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Destinations

Major Japanese theme parks ask guests not to scream on rollercoasters

As the world begins to reopen, tourism operators have begun rolling out new and creative ways to prevent the spread of COVID-19. This one is particularly unusual.

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Destinations

Tourism Malaysia’s new Aussie director on the destination’s big marketing shift

by Huntley Mitchell

The destination is placing much more of a focus on its digital presence and “smart partnerships”, as it looks to recover from the impacts of COVID-19.

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Tourism

WTTC creates first-ever global safety stamp for travellers

Do you consider yourself a hardcore stamp collector? Well, sadly for you, the WTTC’s new stamp is not the type that goes in a scrapbook.

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Aviation

Could airport sniffer dogs detect coronavirus-infected travellers? A new trial is set to find out

A trial is taking place in the UK to see whether man’s best friend could detect COVID-19 in travellers, even before symptoms appear.

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Cruise

Small-ship luxury expedition cruising set for “strong comeback”: Ponant APAC boss

by Huntley Mitchell

We caught up with Ponant’s Monique Ponfoort (while maintaining a 1.5m gap, of course) to find out how the cruise line is coping amid all this corona-craziness and how she expects the sector to bounce back.

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Aviation

Qantas staff chart new career flight path during COVID-19

We all trust Qantas staff to get us to our destinations when flying, and now those currently out of work are bring vital skills to at-home caring.

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Aviation

Qantas’ main competitor is COVID-19, not Virgin Australia: Joyce

While Virgin Australia is in administration, that hasn’t stopped its rival from taking the beleaguered airline down a couple more pegs.

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Destinations

Iceland to ease international tourist restrictions by 15 June

International tourists could be given the option of being tested for COVID-19 upon arrival to Iceland or a two-week quarantine.

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“Christmas has come early”: NSW to remove travel restrictions on 1 June

In a stroke of good fortune for regional NSW tourism businesses hit by the dual crises of the bushfires and COVID-19 comes this news.

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Destinations

Italian borders to reopen for Europeans in June

Although Italy’s borders are expected to reopen on 3 June, other European nations are encouraging their citizens not to travel overseas until later.

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Tourism

New research reveals worrying impact of COVID-19 on corporate travellers

An alarming new survey has appeared on corporate travel that reinforces the important role it plays in driving business performance.

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Cruise

Carnival announces layoffs, furloughs and salary reductions to keep afloat during cruise pause

The cruise giant has been forced to make some “extremely difficult” changes to its workforce, which it says are necessary for keeping the company alive during this time.

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