Travel and Tourism, for the past 5 months the pandemic are declining . in some counties .
coronavirus cases continuing to spike in America, Brazil and abroad, travelers with a United States passport and Brazilian passport remain grounded. To date, just 9 countries are open to them without restrictions. If Belarus, Serbia, Zambia or any of the other six countries on that list aren’t in the cards, then travelers itching to get on an international flight will have to wait.
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Will travel be open in 2021?
If 2020 is the lost year for travel, will 2021 be the year of recovery? And if it is, what does that mean for you?
“I want to travel as much as I can,” says Adam Twins Travel, a photographer based in Iran . “I will be spending more time in South Africa, China and Thailand to make up for lost time.”
Travel agents see the same level of enthusiasm.
“We see a full recovery in the first quarter of 2021,” with more International borders are open. Like the Gambia.
Note: This is the second of a two-part series on travel’s lost year and what it means. Here’s part one.
Many signs point to a quick rebound for travel in 2021. That’s because people will be making up for missed travel in 2020 and trying to use their travel vouchers, which expire soon. Travelers will have to time their trips carefully this time.
According to the Travel Industry Mobility Market Outlook on COVID-19, the global revenue for the travel and tourism industry will be an estimated 447.4 billion U.S. dollars in 2020 – a decrease of around 34.7 percent from the previous year.
Starting today, the capital of the country has made it mandatory for people travelling from five states to get a negative Covid-19 report before entering the state. People travelling to Delhi from Kerala, Maharashtra, Madhya Pradesh, Punjab and Chhattisgarh have to provide a negative RT-PCR test report to enter the state.
The order is applicable to passengers who will be arriving in Delhi by flights, trains or buses. The Covid-19 negative reports should be not older than 72 hours. According to Delhi government, this order will be in force from midnight of 26 February until 15 March.
“Delhi government took the decision because, in the past week, 86% of the new virus cases have emerged from these states. Nodal officers in these states will be asked to verify COVID-19 negative reports from tests taken up to 72 hours before the flight, prior to allowing passengers to leave for Delhi,” sources said.
Due to the sudden rise in Covid-19 cases, several states have made it mandatory for visitors to produce negative Covid report if they are coming from Maharashtra, Gujarat, Kerala, Madhya Pradesh and Chhattisgarh.
Delhi recorded 220 fresh COVID-19 cases on Thursday, the highest number of single-day incidences in February, even as no new fatality was registered. This was the fourth time the single-day fatality count has stood nil in this month.
Qantas and Jetstar are now planning to restart regular international passenger flights to most destinations from 31 October 2021 – a four month extension from the previous estimate of July, which had been in place since mid-2020.
The date change aligns with the expected timeframe for Australia’s COVID-19 vaccine rollout to be effectively complete.
Capacity will be lower than pre-COVID levels, with frequencies and aircraft type deployed on each route in line with the projected recovery of international flying. International capacity is not expected to fully recover until 2024.
The Group remains in close consultation with the Federal Government around the reopening of international borders and will keep customers updated if further adjustments are required.
Qantas is assessing the use of digital health pass apps to help support the resumption of COVID-safe international travel. The CommonPass and IATA Travel Pass smartphone apps are being trialled on the airline’s international repatriation flights.
Qantas is planning to resume flights to 22 of its 25 pre-COVID international destinations including Los Angeles, London, Singapore and Johannesburg from 31 October 2021.
Qantas won’t initially resume direct flights to New York, Santiago and Osaka, but remains committed to flying to these three destinations. In the meantime, customers will be able to fly to these destinations under codeshare or oneworld arrangements with partner airlines.
Jetstar plans to resume flights to all of its 13 international destinations. Frequencies will be adjusted in line with the projected recovery of international flying.
Qantas and Jetstar are planning for a significant increase in flights to and from New Zealand from 1 July 2021.
The Group has the ability to respond to travel bubbles that may open.
