Kathryn is Editor at Travelweek and has worked for the company since 1995. She has travelled to more than 50 countries and counts Hong Kong, Jerusalem, the Swiss Alps and the Galapagos Islands among her favourite destinations.
Now that Blue Cross Ontario and Blue Cross Quebec, along with B2C insurer Medipac, have introduced COVID-19 coverage into select policies, travel advisors are watching to see if others others will follow suit.
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.
Rick Sasso doesn’t mince words when describing the impact of COVID-19 on the cruise industry and the world at large. “I say it’s been a medical catastrophe, logistical nightmare and financial Armageddon.”
It’s not like Canadians are travelling much anyway, due to the advisory against non-essential travel, the challenges getting travel insurance and the mandatory 14-day quarantine for returning travellers.
TORONTO — Three tour operators, representing three of the Caribbean’s biggest markets - Canada, the UK and the U.S. - talked about how travel and their businesses specifically have been impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic on a wide-ranging Facebook Live discussion, part of the CTO’s ‘Plain Speaking’ series.
G Adventures has always been an innovator, and it’s not adverse to challenges. Now, like the rest of the industry, it’s facing the ultimate test: pivoting its entire mode of operations in the face of COVID-19.
When global travel all but grinds to a halt, and cancellations ramp up to unprecedented levels, the sheer volume of future travel credits (FTCs) creates tricky challenges, on a grand scale, out of previously one-off situations.