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Beach and nature escapades top Filipinos’ bucket lists — Airbnb survey 

Boracay remains the top domestic travel destination for Filipinos, followed by Palawan, Baguio, Siargao Island, and Tagaytay, according to a 2021 Philippine Travel Trends survey by Airbnb. 

China, U.S. should lift COVID-19 travel bans if herd immunity reached

BEIJING - China and the United States should remove all barriers to travel between the two countries if the United States achieves herd immunity...

Southeast Asia’s biggest travel app plans regional fintech expansion before 2021...

SINGAPORE — Traveloka, Southeast Asia’s largest online travel startup, plans to launch financial services in Thailand and Vietnam as it eyes a US listing through a blank-check company, its president said.

Gov’t loosens travel restrictions for inbound passengers

Malacanang on Friday said that the government’s task force against the coronavirus will relax travel curbs on foreigners coming from more than 30 countries...

Klook pushes domestic tourism to help combat ‘wanderlust withdrawal’

Travel and leisure booking platform Klook has partnered with domestic destinations and local tourism organizations to offer Filipinos a way to combat “wanderlost”—or wanderlust withdrawal.

Thailand sold itself as a paradise COVID retreat — no one...

It’s hard to imagine a more luxurious place to spend two weeks of quarantine than the Anantara Phuket Suites & Villas in Thailand, where visitors are pampered in private residences that can have their own pool and courtyard.

US to require negative COVID-19 tests for arriving international air passengers

WASHINGTON — Nearly all air travelers will need to present a negative coronavirus test to enter the United States under expanded test testing requirements announced on Tuesday.

Airlines try ultra-cheap fares to get the world flying again

The nightmare year of 2020 brought the airline industry’s first decade of sustained profitability to a shuddering halt. The coronavirus pandemic tore through in a tumultuous, unprecedented way, leaving carriers in a deep hole, along with a constellation of aerospace manufacturers, airports, and leasing firms.

Foreigners who leave PH beginning December 17 will be allowed to...

The government’s task force against coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) approved the re-entry of foreigners with permanent residence visas to the Philippines subject to certain...

China tells cabin crew to wear diapers on risky COVID flights

China’s aviation regulator is recommending cabin crew on charter flights to high-risk COVID-19 destinations wear disposable diapers and avoid using the bathroom to reduce the risk of infection.

Study links Japan’s domestic travel campaign to increased COVID-19 symptoms

TOKYO — Researchers in Japan found a higher incidence of COVID-19 symptoms among people who have participated in a domestic travel campaign promoted by...

Singapore ‘cruise-to-nowhere’ turns back after COVID-19 case aboard

SINGAPORE — A passenger aboard a Royal Caribbean “cruise-to-nowhere” from Singapore has tested positive for COVID-19, forcing around 2,000 guests to be quarantined in...

COVID-19’s widespread disruptions and accelerations

Recent transformations across industries explored in breakout sessions By Adrian Paul B. Conoza, Special Features Writer The impacts of the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic has...

Cooperation — and smiles — are needed to lift the travel...

IT’S no secret that global tourism is one of the industries that has borne the brunt of the current COVID-19 (coronavirus disease 2019) pandemic, with health and safety protocols and blanket quarantines lassoing in the once growing industry.

HK-Singapore bubble delay hits travel rebound hopes

THE SHELVING of the Hong Kong-Singapore travel bubble shows just how delicate the process of reopening borders is — even for places that have largely contained the coronavirus.

Baguio revisited

I ADMIT there was a time when I dreaded driving up to Baguio City on a weekend, and it was simply because of the sheer traffic I had to endure on the way up there! I recall to have made it a point to drive up to the beautiful city only on weekdays — during off-peak hours — while secretly wishing I could just somehow teleport to Camp John Hay where I could enjoy crisp morning jogs with the forest bathed in fresh pine.

Southeast Asia’s Internet economy on verge of a post-COVID boom

Southeast Asia’s sizzling-hot Internet economy cooled during the pandemic but spending online should bounce back rapidly and triple to more than $300 billion by...

China blocks travelers from virus-hit Philippines 

BEIJING — Mainland China has barred entry to non-Chinese visitors from Britain, Belgium, and the Philippines and demanded travelers from the United States, France, and Germany present results of additional health tests, as coronavirus cases rise around the world. 

Royal Caribbean suspends cruises through year-end

Cruise operator Royal Caribbean Group said on Monday it would stop all its cruises through the end of the year, extending previous suspensions, as...

Guidelines for COVID-19 tests for airline passengers could set global bar...

MONTREAL/WASHINGTON — A global aviation manual now under review by a UN body suggests global guidelines calling for the use of highly reliable tests...

Peru opens Machu Picchu for a single Japanese tourist after almost...

LIMA — Peru opened the ruins of Machu Picchu for a single Japanese tourist after he waited almost seven months to enter the Inca citadel, while trapped in the Andean country during the coronavirus outbreak.

After six months, Germany lifts blanket world travel warning

BERLIN — Germany lifted its blanket warning against travelling to all countries outside the European Union early on Thursday, although little is likely to change for most travellers under the new regulation.

Singapore Air cuts 20% of workforce as virus smashes travel

Singapore Airlines Ltd. (SIA) is eliminating about 4,300 jobs, or 20% of its workforce, as the coronavirus outbreak devastates the aviation industry. The cuts will...

Need a visa to visit the US? Expect much longer wait...

