Qantas does not plan to remove booking change fees permanently – CEO

Noble Horvath

SYDNEY (Reuters) – Qantas Airways Ltd QAN.AX does not plan to permanently remove booking change fees, as major U.S. airlines have done, because it would damage its ability to manage revenue over the longer term, its chief executive said on Wednesday.

FILE PHOTO: Qantas planes are seen at Kingsford Smith International Airport in Sydney, Australia, March 18, 2020. REUTERS/Loren Elliott

The Australian airline has temporarily waived the fees, even on its budget offshoot Jetstar, to provide passengers with more flexibility during the pandemic. But United Airlines Holdings Inc UAL.O , American Airlines Group Inc AAL.O and Delta Air Lines Inc DAL.N this week announced plans to do so permanently.

“I think when certainty comes back I am of the view it is a big part of how we revenue manage and yield,” Qantas CEO Alan Joyce said of the fees at the CAPA Australia Pacific Aviation Summit.

“If every airfare

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Ahead of Kareena Kapoor Khan’s 40th Birthday, She Reflects Back at Her Experiences That Made Her Woman She is Today!

Noble Horvath

a close up of Kareena Kapoor: Kareena Kapoor Khan  Photo Credit: Instagram/@kareenakapoorkhan

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Kareena Kapoor Khan Photo Credit: Instagram/@kareenakapoorkhan

Ahead of her 40th birthday, actor Kareena Kapoor Khan reflects back at her experiences and decisions that made her the woman she is today. Sharing her musings on Instagram along with a stunning picture, she wrote, “As I enter my 40th year… I want to sit back, reflect, love, laugh, forgive, forget and most importantly pray and thank the strongest force up there for giving me the strength and thank my experiences and decisions for making me the woman I am… Some right, some wrong, some great, some not so… but still, hey BIG 40 make it BIG. (sic)” Earlier in the day, Kareena shared Instagram stories revealing the prep for her 40th birthday. She shared a picture of kebabs in the making and wrote, “Birthday kebabs getting ready. By @reenz290.”

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Gavin Williamson defends taking holiday during A-levels crisis

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Gavin Williamson photographed in his office at the Department of Education after the crisis. (Getty)
Gavin Williamson photographed in his office at the Department of Education after the crisis. (Getty)

Gavin Williamson has defended his decision to go on holiday during the A-level exams fiasco earlier this month.

The education secretary has faced searing criticism for his handling of the crisis after the government was forced to perform an embarrassing U-turn on its grading system.

Despite frantic preparations for A-level results day on 13 August, The Sunday Times reported that Williamson took a week-long holiday to the seaside town of Scarborough until 9 August.

He also allegedly cancelled a crucial meeting to make the Yorkshire getaway possible.

Students from Codsall Community High School march to Williamson's constituency office. (Getty)
Students from Codsall Community High School march to Williamson’s constituency office. (Getty)
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Hiker dead, 2 others injured after separate falls in Squamish Valley mountains

Noble Horvath

One hiker is dead and two others injured after they each fell from steep mountainside routes above B.C.’s Squamish Valley in separate incidents over the weekend, according to officials.

On Friday, a woman was hiking with her hiking partner up the Sigurd Trail, north of Squamish, when she fell into Crooked Falls around 11:30 a.m. PT.

RCMP said search and rescue crews found the woman “in the waterfall, clinging to a log.”

Squamish Search and Rescue crews said the log saved the woman from falling most of the way down the rushing falls.

“She fell about 40, 45 metres,” Squamish Search and Rescue Manager Tyler Duncan. “Under all other circumstances, without that log there, she would have been dead, for sure.”

Crews were able to pick the woman, 25, off the waterfall. An air ambulance flew her to hospital in the Lower Mainland with serious injuries. RCMP said she is

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Oregon Parks and Recreation Department begins to assess wildfire damage

Noble Horvath

The Oregon Parks and Recreation Department said the wildfires continuing to burn across the state have so far burned about 900 acres of state park land. Most of that land is undeveloped forest.

Collier Memorial State Park in Chiloquin saw the most damage, losing roughly 400 acres of Ponderosa pines, the department said.

“Although 400 acres is a lot by any estimation, the careful fuel reduction and stand improvement slowed the fire spread enough to be contained before major damage occurred,” Oregon Parks and Recreation Department Forester Craig Leech said in a statement.

Detroit Lake State Recreation Area and the Mongold day-use area on Detroit Lake suffered only minor damage from the Beachie Creek Fire, the parks and recreation agency said.

