Covid-19

  • Edinburgh Airport introduces new COVID-19 testing facility

    Published on : Monday, February 8, 2021

    Edinburgh Airport has recently launched an on-site COVID-19 testing service. The site is offering fast and accurate lateral flow and PCR testing and is located through the COVID-19 screening entrance to the left of the departures entrance. The site is …

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  • World Travel & Tourism Council says govt. should abandon the concept of “high risk countries”

    Published on : Monday, February 8, 2021

    The World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC) is calling for governments to abandon the concept of ‘high-risk countries’ and instead focus on how individual ‘high-risk travellers’ are treated at borders. WTTC, which represents the global Travel & Tourism private sector, …

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  • Italian travel associations seek vaccination for all tourism workers

    Published on : Saturday, February 6, 2021

    Italian travel and tourism trade associations have recently launched an initiative to protect tourism workers by means of ready access to the COVID-19 vaccine. “COVID-19 vaccines for all tourism workers” is the appeal launched by the main trade associations and …

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  • IATA declares 2020 as the worst year for aviation industry

    Published on : Thursday, February 4, 2021

    The International Air Transport Association (IATA) has announced full-year global passenger traffic results for 2020 showing that demand (revenue passenger kilometres) fell by 66 per cent compared to the full year of 2019 and is considered to be the sharpest …

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  • Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines delays return until June

    Published on : Thursday, February 4, 2021

    Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines has decided to cancel all sailings until the end of June in light of the current restrictions in England as a result of the pandemic. The company had been due to resume sailing on May 22, …

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  • Saint Lucia tightens COVID-19 travel restrictions

    Published on : Thursday, February 4, 2021

    Saint Lucia has decided that all arrivals to the country must have proof of a negative COVID-19 PCR test taken no more than five days before arrival. The new rule will be effective from February 10 and will be applied …

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  • oneworld introduces COVID-19 information portal for customers

    Published on : Thursday, February 4, 2021

    oneworld has partnered with travel tech company Sherpa with the aim of offering the customers the most up-to-date information on government entry and travel restrictions, making it easier to plan travel. Customers have been requested to visit the portal in order …

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  • Wizz Air reports net loss of €116 million for third quarter

    Published on : Wednesday, February 3, 2021

    Wizz Air has reported a net loss of €116 million for the third quarter of 2020 (three months to December 31) as the COVID-19 pandemic took a huge toll on aviation. The low-cost carrier saw profits of €21 million for …

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  • Dubai announces new measures amid rising COVID cases

    Published on : Wednesday, February 3, 2021

    Dubai has announced a new set of measures in order to curb the rising number of COVID-19 cases recorded recently in the emirate. The new rules will be executed with immediate effect and will remain in place until the end …

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  • Ryanair urges vaccination to control further financial loss

    Published on : Wednesday, February 3, 2021

    Under the present situation, Ryanair predicted a lose up to €950 million in its current financial year as chief executive Michael O’Leary urged the Republic and EU to accelerate Covid-19 vaccinations. The Irish airline group recently made it official that …

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  • Queensland tour operators anxious to recover business

    Published on : Wednesday, February 3, 2021

    As travel industry experiences a loss of over millions a day, Queensland tour operators is anxious with business management and future of tourism. They are losing sleep in the present situation as they brace for the end of the JobKeeper …

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  • Qatar airways and Saudi airlines soon to resume direct flights

    Published on : Wednesday, February 3, 2021

    Qatar Airways and Saudi Airlines is all set to resume flights between Doha and Riyadh very soon in a reopening of airspace as part of a political settlement in a three-year-old dispute. Qatar Airways said on Twitter that on Saturday …

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  • Japan airlines predicts further loss owing to very low travel demand

    Published on : Tuesday, February 2, 2021

    Japan airlines unhappily projected that it further predicts a higher loss owing to continuous decreasing of travel booking. On Monday they announced a yearly forecast with record operating loss of 420 billion yen due to the sudden spike in coronavirus …

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  • Hong Kong imposes four lockdowns for COVID-19 screening

    Published on : Tuesday, February 2, 2021

    Four lockdowns imposed in Hong Kong for mandatory COVID-19 screening have so far identified no new infections, with residents testing negative allowed to leave the restricted areas for work early on Tuesday. On Monday, officials restricted buildings in Tsim Sha …

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  • Canada announces new COVID-19 travel restrictions

    Published on : Monday, February 1, 2021

    The Canadian government has decided to impose new COVID-19 restrictions for incoming travellers. The announcement of the latest rules was recently made by Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau after several weeks of pressure from several Canadian provinces to implement tougher …

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  • Canada bans flights to the Caribbean and Mexico

    Published on : Monday, February 1, 2021

    Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau recently announced a new agreement with airlines to suspend travel to the Caribbean and Mexico due to COVID-19. The country’s main airlines, including Air Canada and WestJet, will end service immediately and organise return travel …

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  • Heathrow introduces COVID-19 testing pilot among employees

    Published on : Monday, February 1, 2021

    Heathrow has recently started working with NHS to deliver rapid lateral flow tests to employees as it seeks to prevent the spread of COVID-19 at the airport. The scheme has been designed to support measures already in place to keep …

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  • UNWTO reports 2020 as the worst year for tourism

    Published on : Saturday, January 30, 2021

    The United Nations World Tourism Organisation (UNWTO) recently reported that global tourism suffered its worst year on record in 2020, with international arrivals dropping by 74 per cent when compared to 2019. Destinations worldwide welcomed one billion fewer international arrivals …

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  • Turkey reports 65% drop in tourism revenue in 2020

    Published on : Saturday, January 30, 2021

    Turkey’s statistical office recently reported that the country’s tourism revenue decreased by 65% in 2020, reaching $12.6 billion (10.4 billion euro). TurkStat informed that tourism revenues halved to $3.9 billion, in the fourth quarter alone. According to reports, personal expenditures contributed …

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  • Tourism can defeat virus effect by innovation & safety

    Published on : Friday, January 29, 2021

    The shocking rise in new cases of COVID-19 infections in China has encouraged renewed calls for intensifying anti-pandemic steps like wearing face masks, maintaining social distancing and keeping away from big gatherings. The central and local governments in China have …

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