Thomas Cook relaunches as online travel agency | News

Noble Horvath

One of the most famous names in British hospitality, Thomas Cook relaunches today as an online travel business.

The move follows the acquisition of the company – which initially ceased trading in September last year – by international leisure company Fosun Tourism Group.

Branded as a ‘Covid-ready’ travel company, Thomas Cook will initially sell holidays to destinations on the safe travel corridor list.

Licensed by the CAA and ATOL-protected, the new Thomas Cook will launch as a purely online business via a website, offering customers thousands of hotels and flight routes so they can design their own holidays.

At launch, holidays will be available in popular beach destinations and cities in countries including Italy, Greece and Turkey, in line with the current travel corridors. 

Customers will be able to choose from room-only to all-inclusive options, across three, four and five-star hotels. 

The new website puts customers in control of their

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Travel industry calls for COVID-19 rescue package during its ‘darkest time’

Noble Horvath

A proposal to create “travel bubbles” with certain countries is among a suite of measures the industry is lobbying the Federal Government to roll out in a bid to save the ailing sector.

Travel agents across the NSW Mid North Coast met Cowper MP Pat Conaghan this week to discuss the need for customised support, including the creation of travel agreements with New Zealand and possibly Japan or Singapore.

“We really need to have some assistance and targeted assistance for our specific industry, like the building industry has, to keep us afloat,” Bellingen-based travel agent James Cracknell said.

“We have got no revenue coming in and probably not coming in for the next 12 to 18 months.”

The peak body for the sector, the Australian Federations of Travel Agents (AFTA) said international and state border closures had created more than $4 billion in losses.

Many of its 40,000 workers nationwide

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Scots are warned to avoid all but essential travel across border into Northumberland

Noble Horvath

Scotland took steps to cut itself off from England today after tough new Covid restrictions were announced across swathes of the North East amid a coronavirus spike.

Scots were told only to cross the border into Northumberland for ‘essential purposes’ like work and school after a new local lockdown left 10 million Britons facing tougher restrictions.

The rules, which include a 10pm curfew on pubs and bars, will affect Newcastle, Gateshead, Sunderland, Northumberland, South Tyneside, North Tyneside and County Durham. 

Dr Keith Allan, NHS Borders’ director of public health, said travel was only recommended for ‘essential purposes’ including school and work, reported The Scotsman. 

‘We are continuing to see increased numbers of cases of Covid-19 across the UK, with our neighbouring local authority area of Northumberland now facing restrictions on people mixing, and curfews in pubs,’ he said.

‘As a result we recommend that people in the Borders should only

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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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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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You could be allowed to travel throughout Australia and NZ by Christmas

Noble Horvath

Border restrictions have kept many Australians from travelling between states for months. But those could be easing soon, with free travel between seven of Australia’s eight states and territories on the cards by the end of the year.

Following a national cabinet meeting on September 4, prime minister Scott Morrison announced that every state and territory except Western Australia had committed to following a nationally agreed “hotspot model” for tackling the spread of the virus, so borders could reopen by December. Under the new system, state borders would remain open, while smaller areas could be isolated if an outbreak occurred and a high risk of further community spread was of concern.

Morrison also said that he wanted New Zealand to be included in this hotspot model, so that a trans-Tasman travel bubble could be established before Christmas, allowing international travel to resume for the first time since March. NSW premier

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Is Airline Travel Picking Up?

Noble Horvath

It might seem like a lifetime ago since you last flew. Many frequent flyers are staying on the ground in 2020 and perhaps taking a road trip instead. Even so, more people are flying now than during the opening weeks of the pandemic. But are airline travel volumes continuing to increase?

Airline Travel Bottomed In April

Airlines were the least busy in April 2020 when the daily number of TSA checkpoint screenings reached their lowest levels. April 22, 2020, is the last day of fewer than 100,000 screenings (98,968 to be precise).

Since the mid-April low, the daily screening

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Ireland advises against all non-essential travel, tightens Dublin Covid-19 restrictions as cases surge – travel

Noble Horvath

The Irish government on Friday announced strict new COVID-19 restrictions for the capital Dublin, banning indoor restaurant dining and advising against all non-essential travel, after a surge in cases in recent days.

Ireland, which was one of the slowest countries in Europe to emerge from lockdown, has seen average daily case numbers roughly double in the past two weeks and significant increases in those being treated for the virus in hospitals.

“Here in the capital, despite people’s best efforts over recent weeks, we are in a very dangerous place,” prime minister Micheal Martin said in a televised address to the country, announcing the restrictions.

“Without further urgent and decisive action, there is a very real threat that Dublin could return to the worst days of this crisis.”

The measures, which include a ban on indoor events, will last for three weeks, he said.

Ireland had the 17th highest COVID-19 infection

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Four Seasons Hotels And Resorts Maintains Record Number Of Forbes Travel Guide Five-Star Awards

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“In a year of uncertainty and challenge for our industry, it is even more important that Four Seasons continues to maintain the service and quality excellence that our brand is known for, effectively adapting to the changing needs of our guests,” says Christian Clerc, President, Global Operations, Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts. “Whether staying with us or visiting one of our spas and restaurants, we want guests to feel comfortable and confident that their wellbeing is top of mind. We achieve this through industry leading technology like the Four Seasons App and Chat, through our enhanced global health and safety program, Lead With Care, and most importantly through the care and compassion of our exceptional people.”

Three Four Seasons properties received a new Five-Star designation this year, including Four Seasons Hotel Montreal and Four Seasons Hotel Philadelphia at Comcast Center, both of which opened in 2019, as well as

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