Qatar Airways awarded Diamond Standard in the APEX Health Safety Powered by SimpliFlying COVID-19 audit

The airline has achieved the Airline Passenger Experience Association’s (APEX) latest safety benchmark following assessment of the airline’s robust COVID-19 hygiene and safety standards DOHA, Qatar, 2021-Jan-14 — /Travel PR News/ — Qatar Airways is proud to announce that it has achieved Diamond Standard in the Airline Passenger Experience Association’s (APEX) Health Safety Powered by… Read the full press release

Cathay Pacific Cargo facilitates fast and effective distribution of COVID-19 vaccines worldwide through new solution

The new quality-assured solution facilitates the fast and effective import and transhipment of COVID-19 vaccines worldwide Hong Kong, China, 2021-Jan-13 — /Travel PR News/ — Cathay Pacific Cargo has built on its many years of experience in transporting pharmaceutical shipments to develop a vaccine solution specifically for the fast and effective distribution of COVID-19 vaccines… Read the full press release

Nine mountain communities to get support from Vail Resorts $3.3 million COVID-19 emergency relief and behavioral health grants

BROOMFIELD, Colo., 2020-Dec-16 — /Travel PR News/ — Vail Resorts’ Chief Executive Officer, Rob Katz, and his wife, Elana Amsterdam, New York Times bestselling author and founder of Elana’s Pantry, today (Dec. 11, 2020) announced more than $3.3 million in COVID-19 emergency relief and behavioral health grants. In nine communities where Vail Resorts operates, these… Read the full press release

Bristol Airport and SYNLAB partner to provide airport customers access to Covid-19 testing service

London, UK, 2020-Dec-16 — /Travel PR News/ — Bristol Airport and SYNLAB, the leading medical diagnostic services provider in Europe, have teamed up to provide airport customers with access to a high quality Covid-19 testing service which could reduce the time they need to quarantine following their flight to England. The new Covid-19 testing service… Read the full press release

Hong Kong International Airport launches COVID-19 testing services for departure passengers

HONG KONG, CHINA, 2020-Dec-10 — /Travel PR News/ — To facilitate the need of COVID-19 test result for travel purpose, COVID-19 testing services for departure passengers will be available at two non-restricted area locations of Hong Kong International Airport (HKIA) starting 8 December. The specimens will be tested by HKSAR Government recognised local COVID-19 nucleic… Read the full press release

Cathay Pacific to provide free COVID-19 coverage to all passengers through AXA General Insurance Hong Kong partnership

Cathay Pacific is providing free COVID-19 insurance to all passengers so they can travel knowing they’re covered Hong Kong, China, 2020-Dec-08 — /Travel PR News/ — Cathay Pacific is helping customers travel with confidence by collaborating with AXA General Insurance Hong Kong Limited to provide free COVID-19 coverage to all passengers whenever they fly with… Read the full press release

Hyatt hotels collaborates with small businesses impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic through its Hyatt Loves Local initiative

Many Hyatt hotels around the world are showing love for local small businesses impacted by COVID-19 while reigniting guests’ joy of travel through distinct, local experiences CHICAGO, IL, 2020-Nov-19 — /Travel PR News/ — Driven by Hyatt’s purpose to care for people so they can be their best, Hyatt Hotels Corporation (NYSE: H) announces today (November… Read the full press release

American Airlines, British Airways and oneworld® launch optional COVID-19 medical-based testing trial

London, UK, 2020-Nov-19 — /Travel PR News/ — American Airlines, British Airways and oneworld launch transatlantic COVID-19 testing trial Tuesday, 17 November2020: American Airlines, British Airways and oneworld® have launched an optional COVID-19 medical-based testing trial on selected flights from the United States (US) to London Heathrow (LHR), in a combined effort to scientifically demonstrate… Read the full press release

COVID-19: Emirates tops global ranking in safe travel

DUBAI, U.A.E., 2020-Nov-17 — /Travel PR News/ — Emirates has been rated the safest airline in the world in its response to the COVID-19 Pandemic according to the Safe Travel Barometer. The airline, which has set industry-leading safety standards since the resumption of its operations back in May, has topped the ranks with a ‘Safe Travel Score’ of 4.4 out… Read the full press release

ACI welcomes updated ICAO guidance addressing COVID-19 impact on air travel

Further global push for testing to replace quarantine needed Montreal, Canada, 2020-Nov-13 — /Travel PR News/ — Airports Council International (ACI) World has today (10 November 2020) welcomed the updated guidance for states in addressing the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on air travel, published by the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO). As parts of… Read the full press release

All Nippon Airways temporarily changes flight frequency to select cities due to the widespread impact of COVID-19

Services for Narita = Qingdao and Narita = Guangzhou routes will be resumed, with ANA offering one round trip per week until the end of November. Hanoi – Narita flight will increase from two flights per week to five flights per week. TOKYO, JAPAN, 2020-Oct-21 — /Travel PR News/ — All Nippon Airways (ANA) will… Read the full press release

