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Tourism

WTTC report reveals tourism suffered loss of almost $5.9 trillion in 2020 due to COVID-19

This report confirms what we already know (tourism had a very bad year in 2020), but it also reveals how quickly the industry will rebound, under the right circumstances.

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Technology

“Tripadvisor for pets”: New app to connect Aussies with pet-friendly hotels and experiences

This new app is like Tripadvisor, except instead of telling you which restaurants have grumpy staff, it tells you how likely they are to want to pat your dog. Well, that’s our understanding.

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Travel Agents

Travel agency pivots to providing travel for people with autism

After opening a travel agency shortly before the coronavirus pandemic began, Kristy Moore says she has become the only certified travel professional for people with autism.

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Aviation

Qantas launches Norfolk Island flights

Qantas is once again moving in on Air New Zealand’s turf, launching new flights between the Australian mainland and Norfolk Island.

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Tourism

Travel industry heavyweights share their biggest challenges at special event

by David Hovenden

Four industry heavyweights (metaphorically speaking, of course) have gathered to highlight just how tough it is to be a travel professional right now.

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Tourism

WTTC urges governments to abandon concept of ‘high-risk countries’

WTTC chief Gloria Guevara has taken to the soapbox once again to try and change the minds of governments on risk assessment.

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Destinations

CDC makes mask-wearing on public transport compulsory in the US

Meanwhile, our office dog has made it compulsory for all employees to give her pats whenever we walk past. Those who do not comply wind up with wet patches under their desks.

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Wholesalers

APT throws support behind Australian Open for eighth straight year

Expect plenty of advertising by the tour company amid Nick Kyrgios’ mid-match dummy spits at the Australian Open this month.

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Road & Rail

WATCH: Virgin’s concept video for ‘hyperloop’ travel will blow your mind

Virgin has released a swanky video for its new mode of transport that promises cross-country travel in minutes, and it has got some serious Jetsons vibes.

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Cruise

Ponant forced to cancel NZ cruise season over visa dispute

More than 650 Kiwis will be left high and dry this cruise season after Ponant was forced to cancel its ‘expedition bubbles’.

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Tourism

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.

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Destinations

Ardern threatens to delay two-way trans-Tasman ‘bubble’ after Australia halts Kiwi travellers

by Ali Coulton

The prospect of sending your clients to New Zealand in the first quarter of this year has once again been thrown into jeopardy.

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