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Disneyland as a Vaccination Site? Airports as Test Centers? The Travel Industry Pitches In

Many corners of the travel industry are looking for a way to pitch in to help end the pandemic.

More than a dozen U.S. airports now double as virus testing sites, including Chicago O’Hare and Chicago Midway, Los Angeles International, Tampa, Newark and Minneapolis-St. Paul. Inside many terminals, XpresSpa has pivoted from offering airport massages and manicures to rapid coronavirus tests.

Monterey Bay Aquarium in Monterey, Calif., has been closed to guests since March; in December, they lent one of their ultracold freezers to

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Branson, Travel Moguls Hoping For Vaccine Passports for COVID Recovery

Sir Richard Branson visits “Cavuto” On FOX Business Network at FOX Studios on September 23, 2014 in New York City. Rob Kim/Getty Images

As the pandemic continues to ravage across the world, the painfully slow rollout of COVID-19 vaccines and the lack of an efficient system to track who’s inoculated and who’s not means that the global travel industry is about to lose another summer.

In an interview with CNBC this week, Virgin Group founder Richard Branson, who recently lost his mother to the coronavirus, said he hopes some sort of “proof of vaccination” will be made available for travelers

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What air travel has in store for us in 2021 | Features

Let’s look ahead to see what air travel has in store for us as the year begins.

AIRFARES CONTINUE TO BE LOW

Airlines were hoping for a Christmas miracle, but that didn’t happen. Although the number of people who flew for the holidays reached 2020 highs (which were abnormally low, of course), the numbers weren’t quite what carriers hoped.

Once again, there are more seats than there are flyers.

“Airlines had thought for a while they had brought seats in line with demand,” said Seth Kaplan, an airline analyst and co-author of “Glory Lost and Found,” a book about Delta’s

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Coronavirus Travel Ban: Trump Orders Lifting While Biden Aides Vow to Block Move

WASHINGTON — President Trump on Monday ordered an end to the ban on travelers from Europe and Brazil that had been aimed at stopping the spread of the coronavirus to the United States, a move quickly rejected by aides to President-elect Joseph R. Biden Jr., who said Mr. Biden will maintain the ban when he takes office on Wednesday.

In a proclamation issued late Monday, Mr. Trump said that the travel restrictions, which apply to noncitizens trying to come to the United States after spending time in those areas, would no longer be needed on Jan. 26, the date

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Will business travel ever recover from the pandemic?

Together with a greater focus on sustainability and post-pandemic cost cutting at financially straightened companies, the uptick in virtual gatherings is likely to have long-term consequences, industry executives say. Some have likened the disruption in corporate travel to the accelerated decline of bricks-and-mortar retailers at the hands of their online rivals.

Many in the sector accept that a chunk of business travel will be lost. But with vaccination programmes being rolled out globally, there is little agreement on how much that loss will be or how long the fallout will last.

Bill Gates told CNBC in November that “over

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You Can Still Travel Thousands Of Miles With Assouline

While we are somewhat confined to our armchairs right now, we can indulge our wanderlust with some true escapism of a different kind. With bold colours, strong design, interesting subject matters and the unearthing of unique destinations, Assouline has a strong history when it comes to travel books. Its collection of coffee books for travel lovers is continuously updated and later this year it will publish four new titles to escape with: Provence Glory by François Simon; Hamptons Private by Dan Rattiner; Tuscany Marvel by Cesare Cunaccia and Havana Blues by Pamela Ruiz.

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