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Skyscanner finds flight prices may fall by a third for summer trips | News

Skyscanner has released a detailed breakdown of the emerging trends for summer 2021 following an uptick in bookings. The breakdown reveals that in July 66 per cent of holidaymakers are looking to get away for longer than a week, indicating that pent up demand for a summer getaway is a top priority. Spain is the top destination booked by UK travellers since the announcement was made, with most popular outbound date being August. Most trips will be a week or less in length, and the top destinations in Spain are Malaga, Palma and Ibiza. Prices are currently up to 25 per cent lower during summer than in 2020, and up to 11 per cent lower compared to summer 2019. Greece is another summer 2021 hotspot and most bookings made since the announcement are for trips departing in August. Average...

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Norwegian reports £1.4bn loss for fourth quarter | News

Norwegian today reported a net loss of NOK16.6 billion (£1.4 billion) for the fourth quarter, including impairment of NOK 12.8 billion. The operating expenses before leasing and depreciation were reduced by 82 per cent compared to the same quarter last year. In 2020, the company reduced net interest-bearing debt by NOK18 billon. Demand was severely affected by changing travel restrictions and the continued spread of Covid-19 across key markets. Out of a current fleet of 131 aircraft, an average of 15 were operational during the fourth quarter, mainly on domestic routes in Norway. Norwegian carried 574,000 customers, a decrease of 92 per cent compared to the same period in 2019. Jacob Schram, chief executive of Norwegian, said: “2020 was an exceptionally difficult year for the avi...

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VisitBritain to offer Safe Travels badge to partners | News

VisitBritain has today announced that tourism businesses in the UK registered to the ‘We’re Good To Go’ industry standard scheme can now be automatically issued with the international ‘Safe Travels’ stamp from the World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC). The scheme, launched last year by VisitEngland in partnership with the tourism boards of Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales, has been recognised by the WTTC as meeting its international global standardised health and hygiene protocols and for its role in supporting the recovery of the UK tourism sector. The WTTC stamp enables travellers to recognise destinations around the world which have adopted global standardised protocols - so they can experience ‘Safe Travels.’ VisitBritain is coordinating the Safe Travels stamp issue in the...

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Qantas delays international return until end of October | News

Qantas and Jetstar are planning to restart regular international passenger flights to most destinations from October 31st. The delay represents a four-month extension from the previous estimate of July, which had been in place since mid-2020. The flag-carrier hopes the roll-out of the Covid-19 vaccine in Australia will be “effectively complete” by the deadline. Capacity will be lower than pre-Covid levels, with frequencies and aircraft type deployed on each route in line with the projected recovery of international flying. International capacity is not expected to fully recover until 2024. Qantas is planning to resume flights to 22 of its 25 pre-Covid international destinations including Los Angeles, London, Singapore and Johannesburg from October. Direct flights to New York, Santia...

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Redaelli to lead Conrad Abu Dhabi Etihad Towers | News

Conrad Abu Dhabi Etihad Towers has unveiled its new executive leadership team in the Middle East. The property, the first from the brand in the capital of the United Arab Emirates, will be led by experience hotelier Alessandro Redaelli. He will lead a team made up of highly experienced, hand-picked individuals who have been tasked with leveraging their creative talents, interpersonal skills and operational expertise to elevate the current offering of the hotel and place it firmly on the map as a must-visit destination. Described by his colleagues as a distinguished hotel professional, Redaelli has accumulated more than 20 years of experience in the hospitality industry, leading to an immense amount of knowledge of hotel fundamentals. Accumulating his wealth of knowledge by travellin...

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Maldives Courts Influencers Amid Covid-19

In a season of lockdowns, Georgia Steel was jet setting.A digital influencer and reality television star, Ms. Steel left England in late December for Dubai, where she promoted lingerie on Instagram from a luxury hotel. By January, she was at a resort in the Maldives, where spa treatments include body wraps with sweet basil and coconut powder.“We be drippin’,” Ms. Steel, 22, told her 1.6 million Instagram followers in a post that showed her wading through tropical waters in a bikini. Nevermind that Covid-19 caseloads in Britain and the Maldives were escalating, or that England had just announced its third lockdown.The Maldives, an island nation off the coast of India, is not only tolerating tourists like Ms. Steel, but urging them to visit. More than 300,000 have arrived since the countr...

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A New York Drugstore Nearly as Storied as the City Itself

In this series for T, the author Reggie Nadelson revisits New York institutions that have defined cool for decades, from time-honored restaurants to unsung dives.By the time Alec Ginsburg was 5, he knew he wanted to work at his father’s drugstore. “It wasn’t a decision, I just knew,” says Ginsburg, 29, who, along with his father, Ian Ginsburg, is now the co-owner of C.O. Bigelow in Greenwich Village. “I saw how he loved his work much more than my friends’ parents liked theirs,” Alec recalls. “He’d come home and tell me how he had met Lou Reed or David Bowie. My dad was like the mayor of Greenwich Village, and I thought, How cool!”Both father and son are passionate about music. Ian, 58, recalls working at the store as a teenager with his father back when it still had a lunch counter. Mus...

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‘All Creatures Great and Small’ and the Yorkshire Dales

“All Creatures Great and Small” charmed viewers with its pastoral setting in Britain’s Yorkshire Dales. Here, the show’s production designer explains the eternal appeal of the region’s landscapes.Photographs by Tom JamiesonBy Jennifer VineyardFeb. 26, 2021“All Creatures Great and Small,” a new adaptation of the James Herriot books, follows the gentle adventures of a veterinarian in Yorkshire, in northern England. Filmed in the same area, the first season — which ended Sunday and is available to stream at PBS.org and Amazon — was a pandemic-era hit thanks partly to the pastoral escapism it offered shut-in viewers. Here, Jacqueline Smith, the production designer, discusses the landscape and what it brings to the series. (As told to Jennifer Vineyard.)Parts of Britain are extremely old, an...

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What Kind of Plane Am I Flying On?

Passengers on board a United Airlines flight from Denver to Honolulu had several moments of terror on Feb. 20 when their plane, a Boeing 777-200, experienced a right-engine failure shortly after takeoff, causing a massive bang and sending debris raining down over a quiet Denver suburb. Passengers captured video, much of it shared on social media, of the plane’s Pratt & Whitney engine, its cover ripped off, its turbine oscillating and in flames. The plane, which had 231 passengers and 10 crew members on board, returned to Denver and landed safely.An eerily similar incident played out the same day in the Netherlands with a Boeing 747-400 cargo jet. That plane’s engine, while different from the Boeing 777 in Colorado, was also manufactured by Pratt & Whitney, and it also caught fir...

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Consumers increasingly turning to technology to improve their travel experience | Focus

Humans have an ingrained desire to travel. Of course, home will always be calling us back, but the feeling of wanderlust is unshakable. For some people, that means spending months or years traveling the world, but for others, it’s about spending a couple of weeks relaxing on a beach somewhere. In more recent years, technology allowed us to visit more places and further-away destinations, all while taking less time to get there. Instead of a transatlantic journey taking weeks, a plane can do it in mere hours, while a train can cross entire nations in a fraction of the time it would take to go by horse. But almost constant digital innovations have meant that our travel habits have been changing again. PlanningIf you’re planning a vacation, you’ll likely spend a lot of time researchi...

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