Tourism hit from coronavirus will carry into 2021, travel experts say

NEW YORK – Even as infections of the novel coronavirus seemed to be slowing at one point last week, the effects of the epidemic on the global tourism industry were accelerating rapidly. The impact of the pneumonia-like disease caused by the COVID-19 virus is already being felt across Asia, where leisure and business travel contributed $884 billion to gross domestic product in 2017, the most recent year for data compiled by the World Travel and Tourism Council. (Estimates for 2018 are about $1 trillion.) For China alone, inbound tourism brought in…

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Brave new world: the best-designed travel destinations for 2020

Makerere University’s Lumumba Hall, built in the late 60s and opened to students in 1971. Photograph: Timothy Latim Kampala, Uganda: a tour of tropical modernism Under a tree outside Uganda’s National Theatre sits architect Doreen Adengo, sheltering from the sun that beats down before heavy rain at this time of year. It’s here she begins her tours of African or “tropical” modernist buildings in Kampala’s central business district, aiming to increase awareness and appreciation of their architecture. She started last year, inspired by architect Manuel Herz’s book African Modernism – The Architecture…

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The future of travel

International carrier KLM Royal Dutch Airlines did a recent survey to figure our how travellers are changing the way they search, book and travel. From booking with the aid of voice technology and sustainable alternatives such as rail services, to facial recognition technology at security its an ever-changing world of travel out there. Destination Instagram The surveys shows that half of Gen Z and millennials consider how ‘Instagrammable’ their destination will be when booking. How many “likes” will it generate? The guarantee of taking beautiful holiday snaps is a prerequisite…

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Travel Prep 101 at APL

Airdrie Public Library is giving those interested in travel an opportunity to learn more about how to prepare for a successful trip overseas with an information session Sept. 21. Photo: Metro Creative Connection Yes, we admit it – it may be a little early to be thinking about getting away to a tropical beach, but here at Airdrie Public Library (APL) we believe in the importance of equipping oneself with knowledge, especially before embarking on a big adventure. As such, APL has a robust section on travelling, featuring guidebooks from…

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Amnesty issues travel warning for US over ‘rampant gun violence’

A prominent human rights group has issued a travel warning for the United States following two mass shootings that killed 31 people in the states of Ohio and Texas. Travellers to the US should be “extra vigilant at all times and be wary of the ubiquity of firearms among the population,” Amnesty International said in a statement on Thursday. “Avoid places where large numbers of people gather, especially cultural events, places of worship, schools and shopping malls,” said the group, which advocates for tighter gun control measures in the US. It added: “Exercise increased caution when visiting local…

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Mumbai rains: Amid heavy showers, police ask people to travel only if necessary

With the weather department expecting intense rainfall in Mumbai for the next four to six hours, the city’s police department has cautioned citizens. As several roads were waterlogged by rainfall throughout the night, Mumbai police department has issued a notification, requesting citizens to not venture out unless absolutely necessary. “As per weather forecast, Intense spells of rain likely to continue in the next 4 hrs and heavy to very heavy rainfall in the next 24 hrs. We request Mumbaikars to take adequate precautions & ensure safety. #Dial100 in case of…

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Beyond The Grind: Find Meaning In Travel — Abroad Or In Your Back Yard

You can’t open a magazine this summer without seeing stories about swarms of tourists crowding once-serene locales. During an age when everything is relentlessly mediated on social media, NPR’s Life Kit wanted to step back for a moment and ask, What is traveling away from home really for? How can it be more meaningful? In a long-ranging conversation, artist Jenny Odell, author of How to Do Nothing, reminds us why we wander — for perspective and surprise — and how the travel mindset can be practiced without leaving home at all.…

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Get paid to travel this summer, but there’s one unique catch

One travel company is offering six people the adventure of a lifetime; to travel across a continent on an all-expenses-paid trip worth £8000 (€9316) this summer. The days will be spent having unique new experiences and capturing content. There’s only one catch; Instagram’s audience gets to dictate their next move. The experiment will see Instagram users casting votes on what the travellers should do next. Image by d3sign Launched by travel company Busabout, The Great Travel Experiment will see successful candidates capturing videos and images while travelling. Every day holiday decisions will…

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No, Americans will not need a visa to travel to Europe

Although not quite as powerful as some European passports, an American passport is pretty convenient to travel on. US citizens can enter a large number of countries visa-free, which makes crossing borders both easier and cheaper. But news circulating yesterday (March 8) warned Americans the good times might be about to end, as US citizens would need a visa to visit the 26 European countries that compose the Schengen Area, starting in 2021. They currently can travel through them for 90 days with just their passport. But though major new outlets…

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Marrakech To The Maldives: My Year In Travel Part II

There’s no grander place to see Edinburgh than from the old railway hotel that is the Waldorf Astoria Caledonian. Dating back to 1903, it is found at the heart of the city in Princes Street and its design captures the property’s standout period details – such as the central marble staircase and the buzzy Peacock Alley, a huge lobby-lounge carved out of what was once the old station ticket office (Caledonian Railway was formerly ran underneath the hotel) complete with the original Victorian station clock. The hotel’s grand central staircase.(CREDIT: ANGELINA VILLA-CLARKE) Tartan-trousered…

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