volume 19-2022

Majestic Attabad Lake | Luxus Grand Hunza Adds 8 More Rooms

HUNZA: HUNZA: Lakes showcase some of water’s most alluring qualities, from mesmerizing ripples and mirror-like reflections to crystalline clarity.  The world has millions of them, from tiny grass-lined ponds to massive freshwater expanses easily mistaken for oceans. A few of these irresistible bodies of water owe their charisma to climate, others to geologic luck of …

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New Zealand Reopens | Its Borders To Tourists After Two Years

New Zealand has welcomed its first international tourists since March 2020 as part of the government’s phased reopening. Visitors from 60 visa-waiver nations, including the US and UK, can now enter for the first time since the closure of borders and the ensuing implementation of some of the world’s toughest contra pandemic measures. In emotional …

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World Travel Awards | Opens Voting For Europe 2022

World Travel Awards, the global initiative to recognize and reward excellence in travel and tourism – has opened voting for the Europe categories of its 2022 programme. Voting runs until 8 August 2022. Travel industry professionals, the media and consumers worldwide are invited to cast their votes for travel brands that they consider to be …

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Back to Active Services | Three additional Princess Cruises ships

Three additional Princess Cruises ships are returning to service welcoming guests back onboard – Crown Princess, Island Princess and Royal Princess. This milestone marks a total of 12 ships, 80 percent of the fleet, that will have resumed cruising since July 2021. Island Princess departed Ft. Lauderdale on April 27 on a Panama Canal cruise; …

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Mideast Passenger Traffic | Soars 245.8pc In March: IATA

GENEVA: Middle Eastern airlines’ traffic rose 245.8% in March compared to March 2021, a progress compared to the 218.2% rise in February 2022, versus the same month in 2021, as global air travel stays put on recovery mode.  Middle Eastern March capacity rose 96.6% versus the year-ago period, and load factor climbed 31.1 percentage points …

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Emirates Heralds | Return to Bali After 2 Years

DUBAI: Emirates landed in Bali for the first time since the suspension of flights in 2020 due to the pandemic. Emirates flight EK398 landed in Denpasar International Airport on 1 May, and was welcomed by a spectacular water cannon salute to inaugurate the airline’s return. The operating cabin crew of the flight and the passengers …

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India Retaliates | Suspends Tourist Visas Of Chinese Nationals 

NEW DELHI: India has suspended tourist visas issued to Chinese nationals. This information has been shared by the global airline body, International Air Transport Association (IATA) with its member carriers. India has taken this step after China had reportedly blocked the entry of around 22,000 Indian students studying in the Chinese universities. They are unable …

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Malindo Air Rebranded | New Name Is ‘Batik Air’

KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysian-based regional airline, Malindo Air, has been rebranded as Batik Air and will commence business under the new identity on April 28. The rebranding exercise is in line with the Lion Group’s goal to establish a common identity for the full service airlines within the group. With this approval in place, Batik Air …

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