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US government sends 100m facial coverings for rail and air passenger use

The United States government plans to send 100m cloth facial coverings to the aviation, transit and railway industries for passenger use. US Transportation Secretary Elaine L. Chao announced the intention to distribute over 86m coverings will to airports around the country, while a further 9.6m would be distributed to transit agencies and Amtrak. The facial coverings were secured by the Federal Em...

WTTC gives global destinations stamp of approval for safety protocols

Major tourist destinations around the world – including Turkey, Mauritius and Bulgaria – have signed up to the world’s first ever global safety and hygiene stamp from the World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC). The endorsements come just a couple of weeks after the WTTC launched the special ‘Safe Travels’ stamp, to enable travellers to identify destinations and businesses around the world which...

US travellers’ plans likely to be on hold for months, says survey

MMGY Travel Intelligence has released results from the second wave of the Travel Intentions Pulse Survey (TIPS), research commissioned by the US Travel Association and designed to measure the impact of Covid-19 on US leisure and business travellers. Travel intent during the upcoming six months continues to decline amidst the spread of the pandemic, with intent to travel for leisure vacations falli...

Coronavirus: too much at stake for ‘wait-and-see’, says PCMA chief

With over 70,000 people now confirmed to be infected by coronavirus (mostly in China) and 1,770 deaths recorded on the mainland, Beijing has tightened further its restrictions on movement in an attempt to contain the spread of the virus. Japan has announced the cancellation of a public gathering to celebrate the birthday of new Emperor Naruhito due to concerns over the spread of the virus. Organis...