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Cuba bans all tourists and imposes draconian rules amid coronavirus pandemic

Cuba is no longer libre (free) for foreign travellers. After decades in which tourists have been able to wander without restrictions, the communist government of the Caribbean’s largest island has imposed draconian new rules in a bid to control the spread of coronavirus.

As the health ministry in Havana announced 36 new cases of Covid-19 across the country, all flights in and out of Cuba have been banned – with the exception of repatriation flights agreed at a governmental level.

All foreign vessels have been ordered to leave Cuban waters.

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Anyone who arrived between 17 and 23 March will be retrospectively tested for coronavirus. This could include some British travellers: the Foreign Office warning against non-essential travel abroad was issued on 17 March after flights had departed.

Overseas tourists are being funnelled into a few “foreigner hotspots”.

Tourists are confined to their hotels. Anyone who is staying in a casa particular – a private house with rooms rented to tourists – must stay inside the dwelling until transport arrives to move them to a government hotel.

While that journey will be free, the tourist will pay the bill for the hotel.

The Foreign Office says: “Tourists who did not leave on the scheduled commercial flights (last one on 1 April 2020) will have to stay in a designated hotel until the government of Cuba reviews the measures.”

But the UK embassy in Havana has told British travellers that they can sign up for a repatriation flight to Rome. Blue Panorama is operating from the Cuban capital to Rome Fiumicino on 5 April 2020.

Cuba has long boasted the best health service in the Caribbean – and arguably the whole of Latin America.

Early on in the Covid-19 crisis, a group of Cuban doctors flew to Italy to help with the medical effort in the worst-affected European country. Health care teams from Cuba are also working in other countries.

Any tourists who fall ill while in Cuba will not be allowed to leave the country until they have settled their medical bills.

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More than 16,000 Australians ignored government advice and travelled abroad

Around 16,000 Australians flouted government advice and travelled overseas during the coronavirus pandemic, according to new research.

On 18 March, the Australian Federal Government changed its advice for all international travel, raising the risk to level 4.

This means all residents should refrain from all non-essential travel abroad.

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However, the Department of Home Affairs has released data indicating that, between 19 and 30 March, 16,000 citizens ignored the rules and flew abroad regardless.

The Premier of Western Australia, Mark McGowan, labelled travellers’ behaviour “grossly irresponsible,” reports SBS News.

Some 3,800 Australians also took flights after 24 March, when the government issued an official ban on overseas travel.

However, passengers needed government exemption after this point (granted for reasons including that the traveller normally lives in another country and is returning home, or is travelling to do essential work abroad).

Australians returning to the country are now are being forced to quarantine in government-mandated accommodation for 14 days before they can go home.

It comes after the UK government announced it would be launching a £75m airlift operation to bring stranded Brits home.

Speaking at the daily 10 Downing Street briefing, Dominic Raab said: “An unprecedented number of British travellers are trying to get home. Critical transit hubs are shutting down or limiting their flights.”

He added: “Where commercial flights are no longer running, the government will provide special charter flights.”

In better news for Australia, the first rescued koalas are starting to be released into the wild.

The marsupials were rescued from their bushfire-ravaged habitats last year, and have been in the care of zoos and animal hospitals ever since.

With the 2019/2020 bushfire season officially over in Australia as of 31 March, rescuers have started releasing these animals back into the wild and, in some cases, even back to the tree where they were found.

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Simon Calder: Travel is built on trust and that matters now more than ever

Britain’s holiday industry began 2020 in great shape.

The damage that Brexit will wreak on travellers and businesses had been postponed until the end of the year. Instead, everyone was talking of growth: more people venturing to more places, enjoying better value and safer journeys than ever before.

Barely three months on, the travel industry is on life support. Lockdowns, flight bans and travellers’ trepidation about coronavirus have combined almost to extinguish the business. Tens of thousands of staff at airlines and holiday firms have been laid off, and some may never return to their old roles.

