News: ABTA issues new plea for government support

New figures from ABTA suggest nine in ten holidays were either cancelled or rearranged in July and August, as the Covid-19 pandemic caused havoc in the travel sector. The new findings are from a survey of members carried out at the end of October before the latest lockdown measures were announced. They also reveal that...
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News: World Travel Awards honours Maldives with top Indian Ocean prizes

World Travel Awards has unveiled its Indian Ocean 2020 winners to coincide with its inaugural Indian Ocean Winners Day. The global initiative to recognise and reward excellence in travel and tourism will also reveal its global title holders later this month during the Grand Final. Winners include Maldives, which cemented its reputation as the definitive...
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News: Manchester Airport cuts operations to one terminal

With England returning to a national lockdown for a minimum period of four weeks, Manchester Airport is moving all its operations into terminal one in response to the drop in passenger numbers. The move will come into effect from Wednesday and remain in place until further notice. From this date, all passengers will depart and...
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News: Jamaica Tourist Board launches virtual culinary tours

The Jamaica Tourist Board has announced its latest webinar series, ‘Cook Something Bold Today’. The events will explore the cuisine of the island and highlight its enticing gastronomic experiences. The tourism body has partnered with one of the most luxurious hotels on the island, Half Moon in Montego Bay, to create the virtual cooking demonstrations....
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News: Food District to open at the Pointe next week

Food District is preparing to open on November 8th as part of the Pointe on Palm Jumeriah. The two-storey, licensed dining hub in Dubai will welcome 13 homegrown concepts all under one roof – the first of its kind in the United Arab Emirates. This indoor and terrace location boasts front-row views of the largest...
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News: Air Canada Rouge returns to operation

The departure of Air Canada flight AC1810 from Toronto to Cancun today marked the return of Air Canada Rouge to the skies. “Air Canada Rouge remains an important part of our overall strategy in rebuilding Air Canada’s global network. “As leisure traffic resumes, we will progressively add Air Canada Rouge to select North American leisure...
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Focus: Breaking Travel News interview: Bernadette Romulo-Puyat, minister of tourism, the Philippines

The Philippines has been honoured by voters at the World Travel Awards – here Breaking Travel News editor, Chris O’Toole, speaks to minister of tourism, Bernadette Romulo-Puyat, to find out more Breaking Travel News: Congratulations – the Philippines has retained the title of Asia’s Leading Tourist Board and taken the trophies for Asia’s Leading Dive...
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Focus: BTN interview: Vivian Cheung, executive director, operations, Hong Kong International Airport

Hong Kong International Airport is the busiest cargo airport in the world and has been recognised as the best in the region by the World Travel Awards. Here we catchup with Vivian Cheung, executive director for airport operations, to discover more about what separates the facility from its competitors, and what we can expect as...
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News: Passenger slump pushes Ryanair to first half loss

Low-cost carrier Ryanair has reported a loss of €197 million for the first half of financial 2020 as the Covid-19 pandemic continues to extract a huge toll on the aviation sector. The loss compares to a profit of €1.15 billion for the same period of last year. Ryanair was forced to ground 99 per cent...
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News: UK outbound travel to be suspended under new lockdown rules

People in England are being advised to avoid all non-essential travel as the county prepares for a new Covid-19 lockdown. In effect, foreign holidays and overnight stays anywhere in the UK are to be banned from November 5th until December 2nd. Announcing the plans, the government said, “there is no exemption for staying away from...
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