Day: April 13, 2020

Celestyal Cruises Extends Suspension of Cruise Operations Until June 29

Celestyal Cruises has extended the suspension of its sailings until June, 29 2020. Currently, cruises will resume on this date with the four-night “Iconic Aegean” sailing roundtrip from Athens.

For all named and fully paid individual guests impacted by this temporary suspension, Celestyal Cruises is offering a future cruise credit valued at 120 percent of the original booking value. Guests will have until the end of December 2021 to redeem their future cruise credit against any of Celestyal Cruises’ itineraries in 2020, 2021 and 2022. For additional flexibility, guests that have not used their future cruise credit

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Next Round of Coronavirus Relief: What the Travel Industry Needs

All but shut down by the coronavirus pandemic, the U.S. travel industry submitted a fresh list of urgent policy requests to Congress to protect the 15.8 million Americans whose livelihoods depend on travel. Among those who submitted correction and enhancements were the U.S. Travel Association, American Hotel and Lodging Association, the International Association of Amusement Parks and Attractions and others.

At the top of the list: Adding $600 billion to the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP), expanding eligibility to small businesses that were previously left out and ensuring loan forgiveness can cover both payroll and other operating expenses during

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WTTC: Tourism to play key role in Americas economic recovery | News

The World Travel & Tourism Council has released a new report detailing the critical role the industry will have in the economic recovery in the Americas once the Covid-19 pandemic has passed.

In its annual Economic Impact Report, the trade body argued tourism accounted for 8.8 per cent of the total economy in the Americas last year.

Tourism was also responsible for approximately 45 million jobs, or 9.8 per cent of their total workforce, the report stated.

International visitor spend totalled $324 billion in the region, representing 7.3 per cent of all exports.

Gloria Guevara, WTTC chief executive, said: “Our

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Coronavirus devastates African safari market | News

A new survey has revealed the devastating impact of the Covid-19 pandemic on the African safari industry.

Almost all tour operators are experiencing a decline of 75 per cent or more in bookings, according to SafariBookings.com.

The website conducted a survey of 443 safari tour operators to ascertain the impact that the coronavirus is having on the sector.

The figure is a significant increase compared to a first survey that was conducted in the beginning of March.

As one operator explained: “Things are very bad at the moment as the whole world is on lock-down and people are scared to

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Breaking Travel News investigates: How Spanish hospitality might recover from coronavirus | Focus

With the first chinks of light being seen in the Spanish battle against the coronavirus pandemic, Sophie Perret, senior director with HVS, here examines how two key tourism destinations might begin to recover from its impact

Half of all global tourism arrivals historically come to Europe; and, within Europe, Spain enjoys a disproportionate share of this visitation, with more than 80 million visiting the country yearly. While the Covid-19 pandemic ravages Europe and takes a particularly heavy toll in Spain, it is important to evaluate how the reliance of this country on international visitation might shape the recovery of its

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