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A new Hawaii tourism chief steps in at a critical time for the Aloha State: Travel Weekly

John De Fries took the reins of the Hawaii Tourism Authority (HTA) one month, almost to the day, before this week’s planned launch of a pretravel program that is crucial to the state’s tourism reboot.

“It’s a vertical learning curve,” De Fries said. “Not only for me, frankly, but for the entire industry.”

The program, which would enable visitors to bypass a strict 14-day quarantine if they test negative for

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Australia Announces Quarantine-Free Travel From New Zealand

(Bloomberg) — Australia took the first step to reopening its international border on Friday, announcing that New Zealanders will be allowed to visit parts of the country without having to undergo quarantine.



a group of people sitting on a bench in front of a window: People are silhouetted against a window overlooking aircraft on the tarmac at Melbourne Airport in Melbourne, Australia, on Tuesday, Sept. 1, 2020. A twin-speed economy is developing in Australia and posing a challenge for the central bank, as Chinese demand for iron ore buoys the resource-rich west while eastern states struggle with Covid-19 outbreaks and border closures.


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People are silhouetted against a window overlooking aircraft on the tarmac at Melbourne Airport in Melbourne, Australia, on Tuesday, Sept. 1, 2020. A twin-speed economy is developing in Australia and posing a challenge for the central

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Trump cancels travel schedule after testing positive for coronavirus, keeps phone call on virus aid for seniors

President Trump cleared his Friday schedule after he and first lady Melania Trump confirmed they had tested positive for the coronavirus in the early morning hours — except for a phone call on virus aid for vulnerable seniors, multiple reports said.

The president had previously planned to hold a fundraiser at the Trump hotel in Washington, D.C. and a rally in Sanford, Fla., with just a month left before the

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Pompeo evaluating travel schedule after Trump tests positive

En route to Dubrovnik – Secretary of State Mike Pompeo tested negative for coronavirus in a precautionary screening following reports that President Trump and First Lady Melania Trump have contracted the illness.



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“We’re praying for the president and the first lady that they’ll have a speedy recovery,” Pompeo told reporters. “I spoke with the vice president’s office this morning as well. We’re taking this, obviously,

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Alaska Airlines to furlough or lay off more employees as COVID-19 grips travel industry

As federal aid for airlines runs out and negotiations over more coronavirus relief stall, Alaska Airlines has begun cutting nearly 450 more flight attendants and other employees from its payroll while borrowing $1.3 billion from the U.S. Treasury.

The furloughs, first reported by online aviation magazine The Points Guy, were hardly unexpected. In June, Seattle-based Alaska announced it would begin slashing 3,000 jobs from its 23,000-person workforce starting at the

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New European Union Travel Plan Could Bring Clarity, Relief for Airlines

Charles de Gaulle Airport on Day France Reopens Its EU Borders

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The European Union’s battered aviation industry may soon get some relief from the confusingly wide range of travel curbs across the continent, as the bloc’s governments seek agreement on a common threshold for imposing restrictions.

Under a proposal

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TUI Plans $1.8 Billion Fundraising Once Travel Demand Returns

(Bloomberg) — Holiday giant TUI AG could seek to raise about 1.5 billion euros ($1.8 billion) through a rights issue and asset sales once bookings recover and the company starts generating meaningful revenue again.



a plane parked on the side of a road: SEATTLE, WA - MAY 31: Boeing 737 MAX airplanes from TUI Airways sit parked in a parking lot at a Boeing facility adjacent to King County International Airport, known as Boeing Field, on May 31, 2019 in Seattle, Washington. Boeing 737 MAX airplanes have been grounded following two fatal crashes in which 346 passengers and crew were killed in October 2018 and March 2019. (Photo by David Ryder/Getty Images)


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SEATTLE, WA – MAY 31: Boeing 737 MAX airplanes from TUI Airways sit parked in a parking lot at a Boeing facility adjacent to King County International Airport, known

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Better Living through Time Travel

I recently took my oldest offspring to the airport for a flight to Los Angeles that marked her official journey into adulthood. A new college graduate (minus the COVID19-canceled graduation ceremony), she’s now settling into an apartment and independent life 3,000 miles from her childhood home. She couldn’t wait to leave. Given my KPI in parenting has always been to raise a strong, independent woman, I suppose I succeeded. But

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Coronavirus Travel Restrictions by State

As the number of coronavirus cases continues to grow in the U.S., Newsweek takes a look at the current travel restrictions for each state.



a person holding luggage: Stock image: Travelers should check ahead for state restrictions before venturing on vacation.


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Stock image: Travelers should check ahead for state restrictions before venturing on vacation.

At the time of writing, the U.S. has 6,814,696 confirmed cases, with India and Brazil having the second and third highest case numbers respectively, as shown in the below graphic. The

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‘Over-Indexed” to Travel, American Express Shares Have Uphill Battle, Analyst Says

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A prolonged slowdown in business travel is expected to weigh on

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shares for some time, analysts say.

