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COVID-19

UNWTO launches call for action to aid tourism industry

The World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) has released a set of recommendations to support the tourism industry in the wake of COVID-19.
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Calls mount to close Grand Canyon after resident gets virus

Calls mounted Tuesday for the federal government to close Grand Canyon National Park after the popular tourist destination saw its first case of the coronavirus in a hospitality worker.
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Goats are taking over a small seaside town currently in lockdown

A pack of wild goats has chosen not to self-isolate during the COVID-19 pandemic to instead run amok in a small seaside town in northwest Wales.
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Holland America CEO speaks out as Zaandam, Rotterdam still stranded

Holland America Line President Orlando Ashford says the stranding of the Zaandam and the Rotterdam is a humanitarian crisis and is calling on government officials to do the right thing and permit the ships to dock.
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Air Canada to reduce capacity and temporarily reduce workforce in Q2

A major reduction in capacity and a wave of layoffs have been announced by Air Canada for the second quarter of 2020 as a result of the ongoing COVID-19 crisis.
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Norwegian is the latest cruise line to extend suspensions

Following yesterday’s news that Holland America, MSC, Seabourn and Cunard have all extended their suspensions of operations, Norwegian Cruise Line has followed suit with similar news that affects its various brands.
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Royal Caribbean Group extends cancellation policy through Sept. 1

To provide customers with peace of mind amid the COVID-19 crisis, Royal Caribbean Group is extending its Cruise with Confidence cancellation policy through Sept. 1, 2020.
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Rocky Mountaineer to extend season’s start to July 1

Rocky Mountaineer has extended the delay of its 2020 travel season from the end of April to July 1 due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
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Airlines could see net loss of $39 billion in Q2: IATA

The second quarter of 2020 will be especially tough for airlines, which may have to burn through US$61 billion in cash reserves.
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WestJet extends transborder, international flight cancellations to May 4

WestJet has announced a two-week extension to the cancellation of its transborder and international flights, to May 4.
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U.S. Coast Guard says stranded cruise ships must stay at sea “indefinitely”
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Dozens of cruise ships are still stranded at sea as entry restrictions tighten with border closures and diminishing...
TICO provides more details on changes to Travel Industry Act
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TICO is providing follow up details to this week's amendments by the Ontario government to the Travel Industry Act...
Changes welcome, says ACTA, but Comp Fund model still needs update
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Although ACTA has welcomed yesterday’s news of changes to the Travel Industry Act, it still remains “very...
SUPPLIER COVID-19 UPDATES: Airlines, cruise lines, hotels and tour ops
SUPPLIER COVID-19 UPDATES: Airlines, cruise lines, hotels and tour ops
Travel advisories from governments in Canada, the U.S. and countries around the world warning against non-essential...
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