COVID-19: Star Alliance Restores Confidence to Air Travellers

With the aviation industry facing the greatest challenge in its history, Star Alliance and its member airlines have taken steps to make travel more accessible and restore confidence in air travel. Building upon the successful launch of its Travel Information Hub, Star Alliance, has unveiled a series of useful upgrades to now help passengers plan multi-stop itineraries. This unique alliance service was created to help customers navigate the ever-changing international travel landscape as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. The tool provides specific health and hygiene measures presented across all elements of the customer journey. In its most recent iteration, the Star Alliance Travel Informat

Delta Expands Change-fee Waivers For New Bookings

Delta is continuing to double down on its mission to make it easier for customers to book, change or cancel their travel plans, and to fly comfortably with more space for safer travel. Effective July 30, #Delta is extending its change-fee waiver to new flights purchased through August 31, 2020. When you’re ready to rebook your flight, Delta will waive the change fee. The fare difference will apply, so customers may receive a credit or pay the difference on the new flight. The airline is offering the ability to rebook travel for up to two years for customers who purchased flights prior to April 17, 2020, that are pending travel through the end of year. Delta is also implementing automatic sea

Emirates and Dubai Assure Tourists of Smooth and Safe Visits

As travellers prepare for summer vacations, Emirates and Dubai are sending out the clear message that tourists are welcome to enjoy the city’s many attractions, with various measures put in place for safe visits and smooth travels. Tourists can easily apply for visas in advance, or get their visa stamped on arrival if they hold a passport from one of 70 countries and territories. Dubai has also updated its entry requirements for inbound travellers. From 1 August 2020, COVID-19 PCR tests will be required for all travellers arriving to Dubai or transiting Dubai. Travellers heading to the UK and Europe will also be required to hold a negative PCR test certificate. Dubai is one of the world’s fi

Four Seasons Hotel Cairo Launches Dinner Under the Stars

After a few stressful months, couples deserve luxury time outs, and now is the time to celebrate life's special moments with loved ones at Four Seasons Hotel Cairo at Nile Plaza. With Four Seasons Hotel Cairo at Nile Plaza launching Dinner Under the Stars, guests don’t have to go far to get those romantic flames flaring. Dinner under the Stars is all about igniting sparks and reconnecting with loved ones; it’s the perfect way for couples to get away, reconnect and bond over an exciting new experience. Couples experience a private candlelit dinner under the stars from their own private in-room terrace, with the backdrop of Cairo’s skyline and the legendary Nile. As the sun sets behind Cairo’s

Enjoy Gastronomic Delights with Kempinski Hotel Accra Deals

There is still time. Kempinski Hotel Gold Coast City Accra has rolled out the perfect holiday package to help you escape and rejuvenate this August. Your oasis in the city awaits with luxury staycation offer, the perfect way to take a break from the hustle and bustle of everyday life without leaving town. The staycation deal offers you 25% off on food and beverages during your stay. Enjoy an array of other benefits with this offer. Gastronomic delights await in the comfort of your room. The offer also includes daily breakfast for two, guaranteed early check-in from 11:00am, guaranteed late check-out until 4:00pm, complimentary mini bar, and free Wi-Fi. Located in downtown Accra, the 269-room

Qatar Airways Resumes Passenger Flights to Helsinki

On Wednesday, 29 July, Qatar Airways resumed flights to Helsinki with a three-weekly service, becoming the only Gulf carrier to serve four Nordic capitals. The resumption of Helsinki flights will see the airline operate 22 weekly flights to the Nordics, with daily flights to Oslo and Stockholm and five weekly flights to Copenhagen. Passengers from the Nordics can connect via Hamad International Airport to Qatar Airways over 30 destinations across Africa, Asia and the Middle East. Qatar Airways continues to lead the recovery of international air travel. By the start of August, the airline’s network will expand to close to 500 weekly flights to over 75 destinations. To ensure travellers can pl

WTM London and Travel Forward Unveil Plans For 2020

WTM London and Travel Forward are working closely with partners and experts to ensure a safe and successful experience at ExCeL London (2-4 November, 2020). Detailed plans are being made for every aspect of the shows, which is set to be one of the first major exhibitions to take place globally since the #COVID19 pandemic started. The preparations were given a boost earlier this month when British Prime Minister Boris Johnson gave the green light for conferences and exhibitions to resume in October. WTM London – 2-4 November at ExCel London UNWTO, WTTC & WTM Ministers’ Summit Expands into New Territories Tourism leaders from around the world will once again come together for the Ministers’ Su

