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All posts by Cindy Sosroutomo

Cindy is Deputy Editor at Travelweek and has worked for the company since 2007. She has travelled to more than 50 countries and counts Kenya, Morocco, Thailand and Turkey among her favourite destinations.

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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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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Can new COVID health pass eliminate the need for quarantines?

The first transatlantic trial of CommonPass, a digital ‘COVID-passport’ that allows travellers to share their health status across international borders, was successfully completed yesterday, marking a major milestone in the recovery of global travel.
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Private groups are big business now, say top tour operators

From the start of the global pandemic in March, the travel industry has seen the emergence of many new trends that reflect current concerns. From COVID-related travel insurance to an increase in domestic tourism, travel trends in this ‘new normal’ show that travellers are putting health and safety top of mind in 2020 and beyond.
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Travel Leaders Network on hope, agent support and upcoming fams

TORONTO — With its ‘Bridge to the Future’ virtual conference underway this week, Travel Leaders Network is giving members both in the U.S. and Canada plenty of reasons to “put hope on the calendar,”  as John Lovell would say. The company’s president, who hosted a media briefing yesterday as part of the three-day conference, was […]
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Back on stream: All eyes are on the Caribbean heading into the winter season

This will not be a typical winter in the Caribbean by any means. With Canada’s newly extended quarantine measure still in place, reduced flights to the region, and a global pandemic that continues to impose travel restrictions around the world
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Many tour ops are focusing on Canada tours, but are they actually selling?

Canada hasn’t typically been a big seller for travel agents, with Canadians opting for sun and fun abroad rather than vacations in their own backyard.
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“This is not the end”: Israel remains positive, anticipates return to tourism by year’s end

Though its borders remain closed to tourists, Israel is optimistic that travellers – specifically Canadians – will be able to return by year’s end.
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10 questions with Sandals’ Adam Stewart: Impact, Safety & Resiliency

TORONTO — Though Sandals Resorts International didn’t invent the all-inclusive concept with its first resort in Jamaica back in 1981, it is largely credited with perfecting it. Since the debut of Sandals Montego Bay, the resort giant has grown to include 24 properties and five brands across eight Caribbean islands, all of which include everything […]
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Let’s talk about Hawaii: Possible flights, pre-testing and winter forecast

Hawaii’s decision to delay the start of its pre-travel testing program to Oct. 1 will impact more than just mandatory quarantines – it could also affect inbound flights from Canada.
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