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Eurostar announces re-start of Disneyland Paris and Amsterdam trains as flexible tickets launched

Published on Wednesday, July 1, 2020 Eurostar is to allow all passengers to change their tickets up to 14 days before departure with no additional fees. Its new flexible fares, on sale from today, start at £39 each way. The new policy will apply to all bookings made up to December 31. The train operator announced today that its direct trains from..

Emerald Waterways brand relaunches in Australia

Published on Tuesday, June 30, 2020 Scenic group will officially unveil the Emerald Waterways river cruise brand in Australia. Evergreen Cruises & Tours has been marketing the Emerald Waterways river cruise brand in Australia for the past five years. It will be officially rebranded to Emerald with the same river cruise product and pricing. "Lik..

Seabourn names new president

Published on Tuesday, June 30, 2020 Carnival Corp executive Josh Leibowitz will take over as new president of luxury line Seabourn. Leibowitz report to Stein Kruse, group CEO of Holland America Group and Carnival UK. He joined Carnival in 2013 as chief strategy officer and was later appointed Cunard North America SVP in 2016. Before joining the..

More than 100 cruise ships in US had Covid-19 infections

Published on Tuesday, June 30, 2020 More than 100 cruise ships in US waters were exposed to the Covid-19 virus, according to the CDC. Citing CDC data, the New York Times reports just 15 out of 121 cruise ships that entered US territorial waters did not have at least one coronavirus case onboard. It was supplied with the data under a Freedom of In..

Agents refuse to book holidays for July and August

Published on Tuesday, June 30, 2020 Independent travel agents are turning away bookings for this summer due to the ongoing uncertainty around travel restrictions. They fear they'll be forced to issue thousands more refunds - essentially working for free - if the holidays are subsequently cancelled. Many also fear that even if the holidays go..

Travel Counsellors sees rise in interest from independent agents

Published on Tuesday, June 30, 2020 Travel Counsellors has reported an increase in interest from independent travel agencies looking to migrate their businesses to the company's platform support model. It is in discussions with more than 10 agency owners, it said. Prior to the Covid-19 crisis, the number of corporate and leisure businesses u..

On the Beach finance chief quits for other business interests

Published on Tuesday, June 30, 2020 On the Beach Group chief financial officer Paul Meehan has resigned. The OTA said Meehan, who joined the group in January 2017, had decided 'to pursue other business interests'. The company said he 'had made a significant contribution to the Group's success and growth', including the a..

Dream Cruises will be world’s first line to resume operations

Published on Monday, June 29, 2020 Genting Cruise Lines has announced Dream Cruises will be the first major cruise brand to restart operations. Starting July 26, 2020, Explorer Dream will operate short 'island hopping' itineraries out of Keelung, Taiwan. The ship will call at Penghu, Matzu and Kinmen islands. The cruise line has spent &..

Reinvention and innovation crucial for sector after pandemic, insiders say

People wearing protective face masks visit the Eiffel Tower in Paris, France on its reopening day to the public, on June 25, 2020. [Photo/Agencies] The COVID-19 pandemic, although disrupting the tourism industry in Europe, has forced businesses to embrace new technologies, according to industry insiders. It is also an opportunity to transform the ..

Europe sets out to rescue the summer

Visitors take a gondola trip on the Grand Canal in Venice, Italy, on June 21, 2020. [Photo/Agencies] Destinations prepare for return of tourists Stefan Sack, a German citizen living and working in Shenzhen, Guangdong province, usually spends the summer vacation making several excursions in Europe with his family. However, this will not be possibl..

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