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Focus: Breaking Travel News investigates: A virtual tour of the Palm Jumeirah


As Dubai continues to reopen to international guests in the wake of the Covid-19 shutdown, Breaking Travel News is taking a virtual tour of the iconic Palm Jumeirah to see what is on offer

News: Marriott records second quarter loss but eyes green shoots


The hotel giant reported a second quarter net loss of $234 million, compared to a net income of $232 million in same period a year-ago. A number of metrics, however, suggest the worst may be over.

News: Aida Cruises to return to European waters in September


The decision follows approval from Italy, flag state of its fleet, of new safety measures in place onboard. The first trips from Kiel will start on September 6th.

News: to return to Cyprus next week has announced it will resume its flights and holidays programme to Cyprus from August 17th. The decision means holidaymakers can escape to the Cypriot sunshine with the company for the first time since March.

News: Black boxes located following Air India crash


Investigators have found the ‘black boxes’ from an Air India Express plane that cashed on Friday, hopefully shedding light on what caused the fatal accident.

News: MSC Cruises to return to operation this week


MSC Cruises announced today that flagship MSC Grandiosa and MSC Magnifica will resume operations in the Mediterranean starting from August 16th and 29th respectively.

News: UK tourism sector staggers in face of Covid-19 downturn


Travel companies listed on the FTSE issued nine profit warnings in the second quarter of the year. This brings the total number of warnings issued in in the first six months of 2020 to 59, according to the latest profit warnings report from EY.

News: Turkey tourism boosted by falling value of lira


This falling price may help offset the decline in travel caused by the Covid-19 pandemic, agues John Vandesquille, tourism analyst at GlobalData.

News: United Airlines rolls out Ultraviolet C cleaning technology


United Airlines has begun cleaning pilot flight decks with ‘Ultraviolet C’ lighting technology on most aircraft at its hub airports to guard against Covid-19.

News: Virgin Atlantic reaches refinancing milestone


Virgin Atlantic has reached another milestone in its journey toward securing its future, undertaking a hearing in the US courts to support its plan for a private-only solvent recapitalisation.

News: Qatar Airways continues to grow US presence


The carrier will add three weekly flights to Houston from September 2nd, while four weekly flights to Philadelphia will be on offer from September 15th.

News: London City to welcome Vilnius connection this month


Flights between Vilnius and London City will continue to be operated as part of public service obligation formula which allows public entities to co-fund flights of special interest within the EU.

News: Business Travel Show postponed until next year


Organisers BTN Group said the decision had following much deliberation and consultation with customers, attendees and industry partners.

News: Seychelles tourism to come under spotlight


Members of the hospitality community have been invited to join the leaders of Seychelles tourism to examine how the sector plans to recover from the Covid-19 downturn.

News: Iberia gradually grows schedule out of Madrid


Iberia Group is offering regular scheduled flights to a total of 55 destinations in Spain and the rest of Europe this month, including new direct services to Prague and Berlin.

News: Qatar Airways adds two new Africa destinations


With the addition of Nairobi and Kigali, the airline now operates 33 weekly flights to eight destinations in Africa including Addis Ababa, Dar es Salaam, Djibouti, Kilimanjaro, Zanzibar and Tunis.

News: Capella Bangkok to open doors in October


The opening is Capella Hotel’s first property in Thailand, with the hospitality group focusing on crafting authentic cultural experiences for its guests.

News: Andorra, Belgium and the Bahamas added to quarantine list


People arriving in England from Andorra, Belgium and the Bahamas from 04:00 tomorrow morning will need to self-isolate for two weeks. The news comes as the countries are removed from the England travel exemptions list.

News: Hurtigruten sees 56 Covid-19 cases onboard MS Roald Amundsen


A total of 37 crew members and 16 guests have now tested positive for Covid-19 onboard MS Roald Amundsen, according to figures from the Norwegian Institute of Public Health.

News: Cruises suspension pushes Norwegian to second quarter loss


Norwegian Cruise Line saw revenue fall to just $16.9 million in the three months to June 30th, as the sector came to a virtual standstill during the coronavirus pandemic.

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