UNWTO, WTTC & WTM Ministers Gather in London For Tourism Roadmap

#Tourism leaders from around the world will once again come together for the Ministers’ Summit at WTM London to set out a roadmap for a safer, greener and smarter future for the sector. The summit is the largest annual gathering of tourism ministers and will feature a day-long think-tank on Monday 2nd November during WTM London – the leading global event for the travel industry. About 100 ministers are expected to take part, along with 100 industry leaders, entrepreneurs, and experts. For more than 10 years, the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) and WTM have partnered to use the London event to host a high-level summit, focusing on key challenges and opportunities facing the sector. The 202

Air France Partners with Synlab and BioGroup For Free COVID-19 Tests

Air France has partnered with Synlab and BioGroup laboratories to assist customers who need to take the COVID-19 detection test before their departure. For travel to the French overseas departments and territories, a negative COVID-19 test dating less than 72 hours before the flight is required for all customers. The test is free of charge at Synlab and BioGroup partner laboratories, upon presentation of an #AirFrance flight ticket (prescription not required). Since July 26, screening in France is covered by health insurance without a prescription, whatever your destination. To all other destinations requiring a recent negative #COVID19 test, the test is at the customer's expense. To make an

Emirates Resumes Scheduled Passenger Services to Stockholm

Emirates will resume passenger services to Stockholm with once-weekly flights from 1 August, expanding its network in Europe to 22 cities, and connecting customers from Europe to the Middle East, Asia Pacific and Africa. The flights will be operated with the Emirates Boeing 777-300ER and can be booked on or via travel agents. The restart of Stockholm flights means that all Emirates gateways in Scandinavia will have resumed services by August, with flights to Oslo resuming from 4 August and services to Copenhagen being in operation since June. This will take the airline’s passenger network to 63 destinations in August, offering customers around the world more convenient connectio

COVID-19: Singapore Airlines Rolls Out Safety Measures

As the world continues to battle the COVID-19 pandemic, Singapore Airlines has rolled out measures to ensure the safety and well-being of both staff and passengers. At Singapore Changi Airport, as well as most airports around the world, passengers will find hand sanitisers available at common areas for use. High-touch surfaces such as baggage trays are cleaned and disinfected more frequently. At the airport, passengers and staff alike are required to undergo temperature screening, practice safe distancing, and wear a face mask based on local regulatory requirements. You may be asked to complete a basic health declaration and provide your travel history at the airport. If you are entering Sin

La Galerie Lounge Opens at Four Seasons Cairo at Nile Plaza

If you like to relax in style and luxury with a touch of elegance, Cairo’s new living room - La Galerie Lounge – is now open at Four Seasons Hotel Cairo at Nile Plaza. Artistically designed by the renowned French interior designer Pierre-Yves Rochon, the trendy La Galerie Lounge is at the heart of Four Seasons Hotel Cairo Nile Plaza, and draws inspiration at every corner. La Galerie is the ideal location to sit back and relax after a long day in the historic city of Cairo with casual elegant vibes, also making it easy to meet for coffee, tea or refreshments throughout the day. The stylish and elegant La Galerie festooned with modern Egyptian art, a signature piano and a delightful dessert d

Etihad Airways Resumes Passenger Flights to Shanghai

As more countries relax the COVID-19 travel bans, Etihad Airways will resume passenger flights from Abu Dhabi to Shanghai, China with effect from 27 July, 2020. The service will operate with an initial weekly flight using a two-class Boeing 777-300ER, departing Abu Dhabi on Mondays and leaving Shanghai on Tuesdays. Those wishing to book are advised to visit to view their options, and to remain informed on the appropriate entry regulations at their end destination. Guests travelling on Etihad Airways flights to China will be required to show a negative COVID-19 PCR test result received within 72 hours prior to departure from Abu Dhabi, or from their departure airport if they ar

