“Unprecedented” proposed laws give Victorian Premier Dan Andrews power to declare pandemics
Victoria’s opposition reckons the new laws are an attack on democracy, but the state’s health minister says they promote transparency and will hold the government to account. Read their polar-opposite hot takes here.
Dream Cruises begins vaccination of more than 700 crew members
Dream Cruises is rolling out COVID-19 jabs for Taiwan-based staff, making it the first cruise company to implement a comprehensive vaccination program in Asia.
European MPs call for safer, more sustainable tourism post-pandemic
Here’s some political news all the way from Europe. However, that’s not to suggest we actually sent a journalist over there to cover it.
More than 100 million tourism jobs could be saved in 2021: WTTC
The Wolrd Travel & Tourism Council reckons the industry is getting ready to pick itself up, shake itself off and sashay towards recovery.
Federal government accidentally advises visa applicants to travel overseas despite COVID-19 pandemic
Looks like someone at the Department of Home Affairs is getting fired after accidentally telling visa applicants to get overseas immediately during a global pandemic.
APAC countries dominate the latest passport rankings
They might seem fairly useless right now, but that hasn’t stopped Henley & Partners from churning out its latest passport index.
Australia’s international travel and cruise ship bans to remain until mid-March
COVID deniers and eternal optimists aside, this announcement by the federal Health Minister will come as no surprise to Aussies.
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.
WATCH: Famous Rio statue sports facemask as tribute to COVID-19 health workers
Despite the constant questionable actions of its president, Brazil has executed a stunning tribute to healthcare workers via its iconic Christ the Redeemer statue.
Industry heavyweights respond to government’s second economic lifeline
by Ali Coulton
Key industry figures are split over whether the government’s second cash injection will make a dent in reducing the travel industry’s turmoil.
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