Demand may exceed supply as CEO of one of the world’s biggest hotel groups sees ‘surge’ in bookings

Travel and tourism will begin to bounce back by second half of 2021, according to data seen by Keith Barr, chief executive of Holiday Inn owner Intercontinental Hotels


But the boss of one of the world’s largest hotel groups warns about capacity constraints across the industry, in an interview with MarketWatch, and says the rollout of COVID-19 vaccines is behind a “surge” in bookings at hotels, airlines and tour operators.

“If a market is open for travel we are seeing surges in leisure demand,” he says. “Talking to airline CEOs, and seeing our industry data, you’re seeing

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What it’s really like steering the world’s biggest ships

(CNN) — The emergency stop is a familiar maneuver for most motorists. A hazard presents itself in front of the moving vehicle, the driver hits the brakes and grips the steering wheel, the car screeches to a halt, hopefully under full control.

But what happens when the vehicle you’re driving is the size of a small city and doesn’t actually come equipped with brakes?

That’s the scenario facing those at the helms of the hundreds of gigantic container and cruise ships in our seas and waterways.

The maneuverability of these titans of the oceans hit the headlines this week when

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International travel had ‘biggest impact’ in early COVID-19 spread

The biggest factor in the death rate from the first wave of coronavirus cases was international travel, according to a new study from researchers at the University of Aberdeen.

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Study: International travel had ‘biggest impact’ in early COVID-19 spread

Researchers assessed death rates in the 37 hardest-hit countries, looking at factors including urban population, population density and arrivals at the border. Countries analyzed included the U.S., the United Kingdom, Spain, France, Italy and Brazil.

According to the research, published in BMJ Open, every 1 million international arrivals was associated with a 3.4 percent spike

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Overseas arrivals had biggest impact on first wave deaths, study finds

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International travel has been cited as the key factor in driving higher death rates during the first wave of the pandemic, according to a new study.

Scientists at the University of Aberdeen found border arrivals to be the ‘strongest predictor of mortality increase’ in the worst-hit countries, compared to other factors examined; including population density, the percentage of people living in urban areas, age, average body mass index and smoking prevalence.

Tiberiu Pana, medical student and author of the study, said: “Our assessment of available data indicates that very early restrictions on international travel

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