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Airbnb holiday bookings soar as Covid restrictions ease

Value of bookings for San Francisco-based firm up 52% year on year to $10.3bn in first quarterCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageAirbnb has reported a surge in bookings as coronavirus restrictions are eased in some countries.The value of bookings made by holidaymakers shot up 52% year on year to $10.3bn (£7.3bn) in the first quarter, with locations outside city centres and rural areas proving particularly popular. Continue reading...
Tags: Travel, Europe, Business, France, San Francisco, Travel & leisure, UK News, World news, US news, Airbnb, Coronavirus

Tui switches to bigger planes as bookings to Portugal ‘skyrocket’

Move to Dreamliners from 737s comes after firm’s bookings rise 182% since country placed on UK green list Coronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageEurope’s largest travel company, TUI, said bookings to Portugal had “skyrocketed” by 182% since it was placed on the UK’s green list last Friday, allowing travel without quarantine.The chief executive, Fritz Joussen, said TUI would deploy the bigger Dreamliner planes rather than 737s to Portugal to try to meet demand for seats from ...
Tags: Travel, Europe, Business, UK, England, Greece, Spain, Travel & leisure, World news, Portugal, Tui Travel, Spain Holidays, Europe Holidays, Canary Islands Holidays, Tui, Balearic Islands holidays

Spanish islands and Greece expected to be summer travel hotspots, says Tui

Company says low Covid rates and accelerating vaccine programmes have improved tourism prospects Coronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageSpain’s Balearic and Canary islands and Greece are expected to be the preferred destinations for Europeans booking long-awaited summer holidays when the travel industry reopens, according to the travel group Tui, although it will only operate three-quarters of its summer 2019 capacity.Europe’s largest travel company said low rates of Covid ...
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England’s travel green list sends Madeira flight bookings soaring

Portugal is only major European ‘sun and sand’ destination on list of countries for quarantine-free travel Coronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageNotorious crosswinds can make for some nauseating landings and a relatively short runway is not for the faint-hearted.Yet after months of lockdown it seems that not even the reputation of its international airport is deterring people in England from looking to Madeira, which has had the biggest jump in popularity among destinations...
Tags: Travel, Health, Europe, Business, England, Israel, Travel & leisure, Society, UK News, Falkland Islands, Portugal, Health policy, Vaccines and immunisation, Gibraltar, Iceland, Portugal Holidays

Steep rise in flight and holiday prices as UK travel green list looms

Hike in prices fuelled by limited flights to quarantine-free holiday destinations Coronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageFlight prices and holiday bookings jumped as the government prepared to unveil the list of countries to which British holidaymakers can travel without having to quarantine on their return.Travel experts said the limited number of flights available and the prospect of foreign trips to green list destinations without having to quarantine was pushing up price...
Tags: Travel, Europe, Business, UK, Travel & leisure, UK News, World news, Portugal, Ryanair, Airline Industry, Easyjet, Flights, Tui Travel, International Airlines Group, British Airways

5 Must-Read Travel Books by Authors Famous for Their Fiction

We tend to think of the authors of travel books and the authors of fiction books as two separate and distinct categories of writer. You’ve got your Tocqueville’s and Bill Bryson’s on one side, and your F. Scott Fitzgerald’s and Harper Lee’s on another. But there have in fact been plenty of writers — including some of literature’s most luminous novelists — who have worked in both genres. Often to great effect: unsurprisingly, the talents which lend themselves to worthy fiction — the ability t...
Tags: Travel, Books, London, Montana, France, Life, Adventure, America, San Francisco, Spain, Travel & leisure, Atlantic, Maine, Hawaii, Belgium, Harper Lee

UK travel firms say holidays abroad will be back this summer

Despite warning from MPs against overseas trips, the tourism industry is reporting an increase in bookings from July onwardsCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageThe travel sector has dismissed a report warning against international travel this summer, saying customers are booking holidays from July onwards.The UK ban on non-essential international travel is expected to be lifted on 17 May, with countries ranked under a traffic light system, despite the publication on Monda...
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UK Covid news: India added to England’s travel red list with rules coming into force at 4am on Friday

