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G Adventures further suspends tours through September

Due to the continuing COVID-19 pandemic, G Adventures has taken the unfortunate but necessary decision to further suspend tours departing up to and including September 30, 2020, as well as the October 21, 2020 departure of its G Expedition ship. This comes with the exception of 21 departures which are operating in Europe for travel…

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G Adventures further suspends tours through September

Due to the continuing COVID-19 pandemic, G Adventures has taken the unfortunate but necessary decision to further suspend tours departing up to and including September 30, 2020, as well as the October 21, 2020 departure of its G Expedition ship. This comes with the exception of 21 departures which are operating in Europe for travel that is possible between certain countries. G Adventures is following the guidance from ABTA for all UK travellers affected by the tour suspensions. Travellers can rebook their tour for a future date or book a different tour instead. All UK travellers booked on a tour departing up to September 30, 2020 who do not wish to rebook their trip to a later date will receive a fully-protected Refund Credit Note for 100% of the amount paid for all booked tour services as well as an additional 10% travel credit as a gesture of goodwill. If the traveller desires a cash refund this will be provided to them as soon as possible, and no later than 31 January 2021, with their money remaining financially protected via their Refund Credit Note in the interim. Travellers who haven’t yet made their final payment will have their Lifetime Deposit kept on file to put towards a future tour. Alternatively, if travellers still wish to travel in September and travel restrictions for their home country permits, they can consider joining one of the 21 select tours running in Europe this September, developed in line with the UK Government’s list of countries with reduced restrictions. Please see the list of tours here. G Adventures is not suspending tours beyond September 30 so as to keep the door open in the event the current situation evolves in a way that enables us to travel again. We do understand people may feel uncertain about travelling in the upcoming months, so we are offering travellers booked on tours departing up to December 31, 2020 the option to transfer their booking to a future departure date for the same price. Alternatively, they can pay in full and receive a 110% travel credit for a future tour. To help travellers feel confident to rebook using their travel credit, Lifetime Deposit or to make a new booking, G Adventures is offering a Book with Confidence* policy, which lets them cancel and rebook their tour closer to the time of departure, giving them flexibility and peace of mind.The health and safety of our travellers and staff is our main priority and this is an essential measure to protect people at this time. We’re working closely with all of our partner suppliers including our hotel, ground transportation and meal providers, to prepare for our tour relaunch. This includes the increased health and safety measures we’ve put in place on all of our tours as part of our new Travel with Confidence policy which features enhanced health and safety procedures on all of our tours to provide travellers with more confidence. And for those travellers looking for even more reassurance, we’ve recently announced our Travel with Confidence Plus Collection of 37 small group tours which include all the benefits of our Travel with Confidence policy, plus additional physical distancing measures. G Adventures is notifying all travellers regarding tour suspensions and advising travellers with flight bookings to contact their insurance / air providers for details on compensation. 

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SWISS Airlines adds frequencies from Domodedovo Airport to Zurich

Starting from November 23, SWISS Airlines has launched a third weekly flight on the route Zurich-Moscow (Domodedovo). SWISS Airlines performs the flight on Mondays, landing at 17:45 and departing at 18:35*.Passengers can also opt for the following flights:On Saturdays. It will land at Domodedovo at 17:45, departing to Zurich at 18:35*.On Fridays. It will land at Domodedovo at 12:15, departing to Zurich at 13:45*.Russia and Switzerland resumed flights on August 15.*All times are local (Moscow Time – UTC+04)

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For its fourth edition FITUR Festivals & Events expands to all type of cultural and sports events

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For its fourth edition FITUR Festivals & Events expands to all type of cultural and sports events

