Friday January 22, 2021
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Planeterra’s new ‘PACT’ prioritizes community tourism development in Panama

Planeterra, the non-profit offshoot of G Adventures and the global leader in community tourism enterprise development, has teamed up with the Panama Government, in partnership with the Panamanian Foundation for Sustainable Tourism (APTSO), Fundación Natura, for a joint venture, ‘PACT’, to work with communities across Panama to build community tourism experiences that improve the well-being of residents, visitors, and the environment. 
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Trudeau questioned about total travel ban, land vs. air restrictions

TORONTO — Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says Canada’s strict measures against international travel have been “extraordinarily effective” a protecting Canadians from COVID-19, and reiterated the federal government’s message not to travel, however he refused to rise to the bait of a total travel ban despite repeated questioning at today’s COVID-19 briefing.
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WestJet’s Chief Operating Officer to retire

WestJet’s Jeff Martin, Executive Vice-President and Chief Operating Officer, has announced his retirement after more than 31 years in the airline industry.
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Sandals to offer free PCR testing at resorts

TORONTO — Sandals has announced that it will be offering complimentary in-resort COVID-19 testing through March 31, 2021.
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TPI advisor wins prestigious St. Lucia award

TPI is celebrating one of its own after being recognized by the St. Lucia Tourism Authority.
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Antigua’s new mobile app to help navigate through the new normal

The Antigua and Barbuda Tourism Authority has unveiled a new and interactive mobile app that is in line with keeping with current health and safety protocols.
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‘The Future of Travel: A Brand New Year’ online conference set for Feb. 3

Connecting with industry partners and colleagues is one of the best ways to stay informed and stay motivated during difficult times.
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“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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Testing, not proof of vaccination, should be the way forward: WTTC

Unvaccinated travellers must not be discriminated against as travel re-opens post-COVID-19, says WTTC President & CEO Gloria Guevara, adding comprehensive testing will allow free and safe movement for all.
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