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Americans can now travel to 47 nations for vacation and tourism — here's the list of every open country and how to get there

The US passport has lost its strength significantly during the COVID-19 pandemic and Americans are left with few options on where to travel. ShutterLibrary/Shutterstock; Samantha Lee/Business Insider While many countries are not allowing US travelers during the coronavirus crisis, some nations are open to Americans. The United Kingdom, Caribbean countries, and select international locales are allowing tourists from the US. Many countries require you to show a negative COVID-19 test and air...
Tags: Transportation, BITranspo, Caribbean, Europe, Features, Travel, CT Visual Features, Air Travel, COVID-19, Novel Coronavirus, Coronavirus, Flying, Tourism, Airlines, Aviation, BI Graphics


Pegasus partners with Green Key on sustainability programme

(LONDON)—Pegasus, a leading global provider of hotel reservations and e-commerce solutions and one of the world's most experienced hotel representation services, today announced a new partnership with Green Key, the world's leading sustainability certification programme for the hospitality industry. The new partnership will provide hotels in the Pegasus portfolio with access to personal support as well as tools and resources for sustainability certification.
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YC-backed Cashfree raises $35.3 million for its payments platform

Cashfree, an Indian startup that offers a wide-range of payments services to businesses, has raised $35.3 million in a new financing round as the profitable firm looks to broaden its offering. The Bangalore-based startup’s Series B was led by London-headquartered private equity firm Apis Partners (which invested through its Growth Fund II), with participation from existing investors Y Combinator and Smilegate Investments. The new round brings the startup’s to-date raise to $42 million. ...
Tags: Travel, Amazon, Fundings & Exits, Startups, Apps, Y Combinator, Asia, London, Finance, India, Funding, Paypal, Payments, Zomato, Shopify, Bangalore


Goldman Says #Saudi Peg ‘Here to Stay,’ Though at Cost to Economy - Bloomberg

Goldman Says Saudi Peg ‘Here to Stay,’ Though at Cost to Economy - Bloomberg Saudi Arabia is sacrificing non-oil economic growth with fiscal policies designed to ensure its currency peg’s stability during a period of low crude prices, according to Goldman Sachs Group Inc.“Maintaining the riyal peg at current levels remains a key policy priority for the Saudi authorities,” Farouk Soussa, a London-based analyst at Goldman, said in a report to clients. “In a low oil price environment, however, this...
Tags: Travel, London, Saudi Arabia, Goldman, Goldman Sachs Group Inc, Rupert Neil Bumfrey, Economy Bloomberg, Soussa, Farouk Soussa, Goldman Says Saudi Peg ` Here, Economy Bloomberg Saudi Arabia, U S Federal Reserve Although


Global Hospitality Leader Millennium & Copthorne Prepares for Post-COVID-19 Recovery of Hotel Operations

A year after delisting from the London Stock Exchange, Millennium & Copthorne Hotels Limited (M&C), a global hospitality leader, disclosed major initiatives that will prepare it for a recovery by as early as 2021 from the recent challenges caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.The privatisation granted M&C greater agility and cushioned impact of the pandemic. Lessons learned and operational changes in recent months have helped to lay a much stronger foundation. Properties across the globe have ...
Tags: Travel, Asia, London, Singapore, London Stock Exchange, New Zealand, CDL, Singapore Exchange, Real Estate Investment Trust, City Developments Limited CDL, Europe UK 21 USA, CDL Hospitality Trusts CDLHT


NSO Group renews bid to get WhatsApp lawsuit dismissed

The NSO Group has made a fresh bid in an American appeals court to get WhatsApp’s lawsuit against it dismissed. The controversial cybersecurity firm has argued that it is entitled to “foreign sovereign immunity” as it “exclusively [original emphasis]” acts as an agent of foreign sovereigns. The district court, which had dismissed NSO’s appeal to dismiss WhatsApp’s lawsuit, had said that such immunity only extends to companies incorporated in the US, a ruling that the NSO Group has challenged. Wh...
Tags: Travel, Isis, London, News, Israel, US, Whatsapp, Surveillance, United States, Ministry Of Defence, San Diego, Amnesty International, Pegasus, Wall Street Journal, Ghana, Uae


A 'COVID-free' flight just landed in London. CNN's Richard Quest was on board

A transatlantic passenger flight that, even in the age of Covid-19, feels safe -- United Airlines flight 14 from Newark which landed at Heathrow Airport early on Tuesday seemed to be exactly that.
Tags: Travel, London, Cnn, Newark, Heathrow Airport, United Airlines, Richard Quest


STR: Preliminary October data for London hotels

STR's preliminary October 2020 data for London hotels showed relatively flat occupancy compared with the previous month. Year-over-year declines remained significant. Comparison with October 2019:
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IEA Cuts Oil-Demand Outlook as Vaccines Won’t Rescue Market - Bloomberg

