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Mobility in GCC fell drastically amid Covid-19 shut downs, Google data shows

Bahrain experienced the least mobility reduction in the region, according to Google’s Community Mobility Reports According to Google data cited by the Bahrain Economic Development Board, the kingdom experienced the least mobility reduction in the region at -21.7 percent Overall mobility fell by an average of 36.9 percent in the GCC in May, with fewer […]

Fairmont Mayakoba in Riviera Maya Plans to Reopen in June

WHY IT RATES: Fairmont Mayakoba will continue to provide updates on its reopening plan. —Codie Liermann, Associate Editor Every day brings new developments related to the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19), and as we navigate through these uncertain times and challenging circumstances, we do so with the safety of our loyal and valued guests and employees as […]

Covid-19 testing facilities installed at Abu Dhabi ports

The new facilities at Zayed Port and Khalifa Port can process up to 700 tests each day Abu Dhabi Ports has installed Covid-19 testing facilities at Zayed Port and Khalifa Port to help safeguard maritime personnel in the emirate, it was announced on Tuesday. The new facilities – which were constructed in just one day […]

Vicki Freed Royal Caribbean International

Vicki Freed, Royal Caribbean International’s senior vice president of sales and trade support and service, has been reaching out to the travel advisor community in a variety of ways amid the Covid-19 pandemic, including calls, emails and her weekly “coffee talk” webcast. Senior editor Jamie Biesiada spoke with Freed about the importance of communication as […]

Air Passenger Rights in a COVID-19 World

With no end date in sight for coronavirus travel restrictions being lifted, many carriers are laying off or furloughing up to 90 percent of employees as demand continues to plummet, according to Christian Nielsen, chief legal officer at AirHelp. “COVID-19 has caused a major change in the industry, and as a passenger rights company, AirHelp […]

Ensemble ending operations in Australia and New Zealand

Ensemble Travel Group will cease operations in Australia and New Zealand by the end of the month. While the consortium is heavily concentrated in North America with more than 700 member locations, it did have 44 member locations in Australia and New Zealand as of October 2019. Ensemble will also close a regional office in […]

Love of Travel in the Time of Coronavirus: Why I Kept Going

“Don’t you ever stay home?” I get the same question from my mother whenever I tell her I’m traveling that weekend (which is often). She herself is by no means a shut-in, having cruised the Nile on a barge and hiked ancient footpaths in the Andes, but the sheer frequency of my travel is what […]

Margaritaville in Nassau to open this summer

The Margaritaville Beach Resort Nassau plans a summer opening. The 284-room property is spread across two towers. The Hotel Tower offers 155 oceanview rooms and suites, and the One Particular Harbour Tower will have 129 residential condos ranging from studios to a four-bedroom penthouse, each equipped with a full kitchen. The condos are privately owned […]