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Visit Britain appoints Patricia Yates as interim CEO as Sally Balcombe steps down

Travel Weekly had a chat with Yates to uncover her plans for the UK’s destination marketing agency and find out the secret behind her illustrious photographic lighting.

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News

Hong Kong eases strict COVID measures, lifts flight ban on Australia

Rumours are that the border closure has prevented the making of Rush Hour 4, but after the third one that’s probably a good thing.

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News

Captain stages mutiny as P&O Ferries sacks 800 staff and suspends sailings

Rumours are that Disney plans on buying the story of this courageous captain to make a modern version of Pirates of the Caribbean set on the UK ferry network.

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Tourism

UK travellers rank Australia dead last despite major advertising push

Looks like our days of dealing with raucous holidaying Poms may be coming to an end, sparking despair for local tourism operators and joy for those who enjoy having a quiet one at their local pub.

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Road & Rail

New online platform makes booking rail journeys easier for agents

Do your clients get as much joy out of long train trips as the woman in this accompanying stock image? This news might just tickle your fancy.

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Aviation

Hong Kong and Singapore block Aussie flights due to high Omicron numbers

Omicron’s surge throughout Australia has left us getting blocked more times than an ex-partner with a penchant to triple text after a few drinks.

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Destinations

Thai police arrest 89 foreigners in party raid

Police have busted a bar shindig for breaching COVID-19 restrictions on one of Thailand’s most notorious party islands.

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Destinations

Almost 100 tourists (including Aussies) allegedly breach lockdown rules at Austrian ski resort

Looks like some cheeky Aussies have been telling a few white lies so they can have a skiing holiday in Austria.

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Destinations

Spain removed from UK’s ‘travel corridors’ exemption list

Sadly for Spain, it’s just become a whole lot harder for the European destination to woo holidaymakers from the UK.

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Destinations

Destination Wrap: SATC’s new marketing campaigns, Karels T-bar debuts at Thredbo + MORE

We’ve got so much local and international news in this week’s Destination Wrap that it’s already crashed the Travel Weekly website twice.

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Destinations

“A decision needs to be taken”: VisitBritain’s regional director talks Brexit and sustainability

Australians are not going to let Brexit get in the way when it comes to travelling Britain, according to VisitBritain’s Tricia Warwick. Find out why here.

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Wholesalers

Trafalgar unveils 2020 Europe and UK trips, new itineraries and $699 air deal

Travel Weekly’s editor was at the unveiling of Trafalgar’s new offerings last night in Sydney, until he had to make a swift exit after tearing a hole in the crotch of his pants.

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