IEA Cuts Oil-Demand Outlook as Vaccines Won’t Rescue Market - Bloomberg The International Energy Agency cut forecasts for global oil demand amid new lockdown measures and cautioned that the vaccine breakthrough won’t quickly revive markets.While crude prices rallied to a 10-week high above $45 in London this week on news of Pfizer Inc.’s progress, fuel use won’t experience any “significant” boost from vaccines until the second half of next year, the agency said.The Paris-based IEA, which advises...
Tags: Travel, London, Paris, IEA, International Energy Agency, Pfizer Inc, Rupert Neil Bumfrey


The Last Video Store: A Short Documentary on How the World’s Oldest Video Store Still Survives Today

When was the last time you went to a video store? Perhaps your habit died with the major rental outlets like Blockbuster Video, all of whose locations closed by early 2014. Or rather, almost all of them: as fans of retro video culture know, the sole Blockbuster store on this Earth rents on in Bend, Oregon. But for all the nostalgic appeal of its blue-and-yellow brand livery, the “last Blockbuster” is at its heart the local operation it had been before the once-mighty international chain ass...
Tags: Travel, Google, Facebook, London, Film, College, New York City, History, Netflix, David Bowie, David White, Bristol, Seattle, Seoul, Taylor, David Taylor


SoftBank’s Vision Fund unit considers move to #AbuDhabi from UK | Financial Times

SoftBank’s Vision Fund unit considers move to Abu Dhabi from UK | Financial Times SoftBank has been holding internal discussions on whether to relocate the unit that manages its $100bn Vision Fund from the UK to Abu Dhabi, according to multiple people with direct knowledge of the talks. The move has been under discussion for several weeks within the Japanese technology conglomerate, these people said. It would be driven by a number of reasons, including a desire to lower its taxes and be cl...
Tags: Travel, UK, London, Softbank, Mayfair, Abu Dhabi, Financial Times, Rupert Neil Bumfrey, Mubadala, Abudhabi, Vision Fund, SoftBank Investment Advisers, Financial Times Softbank, 100bn Vision Fund, Vision Fund Abu Dhabi


The magical properties of Tea: a personal and factual journey | By Beatrice Venturini

A Brit: "Would you like a cup of tea?" An Italian: "Why, do I look unwell?" Born and raised in an Italian household in London, I didn't come into contact with the empire-building beverage until I was 18 and at university in a different town.
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Berlin's new $7 billion airport has finally opened after 9 years of delays, corruption allegations, and construction woes— see inside

The opening of Berlin's Brandenburg Airport. Maja Hitij/Getty Berlin's Brandenburg Airport opened on October 31 after nine years of delays resulting from faulty construction, design flaws, and corruption allegations. The massive consolidation to the new airport will see Berlin's smaller airports closed in favor of the sprawling new gateway.  EasyJet and Lufthansa operated the first flights into the airport with Qatar Airways inaugurating a new runway on Wednesday.  Visit Business Ins...
Tags: Travel, Transportation, Europe, London, Airports, Air Travel, Germany, Berlin, US, Trends, European Union, Features, Flying, Munich, Middle East, Aviation


Middle East pact a chance for region’s diamond trade to shine globally | Financial Times

Middle East pact a chance for region’s diamond trade to shine globally | Financial Times The diamond industry rarely sees developments that feel like a turning point. Yet the normalisation agreement between Israel and the United Arab Emirates — and the subsequent direct trade deal between Israel and Dubai’s diamond bourses — has the markings of one.  After years of discreet collaboration, the pact permits direct flights, and therefore direct shipping of stones, between the two countries. The ...
Tags: Travel, New York, London, Israel, Middle East, United Arab Emirates, Dubai, Financial Times, Rupert Neil Bumfrey, Israel Diamond Exchange, Tobias Kormind, Paul Ziminsky, Yoram Dvash, World Federation of Diamond Bourses


EY faces £1bn lawsuit over audit work for NMC Health | Financial Times

EY faces £1bn lawsuit over audit work for NMC Health | Financial Times The administrators to NMC Health are preparing to sue EY for more than £1bn over claims the Big Four audit firm was negligent when it signed off the group’s accounts during a “long term” multibillion-dollar fraud.  NMC Health, the former FTSE 100 healthcare group, collapsed this year after discovering that more than $4bn was apparently hidden from its balance sheet in a large-scale fraud that spanned operations from Abu Dh...
Tags: Travel, London, Abu Dhabi, NMC, Quinn Emanuel, Rupert Neil Bumfrey, Alvarez Marsal, NMC Health


