Austrian Airlines expects further growth in bookings following eased travel regulations and rising vaccination rates

CCO Michael Trestl: “Eased travel regulations and rising vaccination rates have quadrupled our bookings” Greece, Spain and Italy among the most popular destinations Austrian Airlines continues to offer full flexibility in rebooking and security Vienna, Austria, 2021-Jun-09 — /Travel PR News/ — With a rising vaccination rate and easings of entry regulations in many European… Read the full press release

SJC to welcome back passengers for Memorial Day Weekend

Increased passenger traffic forecast for this holiday weekend and beyond San José, Calif., 2021-May-27 — /Travel PR News/ — As passenger traffic at Mineta San José International Airport (SJC) continues to soar into Memorial Day Weekend, the Airport continues to welcome back passengers with numerous health and safety measures deployed throughout its terminals. During the… Read the full press release

KAYAK releases its ‘Return to Travel’ Hacker Guide

Dust off and spice up your out-of-office response with KAYAK’s personalized & punny out-of-office generator STAMFORD, Conn, 2021-May-12 — /Travel PR News/ — Summer travel searches are heating up, with searches up as much as 70 percent month over month (as of the last seven days). As pent-up demand for travel takes flight, KAYAK is releasing… Read the full press release

Regent Seven Seas Cruises announces Seven Seas Splendor cruising from the UK beginning September 2021

Originally Planned European Sailings Anticipated to Go Ahead withFirst Voyage Around the UK Multi-Layered SailSAFE™ Health & Safety Program Implemented to Guide Restart MIAMI, FL, 2021-May-04 — /Travel PR News/ — Regent Seven Seas Cruises® today (April 28, 2021) announced its return to sailing with Seven Seas Splendor cruising from the UK beginning September 2021. The voyage will mark… Read the full press release

InsureMyTrip Identifies the Countries with the Best (and Worst) Remote Working Visas

Rhode Island, RI, 2021-Apr-28 — /Travel PR News/ — The COVID-19 pandemic forced many traditional office workers to relocate to their home offices, and over the past year many have adjusted to this new method of working remotely. To aid the transition to a more remote workforce moving forward, several businesses announced remote work would… Read the full press release

IATA welcomes comments of European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen on US-EU travel

Geneva, Switzerland, 2021-Apr-27 — /Travel PR News/ — The International Air Transport Association (IATA) is encouraged by comments of Ursula von der Leyen, President of the European Commission (EC), that the EU will grant unrestricted access to vaccinated travelers from the US. “This is a step in the right direction. It gives hope to people… Read the full press release

Aer Lingus urges Government to facilitate the implementation of Ireland’s Aviation Restart Plan 2021

Dublin, Ireland, 2021-Apr-16 — /Travel PR News/ — Aer Lingus has called on the government to facilitate the implementation of a plan to restart Ireland’s aviation industry after more than a year on near dormancy due to the pandemic. The Irish airline has urged the government to put into effect the findings of the Aviation… Read the full press release

IATA calls on UK government to accelerate efforts to digitalize system used to manage passengers test and vaccine certificates

Geneva, Switzerland, 2021-Apr-16 — /Travel PR News/ — The International Air Transport Association (IATA) has warned that lengthy UK Border checks could pose a major risk for a recovery in international travel. As part of its preparations for re-opening the UK to international travel from 17 May, IATA called on the UK government to accelerate… Read the full press release

MGTO opens application for “Stay, Dine and See Macao” project

Macao, China, 2021-Apr-15 — /Travel PR News/ — The project titled “Stay, Dine and See Macao” is rolled out from April to December 2021. Starting from 10:00 tomorrow morning (15 April), interested residents can sign up at travel agencies under the umbrella of the project which not only covers a range of local tours but… Read the full press release

Royal Caribbean thoughtful return to sailing continues with science-backed protocols, including vaccines

MIAMI, FL, 2021-Apr-09 — /Travel PR News/ — Royal Caribbean Group (NYSE: RCL) announced today (April 8, 2021) that it is extending the suspension of some sailings, including all sailings from the United States until June 30, while continuing its measured return to service with more sailings scheduled from different regions around the world. “Safety… Read the full press release

SFO expands plastic-free policy to prohibit sale of any beverages in plastic bottles

Sodas, teas, juices must be sold in recyclable aluminum, glass or BPI-certified compostable bottles SAN FRANCISCO, CA, 2021-Apr-07 — /Travel PR News/ — The San Francisco International Airport (SFO) announced the expansion of its industry-leading plastic-free policy to prohibit the sale of any beverages in plastic bottles. In August 2019, SFO became the first airport… Read the full press release

ACI World releases new guidance to help airports restart and recovery from COVID-19

New information on COVID-19 testing facilities and vaccine distribution included Montreal, Canada, 2021-Mar-17 — /Travel PR News/ — Airports Council International (ACI) World has today (March 16, 2021) published new guidance for airports to help them prepare for restart and recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic and its impact on their operations. As the trajectory of… Read the full press release

