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Europe seeks to save the summer holidays

Apo - The EU on Wednesday set out plans for a phased restart of travel this summer, hoping to save millions of tourism jobs threatened by the coronavirus pandemic across Europe, the world's top holiday destination.

Britain to introduce two-week quarantine for arrivals: reports

London - Britain plans to introduce a 14-day mandatory quarantine for most international arrivals, reports said Saturday, despite growing pressure on the government to relax virus lockdown measures.

Fragile paradise: Pacific isles weigh risk of returning tourists

Suva - South Pacific island nations have dodged the worst ravages of the coronavirus pandemic, but now face a stark choice between a risky reopening to tourists and economic collapse.

Airbnb slashes staff in effort to ride out pandemic

San Francisco - Home-sharing platform Airbnb said Tuesday it will slash one fourth of its workforce -- some 1,900 people -- as the coronavirus pandemic crushes the travel industry.

Australia, New Zealand weigh trans-Tasman virus 'bubble'

Wellington - New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern will join an Australian leaders' meeting on Tuesday to discuss establishing a "trans-Tasman bubble" that allows the neighbours to lift bilateral coronavirus travel bans.

Trump says US considering coronavirus checks on international flights

Washington - President Donald Trump said Tuesday he is considering ordering coronavirus tests for people arriving in the United States on international flights, and highlighted Brazil."We're probably going to be doing that.

Expedia raising $3.2 bn to weather pandemic hit

San Francisco - Expedia on Thursday appointed a new chief executive and said it would raise $3.2 billion to ride out the devastating slump in the travel industry linked to the virus pandemic.

Aussie 'twin towns' split by virus border

Coolangatta - A state border that bisects Australia's neighbouring beachside towns of Coolangatta and Tweed Heads has rarely troubled locals, long accustomed to crossing the invisible line daily for coffee or a surf.

Bondi Beach virus testing targets backpackers

Sydney - Australian health officials set up a coronavirus testing clinic on Sydney's Bondi Beach Wednesday, as concern grew that COVID-19 was spreading among backpackers in the popular tourist destination.

Airbnb to pay hosts $250 mn for COVID-19 cancellations

San Francisco - Airbnb on Monday said it is devoting $250 million to help would-be hosts survive financial losses from refunds given to guests who cancelled travel plans due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Australian outback fears crush of virus refugees: minister

Sydney - Vigilantes in some Australian outback towns have reportedly slashed tyres of those fleeing coronavirus hotspots in the big cities, according to a government minister who urged calm on Friday.

China's imported cases rise as foreigners banned and flights cut

Bejing - China reported more than 50 imported cases of the coronavirus on Friday, hours after announcing a ban on foreigners entering the country.

China cuts international flights, bars foreign residents

Bejing - China will drastically cut its international flight routes and bar entry to returning foreigners based in the country to stem the spread of the coronavirus, authorities said Thursday.

US seeks to repatriate 13,500 stranded in pandemic

Washington - The United States is trying to repatriate some 13,500 Americans stranded overseas by the coronavirus pandemic but does not believe it can reach all of them, the State Department said Monday.

US suspends all routine visa services due to virus

Washington - The United States said Friday it was suspending all routine visa services around the world due to the global coronavirus pandemic.US embassies and consulates will still consider emergency visas if they have adequate staff, the State Department said.

Anxious Chinese urge kin to leave virus-hit Europe

Bejing - Under pressure from anxious parents, Chinese citizens living in virus-hit Europe are flocking back home, with some even flying on private jets to escape the spiralling number of infections overseas.

Australia hunts 2,700 cruise passengers over virus fears

Sydney - Australia issued an urgent call for 2,700 cruise ship passengers who disembarked in central Sydney to isolate themselves and contact authorities Friday, after four travellers tested positive for COVID-19.

Canada-US border expected to be closed by Saturday: Trudeau

Ottawa - The Canada-US border is expected to close to non-essential travel by Saturday, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said.

US urges citizens to avoid all international travel, return home

Washington - The United States on Thursday warned against any international travel due to the coronavirus pandemic and advised citizens to come home if possible.

Australian airline Qantas to cut all international flights

Sydney - Australia's biggest airline Qantas said it would halt all international flights and suspend 20,000 staff in response to the coronavirus pandemic Wednesday, days after the island nation's other main carrier Virgin shut its overseas routes.

Australia tells citizens to come home, and stop travelling abroad

Sydney - Australia urged its citizens Wednesday not to travel abroad and warned those already overseas to rush home as it imposed unprecedented steps to choke off the spread of the coronavirus epidemic taking off Down Under.

Australian carrier Qantas slashes international routes 90%

Sydney - Australian airline Qantas announced Tuesday it was slashing its international capacity by 90 percent and domestic flights by 60 percent in a further coronavirus blow to the beleaguered travel industry.

US extends travel ban to UK, Ireland; reviews domestic curbs

Washington - The United States said Saturday it was stepping up its fight against the coronavirus and extending a European travel ban to include the United Kingdom and Ireland, while acknowledging that some domestic travel curbs are also being considered.

Travelers rush into US ahead of ban on Europe arrivals

New York - New Yorker John Eckard, 66, was sleeping soundly at his son's home near Frankfurt, Germany when he was startled by a 3:00 am call from his wife saying he "had to fly back now.

Europe furious over Trump's unilateral travel ban

Apo - European officials reacted with surprise and anger Thursday after US President Donald Trump imposed a trans-Atlantic travel ban they fear will wound economies already reeling from the coronavirus pandemic.

China's Trip.com says no pay for top execs while virus rages

Shanghai - Top executives with Trip.com, China’s leading online travel service, will accept no salaries starting from this month as the company copes with the impact of the coronavirus outbreak, its CEO has told employees.

US warns against all travel to Haiti

Washington - The United States on Thursday warned its citizens to avoid all travel to Haiti due to a surge in crime, including a risk of kidnapping.

Q&A: The new reality for cybersecurity in the travel industry Special

According to Eyal Hayardeny, co-founder and CEO of Reblaze the inherent dependency on websites makes travel organizations a prime target for hackers. Hayardeny provides some solutions for the travel sector.

Hong Kong airline Cathay Pacific asks all staff to take unpaid leave

Fpo - Hong Kong's flagship carrier Cathay Pacific is asking its entire workforce to take up to three weeks of unpaid leave, its CEO announced Wednesday, as the airline faces a crisis in the wake of the new coronavirus outbreak.

Major US airlines add Hong Kong to China flight suspensions

Fpo - United and American Airlines on Wednesday both announced plans to temporarily suspend flights to Hong Kong following the outbreak of a deadly new coronavirus.
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