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American Express Global Business Travel agrees to acquire Egencia from Expedia Group

American Express Global Business Travel (GBT) has made a binding offer to acquire Egencia, Expedia Group’s corporate travel arm. As part of the transaction, Expedia Group would become a shareholder in, and enter a long-term strategic commercial agreement with, GBT.

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The deal would bring Egencia, a leading digital travel management company, into the GBT family. GBT would continue to invest in the Egencia brand, its people and technology, as part of the world’s leading business travel platform.

Paul Abbott, GBT’s CEO, said: “Our strategy is to provide customers with

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New Jersey man stuck in India after traveling to care for sick father

An Indian immigrant living in New Jersey is now stuck in India as a second wave of COVID-19 ravages the country.

As cases of the virus surge in that country, many are traveling there to care for sick loved ones. This comes as the United States is about to impose restrictions on travel to and from India.

Neha Mahajan says that her husband Ashu traveled to India to care for his sick father.

“What India is going through is completely unimaginable at this point in

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Kauai sees spike in COVID-19 cases following relaxed travel restrictions

In just three weeks the number of confirmed COVID-19 cases on Kauai since the pandemic began had jumped from 199 to 289 as of Monday, sending residents flocking to get tested, closing at least one bar and ratcheting up pressure on residents to get vaccinated. On Sunday an employee at Kauai’s jail also tested positive for the virus, setting off mass testing at the facility and raising the prospect of yet another major coronavirus outbreak at one of the state’s correctional facilities.

The small island has weathered the pandemic remarkably well with low case numbers and just two deaths. But

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San Jose airport passenger traffic rises

SAN JOSE — Passenger trips at San Jose International Airport have begun to rise in 2021, offering hope that the South Bay travel hub can begin to banish a dreadful 2020 travel year that was hobbled by the coronavirus.

San Jose airport experienced increases in passenger trips in both February and March compared with the month before — and the March 2021 totals, the most recent available so far this year, were the highest since March 2020.

“We have been seeing monthly increases in passengers, particularly with the rollout of vaccination programs, changes in restriction mandates, and warmer weather and

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Foreign Office revises Covid advice for non-essential travel | Coronavirus

Hopes that holidays to popular tourist destinations could soon restart have been boosted after the government scrapped advice that said people should avoid all but essential travel to areas including mainland Portugal and Spain’s Canary Islands.

The Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO) said the updates meant the level of Covid risk in some places was no longer “unacceptably high”, prompting speculation about which countries will be put on the “green list” when international travel is allowed again.

Ministers are putting the finishing touches to their traffic light system, that will grade countries green, amber or red, determining whether travellers

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Traveling to Greece? What to Know About the Reopening

Most Greeks — who have endured months of lockdown — would agree with that sentiment, said Ms. Nakou, the analyst. “I think there is little alternative, to be honest, given the importance of the sector in the economy,” she said.

But Ms. Nakou noted that Covid case numbers rose after the country’s opening to tourists last summer, and that many Greeks associated the arrival of visitors with an increase in the circulation of the virus. She noted that in a survey conducted among Greeks last fall, tourism was the most commonly cited factor in causing the second wave, ahead of

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