UNWTO releases Travel Restrictions Report

Madrid, Spain, 2021-Mar-10 — /Travel PR News/ — One in three destinations worldwide are now completely closed to international tourism. According to the latest data from the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO), the emergence of new variants of the COVID-19 virus has prompted many governments to reverse efforts to ease restrictions on travel, with total closures… Read the full press release

EASA releases guidance to help aviation operators and authorities manage drone incidents near airport

COLOGNE, GERMANY, 2021-Mar-10 — /Travel PR News/ — The European Union Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) published guidance to help aviation operators and national authorities manage drone incidents near airports, a response to a number of recent events which have disrupted Europe’s air traffic at considerable expense to aviation operators, bringing inconvenience for passengers and posing… Read the full press release

Shufti Pro Launches Digital COVID Pass for the Revival of Travel and Tourism

LONDON, UK, 2021-Feb-22 — /Travel PR News/ — Shufti Pro, an AI-powered identity verification service provider aids the travel and tourism industry by launching Digital COVID Pass for accurate COVID-PCR test verification. The travel and tourism industry has drastically fallen with the spread of the virus. New travel restrictions around the world have made matters… Read the full press release

Aer Lingus extends flexible booking policy until 30th September 2021

Dublin, Ireland, 2021-Jan-15 — /Travel PR News/ — Aer Lingus has today (12th January 2021) announced that it will extend its flexible booking policy until 30th September 2021 to afford customers the confidence to book a summer holiday in the knowledge that they can change their travel plans at no extra cost. The airline’s Book with… Read the full press release

Alaska updates policy on service animals onboard

SEATTLE, WASHINGTON, 2021-Jan-04 — /Travel PR News/ — Following recent changes to U.S. Department of Transportation’s (DOT) rules, Alaska Airlines will no longer accept emotional support animals on its flights. Effective Jan. 11, 2021, Alaska will only transport service dogs, which are specially trained to perform tasks for the benefit of a qualified individual with a disability…. Read the full press release

EASA releases Proposed Airworthiness Directive for Boeing 737 MAX

COLOGNE, GERMANY, 2020-Nov-27 — /Travel PR News/ — The European Union Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) published a Proposed Airworthiness Directive (PAD) concerning the Boeing 737 MAX for public consultation, signalling its intention to approve the aircraft to return to Europe’s skies within a matter of weeks. The Boeing 737 MAX was grounded by EASA on March… 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

JAL and ANA announce new accessibility guideline for customers requesting special assistance

Tokyo, Japan, 2020-Oct-27 — /Travel PR News/ — Japan Airlines (JAL) and All Nippon Airways (ANA), under the direct supervision of The Nippon Care-Fit Education Institute, today (Oct 26,2020) announced  a new accessibility guideline for customers requesting special assistance at the airport and during flight and airline employees to ensure a safe and accessible journey… 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

95% of Accor hotels worldwide already adopted to ALLSAFE cleanliness and hygiene protocols

95% of the Group’s worldwide network UTILIZING ALLSAFE PROTOCOLS; 65% OFFICIALLY LABELLED; remaining properties to be AUDITED by year-end 2020 The Group’s hygiene and cleanliness label provides hotel guests with trust and assurance WHEN THEY TRAVEL, allowing them to feel healthy, safe and confident throughout their stay Paris, France, 2020-Oct-16 — /Travel PR News/ —… Read the full press release

ACI and IATA to governments: coordinated approach to testing can help safely re-open borders and re-establish global connectivity

Direct financial assistance and coordinated global action on testing needed  Montreal and Geneva, 2020-Oct-15 — /Travel PR News/ — Airports Council International (ACI) World and the International Air Transport Association (IATA) reinforced the urgent call for governments to use testing as a means to safely re-open borders and re-establish global connectivity and to prevent the… 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

ACI: Simulations show that physical distancing at airport security checkpoints reduces capacity by up to 75%

Montreal, Canada, 2020-Oct-02 — /Travel PR News/ — Airports Council International (ACI World) has today (1 October 2020) released findings of simulations on the impact of applying physical distancing at airport security checkpoints which show capacity could be reduced by up to 75%. These are represented in the Security Checkpoint Modelling videos. Working with EBEA… 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

Budapest Airport implements document check and medical screening to all arriving passengers

Budapest, Hungary, 2020-Sep-04 — /Travel PR News/ — A government decree enters into force at midnight on Tuesday 1 September which only permits foreign citizens to enter Hungary under certain conditions. From 1 September, all arriving passengers are subject to a document check and medical screening at Budapest Airport. Non-exempted foreign citizens who are not… Read the full press release

All Hyatt hotels in the Americas to require face coverings within indoor public areas

CHICAGO, IL, 2020-Aug-11 — /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, all Hyatt hotels in… 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

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