Australia has just scrapped their one way travel bubble with New Zealand again after a new Covid cluster appeared in Auckland. This “zero Covid” policy as basis for AUS-NZ / Trans Tasman travel makes now sense because under these conditions it will never be a viable, ongoing solution. You can’t put such a system in place and every time when there is a Covid cluster in the partner country it will be scrapped again for weeks or months on end.
I don’t think that the vaccine rollout will be anywhere near complete by October to have a meaningful impact on full fledged international travel like Qantas is planning with their latest scheduling.
Maybe they can use this to finally bring the thousands of Australians back who are still stuck somewhere overseas due to the countries very low arrival quotas. So far they have relied of foreign carriers to shoulder this traffic while Qantas didn’t operate any long haul international passenger flight in forever.
Qantas is now planning for the case of flights to most international destinations resuming from late October 2021 and Trans-Tasman flying are ramping up from July 2021.
While the carrier can certainly schedule flights the real question is will passengers be allowed on it and what restrictions or requirements will that entail? Only time will tell and October 31st is still eight months away.
Tripadvisor has announced the arrival of a live data intelligence dashboard available to destination marketing organisations (DMOs), powered by Tourism Sentiment Index.
This offering is part of Tripadvisor’s wider suite of data intelligence products for DMOs, known as the Tripadvisor Insights Platform. The live dashboard provides clients with essential word-of-mouth insights about destinations, combining Tripadvisor’s unmatched reach and traveller behaviour insights with Tourism Sentiment Index’s industry-leading sentiment technology.
The Tripadvisor Insights Platform is a collection of measurement and insights tools intended to help partners in the travel and tourism industry manage their media campaigns and overall recovery activities. The solutions use Tripadvisor’s wealth of user behaviour data to measure performance, uncover competitive insights and track how destinations, accommodations, attractions and restaurants are performing over time.
The new sentiment dashboard for DMOs uplevels the service offering of the Tripadvisor Insights Platform by providing clients with daily actionable intelligence, using insights from across 50 tourism touch points – including air access, accommodations and attractions. The dashboard’s analytics are drawn from real-time conversations, across half a million platforms, including Tripadvisor. Sentiment towards destinations and travel contribute to an overall score that reveals a destination’s popularity versus competitors, enabling them to update campaigns, product offerings and messaging faster and more effectively.
In response to the unprecedented challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic, the sentiment dashboard also includes a crisis analysis module that tracks the impact of the pandemic in locations around the world by revealing emotional reactions to categories such as health services, government and economics.
“Now more than ever, destination marketing organizations need data and business intelligence tools to help maximize competitiveness and drive recovery in the wake of COVID-19. This live dashboard puts actionable insights at DMOs’ fingertips to help them make more informed and strategic marketing and media placement decisions. For example, being able to understand travellers’ readiness to travel in real-time helps DMOs update their marketing with the most effective messaging, therefore, getting the most impactful message in front of the right people, at the right time,” said Steven Paganelli, group head of Destination Marketing – Americas, Tripadvisor.
“Activating our global reach and connecting the most relevant, high-intent travellers to our partners has been a key success driver for DMOs on Tripadvisor over the past year,” added Paganelli.
“Tourism Sentiment Index and Tripadvisor are industry leaders in tourism and hospitality intelligence, with a shared vision of helping destination marketing organizations use data-driven insights to guide their recovery strategies and most efficiently engage the right customers,” said Rodney Payne, founder of Tourism Sentiment Index and CEO of Destination Think.
“Our data intelligence provides DMOs with the ability to drill down to specific conversations and insights taking place at the destination-level – whether a city, region or country. Watching the Tourism Sentiment Index grow into an industry-leading tool has been a remarkable journey, and I truly believe that our data intelligence will help destination marketers find the best way through this pandemic. This collaboration gives me great optimism for the future of tourism, and its integral role in local economies while remaining respectful of the people and planet it affects,” added Payne.