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In a very competitive field, though, probably the candidates who deserve most sympathy are travel companies that put together overseas package holidays. Rules that were put together with the best of intentions have placed many agents and operators in an impossible position.

At the root of the problem is the special consumer protection in place for travellers.

As you will have spotted, travel is only distantly related to real life (especially at the moment) and normal commerce. You and I pay money weeks or months ahead for a mere aspiration, and take delivery only when we turn up at the airport or cruise terminal.

As millions of people with holidays booked for the Easter holidays will testify, plenty can go awry between handing over hard-earned cash and stepping on board. The Package Travel Regulations are designed for disarray: from the moment it becomes clear the holiday you booked cannot be delivered, the organiser has two weeks in which to return all your cash.

When a single country, such as Tunisia, or a particular resort such as Sharm el Sheikh, joins the Foreign Office’s “no-go” list, the travel industry can generally cope. But we are in the middle of a spell when everywhere beyond Dover, Derry and Dunnet Head is deemed off-limits to package holidaymakers.

Everyone wants their money back, please. And on their side: A law never intended for disruption on this scale. Which puts many travel providers in an impossible position.

They have passed on customers’ money to airlines that are now not flying and hotels that are closed. They are now obliged to refund everyone regardless of the fact that a lot of the actual cash is probably locked in a vault by someone who is surveying their own corporate carnage and is in no rush to refund anyone.

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Bottom: Charles Bridge, Prague

Grand Mosque, Mecca

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Sagrada Familia, Barcelona

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Nabi Younes market, Mosul

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Basra Grand Mosque, Iraq

5/20 Basra Grand Mosque, Iraq

Charles Bridge, Prague

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Taj Mahal hotel, India

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Dubai Mall, UAE

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Beirut March, Lebanon

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Gateway of India, Mumbai

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Cairo University, Egypt

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Amman Citadel, Jordan

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Church of the Nativity, Bethlehem

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Beirut March, Lebanon

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Cairo, Egypt

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Cairo University, Egypt

16/20 Cairo University, Egypt

Victoria Memorial, India

17/20 Victoria Memorial, India

Amman Citadel, Jordan

18/20 Amman Citadel, Jordan

Amman Citadel, Jordan

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Sidon, Lebanon

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Top: Nabi Younes market, Mosul

Bottom: Charles Bridge, Prague

Grand Mosque, Mecca

2/20 Grand Mosque, Mecca

Sagrada Familia, Barcelona

3/20 Sagrada Familia, Barcelona

Nabi Younes market, Mosul

4/20 Nabi Younes market, Mosul

Basra Grand Mosque, Iraq

5/20 Basra Grand Mosque, Iraq

Charles Bridge, Prague

6/20 Charles Bridge, Prague

Taj Mahal hotel, India

7/20 Taj Mahal hotel, India

Dubai Mall, UAE

8/20 Dubai Mall, UAE

Beirut March, Lebanon

9/20 Beirut March, Lebanon

Gateway of India, Mumbai

10/20 Gateway of India, Mumbai

Cairo University, Egypt

11/20 Cairo University, Egypt

Amman Citadel, Jordan

12/20 Amman Citadel, Jordan

Church of the Nativity, Bethlehem

13/20 Church of the Nativity, Bethlehem

Beirut March, Lebanon

14/20 Beirut March, Lebanon

Cairo, Egypt

15/20 Cairo, Egypt

Cairo University, Egypt

16/20 Cairo University, Egypt

Victoria Memorial, India

17/20 Victoria Memorial, India

Amman Citadel, Jordan

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Amman Citadel, Jordan

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Sidon, Lebanon

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In response to a cash-flow crisis of absurd proportions, Abta, the travel trade association, is urging customers to ease the pressure on their holiday provider. Accept a “refund credit note,” exchangeable for cash at the end of July, and you give the travel firm a lifeline in the form of an interest-free loan. Your funds are safe, because Atol or Abta protection stays with the money.

