News: Covid-19 hits Chinese New Year domestic travel

Data from ForwardKeys reveals that domestic air travel in China during New Year was 69 per cent down on the equivalent period in 2019, when travel was at normal, pre-pandemic levels.

News: Air Astana seeks to bounce back after Covid-19 losses

The Kazakhstan flag-carrier has restored flights to Moscow, Dubai, Tashkent, Frankfurt, Seoul, Bishkek, Kiev, Istanbul, Antalya and Sharm El Sheikh in recent months.

News: MPs urge chancellor to support tourism sector

The All-Party Parliamentary Group for Hospitality and Tourism is urging the chancellor to provide decisive financial support to protect sector businesses crucial to communities around the UK.

News: Aviation leaders call for further support in Budget

Leaders of gateways in all parts of the north of England have written to Boris Johnson urging him to recognise the importance of aviation to his “levelling-up Britain” ambitions.

News: Amadeus partners with IAG for NDC rollout

Through the agreement, content from IAG operators, including British Airways, Iberia, Aer Lingus and Vueling, will be made available for travel sellers via Amadeus’ NDC-enabled solutions.

News: voco Hotels to add two new Scottish properties

Marked with the upcoming opening of voco Grand Central in Glasgow and voco Edinburgh – Haymarket, the company is seeking to boost its place in the city break market.

News: Emirates passengers offered chance to purchase adjoining seats

With demand for air travel still low following the Covid-19 pandemic, Emirates has begun offering passengers a chance to snap up empty seats in economy class.

News: Kempinski boosts stake in Resense Spa

Resense will continue to operate as an individual spa company and Kempinski will use its infrastructure and expertise to further integrate wellbeing into the Kempinski hotels’ operation.

News: Odyssey of the Seas to make debut in Israel

Royal Caribbean will begin sailing from Israel for the first time this summer, with the arrival of brand-new ship, Odyssey of the Seas. The vessel will offer three- and seven-night trips in May.

News: Redaelli to lead Conrad Abu Dhabi Etihad Towers

The Conrad Abu Dhabi Etihad Towers has unveiled its new executive leadership team in the Middle East. The property will be led by experience hotelier Alessandro Redaelli.

Focus: Consumers increasingly turning to technology to improve their travel experience

Humans have an ingrained desire to travel. Of course, home will always be calling us back, but the feeling of wanderlust is unshakable. For some people, that means spending months or years traveling the world, but for others, it’s about spending a couple of weeks relaxing on a beach somewhere. In more recent years, technology allowed us to visit more places and further-away destinations, all while taking less time to get there.

News: International Airlines Group reports €7.4bn loss for 2020

The group – which includes Iberia, British Airways, Aer Lingus and others – saw revenue fall 69 per cent to €7.8 billion for the year to December as Covid-19 halted travel around the world.

News: Qantas delays international return until end of October

Qantas and Jetstar are hoping to restart regular international passenger flights to most destinations from October 31st. The delay represents a four-month delay on existing plans.

News: Embleton appointed chief executive of Aer Lingus

International Airlines Group has appointed Lynne Embleton to the role of chief executive of Irish flag-carrier Aer Lingus. She will start her new role on April 6th.

News: VisitBritain to offer Safe Travels badge to partners

Businesses in the UK registered to the ‘We’re Good To Go’ scheme can now be automatically issued with the international ‘Safe Travels’ stamp from the World Travel & Tourism Council.

News: Norwegian reports £1.4bn loss for fourth quarter

Out of a current fleet of 131 aircraft, the low-cost carrier said an average of 15 were operational during the fourth quarter, mainly on domestic routes in Norway.

News: Gatwick looks to recovery following £465m loss

Passenger numbers at Gatwick fell 78 per cent in the year to December as the Covid-19 pandemic closed borders around the world. The airport hopes to see a return this year.

News: Skyscanner finds flight prices may fall by a third for summer trips

Skyscanner has released a detailed breakdown of the emerging trends for summer 2021 following an uptick in bookings – with prices falling for trips to Spain, Italy, Greece and elsewhere.

News: Norwegian-parent reports of $2.2bn loss for full-year

Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings has reported an adjusted net loss of $2.2 billion for financial 2020 after nearly a year out of the water. This compares to an adjusted profit of $1.1 billion for 2019.

News: Katara Hospitality signs with Accor for Maison Delano Paris

Katara Hospitality has announced a new partnership with Accor, a world-leading hospitality group, for an exciting new evolution of the iconic Delano brand, Maison Delano.