The CEO of Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings also said that the timing of information from the CDC is still unknown, but that the window of time between test cruise results and revenue cruises could be flexible
This pandemic has people everywhere in a funk. But as vaccinations are rolled out and hope looms on the horizon, is a trailer-touting “funky Punky” the nostalgic lift that frazzled parents, sentimental fans, and a new wave of younger viewers need? Peacock certainly seems to think so. The 10-part “Punky Brewster” revival dropped Feb. 25
Pixar has released the first official trailer for its upcoming film “Luca,” a coming-of-age adventure set in a beautiful seaside town on the Italian Riviera. It will release in theaters on June 18. Marking Pixar’s 24th feature-length animated film, “Luca” follows two young boys who form an unlikely but strong friendship while they’re actually sea
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The government of the Dominican Republic is taking measures to strengthen the capacity of the destination to respond to the entry requirements of source markets.The ministry of tourism and the ministry of public health have announced new measures to strengthen the capacity of the destination to respond to new requirements for all visitors to the country.
The ministry of health will donate 400,000 antigen tests as part of the Traveller Assistance Plan currently provided by the state to international visitors staying at hotels in the Dominican Republic. These antigen tests will be part of the free plan currently offered up until 31 March.
The rapid antigen tests required by the UK and other governments will be administered to hotel guests at no costs by the technical health personnel in the hotels and the result will be certified by the ministry of public health.
Regarding countries that require PCR testing for entry, the ministry of tourism highlighted that the current capacity of the laboratories is 11,000 tests per day, which guarantees sufficient capacity for locals and visitors.
Additionally, over the next three weeks there will be an increase of 40 per cent capacity to ensure that no travellers would encounter any problems when returning to their country. The hotels will aid guests in making appointments for PCR testing, but those costs will be covered by the traveller.
“The Dominican Republic continues to be committed to offering a safe tourism experience both to those who visit us and for all Dominicans involved in the industry’s supply chain. Therefore we are continuously reviewing measures to offer our visitors the necessary facilities to enjoy a holiday and a return trip with complete peace of mind,” said Dominican Republic tourism minister David Collado.
Until 31 March all international tourists arriving by air and staying in a hotel have a free medical coverage plan that covers all types of emergencies, including possible contagion of Covid-19.
As an airline pilot, I’m fortunate to have one of the best office views in the world. Looking down from 43,000 feet gives you an appreciation of just how vast some countries are and how densely populated some cities have become.
Traversing the expanses of northern Canada or the far reaches of Russia, you can go hours without seeing any signs of human inhabitation. Crossing the Atlantic to South America, the water just seems to go on forever.
However, it’s when making the approach to land that some of the best views are on offer. Curving in through mountain valleys or picking out famous landmarks, it’s sometimes a real honor to be treated to some of these stunning vistas.
In my 15 years of flying, these are my top 10. I’ve also recommended which side of the aircraft you should try and get a window seat to get the best (okay, second best after the flight deck) view in the house.
A word on runways and approaches
The approach an aircraft makes into an airport depends mainly on the direction from which the flight is coming and also on what ATC’s needs are at the time. Most flights arriving into Heathrow from the far east will come in over the North Sea and be directed in by ATC over north London.
However, if there are many arrivals from that direction at once, ATC may direct some flights to come in from the south. There’s no hard and fast rule what will happen, so as pilots, we are always prepared for change.
The same goes for the runway in use. For performance reasons, we prefer to land and take off into the wind. As a result, ATC at the airport will select the runway in use primarily on the wind direction. Once again, this can change at short notice.
Runways around the world have a numerical designator depending on the magnetic compass heading they face. For example, a runway facing east would be runway 09 and the other end, obviously facing west, would be runway 27. If there are two runways of the same heading, like at London Heathrow, they would be 09L/09R and 27L/27R.
