COVID-19

Cruise

Costa Cruises confirms eight cases of COVID-19 on board Costa Diadema

The cruise ship passengers tested positive after a visit to the Greek islands, with most of them now isolating in dedicated onshore facilities in Palermo.

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Travel Agents

“They deserve respect”: Former Labor leader states case for agent support from government

Bill and his faithful companion, Walter, are using their platform to elevate the voices of the travel agent sector. Well, we’re not sure if Walter is ACTUALLY involved – we just wanted to use this picture.

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Aviation

British Airways’ new CEO calls for urgent introduction of pre-flight COVID-19 testing

Had no idea that Britain’s flag carrier had a new boss? Well, you can instantly get acquainted with him just by reading this.

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Cruise

Ex-cruise captain re-elected as Romanian mayor two weeks after his death

With Halloween around the corner, we thought we’d bring you this kooky story about an ex-cruise ship captain who was re-elected as Mayor of Deveselu after he died of COVID-19.

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Destinations

Queensland to reopen border to all NSW travellers from November

Queensland pubs have no doubt begun stocking up on Tooheys New in anticipation of an influx of NSW visitors from next month.

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Travel Agents

Flight Centre to close at least 90 more stores

In sad news, domestic and international border closures have caused further store closures for Flight Centre, leaving it with 330 of the 740 stores the brand had before COVID-19.

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Destinations

Tourism Australia unveils new COVID-safe travel tool

Aussie travellers have been given a much-needed confidence boost for their holiday planning with this whizz-bang new portal.

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Aviation

IATA issues stern warning to non-mask-wearing plane passengers

The commercial aviation industry’s peak body is fed up with plane passengers refusing to wear masks, judging by its latest statement.

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Aviation

Health alert issued for Virgin flight after passenger tests positive to COVID-19

by Christian Fleetwood

Contact tracing and coronavirus testing is underway after a traveller tested positive for COVID-19 in Japan after flying into the country from Brisbane.

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Wholesalers

Flight Centre streamlines product support, ditches Infinity Holidays brand

The travel giant is streamlining part of its business in an attempt to stay afloat during the global pandemic.

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Travel Agents

Here’s how mobile travel agents are dealing with the COVID-19 crisis

We are all aware of how devastating COVID-19 has been on bricks and mortar agencies, but how are home-based, mobile agents faring?

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Cruise

Ruby Princess report: NSW Health slammed for “inexcusable” mistakes, as Princess Cruises comes off unscathed

by Ali Coulton

NSW Health has copped a lashing from the state government’s special inquiry into the ships disembarkation debacle that ended up with hundreds being infected with COVID-19.

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