Focus: Breaking Travel News investigates: Dubai reopens to international tourism

Dubai will today open its borders to tourists and business visitors for the first time since the onset of the Covid-19 outbreak. Breaking Travel News here takes a closer look at what has changed in the popular destination



News: Treats from Tuscany

One of my happiest memories is from a vacation in Italy a few years ago. I spent two weeks traveling through the Tuscan countryside on a Vespa, stopping off in village coffee shops each day. I was living the dream, Italian style. Although I’ve forgotten the names of most of the villages I traveled through, I will never forget the anise biscotti I had in one of the cafés on the route!



News: Portugal reacts with surprise to quarantine exclusion

Luis Araújo, president of Turismo de Portugal, said: “We are extremely disappointed to hear that the UK government has made the decision to omit Portugal from the air bridge agreement.”



News: Azores declared Covid-19 free as tourism resumes

The Azores are a perfect destination for travellers who prefer nature experiences and for products such as hiking, whale watching, local cuisine and valuing traditions.



News: Madeira declared safe for British travellers

Madeira and Porto Santo Islands have been included in the global list of destinations exempt from the Foreign & Commonwealth advice against ‘all but essential’ travel. The duo is included alongside the Azores as the only two Portuguese territories to make the list.



Focus: Breaking Travel News interview: Arvind Bundhun, director, Mauritius Tourism Promotion Authority

The paradise island of Mauritius has been taking a cautious approach to the reanimation of the tourism sector in the wake of the Covid-19 outbreak. Here Arvind Bundhun, director of the Mauritius Tourism Promotion Authority, explains how he expects the strategy to reap long-term benefits



Focus: How Casinos are affected during the pandemic

Since January, the COVID-19 pandemic has swept the globe and, in the process, destroyed much of the world economy. In these dark times, many of us will be wondering how casinos have been hit by the pandemic.



News: easyJet holidays to relaunch in August

The restarted programme will mean customers looking to get away this summer can now book with confidence and start to get excited about travelling again.



News: Avinor rolls out touch-free airport experience in partnership with Amadeus

Avinor is rolling out an ambitious end-to-end touchless travel programme in Norway to tackle the impact of Covid-19 and help restore traveller confidence ahead of the summer season.



News: NoMad London to open in Covent Garden in December

Formerly the Bow Street Magistrates Court, the 19th century building in Covent Garden is located opposite the Royal Opera House. The property will debut in December.



News: DFDS to reopen to holidaymakers this week

The company, which has continued to operate its Dover to Calais, Dover to Dunkirk and Newhaven to Dieppe services during lockdown, reopens the routes to tourists from Friday.



News: Skyscanner launches Fare Families functionality

Skyscanner has launched a new service allowing airlines to showcase their fare options and extra ancillaries at the beginning of the user journey. Travellers are presented with more information upfront so they can make informed and value-based booking decisions.



News: Questions raised over England quarantine-free travel list

Following an examination by the PC Agency, it appears only a handful of countries might be easily accessible to English visitors. The agency discovered that just 25 named are currently viable holiday options.



News: American Airlines arrives at Heathrow Terminal 5

American Airlines will begin provisionally operating all flights from London Heathrow Terminal 5, the home of its Atlantic joint business partner and fellow oneworld member, British Airways, from tomorrow.



News: Frasers Hospitality reopens global portfolio

Following the easing of restrictions in the UK, serviced residences in England reopened earlier, while those in Scotland will follow on July 15th. Throughout the Covid-19 crisis, most properties around the world have remained open.



News: WTTC gives cautious welcome to England quarantine-free travel

World Travel & Tourism Council president Gloria Guevara has welcomed a decision to remove quarantine requirements for travellers entering England from a number of countries.



News: ABTA offers advice to English post-Covid-19 holidaymakers

ABTA has unveiled a new customer-focused webpage titled ‘Restarting travel – a guide for customers’, designed to take travellers through extra steps to consider as book their next trip.



Focus: Breaking Travel News investigates: Conferences, exhibitions and online events

As governments around the world begin to ease the handbrake on restrictions, Breaking Travel News takes a fresh look at what it will mean for the travel event space



News: Gulf Air to return to United Arab Emirates next week

Gulf Air will resume its direct Abu Dhabi and Dubai flights, with scheduled operations starting from July 5th. The national carrier of the kingdom of Bahrain has been operating direct flights between the country and the United Arab Emirates since 1954.



News: Ryanair pilots agree pay cut to minimise job losses

Ryanair has welcomed a decision by pilots’ union Balpa to accept a four year pay deal for its members in the UK. The contract will see UK-based pilots of the low-cost carrier take a 20 per cent pay cut, to be resorted over period.