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    Scottish lockdown easing: Travel allowed from Friday as Nicola Sturgeon warns against cross-border travel

    Health The travel ban within Scotland will be lifted from Friday, Nicola Sturgeon has announced, in a surprise move to ease lockdown restrictions ten days sooner than expected. Tuesday, 13th April 2021, 9:56 pm People will be allowed to travel anywhere in Scotland for recreation or to meet friends and family outdoors, bringing forward a relaxation that was originally scheduled from April 26. But this rule will not apply to travel between Scotland and England, the First Minister said, warning Scots not to venture south of the border to visit the pubs, restaurants and shops which reopened in England on […] More

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    Greece to open to vaccinated Britons next week

    Demand for UK holidays has skyrocketed this week, as England enters phase two of the roadmap to ease lockdown restrictions. Following the reopening of self-catered accommodation, campsites and beer gardens on Monday April 12, parts of Britain are close to fully booked. A report by the Rest Easy Group confirmed 98 per cent of properties in Cornwall across its platforms are booked this week – with Devon and Yorkshire also close to full capacity. “Only 3 per cent of properties in Devon are now available to book, followed by 5 per cent in Yorkshire and 2 per cent in Cornwall,” said […] More

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    Scotland’s islands will push for further lifting of Covid travel restrictions after learning they will remain in step with the mainland when rules ease later this month. Confirmation that tourists can return from April 26 was welcomed, following uncertainty over travel from the mainland which island businesses said had cost them millions of pounds in cancelled bookings. Tourism bodies had called for clarity on the situation, saying that some businesses were unlikely to survive an extension to the ban on visitors. The Scottish Government had consulted islanders and decided they will remain in Level 3 in line with the mainland, […] More

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    Dara Airport City Hotel in Phnom Penh Appoints Weng Aow as GM

    (13 Apr 2021) The Dara Airport City Hotel & Spa in Phnom Penh, Cambodia has appointed Weng Aow as General Manager. With over 28 years of hospitality industry experience, Weng began his career at one of the most iconic hotels in the world, the Raffles Singapore. Weng has also worked for other well known hospitality brands before joining Dara Hotels Group including Accor Hotels, Soluxe Hospitality Group, Sokha Hotels & Resort and Angkor Palace Resort & Spa. Working his way through the ranks, his first assignment as hotel GM was at the Angkor Palace Hotel in Siem Reap in 1998. […] More

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    Japan, Singapore, Germany and South Korea Retain Top Spots in Henley Passport Index

    (13 Apr 2021) The latest results from the Henley Passport Index, a ranking of all the world’s passports according to the number of destinations their holders can access without a prior visa, provide exclusive insight into what post-pandemic travel freedom might look like as countries around the world selectively begin to open their borders to international visitors. Without taking temporary and constantly evolving COVID19 travel restrictions into account, Japan firmly holds onto the number one spot on the index — which is based on exclusive data from IATA — with Japanese passport holders theoretically able to access a … Read […] More

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    Saudi Arabian Airlines to Commence IATA Travel Pass Trial on KUL

    (13 Apr 2021) Saudi Arabian Airlines (Saudia) has confirmed that its trial of the IATA Travel Pass will commence on the Kuala Lumpur – Jeddah route on 19 April 2021. The IATA Travel Pass is a mobile app that will enable passengers to create digital passports where test and vaccine data can be securely loaded and shared, to ensure that governmental health requirements are fulfilled both at the departure and destination points. Crucially, the app also significantly reduces the risk of fake vaccine certificates and/or COVID19 test results being used to board a flight.  Guests travelling with Saudia will be […] More

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    Senate Committee Holds Hearing on The State of Travel and Tourism During COVID-19 Pandemic

    Travel and tourism industry stakeholders were on Capitol Hill to discuss the effects of COVID-19 on the travel industry. This was the first hearing for the newly formed U.S. Senate Subcommittee on Tourism, Trade, and Export Promotion and was led by Chairwoman Jacky Rosen (D-NV) and Ranking Member Rick Scott (R-FL). ADVERTISING “The State of Travel and Tourism During COVID” hearing included testimony from industry leaders, including Steve Hill, CEO and President, Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority; Jorge Perez, Regional Portfolio President, MGM Resorts International; Carol Dover, President and CEO, Florida Restaurant and Lodging Association; and Tori Emerson Barnes, […] More

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    UK, Kenya travel restrictions to disrupt cargo transport, trade

    By AGGREY MUTAMBO Cargo transportation between the UK and Kenya may be disrupted by up to a week from April 9 as the two countries seek an amicable solution on the admittance of crew on their respective soils. Last week, both countries suspended passenger flights to each other’s territories in tit-for-tat decisions over lack of uniform controls on Covid-19. The UK was the first on April 2 when it banned travellers from Kenya, except UK nationals, effective April 9. London argued that Kenya’s Covid-19 certifications for travellers have been faulty, with nearly 30 per cent of weekly 550 arrivals testing […] More

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    The 30 Best Travel Podcasts For 2021

    A great travel podcast stokes your wanderlust while giving you a serious education in the process. It’s a delicate balance. Not all that long ago, you’d have to trudge down to a library or bookstore to grab a Lonely Planet or Frommer’s if you wanted to know anything about your dream vacation or travel spots. Today, you can throw on a podcast and get great, current information about almost any destination around the world. Hopefully, all that info also arrives with some storytelling and maybe a few jokes — something fun and engaging to keep you coming back for more. […] More

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    Coronavirus news live: Boris Johnson says lockdown easing will lead to rise in deaths

    UK Covid-19 vaccinations: Latest figures The prime minister has warned that hospitalisations and deaths will rise “inevitably” as the lockdown is lifted. Boris Johnson told reporters on Tuesday: “The bulk of the work in reducing the disease has been done by the lockdown. “So, as we unlock the result will inevitably be that we will see more infections and sadly we will see more hospitalisations and deaths and people have just got to understand that.” His comments come as people aged over 45 in the UK are now invited book an appointment to get their coronavirus vaccine. The government confirmed […] More

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