Analysts at Bank of America downgraded the shares of American Express (ticker: AXP), believing that it could take until 2024 for spending on airlines and hotels to return to pre-coronavirus pandemic levels.

The analysts’ findings were published alongside a separate report from the bank, which noted

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Trump Adds to U.S. Travel Sanctions in Cuba, Including Cigar Import Ban

President Trump on Wednesday announced a series of new sanctions against Cuba that prohibit Americans from importing Cuban cigars and rum and staying in hotels funded by the Cuban government.

The new restrictions follow a series of measures announced by the Trump administration in 2019 that aimed to curtail travel to Cuba from the United States, including a ban on cruise ships, private yachts, fishing vessels and group educational and

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Coronavirus travel refund battles expose deposit shell game

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Here are 6 tips to know before you book your flight during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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The Grand Palladium resort in Punta Cana, Dominican Republic, was a swank respite in March for Leigh Anne Belcher and her daughter until they got a call to stop by the front desk about a billing question. 

Their travel agency, swamped with coronavirus cancellations, had abruptly closed its doors and disconnected its

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Why does American travel writing erase Black people? | Europe

As Black Lives Matter protests spread to Europe in early June, Rick Steves, the US’s most popular European guidebook author, shared a picture in solidarity on Instagram. It was Eugene Delacroix’s 1830 epic, Liberty Leading the People. The image linked to his blog, where he had penned one of his Daily Dose of Europe entries celebrating the Delacroix masterwork and explaining how it depicted the popular protests of the July

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Hong Kong tourism industry pleads with government to restart travel, with Shenzhen trips first on list



a view of a city: Shenzhen is the best place to start for reopening Hong Kong’s leisure travel links, the executive director of the Hong Kong Tourism Board says. Photo: Xinhua


Shenzhen is the best place to start for reopening Hong Kong’s leisure travel links, the executive director of the Hong Kong Tourism Board says. Photo: Xinhua

Hong Kong’s return to leisure travel should start with neighbouring parts of mainland China once a retreat of Covid-19 allows borders to reopen, according to a top tourism official in the city.

Tourism Board executive director Dane Cheng Ting-yat said its aim was for

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Why is solo travel up in a global pandemic? Deals cater to those who will go it alone

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Solo travel offers a fringe benefit: It allows you to be selfish. You can do whatever you want whenever you want.

Hmmm … that sounds a lot like our current lifestyle in quarantine. Want to eat lunch at 4 p.m.? Do it. Want to skip the workout and watch TV instead? Why not? There’s no one around to shame you.

Social distancing —

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Travel sector hit as UK COVID-19 cases rise

The threat of further a second round of Covid restrictions in London has dented confid.ence, with the travel sector in particular feeling the heat as we head into the weekend. Meanwhile, retail sales data highlights the winners and losers from 2020. 

  • FTSE turns lower, as London heads for a second round of restrictions 

  • Travel sector hit hard as quarantine restrictions loom.

  • Retail sales growth slows, with ‘V’ shaped recovery proving

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Local pizzeria near border ‘struggling’ as US-Mexico travel restrictions extended into October

SAN DIEGO – A San Diego-area pizza restaurant manager says revenues are down 80% at his shop located near the U.S.-Mexico border since travel restrictions were put in place this year to limit the spread of the coronavirus.

A manager at Maya’s Gourmet Pizza, a San Diego-area pizza restaurant, says revenues are down 80% at his shop located near the U.S.-Mexico border since travel restrictions were put in place this
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How pandemic could affect NH’s fall, winter tourism | Travel

As New Hampshire enters the foliage season, the “majority” of leaf-peeping bus tours have been canceled or postponed until next year because of the coronavirus pandemic, the state’s tourism chief said Monday.

It’s “too early to know the economic impact” of the cancellations/postponements, Lori Harnois, director of the Division of Travel and Tourism Development, said during a virtual roundtable discussion organized by U.S. Sen. Maggie Hassan.

Travel and Tourism is

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Travel Leaders Taps Robyn Benincasa to Keynote Virtual Conference

Bridge to the Future, a virtual conference exclusive to all Travel Leaders Network members, promises inspiration, networking, top-notch education and access to preferred suppliers

NEW YORK, Sept. 17, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — Travel Leaders Network – one of America’s largest retail travel agency organizations – today announced that Robyn Benincasa, a top motivational speaker on leadership, an Adventure Racing World Champion and bestselling author, will be the keynote speaker

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Las Vegas helicopter pilots lose jobs to COVID-19 travel fallout

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Maverick Helicopters has seen a boom in domestic tours in Las Vegas but a steep drop in Grand Canyon tours, as international travel has shutdown. (Photo: Provided: Bryan Kroten)

LAS VEGAS – The plummeting of international travel in the wake of COVID-19 has put dozens of helicopter tour pilots and staffers out of work in Southern Nevada.

Several companies known for scenic tour flights to the Las Vegas Strip

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