Super cruise ship sets sail from Saudi for first time
A super cruise ship has departed Saudi Arabia for the first time, setting sail for regional waters as the kingdom seeks to expand its tourism industry and diversify its oil-dependant economy. | 31-Jul-2021 13:02

After $4 billion in losses, Heathrow tells UK to open up travel
London's Heathrow Airport urged Britain to open up travel to vaccinated passengers after its recovery fell behind hubs elsewhere in Europe, pushing its cumulative pandemic losses to $4 billion. | 26-Jul-2021 13:07

Greece sees surge of international arrivals in June
Air traffic in Greece picked up strongly in June after the government eased coronavirus-related travel restrictions in May before the start of the key summer tourist season, civil aviation authority data showed on Thursday. | 16-Jul-2021 01:00

Seeking summer breeze and natural getaway, Saudis flock to Ukraine
Nabeel Kensara and Nasal Alzamzmi, a couple from Saudi Arabia, used to go for holidays to Switzerland twice a year, but coronavirus travel restrictions across Europe have forced them to discover new destinations. | 08-Jul-2021 13:03

Heathrow to fast-track vaccinated passengers
London's Heathrow airport said Wednesday it plans to offer fast-track lanes for fully-vaccinated arriving passengers, as the UK government winds down its pandemic curbs. | 07-Jul-2021 13:02

England eyes freedom: PM Johnson to set out lockdown easing
British Prime Minister Boris Johnson will set out plans for the final step of easing COVID-19 lockdown in England on Monday, including guidance on social distancing, face coverings and working from home. | 05-Jul-2021 13:04

Egypt to allow vaccinated travellers entry without PCR test
Egypt will allow travellers who have taken full doses of approved novel coronavirus vaccines to enter without taking a PCR test, the health ministry said on Thursday. | 24-Jun-2021 13:04

UAE's capital apparently offering COVID vaccines to tourists
The capital of the United Arab Emirates has apparently started offering free coronavirus vaccines to tourists flying into the emirate, a move that could entice travelers and help revive the country's struggling tourism industry. | 23-Jun-2021 13:04

Tibet tourism boom pressures historic sites
Tourism is booming in Tibet as more Chinese travel in-country because of the coronavirus pandemic, posing risks to the region’s fragile environment and historic sites. | 21-Jun-2021 13:03

Airlines plead with Britain to ease travel restrictions
Airlines renewed their calls on Britain to restart international travel, pleading the government to allow people vaccinated against COVID-19 to travel freely with the peak summer season just weeks away and as Europe begins to open up. | 16-Jun-2021 13:03

Britain set to delay full lifting of virus restrictions
Britain was on Monday widely expected to delay the full lifting of coronavirus restrictions due to a surge of infections caused by the Delta variant. | 14-Jun-2021 13:04

EU countries clear plan to ease cross-border tourism over summer
European Union countries agreed on Friday to an easing of travel restrictions over summer that will allow fully vaccinated tourists to avoid tests or quarantines and broaden the list of EU regions from which it is safe to travel. | 11-Jun-2021 13:02

France, Belgium ease virus curbs as US decision boosts travel hopes
France and Belgium further relaxed their Covid-19 restrictions Wednesday, allowing restaurants and cafes to serve indoors, while the United States eased travel warnings for dozens of countries as vaccinations boost hopes of a return to normal life. | 09-Jun-2021 13:02

A million Europeans already have EU Covid certificate
More than one million Europeans have received the new EU Covid health certificate being rolled out to unlock travel within the bloc. | 08-Jun-2021 13:02

Bonjour! France welcoming back (vaccinated) tourists
France's attractions will once again become easily accessible to most foreign tourists from next week - if they are vaccinated. | 04-Jun-2021 13:02

UK's Heathrow Airport opens terminal for high-risk travelers
A terminal at London's Heathrow Airport that was mothballed because of the coronavirus pandemic reopened to serve passengers arriving from high-risk countries | 02-Jun-2021 01:04

