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    Global Covid-19 Travel Pass app to launch in March

    A new app to help travelers store and manage their certifications for Covid-19 tests and vaccines is set to launch next month. © Courtesy IATA IATA Travel Pass press handouut The IATA Travel Pass is being developed by the International Air Transport Association (IATA), the global trade association of which 290 airlines are a member. Load Error The IATA hopes the free-to-use mobile app will be the key to reopening borders and getting the world flying again — without the need for quarantine. Billing itself as “a global and standardized solution to validate and authenticate all country regulations regarding Covid-19 […] More

  • Airbnb plans for a new kind of travel post-COVID with flexible search
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    Airbnb plans for a new kind of travel post-COVID with flexible search

    Since going public, most of the news out of Airbnb has been around policy. Today, the company has an announcement that’s all about the product. As the pandemic evolves the way we do everything, and we collectively realize that much of that new behavior will be permanent, tech companies are looking to evolve alongside us. Airbnb is today introducing Flexible Search, which will allow users to forgo putting in exact dates when they look to book lodging on the platform. Instead, users can search for a weekend getaway, week-long vacation, month-long vacation or months-long vacation without setting specific dates. Not […] More

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    What’s Ahead For Luxury Travel

    The luxury-travel industry suffered a major blow in 2020 from the pandemic, with stay-at-home orders greatly diminishing our ability to travel, especially overseas. But as we enter a new year that sees the rollout of the Covid-19 vaccine, there are glimmers of hope for the industry. Tina Edmundson is Marriott International’s global brand & marketing officer, a role that entails developing strategies for the hotel group’s 30 brands around the world. We spoke with her about hopes and plans for luxury travel in 2021. What are your biggest hopes for travel this year? That people feel they are able to […] More

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    Global airline industry body to launch Covid ‘travel pass’ by March — RT World News

    The International Air Transport Association (IATA) has announced that it will launch a Covid-19 travel pass by March, which it says will give travelers a way to display test results and confirmation they’ve received a vaccine. The measure, dubbed the IATA Travel Pass, is aimed at providing government, airlines and travelers with a streamlined process to ensure there is “accurate information, secure identification and verified data” available to meet all relevant Covid-19 restrictions. The IATA has outlined a timeline for the full rollout of its travel pass, with initial efforts underway at Singapore Airlines while a further 20 airlines are […] More

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    Marriott CEO says leisure travel will rebound as vaccines roll out, but business travel will return too

    The hospitality industry has been suffering during the pandemic due to low tourism rates across the country. As the vaccine distribution gains headway, Marriott CEO Tony Capuano is expecting the hotel industry to bounce back, especially when looking at markets like China, which is recovering. Marriott’s customers are “anxious to get out there and be face to face with their business partners and customers.” Marriott International CEO Tony Capuano on his plan for the company Click to expand UP NEXT The hospitality industry has been suffering as tourism dried up during the pandemic, but as Covid vaccine distribution gains headway,… […] More

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    Is that travel refund as magnanimous as it seems?

    In October, Viking Cruises canceled Dianne Zeitler’s trip from Montreal to New York on the Viking Star. Like other cruise lines, Viking offered two options: a full refund or a 125 percent cruise credit. Zeitler, a retired health-care consultant who lives in Ellicott City, Md., was grateful for the opportunity to choose. “We’re using the goodwill gesture to book a new cruise next year,” she says. But travelers are confused by the semantics of transactions like Zeitler’s. Is it really a magnanimous act when a company simply abides by the terms of a contract? A cruise line is legally required to […] More

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    Leading Travel & Hospitality Companies Leverage Parasoft to Deliver Software Quality at Speed

    Alaska Airlines, Caesars Entertainment, and Sabre Soar to New Heights With Parasoft Automated & Continuous Testing Solutions MONROVIA, Calif., Feb. 24, 2021 /PRNewswire/ — Parasoft, a global leader in automated software testing for over 30 years, partnered with travel and hospitality industry leaders, Alaska Airlines, Caesars Entertainment, and Sabre, to help accelerate the delivery of high-quality applications using its continuous testing solutions. By integrating test automation practices into the continuous software delivery workflow, each company achieved quality goals and improved customer experiences. Parasoft When it comes to software technology, the hospitality industry faces many difficulties. Some are influenced by internal… […] More

  • Gurus Are Buying Trip.com as Travel Industry Shows Signs of Recovery
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    Gurus Are Buying Trip.com as Travel Industry Shows Signs of Recovery

    – By Robert Abbott As shown in the GuruFocus chart below, gurus have been busy buying shares of Trip.com Group Ltf (NASDAQ:TCOM) over recent quarters. Let’s take a look at this Chinese online travel company to see why this is the case. Gurus Are Buying Trip.com as Travel Industry Shows Signs of Recovery What is Trip.com? The company describes itself as “a leading travel service provider for accommodation reservation, transportation ticketing, packaged tours and corporate travel management” in its 20-F for 2019. It aggregates hotel and transportation information for business and leisure travelers, enabling them to make “informed and cost-effective […] More

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    Airbnb plans for a new kind of travel post-COVID with flexible search – TechCrunch

    Since going public, most of the news out of Airbnb has been around policy. Today, the company has an announcement that’s all about the product. As the pandemic evolves the way we do everything, and we collectively realize that much of that new behavior will be permanent, tech companies are looking to evolve alongside us. Airbnb is today introducing Flexible Search, which will allow users to forgo putting in exact dates when they look to book lodging on the platform. Instead, users can search for a weekend getaway, week-long vacation, month-long vacation or months-long vacation without setting specific dates. Not […] More

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    Pacific.scoop.co.nz » Is The New Zealand Travel Industry Out Of The Woods?

