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Johannes Reck, CEO of travel start-up GetYourGuide. Jens Kalaene | picture alliance | Getty Images LONDON— GetYourGuide, the Berlin-headquartered activity booking start-up has laid off close to 100 staff as the coronavirus pandemic continues to take its toll on the travel industry. The company was backed by SoftBank in a $484 million funding round last
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Fitness membership? Check. Streaming account? Of course. Meal kit service? Sure. How about your hotel subscription? Whether for pleasure, work, or long-term lodging, hospitality operators are hoping on-demand stays could be your next must-have membership as the embattled travel industry tries to expand its reach. InterContinental Hotels Group, Marriott and Accor are among the major
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Can preflight testing get people flying again? The International Air Transport Association (IATA) thinks so. Last month, the trade association, which represents some 290 airlines around the world, called for the “development and deployment of rapid, accurate, affordable, easy-to-operate, scalable and systematic” Covid-19 testing for all passengers as a way to restore passenger confidence, bypass
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Southeast Asia, home to some of the most tourism-reliant countries in the world, is reeling from the coronavirus-induced global lockdowns — and many of the region’s travel industries are struggling to survive. Even though other regions like Europe have seen travel-related activities lifted, Southeast Asia’s borders have remained largely closed. The World Tourism Organization, a
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Busch Gardens With caps on attendance and new coronavirus safety guidelines, including mandatory mask wearing and social distancing, theme parks have had to reimagine their Halloween festivities this year. The fall holiday has morphed into the single most important event for theme parks, Dennis Speigel, president of International Theme Parks Services, said.  “A down Halloween
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More than 637 million people traveled within China over the past week in celebration of the country’s annual “Golden Week,” the country’s government said on Friday. The government estimates domestic travelers generated around 466 billion yuan ($68.6 billion) in tourism revenue during the holiday period. Two holidays converged this year: National Day, which celebrates the founding
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Travel stocks head into the new week on two different tracks. Cruise line stocks ended last week under pressure after a White House meeting with cruise CEOs was postponed following President Donald Trump‘s positive Covid test. Airline stocks ended higher after House Speaker Nancy Pelosi signaled additional government assistance for the beaten-down industry. Craig Johnson,
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Usually when passengers find themselves sitting on a grounded commercial airplane, reactions range from impatience to downright anger.  But these are not usual times. That’s one of several activities that Singapore Airlines is launching instead of what media reports have dubbed “flights to nowhere.” The airline announced this week it was abandoning plans for destination-less flights —
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With elementary and high school around the world attending school virtually this fall, hotels are selling an unlikely travel opportunity — the “schoolcation.” Families are being enticed from their homes by hotels promising a change of scenery alongside tutoring, round-the-clock tech help and after-school activities that are more fun than what’s available back home.   Relieving
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