If you can afford to take an IOU in lieu of cash, please do – not least out of self-interest. Were the travel company to go out of business, experience from the Thomas Cook collapse shows that you could wait months for an Atol pay-out.

This is a time to understand each other’s predicaments and support decent people trying to do a good job in calamitous circumstances. But in return, travel companies must be honest with their customers.

I have seen dozens of examples of companies pretending that Abta’s recommendations are law, or that the Package Travel Regulations have been suspended. They don’t, and they haven’t, and any firm that seeks to mislead customers is treading on dangerous ground.

Travel is built on trust, and that matters now more than ever.

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Britons reveal the top 50 things that make them proud to be British

Britons reveal the top 50 things that make them proud to be British with the NHS No1 followed by fish and chips, a full English breakfast – and the Queen

  • A poll found that 87 per cent say they are proud to be British
  • The most patriotic city in the UK is Bristol followed by Manchester and Sheffield 
  • Other things that make Britons proud are Big Ben and David Attenborough

What makes Britons most proud to be British are the NHS, fish and chips and a full English breakfast, according to a poll.

The study also found that 87 per cent feel proud to be British.

The NHS topped the list of what makes Britons proud, with 71 per cent of the vote.

The NHS has emerged as the number one thing that makes Britons proud to be British, a new survey has revealed 

THE TOP 50 THINGS THAT MAKES BRITONS PROUD TO BE BRITISH

1. The NHS – 71 per cent

2. Fish and chips – 58 per cent

3. Full English breakfast – 52 per cent

4. The Queen – 48 per cent

5. British countryside – 44 per cent

6. Big Ben – 44 per cent

7. Roast beef – 42 per cent

8. Tea – 42 per cent

9. Sir David Attenborough – 38 per cent

10. Pubs – 37 per cent

11. William Shakespeare – 34 per cent

12. Only Fools and Horses – 32 per cent

13. Kindness – 31 per cent

14. Sarcasm – 30 per cent

15. The Beatles – 30 per cent

16. James Bond – 28 per cent

17. Cream teas – 27 per cent

18. Victoria Sponge cake – 27 per cent

19. J.K Rowling – 27 per cent

20. Pie and mash – 27 per cent

21. Florence Nightingale – 27 per cent

22. Stonehenge – 26 per cent

23. Charles Dickens – 26 per cent

24. Stephen Hawking – 26 per cent

25. Cornish pasties – 25 per cent

26. Joe Wicks – 22 per cent

27. Neighbourly spirit – 22 per cent

28. Paddington Bear – 22 per cent

29. Rishi Sunak – 20 per cent

30. Jane Austen – 20 per cent

31. The Duchess of Cambridge – 19 per cent

32. David Bowie – 19 per cent

33. The Blitz spirit – 19 per cent

34. Monty Python – 18 per cent

35. The Rolling Stones – 18 per cent

36. Stiff upper lip – 17 per cent

37. Changing of the guard – 17 per cent

38. Dame Judi Dench – 17 per cent

39. Stephen Fry – 16 per cent

40. Sir Michael Caine – 16 per cent

41. JRR Tolkien – 16 per cent

42. Chicken tikka masala – 15 per cent

43. Marmite – 15 per cent

44. CS Lewis – 15 per cent

45. Absolutely Fabulous – 13 per cent

46. Jamie Oliver – 13 per cent

47. Marmalade – 12 per cent

48. Dame Helen Mirren – 12 per cent

49. Clifton Suspension Bridge – 11 per cent

50. Houses of Parliament – 11 per cent

Source: Perspectus Global

Perhaps due to the current lockdown, the nation’s most-loved foods emerged prominently in the ranking, with fish and chips in second place (58 per cent) and the full English breakfast coming third (52 per cent).

Her Majesty the Queen came fourth in the poll of 2,000 people with 48 per cent, while the British countryside and Big Ben both stir national pride (fifth and sixth place, 44 per cent).