    Article – Kalkine The COVID-19 pandemic hit the pause button on travel plans last year, derailing NZs tourism settings. While the rebuilding process initiated immediately after the early relaxations in shutdown, the travel industry may have to hold their horses for the … The NZ travel industry has come a long way from the dismal abyss of 2020, sweeping through the toughest challenges. Certain trends are instilling hopes of the travel sector’s gradual recovery from the virus crisis. The recent initiation of coronavirus vaccination drive may bring some respite for the wounded travel industry. Undeniably, the indefinite closure of overseas […] More

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    Digital health checks vital to travel recovery, Heathrow says

    LONDON (Reuters) – Digital health checks will be vital to a recovery in foreign travel from the COVID-19 pandemic, Britain’s Heathrow airport said on Wednesday, after a collapse in passenger numbers saw it plunge to a 2 billion pound ($2.8 billion) loss last year. FILE PHOTO: A person goes up an escalator at Terminal 2 of Heathrow Airport, amid the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak in London, Britain February 14, 2021. REUTERS/Henry Nicholls The UK government said on Monday trips abroad could restart in mid-May as its vaccination campaign kicks in, sparking a surge in holiday bookings. It is also looking […] More

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    Quarantine-free travel may be one step closer with new travel industry app

    A new app, set to launch within weeks, could mark the first step in resuming quarantine-free international travel. The IATA travel app will allow governments and airlines to collect, access and share information on individual passengers’ Covid-19 test and vaccination statuses. So far, 30 airlines are signed up to trial the tool through March and April. © Provided by CNBC People wait for passengers at one of the International Arrivals halls at London Heathrow Airport in west London on February 14, 2021 A new app, set to launch within weeks, could mark the first step in resuming quarantine-free international travel. […] More

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    Travel News – UK bans non-essential international travel till May 17

    In view of the spread of Covid-19, United Kingdom Prime Minister Boris Johnson on Monday announced a ban on non-essential international travel from and to the country till at least May 17. Though travel and aviation sectors have been among the hardest-hit during the pandemic, the ban came as the new Covid-19 strain has been spreading. PM Johnson said domestic overnight stays and self-contained accommodation will be allowed no earlier than April 12 but non-essential international travel will remain banned, Sky News reported. Highlighting the road map of lockdown, Johnson said, “This is part of the roadmap’s second step and […] More

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    Mandarin Oriental Signs Luxury Resort and Residences in Danang, Vietnam

    (23 Feb 2021) Mandarin Oriental has signed a management agreement for a new luxury resort with branded residences in Da Nang, one of Vietnam’s most popular leisure destinations. The project is scheduled to open in 2024. The Mandarin Oriental, Da Nang will be located on a 30km stretch of beach which links Da Nang in the north with Hoi An in the south, a great location from which to explore the attractions of the surrounding area, notably Hoi An, My Son and the royal city of Hue, all of which are UNESCO World Heritage sites. Accommodation will comprise 69 villas […] More

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    The Wrap: Malaysia Airlines joins IATA’s initiative to champion gender balance, Emirates rolls out content on NDC platform and GDS fees, and more …

    THE Wrap is a round-up of news in the travel and technology industries, and to keep track of developments in these sectors as businesses adapt and reset to meet challenges in the era of coronavirus. Malaysia Airlines joins IATA’s 25by2025 to boost gender balance in aviation industry Malaysia Airlines is committed to increasing representation of women in underrepresented roles such as engineers and pilots. (Image credit: TuiPhotoengineer/Getty Images) Malaysia Airlines has committed to champion gender balance and create further career opportunities for women in the aviation industry by working with the International Air Transport Association (IATA) through the 25by2025… Read further. More

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    Travel News – Brand USA to host educational webinar series ‘Rediscover the USA’ this March

    This March, Brand USA, the destination marketing organisation for the United States, will launch a new, educational webinar series in India entitled, “Rediscover the USA.” The three-part series will assist travel agents in updating their knowledge of U.S. destinations and experiences, showcasing family holiday ideas. With the help of Brand USA Insider Guides—a part of Brand USA’s digital resource library for the travel trade—travel agents will explore to, through, and beyond U.S. gateways via road and rail journeys.  “We are delighted to once again engage with our Indian travel trade partners to help them create new, varied experiences for clients […] More

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    DOT Backs Streamlining Of Travel Requirements

    The Department of Tourism (DOT) has expressed support for the streamlining of travel procedures and requirements imposed by local government units (LGUs). “The DOT has long been advocating for the simplification of travel requirements as this is critical in making domestic tourism work,” DOT Secretary Bernadette Romulo-Puyat said in a news release issued Tuesday. Results of the survey titled, “The Evolving Landscape of Domestic Tourism”, show that 81 percent of respondents consider the varying LGU requirements as the factor that makes travel most inconvenient. “Streamlining entry requirements will make traveling in the new normal more convenient while also protecting the […] More

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