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  • UK reopening plans face critical test as summer starts in earnest
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    UK reopening plans face critical test as summer starts in earnest

    Boris Johnson’s reopening plans face several major tests this weekend as events reopen across the country for the first time since Covid-19 restrictions were introduced in March last year. Festivals in particular are now able to go ahead with the Latitude event in Suffolk this weekend expected to attract 40,000 people. Early arrivals yesterday had to show proof of two vaccinations or a negative Covid-19 test to get in but social distancing measures are not in place in the trial event and there is no requirement for facemasks, though marquees will be open-sided or equipped with air purifiers. A huge weekend […] More

  • Gaathafushi Island at W Maldives. Click to enlarge.
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    Monolink to Perform Concert on Gaathafushi Island in Maldives

    (23 July 2021) Marriott has partnered with Cercle, the French media company known for filming and broadcasting music performances in some of the world’s most awe-inspiring places, for a live concert at Gaathafushi – the private castaway island at W Maldives. Streaming live on 26 July 2021, the 75-minute set will feature a performance by Berlin-based electronic musician Monolink with the island’s white sandy beach and turquoise lagoon serving as the stage. “From our Sound Suite recording studios to our intimate Living Room stages and DJ booths, there is always live music happening at a W hotel somewhere around the […] More

  • Phil Hogan’s new job, Davy’s bonanza and the devil in the budgetary detail
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    Phil Hogan’s new job, Davy’s bonanza and the devil in the budgetary detail

    Five ex- top Davy executives, who were involved in a controversial bond trade that led to a Central Bank fine in March, are set to net €180 million from the sale of the firm’s assets, writes Joe Brennan. He also recounts how the broker ended up where it did. Former EU commissioner Phil Hogan has taken on an advisory role with a business that has been in repeated contact with the cabinet of his successor as Ireland’s European commissioner, Mairead McGuinness, in recent months. Naomi O’Leary reports from Brussels. Two electricity plants whose shut-down added to a squeeze on energy […] More

  • UAE-US tourism to boom with new Emirates flights to Miami
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    UAE-US tourism to boom with new Emirates flights to Miami

    The new route has the potential to generate $275 million in revenues. Emirates Airlines’ first-ever passenger service between Dubai and Miami can generate an estimated $275 million in revenue, said officials at the Miami-Dade County aviation department. Miami-Dade County Mayor Daniella Levine Cava said that the new direct route between Dubai and Miami would play a role in pandemic recovery by boosting tourism and commerce. “We’re thrilled to finally welcome Emirates into our community,” said Cava. “We’re looking forward to seeing the important economic impact the four weekly flights will bring to the county, which will expand options […] More

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    Video: Why Emirates’ Miami flight is a big deal

    Emirates flight EK213 is welcomed by Miami International Airport with a water cannon salute. Image Credit: Twitter Emirates’ first flight to Miami touched down to a rousing welcome in Florida’s second largest city. For the first flight to Miami, Emirates flew the Boeing 777 ‘Gamechanger’, featuring its unique First Class private suites. Launch of Miami flight, among eight flights added by Emirates in July, signals renewed confidence in travel recovery amid COVID-19 The new flight will link travellers from Miami and Southern Florida, South America and the Caribbean to over 50 points across the Middle East, West Asia, Africa, Far East […] More

  • New Zealand-Australia travel bubble bursts
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    New Zealand-Australia travel bubble bursts

    Sydney (CNN) — Quarantine-free travel from all Australian states and territories to New Zealand will be suspended, New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern and Covid-19 Response Minister Chris Hipkins announced on July 23. The news comes as Australia continues to grapple with a Covid outbreak spreading through multiple states despite lockdowns. “Given the high level of transmissibility of the Delta variant, and the fact that there are now multiple community clusters, it is the right thing to do to keep Covid-19 out of New Zealand,” Hipkins said. From 11:59 p.m. Friday (7:59 a.m. EST), Australians will no longer be able […] More

  • Bubble burst: New Zealand suspends quarantine-free travel with Australia
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    Bubble burst: New Zealand suspends quarantine-free travel with Australia

    By Jamie Freed and Renju Jose SYDNEY (Reuters) -New Zealand will pause its quarantine-free travel arrangement with Australia for at least eight weeks starting Friday night, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said, as Australia fights an outbreak of the highly infectious Delta virus variant. “We’ve always said that our response would evolve as the virus evolved. This is not a decision we have taken lightly, but it is the right decision to keep New Zealanders safe,” Ardern told reporters in Auckland. The “travel bubble” had already been paused for travellers to and from New South Wales, Victoria and South Australia. The […] More

  • Industry comes together to mark National Travel Agent Day
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    Industry comes together to mark National Travel Agent Day

    There is a wide range of other activities set to take place via social media on Friday through the hashtags #NationalTravelAgentDay and #NTADUK, as well as a few in-person get-togethers. Several operators and suppliers, meanwhile, are marking the day with special deals, giveaways and other activities to champion agents. We’ll be rounding up some of the initiatives below.   Gold Medal   Gold Medal will launch an instant giveaway on National Travel Agent Day to mark the start of a month-long “Spotlight on You” campaign championing agents.   Sales director Nick Hughes will address agents in a video due to […] More

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