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Your Flight Has Been Canceled or Delayed. What Should You Do?

Carolina Contreras, a 34-year-old business owner who flies frequently between New York and Santo Domingo, in the Dominican Republic, has been using JetBlue exclusively for her trips for almost a decade without a problem. But on her last two flights, she said her flights were delayed for hours; one was pushed back six times.“I have to be places. I have to rest,” Ms. Contreras, whose salon, Miss Rizos, has locations in both cities, said. “I know how hard the pandemic has been, but people need to get it together.”Ms. Contreras is not alone. Thousands of flights were delayed or canceled by airlines in the last few weeks as travel has picked up, with airlines blaming bad weather and labor shortages for the disruptions.“We’re obviously in a new world, and there are a lot of changes, rules, re...

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Help! I’m Traveling to Europe. All The Required Documentation Is Dizzying

Dear Tripped Up,I know that vaccinated Americans are not required to quarantine when visiting France, but are they required to take a Covid test — either going there or returning home? And although I updated my Clear app to show that I have been vaccinated, I don’t know who is responsible for looking at it: Is it the airline when you check in, an officer when you go through security or someone on the ground when you land? BobDear Bob,Once upon a time, the requirements for international travel weren’t all that complicated: always a passport, sometimes a visa.Today, to leave one country and enter another is to contend with confusing rules and restrictions that continue to change as borders reopen and travel resumes.Americans will encounter varying health protocols while traveling abroad. ...

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What to Do This Summer: Lower Manhattan

The big toe of Lower Manhattan dips into the water where the East River meets the Hudson, outlining a harbor rich with attractions. Three inviting neighborhoods in the area — Battery Park City, TriBeCa and the South Street Seaport — are easily reached by public transportation and offer breezy marinas, ample green space, destination restaurants and a multitude of art galleries. These days, out-of-towners are in scant evidence along the waterfront and Wall Streeters just a mere trickle, apparently in no rush to return to office buildings.This is not the first time Lower Manhattan has been down. The 20th anniversary of the events of Sept. 11 is looming, but budget cuts mean the 9/11 Memorial & Museum can’t mount a commemorative exhibit. Hurricane Sandy further ravaged streets and busin...

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Six Senses Shaharut to debut in Israel in August | News

Located in the lunar-like Arava Valley in the south of the Negev Desert in Israel, Six Senses Shaharut will open next month. With all the final touches in place, the resort is already proving popular with national guests and is looking forward to welcoming international travellers as soon as border restrictions allow. With its secluded setting, Six Senses Shaharut has the obvious advantage of complete privacy. It aims to bring guests in balance with nature and its elements so they can kick back and enjoy traditional desert hospitality and rich Nabataean history delivered with uncompromising eco-conscious care and attention. One of the biggest assets is the abundant space, essential for meeting today’s highest safety and hospitality standards. There are just 60 suites and villas sprea...

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Government support sees American return to profit | News

American Airlines Group has reported a second-quarter net profit of $19 million, or $0.03 per diluted share. However, excluding net special items, the second-quarter net loss at the carrier stood at $1.1 billion, or -$1.69 per share. The company recognised $1.4 billion of net special credits during the three-month period, largely related to financial assistance received from government payroll support programs, which accounted for the difference. Second-quarter revenue stood at $7.5 billion, up 87 per cent sequentially from the first quarter of the year. “We have taken a number of steps to solidify our business through our Green Flag Plan and it shows in our second-quarter results,” said American chief executive, Doug Parker. “We have reshaped our network, simplified our fleet and ma...

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TUI Group adds Senegal for winter 2022 | News

TUI UK has launched its earliest ever programme of winter holidays, available from November 1st next near, until April 2023. The move comes as TUI aims to build on success of early summer launch responding to customer desire to book earlier. Those who crave warmer climes during the coldest months can choose from 45 destinations, including winter classics such as the Canaries, Egypt and Mexico, as well as brand new Senegal, perfect for a new experience off the beaten track. Located next to the Gambia in West Africa, with a lovely warm winter climate, TUI will be offering weekly direct flights from London Gatwick to Dakar on TUI Airways. Customers can stay at the brand new 4T RIU Baobab in TUI’s platinum range offering 24 hours all-inclusive, swim up rooms and features unlimited a la ...

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ABTA urges further opening ahead of government review | News

ABTA has written to Grant Shapps, the secretary of state for transport, outlining the actions still needed from government to open up travel to more destinations, make foreign travel easier for UK citizens and support the industry through to recovery. The letter comes ahead of the next government strategic review on Friday, which will examine the requirements for international travel. It also stressed the ongoing need for the government to provide a package of tailored financial support for the industry, including extension of furlough support and business rates relief at current levels, along with a grant scheme to help them get through the very difficult weeks and months ahead. ABTA says this is vital given the government’s own acknowledgement that, while all restrictions have been...

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Marella Cruises launches winter 2022 programme | News

TUI River Cruises and Marella Cruises have revealed their winter 2022 programmes, which are now on sale. TUI River Cruises announce five new itineraries sailing over the Christmas and New Year period, and Marella Cruises adds a new sailing from Barbados onboard Marella Discovery from February 2023.  TUI River Cruise customers can get into the festive spirit with the new itineraries visiting Germany’s renowned Christmas markets and big-name cities. Onboard, cruisers can enjoy festive film screenings, traditional mulled wine, and the opportunity to join in activities like Christmas crafting and stollen making.   The river cruise line will also be offering regional Christmas dishes in their two stylish restaurants, as well as festive favourites from home.In addition, guests can enjoy lo...

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Need a Last-Minute Passport Appointment? You Can’t Book It Online.

People who need to renew their passports immediately will not be allowed to book last-minute appointments online, the U.S. State Department announced on Thursday.Those last-minute appointments, which are meant for people with urgent travel needs, can now be scheduled only by phone, the department said.The reason for the change? It is meant to solve “the problem of third parties booking all available appointments using bots, and then selling them to applicants with urgent travel needs,” the department said in a statement posted on its website. Some appointments sold by third parties cost as much as $300, USA Today reported.The department said the change was “temporary” but did not indicate when booking those appointments online may resume.The appointments can be made by calling the Natio...

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What’s the Price of an Uncleaned Hotel Room?

“The past year was difficult because I had panic attacks, anxiety attacks and landed in the emergency room twice,” she said in a Spanish-language interview in July.Now she is back at work in an on-call capacity, working one or two days a week or, some weeks, not at all. Work that was in the past divided among multiple housekeepers now falls solely on her, she said. “I had to do it myself because they said they were short-staffed,” she said, “but why don’t they call us if they’re short staffed? Why aren’t we working?”Ms. Ryan, the Hilton spokeswoman, said that staffing levels are “assessed hotel by hotel and are informed by market demand, local business environments, as well as recommendations from government and health authorities.” Stonebridge Companies, the hospitality firm that manag...

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