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    Travel News – Iradai unveils guidelines for standard domestic travel insurance policy

    The Insurance Regulatory and Development Authority of India (Irdai) has issued guidelines on Bharat Yatra Suraksha, the standard domestic travel insurance product, that will provide coverage for hospitalisation expenses, death, permanent complete or partial disablement due to an accident, for travel through taxi, bus, train, ship, and airplane in the country. The base cover will provide coverage for hospitalisation expenses ranging from INR 1 lakh to INR 10 lakh and an accidental death benefit ranging from INR 1 lakh to INR 1 crore. Optional covers include coverage for missed flight connections, loss of checked-in baggage, trip delays beyond three hours, […] More

  • Australia closed to tourists until 2022
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    Australia closed to tourists until 2022

    Hungary‘s Sziget, which organises some of the largest music festivals in Europe, said on Thursday that it had cancelled this summer’s main event in Budapest and would instead make a “grand comeback” in 2022, Reuters reports. The Sziget Festival routinely draws several hundred thousand visitors to an island in the River Danube in the Hungarian capital, with the Foo Fighters, Ed Sheeran, Post Malone and Macklemore among the star guests at the last festival in August 2019. The company said the pandemic-related uncertainties over travel, accommodation and also the use of vaccination cards domestically and internationally have forced them to […] More

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    Australia news live update: repatriation flights from India to double in May; NSW reports no new local Covid cases

    More than 20 federal Labor MPs in Victoria won’t be preselected for their seats in the next federal election until a judge rules on the nomination process. Preselection opened on Tuesday for 21 electorates the party considers safe, and for the new seat of Hawke in Melbourne’s west. Nominations closed on Friday morning and despite all sitting MPs facing no challenge to their candidacy, a Victorian supreme court judge has barred the ALP from officially declaring their preselection, AAP reports. Three candidates were nominated to represent Hawke and a ballot to choose the candidate was due to be held on […] More

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    BTA bolsters industry board

    News. All · Travel Agents · Tour Operators · Cruise · Air · Accommodation … Bennett is the airline's manager of corporate and TMC sales in the UK, and … role business travel plays in the UK economy while contributing to the BTA's … Read further. More

  • Business travel firm acquires Leeds-based counterpart as sector eyes recovery
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    Business travel firm acquires Leeds-based counterpart as sector eyes recovery

    Thu, 06 May 2021 | BUSINESS SALE Business travel management firm Good Travel Management has acquired Leeds-based counterpart Company Travel as travel sector M&A continues in anticipation of a post-pandemic recovery. The deal will see Hessle-headquartered Good Travel Management acquire Company Travel’s customer base, as well as its ongoing client servicing activity. The buying firm said that, post-acquisition, Company Travel customers would experience the benefits of its enhanced buying power, as well as greater product and technology solutions. According to Good Travel Management, both firms have shared values, as well as a shared expertise in travel management across sectors including […] More

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    Travel News – Thai travel agencies offer Covid ‘vaccine tours’ to US, Russia

    Travel agencies in Thailand are selling coronavirus “vaccine tours” to the United States, as some wealthy Thais grow impatient awaiting mass inoculations that are still a month away amid the country’s biggest outbreak so far. The tours reflect global differences in vaccinations, with the United States and Britain making swift immunisation gains, but many lower income nations – and increasingly their well-off citizens – are still working to secure doses. Bangkok tour operator, Unithai Trip, has packages from THB 75,000 to THB 200,000 (USD 2,400 to USD 6,400) for trips to San Francisco, Los Angeles and New York, with prices […] More

  • Cruise Ships Will Go On Test Runs
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    Cruise Ships Will Go On Test Runs

    Each practice cruise will operate in U.S. waters and last two to seven days. In other travel news: Scammers at an Indonesian airport reused coronavirus testing swabs on as many as 9,000 people. AP: CDC Sets Rules For Trial Cruises With Volunteer Passengers Cruise lines can soon begin trial voyages in U.S. waters with volunteer passengers helping test whether the ships can sail safely during a pandemic. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention gave ship operators final technical guidelines Wednesday for the trial runs. The CDC action is a step toward resuming cruises in U.S. waters, possibly by July, […] More

  • Travel industry chiefs demand better Foreign Office advice
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    Travel industry chiefs demand better Foreign Office advice

    With holidays abroad soon to be permitted, senior travel industry figures have demanded that Foreign Office travel advice reverts to “its intended purpose”. Since the coronavirus pandemic began, the Foreign Office (FCDO) has been criticised for basing go/no-go warnings entirely on the basis of Covid figures. Last August, Danny Callaghan, chief executive of the Latin American Travel Association, said: “People are looking at Foreign Office advice and seeing it as redundant. The travel trade are rapidly losing faith in that advice.” Just ahead of the government’s announcement of a “green list” of low-risk destinations, the chief executives of Airlines UK […] More

  • WTTC Awards Top Travel Industry Leaders
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    WTTC Awards Top Travel Industry Leaders

    The World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC) hosted its Annual Global Summit Awards, recognizing top tourism leaders across the globe for their outstanding leadership in key areas of travel and tourism. This year, the governor of Quintana Roo, Carlos Manuel Joaquín González, won the Global Leadership Award for his role during the pandemic. The state he governs includes Cancun, one of the first destinations to adopt the WTTC Safe Travels stamp, which has now been given to its 250th destination. ADVERTISING Trending Now Minister of Tourism of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, Ahmed Al Khateeb, won the accolade of Global […] More

  • Hilton: Business Travel Room Nights Could Reach 70 Percent of 2019 Levels by Q4 2021
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    Hilton: Business Travel Room Nights Could Reach 70 Percent of 2019 Levels by Q4 2021

    Hilton Worldwide president and CEO Christopher Nassetta is optimistic about the future of travel and for Hilton. He’s basing this optimism on having chaired and attended the World Travel and Tourism Council’s global summit in Mexico, where more than 800 participants attended in person, as well as on data that supports the view that the slope of the recovery has steepened since the company released its fourth-quarter 2020 results.  “It was great to be in the same room with other hospitality and government leaders talking about the bright future that lies ahead for our industry,” Nassetta said during a Wednesday […] More

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