volume 68-2021

UNWTO And IATA | Collaborate on Online Tool ‘Destination Tracker’

MADRID: The World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) and the International Air Transport Association (IATA) have announced a Destination Tracker in preparation for the restart of international travel.  It is the result of both organizations joining efforts to boost confidence and accelerate recovery of the tourism sector when borders reopen. The UNWTO-IATA Destination Tracker is a new …

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Accommodating Covid Patients | Bangkok Hotels Turned Into ‘Hospitals’

BANGKOK: Many hotels in Bangkok have been converted into ‘hospitals’ makeshift hospitals to accommodate Covid-19 patients – following the recent surge in infections after the Songkran festival. Marisa Sukosol Nunbhakdi, President of the Thai Hotels Association (THA), said the “hospital” idea was initiated by THA, Ministry of Public Health and Bangkok Metropolitan Administration to deal …

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Princess Cruises Announces | 2022-2023 Sailings Schedule

SINGAPORE:  Princess Cruises has announced its 2022-2023 season of sailings to Mexico, the California Coast, and Hawaii & Tahiti.  On sale April 28, a total of six ships, including the cruise line’s newest Discovery Princess, offer 78 departures on 19 unique itineraries sailing roundtrip from Los Angeles, San Francisco and Vancouver.  Crown Princess, Discovery Princess, …

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The World’s Largest | ‘Wonder of the Seas’ to debut in China

BEIJING: Royal Caribbean has announced that Wonder of the Seas, the next Oasis Class vessel, will set sail from Shanghai and Hong Kong in 2022. The ship will offer four- and nine-night trips through the Far East to the best of Japan and more. Currently under construction in Saint-Nazaire, France, Wonder will be the largest …

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Sri Lankan Delegation Praises | Steps For Preservation Of Buddhist Sites In KP

PESHAWAR: Special Assistant to Prime Minister on Tourism (SAPM) Zulfi Bukhari on Friday said that appropriate steps had been taken to complete the mega Gandhara Trail by 2022 as per vision of Prime Minister Imran Khan to explore Pakistan’s hidden religious tourism treasures. “The Khyber Pakhtunkhwa government and the Tourism and Archeology Department have taken …

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UAE Suspends | India Flights Amid Rising Covid Cases

ABU DHABI: The UAE General Civil Aviation Authority (GCAA) and the National Emergency Crisis and Disasters Emergency Management Authority (NCEMA) have announced the suspension of all inbound flights for national and international carriers coming from India, as reported.  The travel ban includes inbound transit passengers with exception of transit flights coming to the UAE and …

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Saudia Flight Resumption | Pakistan & 19 Other Countries Not Included

RIYADH: Saudi Arabian Airlines has revealed that 20 countries, on which a travel ban was imposed in early February, will not be included in the decision to resume international flights from May 17, said a report.  The Saudia sources said this in a statement on its Twitter account while replying to a query regarding if …

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Tokyo Olympics | ‘We’re Not Thinking Of Cancelling It’ Seiko Hashimoto

TOKYO: Tokyo’s Olympics chief said on Friday that Japan was committed to holding a safe Games this summer, as a surge in COVID-19 cases prompted an expansion of contagion controls and with fresh calls for the Games to again be postponed or cancelled. The government expanded quasi-emergency measures to 10 regions as the fourth wave …

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