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Where is everyone? - deserted New Year celebrations
The world experienced perhaps the quietest New Year's Eve in centuries as the coronavirus pandemic forced most of the festivities to take place without an audience.
Canada To Require Negative COVID-19 Test For People Entering Country
The polymerase chain reaction (PCR) tests will need to be conducted within three days of boarding a flight, officials told a news conference.
2020 was brutal for airlines. Next year could be even trickier.
The airline industry will return — but reshaped, redesigned and ready to meet new challenges.
United passenger who died after collapsing on crowded plane had COVID-19
A United Airlines passenger who died after collapsing on a Los Angeles-bound flight — and receiving CPR from fellow travelers — had the coronavirus, a coroner said.
Italy, Belgium, Holland and Austria axe UK flights over mutant virus
Continental Europe was pulling up the drawbridge on the UK on Sunday as Italy joined Belgium, Ireland, Germany and the Netherlands in banning flights from the UK.
Russian airline designates plane seats for passengers who refuse to wear masks
Russian airline Aeroflot has announced it will designate specific seats on board its planes for passengers who refuse to wear masks.
Congress requires a doctor on every cruise ship – as part of sweeping defense bill headed to Trump’s desk
Congress passed the first regulations on the cruise industry in a decade Friday, which include requiring a registered doctor to be aboard every ship, as just one provision as part of the $740 billion major national defense bill approved ...
Singapore tightens rules on Hong Kong visitors amid ‘worsening’ outbreak
From December 14, visitors entering Singapore with a travel history to Hong Kong in the last 14 days must serve a two-week quarantine in dedicated facilities.
Hawaii is offering free round trips to Digital Nomads who want to live there temporarily
What better way to survive a pandemic than to do it on a beach in Hawaii?
Cash-strapped airlines offer up air miles to small businesses, nonprofits
In response to what's known as "Giving Tuesday," some of the country's largest carriers have begun encouraging their customers to donate air miles to help offset travel costs for organizations.
Princess Cruises cancels weeklong (and longer) US voyages through November 2021
The cruise industry’s coronavirus shutdown is growing longer.
Airlines will struggle long after passengers feel safe to fly again
The Covid-19 pandemic has caused the worst financial crisis in the history of the airline industry. But when the health crisis is over, airlines' financial problems will probably continue for years.
BTS: Mandatory military service or boy band?
South Korean boy band BTS has fans around the world and their stardom seems unstoppable. Except... it might come to a sudden halt because of South Korea's mandatory military service, where they'd spend 18 months out of the spotlight, tra...
Hong Kong tourism arrivals fall 99.7 per cent in September from a year ago
While excitement has accompanied planned travel bubble with Singapore, local lawmaker says key to reviving sector remains mainland China and Macau.
Hong Kong Tourism Board Launches a Standardised Hygiene Protocol to Assure Visitors of a Safe and Healthy Stay
Hong Kong has led the way in introducing anti-virus measures since the beginning of the COVID-19 outbreak, with citizens and businesses working together to adopt some of the world’s most stringent hygiene measures.
Switzerland Tourism ramps up Hong Kong promotions ahead of winter season
Switzerland Tourism has officially kicked off its Buy Now Travel Later tourism recovery campaign in Hong Kong, as it seeks to court more inbound travellers ahead of the peak winter season.
Chinese tourists embrace short trips, luxury stays in post-Covid-19 revival
The recovery of China’s US$1 trillion travel industry from the coronavirus pandemic could hold valuable lessons for countries that depend heavily on tourism.
How ‘Hong Kong spirit’ helps city’s bars and nightlife scene stay resilient
Hong Kong’s bars remain resilient – despite the fact that the city’s food and drink industry has been battered by the Covid-19 pandemic. It is still reeling from the losses incurred during a mandatory two-week shutdown of 1,200 pubs and ...
I’m Traveling, Even Though I’m Stuck at Home
For the past 30 years, I’ve spent every summer abroad in Europe. Now I’ve realized that traveling isn’t just a pastime—it’s a mindset.
The world's airlines say they won't recover until 2024, reflecting a new wave of pessimism as the pandemic rages on
The International Air Transport Association, which represents most of the world's major airlines, said it does not expect the airline industry to recover from the coronavirus pandemic until 2024.. The timeline, along with recent comments...
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