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The Foreign & Commonwealth Office has begun to advise British citizens against all non-essential international travel, initially for a period of 30 days. Officials said the updated advice reflects the pace at which other countries are either closing their borders or implementing restrictive measures in response to the global coronavirus …

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United States closes borders to travellers from Schengen area

The United States will introduce wide-ranging new restrictions on travellers from Europe as the country battles the coronavirus outbreak. In a televised address earlier, president Donald Trump said the move was “strong but necessary”. Travellers from the 26 countries in the Schengen border-free travel zone will be barred from entering …

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Gathy to lead development of Amaala Island

Internationally renowned French-Belgian architect Jean-Michel Gathy has been appointed as master planner for Amaala Island, part of an ultra-luxury destination taking shape on the north western coastline of Saudi Arabia. Principal designer of Denniston, Gathy said: “The Island development will be an immersive and interactive art-inspired jewel. “Its lifestyle components, …

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WTTC Global Summit delayed until autumn

The World Travel & Tourism Council has been forced to delay its annual Global Summit for a second time. Originally scheduled to take place on Puerto Rico, officials announced earlier in the year that the twentieth annual staging of the event would be moved to Cancun in late April. Now, …

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Wizz Air pulls out of Italy as lockdown expands

Wizz Air has suspended flights from all destinations to Italy with immediate effect. The whole of the country is now in lockdown as the destination battles to contain the coronavirus. The latest figures show 9,172 cases of the virus in the country to date, and 463 deaths. Wizz Air flights …

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Northern Italy off limits to British travellers

The Foreign & Commonwealth Office has begun to advise against “all but essential” travel to a number of regions in northern Italy. The move comes in response to various control and isolation measures imposed by the Italian authorities over the weekend. The Lombardy region – which includes the cities of …

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ABTA calls on UK government for coronavirus support

ABTA is calling on the government to consider extraordinary support measures for businesses operating in the tourism sector in the budget next week. The request comes in the context of the ongoing Covid-19 outbreak. Following a meeting with the tourism minister last week, ABTA conducted a survey among its members …

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