• Tourism industry raises concerns over hotel quarantine | News

    Industry experts have issued a series of dire warning about the likely impact of mooted plans to quarantine arrivals in hotels for up to ten days. Some travellers coming to England will have to quarantine in hotels, amid concerns about new Covid variants, the government is expected to announce. Prime minister, Boris Johnson, is expected to decide after discussing the proposals with senior ministers later. Most foreign nationals from high-risk countries are already denied UK entry so the new rules will mainly affect returning UK citizens and residents. Quarantine rules are set by each of the UK nations but tend to be similar. Ahead of the move, the World Travel…

  • Israel suspends all international flights | News

    Israel will ban passenger flights in and out of the country from today, the government has announced. The ban on flights will come into force from 22:00GMT and last until the end of January, prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu said in a statement. “Other than rare exceptions, we are closing the sky hermetically to prevent the entry of the virus variants and also to ensure that we progress quickly with our vaccination campaign,” he added. Israeli borders have largely been closed to foreigners during the pandemic, with only passport holders allowed entry. The country has been under a third national lockdown since December 27th. However, Israel expanded its rapid vaccination drive…

  • Ovation Travel Group acquired by American Express Global Business Travel | News

    American Express Global Business Travel has acquired Ovation Travel Group. The purchase includes all Ovation Travel Group brands, including Lawyers Travel.  Ovation Travel Group clients and travellers will continue to receive the outstanding, high-touch service for which the business and its people have become so renowned over the last 36 years. They will now also have access to the global reach, technology and expertise that comes with the powerful backing of American Express GBT (GBT). Paul Abbott, GBT chief executive, said: “Since 1984, Ovation Travel Group has built a well-deserved reputation for providing leading travel management services to professional enterprises. “In addition to the personalized service to which their clients…

  • New Housing, Dining, Nightlife and More in Downtown LA | Focus

    From the early 2000s, Downtown LA has witnessed a quick revitalization after the adaptive reuse ordinance was passed which made it simpler for developers to convert and construct new spaces. In the year 2007, more growth spurring amendments were made to zoning rules of the area and now Downtown represents one of the quickest growing neighbourhoods of LA. The inclusions like the Ace Hotel and the Broad Museum have given a complete makeover to the area as a recently hip destination for adventurous tourists and locals. Now, a perfect mix of industrial sprawl, ancient landmarks, tourist locations, a rising arts district, state of the art eateries and upscale boutiques depict…

  • Breaking Travel News interview: Anabela Almeida, general director, Consolidator.com | Focus

    Having been recognised as the best in the business by voters at the World Travel Awards, Breaking Travel News here chats with Anabela Almeida, general director of Consolidator.com, to find out more Breaking Travel News: Congratulations on your recognition at the World Travel Awards as the World’s Leading Airline Consolidator. How does it feel to have won? Anabela Almeida: It is a great honour to be awarded with this prestigious distinction. In a year so difficult for the whole world and especially for our sector, to receive the award for World’s Leading Airline Consolidator gives us an additional incentive and motivation. It represents the official recognition of the investment that…

  • Azizi Developments prepares for Mina debut | News

    Azizi Developments has announced that 99 per cent of the work has been completed on its premium mixed-use project, Mina, located at Palm Jumeirah, Dubai. Spanning nearly 38,500 square metres of built-up area, Mina features 178 units, comprising 120 one- and 54 two-bedroom as well as four spacious residences. The project also features several retail units across 1,847 square metres. Two thirds of the project’s total area is allocated for lifestyle-enhancing amenities, including a children’s play area, a jogging track, and green outdoor spaces, private beach access, two swimming pools, a fully equipped gym and a comprehensive health club. Executive director, sales and marketing, Nima Khojasteh said: “Mina enjoys a…