One of the new features of the upcoming edition of FITUR 2021 International Tourism Fair that will focus on the recovery of the tourism industry, is the expansion of the FITUR Festivals section, which now and under the new name FITUR Festivals & Events will strengthen its content and professional appeal, by adding relevant sements that have an increasingly higher business potential. Thus, in addition to the live music festivals, FITUR Festivals & Events expands to host a wider range of proposals, such as cultural festivals -dance, theatre, opera, exhibitions, museums, etc.- as well as sports events and competitions, such as Formula 1, golf, regattas, soccer, Olympics, etc.The purpose of FITUR Festivals & Events is to provide a platform where all of the agents of this type of tourism can connect: destinations, transportation, hospitality and accommodation, tour operators and wholesalers, show and event organisers, ticketing companies, etc., within the framework of FITUR, the major international tourism industry fair organised by IFEMA that will be held, exceptionally in 2021, from the 19 to 23 May. FITUR Festivals & Events, with the collaboration of Asociacion de Promotores Musicales (APM) and Squarefer, will have an exhibition area, a B2B program with international and national purchasers, a setting for round tables and presentations of sector reports by exhibitors.

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77% of UK residents said they’re willing to consider the environment in their future holiday plans

Nearly half (49%) of UK residents said that the impact of COVID-19 has raised awareness about the impact holidays and travel have on the environment, recent research by iCarhireinsurance.com has revealed.  With dolphins returning to waterways of Venice and cities seeing pollution-free skies, 77% of Brits look to consider the environment in their future holiday plans.The…

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77% of UK residents said they’re willing to consider the environment in their future holiday plans

Nearly half (49%) of UK residents said that the impact of COVID-19 has raised awareness about the impact holidays and travel have on the environment, recent research by iCarhireinsurance.com has revealed.  With dolphins returning to waterways of Venice and cities seeing pollution-free skies, 77% of Brits look to consider the environment in their future holiday plans.The survey questioned 2,000 UK residents on their holiday habits and opinions about conscientious travel. It revealed that COVID and the impact of nationwide lockdowns has had a big influence on people’s attitudes towards the environment, and the effect the tourism industry has on it.  When questioned what has inspired them to consider the environment more when travelling for a holiday, the most common responses were COVID-related. 18% said they plan to be more eco-friendly after seeing wildlife recover in popular tourist destinations during lockdown, and 15% say the reduction in travel pollution during COVID has inspired them to be more environmentally friendly. A further 14% said that COVID has made them more appreciative of the environment.  Other influences, such as influential figures (9%), the media (8%), charities (7%), environmental protests (7%), social media (4%) and politicians (2%), were much less common. This new outlook brought about by COVID has led to many people in the UK saying they will be more eco-friendly when travelling in the future. One-quarter (25%) said they’re willing to holiday domestically, and a further 25% say they’ll even go on holiday less to reduce their environmental impact. A full breakdown is included below: (% who said they would be willing to do the following to lessen the environmental impact of their holiday) Be mindful of their energy use – 26% Holiday domestically – 25% Holiday less frequently – 25% Travel by public transport – 21% Use alternative transport to flying – 21% Not travel to destinations as far – 20% Pack lighter to reduce fuel usage – 19% Book eco-friendly accommodation – 17% Based on the responses, the UK as a collective would be willing to pay £3.36 billion to offset the carbon emissions of their holidays.While raising awareness of environmental issues is a positive to be taken from the pandemic, it’s also brought a number of challenges with it. 36% said COVID has made being environmentally friendly less of a priority to them and 15% said limited destinations have made it more difficult to be environmentally conscious when booking a holiday. With travel restrictions in place since March, 17% said their need for a holiday is simply more important to them than being environmentally friendly.  Ben Lynam, Head of Communications at theTravelFoundation commented on the research: “We are seeing a significant shift towards environmental consciousness as the pandemic accelerates a trend that was already gathering pace. Concern about the future, a slowing of pace and the need to find less crowded places have translated into demand for outdoor experiences and trips that have low impact, or ideally a positive impact on the environment. Smart businesses and destinations that intentionally respond to this shift will recover quicker and stronger.” 

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