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Oslo County Court approves Norwegian financial restructuring
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The Oslo County Court has approved a reconstruction plan for low-cost carrier Norwegian in Norway. Reaching this milestone means that both the reconstruction processes in Ireland and Norway have now been approved by the courts. The company will now prepare … Read More

Refunds – consumer ombud weighs in
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There is widespread confusion about the rights and responsibilities of parties in relation to COVID-19 travel booking cancellations. The Consumer Goods and Services Ombud (CGSO) weighed in on its interpretation of the law. “It is the interpretation of the CGSO, … Read More

Lufthansa converts Airbus jet into climate research aircraft
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By IANS Apr 8, 2021 Share this article: ShareTweetShareShareShareEmailShare German flag carrier Lufthansa is converting an Airbus A350-900 into a climate research aircraft, the airline announced. The work in a hangar in Malta already started, Xinhua news agency quoted the … Read More

Hotel Week London set to debut next month
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A number of leading London properties will launch a new initiative aimed at promoting and supporting the re-opening of the finest hotels in the capital post lockdown. It is hoped the sector can significantly re-emerge from May 17th onwards. Hotel … Read More

EY warns hospitality rebound could be some months away
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Consultants at EY have moved to pour cold water on expectations of a quick recovery in the UK hospitality sector today. As a number of small steps are taken as part of the reopening, including pubs welcoming guests to outdoor … Read More

Jet2.com pushes restart back into June
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Jet2.com has delayed the restart of its holiday operations in the wake of the release of a report from the government on the reopening of borders. The leisure operator had hoped to return next month, but has now cancelled all … Read More

Non-refunding airlines face blacklist
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Airlines withholding refunds for unused services are facing mounting indignation from both the agent community and their frustrated clients. Some agents are starting to implement international blacklisting policies against these airlines. In a recent article by French tourism publication, Tourmag.com, … Read More

CDC Implores Americans To Limit Travel Amid COVID-19 Spike
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The United States’ rolling seven-day average for new COVID-19 cases is escalating once again, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) points to recent increases in travel as one of the culprits. In recent weeks, there has been … Read More

Department of Tourism in talks with countries to bring international travellers back to SA
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By Clinton Moodley Apr 8, 2021 Share this article: ShareTweetShareShareShareEmailShare The Department of Tourism is in talks with international countries to lure travellers back to South Africa. Many countries restricted access to South African due to the variant of SARS-CoV-2, … Read More

UK government likely to implement traffic light system in mid-May
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The British government has unveiled more detail on the proposed ‘traffic light’ system it intends to implement as international travel reopens. Transport secretary, Grant Shapps, explained the scheme would categorise countries based on risk. Factors including the percentage of a … Read More

Mattar takes up IHG Hotels leadership position in India, Middle East and Africa
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IHG Hotels & Resorts has announced the appointment of Haitham Mattar as managing director for India, Middle East and Africa (IMEA). The industry veteran – recipient of the Outstanding Contribution to the Travel & Tourism Industry title at the World … Read More

ABTA critical of government support for travel agents
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ABTA has written to officials at the department for business, energy and industrial strategy (BEIS) to protest at levels of grant support being made available to the retail travel industry in England. The body argues the cash is at odds … Read More

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