Egypt bets on ancient finds to pull tourism out of pandemic
Workers dig and ferry wheelbarrows laden with sand to open a new shaft at a bustling archaeological site outside of Cairo, while a handful of Egyptian archaeologists supervise from garden chairs. | 30-May-2021 13:02

Philippines halts deployment of workers to Saudi Arabia
The Philippines has suspended the deployment of workers to Saudi Arabia after it received reports that employers and recruiters were making them pay for COVID-19 testing, quarantine and insurance upon arrival in the kingdom. | 28-May-2021 13:03

How vaccine passports for global travel will work
EU, some Asian governments and the airline industry are scrambling to develop COVID-19 vaccine passports to kickstart international travel. | 26-May-2021 13:04

EasyJet CEO does not expect Indian variant to 'ruin' summer travel
EasyJet does not expect Indian coronavirus variant to be the biggest problem for Europe's coming travel season, another lost summer would be perilous for Britain's aviation industry. | 26-May-2021 12:49

US prepares for summer air travel spike, may allow more foreign visitors
U.S. airlines and agencies are preparing for increased domestic air travel this summer even as the government continues to debate whether to allow more foreign travelers to visit. | 26-May-2021 12:34

No camel rides in Tunisian town as COVID slowly kills tourism
Two Bulgarian visitors stood in the ancient El Jem amphitheatre, one of Tunisia's top attractions, alone apart from swallows flitting under stone arches -- a sight foretelling another tourist season wrecked by COVID-19. | 25-May-2021 13:04

Spain to let vaccinated travelers from non-EU countries in from June 7
Spain will let people from non-EU countries who have been vaccinated to enter the country from June 7 | 21-May-2021 13:09

EU agrees to ease travel restrictions on non-EU tourists
European Union countries agreed to ease COVID-19 travel restrictions on non-EU visitors ahead of the summer tourist season, two EU sources said. | 19-May-2021 13:03

A tough sell: Israel promotes tourism in Dubai amid conflict
As violence flares within Israel and on a day in which Israeli airstrikes on Gaza City killed at least 42 people Sunday, it was business as usual for a senior Israeli tourism official in Dubai as she promoted the country as a must-see destination for Muslim visitors. | 17-May-2021 01:05

Dubai optimistic visitors will return but numbers unclear
Dubai's tourism chief on Tuesday said he was very optimistic business and leisure travellers would return this year, though the pandemic made it difficult to predict exactly how many. | 05-May-2021 01:04

Cafes, restaurants reopen in Greece for outdoor service
Cafes and restaurants reopened in Greece on Monday for sit-down service for the first time in nearly six months, as the country began easing coronavirus-related restrictions with a view to opening to the vital tourism industry in the summer. | 03-May-2021 13:02

Airlines blast Britain's travel restart plan, Jet2 cancels holidays until June
Major British travel company Jet2 said it was cancelling holidays until late June, blaming uncertainty from UK government plans for restarting international travel that were widely condemned by airlines. | 10-Apr-2021 01:03

Travel industry bets on vaccine passports to draw Brits to Med
The race to roll out vaccination passports is spurring competition among travel companies and tourist destinations for the large number of Britons set to receive COVID-19 shots before the summer. | 05-Mar-2021 13:02

Others test, check, trace; Mexico lets tourists in speedily
Even as other countries institute airport testing, tracing and mandatory isolation, Mexican authorities bragged Wednesday about the speed with which they let tourists exit the terminal at the resort of Cancun. | 05-Mar-2021 01:02

Around the globe, virus cancels spring travel for millions
They are the annual journeys of late winter and early spring: Factory workers in China heading home for the Lunar New Year; American college students going on road trips and hitting the beach over spring break; Germans and Britons fleeing drab skies for some Mediterranean sun over Easter. | 09-Feb-2021 01:03

Unprecedented 66% drop in air passengers in 2020: airlines
Global air passenger traffic plunged by an unprecedented 66 percent in 2020 due to travel restrictions imposed over the Covid-19 pandemic, an industry group said Wednesday. | 04-Feb-2021 01:00

