IATA: The key to restoring the freedom of mobility across borders is systematic COVID-19 testing of all travelers before departure

Geneva, Switzerland, 2020-Sep-23 — /Travel PR News/ — The International Air Transport Association (IATA) called for the development and deployment of rapid, accurate, affordable, easy-to-operate, scalable and systematic COVID-19 testing for all passengers before departure as an alternative to quarantine measures in order to re-establish global air connectivity. IATA will work through the International Civil… Read the full press release

Recognized medical and scientific experts recommend 74 steps for cruise operators to follow in order to mitigate COVID-19 risks

Healthy Sail Panel recommends 74 detailed steps to safeguard the health of guests, crew and communities MIAMI, FL, 2020-Sep-22 — /Travel PR News/ — New recommendations from a panel of globally recognized medical and scientific experts say that by relentlessly focusing on prevention and other measures – including the testing of guests and crew members… Read the full press release

Headcount reduction at Ferenc Liszt International Airport becomes inevitable

Budapest, Hungary, 2020-Sep-22 — /Travel PR News/ — The travel restrictions introduced on account of the coronavirus pandemic continue to exert drastic impacts on passenger traffic at Ferenc Liszt International Airport. The expected annual passenger figure has decreased to the level seen 17 years ago, and the airport operator expects a traffic shortfall of around… Read the full press release

Metrolink pledges to take the necessary steps to keep riders and employees safe from the spread of COVID-19

Los Angeles, CA, 2020-Sep-11 — /Travel PR News/ — Metrolink, Southern California’s passenger train service, today (September 9, 2020) joined more than 100 transportation agencies from across the nation in a pledge to take the necessary steps to keep riders and employees safe from the spread of COVID-19. A part of the American Public Transportation… Read the full press release

WTTC research: £60 million a day being lost to the UK economy due to collapse of international travel during 2020

London, UK, 2020-Aug-28 — /Travel PR News/ — A staggering £22 billion looks set to be lost from the UK economy due to the collapse of international travel during 2020, according to the World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC). Travellers and tourists are staying away from the UK in droves because of continuing uncertainty around… Read the full press release

WTTC research: €131.2 million a day being lost to the French economy due to collapse of international travel during 2020

London, UK, 2020-Aug-28 — /Travel PR News/ — A staggering €48 billion looks set to be lost from the French economy due to the collapse of international travel during 2020, according to the World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC). WTTC, which represents the global Travel & Tourism private sector, says the massive decline in the… Read the full press release

WTTC research: €104.1 million a day being lost to the German economy due to collapse of international travel in 2020

London, UK, 2020-Aug-28 — /Travel PR News/ — A devastating €38 billion looks set to be lost from the German economy due to the collapse of international travel during 2020, according to latest research conducted by the World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC). WTTC, which represents the global Travel & Tourism private sector, says the… Read the full press release

Qatar Airways honours obligations to passengers — paid out over USD $1.2 billion in refunds throughout the COVID-19 crisis

Throughout the COVID-19 crisis, the airline has offered unrivalled flexibility and reliability to customers that need to change their travel plans In addition to honouring refunds, the airline’s two year ticket validity, flexible change policies, and travel vouchers have proved popular with passengers Doha, Qatar, 2020-Aug-19 — /Travel PR News/ — Qatar Airways has paid… Read the full press release

Auckland Airport’s international terminal to be separated into two zones to protect the health and safety of passengers

Auckland, New Zealand, 2020-Aug-04 — /Travel PR News/ — Auckland Airport’s international terminal will be separated into two zones as part of a plan to protect the health and safety of people flying to and from countries with which New Zealand has formed a safe travel bubble. In anticipation of a safe air corridor being… Read the full press release

IATA calls for harmonized biosafety measures for passengers across the Middle East as aviation restarts

Amman, Jordan, 2020-Jul-31 — /Travel PR News/ — IATA has called on governments in the Middle East to harmonize biosafety measures for passengers across the region as aviation restarts. A global framework for restarting aviation while protecting public health has been agreed by the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) and published in the Take-Off  guidance. However, inconsistent… Read the full press release

New study: Germans’ interest in travel abroad remains high despite Covid-19 pandemic

