Sunday March 29, 2020
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It’s the least of their concerns: Competition Bureau report on Air Canada, Transat deal

The proposed merger of Air Canada and Transat has been called into question by the Competition Bureau, which in a newly released report has concluded that the deal would likely result in “increased prices, less choice, decreases in service and a significant reduction in travel by Canadians.”
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Ensemble Travel Group layoffs impact employees in Canada and the U.S.

Ensemble Travel Group is in the process of temporarily reducing its workforce by approximately 50%, with cuts impacting employees in both Canada and the U.S.
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UNWTO predicts international tourism could fall by up to 30%

The World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) says international tourism could plummet 20-30% in 2020.
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Stuck at home? Take a virtual trip to Puerto Rico this weekend

The COVID-19 pandemic is making it impossible to travel right now, but that doesn’t mean you still can’t see the sights from the comfort of your couch.
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Retailer speaks out as agents caught in middle of refunds vs. vouchers disputes

Travellers who are out-of-pocket for airfares on cancelled flights amid the coronavirus pandemic want refunds. Airlines, forced to slash capacity and in many cases suspend all operations for a global health emergency that is beyond their control, and taking every step to conserve cash, are offering future travel credits and vouchers. 
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Canada’s Quarantine Act now in effect; isolation mandatory for returning travellers

Canada is making unprecedented use of the federal Quarantine Act in a bid to curb the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic. The order, which went into effect early Wednesday, hours before it was announced, means all travellers returning to Canada are now legally required to go into self-isolation for 14 days rather than simply urged to do so. Here's a closer look at the legislation:
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One million jobs being lost every day in Travel & Tourism: WTTC

The outlook looks grim for global Travel & Tourism, with up to 75 million jobs at immediate risk due to the coronavirus pandemic.
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A message from Travelweek’s Publisher

These are unprecedented times for our beloved travel industry. The coronavirus pandemic has impacted every facet of the industry, from suppliers to retail partners, and travel agents are showing the world the true value of their services and expertise as they advocate for their clients in these incredibly challenging times.
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Air Canada pitches in with cargo-only flights filled with goods and medical supplies

Air Canada has begun transporting medical supplies and goods on cargo-only flights to Europe to help combat COVID-19.
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Travel Edge hires new Dir. of Business Development, launches signing bonus

Travel Edge has announced Shannon Whitebread as its new Director of Business Development.
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