CURRENT NEWS 1/11/21

Curated articles from around the web of specific interest to travelers. Covering recent news on travel restrictions, security, air travel, cruising along with travel industry headlines.

Two good reference web sites are now available for up-to-date travel information on COVID-19 requirements by country and for CDC travel recommendations.

The first is the Internatinal Air Transport Association – IATA offers an up-to-date COVID-19 Travel Regulations Map HERE.

Additional information from the The American CDC – For international travelers the American CDC now provides a list of countries and the COVID-19 threat level for each HERE.

DAILY BRIEFS

Recent News

January 11th Update

American Re-Hires 17,000 Workers – As per the terms of accepting money from the federal government’s most recent COVID-19 relief aid package, American Airlines has re-hired 17,500 workers who were furloughed back in October.

Travel body rejects compulsory COVID-19 shots, experts say herd immunity distant – “We should never require the vaccination to get a job or to travel,” Guevara, whose organisation represents a sector accounting for as much as 10% of global employment, told Reuters.

Disney World Eliminating Free Magical Express Airport Transport in 2022 and Other WDW News – New and existing bookings in 2021 will have the option to reserve transportation via Magical Express up until Dec. 31.

Canadians returning home from Jamaica this week have been exempted from producing a negative PCR test before leaving the destination as now required by the Canadian government.

Kauai, Hawaii to welcome tourists back on its own terms – The island of Kauai plans to reopen to tourists after a halt forced by the coronavirus. Starting this week, Hawaii’s “garden island,” which had opted out of the state program that allows trans-Pacific visitors if they produce a negative test before arrival, begins its own entry program.

Germany’s New Lockdown Rules Require Travelers to Present 2 Negative COVID-19 Tests – Arrivals will also have to quarantine in addition to testing.

Expedia CEO Says Mass Tourism Will Be Back Again by Summer – Its third-quarter earnings report shows a company that’s still pulling in $1.5 billion in quarterly revenue, exceeding mid-pandemic expectations, even if that it represents $221 million in losses.

January 8th Update

JetBlue Joins American, Alaska in Changing Rules for Emotional Support Animals – As of January 11, 2021, emotional support animals will no longer be recognized as service animals.

Greece extends some COVID lockdowns until Jan. 18 – The country, in lockdown since early November due to a spike in infections mainly in the north, has seen its public health system come under severe strain while infections are recede at a slow pace.

Princess Cruises latest line to delay return – Princess Cruises has become the latest line to delay its return to operation. The Carnival-owned brand will now not be welcoming guests until at least May 14th this year.

Florida Considering Bill to Reverse Key West Cruise Ship Ban – The Florida Senate is considering for a bill that would ban local communities from trying to regulate cruise ports, a move that would reverse recent restrictions on cruise ships advanced in Key West.

Cathay Pacific suspends London flights to Hong Kong – The carrier said the decision was in view of the entry restrictions put in place by the government of Hong Kong on arrivals from the UK.

The U.S. Just Got a New National Park — and It’s a Rock Climbing and Whitewater Rafting Paradise

Top Mexican Tourism Destinations Working on Plan To Restart Sector – Updated COVID-19 Protocols to help bring tourists back.

January 7th Update

The U.K. Is now officially out of the EU on Dec. 31, 2021 and included in the 1259-page trade agreement between the EU and U.K. published Christmas Eve are new terms for short-term business visitors that will require work permits and in some cases the passing of an economic needs test. Many see some of the new policies to be mostly punitive.

The Marker Key West Harbor Resort announces a $3 million renovation of the modern, waterfront property, including its new Residence One & Two Bedroom Suites with spacious open-air balconies.

Some Travel Agents hope Biden win signals an easing of Cuba travel rules – For cruise lines and airlines, hotel companies and tour operators, restrictions on travel to Cuba ordered by President Trump in 2019 crippled what had been heralded as one of the most exciting travel “openings” in the past 20 years.

Dominican Republic extends Covid-19 healthcare offer. The ministry of tourism has announced the continuation of a free health coverage plan to March 31st for tourists arriving on commercial flights and staying at a hotel.

Jamaica welcomes boom in festive travel – Preliminary statistics from the Jamaica Tourist Board show that for the period December 22nd-28th, just over 21,000 passengers arrived on the island from around the world.

Delta moves closer to goal of free and improved WiFi – Delta has finalized a partnership with the WiFi provider Viasat, to enable it to move toward its goal of creating a free and connected experience for passengers across its network.

Princess Cruises and Holland America have joined other cruise lines in continuing a cruising pause in operations into May 2021. The cruise lines are extending their pause of cruise operations for all departures through April 30, 2021, including Alaska, Mexican Riviera, Pacific Coast, Caribbean, Mediterranean and Canada/New England departures.

Canada’s Travel Industry ‘In Tailspin’ After Government Announces New COVID Test Rules – Canada isn’t alone, dozens of countries enter third phase lockdowns.

UK government offers £4.6 billion in new lockdown grants – more help is needed everywhere to help business pandemic policies.

Which Cruise Ships Will Be Scrapped Or Taken Out of Service Because of the COVID-19 Pandemic? Cruise Critic keeps up with cruise industry news.

World Travel and Tourism Council fosters a co-ordinated response to the sector’s coronavirus fallout – An interview with the organizations director focusing on the pandemic.

Airlines urge White House to require testing for travelers instead of travel bans – Airlines for America (A4A), which represents the major U.S. airlines, called on the Trump administration to implement a global program to require testing.

How quickly can the COVID-19 vaccine make travel possible? The COVID-19 pandemic brought the global tourism industry to a screeching halt in 2020. With vaccines starting to be rolled out, there is hope international travel can resume soon.

Royal Caribbean to provide loans – Royal Caribbean Group will make $40 million available to give travel advisors interest-free loans of up to $250,000 to help keep their travel businesses afloat.

United Nations – World Travel Organization – Tourism falls to levels last seen in 1990 – Global tourism has returned to levels of 30 years ago, with one billion fewer international arrivals and a loss of about US$ 1.1 trillion in international tourism receipts.

British Airways announces deep cuts in long-haul network – British Airways has confirmed it will cancel services to more than 15 long-haul destinations next year as the Covid-19 pandemic continues to rock the aviation sector.

Carnival Cruise Line welcomes Mardi Gras to fleet – When Mardi Gras begins guest operations in April, the 180,000-gross-ton vessel will be the most innovative ship in North America as it will be the first ship to be powered by liquefied natural gas.


“We’ve been very encouraged by the response to our travel news features that we are now adding it as a regular section. Come back often and check out frequent headline updates. “

Dennis & Judi

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