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UK travel firms call for state help after Omicron hits turnover

Industry body warns that some operators won’t last the winter after return of strict Covid travel rulesCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageTravel firms have called on the government to provide urgent financial help as fresh Covid-19 restrictions come in to force on Tuesday, hitting holiday travel just before the peak booking period.Turnover has been at just 22% of normal levels for tour operators, according to figures from the travel association Abta. Continue reading...
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Travellers’s Q&A as new measures are announced to tackle Omicron Covid variant

As new travel restrictions come into effect, we answer the key questionsCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageThe government has announced travel measures to tackle the new Omicron coronavirus variant. From 4am on November 30, anyone who enters the UK must take a PCR test by the end of the second day after arrival and self-isolate until they have received a negative result.Prime minister, Boris Johnson, announced the measures at a press conference at the weekend, just weeks...
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Can the Gambia turn the tide to save its shrinking beaches?

In a developing country reliant on its tourist industry, the rapidly eroding ‘smiling coast’ shows the urgent need for action on climate changeWhen Saikou Demba was a young man starting out in the hospitality business, he opened a little hotel on the Gambian coast called the Leybato and ran a beach bar on the wide expanse of golden sand. The hotel is still there, a relaxed spot where guests can lie in hammocks beneath swaying palm trees and stroll along shell-studded pathways. But the beach bar ...
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How latest update to England’s travel red list will affect planned trips

Six southern African countries added to list and temporary flight ban in place owing to new Covid-19 variantCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageThe UK government has added six countries to the travel red list after the emergence of a new coronavirus variant. As of midday on Friday, South Africa, Botswana, Lesotho, Eswatini, Zimbabwe and Namibia are subject to restrictions and a temporary flight ban. Non-UK and Irish residents who have been in any of those countries in the...
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South Africa to be put on England’s travel red list over new Covid variant

Flights from six countries will be banned as officials review travel measures after scientists voice concern over variant Coronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageFlights from southern Africa will be banned, with six countries placed under England’s red list travel restrictions, after scientists raised the alarm over what is feared to be the worst Covid-19 variant yet identified.Whitehall sources said the B.1.1.529 variant, which is feared to be more transmissible and has the ...
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EU moves to place Covid booster jabs at heart of travel rules

Commission says unrestricted travel between states should apply to those who get booster 9 months after jabsCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coveragePeople living in the European Union who want to travel around the bloc without being tested or going into quarantine should get a Covid booster jab nine months after their original vaccination, the European Commission has proposed.The EU’s executive body said there should be a standard nine-month acceptance period for vaccines acr...
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More than £3bn wiped off travel shares as Austria orders lockdown

Fears of restrictions in other European countries this winter knock airlinesBusiness live updates: Austria’s lockdown knocks travel stocksCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageMore than £3bn was wiped off the value of UK airlines and travel-related companies on Friday as Austria’s decision to order a national lockdown stoked fears of the introduction of new pandemic restrictions across Europe.Austria will go into its third national lockdown from Monday, which could last unt...
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US tourists fined €800 for breaking into Colosseum for a beer

Pair spotted inside ancient Roman amphitheatre at 5.30am chatting over drinksTwo American tourists have been fined after breaking into the Colosseum, reportedly to experience the pleasure of having a beer inside the ancient Roman amphitheatre.The pair, aged 24 and 25, climbed on to the second tier of the monument in the early hours of Monday morning. They were spotted at about 5.30am, chatting over their drinks, by a passerby who alerted police. It is unclear how they managed to enter the monume...
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Panorama Travel Solutions Launches NAR Travel Club for Members

Panorama Travel Solutions, the affinity travel technology service provider for Panorama, a leading membership travel business, has announced the launch of the National Association of REALTORS® (NAR) Travel Club to provide travel club services to the organizations’ 1.4 million members. The new site, NARTravelclub.com, provides an optimized booking engine, deeply discounted inventory at more than 600,000 hotels and resorts worldwide; and competitive pricing for a wide range of travel services. Loo...
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Flights from London to New York resume – in pictures

British Airways flight BA001 and Virgin Atlantic flight VS3 performed a synchronised departure from Heathrow on Monday heading for New York JFK for the first time since the US travel ban was introduced due to pandemic Continue reading...
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UK flights to the US resume as travel ban lifts; crypto rally lifts ether to new record – business live