Uber’s food delivery business zooms ahead of mobility segment

COVID-19 continues to trouble Uber’s balance sheet. The company’s mobility business struggled due to lockdown restrictions in various parts of the globe. At the same time, its delivery business grew at a rapid pace, thanks to changing consumer habits. The company recorded a net loss of $1.1 billion in Q3 2020, slightly lower than the $1.2 billion it recorded in Q3 2019. While gross bookings are on an upwards trajectory, the figure for Q2 was still 50% lower than the same quarter last year. At th...
Tags: Travel, Uber, Japan, UK, New York, London, News, California, France, India, New York City, US, Taiwan, United States, United Kingdom, Earnings


Learning to draw in the natural world brings joy – especially in lockdown

You don’t have to be good at art to enjoy the mood-enhancing benefits of nature sketching, as our writer finds out on an artist-guided session in London’s Epping ForestHands up, who’s rubbish at drawing? Ha! Bet you’re not as bad as me.For years this rarely bothered me but, like so many of us in the first lockdown, I gloried in previously familiar green city spaces, and longed to record the joy they brought. A quick snap on my phone – destined to join hundreds not looked at again – never quite c...
Tags: Travel, London, Life and style, Drawing, Health & wellbeing, Day trips, Learning Holidays, Rest And Relaxation, Walthamstow, Epping, Epping Forest, Sharon Drew


OPEC Boosts Output Even as New Virus Wave Sends Oil Crashing - Bloomberg

OPEC Boosts Output Even as New Virus Wave Sends Oil Crashing - Bloomberg OPEC’s effort to shore up world oil markets during the pandemic is facing a new threat -- from the group’s own rising production.In the past few months, the resurgent coronavirus has increasingly frustrated the cartel’s attempt to defend crude prices through cutting its output. Oil futures have sunk below $40 a barrel in London to their lowest since May.But a fresh challenge is emerging from within the organization’s own ra...
Tags: Travel, London, Saudi Arabia, Iraq, Nigeria, Opec, Bloomberg, Libya, Rupert Neil Bumfrey, Bloomberg OPEC


OPEC+ Inches Closer to Delaying Output Hike After Russian Talks - Bloomberg

OPEC+ Inches Closer to Delaying Output Hike After Russian Talks - Bloomberg OPEC+ inched closer to delaying its January output increase, with Russia actively discussing keeping its current curbs for an extra three months as oil markets weaken.The producer group, led by Russia and Saudi Arabia, has been dropping hints for weeks that its plan to add almost 2 million barrels a day to oil markets next year may not be such a good idea as the demand recovery falters.Since President Vladimir Putin firs...
Tags: Travel, London, Vladimir Putin, Saudi Arabia, Russia, Opec, Moscow, Libya, U K, France Germany, Rupert Neil Bumfrey


Accor launches digital ‘Order and Pay’ service at four UK hotels

Accor to has partnered with London based hospitality software provider Bizzon to launch a new digital F&B ordering service.
Tags: Travel, UK, London, Accor, Bizzon


Biden, Iran, and Oil Prices: How the Puzzle Pieces Might Fit Together - Bloomberg

Biden, Iran, and Oil Prices: How the Puzzle Pieces Might Fit Together - Bloomberg Oil prices have sunk back to their lowest levels since the novel coronavirus lockdown in the spring (when, bizarrely, the price of West Texas Intermediate crude briefly touched negative $37.63 a barrel). The pandemic is still weighing on the oil market, but now there seems to be an additional factor: the increasing likelihood that former Vice President Joe Biden will be elected U.S. president and ease sanctions on ...
Tags: Travel, London, Saudi Arabia, Opec, Bloomberg, Joe Biden, Iran, Middle East, Biden, Donald Trump, Gulf, Bloomberg News, Rupert Neil Bumfrey, FGE, Bloomberg Oil, Iman Nasseri


Supersonic aircraft startup Hermeus raises $16 million Series A

Hermeus, a company seeking to build a Mach 5 aircraft that would be capable of making the trip from New York to London in just 90 minutes has raised a $16 million Series A round, led by Canaan Partners and including contributions from existing investors Khosla Ventures, Bling Capital, and the Rise of the Rest Seed Fund. The new funding will help the startup develop and ground test its first full-scale engine, the core component that will eventually power its debut Mach 5 aircraft. Earlier ...
Tags: Travel, New York, London, Atlanta, Nasa, Lockheed Martin, Mach, Canaan Partners, Hermeus, AJ Piplica, Khosla Ventures Bling Capital, SpaceX Blue Origin NASA Boeing


