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All posts by Kathryn Folliott

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.

“Sentiment has shifted”: More challenges for start of 2021

The month of January normally brings list upon list of new travel styles and must-see destinations, as the industry looks forward to another profitable year.
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All air passengers entering U.S. must have pre-arrival negative COVID test starting Jan. 26

In-destination PCR testing will no doubt ramp up exponentially now that one of the biggest travel markets in the world - the U.S. - is following the lead of other countries including Canada in mandating pre-arrival negative COVID-19 tests for air passengers.
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“Bear with me as I delve into these files”: Alghabra named Transport Minister

The federal government’s new Transport Minister Omar Alghabra says he comes to the post with an understanding that the ministry’s files - which include everything from the financial assistance package for Canada’s airlines, to the proposed acquisition of Transat by Air Canada - have direct impact on Canadians, “and the livelihoods of many Canadians.”
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“It’s been a nightmare”: Agents react to PCR test rule now in effect

Once again travel agents are dealing with the confusing fallout of a last-minute announcement from the federal government that has left clients scrambling in-destination.
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“He was everywhere”: Huntington’s CEO remembers Bruce Slade

Bruce Slade, with his trademark hat, was an ever-present fixture at travel industry events.
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“He was our biggest fan”: Agents, suppliers react to passing of Gordon ‘Butch’ Stewart

If there was one person who could truly be called an icon of the travel industry, it was Gordon ‘Butch’ Stewart.
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Here’s how Stewart’s entrepreneurial genius helped shape Caribbean tourism

Sandals Resorts International’s obituary for Gordon ‘Butch’ Stewart honours the legendary Jamaican entrepreneur’s many accomplishments.
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More travel restrictions? Trudeau doesn’t rule it out

At his briefing this morning Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said Canadians who have travelled abroad should not expect to collect a benefit for people who have to isolate themselves.
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Updates from airlines ahead of Jan. 7 COVID test rule; IATA blasts Ottawa

Canada’s airlines are providing new information to help passengers secure PCR tests for COVID-19 in the wake of the federal government’s new requirement, effective Jan. 7, that all passengers arriving in or returning to Canada must present proof of a negative PCR test within 72 hours of their scheduled departure.
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If 2020 was the year of COVID-19, it was also the year of the travel agent

What do you say about a year that delivered the worst possible situation to the travel industry, but also brought travel agents and the work they do into the spotlight, and showed them at their very best?
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