Rolling coverage of the latest economic and financial newsIntroduction: US reopens its borders to UK visitors today20-month ban on arrivals is lifting, for fully-vaccinated passengersBA and Virgin Atlantic put aside rivalry for return of leisure flights to USCrypto rally pushes ether and bitcoin higherSenator behind billionaires tax denounces Elon Musk Twitter poll stuntCovid news live: US opens borders to foreign tourists; Auckland lockdown likely to end this monthThe restrictions lifting today...
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Airlines hope for fistfuls of dollars as transatlantic flying returns

The reopening of US routes saw improved forecasts and rising shares, but there may still be turbulence to comeThe golden goose is airborne again. The reopening of the US border to leisure travellers from the UK and most of Europe – with the accompanying fattening of transatlantic schedules – has finally given the long-haul airlines something to be cheerful about.The first flights for non-essential foreign visitors – holidaymakers, friends and family – will take off on Monday. For British Airways...
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10 of the best travel companies committed to climate action

These holiday firms walk the talk when it comes to minimising their carbon footprints and promoting biodiversityRather than batting the carbon problem back to customers, Scottish minibus tour operator Rabbie’s taxes itself £10 for every tonne of carbon its trips produce. Since 2008, this has raised £120,000 for community and environmental projects, voted for by the team. Projects include the Staffin Community Trust, a charity improving economic prospects for the Gaelic heartlands of Skye; Rabbie...
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Almost 1m Tripadvisor reviews in 2020 found to be fraudulent

In total Tripadvisor penalised 34,605 properties for fraudulent activity and banned 20,299 membersAlmost 1m reviews submitted for inclusion on Tripadvisor – equivalent to 3.6% of the total – were determined to be fraudulent by the website last year.In its second transparency report – the first was released in 2019 – the travel guidance platform said 67.1% of the fake reviews had been caught before making it on to the platform by its pre-posting moderation algorithm. Continue reading...
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Clubs face bouncer shortage as UK staffing squeeze hits nightlife

Trade body says one in five businesses had to close or cut hours last month for lack of security staffNightclubs are suffering from a growing shortage of bouncers, in the latest staffing squeeze to hit the UK’s economic recovery, with some estimates suggesting venues are having to pay security staff as much as 25% more.The lack of security personnel comes at a time when hospitality businesses are being hit by a cocktail of rising costs and are trying to rebound from months of closures during the...
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Jailed Saudi aid worker’s sister hits out at Newcastle takeover

Sentence of 20 years for alleged critic of regime was upheld a day after controversial football deal was sealedThe sister of a Saudi aid worker jailed for tweeting criticism of the regime has spoken of her shock and anger after the Saudi-led takeover of Newcastle United was approved just 24 hours after the state upheld her brother’s 20-year sentence.Areej al-Sadhan said she had not spoken to her brother, Abdulrahman, for years and warned Newcastle fans that the club’s reputation was now firmly t...
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England’s travel traffic-light system replaced and testing requirements to change

All countries will now be on the red list or no list, with the fully vaccinated no longer required to test before returning homeAn overhaul of England’s Covid-19 rules governing international travel will come into force from Monday 4 October, replacing the traffic-light system.A single red list of countries will remain, with the previous green and amber countries becoming the “rest of the world” or “non-red list”. There will also be changes to the testing requirements when returning from a non-r...
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Scotland delays Covid vaccine passports after backlash from nightclubs

Businesses will get extra time to tackle practical challenges before legal action can be enforcedCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageNicola Sturgeon has delayed the start of legal enforcement of Scotland’s new vaccine passports by 17 days after a backlash from nightclub and venue owners.The first minister’s concession comes after the nightclub industry launched legal action against the rules, which force customers at venues and large sports and music events to prove they ...
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Half-term holiday bookings expected to surge after England scraps amber list

Traffic light system replaced, with overseas destinations now listed as either ‘red’ or OK for travelCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageHalf-term holiday bookings are expected to surge after ministers unveiled a simplification of Covid foreign travel rules, replacing the traffic light system with a single red list and bringing in a laxer regime for tests.But while the new system was hailed by MPs and some travel groups, airlines voiced anger that fully vaccinated travell...
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Amber list scrapped in shake-up of England’s Covid travel rules

Traffic light system replaced, with overseas destinations now listed as either ‘red’ or OK for travelCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageRules for English travellers heading overseas have been significantly simplified, with the “amber” list of countries scrapped and the traffic light designation replaced with destinations listed as either “red” or OK for travel.The long-heralded shake-up of the travel regulations, announced by the Department for Transport on Friday, also ...
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Travel + Leisure launches online trip booking functionality and subscription memberships