Time to "reimagine" travel industry, UK's Prince Harry says
Britain's Prince Harry has urged the travel industry to "reset and reimagine" its future after the crisis caused by COVID-19 pandemic, with a focus on creating a more sustainable model which does less damage to the environment and local communities. | 30-Jan-2021 01:03

Egypt eyes slow return for tourism after revenues dive in 2020
Egypt's tourism sector is eying a gradual recovery after revenues plunged by nearly 70% to $4 billion in 2020 due to the coronavirus pandemic, the tourism minister and travel companies said. | 05-Jan-2021 01:03

Air transport in turmoil as flights from UK banned
Europe faces significant disruption to air transport as a growing number of countries bans flights from Britain due to fears over a new coronavirus strain, prompting airlines to repeat calls for more testing to keep borders open. | 22-Dec-2020 01:03

Boeing's 737 MAX is quietly flying again in Brazil with little fanfare
Boeing Co's 737 MAX plane on Wednesday quietly restarted commercial flights in Brazil, the first country in the world to do so, 20 months after the aircraft was grounded worldwide by regulators following two deadly crashes that killed hundreds. | 10-Dec-2020 01:03

Italy to launch first Europe-US 'virus-free' flights
Italy is to offer Europe's first coronavirus-free corridor with the United States for passengers who have tested negative for Covid-19, scrapping the obligation for new arrivals to quarantine. | 26-Nov-2020 13:01

Boeing deepens job cuts as profit slumps on 737 MAX, COVID crises
Boeing Co reported its fourth straight quarterly loss Wednesday as the coronavirus pandemic and 737 MAX grounding continued to hammer sales, while reaffirming its expectation that US deliveries of the jet would resume before year-end. | 29-Oct-2020 01:01

Pandemic slashes international tourism by 70 pct: UN
International tourists arrivals plunged by an annualised 70 percent during the first eight months of 2020 because of the coronavirus pandemic, the World Tourism Organization (WTO) said Tuesday. | 28-Oct-2020 01:02

Greek ghost villages wake up for tourists
The moonlight is the only light in the alleys of Mikro Chorio, the ancient capital of the Greek island of Tilos. | 26-Oct-2020 01:03

A taste for travel? Finnair to sell plane food in shops
Finnish carrier Finnair will start selling business class airplane food in supermarkets in a move to keep its catering staff employed and to offer a taste of the airline experience to those missing flying in the COVID-19 times. | 15-Oct-2020 01:00

Peru's Machu Picchu reopens... for one Japanese tourist
Peru's best-known tourist site Machu Picchu has opened after months of coronavirus closure, but for just a single visitor -- a Japanese man stranded in the country by the pandemic. | 13-Oct-2020 13:03

UAE sheikhdom hopes Bear Grylls camp draws pandemic tourists
The northern-most sheikhdom in the United Arab Emirates hopes a new adventure camp showcasing its wide-open spaces, fresh air and socially distanced mountain peaks can aid in reviving its tourist industry amid the coronavirus pandemic. | 09-Oct-2020 13:04

Saudi cruise spotlights pristine sites, economic ambitions
Sailing past pristine islands and turquoise lagoons, the first cruise ship offering Saudi tours serves a twin purpose -- jump-starting tourism despite coronavirus fears and showcasing austerity-defying megaprojects planned along the Red Sea. | 08-Oct-2020 01:04

Singapore's last village proves nostalgic tourism hit in pandemic
Hidden between the skyscrapers of Singapore's urban jungle sits Kampong Lorong Buangkok - the only surviving traditional village in this modern city-state of 5.7 million people. | 05-Oct-2020 13:03

Japan Airlines ditches 'ladies and gentlemen' for gender-neutral greetings
Japan Airlines said Monday it would swap "ladies and gentlemen" for gender-neutral greetings, following other global airlines in adopting more inclusive language for passengers. | 29-Sep-2020 01:04

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