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

Turkey seeks new life for submerged tourist town
Just two roofs poke through the vast expanse of an artificial lake that has swallowed a Turkish town whose caves and pre-Ottoman ruins once drew in global tourists. | 28-Sep-2020 13:02

Sick of staying home: China expects a Golden Week tourism rebound
China expects a significant rebound in domestic travel over the upcoming Golden Week holiday after the sector was pummeled by the novel coronavirus for months, with some flights selling out and travel platforms reporting a surge in hotel bookings. | 28-Sep-2020 12:47

Taj Mahal reopens as India coronavirus cases soar
India's famed Taj Mahal and some schools reopened on Monday as authorities pressed ahead with kickstarting the nation's coronavirus-battered economy despite soaring infection numbers. | 21-Sep-2020 13:03

Palestinian bloggers see local tourism as defiance
Two Palestinian travel bloggers are promoting local Palestinian tourism in the West Bank as an act of defiance against Israeli occupation. | 17-Sep-2020 13:00

UN aviation task force eyes recommendation on COVID-19 testing by late October: sources
A UN-led aviation task force aims to make a recommendation by late October on the use of COVID-19 testing to reduce long quarantine requirements that have decimated air travel, two sources said, following a meeting of the group Tuesday. | 16-Sep-2020 13:02

Morocco's Marrakesh 'suffocates' without tourists
Snake charmers, storytellers and crowds of tourists; the legendary Jamaa El Fna square of Morocco's Marrakesh is almost as famous for the number of visitors as its colourful performers. | 14-Sep-2020 13:04

US passenger airline traffic rising, but still down sharply over 2019
US passenger airline traffic continues to rebound over historic lows after the coronavirus pandemic, but is still down sharply over 2019 levels. | 09-Sep-2020 01:03

Etihad to provide COVID-19 insurance to passengers to boost travel confidence
Abu Dhabi's Etihad Airways Monday said it would cover medical and quarantine costs for passengers if they contract the new coronavirus after travelling on one of its flights. | 07-Sep-2020 13:03

Britain working to reduce quarantine through testing: Hancock
Britain is working to reduce the 14-day quarantine period for arrivals from countries including Spain and France, offering the chance of some respite to a travel industry reeling from the impact of COVID-19. | 07-Sep-2020 12:48

Pandemic turns summer into European tourism's leanest season
Bruges mayor Dirk De fauw first realized something was desperately wrong with European tourism when on a brisk March morning he crossed the Burg square in front of the Gothic city hall and there was nothing but silence. | 07-Sep-2020 01:04

Spain foreign tourist arrivals plummet in July
Foreign tourist arrivals in Spain plummeted by 75 percent year-on-year in July despite the reopening of borders in the world's second-most popular tourist destination, official figures showed Tuesday. | 06-Sep-2020 01:03

Coronavirus forces London tourist guides to adapt
"I don't know if you're aware, but we're living through a pandemic right now," says Joel Robinson with a smile as he introduces his Jack the Ripper tour in London's East End. | 06-Sep-2020 00:48

Bali bans foreign tourists for rest of 2020 over virus
Foreign tourists won't be allowed to visit Bali for the rest of 2020 due to coronavirus concerns, its governor said, scrapping a plan to open up the Indonesian island from next month. | 24-Aug-2020 13:01

In a first, Airbnb takes action against guest for party
For the first time, Airbnb is taking legal action against a guest for violating its ban on unauthorized parties. The San Francisco-based home sharing company said Wednesday it is initiating legal proceedings against a guest who held an unauthorized party at a home in Sacramento County, California, last weekend. Three people were shot and wounded at the party. | 13-Aug-2020 13:03

Kenya's famed wildebeest migration begins without foreign tourist crowds
Normally, the magnificent plains of Kenya's Maasai Mara National Reserve are crowded with international tourists hoping to see a lion hunt during the annual wildebeest migration - but this year COVID-19 means Kenyans had it all to themselves. | 10-Aug-2020 13:01

Most Brits, French, Germans would skip holiday if tests, masks involved
As new coronavirus travel restrictions kick in across Europe, a survey showed at least half of German, British and French travellers would rather cancel a holiday than quarantine afterwards, take a test upon arrival, or wear a mask outdoors. | 04-Aug-2020 01:01

Ibiza: between economic distress and unprecedented calm
On the largely-empty beach at Figueretas on Ibiza, social distancing isn't hard to do. | 02-Aug-2020 13:03