ANA mileage donation program raised $200,000 to help support healthcare workers fighting COVID-19

Funds will be used to purchase advanced UV light emitting robots which eliminate the COVID-19 at Japanese hospitals. TOKYO, JAPAN, 2020-Oct-21 — /Travel PR News/ — ANA HOLDINGS INC. (hereinafter “ANA HD”) is celebrating the success of its recent mileage donation program effort and the generosity of its ANA Mileage Club (AMC) members, who contributed… Read the full press release

Qatar Airways’ robust monitoring, detection and hygiene programme resulted in more than 99.988% of passengers travelling COVID-19-free on board

Since February 2020, just 582 positive cases have been reported across more than 4.6 million passenger flown sectors operated by Qatar Airways The airline reports extremely low numbers of cases on board with more than 37,000 COVID-19-free flights since February 2020 Less than 0.002% of operating cabin crew have been affected by COVID-19, with no… Read the full press release

Choice Privileges loyalty program members and Barclays contribute $330,000 to American Red Cross COVID-19 relief efforts

Donation Helps Address Nationwide Blood Supply Shortage to Save Lives ROCKVILLE, Md., 2020-Oct-16 — /Travel PR News/ — Choice Hotels International, Inc. (NYSE: CHH) announced today (Oct. 15, 2020) that members of its award-winning Choice Privileges loyalty program with Barclays US Consumer Bank have provided more than $330,000 in support of the American Red Cross disaster relief efforts. Through… Read the full press release

2020/21 news from Florida’s Paradise Coast

London, 2020-Oct-14 — /Travel PR News/ — 2020/21 news from Florida’s Paradise Coast; New developments, hotel updates and commitment to cleanliness   New World-Class Sports Complex: The Paradise Coast Sports Complex entered the first phase of its opening when it hosted its first tournament, FBU’s Top Gun Showcase, in July. When fully open, the complex will… Read the full press release

Finavia introduces new stricter COVID-19 guidelines

Starting from Thursday, 13 October 2020, Finavia will require all passengers and other visitors to Finavia airports to wear a face mask for the entire time they are at the airport. Vantaa, Finland, 2020-Oct-14 — /Travel PR News/ — Finavia issued a recommendation on the use of face masks five months ago, on 12 May… Read the full press release

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

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

Austrian Airlines resumes services to Erbil

From today three times a week to Erbil From September flights to Amman and Cologne, restart of Tel Aviv planned for mid-September “Anyone who is demonstrably healthy should also be allowed to travel”, says CCO Andreas Otto VIENNA, Austria, 2020-Sep-02 — /Travel PR News/ — Austrian Airlines adds further destinations to its flight schedule. Starting… 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

Book now, pay later: Wild Triumph launch offers, discounts packages to woo customers

Gurgaon, India, 2020-Aug-12 — /Travel PR News/ — Tourism may seem improbable now given the fears concerning Covid-19 but that has not stopped Wild Triumph from doling out discounts, freebies and other offers to woo consumers. WT has launched the Welcombreak all-in getaway package where customers can book now and pay later! “We are receiving… 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

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

Geneva opens for business

Geneva, Switzerland, 2020-Jul-09 — /Travel PR News/ — As countries come out of lockdown and open their doors to UK visitors, Geneva has begun its return to ‘normal’ with the opening of hotels, restaurants, bars, shops and tourist attractions.   Voted by Forbes as the safest country in the world for Covid-19, UK travellers are free to travel to Switzerland through Geneva… Read the full press release

Tourism Associations Agree Platform for Mutual Cooperation

Chatswood, NSW, Australia, 2020-Jul-08 — /Travel PR News/ — Two global tourism associations are joining forces to dovetail key objectives in their fields of cultural heritage protection and vocational training. A new partnership agreement between the World Tourism Association for Culture & Heritage (WTACH) and the World Association for Hospitality & Tourism Education & Training… 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

RAS AL KHAIMAH BECOMES THE FIRST CITY IN THE WORLD TO BE CERTIFIED AS SAFE BY BUREAU VERITAS AND THE FIRST EMIRATE TO RECEIVE THE WORLD TRAVEL AND TOURISM COUNCIL (WTTC) SAFE TRAVELS STAMP

As travel emerges from lockdown, Ras Al Khaimah leads the way in global hygiene safety standards.  Ras Al Khaimah was confirmed as the first city and Emirate in the world to receive the prestigious ‘Safeguard Assurance’ Label from Bureau Veritas for industry-wide health and safety protocols.   The 50,000 sqft Al Hamra International Exhibition and Conference Center is the only convention and meeting… Read the full press release

State of Yucatan Receives First Blue Flag Certifications

YUCATAN, Mexico, 2020-Jun-15 — /Travel PR News/ — For the first time in its history, the state of Yucatán obtained “Blue Flag” recognition for two of its beaches. With this distinction, the destination confirms its commitment to provide more services of better quality to tourists and is brought to the attention of potential visitors worldwide…. Read the full press release