Roast beef (seventh, 42 per cent), tea (eighth, 42 per cent), Sir David Attenborough (ninth, 38 per cent) and pubs (tenth, 37 per cent) rounded out the top 10. 

The nation’s PE teacher, Joe Wicks, who has kept the nation on its toes with his daily online workouts, made the list with 22 per cent of the vote (26th), as did the Chancellor, Rishi Sunak (29th, 20 per cent).

Fish and chips came second in the ranking of things that make Britons proud to be British

Over 50 per cent of those polled said that the full English breakfast made them proud to be British 

William Shakespeare (11th, 34 per cent) and Only Fools and Horses (12th, 32 per cent) also made the cut, while The Beatles (15th, 31 per cent) comfortably saw off The Rolling Stones (35th, 18 per cent).

Regionally, Bristol was the most patriotic city in the UK, where 94 per cent of people admit their emotion for their country, followed by Manchester (93 per cent) and Sheffield (92 per cent).

The survey was commissioned by online polling firm Perspectus Global and ran from March 31 to April 1. 

Her Majesty the Queen came fourth in the table, with 48 per cent of those polled saying she made them feel proud to be British 

Head of research at Perspectus Global, David Arnold, said: ‘We were delighted, but not surprised to see the heroes of the NHS being recognised for the incredible work they do and are doing at the moment.

‘It was also interesting to see how many of our favourite foods came high on the list, perhaps showing how our favourite meals are getting us through the current lockdown.

‘Overall, our poll shows as many as 87 per cent of Brits are proud to be British, which is testament to the resilience of the nation.’

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National Express refund: How to get a refund on my National Express booking

Chris Hardy, managing director of National Express UK Coach: “We kept a limited coach network running to be able to help those individuals with essential travel needs but it is no longer viable to continue to do this.

“Passenger numbers continue to fall as the public rightly follow government advice to avoid non-essential travel.

“The decision to temporarily suspend all services is the right one based on the current unprecedented circumstances and I hope our passengers understand this.

“It is very clear that the critical thing we must do to protect our NHS and save lives is to stay at home.

“All journeys before Monday 6 April will be completed and we will ensure customers are not stranded but until further notice, we will not be running any services.”

How to get a refund on my National Express booking

If you had travel booked with National Express, you can choose to hold the ticket and amend it for future travel within the next 12 months.

This option is free of charge, regardless of the terms and conditions.

This does not need to be done immediately, as passengers do not need to make contact until they wish to rebook.

For passengers who do not want this option, a full refund will be issued for cancelled services in line with terms and conditions.

Full details are available on the National Express website.

This is a breaking story with updates to follow.

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York’s only five-star hotel gets one star for food hygiene

York’s only five-star hotel, The Grand, scored just one for food hygiene after a recent inspection.

Inspectors cited a number of issues after visiting the property on 21 February.

Food hygiene and safety were both rated “bad”, reports The Press.

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Inspectors also reported that there was little confidence in the management when it came to training, policies, procedures and management records related to maintaining a good standard of hygiene.

In the UK, there are five different ratings for food hygiene standards, with 0 being the lowest and 5 being the best score.

Getting a rating of 1 means “major improvement is necessary”, according to food.gov.uk.

The only score lower is 0, which means “urgent improvement is required”.

“Following a recent Environmental Health Officer inspection, The Grand, York is naturally extremely disappointed to have been given a low star rating,” said a hotel spokesperson.

“The senior management team has taken immediate action to rectify all the areas of concern.

“In the two inspections prior to this most recent one, The Grand received four and five-star ratings and the hotel is 100 per cent confident that it will continue to achieve similar ratings in all inspections going forwards.

“A second and immediate inspection has been requested but in light of the current lockdown this is not possible right now.

“The Grand, York, would like to reassure all customers and guests that this is an isolated case which does not reflect the exemplary standards the hotel adheres to in both front of house and behind the scenes.”

