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ROUND-UP:April 5-9, 2021

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Qatar Airways operated the world’s first fully vaccinated flight; a new airline plans to debut at YTZ this fall; and several cruise lines announce summer re-start dates in non-US ports. NEWS Qatar Airways operated the world’s first fully COVID-19 vaccinated flight on April 6. Designed to showcase the airline’s stringent health and safety measures, the special three-hour “flight to nowhere”…

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First published at TravelNewsHub.com – Global Travel News

LOOKING GOOD: Playing with Your Food Holland America Style

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I know, I know: Mom always told you not to play with your food. But when a chef known for being an artist on plates invites you to have fun with food, there’s only one choice: indulge. April 6 was National Food Faces Day, a celebration cooked up by Holland America Line to get us dreaming about cruising again. I was invited by Holland America’s Master Chef Rudi Sodamin to gather up some ingredients…

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First published at TravelNewsHub.com – Global Travel News

ROUND-UP:March 29-April 02, 2021

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TIAC urges agent action ahead of the Canadian federal budget; Billy Bishop airport needs cash; Israel opens its border with Egypt, and other news from a busy week in travel: NEWS Air Canada and Transat AT announced Friday that they have mutually agreed to terminate the Arrangement Agreement for the proposed acquisition of Transat by Air Canada after being advised by the European Commission that it…

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First published at TravelNewsHub.com – Global Travel News

A SIGN OF OPTIMISM: First New Ship Order in the Pandemic

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After a year in which cruise lines were scrapping ships rather than ordering new ones, a deal to build a 744-passenger cruise ship is a sign of optimism that the pandemic lockdown will ultimately become a distant memory. Japan’s NYK Group has signed the first contract to build a new ship since the COVID-19 outbreak began. While the luxury ship to be built by Germany’s Meyer Group is aimed at the…

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BREAK OUT THE BOURBON: Cruising Resumes on US Rivers

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As a US flagged company operating ships smaller than 250 passengers, American Queen is not restricted by the shutdown imposed on most cruise ships by the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Meanwhile, CDC Director Rochelle Walensky said this week she’s unable to give a timeline for the move into a second phase of the conditional sail order and a gradual return to cruising for larger…

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First published at TravelNewsHub.com – Global Travel News

ROUND-UP: March 22-26, 2021

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There was good news for travel and tourism in Ontario’s provincial budget; WestJet is rolling again, announcing a host of new and restored services; Royal Caribbean is Bermuda bound; and Canadians aren’t quite ready yet to welcome American visitors. NEWS Ontario’s budget promised $400 million in additional spending over the next three years to support the province’s tourism industry.

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First published at TravelNewsHub.com – Global Travel News

ROUND-UP:March 15-19, 2021

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Last week’s news includes more delays at the US-Canada border, mass vaccinations in Cuba, delays for Rocky Mountaineer, a new tourism tax in Cancun, and a border thaw in Iceland. NEWS Non-essential travel restrictions will remain in place at the Canada-US border until at least April 21, a month beyond the last proposed date. Starting April 1, tourists to the Mexican state of Quintana Roo…

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First published at TravelNewsHub.com – Global Travel News