North Santiam State Recreation Area, about 20 miles west of Detroit Lake, saw much more damage. The Beachie Creek Fire burned straight through that campground located on the North

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Italian-style car tour in … Paso Robles? Of course, there’s wine

Noble Horvath

Drivers, start your engines. With many tours and events canceled because of the COVID-19 pandemic, Canossa Grand Tours is launching Italian-style car tour in the Paso Robles area during harvest. Four-day luxury road trips, called Grand Tour California, take travelers to Paso’s wineries and California 1. Tours will be offered weekly and are limited to 20 guests and/or 10 cars.

a large green field with trees in the background: Experience wine-growing areas around Paso Robles, Calif., on an Italian-style car rally. (Travel Paso)

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Experience wine-growing areas around Paso Robles, Calif., on an Italian-style car rally. (Travel Paso)

The Grand Tour costs $3,950 per couple per car, offering a safe way to travel in the age of COVID-19. Drivers take their own cars — yes, you can bring your Ferrari or Maserati, or rent one when you arrive — to take off-the-beaten-track vineyard drives, visit with winemakers and eat farm-to-table food along the way.

fireworks in the sky over a body of water: Bruce Munro's Field of Light at Sensorio, a field in Paso Robles, Calif. (Serena Munro / From Bruce Munro)

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Bruce Munro’s Field of Light at Sensorio,

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Mena Massoud’s ‘Evolving Vegan’ is a cookbook, travel guide and family homage

Noble Horvath

As immigrants from Egypt, “Aladdin” star Mena Massoud’s parents worked hard to establish themselves in any job they could get when they first moved the family to Markham, Ont.

His father, a satellite engineer in Cairo, first delivered pizzas in their new home city, then worked in a VHS factory and eventually managed a refurbishment centre for Rogers. His mother worked in a coffee shop.

They put in long hours on the job but when they got home, the whole family came together to relax in the kitchen and savour the aroma of his mom’s dishes: the fried onions and tomato sauce in her koshari; the cabbage of her mahashi; the eggplant in the moussaka.

“Our life at home very much revolved around food, and very much revolved around cooking,” Massoud said in an interview.

“My mom also had people over often. She was known to be one

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Douglas statue comes down, but Lincoln had racist views, too

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FILE – In this May 22, 2020 file photo, Illinois Gov. JB Pritzker answers questions from the media, from his office at the Illinois State Capitol, in Springfield, Ill., in front of a painting painting depicting a political debate in Charleston, Ill., on Sept. 18, 1858 between Stephen A. Douglas and Abraham Lincoln. (Justin L. Fowler/The State Journal-Register via AP, Pool File)/The State Journal-Register via AP)


With the nation racing to come to grips with centuries of racial sins, officials plan to remove the Capitol lawn statue of Stephen A. Douglas, whose forceful 19th century politics helped forge modern-day Illinois but who also profited from slavery.

Just inside the Statehouse hangs another revered depiction of an Illinois legend — and longtime Douglas rival — who expressed white supremacist views: Abraham Lincoln. The immense painting in the governor’s second-floor office depicts a Sept. 18, 1858,

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U.S. Travel Industry Collaborates on “Let’s Go There” Campaign

Noble Horvath

As states and cities move to reopen, the American travel industry launched a major campaign on Tuesday with a clear message for Americans: It’s OK to start planning your next trip—whenever it may be. The “Let’s Go There” campaign, which will extend into 2021, is the result of an industry-wide collaboration of more than 75 businesses and organizations that spent months examining the question, “What is the right message to potential travelers while the nation navigates the realities of a pandemic?”

The answer: Take advantage of the demonstrated personal benefits of travel planning, even by just thinking about a future trip—and whenever travelers are ready to actually take it, the industry will be ready to safely welcome them back. 

According to new polling conducted by happiness researcher Michelle Gielan of the Institute for Applied Positive Research, 97 percent of respondents said that having a trip planned makes them happier, while

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How Top Travel Destinations Were Impacted By the Coronavirus Pandemic

Noble Horvath

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla., Sept. 17, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — Six months ago, the World Health Organization declared the coronavirus outbreak a global pandemic, impacting travel worldwide.

Data from travel insurance comparison site, Squaremouth, reveals how travel to top tourist destinations has been affected since COVID-19 was declared a pandemic.

Drastic Decrease in Travel to International Destinations

Prior to COVID-19, international trips made up 86% of all insured travel, but in the six months following the pandemic declaration, international trips account for only 47% of insured travel.


Top 10 Destinations

6 Months Prior to Pandemic Declaration

% Change in Number of Travelers

Post-Pandemic Declaration















The Bahamas




Costa Rica


Accessible Destinations Replace Europe For American Travelers

European countries accounted for half of the top ten international destinations for American travelers prior to COVID-19.

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