Disney Parks Offer Refunds, Extended Passes During Closures

Disney has revealed new details regarding partial refunds, pass extensions and waived payments for Walt Disney World and Disneyland Annual Passholders during the theme parks’ indefinite closures due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

According to the latest details reported by Walt Disney World News Today, Walt Disney World and Disneyland Annual Passholders who have paid in full will have their passes extended for the number of days the parks are closed.

As an alternative to an extended expiration, Annual Passholders who are paid in full can choose to receive a partial refund for the closure period.

Starting on Sunday, April 5, Disney will automatically stop and waive payments for Annual Passholders on the Monthly Payment Plan while the parks are closed. The parks will also retroactively refund monthly payments that were made between March 14 and April 4.

Monthly payments will resume on their regularly scheduled dates when the parks reopen but pass expiration dates will not be extended under this option.

With its parks, hotels, stores and cruise line temporarily shuttered, Disney has joined the fight against COVID-19, recently donating supplies to healthcare workers on the frontlines.

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10 of the best places to revisit after lockdown: readers’ travel tips

Winning tip: Epidaurus, Greece

Ten years ago we were at Epidaurus, and each took turns to descend to the orchestra and read from Sophocles or Euripides – among the wisest writers of all time. It’s been a turbulent 10 years for Greece and for us. When the dust has settled it would be good to revisit and remind ourselves of some of the eternal wisdoms and pleasures.
Mary O’Keeffe

Christchurch, New Zealand

In 2013 I visited Christchurch, a city slowly emerging from the crisis of the 2011 earthquakes. Things appeared normal until you noticed the cracks, jaunty angles and misaligned lintels. The spray paint from the rescue teams was still visible on shops; the empty white chairs, one for every life lost, stood wistfully in the centre, and the beautiful cathedral was fenced off in disrepair. But the vibrant Re:start mall and its indie shops, chilled buskers, Lego-adorned coffee cabins and rainbow flowerpots were the first signs of the resilience of this bohemian city. In a time where we need to focus on recovery and a brighter future, I look forward to seeing what Christchurch becomes.
Anna Kennett

Brittany, France

Sainte-Marine, near Combrit, is a stunning part of Brittany. We went there on a family holiday in 2017, driving through Normandy, staying in Honfleur and Rennes on the way. We rented a cottage about 500 metres from the sea and 750 metres from the village centre. Sainte-Marine boasts a beautiful harbour, a patisserie and lots of fabulous harbour-front restaurants where you can sip a glass of local cider, gorge on moules et frites and people-watch to your heart’s content. The beach is stunning, with amazing walks around the coast.
Trish

Readers’ tips: send a tip for a chance to win a £200 Sawday’s stay

Every week we ask our readers for recommendations from their travels. A selection of tips will be featured online and may appear in print, and the best entry each week (as chosen by Tom Hall of Lonely Planet) wins £200 towards a stay at one of 3,000-plus Sawday’s properties in the UK and Europe. To enter the latest competition visit the readers’ tips homepage

Monschau, Eifel mountains, Germany

Among the nicest parts of Germany is the Eifel mountains (a continuation of the Ardennes), including the beautiful town of Monschau. Thirty kilometres south of Aachen, an hour from Cologne and just at the Belgian border, it’s charming, with its half-timbered and slate houses. The Rur (not Ruhr) river flows past those, and museums explain draperies (the Red House), as well as the production of mustard and beer. There are excursions to the Rur barrier lake in summer, and to the peasants’ life museum in Lammersdorf.
Dieter Birkenmaier

Florence, Italy

I know it’s touristy, but there is nowhere like Florence. Make the trek up to the Piazzale Michelangelo, collecting bread, cheese and wine from the amazing market first. Then head back down to marvel at the Duomo, and walk the streets looking for the Medici balls on the buildings. No trip would be complete without a visit to David. Turning into the long room and seeing the statue at the end simply takes your breath away. Even in the crowded streets and the museums, you feel totally alone with beauty.
Cath

