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Destination Wrap: Queensland’s $50m tourism boost, Spain and Greece to welcome back international travellers + MORE

There are plenty of good signs for the tourism industry judging by this week’s Destination Wrap. Here’s Travel Weekly’s roundup of what’s been happening domestically and internationally.

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Hotels

Hotel group to return at least $91 million in COVID-19 relief funding

A luxury hospitality group has agreed to return millions to the US government after accessing it from a COVID-19 relief fund for small businesses.

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Events

IPW 2020 has been cancelled

The United States’ flagship inbound travel tradeshow has been cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Destinations

Washington, DC inspires travellers to keep the dream alive with a virtual vacation

Even though trips to America’s capital are off limits for now, there are still plenty of ways for your clients to stay inspired.

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Aviation

Scott Morrison says intelligence received shows Iran shot down Ukrainian passenger plane

by Christian Fleetwood

Scott Morrison said he has received intelligence that shows Iran shot down the Ukrainian International Airlines flight that crashed on Wednesday.

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Aviation

Passenger plane crashes in Iran, killing 176 people

by Christian Fleetwood

A Boeing 737 aircraft has crashed shortly after take-off in Iran, killing all on board. Here’s what we know about the incident so far.

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Tourism

Trump administration bans US travel and cruise ship stops in Cuba

The US has imposed a travel ban on its citizens visiting Cuba, in a move that would stop thousands of would-be travellers visiting the island from America.

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Tourism

China issues US travel alert, following incoming visa changes for visitors to America

China has issued a travel warning for its citizens travelling to the States, citing concerns travellers have been “interrogated, interviewed and subjected to” forms of harassment by US law enforcement.

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Technology

Tourism

Aussies requiring US visas will be forced to disclose social media account info

Fortunately, travellers will not be required to disclose their internet search histories to US immigration authorities.

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Aviation

Destinations

Commercial airlines warned Iran military could target flights due to “miscalculation or misidentification”

Are you or a client flying over the Persian Gulf in the near future? You may want to give this a read.

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Hotels

Marriott launches premium home-rental competitor to Airbnb

by Christian Fleetwood

In a case of ‘anything you can do, I can do better’, Marriott has unveiled its very own premium rental platform to take on Airbnb.

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Tourism

The most powerful passports in the world have been revealed

All this passport talk has reminded Travel Weekly’s editor to renew his own. The current photo of him looks like it was taken during a gurning competition.

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