The Grand underwent a £15m refurbishment in 2018, upping its room count to 207.

The hotel is currently closed due to the coronavirus pandemic.

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Nearly half of UK’s major insurers stop selling travel insurance amid coronavirus pandemic

Nearly half of all major UK insurers have now stopped selling travel insurance as the coronavirus pandemic continues to affect trips worldwide.

Some 31 of the nation’s 75 leading insurers have pulled their travel insurance offerings, according to Which?.

A further 13 companies have also changed their terms to exclude claims related to Covid-19 for new customers.

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Brands that have suspended the sale of travel insurance include Admiral, Aviva, Churchill and Direct Line.

Existing customers who purchased insurance before the coronavirus outbreak started heavily impacting on travel in mid-March should still be covered in most cases.

For those who have a trip booked post-16 April – which is when the Foreign Office advice against all foreign travel is currently due to expire – but haven’t taken out insurance yet, it may be difficult to purchase cover that includes coronavirus-related travel disruption.

Which? recommends new customers look out for policies that include “travel disruption cover”, which allows travellers to claim for costs associated with delays, missed departures or an unplanned extended stay in a destination for those who can’t get home.

Travel insurers are expected to pay out a minimum of £275m in coronavirus-related claims this year, according to estimates from the Association of British Insurers (ABI).

This would be the biggest annual cancellation payout ever, almost double the previous record set in 2010.

Top: Nabi Younes market, Mosul

Bottom: Charles Bridge, Prague

Grand Mosque, Mecca

2/20 Grand Mosque, Mecca

Sagrada Familia, Barcelona

3/20 Sagrada Familia, Barcelona

Nabi Younes market, Mosul

4/20 Nabi Younes market, Mosul

Basra Grand Mosque, Iraq

5/20 Basra Grand Mosque, Iraq

Charles Bridge, Prague

6/20 Charles Bridge, Prague

Taj Mahal hotel, India

7/20 Taj Mahal hotel, India

Dubai Mall, UAE

8/20 Dubai Mall, UAE

Beirut March, Lebanon

9/20 Beirut March, Lebanon

Gateway of India, Mumbai

10/20 Gateway of India, Mumbai

Cairo University, Egypt

11/20 Cairo University, Egypt

Amman Citadel, Jordan

12/20 Amman Citadel, Jordan

Church of the Nativity, Bethlehem

13/20 Church of the Nativity, Bethlehem

Beirut March, Lebanon

14/20 Beirut March, Lebanon

Cairo, Egypt

15/20 Cairo, Egypt

Cairo University, Egypt

16/20 Cairo University, Egypt

Victoria Memorial, India

17/20 Victoria Memorial, India

Amman Citadel, Jordan

18/20 Amman Citadel, Jordan

Amman Citadel, Jordan

19/20 Amman Citadel, Jordan

Sidon, Lebanon

20/20 Sidon, Lebanon

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Top: Nabi Younes market, Mosul