Connemara, Ireland

The area west of Lough Corrib in Connemara has some of the most breathtaking scenery not just in Ireland, but in the world. The Twelve Bens and Maumturk mountains provide the backdrop to myriad pools, lakes and rivers that glint and reflect the sky, lush greenery and brown hues of the blanket bog. Near the peninsulas you can find some of the most picturesque villages (Roundstone) and finest beaches (Doonloughan). As well as some of the freshest and tastiest seafood. The people are warm and welcoming and the Guinness is fabulous.
Phel

Tresco, Isles of Scilly

I’ve been all round the world, but found nowhere better than Tresco in the Isles of Scilly. It’s the Caribbean of the UK – white sand beaches, palm trees and no traffic. Just a short hop from Land’s End airport or a ferry ride from Penzance, so no queues or customs to worry about. See the exotic Abbey Garden with flowers from around the world, recently introduced red squirrels and the Valhalla maritime museum. There are five-star restaurants and places to stay, and you can walk your socks off or hop on a boat to one of the other islands. I just hope this remains as it is, a little paradise on Earth.
Nigel Kent

North Uist, Scotland

I rented a lodge at Clachan Sands on North Uist with some friends for my 50th birthday. The views on to the beach changed every day, with white sand and myriad blues in the sea and sky. We were able to take epic walks, luckily mostly in sunshine, bought langoustines fresh off the fishing boat and had delicious meals at Berneray Bistro. Take a boat ride to the Isle of Harris, where there are more enormous beaches and the gin distillery. We saw sea otters, eagles, seals and red deer. It is the place to go if you need some big sky.
Emma Wellman

Aarhus, Denmark

Last July, my partner and I spent two nights in Aarhus. It was booked as a surprise for both of us, and neither of us knew what to expect. It turned out to be the annual Jazz Festival. For a week, any venue that can host jazz in the city does. You wander from small bars to parks to libraries and take in the music. When you’re not bebopping, you can eat amazing Nordic cuisine. The most astounding thing was that the whole city got involved and just had fun. No bust-ups, just jazz. (And beer.)
Michael

Eyam, Derbyshire

When all this is over, I want to go back to Eyam, a peaceful place of greensward and church surrounded by birdsong and chocolate-box cottages, and be reassured of what is possible, even after pandemics. I’ve been thinking about the plague-ridden villagers of 350 years ago, who wrestled with our issues of choosing self-isolation. And I’ll go back to the museum to be reminded of the local inventor of silk processes, Ralph Wain, and how industry and creativity can bring communities back to life after tragedy.
Elizabeth Gowing

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Escape is just a click away

Jeri Clausing

In the age of social distancing and travel lockdowns, many destinations are using virtual reality to keep bored, homebound travelers dreaming about where they want to go when the pandemic ends.

But a number of luxury companies are also coming up with a host of other innovative and interactive ways to stay engaged with their customers through their social media channels and other digital platforms.

• Planning a virtual happy hour with your friends this week? Tune in first to the Langham London’s Artesian Bar social media feeds for virtual mixology classes.

• Rather eat than drink? Aqua Expeditions this week launched culinary masterclasses via Facebook and Instagram. First up is a lesson on how to prepare ceviche and pisco sours from chef Pedro Miguel Schiaffino, owner of the Malabar and maZ restaurants in Lima, Peru, and the consulting chef on Aqua’s Amazon river ships, the Aria Amazon and soon-to-be-launched Aqua Nera.

The company also promises future releases from chef Benjamin Cross, consulting chef of the Aqua Blu, and chef David Thompson, consulting chef of the Aqua Mekong.

Surviving the pandemic, however, will also require balance. And more health-focused resorts and travel companies are offering everything from virtual yoga to general fitness tips.

• Follow Six Senses for videos, tutorials, articles and advice on mindfulness and healthy eating and sleeping.

• Take free vinyasa yoga classes, compliments of the MacArthur Place Hotel in Sonoma, Calif.