Heathrow overtaken as Europe's busiest airport by Charles de Gaulle

London airport hits out over Covid testing, with passenger numbers below Paris rivalCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageHeathrow has lost its place as Europe’s busiest airport for the first time after being overtaken by Paris’s Charles de Gaulle, the London airport said.The number of passengers passing through Charles de Gaulle surpassed Heathrow, as losses at the UK airport climbed to £1.5bn in the first nine months of 2020. Heathrow heavily criticised the government for...
Tags: Travel, Europe, Business, UK, London, France, UK News, Paris, Air transport, Heathrow, Transport, Airline Industry, Heathrow Airport, Charles de Gaulle, Coronavirus


#Saudi airline faces claim over 50 leased Airbus planes - documents | Reuters

Saudi airline faces claim over 50 leased Airbus planes - documents | Reuters State-owned Saudi Arabian Airlines is facing a claim in London's High Court filed last month by a Dubai-based financial services firm over an alleged breach of lease agreements of 50 Airbus AIR.PA aircraft, court documents showed.Alif Segregated Portfolio Company, which specialises in shariah-compliant aircraft leasing, has filed a complaint against the Jeddah-based carrier, also known as Saudia, in which it could seek ...
Tags: Travel, London, Dubai, Airbus, Jeddah, Reuters, Reuters State, Rupert Neil Bumfrey, Saudi Arabian Airlines, Alif, London 's High Court, Alif Segregated Portfolio Company


Heathrow overtaken as Europe's largest airport by Charles de Gaulle

London airport hits out over Covid testing, with passenger numbers below Paris rivalCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageHeathrow has lost its crown as Europe’s largest airport for the first time after being overtaken by Paris’s Charles de Gaulle, the London airport said.The number of passengers passing through Charles de Gaulle has surpassed Heathrow, and the UK airport heavily criticised the government for “slow progress” relative to its rivals in instituting a coronavir...
Tags: Travel, Europe, Business, UK, London, France, UK News, Paris, Air transport, Heathrow, Transport, Airline Industry, Heathrow Airport, Charles de Gaulle, Coronavirus


Guest Post: Kathy Benusa

Write a guest post for Corey’s blog?  My inner critic was quick to respond, “No way, it told me, that’s too scary. It’s out of your comfort zone.” Totally true, I thought.     Then, I casually mentioned the idea to my other half, Randy, the best person I know and my high school sweetheart.   He thought it was a fabulous idea.   I kicked the idea around for a few more days starting to warm to it.   When I shared it with my life coach friend, Sherri, she was “beyond, beyond” that this amazing ...
Tags: Travel, England, London, Washington, France, US, Paris, Cornwall, Blenheim Palace, Provence, Andy, Everett, Corey, Kathy, Randy, Zacharie


This camper van rental company will let you subscribe to book RVs for months or even years at a time — see how it works

Indie Campers. Indie Campers Indie Campers has released a subscription service that allows digital nomads in Europe to subscribe to #VanLife on a monthly or annual basis. The price of the subscription varies according to the city, and customers can select one of the company's nine camper van models that range from a Fiat Ducato to a Volkswagen California. An annual subscription entails a fixed monthly fee, while a monthly subscription has fees that change according to the month. Visit Busi...
Tags: Travel, Amazon, Transportation, Europe, New York, London, News, US, Trends, Rental Cars, Volkswagen, RV, Subscription, Reykjavik, Rental, Tiny Home On Wheels


This camper van rental company will let new let you subscribe to book RVs for months or even years at a time — see how it works

Indie Campers. Indie Campers Indie Campers has released a subscription service that allows digital nomads in Europe to subscribe to #VanLife on a monthly or annual basis. The price of the subscription varies according to the city, and customers can select one of the company's nine camper van models that range from a Fiat Ducato to a Volkswagen California. An annual subscription entails a fixed monthly fee, while a monthly subscription has fees that change according to the month. Visit Busi...
Tags: Travel, Amazon, Transportation, Europe, New York, London, News, US, Trends, Rental Cars, Volkswagen, RV, Subscription, Reykjavik, Rental, Tiny Home On Wheels


Calling Brussels VCs: Be featured in The Great TechCrunch Survey of European VC

TechCrunch is embarking on a major new project to survey the venture capital investors of Europe, and their cities. Our survey of VCs in Brussels will capture how the city is faring, and what changes are being wrought amongst investors by the coronavirus pandemic. (Please note, if you have filled the survey out already, there is no need to do it again). We’d like to know how Brussels’ startup scene is evolving, how the tech sector is being impacted by COVID-19, and, generally, how your thinking ...
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Queensgate Investments and Rockwell secure planning permission for £1bn landmark London hotel

Queensgate Investments and Rockwell has now been given the green light by the Greater London Authority (GLA) for the redevelopment of the Kensington Forum, to provide a world-class hotel and serviced apartment scheme alongside 62 genuinely affordable homes and substantial public realm improvements.
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