Emirates Airline Asks Staff to Take Leave Over COVID-19

Major international airline Emirates is asking staff to take unpaid leave for up to a month at a time due to the spread of COVID-19 that has led to flight cancellations around the world. Emirates has cancelled flights to Iran, Bahrain and to most of China because of the virus, and countries around the world have placed strict restrictions on …

Half of World’s Beaches At Rish From Climate Change

Scientists say that half of the world’s sandy beaches could disappear by the end of the century if climate change continues unchecked. Researchers at the European Union’s Joint Research Center in Italy used satellite images to track beach changes over the past 30 years and simulated how global warming might affect them in the future. The results showed half of …

Slytherin Slithers in to London’s Warner Bros. Studio Tour

The Warner Brothers Studio Tour in London has historically given lots of love to Gryffindor. But now it’s finally putting the house’s cunning, dark magic–loving counterpart front and center. Beginning April 3 until September 6, the Slytherin common room will be recreated for tour guests for the first time ever. The 25-foot high set dressed with authentic props and decor, …

Prince Harry’s Newest Venture Showcases Eco-Friendly Travel Choices

Prince Harry launched a new global initiative on sustainable and eco-friendly travel. Called Travalyst the project seeks to showcase sustainable accommodation, aviation and experience providers to help travelers make choices that better protect wildlife, communities and the environment. Founded by The Duke of Sussex together with Booking.com, Skyscanner, Tripadvisor, Trip.com and Visa, Travalyst aims to “be the driving force that …

Saudi Arabia Halts Travel to Mecca to Prevent Spread of COVID-19

Saudi Arabia on Thursday halted travel to the holiest sites in Islam over fears about a new viral epidemic just months ahead of the annual haj pilgrimage, a move coming as the Middle East has over 220 confirmed cases of COVID-19. The extraordinary decision by Saudi Arabia stops foreigners from reaching the holy city of Mecca and the Kaaba, the …

Cebu Pacific Temporarily Suspends Online Check-in

Cebu Pacific Air has suspended its online check-in operations for international flights as a precautionary measure against the dreaded coronavirus disease. In a tweet on Wednesday, airline management said the online check-in option has been suspended since they would have to check and screen passengers’ travel history amid the surging number of COVID-19 cases worldwide. They are requesting all passengers …

Richard Branson Launches Luxury, Adults-Only Cruise Ship

Richard Branson is sailing into new waters with the launch of his first cruise liner, making a bold pitch to younger travelers at an undeniably awkward time for the industry. The Virgin founder launched the Scarlet Lady last Friday, hoping its modern design and adults-only rule will prompt younger vacationers to take a fresh look at cruises. The ship has …

“Palentine’s Day”

February 13th, also known as Palentine’s day or Valentine’s for friends, was the third most popular departure date in 2020 for solo travelers in their 30s and 40s, according to travel experts. Google data shows that global searches for ‘solo travel’ rose by 22% in February last year when compared to February 2018.  Research shows that 46% percent of coupled-up …

Airline Cancels HK Flights

Virgin Australia is the first international airline to withdraw all its services between Australia and Hong Kong amid the coronavirus, citing that the route was no longer commercially viable. “Hong Kong has continued to be a challenging market. We have made the decision to withdraw services,” Virgin Australia Group chief commercial officer John MacLeod said. The performance of the route …