10. Newark Liberty International, New York (EWR)
Window seat: Right-hand side
Kind of cheating with this one, as this is technically on departure, so it comes in at No. 10. However, the views flying out of Newark and routing initially to the north are too good not to be mentioned.
For the most part, Newark uses the two parallel runways 05L/05R and 22L/22R. When the wind is out of the north, runway 05L is used for departure and it’s this one that gives the best views.
The runways aren’t the longest, so it tends to be a fairly high-powered takeoff, rocketing off into the evening sky. Shortly after takeoff, when at around 1,500 feet, we’ll often get a right-hand turn towards Upper Manhattan.
A few seconds later we’re treated to the most incredible view over Central Park, Midtown New Yorkand all the way to downtown. To the far side of the city, you can see the Ed Koch Queensboro Bridge and JFK Airport in the distance. Without a doubt, the best view on departure anywhere in the world.
Alcatraz Island, the Bay and, of course, the Golden Gate Bridge, San Francisco has some of the most easily recognizable landmarks in the world. Flying in from the north, the route brings us in over the Sonoma and Napa Valley vineyards, giving us some wonderful waypoint names such as MRRLO, MLBEC and LEGGS.
From here, we coast out over the sea slightly, making a slight left turn and flying parallel to the Golden Gate Bridge at around 12,000 feet. Not only does this give great views of the bridge, but it also enables you to spot Alcatraz, downtown San Francisco and the numerous piers jutting out into the bay.
For an added bonus, try and grab a seat on the right-hand side for departure. The departure route is much the same as the arrival but at a much lower altitude and closer to the bridge.
8. Miami International (MIA)
Window seat: Left-hand side
Ah, Miami. Sun, sea and, err, stunning approaches. Depending on the route across the Atlantic, the initial approach into Miami takes us over the Bahamas before starting the descent. These sandy reefs look great from 38,000 feet but the real treat comes later on.
The arrival route takes us down the coast, giving you an appreciation of just how populated the coastline is. Houses, hotels and apartments line the waterfront all the way from Palm Beach, through Boca Raton and Fort Lauderdale, all the way down to Miami itself.
When the wind is coming from the west and landing on runway 27, the approach takes us directly over the famous Venetian Islands, as if we were flying straight down Venetian Way. As we are directly overhead, this view can only be seen from the flight deck, but the cabin windows give great views, too.
Whilst window seats on the right give good views flying down the coast, sitting on the left gives the best views of South Beach as you fly over at around 2,500 feet and then the cruise terminals and downtown just a few moments later.
Dubai Airport is at its busiest in the small hours of the morning, but if you find yourself on a flight from the north that lands during daylight, you’re in for a treat. Irrespective of which runway you land on, there are great views to be had across the city.
The approach to 30L/R is slightly better though as the aircraft is at a higher altitude as it flies downwind, parallel to the runway. Early on in the approach, you’ll be able to see down the coast to the Palm Jumeriah jutting out into the sea and the distinctive Burj al Arab hotel.
As the coast passes behind, the skyscrapers of the center of the city come into view, including the world’s tallest building, the Burj Khalifa.
6. Corfu (CFU)
Window seat: Left-hand side
The Greek island of Corfu is 230 miles northwest of Athens and the airport itself is nestled beneath some serious hills. Even though they are only 2,000 feet high, their proximity to the airport and the way that they arc round under the approach path stops us from flying a straight-in approach.
As a result, we must fly in at an angle towards the runway, lining up with the runway at around 700 feet above the water. To make it even more dramatic, there’s a hotel built into the side of the hill just by the runway. This gives a unique perspective of looking up at people by the pool just before we touch down.
The stunning walled city of Dubrovnik overlooks the azure waters of the Adriatic Sea. Looking down on this area from 38,000 feet is inspiring, the whitetails of hundreds of boats darting between the islands which litter the Dalmatian Coast.