The US agency in charge of processing immigration applications said on Tuesday that it had avoided a planned furlough of 70% of its staff...

Beach holidays for some in China, belt tightening for others

The recovery in China’s consumption is moving in two different directions, with the wealthier shopping for luxury goods and taking holidays to the beach, while poorer households continue to cut back.

Global travel on ice until mid-2021, Qantas chief says

International travel won’t resume until mid-2021 as coronavirus flareups keep borders closed, Qantas Airways Ltd. Chief Executive Officer Alan Joyce said. Routes to the US...

Coronavirus forces tourism rethink in world’s most visited city

BANGKOK — Bangkok tourist destination Khao San Road is usually heaving with people on weekends, its cheap beer bars, tattoo parlors, street vendors, hostels,...

US lifts global health coronavirus travel advisory

WASHINGTON — The US State Department and Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and Prevention on Thursday lifted global advisories recommending US citizens avoid all...

No ‘zero risk’ in international travel, WHO says

Countries should gradually lift international travel measures based on a thorough risk assessment and must prioritize essential travel for emergencies, the World Health Organization...

Second COVID-19 wave forces new travel curbs around the globe

SYDNEY/LONDON — Nations in Asia imposed new restrictions on Monday, while an abrupt British quarantine on travelers from Spain threw Europe’s summer reopening into...

Gov’t reimposes ban on leisure travel abroad for insurance lack

THE Philippine government has reimposed a ban on leisure travel overseas after insurance companies rejected coverage for Filipinos seeking to leave the country amid a coronavirus pandemic.

Philippines reimposes ban on non-essential travel abroad

The Philippines is suspending its decision to allow non-essential overseas travel, after only one company agreed to provide health insurance to outbound passengers.

US airlines face end of business travel as they knew it

US airlines hammered by the catastrophic loss of passengers during the pandemic are confronting a once-unthinkable scenario: that this crisis will obliterate much of the corporate flying they’ve relied on for decades to prop up profits.

Travel firms brace for huge losses

MOST tourism-related businesses in the Philippines expect revenue losses of over 50% this year, amid travel restrictions and business closures due to the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic, a survey from PwC Philippines/Isla Lipana & Co. showed.

Big majority of Japanese reject gov’t tourism campaign amid new coronavirus...

TOKYO — Most people in Japan are against government plans to kickstart domestic tourism with a subsidized campaign, according to newspaper surveys published on Monday, as fears grow over the number of new coronavirus cases, particularly in Tokyo.

Hazmat suits for air travel are here

AFTER THE Centers for Disease Control and Prevention officially recommended widespread use of face masks to help slow the spread of the COVID-19 (coronavirus disease 2019), the minimalist medical mask quickly got reimagined as a fashion accessory. Then model Naomi Campbell — a famous germaphobe — and musician Erykah Badu stepped it up a notch, sporting custom hazmat suits for stylish social distancing. Now, with the novel coronavirus pandemic showing no sign of slowing, travelers are taking note.

Foreign nationals allowed into the country starting Aug.

Subject to a number of conditions, some foreign nationals will be allowed to enter the Philippines starting Aug. 1, Malacanang announced. This as the coronavirus...

Complexities arising from easing travel restrictions

In an effort to combat the spread of COVID-19, countries, including the Philippines, have adopted a variety of measures in order to contain and limit the spread of the virus. One of these measures is the closure of the country’s borders to inbound and outbound travel.

The virus is still sapping China’s $6 trillion power to consume

Three months after China started to emerge from its coronavirus restrictions, its army of shoppers that help power the global economy are still nervous of travel, reticent to spend, and forming habits that may change the face of consumption permanently.

Touchless: How the world’s busiest airport envisions post-COVID travel

CHICAGO — With COVID-19 ravaging the aviation industry, airlines and airports worldwide are reining in costs and halting new spending, except in one area: reassuring pandemic-wary passengers about travel.

Cruise CEOs insist ships are safe, prepare new health protocols

Two of the world’s largest cruise operators insist their ships are no more vulnerable to the spread of the new coronavirus than other public places.

With coronavirus under control, Vietnam and New Zealand see different travel...

LONDON/HANOI — Laura Douglas’ tourism start-up, a farm surrounded by snow-tipped mountains in southern New Zealand, was attracting hundreds of mostly foreign visitors a month until the coronavirus pandemic brought it to a sudden halt in March.

Darkened duty-free shops are fueling a worldwide chocolate glut

When commodity analyst Judy Ganes spent 36 hours flying home from a business trip to Asia, it was what she didn’t see that stuck with her.

A guide to wine touring

FOR wine lovers, there is no better feeling nor experience then when visiting the wine regions yourselves. Wine tourism involves a visit to wine country, including but not limited to wine tasting, wine purchasing, vineyard tours, winery tours, and even dining and accommodation. Wine tourism is already a thriving business in most of the New World, including Northern California (Napa and Sonoma), the New York Wine Country (Finger Lakes), Australia, New Zealand, Argentina, South Africa, and even nearby Thailand. Wine tours are definitely much easier when there are already “tourist-friendly” facilities in place.

2 great LGBT travel destinations that might surprise you

AMIT PALEY, 37, is head of the Trevor Project, a charity that focuses on at-risk LGBTQ youth. This year the group was one of the five grand marshals for New York’s Pride March, which celebrated the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall uprising in addition to welcoming WorldPride to America for the first time.