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    COVID-19: British Airways parent firm demands digital health passes to help reopen skies as it dives to £6.5bn loss | Business News

    The parent firm of British Airways has called for the introduction of digital health passes to help reopen the skies while revealing a €7.4bn (£6.5bn) annual loss as a result of coronavirus pandemic disruption. International Airlines Group (IAG) demanded a global approach, with common testing standards, as the travel industry reels from a disastrous 12 months that has largely grounded fleets and led to tens of thousands of job losses. The operating loss revealed by the company, which also includes Iberia and Aer Lingus among its stable of airlines, compares with profits of €2.6bn (£2.2bn) during 2019 – before COVID-19 […] More

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    Airbnb CEO Brian Chesky on the future of travel and his company

    Bloomberg Power Outages Main Cause of Oil, Gas Shut-Ins (Bloomberg) — Texas lawmakers’ attempt to understand why the state’s power system failed last week yielded plenty of blame but few clear answers on how to prevent a similar crisis in the future.In two marathon hearings, lawmakers grilled the state’s biggest power providers, its grid operator and regulators about the blackouts that left more than four million homes and businesses without heat, light and water during a deep winter freeze.Executives from Calpine Corp., Vistra Corp. and NRG Energy Inc. blamed natural gas-supply shortages, grid disturbances and a lack of communication from […] More

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    Travel News – KTM Virtual 2021 meet to be held from March 1 to March 5

    Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan will inaugurate the March 1-5 virtual Kerala Travel Mart 2021 (KTM), an event hat will give an aggressive push to the state’s tourism that suffered a huge blow in the wake of the COVID pandemic but is now showing signs of resurgence. This is for the first time that the event, which ensures a stellar convergence of domestic and foreign buyers in the vital sector, is being held virtually and in strict observance of the pandemic protocols. Tourism Minister Kadakampally Surendran will chair the inaugural function at the Uday Palace Convention Centre at Kowdiar in […] More

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    CPAC 2021 live: Latest updates as Trump Jr pushes father’s election lie

    The Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) enters its third day in Orlando, Florida, with attendees gearing up for the culmination on Sunday when it is rumoured Donald Trump will announce a 2024 presidential run. Described as “Woodstock for election liars” by CNN anchor Anderson Cooper, Joe Biden has said he will not be paying attention to the four-day gathering. Friday’s session was hit by controversy early on when members complained at being almost literally begged by organisers to wear masks. Following appearances by Ted Cruz and Matt Gaetz, Donald Trump Jr took to the stage with much bombast, introduced by […] More

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    EU leaders pave way for vaccine passports ‘by the summer’ to allow people to travel in Europe

    Leaders of the EU’s 27 countries met online on Thursday at the start a two-day summit to discuss the pandemic. “Everyone agreed that we need a digital vaccination certificate,” Angela Merkel, the German chancellor, told reporters after an EU virtual summit. “This will make travelling within the EU possible and could pave the way for further travel from third countries into the EU.” However, she said that it could take three months for the European Commission to set up the technology for such documents. Greece already has digital vaccination certificates. Others such as Denmark and Sweden have talked about developing […] More

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    Covid forces Russian diplomats to leave North Korea by hand-pushed railcar

    MOSCOW — Eight Russian diplomats and their families became unlikely social media sensations Friday after crossing the border home from North Korea by hand-pushed railcar. With borders closed and travel restricted due to Covid-19, the diplomats were forced to abandon any hopes of red-carpet treatment on their departure from Pyongyang and instead take an elaborate and unusual method of journey home. After a 32-hour train ride and a two-hour bus journey to an area closer to the border, they pushed their trolley loaded with children and luggage across the final 0.6 mile stretch separating the two countries. “The most important […] More

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    Lufthansa Announces Service from Bristol to Frankfurt

    Lufthansa strengthens its commitment to Bristol Airport today (Thursday 25 February) announcing a daily service from Bristol to Frankfurt will commence from 28 June 2021. The new route provides business travellers with increased opportunity to trade in one of the world’s leading financial centres and opens the door for multiple onward connections for leisure travellers. With a vast, global, multi-hub network fares to Frankfurt start from £104 return (including taxes, fees, carrier charges and carry on baggage) and are available to book now at lufthansa.com. Frankfurt is renowned for its world-class attractions, including the opera house, Goethe Museum and the […] More

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    Difficult year for Cologne Tourism

    The downturn in tourism has been drastic, and its effects on the entire sector have been extreme. Nonetheless, things could have turned out even worse for Cologne. Cologne Tourism recorded sharp downturn of visitor numbers due to the coronavirus pandemic in 2020 Cologne Tourism registered 1.44 million arrivals and 2.56 million overnight stays in the cathedral city After getting off to a very good start into 2020 and having the best February of all time, tourism came to a complete halt in Cologne because of the worldwide travel restrictions imposed in response to the coronavirus pandemic and the two lockdowns […] More

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    The Bahamas Goes Virtual – Sharing Island Romance in a Modern World

    The Bahamas will bring its signature romance and one-of-a-kind destination experiences to the virtual world. Tweet this With the engagement of the travel trade and consumer segments, through the introduction of a newly improved Bahamas Specialist Program, Webinar Series, Virtual Familiarization Trips and Bahamas Virtual Expos, attendees can best share the beauty and story of the islands with ease. In an effort to close the sales gaps in a mobile friendly and intuitive digital learning environment, TIOTB have entered a multi-year partnership with TravPRO Mobile. “With the onset of the pandemic last year, we had to quickly pivot and adapt […] More

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    Seychelles Tourism Board’s Annual GCC Roadshow Goes Virtual

    As the whole world shifts into the digital age, the Seychelles Tourism Board (STB) follows, continuing its mission to establish and foster stronger relationships with the travel trade partner by conducting its annual GCC Roadshow virtually, while ensuring the safety of its participants.  Trade partners across the GCC and several local partners from Seychelles signed up to join the online event making up to almost a hundred participants for a productive day of meetings.  On the agenda, familiarization and learning about the Seychelles Islands with the STB team including the Chief Executive, Mrs. Sherin Francis, the Director for the United […] More

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    Qantas banking on international travel to resume later this year which could trigger big fare sales

    Qantas is banking on the Australian Government allowing international travel to resume later this year, and an industry expert has told prospective passengers to get ready for the mother of all fare sales. Qantas chief Alan Joyce is optimistic the vaccine roll-out and borders reopening will rescue the airline’s bottom line after it sank to a $1.08 billion half-year loss. “With the vaccine now rolling out to frontline and quarantine workers, the odds of that are improving every day,” Joyce said. But the key to this strategy is getting bums on plane seats, and The West Australian’s aviation editor Geoffrey […] More

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    Want to travel like a rock star? One celebrity RV company’s Covid pivot lets you do just that

    “We had to be very nimble and cut costs immediately and figure out a path through this,” Joey Hemphill of Hemphill Brothers Coach Company told CNBC. “2020 was going to be our best year yet” and then Covid hit, said Trent Hemphill. When concerts were canceled across the country in early March 2020, $30 million dollars in booked RV rentals for musicians on tour evaporated. Travel like a rock star … really Click to expand UP NEXT The Hemphill Brothers Coach Company knows a thing or two about how celebrities live on the road. The Nashville-based RV company, run by […] More

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