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Carnival loses $2.1 billion waiting for cruising to resume

Carnival loses $2.1 billion waiting for cruising to resume

By The Associated Press Troy Warren for CNT MIAMI — Carnival Corp. said it lost more than $2 billion in its latest quarter as the company’s cruise lines remained mostly shut down by the pandemic, but it said bookings for next year are running ahead of 2019′s pace. Shares of the Miami-headquartered company fell 2.5% on Thursday. The cruise industry was a visible early victim in the pandemic, as passengers and crew members tested positive for COVID-19 and some ships were turned away from ports. The industry has battled the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention over health requirements for…
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Royal Caribbean Reports Positive COVID-19 Cases Onboard Adventure of the Seas

Royal Caribbean Reports Positive COVID-19 Cases Onboard Adventure of the Seas

JANEEN CHRISTOFF | TravelPulse.Com Troy Warren for CNT   Royal Caribbean has found two cases of COVID-19 onboard Adventure of the Seas, which is currently sailing out of the Bahamas. The two cases were found during routine testing before their return home to the U.S. The passengers were immediately quarantined, according to a statement from the cruise line. One of the guests is asymptomatic while the other is showing mild symptoms. Both guests were under the age of 16 and unvaccinated. Their immediate travel party were all vaccinated and have all tested negative. Close contacts of the group have all been identified…
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US Department of Commerce Will Invest $750 Million in Travel and Tourism

US Department of Commerce Will Invest $750 Million in Travel and Tourism

HARVEY CHIPKIN | TravelPulse.Com Troy Warren for CNT   The U.S. Department of Commerce will soon announce a $750 million investment in travel and tourism, according to Gina Raimondo, the department secretary, speaking on a virtual forum conducted by the American Hotel & Lodging Association (AHLA). Also at the forum, Chris Thompson, CEO of Brand USA, which promotes international tourism to the U.S., said the organization plans its first marketing campaign since the pandemic began to begin Aug. 1 with the message that this country is ready for tourists to visit. Raimondo said she is hopeful for a reasonably robust summer for…
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Business travel faces long road to recovery from pandemic

Business travel faces long road to recovery from pandemic

By Kelly Yamanouchi, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution Troy Warren for CNT Atlanta’s economic fortunes linked to corporate trips, conventions American leisure air travel is bouncing back quickly after plunging last year. But it could take months or years for business travel to return to normal — if ever — even as more companies prepare to bring workers back to offices. That spells uncertainty for metro Atlanta’s economy, which hosted hundreds of trade shows and conventions before the pandemic. Eighteen Fortune 500 companies have their headquarters in Georgia, also drawing a steady stream of visitors with expense accounts through Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport until last year.…
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Fourth of July expected to bring near record travel volumes

Fourth of July expected to bring near record travel volumes

By Kelly Yamanouchi, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution Troy Warren for CNT Nearly 1.5 million Georgians are expected to give in to wanderlust over the Independence Day holiday, which would make it the second most traveled July 4th on record and comes just months after the number of COVID-19 cases in the state hit a peak with thousands crammed into the state’s hospitals. This year’s AAA projection marks a rebound of 33% from traffic last year when the coronavirus kept many of the state’s residents at home, though not as many as elsewhere in America. It’s a mere 1.5% shy of the record number of Georgians…
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New Details Announced for Disney World’s 50th Anniversary Celebration

New Details Announced for Disney World’s 50th Anniversary Celebration

PATRICK CLARKE | TravelPulse.Com Troy Warren for CNT   Walt Disney World Resort has revealed additional details ahead of its 50th anniversary later this year. "The World's Most Magical Celebration" will begin October 1, 2021, kicking off an 18-month event highlighted by new entertainment and new looks for Disney's iconic characters and attractions. A new nighttime spectacular, "Disney Enchantment," will debut at Magic Kingdom on October 1, wowing guests with music, enhanced lighting, fireworks and immersive projection effects that will extend from Cinderella Castle all the way down Main Street, U.S.A.   Meanwhile, "Harmonious" will launch at EPCOT on October 1. Taking…
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Delta to hire 1,000 pilots as pandemic recovery continues

Delta to hire 1,000 pilots as pandemic recovery continues

By Kelly Yamanouchi, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution Troy Warren for CNT Delta Air Lines plans to hire 1,000 pilots by next summer as it continues to recover from the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic. Last year, Atlanta-based Delta cut more than 1,800 pilots from its payroll through early retirement packages and put about 1,700 junior pilots on inactive status. The cutbacks contributed to staffing issues that led Delta to cancel hundreds of flights around Thanksgiving and Christmas last year. The airline had more staffing challenges over Easter this year. Delta now has about 12,000 pilots. Operations chief John Laughter told pilots in a memo that the plan for hiring is a “positive…
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US Updates Travel Advisory Levels for Destinations in Mexico

US Updates Travel Advisory Levels for Destinations in Mexico

RICH THOMASELLI | TravelPulse.Com Troy Warren for CNT   The U.S. State Department on Friday raised the travel warnings to two states in Mexico while downgrading four other Mexican destinations. The U.S. raised its warnings from Level 2 (“Exercise Increased caution” to Level 3 (“Reconsider travel”) for Baja California and Guanajuato. Baja California, in particular, is a heavy tourist destination that includes Tijuana, Mexicali and Ensenada. The updated travel advisory cited crime and kidnapping as dangers in Baja California, according to the Mexico Daily News. “Violent crime and gang activity are common. Of particular concern is the high number of homicides…
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Florida Granted Preliminary Injunction Against CDC Cruise Restrictions

Florida Granted Preliminary Injunction Against CDC Cruise Restrictions

RICH THOMASELLI | TravelPulse.Com Troy Warren for CNT   A federal judge on Friday sided with the state of Florida’s lawsuit against the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), saying that the government agency likely exceeded its authority by issuing a Conditional Sailing Order (CSO)preventing cruise lines from sailing from Florida ports. Judge Steven Merryday issued the state a preliminary injunction against the restrictions and guidelines of the CSO, which include such mandates as taking test cruises and implementing vaccine requirements for passengers. "This order finds that Florida is highly likely to prevail on the merits of the claim that…
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Thailand Plans Mid-October Tourism Reopening

Thailand Plans Mid-October Tourism Reopening

JANEEN CHRISTOFF | TravelPulse.Com Troy Warren for CNT   Thailand is planning to reopen its borders to tourists in mid-October for those who are fully vaccinated, according to an announcement from the prime minister. “I know this decision comes with some risk because, when we open the country, there will be an increase in infections, no matter how good our precautions,” said Prayuth Chan-ocha, Prime Minister of Thailand. “But I think when we take into consideration the economic needs of the people, the time has come for us to take that calculated risk.” The mid-October opening is earlier than previously announced. Thailandwas…
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