Sleepy lions, empty bars, lost jobs: A world without tourism
With no American visitors to show around the D-Day beaches or the Loire Valley’s chateaux, and no work on the immediate horizon, Paris tour guide Linda Zenou frets about how she’ll pay off a loan and continue to care for her ailing mother in the achingly lean months ahead. | 01-Aug-2020 01:01

Coronavirus cost global tourism $320 billion in Jan-May: UN
The coronavirus crisis cost the global tourism sector $320 billion in lost revenue during the first five months of 2020, threatening the livelihoods of millions of people, the UN said Tuesday. | 29-Jul-2020 01:03

In crisis, Bkerzay models a more socially conscious Lebanon
When I wake up in my maisonette in Bkerzay, it’s in the fetal position. My arms are wrapped around one of their several bed pillows, my legs tucked into three layers of soft summer sheets. The fan rattles high within the vaulted ceiling, and the bright Chouf sun that peeps through the hand-stitched curtains reflects softly on the antique wood furniture. I feel like I’ve woken up 8 years old at my grandmother’s house. | 24-Jul-2020 01:03

Lebanon for Less: Jezzine
The following piece is part of a new series in which we take readers through a different Lebanese city each week and explore available low-cost activities. Our hope is three-fold: to revitalize Lebanese heritage, support local businesses, and to create financially accessible opportunities for folks. If you are a Lebanese business owner, restaurateur, creative, or simply a Lebanon enthusiast who has an affordable idea for our readers, please email | 17-Jul-2020 13:03

Jordan says to reopen airport for commercial flights next month
Jordan said Thursday it will partially resume commercial flights from August to a limited number of European and Asian countries on an internationally approved safe list. | 16-Jul-2020 13:03

French tourism gets boost with reopening of Disneyland Paris
The French tourist industry received a further boost Wednesday with the partial reopening of Disneyland Paris and the opening up of the top floor of the Eiffel Tower. | 16-Jul-2020 01:03

Masks and Mickey: Disneyland Paris reopens after four-month closure
Disneyland Paris welcomed back visitors on Wednesday after a four-month closure due to the coronavirus outbreak, with face masks and social distancing the order of the day. | 15-Jul-2020 13:02

Flights to and from Spain soar in July, still fraction of year-ago
The average number of daily flights across Spain rose to over 2,000 in the first week of July, doubling from the previous week but still only about a third of year-ago levels as the COVID-19 pandemic kept travel constrained, airport operator Aena said. | 14-Jul-2020 01:02

Dubai counts on pent-up demand for tourism comeback
After a painful four-month tourism shutdown that ended this week, Dubai is betting pent-up demand will see the industry quickly bounce back, billing itself as a safe destination with the resources to ward off coronavirus. | 10-Jul-2020 13:00

As domestic travel rises, international trips remains halted
Travelers are hitting the road again and taking vacations even as the coronavirus pandemic shows no signs of abating in many countries, a survey Tuesday showed. | 08-Jul-2020 01:03

Dubai hotels ready to welcome foreign visitors
In Dubai's Atlantis resort, at the head of a palm tree-shaped island, workers in face masks clean cushions, sofas and king-size beds in luxury suites that have largely been vacant since the coronavirus pandemic. | 08-Jul-2020 00:48

On Syria river, craftsmen revive famed water wheels
On a riverbank in Syria's Hama, Mohammed Sultan tinkers away on a giant water wheel, one of a dwindling number of artisans able to restore the city's ancient wooden landmarks. | 07-Jul-2020 13:04

Lebanon for less: Kadisha Valley and Bsharri
The first piece in a series in which we take readers through a different Lebanese city each week and explore available low-cost activities. Our hope is three-fold: to revitalize Lebanese heritage, support local businesses, and to create financially accessible opportunities for folks. | 04-Jul-2020 01:01

Global tourism stands to lose up to $3.3 trillion from COVID-19: UN study
Global tourism revenues are expected to fall by up to $3.3 trillion due to COVID-19 restrictions, with the United States standing to lose the most, according to a UN study published Wednesday. | 02-Jul-2020 01:03

With coronavirus under control, Vietnam and New Zealand see different travel trends
Laura Douglas' tourism start-up, a farm surrounded by snow-tipped mountains in southern New Zealand, was attracting hundreds of mostly foreign visitors a month until the coronavirus pandemic brought it to a sudden halt in March. | 30-Jun-2020 01:04

easyJet to resume flights to Paris, Milan and Barcelona in July
Airline easyJet will resume flights on international routes to Paris, Milan and Barcelona from Britain on July 1 as it aims to restore some capacity for the summer after flights were grounded by the spread of COVID-19. | 25-Jun-2020 13:00

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