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Metropole Hanoi Introduces Special Mooncake Flavors for Mid-Autumn Festival
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Hanoi, Vietnam, August 3, 2021 / TRAVELINDEX / One-hundred-twenty years after the Sofitel Legend Metropole Hanoi made its debut, the landmark hotel is introducing an exclusive collection of mooncake flavors and elegant decorative boxes designed to resemble a history book that pays tribute to the Grand Dame of Hanoi’s anniversary. The hand-baked, preservative-free mooncakes are…

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Cruise Industry Leaders to Put Focus on Sector’s Revival in Australasia
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Sydney, Australia, August 3, 2021 / TRAVELINDEX / Cruise industry leaders from across the globe will put a focus on the sector’s revival in Australasia and Asia this month as Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA) hosts a Virtual Cruise Forum. In lieu of the postponed Cruise360 Australasia Conference in Sydney, the August 27 forum will…

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Phuket Sandbox a Model for Asia-Pacific Reopening
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Phuket, Thailand, August 3, 2021 / TRAVELINDEX / Tourism leaders at Phuket Sandbox Summit urge European governments to recognise Phuket’s status as a safe haven for international travellers. As Bangkok grapples with rising numbers of Covid infections, leading tourism voice KP Ho, Executive Chairman of Banyan Tree Group, has told European envoys, airlines, senior officials…

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CARNIVAL MAKES WAVES WITH MARDI GRAS LAUNCH
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Carnival Cruise Line’s celebrated a return to cruising from Florida after a 16-month pandemic pause with the launch of the maiden voyage of its new flagship ship, Mardi Gras, on Saturday from its home base in Port Canaveral. Cruise line president Christine Duffy and ship captain Giuseppe Giusa led a “Back to Fun” ribbon-cutting ceremony…

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ROUND-UP:July 26-30, 2021
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Canadian airlines and cruise lines are soaring and sailing again; three’s the charm for travellers in Quebec; WestJet and KLM make news; and a flip-flop at Pearson… NEWS The Quebec government says fully vaccinated residents who have received the Oxford-AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine can receive a third dose of an mRNA vaccine before travelling, but recipients…

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St. Regis Hotels and Resorts Makes Glamorous Debut in China’s Coastal City of Qingdao
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Qingdao, ChinaChristopher Cypert St. Regis Hotels and Resorts, part of Marriott International’s portfolio of 30 extraordinary brands, today announced the debut of The St. Regis Qingdao. The highly anticipated opening marks the first Marriott International luxury brand hotel in the northeastern Shandong region. Strategically located in the landmark Haitian Center in the heart of historic…

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MSC Cruises to Expand Saudi Arabia Programme
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Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, August 2, 2021 / TRAVELINDEX / MSC Cruises, the contemporary brand of the Cruise Division of MSC Group, today announced that MSC Bellissima, one of the line’s most modern ships, will sail 21 Red Sea voyages from Jeddah, the commercial hub of Saudi Arabia, between the end of July and late October.…

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Air France Prepares for Arrival of New Airbus A220
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Paris, France, August 2, 2021 / TRAVELINDEX / Air France is continuing to renew its fleet. At the end of September, the airline will take delivery of the first of the 60 Airbus A220-300s it has ordered to replace its Airbus A318s and A319s on the short and medium-haul network. The company’s first Airbus A220…

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Cape Panwa Hotel Phuket Welcomes Minister of Tourism and Sports
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Cape Panwa Hotel, Phuket, Thailand, August 1, 2021 / TRAVELINDEX / Andres Rubio, General Manager of Cape Panwa Hotel Phuket, recently welcomed Phiphat Ratchakitprakarn, the Minister of Tourism and Sports and Dr.Kongsak Yodmanee the Governor of Sport Authority of Thailand, on the occasion of returning from participating in the Olympic Games 2020 in Tokyo, Japan…

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Thailand Trusted SHA Certified On Par with WTTC Safe Travel Stamp
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Phuket, Thailand, August 1, 2021 / TRAVELINDEX / The Amazing Thailand Safety and Health Administration (SHA) certification has been certified by the World Travel and Tourism Council (WTTC) as being on par with the WTTC SafeTravels global health and hygiene standardised protocols. The Amazing Thailand Safety and Health Administration (SHA) certification has been certified by…

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