However, from lower down on the approach into Dubrovnik, the aircraft glides slowly past the city, so close you can almost peer into the tiny windows of the houses and buildings.
If you’re lucky, you may even be treated to the circling approach. This takes the aircraft past the airfield, turning back between two hills before touching down on the runway.
4. Los Angeles International (LAX)
Window seat: Right-hand side
I love flying to LA — there’s always such a buzz on the flight amongst the passengers and more often than not, there’ll be a famous face or two sitting at the front. However, I love the approach because it gives you a real appreciation of just how wide and sprawling the city is. Cutting through the San Bernadino mountains past the Big Bear ski resort, the basin opens up to buildings as far as the eye can see.
As you get closer to the airport, Downtown LA comes into view with the Hollywood Hills beyond. Then, just before touchdown is the stunning SoFi stadium, the new home of the LA Rams and LA Chargers. Depending on which runway you’re landing on, a window seat on the right will either give you a great view of the stadium, or you could end up being papped yourself by the spotters waiting at the famous In-n-Out burger joint.
3. Gibraltar (GIB)
Window seat: Right-hand side
If you’ve ever been to Gibraltar, you’ll know what a spectacular place it is. The 1,400-foot rock dominates the peninsula, with the airport sitting directly below it.
The land is so narrow that the runway sticks out into the bay at the western end and ends abruptly at the beach at the other end. When landing towards the east, the approach takes you around the back of the rock, lining up with the runway passing over sailboats and yachts below. A word of caution, though: When it’s windy this approach can get bumpy!
There is no bigger thrill than flying down a snowy valley, with 10,000-foot mountains towering above you on both sides before passing low over the town and touching down on a snowy runway. Landing into Innsbruck, you get all of these.
Depending on the runway in use and the wind strength and direction, the arrival can start at either end of the valley which runs roughly east/west. The most straightforward approach starts at the eastern end of the valley and lands in over the town. If the easterly runway is in use, some approaches start in the western valley, snaking its way around corners before lining up with the runway.
However, the most spectacular approach and the most challenging, but exciting, for pilots is the visual approach after arriving from the east. Just before flying over the town, we break off the approach to the left, heading towards the Brenner Pass. At this point, we can be rocked by strong turbulence as wind spills out of the Pass before we make a right-hand turn, flying low over the side of the valley.
From here, we are looking for the spire of the church in the village of Axams ahead of us, our visual reference point to start the turn onto final approach. Looking up to our left, we can see skiers coming down the hill above us. As soon as we fly over the church, we start a tight 180-degree turn, flying as slow as possible to keep the turn tight enough to line up with the runway facing back from the way we came. Absolutely exhilarating!
1. London Heathrow (LHR)
Window seat: Right-hand side
There are very few airports in the world where the approach brings you directly over the center of the city, but London Heathrow is one of them. Depending on the origin of your flight, you’ll either make the initial approach over north or south London.
From here, traffic is directed into a single stream of aircraft towards the landing runway. If this is towards the west, as it tends to be around 80% of the time, get ready to spot more famous landmarks than you can shake a Union Flag at.
If the flight is from the north and the aircraft is in just the right spot, you’ll be a party to my favorite airborne view in the world. As the pilots make the right hand turn to line up with the runway, the wing dips to reveal the modern skyscrapers of the City nestled around the history of the Tower of London and Tower Bridge.
There’s so much more in this short glimpse so make sure you have your camera ready as it doesn’t last long. The photos, though, will last a lifetime. Enjoy!
One of the best perks of the job is enjoying some of the spectacular views we get from the flight deck. Some approaches bring us in over the center of the city while others have us weaving between mountains and over churches. No matter how many times I’ve flown to the airports I’ve mentioned, I never tire of the views.
I’ve flown into Heathrow more than 1,000 times and not only does this approach make you appreciate the city even more, but after a long transatlantic flight, it’s also the perfect way to make sure you realize you’re home.