Latest updates: India added to travel red list, Hancock tells MPs, as number of Indian variant cases in UK rises to 103Under-30s less compliant with Covid rules, UK data shows‘If we catch Covid, we die’: UK shielders reflect on still feeling unsafeOxford trial to study effect of immune system on reinfectionBritons working at home spend more time on job in Covid crisis, ONS findsCoronavirus – latest global updates 4.59pm BST 4.57pm BST In the Commons Oliver Dowden, the culture secretary,...
Tags: Travel, Health, Politics, UK, England, Wales, Scotland, India, Race, Conservatives, Travel & leisure, UK News, Medical Research, Infectious Diseases, NHS, Microbiology

‘This is all we could get’: Dutch tourists arrive in Rhodes for locked-down holiday

In experiment organised by Dutch government, travellers will have to take regular Covid tests and are barred from leaving resortCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageA regime that might, in more normal times, resemble a boot camp has been happily embraced by 189 Dutch tourists who traded lockdown in the Netherlands for eight days of voluntary confinement at a Greek beach resort.In an experiment devised by travel industry experts determined not to lose another season to Covi...
Tags: Travel, Europe, Business, Greece, Travel & leisure, World news, Netherlands, Air transport, Rhodes, Aegean, Coronavirus

Dutch tourists volunteer to spend week confined to Greek resort

Scheme involving nearly 200 participants is part of test to see if Covid-safe holidays can be arranged Coronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageAlmost 200 Dutch tourists have traded lockdown in the Netherlands for eight days of voluntary confinement at a Greek beach resort as part of a test to see if safe holidays can be arranged during the Covid pandemic.“I’m very excited,” said Amy Smulders, 25, a graphic designer who travelled with her sister, beaming beneath her face mask ...
Tags: Travel, Europe, Business, Greece, Travel & leisure, World news, Netherlands, Air transport, Rhodes, Coronavirus, COVID, Amy Smulders

People in England told they can ‘start to think’ about summer holidays

Transport secretary pledges to work to drive down costs amid fears only wealthy will be able to travel abroadCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coveragePeople in England can “start to think” about booking summer holidays, the transport secretary has said, pledging that government would work to drive down the cost of tests needed for international travel.Grant Shapps was speaking after the government confirmed that from 17 May countries would be placed in a traffic light system w...
Tags: Travel, Business, Politics, England, Travel & leisure, UK News, Air transport, Transport, Transport policy, Grant Shapps, England Continue, Coronavirus

Covid: England adds Pakistan, Bangladesh, Kenya and Philippines to travel 'red list'

Move, which takes effect on Friday 9 April, takes number of countries on red list to 39Coronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageThe Philippines, Pakistan, Kenya, and Bangladesh are to be added to England’s “red list” of countries from which almost all travel is banned, ministers have announced.The additions, which come into effect next Friday, will take the number of red list countries to 39, as the government battles to prevent potentially vaccine-resistant variants of Covid-...
Tags: Travel, Business, UK, England, Africa, Travel & leisure, UK News, World news, Asia Pacific, South and Central Asia, Philippines, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Kenya, Coronavirus, Pakistan Bangladesh Kenya

Tourists in Greece and Spain but most of Covid-hit Europe plans Easter at home

Several thousand Germans head to Crete and Balearic islands as pandemic third wave spreads across EUCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageThe first foreign tourists may have landed in locked-down Spain and Greece, but as a third wave of the pandemic accelerates across the EU, few Europeans will be enjoying an Easter break abroad – or even away from home.German holidaymakers began arriving on Crete on Monday, with six half-empty flights landing at Heraklion airport after the...
Tags: Travel, Europe, Greece, France, Germany, Eu, Spain, Travel & leisure, Italy, Crete, Heraklion, Balearic, Coronavirus, COVID, Haris Theoharis

UK government in talks over expanding Covid travel 'red list'

Ministers under growing pressure to prevent variants undermining vaccine programme Coronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageDiscussions are under way in Whitehall about expanding the travel “red list” of countries as ministers face mounting pressure to prevent coronavirus variants undermining the vaccine programme.The Guardian understands that officials met on Friday to consider the case for taking a tougher approach. British residents and nationals returning from countries on...
Tags: Travel, Business, Politics, UK, Travel & leisure, UK News, Immigration and asylum, Air transport, Whitehall, Coronavirus

Ryanair to increase flights to 80% of pre-pandemic levels by July

Airline optimistic about vaccination programmes as boss criticises UK government over holiday warningsCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageRyanair plans to increase the number of its flights to 80% of pre-pandemic levels by July, as the airline’s chief executive criticised the UK government for warning against booking overseas summer holidays this year.Michael O’Leary said he was “very confident” that Britons would be “going to the beaches of Europe” and that Ryanair would...
Tags: Travel, Europe, Business, UK, Eu, Travel & leisure, UK News, Ireland, Ryanair, Airline Industry, Michael O'leary, Coronavirus

