China travel bookings soar during May Labor Day holiday as Covid eases

Visitors walk along the Badaling section of the Great Wall in Beijing, China, on Tuesday, May 4, 2021.

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BEIJING — Millions of Chinese rushed to travel during the five-day Labor Day holiday, in yet another sign of gradual recovery in domestic consumption.

May 1 to 5 marked the “hottest” public holiday for leisure travel since the coronavirus pandemic, Chinese travel booking site said in a statement Wednesday translated by CNBC. The reemergence of Covid-19 on the outskirts of Beijing earlier this year prompted local authorities to restrict travel during the Spring Festival

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Florida adds ‘Freedom Week’ sales tax holiday, encouraging entertainment and recreation

A $196.3-million tax package is headed to Gov. Ron DeSantis’ desk after lawmakers Friday signed off on a series of proposals, including sales-tax “holidays” for back-to-school shopping, hurricane-season preparations and encouraging people to get out for some entertainment and recreation.

The House voted 117-1 to pass the package (HB 7061), which earlier received unanimous support from the Senate. The bill has 22 separate parts, including a long-discussed repeal of an unused pool of state money approved in 2014 to help build and renovate professional sports stadiums.

The package also would create a college internship program that

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Schools split on holiday break travel rules

For school kids in Massachusetts, April break kicks off this weekend and some families are planning to go out of state for the first time in a long time.A few weeks ago, the state eased its travel policy from a requirement to a recommendation. But not all school districts are ready to do the same.Whether on snow-covered highways or aboard freshly de-iced planes, many Massachusetts families are eager to get away from New England and use next week’s school break to finally take a real vacation.At Logan Airport, New Englanders were setting their sights on Los Angeles, Atlanta, Nashville, Miami … read more

UK draws up ‘traffic light’ plan for summer holiday travel

Ministers are drawing up plans for a new “traffic light” system for foreign travel this summer with tougher restrictions on more risky “red” countries and easier passage to “green” destinations with higher vaccination rates.

But as the hard-hit travel sector is enjoying a flood of bookings for summer sun destinations, Whitehall departments remain at odds over how rapidly to lift the ban on most overseas trips.

Some scientific advisers are keen to maintain tough restrictions far beyond the proposed date of May 17 for international travel to resume.

France this week introduced new lockdowns and Germany faces exponential growth in

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Where can I summer holiday abroad when UK travel bans are lifted? | Travel

It is currently illegal to travel abroad for holidays, but the UK government’s roadmap for exiting lockdown states that a new taskforce to review global travel restrictions will report on 12 April. International travel restrictions from England will not be lifted until 17 May at the earliest. Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland are yet to set a date for the resumption of international travel.

However, summer holiday bookings have already surged in anticipation, even while some politicians and public health experts have cautioned it is too early to be certain that they can take place. Some countries have already announced

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The Latest: S Korea curbing travel, gatherings for holiday

SEOUL, South Korea — South Korean officials are moving to limit travel and gatherings during next week’s Lunar New Year’s holidays by allowing train operators to sell only window seats and passenger vessels to operate at half capacity.

The Health Ministry announced the steps Wednesday while repeating a plea for people to stay home amid a steady rise in coronavirus infections.

Officials also plan to strengthen sanitization and install more thermal cameras at train stations, bus terminals and airports. Travelers will be required to be masked at all times and will be prohibited from eating food at highway rest areas.

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