Berlin, Germany, 2020-Jul-31 — /Travel PR News/ — ITB Berlin is to publish a special study by IPK on the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic on international travel behaviour – Germans’ interest in travel abroad remains high despite no vaccine being available – Car journeys and holidays close to nature are regarded as very safe… Read the full press release

Hyatt hotels in the U.S. and Canada to require face coverings within indoor public areas

CHICAGO, IL, 2020-Jul-22 — /Travel PR News/ — At Hyatt, the safety and security of our colleagues and guests is always a top priority. Guided by our purpose – to care for people so they can be their best – and following medical expert guidance to help reduce the spread of COVID-19, beginning Monday, July 27,… Read the full press release

Heathrow kicked off a number of pioneering technologies to provide long-lasting protection from COVID-19

Heathrow rolls out raft of anti-viral measures at key touchpoints to protect passengers, reducing the risk of transmission when travelling Some of the measures being rolled out include UV cleaning robots, anti-viral disinfecting wraps and sealants and 100 hygiene-technicians The airport has conducted an overhaul of the entire passenger journey setting out plans for more… Read the full press release

PATA announces the launch of expanded and revamped PATA Crisis Resource Center

BANGKOK, THAILAND, 2020-Jul-17 — /Travel PR News/ — The Pacific Asia Travel Association (PATA) is excited to announce the launch of the expanded and revamped PATA Crisis Resource Center (CRC) to aid in the rapid, robust and responsible renewal of the Asia Pacific travel and tourism industry. The updated resource was created with the support of the Asian Development… Read the full press release

dnata launches innovative new products and services and donates high-nutrition meals amid COVID-19 challenges

Dubai, UAE, 2020-Jul-17 — /Travel PR News/ — dnata has continued to deliver reliable and safe air services and taken on new roles to support and create value for airline customers and local communities amid COVID-19 challenges. Cooperating closely with government authorities, customers and suppliers, the company’s dedicated teams have worked around the clock to… Read the full press release

Swissport to receive approximately $170 million under Federal CARES Act

Opfikon, Switzerland, 2020-Jul-15 — /Travel PR News/ — Swissport North America Inc. and the U.S. Department of the Treasury have signed an agreement under the U.S. Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act. The agreement provides Swissport with approximately 170 million US dollars of additional funds for payroll support during the disruption that the… Read the full press release

dnata’s baggage technology and logistics company DUBZ launches COVID-19 testing

Innovative home check-in services ensure safe and hassle-free travel experience Dubai, UAE, 2020-Jul-07 — /Travel PR News/ — DUBZ, dnata’s leading baggage technology and logistics company, further enhanced its offering to help travellers in Dubai enjoy a safe, seamless and worry-free travel experience. In addition to its innovative home check-in services, the company now also… Read the full press release

dnata Singapore collaborates with Singaporean government in its fight against Covid-19

Singapore, 2020-Jul-07 — /Travel PR News/ — dnata Singapore is proud to be part of the island nation’s fight against Covid-19 by collaborating with local government. With migrant workers unable to use communal kitchens due to dormitory lockdowns from April, dnata stepped up and leveraged their catering facilities, firing up their kitchens to plan, cook… Read the full press release

COVID-19: Royal Caribbean and Norwegian Cruise Line collaborate to develop enhanced cruise health and safety standards

“Healthy Sail Panel” comprises top experts in public health, infectious disease, biosecurity, hospitality and maritime operations MIAMI, FL, 2020-Jul-07 — /Travel PR News/ — Cruise industry leaders Royal Caribbean Group (NYSE: RCL)  and Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings Ltd. (NYSE: NCLH) announced a collaboration to develop enhanced cruise health and safety standards in response to the global COVID-19… Read the full press release

Alaska Airlines flight attendants to issue a final notice to guest who refuses to wear a mask

Guests who refuse to wear face coverings on flights could have future travel suspended SEATTLE, WASHINGTON, 2020-Jul-02 — /Travel PR News/ — For the safety and health of everyone on board its flights, Alaska Airlines announced today (June 30, 2020) that its flight attendants will be able to issue a final notice to any guest… Read the full press release

