July 24, 2020

 

NEWS HEADLINES

This week news broke that a Covid-19 vaccination being developed by researchers at the University of Oxford has been found to induce an immune response to the illness. The first phase of human trials saw doses of the vaccine given to 1,077 healthy adults in April. While the findings are promising, scientists have warned more research must be done to determine whether the immune response is effective enough to protect against Covid-19. The new face covering rules that will be implemented in England from midnight tonight are at the forefront of today’s UK news. Ministers have been under pressure to clarify the mixed messaging regarding where face masks are mandatory. UK media are also reporting about the unlikelihood of a UK trade deal with the EU by the end of the year. Ahead of the next announcement from the UK government about air bridges, there is much speculation about which destinations will be added or removed from the list of those exempt from the UK’s 14-day quarantine rule. Meanwhile in the US, President Trump has suggested it is "patriotic" to wear a face mask in situations where you can’t socially distance. The US has confirmed more than 3.8m cases of the virus so far, and almost 141,000 people have died. In England and Wales, deaths have fallen to their lowest level since lockdown was imposed in March, with fatalities down 31% to 366 in the week ending 10th July.

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TRADE NEWS

The travel trade press continued to focus on the impact that Covid-19 has had on the travel industry and the updates from airlines, tour operators and tourism destinations. Elsewhere, as more destinations opened up, trade titles covered the surge in bookings across the UK as well as informative angles on how travellers will be able to go on holiday this summer and the requirements needed to ensure health and safety.

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TRAVEL NEWS

Similar to the past few weeks, travel titles continue to cover the destinations that are now open to UK travellers and the FCO advice. With this list of new destinations, roundups and listicles have been published to aid readers in their holiday planning. As well as international travel, many titles are still focusing on domestic holidays and staycations.

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WHAT WE’RE LOVING IN TRAVEL THIS WEEK

The UK’s first National Travel Agent Day took place on 24 July 2020, which was supported by trade bodies, travel agents, tour operators, tourist boards and airlines. Launched by Intrepid Travel, the virtual appreciation event aimed to celebrate the valuable role of travel agents and their extraordinary efforts during the Covid-19 crisis.

Emirates has launched free medical and quarantine cover for passengers in the event they are diagnosed with Covid-19 during their travels. The cover is free to passengers in all classes, flying to any destination across the Emirates network – and is immediately available on any flights departing up to 31 October. Emirates will cover medical expenses of up to €150,000, and quarantine costs of €100 per day for 14 days.

Refund Credit Notes praised as ‘lifeline’ for agents. Following the news that the government confirmed Atol-protection of package holiday bookings extends to refund credit notes for cancellations due to Covid-19.

 

 

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