volume 64-2021

Crippling Existential Crisis | Global Airports to Bleed US$94b in 2021 ACI World

Some 4.7 billion fewer passengers are projected to travel by this year-end, representing a decline of 47.5 percent in global passenger traffic, according to a report by Airports Council International (ACI) World. This is estimated to equate to a loss in revenue of more than US$94 billion this year, which is half of the projected …

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Phuket to Welcome | Vaccinated Tourists From July 1

BANGKOK: Foreign travelers who have been fully vaccinated will be allowed entry into Phuket without quarantine from July 1. Deputy Governor Pichet Panapong was quoted by the Bangkok Post as saying that the infectious diseases committee approved the proposal on Wednesday, March 24. Phuket’s tourism industry had been flourishing before Covid-19; Patong Beach in January …

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Tourist Information Desk | KP-CTA Set Up At Saidu Sharif Airport

PESHAWAR: The tourist information desk set up by the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Culture and Tourism (KPCTA) at the Saidu Sharif Airport was inaugurated on Friday to facilitate tourists during their visit to the Swat valley or elsewhere in Malakand Division. Chief Minister Mahmood Khan inaugurated the tourist information desk at the Saidu Sharif Airport. Federal Minister …

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PIA Resumes | Regular Flight Operations To Swat

SWAT: The Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) restored regular flight operations to Swat after a gap of 17 years on Friday. Flight PK-650, carrying tourists as well Minister for Aviation Ghulam Sarwar Khan, Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa (K-P) Chief Minister Mahmood Khan, and federal minister Murad Saeed, landed at the picturesque valley at 11 am on Friday, March 26. …

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Tourism Beijing | Revenue Plunges 53% in 2020

BEIJING: Beijing’s total revenue from tourism decreased by over 53% in 2020 for a staggering loss of $50 billion, according to data presented by TradingPlatforms.com. China has long moved on from its isolationist policies and has long encouraged the mainland as a travel destination for tourists. Revenue from China’s tourism sector grew at a strong …

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India Extends | Ban On International Flights Till April 30

NEW DELHI: Scheduled international commercial passenger flights to and from India will continue to remain suspended till April 30, the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) was quoted as saying in a media report. International flights were suspended at the end of March last year as part of a lockdown to curb the spread of …

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Oman Announces | Quarantine Must For All At Arrival

MUSCAT: All arrivals into Oman starting from 2 pm on March 29 should book accommodation in hotels for institutional isolation via the Sahala platform, the sultanate’s Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) has said in a circular. A statement issued online, the CAA said: “Based on the decisions made by the Supreme Committee for dealing with Covid-19 …

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Unified ‘Vaccine passports’ | Essential for tourism recovery

LONDON: Trials for vaccine passports are rolling out to ensure the flow of safe travel between international destinations but there remains a lack of collaboration which will only further delay international travel’s recovery, said GlobalData, a leading data and analytics company. Forming an internationally recognized system as a global standard for all destinations would help …

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China Considers | New Visa Polices Based on Vaccines

BEIJING: China had administered 74.96 million doses of COVID-19 vaccines as of Saturday, health commission spokesman Mi Feng said at a news briefing on Sunday. That compared with about 65 million doses administered as of March 14, or an additional 10 million vaccinations in less in a week, as the country accelerates its inoculation drive …

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