealed plans to launch a £5m tourism campaign to encourage people to travel back to the capital post-COVID. The money will be used to bring domestic visitors and tourists back to London …

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  • Air France-KLM reports €7.1 billion loss for 2020

    Published on : Friday, February 19, 2021

    Air France-KLM has reported a loss of €7.1 billion for financial year 2020 as the global COVID-19 pandemic placed a standstill on international travel. The airline said in a statement that passenger numbers fell 67 per cent last year, while …

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  • Marriott reports $164 million loss for fourth quarter

    Published on : Friday, February 19, 2021

    Marriott has recently reported a fourth quarter net loss of $164 million as the COVID-19 pandemic continues to take the hospitality industry by storm. The figure has been compared to a net income of $279 million in the quarter of …

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  • Canada introduces new set of stringent travel and entry restrictions

    Published on : Thursday, February 18, 2021

    Canada has recently introduced a new set of stringent travel restrictions and entry rules in a bid to curb the spread of the new variant of coronavirus disease in the country. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced that the latest measures …

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  • Namibia tourism industry reports loss of $220 million due to COVID-19

    Published on : Thursday, February 18, 2021

    The Bank of Namibia Governor Johannes Gawaxab recently reported that Namibia’s tourism industry has reported a loss of about 3.2 billion Namibian dollars (about 220 million US dollars) from travel-related service as a result of COVID-19 pandemic. According to Gawaxab, …

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  • Israel and Greece signs new tourism agreement

    Published on : Wednesday, February 17, 2021

    Israel and Greece have recently signed a bilateral agreement on tourism cooperation in Jerusalem, providing hope to the tourism industry which has come to a standstill due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Orit Farkash-Hacohen, Minister of Strategic Affairs, Israel told Harry …

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  • Norwegian cancels all sailings until end of May

    Published on : Wednesday, February 17, 2021

    Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings has cancelled all sailings until at least the end of May 2021 as the cruise sector struggles to fight back from the COVID-19 pandemic. The decision will impact on trips from all brands controlled by the …

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  • Auckland put under three-day lockdown amid new COVID cases

    Published on : Monday, February 15, 2021

    On Sunday, February 14, New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern ordered a three-day lockdown in Auckland in order to stop the spread of the new U.K. variant of the COVID-19 virus. The level 3 restrictions will require everyone to stay …

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  • Israel and Cyprus introduces tourism agreement for vaccinated travelers

    Published on : Monday, February 15, 2021

    On Sunday, Israel and Cyprus has introduced a tourism agreement to allow citizens who have been vaccinated against the coronavirus to travel between the countries without the need to quarantine.The agreement between the two countries is another step towards restoring their tourism …

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  • Caribbean Travel Marketplace to go virtual in May

    Published on : Friday, February 12, 2021

    The Caribbean Travel Marketplace will be staged virtually for the first time in nearly 40 years. The show is considered to be the premier annual gathering in the region, where Caribbean hospitality and tourism professionals meet with colleagues and international …

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  • Scotland to continue ten–day hotel quarantine on arrival

    Published on : Friday, February 12, 2021

    Scottish transport secretary, Michael Matheson, made it official that travellers will be staying at a designated hotel for ten days on arrival from Monday. The government has selected six hotels for quarantine purpose which are close to airports Aberdeen, Edinburgh …

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  • Australian tourism industry is under threat of losing 320,000 jobs

    Published on : Thursday, February 11, 2021

    Australia expect to lose 320,000 tourism jobs and billions due to border shutdown. In the aftermath of pandemic, Australian tourism industry is under the threat of losing 320,000 jobs and 7 billion USD owing to border shutdown during peak tourism …

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  • New Caledonia continues Covid-19 travel restrictions till July end

    Published on : Thursday, February 11, 2021

    New Caledonia will maintain travel restriction owing to Covid-19 spread till the end of July. Earlier the restrictions were to end by March, however, the present scenario forced rethinking and the government made it official that movement in this current …

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  • Scotland mandates 10-day hotel quarantine for arriving travellers

    Published on : Thursday, February 11, 2021

    Scotland has decided to quarantine all visitors to the country in a designated hotel for ten days on arrival starting Monday, February 15. The latest decision was recently announced by Scottish transport secretary Michael Matheson. Six hotels with a combined …

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  • U.K. government introduces tougher travel and entry restrictions

    Published on : Wednesday, February 10, 2021

    The U.K. government has recently announced a series of new measures designed to curb the spread of the new variants of COVID-19. Health Secretary Matt Hancock has announced tougher border measures and said that the new rules have been undertaken …

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  • WTTC urges the world to focus on ‘high-risk travellers’

    Published on : Wednesday, February 10, 2021

    The World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC) has recently called upon governments to abandon the concept of ‘high-risk countries’ and urged to focus on how individual ‘high-risk travellers’ are treated at borders instead. WTTC is urging governments around the world to …

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  • Transport Canada extends cruise ban until February 2022

    Published on : Wednesday, February 10, 2021

    Transport Canada has recently decided to extend a ban on cruise vessels in all Canadian waters until February 28, 2022. The order, which were originally issued last spring and extended several times since, was announced by minister of transport, Omar …

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