Six Senses Hotels Resorts Spas Receives Travel + Leisure Global Vision Award For Refusing To Keep Quiet Or Sit Still About Sustainability

Travel + Leisure's Global Vision Awards spotlight 30 individuals, companies and organizations making meaningful strides in responsible travel and sustainable living. In addition to thought leadership, these changemakers are also proactively protecting communities and environments and inspiring their industry colleagues and travelers to do their part.To arrive at this year's list of honorees, an esteemed panel of experts across the travel, hospitality, and sustainability industries submitt...
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Oil tumbles 8% as uneven vaccine rollout threatens demand prospects

Workers extracting oil from oil wells in the Permian Basin in Midland, Texas. Benjamin Lowy/Getty Images Brent and West Texas Intermediate oil futures each fell by 8% during Thursday's session. Rising COVID-19 cases in Europe are hurting demand prospects for oil. A rise in the US dollar was also putting pressure on the commodity. See more stories on Insider's business page. Oil prices were sharply knocked down Thursday, hurt in part by a dimmer outlook from Europe as the region ...
Tags: Travel, Europe, France, Oil, Americas, US, Trends, Fuel, Markets, Gas, Paris, Dollar, Italy, Vacations, Treasury, Astrazeneca

P&O to restart UK cruises this summer - but only for vaccinated passengers

Short-sailings around UK with dining and entertainment to restart but ships will not call at portsCruise operator P&O is to restart domestic holidays this summer, but only for UK residents who have been fully vaccinated against Covid-19.After its fleet has been grounded for over a year, P&O is dipping its toes back in the water by offering passengers short sailings on two of its ships around the UK coastline. Coronavirus restrictions mean the ships will not call at any ports, although there will...
Tags: Cruises, Travel, Business, UK, Travel & leisure, UK News, Water transport, Carnival, Shipping Industry, Coronavirus, COVID

Thai Airways customers in limbo after refunds put on hold

People whose flights were cancelled by beleaguered airline face three-month wait over payment decisionThousands of passengers who had flights cancelled last year by Thai Airways will have to wait another three months to discover whether they will be refunded or have lost their money.The airline has faced financial problems since last spring, leaving a trail of passengers who had flights cancelled waiting for refunds. Last week it announced a restructuring plan but with it came the news that any ...
Tags: Travel, Business, Money, Travel & leisure, UK News, World news, Consumer affairs, Thailand, Asia Pacific, Airline Industry, Consumer Rights, Flights, Thai Airways

The 5 best travel yoga mats, including a machine-washable option and one for under $20

To keep up your practice on-the-go, you want a yoga may that is lightweight, extra pliable, and folds down small.Our top pick, Manduka's eKO Superlite Travel Yoga Mat, is durable, flexible, and weighs just 2.2 pounds. Table of Contents: Masthead Sticky If you have a daily yoga practice, traveling for work or fun doesn't have to mean going a few days without. Flexible, packable yoga mats won't take up too much room or weight in your suitcase. What's more, a travel yoga mat is idea...
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Summer holidays cancelled? UK faces big decision on border

Stricter controls appear likely, with government’s approach in stark contrast to that during first Covid waveCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageSlumped on the sofa after another day of home schooling, many families will have longingly eyed adverts for getaways: sun, sandy beaches and glittering pools, a much-needed reward after a year in the shadow of the coronavirus pandemic.But ministers are becoming increasingly concerned they may have to ask the British public to sac...
Tags: Travel, Health, Business, Politics, UK, Science, Conservatives, Travel & leisure, Society, UK News, Immigration and asylum, Public services policy, Infectious Diseases, Home Office, Health policy, Boris Johnson

Wyndham Destinations Bought Travel + Leisure for the Brand, Not the Product

On first look, it may seem odd that one of the largest timeshare operators in the country is now the owner of Travel + Leisure, a glossy tome dedicated to luxury travel. But for Wyndham Destinations, which announced the $100 million purchase of the publication--the only monthly travel magazine still printing in the U.S.--this week,...
Tags: Publishing, Hotels, Advertising, Travel Leisure, Wyndham Destinations, Travel & Transportation, Wyndham Destinations Bought Travel Leisure

Wyndham Destinations Acquires Travel + Leisure Brand from Meredith Corporation in Strategic Alliance; Wyndham Destinations to Be Renamed Travel + Leisure Co.