PaxEx: Air Tanzania Selects Panasonic Avionics For IFEC

To enhance the onboard experience of its passengers, Air Tanzania has selected Panasonic Avionics’ inflight entertainment (IFE) connectivity system onboard its Airbus A220 aircraft. The airline has equipped two of its A220s with Panasonic’s eX1 IFE solution which is specifically designed for narrowbody aircraft. Each seat will feature elegant full HD seatback monitors, complete with touch displays and handsets, and an intuitive, personalized interface. Passengers will have access to USB and laptop charging power points at every seat. Air Tanzania’s A220s will also be fitted with Panasonic’s inflight Wi-Fi service. Panasonic’s next generation connectivity enables fast internet to video stream

Milestone: Marriott Opens 800th Property in Asia Pacific

Marriott International has reached a major milestone with the opening of its 800th property in Asia Pacific, the JW Marriott Nara in Japan. The opening JW Marriott Nara marks the entry of the JW Marriott brand into Japanese hospitality market. The company also expects the EDITION and Aloft brands to debut in Japan before the end of the year. Across the Asia Pacific region throughout 2020, the Moxy brand anticipates its first hotel opening in China. Marriott International in Asia Pacific has added close to 80 hotels per year in the last three years, with its pipeline growing by nearly 10% annually over the same time period. In the first half of 2020 alone, the company recorded 73 new signings

Emirates Set to Resume Passenger Services to Seychelles

Emirates will resume passenger services to Seychelles from 1 August, 2020. The service will operate five times a week using a Boeing 777-300ER. In addition, Emirates will increase its services to the Maldives from the current five a week, to six times a week from 04 August to meet customer demand. For travellers in the UAE, Emirates Holidays offers great holiday packages with a selection of choice resorts in the Seychelles and the Maldives. Emirates Holidays has also relaxed its booking policy to offer customers a chance to book a holiday package in advance with only a deposit of AED 199. Emirates Holidays has also introduced video appointments, enabling customers to plan ahead and enjoy a s

How Delta is Giving Passengers More Space for Safer Travel

From the check-in line to Delta Sky Club seating to an empty middle seat onboard, Delta is giving customers more space for safer travel during the pandemic. Onboard the flight, Delta is making space for safer travel by blocking middle seats and limiting capacity across all cabins through Sept. 30, 2020 Flight attendants are reminding customers to give each other extra space when deplaning too In the check-in lobby, customers will see markers on the floor to indicate where to safely stand. Plexiglass shields are installed at counters to protect customers and employees In the Delta Sky Clubs, customers will see markers on the floor and plexiglass shields at the counter and bar Over the next se

Qatar Airways Relaunches Flights to Cebu Tropical Island

After 8 years of absence, Qatar Airways is returning to Cebu, Philippines with the launch of three weekly flights to starting from 24 July, 2020. Cebu will join Brisbane, Australia and Toronto, Canada as new destinations to join the airline’s global network in the past few months. Cebu is the second largest city in the Philippines and it is an important economic and trading hub along with being a popular tourist destination famous for its white sand beaches, turquoise waterfalls and world-renowned diving spots. Cebu joins Bali, the Maldives, Tunis and Zanzibar as some of the popular year round holiday destinations, Qatar Airways has resumed services to in the past few weeks. Qatar Airways la

ATQ set to Announce Top 100 Tourism Personalities in Nigeria

African Travel Quarterly ( is set to announce nominations for the 2020 edition of Top 100 Tourism Personalities in Nigeria. The award is expected to honour personalities in the travel and tourism sector that have exemplified themselves in the industry and contributed to the growth and development of the sector. The Top 100 Tourism Personalities in Nigeria will also recognize tourism experts who have promoted and advanced the fortunes of Nigeria's tourism and hospitality industry. The Tourism 100 club is a list of the biggest and the best tourism practitioners in Nigeria. The Top 100 Tourism personality list will unveil top players in the Tourism industry and would also enable g

Emirates Resumes Scheduled Passenger Flights to Addis Ababa

As more countries open their borders, Emirates has announced it will resume scheduled passenger flights to more destinations including Addis Ababa, Ethiopia from from 1 August. Other destinations to be resumed soon include Tehran from 17 July, Guangzhou from 25 July, and Oslo from 4 August. The new destinations will take Emirate’s passenger network to 62 destinations in August, offering customers around the world more convenient connections to Dubai, and via Dubai. All flights will be operated with the Emirates Boeing 777-300ER aircraft and can be booked on or via travel agents. With the gradual re-opening of borders over the summer, Emirates has revised its booking policies to



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