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Titan Travel appoints Constable as chief executive | News

Titan Travel has confirmed the appointment of John Constable to the role of chief executive. He will take up the role on June 21st. Constable is an established leader in the travel industry with a wealth of sector knowledge and leadership experience at chief executive level. Most recently, he was executive group general manager of Helloworld, one of the largest travel distributors in Australia and New Zealand. Prior to that spent five years as the global chief executive of STA Travel. Constable has also held senior roles within TUI UK and Austravel. He will join Titan later this month with both Andy Squirrell, managing director, and Steve Jenkins, chief financial officer, reporting to him. Titan Travel non-executive chairman, Richard Bowden-Doyle commented: “John’s appointment as chi...

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Traveling to Hawaii? Be Prepared to Pay

Vaccinated travelers may soon be able to travel to Hawaii without testing or quarantining, some eight months after the state instituted its stern Safe Travels program.In recent days, David Ige, Hawaii’s governor, has issued a series of guidelines regarding travel and other aspects of further reopening the state, which has had the strictest entry rules of any U.S. state since the onset of the pandemic.When Hawaii reaches a 60 percent vaccination rate, people who were vaccinated in the United States and are traveling domestically will be able to bypass testing and quarantine requirements with proof of vaccination. And when the state reaches a 70 percent vaccination rate, all restrictions on travel will be lifted and the state’s Safe Travels program will end.As of Wednesday, 53 percent of ...

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Consider the $34 Lobster Roll

WISCASSET, Maine — On the first weekend of June, the scene at Red’s Eats seemed much like summers past. The line of tourists waiting to order at this picturesque seafood shack ran down the block. The sun beat down and employees passed out umbrellas and water, the sort of nicety you provide when your restaurant makes “best of” lists and causes traffic jams in attracting people from across the country.Red’s menu offered its usual fare of sea scallops, whole belly deep-fried clams and its most famous dish, a fresh lobster roll, “piled high.”The only change was the price: This year, the lobster roll is $30.“Are you kidding me?” said Bindu Gajria, who was vacationing from Philadelphia and hadn’t checked the menu before getting in line. “I was going to order one, but now I’m having second tho...

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Government unveils £10m tourism voucher scheme | News

A new rail pass and vouchers for popular tourist attractions are at the heart of a plan to return domestic tourism to pre-pandemic levels by 2022 and international tourism by 2023. A £10 million voucher scheme will be launched by the National Lottery this autumn to encourage trips beyond the peak summer season. Players will have the chance to claim vouchers to redeem at tourist attractions across the UK between September and March next year. A rail pass for “staycationers” will be launched later this year, helping to make it easier and more sustainable for domestic tourists to get around the country. The new pass will build on the success of the BritRail pass, which is sold through VisitBritain and currently gives international visitors flexible travel across the country, as well as...

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British Airways returns staff to furlough scheme | News

British Airways has put thousands of staff back on the government furlough scheme following delays to the reopening of international travel. The flag-carrier had begun to bring people back ahead of the easing of restrictions on foreign holidays on May 17th. However, a decision to remove Portugal from the safe travel list, essentially closed outbound travel for the foreseeable future. Only a small number of countries remain on the green list, including St Helena and Gibraltar, meaning travellers do not have to quarantine on their return. Moreover, official advice remains not to visit amber countries for leisure.It is understood a large number of BA staff were already on furlough, but this change means many more will go back onto the government wage support scheme. Many will go onto the...

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2 Passengers Test Positive for Virus on Caribbean Cruise

Just as cruises resume after more than a year on pause, the industry is facing an immediate setback.Two passengers sharing a stateroom aboard the Celebrity Millennium, operated by Royal Caribbean’s Celebrity Cruises from the Caribbean island of St. Maarten, tested positive for the coronavirus on Thursday. The ship, billed as the first fully-vaccinated cruise in North America, has one more day at sea on Friday before returning to St. Maarten to disembark.All guests will take an antigen test as part of their disembarkation process, said Susan Lomax, the company’s associate vice president for global public relations.In a statement, the cruise line said that the passengers tested positive during required testing before leaving the ship. The travelers are asymptomatic and are in isolation un...

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A Celebrity Cruise Sets Sail, the First Post-Pandemic

One by one, the passengers pulled down their masks and rejoiced as they cleared security and health screening to board the first cruise ship sailing out of North America since the pandemic was declared in March of last year.One woman threw her bag on the floor and started shimmying to the Caribbean calypso beat playing in the welcome hall. Another triumphantly bumped fists with a crew member before giving him a hug, while an older man stood still and gazed at the elated guests, his eyes welling up as he processed the reality of being back on a cruise, one of over 400 he has taken in his lifetime.“We’re back, we’re home,” one passenger yelled as she entered the vessel. “Welcome back ma’am,” a crew member responded with a gleaming smile. “We’ve missed you.”For many of the 600 or so passen...

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Something Weird on the Beach Was Staining Their Feet. But What?

Jenny Greenleaf was pleased that it was finally warm enough to go barefoot when she and her husband took their regular walk along York beach in Southern Maine this week.But when they returned to their beach chairs and began to brush the sand off their feet, they noticed their normally pale soles were a deep black.“I’ve never seen anything like this,” Ms. Greenleaf, a book designer and artist, said. “It was almost like I walked through charcoal.”At home they showered and scrubbed their feet, but the smudge, which was neither slick nor greasy, would only partly come off.Along Maine’s southern coast, as well as in neighboring New Hampshire, many others were also struggling to remove dark stains from their feet.“I still can’t get it off,” said Kyra O’Donnell, who has had black feet since s...

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Peru nominated for top World Travel Tech Awards title | News

It is not a secret that there are thousands of foreign tourists interested in the culture, history, gastronomy and attractions of Peru. This great influx of travellers from all over the world has helped the destination receive recognition from the World Travel Tech Awards. The official tourism portal is nominated in the category World’s Best Tourism Authority Website, having a greater merit because it is the only Latin American website that managed to be among the 14 finalists. This nomination is part of the famous World Travel Awards portal, which seeks to recognise, reward and celebrate excellence in travel technology proposed by the official portals of different countries that promote and help the influx of tourism. You can already give your vote to Peru.travel through this link, ...

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Wizz Air launches cabin crew recruitment drive | News

Wizz Air is recruiting cabin crew members across its UK bases, including London Luton, Gatwick, Doncaster Sheffield and Cardiff. The decision comes ahead of the summer season and hopes international travel may be regaining momentum. Wizz Air is planning for an operational ramp up this summer as and when travel restrictions allow, and as part of that preparation is looking to grow its highly experienced and friendly Wizz Air UK cabin crew team. This recruitment drive follows a year of rapid expansion for Wizz Air, despite the challenges of the pandemic. Since March, the airline has added 17 new bases and over 300 routes to its network which spans Europe and beyond. Since October last year, Wizz Air UK has opened two new bases at Gatwick and Doncaster Sheffield, with its fourth base...

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