• For those dreaming of the great outdoors, Natural Habitat Adventure has enlisted 150 guides from around the globe to sponsor free webinars every weekday. The series will feature everything from nature photography tutorials to conservation updates, even tips on how to create a wildlife habitat in your own backyard.

• Already burned through your watch lists on Netflix and Hulu? Viking this week launched its own online tv network
with a host of categories. In addition to museum tours, wellness tips and destination pieces, Viking highlights the Hagen family’s  friendship with the Countess of Carnarvon, who gives a tour of her family’s Highclere Castle, featured in the popular television series “Downton Abbey.”

And no digital channel would be complete without a good animal video or two. Viking’s channel also has plenty calming dog fun with Karine Hagen’s yellow lab, Finese, who was born at Highclere Castle and was gifted to her from the countess.

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Escape is just a click away

Jeri Clausing

In the age of social distancing and travel lockdowns, many destinations are using virtual reality to keep bored, homebound travelers dreaming about where they want to go when the pandemic ends.

But a number of luxury companies are also coming up with a host of other innovative and interactive ways to stay engaged with their customers through their social media channels and other digital platforms.

• Planning a virtual happy hour with your friends this week? Tune in first to the Langham London’s Artesian Bar social media feeds for virtual mixology classes.

• Rather eat than drink? Aqua Expeditions this week launched culinary masterclasses via Facebook and Instagram. First up is a lesson on how to prepare ceviche and pisco sours from chef Pedro Miguel Schiaffino, owner of the Malabar and maZ restaurants in Lima, Peru, and the consulting chef on Aqua’s Amazon river ships, the Aria Amazon and soon-to-be-launched Aqua Nera.

The company also promises future releases from chef Benjamin Cross, consulting chef of the Aqua Blu, and chef David Thompson, consulting chef of the Aqua Mekong.

Surviving the pandemic, however, will also require balance. And more health-focused resorts and travel companies are offering everything from virtual yoga to general fitness tips.

• Follow Six Senses for videos, tutorials, articles and advice on mindfulness and healthy eating and sleeping.

• Take free vinyasa yoga classes, compliments of the MacArthur Place Hotel in Sonoma, Calif.

• For those dreaming of the great outdoors, Natural Habitat Adventure has enlisted 150 guides from around the globe to sponsor free webinars every weekday. The series will feature everything from nature photography tutorials to conservation updates, even tips on how to create a wildlife habitat in your own backyard.

• Already burned through your watch lists on Netflix and Hulu? Viking this week launched its own online tv network
with a host of categories. In addition to museum tours, wellness tips and destination pieces, Viking highlights the Hagen family’s  friendship with the Countess of Carnarvon, who gives a tour of her family’s Highclere Castle, featured in the popular television series “Downton Abbey.”

And no digital channel would be complete without a good animal video or two. Viking’s channel also has plenty calming dog fun with Karine Hagen’s yellow lab, Finese, who was born at Highclere Castle and was gifted to her from the countess.

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IBTM Americas delayed until August

Reed Exhibitions Mexico has announced that IBTM Americas 2020 has been delayed.

Scheduled to take place in late May, the event will now be hosted at Centro Citibanamex on August 26th-27th.

The announcement was made following extensive consultation with all stakeholders and in alignment with advice from the Mexican and international public health authorities.

Commenting on the announcement, David Hidalgo, IBTM Americas show director, said: “Our thoughts are with all of those impacted by Covid-19.

“While it was a difficult decision to postpone the show, the health and safety of our colleagues and customers is paramount.

“Our customers, partners and staff have put a huge amount of work into the event and we’d like to thank them and the wider industry for the continued support during this challenging time.

“We look forward to welcoming the global meetings and events industry to Mexico City in August.”

IBTM Americas is the international trade show for the meetings and events industry where the decision makers connect and do business across North America, Latin America, Europe and beyond.

More Information

For further information on IBTM Americas visit the official website.

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