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ETC, Italy, Switzerland weigh in on EU’s Canadian ban

Canadians were dealt with another blow this week when news broke that the European Union was set to remove Canada from its list of approved countries from where travellers can enter the bloc without COVID-19-related travel restrictions.
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Feds partner with YYC and Alberta govt. on rapid COVID-19 testing pilot project

A new pilot project for rapid COVID-19 testing at Calgary Airport is being trumpeted as a first step in shortening and hopefully one day soon eliminating the 14-day quarantine, with more Canadian airports almost certainly taking part in the near future.
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Travel agencies need the full 90% rent subsidy, says ACTA 

ACTA is advocating for agents during the COVID-19 crisis not just at the federal level, but at the provincial level too, lobbying for the retail travel industry in the regulated provinces of Ontario, Quebec and B.C.
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Insight Vacations debuts 2021-2022 Europe & Beyond collection

Insight Vacations’ new 2021-2022 Europe & Beyond collection, just released, includes 120 immersive itineraries and 100+ unique Insight Experiences across Europe, Africa and Asia.
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Saint Lucia ready to welcome Canadian travellers with Nov. 7 flight

Starting Nov. 7 Saint Lucia will welcome back Canadian visitors, thanks to departures with Air Canada Vacations.
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Who’s in the lead? Visit Utah’s walker challenge off to a great start

It’s been one week into Visit Utah’s walker tracker challenge and there’s already a clear frontrunner, who’s clocked more than 200,000 steps in just seven days.
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Scenic opens up bookings early for 2022 European river cruises

Scenic Luxury Cruises & Tours has opened up bookings early for its 2022 European river cruise season due to rising demand for its 2021 itineraries.
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REOPENED: The latest list of reopened destinations

As the world begins to reopen in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, more and more destinations are welcoming back visitors. Airlines, hotels, resorts and ground handlers have invested heavily in health and safety protocols and are eager to welcome travellers back.
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SUPPLIER COVID-19 UPDATES: Airlines, cruise, hotels & tour ops

Travel advisories from governments in Canada, the U.S. and countries around the world warning against non-essential travel amid the coronavirus pandemic set off a domino effect of operations suspensions for seemingly every supplier in the travel industry.
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The long-stay effect: Enquiries and bookings are on the rise for long-stay vacations

Last year was all about the micro-cation, quick and easy getaways that catered specifically to travellers with busy lifestyles. Fast-forward to a year and a global pandemic later and the focus has shifted to long-stay vacations that last upwards to a month or even longer.
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