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ANTIGEN TESTS WORK CONCLUDES WESTJET-YVR STUDY

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WestJet and the Vancouver Airport Authority (VAA) say that the results of their high-profile COVID-19 Testing Study at YVR, now concluded, prove that antigen testing is an “effective, acceptable, and cost-efficient method for screening travellers” that can contribute to “safer and healthier air travel.” Led by UBC and Providence Health Care, and sponsored by the airline and airport…

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First published at TravelNewsHub.com – Global Travel News

PUBS, PATIOS & BARS: Salt Lake City ready to serve

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The only thing better than discovering a great pub in a destination is finding a whole bunch of them. And to that end, the tourist promotion board of Salt Lake City, Utah, says it is ready to serve with a special pass designed to encourage visitors to sample the city’s burgeoning brew-pub scene. With Salt Lake better known for its church and famous choir than its beverages, the city’s tourism…

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TREADING LIGHTLY: TTC launches five-step climate plan

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With Earth Day as a backdrop, The Travel Corporation (TTC) has announced that it intends to achieve carbon neutrality as a company by 2030. Efforts by the travel giant, which includes Trafalgar, Insight, Contiki, and Uniworld River Cruises amongst its 40 global brands, includes a five-step climate action plan, investment in two developing carbon removal projects, and the launch of a sustainability…

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SAFARI WITH A SOCIAL CONSCIENCE

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As environmental consciousness rises around the world, more travellers are actively looking to support businesses who are doing their part to conserve the environment and uplift communities; and with poaching now at epidemic proportions, they want assurances that a percentage of what they pay for a safari is being put back into conservation. Charles Nkhoma blows across the rim of his tin mug to…

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EXPEDIA ‘DOUBLES DOWN’: New plan to focus on client fulfillment

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After 25 years as an online travel agency focussed solely on volume and transactions, Expedia says it is making a “pivotal” switch in philosophy to become “the ultimate travel companion” for clients that will help them “every step of the way.” The company says its “renewed commitment to travellers” comes on the heels of what has arguably been one of the toughest years for the travel industry as a…

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A BIG COMEBACK: Survey says Americans gearing up to go

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While there is little indication that Canadians will be going anywhere soon, travel fever is heating up south of the border with nearly half of Americans expecting to travel again in the next three months, according to a new Tripadvisor survey. And, notably, those plans include international travel. Tripadvisor says that its 2021 Summer Travel Index reveals that with every passing day travel is…

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First published at TravelNewsHub.com – Global Travel News

ROUND-UP:April 12-16, 2021

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Making news last week: Air Canada passengers can now request refunds; WestJet has extended its temporary sun flight ban; Israel is opening up to tourism; and Rails Europe’s new training program is on track. Read on for more: NEWS Air Canada says eligible customers can submit refunds through June 12 after the carrier agreed to revise its COVID-19 refund policy as part of a deal that will see the…

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WE’RE NO. 1: Canada ranked world’s best country

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For the first time, Canada has taken top spot overall in the “2021 Best Countries Report,” a prominent ranking and analysis project that is designed to determine how countries are perceived by international business leaders and general citizens on the world stage. Beyond its overall top ranking, Canada, which placed 2nd overall in 2020, ranked No. 1 in quality of life and social purpose.

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DREAMING OF BEER TOWERS IN BOMBAY

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Why not Leopold’s in Mumbai for our establishment of the week? After all, these days we’ve got about as much chance of going there as any of the (unaffiliated) Canadian chain locations of the same name. But, alas, we’re still dreaming of travel as we navigate the third and maybe fourth wave of the COVID-19 pandemic, so I’ll mine the recommendation of a travel pal – a regular pre-pandemic visitor…

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BY ANY OTHER NAME: Vaccination passports may be on the way, but will Canadians be eligible

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‘Vaccination Passports’ – loaded words these days. Viewed by some as a threat to “freedoms” by others as the arrival of freedom to travel. Much of the chatter is fraught with distortion, misconception and wishful thinking. Many experts in the field agree that some of the controversy is caused by the name itself – the document in question is in fact a health certificate – not much different than…

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First published at TravelNewsHub.com – Global Travel News