Wyndham Destinations (NYSE:WYND) and Meredith Corporation (NYSE:MDP) today announced that Wyndham Destinations has acquired the Travel + Leisure brand and all related assets from Meredith Corporation, combining the travel company's portfolio of resort, membership, and lifestyle travel brands with the world's most trusted travel lifestyle content curator and its travel clubs. This acquisition will accelerate Wyndham Destinations' strategic plan to build on its leading position as the world...
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A decade in the building, Madrid's showpiece hotel has everything ... except guests

Spain’s tourist sector – including the new Four Seasons hotel – is bearing the brunt of Covid, with the capital’s occupancy rates at 15%Coronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageMadrid’s first new grand hotel in almost half a century has more than enough to recommend it to even the most discerning and demanding of visitors.As well as a presidential suite for VIPs and their bodyguards, there is a spa, a handy branch of Hermès, and a restaurant by the three Michelin-starred chef ...
Tags: Europe, Business, Hotels, Spain, Barcelona, Travel & leisure, World news, Michelin, Hermès, Madrid, Dani Garcia, Coronavirus, COVID

Travellers from Italy must quarantine on arrival in UK

Country was one of the last destinations that holidaymakers could visit without need to isolate on returnCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageItaly is being removed from the UK’s travel corridor in a fresh blow to holidaymakers who will have to quarantine for a fortnight on their return from the country.In a move revealed earlier by the Guardian, Italy – which this week recorded its highest ever daily tally of Covid-19 cases – is being dropped from the dwindling list of lo...
Tags: Travel, Europe, Politics, UK, Travel & leisure, UK News, World news, Italy, Transport policy, Coronavirus, Guardian Italy

Singapore launches Covid-secure luxury cruises ... to nowhere

City state follows Qantas in offering jaunts with no destination with ships half full and masks mandatoryCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageSingapore is launching Covid-secure cruise holidays to nowhere, in the latest attempt to offer a long-distance travel experience with no stops.Australian airline Qantas drew criticism from environmental groups last month after advertising a seven-hour round trip from Sydney including fly-pasts of famous sights including Uluru and the...
Tags: Cruises, Travel, Business, Climate Change, Singapore, Environment, Travel & leisure, World news, Asia Pacific, Pollution, Greenhouse Gas Emissions, Sydney, Qantas, Uluru, Coronavirus outbreak

UK government flip-flopping over quarantine list devastates Portuguese tourist industry

Although Portugal remains on the safe list, for English tourists at least, rumours to the contrary spark panic and holiday cancellationsNoel Josephides sounds weary. Two weeks ago when the UK government added Portugal to the travel corridor list, the chairman of Sunvil issued a statement saying he was delighted to start selling holidays to Portugal again, “just in time for the last couple of weeks of the peak summer season, but also in time for the glorious autumnal months of September and Octob...
Tags: Travel, Europe, UK, Travel & leisure, Britain, Portugal, Easyjet, Flights, Summer Holidays, Portugal Holidays, Europe Holidays, FARO, Algarve, Sunvil, Coronavirus outbreak

UK tourists would rather cancel a trip than enter quarantine or wear masks

YouGov poll is bad news for travel industry as uncertainty around Covid restrictions causes swathes of cancellations and redundanciesMost UK holidaymakers would cancel a holiday if they had to wear a mask in public on a trip, according to a new report. A YouGov survey released this week found that two-thirds of people (65%) would cancel if masks were mandatory at all times, 43% would still cancel if only compulsory inside, while 70% would scrap the holiday if they had to quarantine on return.The...
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Spain or the UK: where are you safer from coronavirus?

Spain has criticised the UK’s restrictions on the grounds parts of Spain have low infection rates. What do the figures say?Coronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageSudden changes to travel guidelines between the UK and Spain have provoked criticism from the Spanish government and upended travel plans between the two countries for thousands of travellers. Here are some of the key figures that indicate how Covid-19 is being managed in the UK and Spain. Continue reading...
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Coronavirus: UK could impose more 'handbrake restrictions' on arrivals beyond Spain

Quarantine measures for people travelling from Spain may be applied to other countriesCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageHolidaymakers have been warned the government could impose “handbrake restrictions” on more countries beyond Spain in order to stop the spread of coronavirus – with travellers unlikely to be given much warning if further quarantine measures need to be enforced.The restrictions on travellers returning from Spain after the measures were announced overnig...
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