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Gorilla Trekking in Rwanda: Things You Should Know | Focus

Need to trek mountain gorillas in Africa? Rwanda is one of the few destinations that are open for gorilla tourism in Africa. To many travelers who have gone on primate safaris, there is no better way to get close to a family of mountain gorillas than undertaking a gorilla trek in Rwanda! Located in central Africa, Rwanda is the most popular destination for gorilla trekking in the world. The country closed its doors to tourists in March 2020 due to the novel corona virus but it was one of the few destinations to reopen tourism but with stringent rules and guidelines aimed at preventing the spread of the virus to both tourists and the wildlife. Today you can book a tailor-made gorilla safari in Rwanda and also explore other outstanding destinations in the country safely! Gorilla Sa...

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Pegasus Airlines launches new flights to Moldova | News

Pegasus Airlines is increasing the number of direct flights it offers from Antalya, with the launch of a new direct flight to Chisinau, capital of Moldova. The inaugural flight from the Turkish leisure destination will take off on April 23rd. Pegasus’ Antalya-Chisinau flights will depart at 22:30 local time from Antalya Airport to Chisinau International Airport every Monday, Wednesday and Friday. Flights will depart from Chisinau International Airport at 03:15 local time to Antalya Airport every Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday.  Pegasus will also connect guests flying from Chisinau via Antalya to Adana, Ankara, Istanbul Sabiha Gokcen, Kayseri and Trabzon in Turkey; and Amsterdam, Berlin, Beirut, Stockholm, Düsseldorf, North Cyprus-Ercan, Geneva, London-Stansted, Stuttgart and Tel Av...

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Sheraton Hotels unveils revamped interior design | News

Sheraton Hotels & Resorts has unveiled its refreshed interior ambitions in a series of hotels around the world. Sheraton Phoenix Downtown, USA; Sheraton Denver Downtown, USA; Sheraton Tel Aviv, Israel; Sheraton Grand Dubai, UAE; Sheraton Guangzhou, China and Sheraton Mianyang, China, have all had the makeover. Following an announcement from Marriott in 2018 of its plans to refresh the brand for modern travellers, the completion of the renovations at these hotels is an important milestone in the reinvention journey. There is now momentum building for the transformation, with over 40 hotels around the world expected to reflect the new brand vision by the end of 2022. “This is a pivotal moment for Sheraton as we see hotel owners embracing the new vision and bringing it to life for th...

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IATA calls for global certification programme to reopen travel | News

The International Air Transport Association has called on governments to partner with the air transport industry to devise plans to safely re-link people, business and economies when the Covid-19 epidemiological situation permits. A priority for this critical cooperation is acceleration of the establishment of global standards for vaccination and testing certification. “We can see the light at the end of the tunnel as vaccination programs roll out. “Turning this vision into a safe and orderly re-start will require careful planning and coordination by governments and industry. “This will be challenging as the priority for the weeks and months ahead will be containing the spread of new variants. “But even as the crisis deepens, it is important to prepare the way for a resumption of fl...

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Sixt seeks to expand van rental internationally with new appointment | News

Sixt has added Daniel Marasch to the board of its new van and truck division as it seeks to expand the operation internationally. The company said it was responding to the increasing importance of the product sector and seeking to tap into new potential as part of its international growth strategy. The global mobility provider estimates that the commercial vehicle and truck rental market in the USA and Europe alone is worth more than US$10 billion. As a former board member of the Lidl trading company, he brings extensive expertise in both international expansion and in setting up sustainable logistics and supply chains. When aged just 25, Marasch was appointed sales manager of Lidl Ireland, climbing the career ladder to become chief executive Lidl Italy and chief executive Lidl Ger...

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Hurtigruten unveils new Dover itineraries | News

Expedition cruise line Hurtigruten has launched its Dover 2022/23 season, extending its existing programme to include nine new itineraries taking explorers to Norway to experience the Norwegian coastline and the Fjords. Sailings will take place throughout the year offering guests the chance to chase the midnight sun and witness the Aurora Borealis. The ten–21-night itineraries will see guests travel onboard the refurbished MS Maud to destinations such as the world famous Norwegian Lofoten Islands, which are notable for their distinctive dramatic peaks. Also on offer is the North Cape, one of the northernmost points in Europe, and the tranquil UNESCO designated Fjords Norway area for a premium and adventurous experience like no other. Hurtigruten’s showcase voyage for the 22/23 seaso...

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Swan Hellenic appoints UK sales director | News

Swan Hellenic has announced that Tom Dumbrell is to join the company as UK sales director from next month. He will bring a combination of youthful energy, out-of-the-box thinking and extensive cruise industry sales management experience, the company said. Dumbrell has held in national account manager and senior sales management positions at Tauck, Belmond, Australian Pacific Touring, Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines and ROL Cruises. Passionate about working creatively with trade partners, he aims to leverage his knowledge of the British sector to build strong relationships based on a mutually beneficial approach that helps ensure new growth and lucrative business opportunities for all parties. In addition, having travelled across all five continents, acquiring a close understanding of differ...

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Hyatt partners with Story Hotels for three Sweden properties | News

Hyatt has entered into franchise agreements with Story Hotels Holding to bring three hotels in Sweden under the JDV Hotel brand. The move is designed to help to grow the Hyatt independent collection brand in Europe. The three boutique hotels – Story Hotel Riddargatan and Story Hotel Signalfabriken in Stockholm, as well as Story Hotel Studio Malmö – will all retain their individual hotel names and unique identities. The three hotels will be available for reservation from today for stays starting April 15th. “We are very excited to bring these three Story Hotels in Europe under Hyatt’s JDV Hotel brand portfolio and at the same time grow the Hyatt hotel footprint in Sweden,” said Briana Swift, director of development Europe and south-west Asia at Hyatt. “We are focused on thoughtful gro...

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United Arab Emirates travellers banned from UK | News

The government banned travel to the UK from the United Arab Emirates (UAE), Burundi and Rwanda. Officials said the move was to prevent the spread of the new variant originally identified in South Africa into the UK. From 13:00 on Friday, passengers who have been in or transited through the United Arab Emirates, Burundi and Rwanda in the last ten days will no longer be granted access to the UK. This does not include British and Irish nationals, or third-country nationals with residence rights in the UK, who will be able to enter the UK but are required to self-isolate for ten days at home, along with their household. Passengers returning from these countries cannot be released from self-isolation through test to release. There will also be a flight ban on direct passenger flights from ...

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Wyndham Grand Algarve reopens in Portugal | News

The Wyndham Grand Algarve will relaunch this spring having undergone a complete €5 million transformation. The sophisticated five-star resort is the gateway to the Quinta do Lago, the most exclusive and sought-after location in the Algarve, Portugal. The all-suite property - formerly known as Monte da Quinta Resort - has been reimagined to provide premium amenities, stylish interiors and the most attentive service. The 132 suites are the largest in Quinta do Lago, with one-, two- and three-bedroom suites offering a relaxed lounge area with kitchen facilities. A sun-drenched balcony or terrace provide extensive views across the lush gardens.Guests may pick from five dining experiences during a stay, each emphasising the very best and freshest ingredients throughout. Outside of the ...

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