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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Europeans Question Return of American Tourists

Spain, though limiting its own citizens’ movements, has for weeks been open to visitors with negative PCR tests from the rest of Europe, and tourists have been flocking to places like Madrid, which has more relaxed restrictions than their home cities. Most of its cultural attractions are open with Covid protocols, and the city’s curfew is 11 p.m., compared to much earlier curfews in other parts of the country and Europe.

Residents there were sanguine about the idea of American visitors. “My neighborhood is already full of unvaccinated French people working remotely, so I think it’s great,” said Naroa Quiros,

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Summer Vacation in Europe: American Tourists Can’t Save Greece, Spain and Italy

It’s the American Dream for Europe’s troubled tourism sector. On Sunday European Commission president Ursula von der Leyen told the New York Times that fully vaccinated American tourists could visit the bloc this summer.

But the U.S. accounts for a tiny proportion of travelers to tourist-dependent countries such as Greece, Spain, Portugal and Italy. To prevent another lost holiday season for these nations, a full reopening of intra-European travel is needed. And that still looks some ways off.

The prospect of U.S tourists coming to Europe is certainly a step in the right direction. Americans have been eager to travel

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Vaccinated American Tourists May Soon Travel to Europe

BRUSSELS — American tourists who have been fully vaccinated against Covid-19 will be able to visit the European Union over the summer, the head of the bloc’s executive body said in an interview with The New York Times on Sunday, more than a year after shutting down nonessential travel from most countries to limit the spread of the coronavirus.

The fast pace of vaccination in the United States, and advanced talks between authorities there and the European Union over how to make vaccine certificates acceptable as proof of immunity for visitors, will enable the European Commission, the executive branch of

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France to ease travel restrictions for American tourists

“We are working hard to propose a very concrete solution, especially for U.S. citizens who are vaccinated — so with a special pass, I would say,” Macron said in the interview, which aired Sunday. He said the issue had been addressed with the White House and added that officials in France were finalizing the discussions.

Macron said a certificate to facilitate travel between European countries was in the works, apparently a reference to the “digital green certificates” launched by the European Union last month that would indicate whether a traveler was vaccinated, recently tested or recovered

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Tourist Charged in Hawaii Vacation Rental Fight That Killed Indian American Man from Pittsburgh | Global Indian

HONOLULU – A tourist from Pittsburgh has been charged with manslaughter after a deadly fight in a Hawaii vacation rental, police said.

A second tourist from Boston who had been arrested was released with no charges filed, police on the Big Island said March 31.

Police were called to a Kailua-Kona vacation rental early March 29 where a 30-year-old man wasn’t breathing.

An autopsy showed that Abhishek Gupta of Pittsburgh was strangled, police said.

A preliminary investigation found that an argument between the men turned physical, police said.

Benjamin Fleming, 37, of Pittsburgh and Alexander Germany-Wald, 31, of Boston were

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