Travel + Leisure has started two trip-booking services, one free and one subscription, for readers of its longtime luxury travel publication.
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Scotland proposes Covid vaccine certificates for nightclub entry

Nicola Sturgeon says certificates in limited scenarios could protect public health and boost vaccine take-upCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageThe Scottish government is proposing vaccine certificates for entry to nightclubs and large-scale indoor and outdoor events in an attempt to curb escalating Covid infections before the autumn.Announcing the plans, which MSPs will be asked to vote on next week, the first minister, Nicola Sturgeon, said that – although expected with...
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Vaccine passports will make hesitant people ‘even more reluctant to get jabbed’

Data comes as No 10 vows to press on with plan to make vaccination a condition of entry for nightclubsCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageImposing vaccine passports is likely to make hesitant people even more reluctant to get Covid jabs, research involving more than 16,000 people has found as Downing Street vowed to press ahead with the plan within a month.Boris Johnson announced in July that the government would make it compulsory for nightclubs and other crowded indoor ...
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UK tourism boom sparks backlash against ‘Tripadvisor warriors’

Hospitality staff in areas such as Cornwall and Lake District suffer barrage of complaints from angry and impatient visitorsIt was supposed to be the summer to rekindle the joy of the great British holiday, with demand for 2022 domestic breaks already rising. But hospitality staff in many tourist hotspots beg to differ, saying they have suffered a barrage of complaints from “impatient” visitors and “Tripadvisor warriors”.Restaurant and hotel owners said visitors were regularly complaining about ...
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‘This place is on the move’: how artists are reviving Cornwall’s St Austell

Project including UK’s tallest ceramic sculpture is raising profile of town often overlooked by holidaymakersTourists have long tended to bypass the Cornish town of St Austell on their way to the surfing beaches of Cornwall’s north coast or the bays and creeks of the south, while artists have have been drawn by the crystal-clear light of St Ives and Newlyn.But thanks partly to a public art project inspired by its once-great china clay industry, and the impending arrival of a Cornish answer to Th...
Tags: UK, England, Travel & leisure, UK News, Culture, Art and design, Cornwall, St Ives, Ceramics, Cornish, Newlyn, St Austell, North St Austell


Scrawny trees, patchy grass, terrible view ... why £6m Marble Arch Mound still falls flat

After a summer of free entry, visitors will now have to pay up to £8 to climb the London project. But will they bother?It has been called a “BTec Eiffel Tower” and a “slag heap”. It’s been compared to “a car-park Santa’s grotto, with dogs pretending to be reindeer”. The Marble Arch Mound, the temporary artificial hill commissioned by Westminster city council as an “ambitious” visitor attraction, has become, as a representative of the local community put it, “an international laughing stock”.The ...
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London’s cafe culture has left a sour taste for stressed residents

Licensing outdoor seats saved countless jobs but brings noise and antisocial behaviourContinental Europe has come to the UK – at least when the sun shines. In towns and cities all over the country, alfresco dining has exploded, with thousands of extra outdoor seats being licensed.Many in the hospitality industry say the move has saved their business from bankruptcy after catastrophic losses during the pandemic. Now, although Covid restrictions have been lifted, the government is considering maki...
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‘Great to be back’: tears in London as quarantine-free travel from France resumes

First Eurostar train arrives at St Pancras on Sunday morning since Covid restrictions were liftedCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageNot until the automatic doors of Eurostar arrivals opened could Sue Stevens be sure that her daughter, Laura, had made it back from Paris.Eighteen bitterly hard months had passed since they had seen each other, while a late moment of bureaucratic confusion at the French departure point had cast some last-minute doubt. Continue reading...
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‘The price was a shock’: Britons on holidaying in UK this summer

The Guardian speaks to four people braving eye-watering price hikes to holiday in Britain this yearCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageWith more and more people staying in the UK for their holidays, prices for campsites and rented accommodation have rocketed this year. Despite this many in need of a break have decided to accept the hike. The Guardian spoke to four people about their holiday plans this summer. Continue reading...
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Travellers in rush for short breaks as England restrictions are eased

Eurostar and easyJet report surge in ticket sales while package holiday operators anticipate bumper weekendCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coveragePackage holiday operators have given a lukewarm response to the government’s latest easing of Covid-19 restrictions on arrivals in England, but travel firms that focus on short breaks have reported an uptick in 11th-hour bookings.The the 10-day quarantine requirement for fully vaccinated people arriving from France was lifted on Th...
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