Hotel Nikko Bali Partners with BIMC Siloam Nusa Dua

Bali, Indonesia, 2020-Jul-01 — /Travel PR News/ — Hotel Nikko Bali is collaborating with Bali International Medical Centre (BIMC) Siloam Nusa Dua in a mutual partnership that allows both parties to enhance their services in the era of new normal in traveling. With the newly forged partnership, Hotel Nikko Bali Benoa Beach is able to… Read the full press release

UNWTO emphasizes need for responsibility, safety and security as restrictions on travel are lifted

Madrid, Spain, 2020-Jun-24 — /Travel PR News/ — As tourism slowly restarts in an increasing number of countries, the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) has released new data measuring the impact of COVID-19 on the sector. UNWTO emphasizes the need for responsibility, safety and security as restrictions on travel are lifted. The Organization also reiterates the… Read the full press release

UNWTO: Europe leading the way to cautious restart of tourism

Madrid, Spain, 2020-Jun-24 — /Travel PR News/ — Restrictions on travel, introduced in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, are slowly being eased, allowing tourism to restart in a growing number of destinations. The latest research by the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) shows that 22% of all destinations worldwide (48 destinations) have started to ease restrictions,… Read the full press release

3 Days Joining Daily Departure Masai Mara Cheap Budget Safari

Maasai Mara Game Reserve, Kenya, 2020-Jun-22 — /Travel PR News/ — DAY 1 NAIROBI – MAASAI MARA This daily departure 3 days joining budget camping safari from Nairobi to Masai Mara departs our Nairobi office for a journey south along the floor of the Great Rift Valley. Lunch in Narok and then climb the western… Read the full press release

Manchester Airport’s Community Trust Fund supports Covid-19 relief efforts of 15 Greater Manchester organisations

Funds pledged by Manchester Airport’s Community Trust Fund will help 15 organisations across Greater Manchester. A total of £21,714.68 has been allocated to groups for projects supporting communities affected by Covid-19, following a surge in applications to the Trust Fund. Donations follow inspirational effort by furloughed Manchester Airport staff, who have used their free time… Read the full press release

Covid-19 relief efforts: Manchester Airport Community Trust Fund supports five Wythenshawe organisations

Grants awarded as part of special round of funding to help communities through pandemic. Activity packs, cooking equipment and pedometers among items that will be bought using Airport cash. Donations follow volunteer support pledged by furloughed Manchester Airport staff, who have used their free time to help communities. Manchester, UK, 2020-Jun-12 — /Travel PR News/… Read the full press release

IATA calls on Government of the Czech Republic to provide financial relief to its aviation industry

Prague, Czech Republic, 2020-Jun-12 — /Travel PR News/ — The International Air Transport Association (IATA) called on the Government of the Czech Republic to help air travel recover from the COVID-19 crisis by urgently providing financial relief to its aviation industry. IATA estimates that as a result of the collapse in air traffic due to… Read the full press release

IATA interactive world map provides travelers with the latest COVID-19 entry regulations by country

Amsterdam, Netherlands, 2020-Jun-12 — /Travel PR News/ — The International Air Transport Association (IATA) introduced a free online interactive world map to provide travelers with the latest COVID-19 entry regulations by country. The map relies on IATA’s Timatic database which contains comprehensive information on documentation required for international travel. To keep pace with the dynamic… Read the full press release

COVID-19: Gatwick launches range of measures to protect the wellbeing and safety of both passengers and staff

Passenger and staff wellbeing and safety remains top priority at Gatwick as everyone travelling through the airport is required to wear a face covering within the terminals  Hand sanitiser stations, protective screens, regular deep cleaning and social distancing measures in place throughout the airport From 15 June operating hours will increase to 06:00-22:00 and North… Read the full press release

Alaska Airlines enhances safety and well-being of guests and employees thru expanded Next-Level Care

New flyer health agreement to be required at check-in starting June 30; middle seats blocked and capped cabin seating extended through July 31 SEATTLE, WASHINGTON, 2020-Jun-10 — /Travel PR News/ — Alaska Airlines today (June 9, 2020) expanded Next-Level Care, the culmination of nearly 100 different measures put in place to enhance the safety and… Read the full press release