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  • Travel news latest: 3-hour queues at Heathrow as ‘terrified’ passengers mix with red-listed arrivals
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    Travel news latest: 3-hour queues at Heathrow as ‘terrified’ passengers mix with red-listed arrivals

    The Telegraph’s Gordon Rayner is heading back to London from Lisbon after flying out yesterday with the first Britons to travel to a green list country.  He writes: “Before any of the tourists in Portugal can return home, they must take a Covid test to show they are negative.  “In my case I had booked a video test, meaning I took a test kit out with me and tested myself under observation by a medical professional, dialling in on a video call.  “The very patient Alex, from testing firm Qured, talked me through the process over a dodgy WiFi connection and, crucially, […] More

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    World Insights: Chinese vaccines help Seychelles revitalize tourism – Xinhua

    VICTORIA, May 18 (Xinhua) — The number of visitors received by Seychelles, an archipelago country of the Indian Ocean, has been on the rise since the reopening of its airport in March, thanks to tourists’ growing confidence brought by the mass inoculation of COVID-19 vaccines in the country. During an earlier interview with the Seychelles News Agency, Seychellois President Wavel Ramkalawan refuted a recent fallacy that China’s Sinopharm vaccine, together with some from other countries, is not effective on the population. “It is important to mention that up to this date, Seychelles has not recorded any case of mortality of […] More

  • Detroit Metro Convention & Visitors Bureau seeking to boost tourism
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    Detroit Metro Convention & Visitors Bureau seeking to boost tourism

    DETROIT – After a year which COVID impacted the hospitality industry, signs of life are starting to show. Claude Molinari, president of the Detroit Metro Convention & Visitors Bureau, said five conventions have already been booked for 2022. “I see demand for travel really growing in the next several months,” Molinari said. READ: Americans set another pandemic-era record for air travel To spur that along, the convention and visitors bureau is aggressively marketing immersive specialty short trip packages. “For foodies, there’s an overnight stay that includes meeting a top class chef and learning to make special dishes,” Molinari said. The […] More

  • Local companies see a continued rental car shortage ahead of summer tourism to Northeast Wisconsin
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    Local companies see a continued rental car shortage ahead of summer tourism to Northeast Wisconsin

    GREENVILLE, Wis. (NBC 26) — As people start to feel more comfortable traveling this summer, airports are seeing a sharp increase in fliers. RELATED STORIES But With heavy tourism expected to Northeast Wisconsin in the next few months, some rental car companies are seeing a shortage in vehicles. “We’ve been hearing that there is a rental car shortage and that prices have been skyrocketing,” Appleton Airport Marketing Coordinator Hollie Raab said. Travelers around the region and the nation are looking for ways to get around. “It’s [travel] just kind of exploded over the past couple months,” Raab said. “And even […] More

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    Scott Morrison to meet Jacinda Ardern in New Zealand; passenger from India flight tests positive for Covid – as it happened

    Why don’t we just say what everyone is thinking. This government is making it up as it goes along. There are people in group homes who, by virtue of their conditions and impairment, are exceedingly vulnerable. So this argument somehow that these are the very healthy people of disability and they can afford to wait – this is the government, like, engineering the plane while it is in the air. They are making it up. They simply have forgotten about people with disabilities. That shows you what a bunch of robots masquerading as empathetic human beings we’ve got running the […] More

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    Digital health passports to boost travel post-pandemic

    by TINTSWALO BALOYI JOHANNESBURG, (CAJ News) – DIGITAL health passports are projected to enhance secure travel in a post-coronavirus world. This as the World Health Organisation’s (WHO) COVID-19 dashboard and the National Institute for Communicable Diseases (NICD) statistics showing no end in sight for the virus. According to statistics, there are more than 163,6 million confirmed cases globally as of the middle of May. Daily increases in infections point to a looming third wave in the coming weeks or months. Statistics shows us that different countries are at different stages of the pandemic. “In this regard, health passports are the latest […] More

  • Club Med launches new agent training programme and booking platform
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    Club Med launches new agent training programme and booking platform

    The new training course will cover Club Med’s ski programme The operator said the new portal, which replaces Easy Club Med, would make it easier for agents to book their clients the right options for them, while also reducing time spend on spent on the phone. It will provide more access to offers, and make it quicker to compare products and services, as well as including additional services. The new Club Med experts programme, meanwhile, spans five levels, each featuring training videos, tips, and online quizzes covering the brand’s products, destinations and services. Agents who achieve in excess of £85,000 […] More

  • Travel Troubleshooter: This rescheduled yoga vacation is a real stretch
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    Travel Troubleshooter: This rescheduled yoga vacation is a real stretch

    DEAR TRAVEL TROUBLESHOOTER: In late 2019, I put a $500 deposit on a yoga retreat in Costa Rica. I paid the balance of $2,550 a few weeks later. These payments were made to International Yoga, a tour operator that specializes in yoga retreats. Christopher Elliott, the Travel Troubleshooter  In March 2020, I received an email from International Yoga explaining that the retreat was being canceled and rescheduled to April 10 to 17, 2021. I’m a public school teacher and can only take vacation time during scheduled school breaks. The company did not schedule the retreat for the same week as […] More

  • Businesses and destinations from across Scotland reach out to new international customers at virtual tourism event
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    Businesses and destinations from across Scotland reach out to new international customers at virtual tourism event

    Cruise Loch Ness was among the Highland businesses taking part and looking forward to welcoming back international visitors. Around 40 tourism businesses from across the Highlands sent international customers the message that Scotland is reopening for business when they took pat in a global virtual travel trade event. North businesses taking part in Scotland Reconnect 2021 included hotels, attractions and tours and included Cruise Loch Ness, the Grant Arms Hotel at Grantown-on-Spey, Venture North, the Priory Hotel at Beauly, Armadale Castle, Gardens and Museum on Skye, Cawdor Castle Ltd, Achnagairn Estate and Inverness Custom Tours. Also participating was Visit Inverness […] More

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