Bottom: Charles Bridge, Prague

Grand Mosque, Mecca

2/20 Grand Mosque, Mecca

Sagrada Familia, Barcelona

3/20 Sagrada Familia, Barcelona

Nabi Younes market, Mosul

4/20 Nabi Younes market, Mosul

Basra Grand Mosque, Iraq

5/20 Basra Grand Mosque, Iraq

Charles Bridge, Prague

6/20 Charles Bridge, Prague

Taj Mahal hotel, India

7/20 Taj Mahal hotel, India

Dubai Mall, UAE

8/20 Dubai Mall, UAE

Beirut March, Lebanon

9/20 Beirut March, Lebanon

Gateway of India, Mumbai

10/20 Gateway of India, Mumbai

Cairo University, Egypt

11/20 Cairo University, Egypt

Amman Citadel, Jordan

12/20 Amman Citadel, Jordan

Church of the Nativity, Bethlehem

13/20 Church of the Nativity, Bethlehem

Beirut March, Lebanon

14/20 Beirut March, Lebanon

Cairo, Egypt

15/20 Cairo, Egypt

Cairo University, Egypt

16/20 Cairo University, Egypt

Victoria Memorial, India

17/20 Victoria Memorial, India

Amman Citadel, Jordan

18/20 Amman Citadel, Jordan

Amman Citadel, Jordan

19/20 Amman Citadel, Jordan

Sidon, Lebanon

20/20 Sidon, Lebanon

“Coronavirus has had a huge impact on the travel insurance market, with dozens of providers amending policies or pulling them altogether,” said Gareth Shaw, head of money at Which?.

“This is creating confusion and uncertainty for consumers, who may feel they simply cannot make plans for future trips in the circumstances.

”The government, insurers and the travel industry must work together to tackle the huge challenge posed by coronavirus, to ensure people feel confident enough to travel in the knowledge that they will be covered.“

Firms no longer selling travel insurance

  • AA 
  • Admiral 
  • Alpha Insurance 
  • Asda 
  • Aviva 
  • Boots 
  • Churchill 
  • Clydesdale Bank 
  • The Co-op 
  • CoverMore 
  • Direct Line 
  • Esure 
  • ETA
  • First Direct 
  • Flexicover 
  • Fogg Travel 
  • HSBC 
  • LV 
  • More Than 
  • M&S Bank 
  • Now I Can Travel 
  • Post Office 
  • Puffin Insurance 
  • Sainsbury’s Bank 
  • Santander 
  • Sheilas’ Wheels 
  • Spectrum 
  • TopDog 
  • Virgin Money 
  • Yorkshire Bank 
  • Zurich

Firms that have changed their terms

  • AllClear – no new cover for coronavirus-related claims
  • Axa – no new cover for coronavirus-related cancellation 
  • Allianz Assistance UK – from 12 March, no new cover for coronavirus-related claims 
  • Columbus Direct – from 13 March, no new cover for coronavirus-related claims 
  • Debenhams – from 16 March no new cover for coronavirus-related claims 
  • Direct Travel – from 17 March, no new cover from coronavirus-related claims 
  • Ergo is still selling annual policies, but with exclusions regarding any epidemic or pandemic as declared by WHO
  • Holidaysafe is still selling travel insurance, but policies now include a Covid-19 specific exclusion
  • InsureandGo – no new cover for coronavirus-related incidents 
  • Nationwide – from 18 March, new policies won’t cover coronavirus 
  • NFU is still selling annual policies to existing home insurance customers but has stopped the sale of single-trip policies
  • Saga – from 13 March, no new cover for coronavirus-related claims 
  • Staysure – no travel disruption extension for new customers 

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Covid 19 coronavirus: Kiwi travel agents seek work combatting Covid 19

Grounded travel workers around New Zealand are asking if essential Kiwi businesses are in need of extra hands.

Messages asking to #HelpKiwisFly again have been trending on social media as grounded travel agents and cabin crews are looking for redeployment opportunities to make a difference during the Covid-19 crisis.

Last week the high street travel agent Flight Centre announced it would be closing 33 stores in New Zealand. This cut is part of a 30 per cent cull of staff, that represents over 4000 jobs across Australia and New Zealand.

David Coombs Flight Centre New Zealand’s managing director said it was a decision they had “hoped to avoid.”

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Travel is Social Media's Most Talked-About Topic Right Now

According to a new analysis conducted by leading data, insights and consulting company, Kantar, using its advanced artificial intelligence (AI) toolkit, travel is the most talked-about topic in social media today.

With the escalation of the COVID-19 pandemic, many of us have begun living in a new reality that requires social distancing, self-isolation and increased reliance upon online platforms to stay connected. Perhaps now more than ever, people’s social media interactions are vividly mirroring the thoughts, emotions and behaviors being provoked by the uncertainty and volatility that accompany this global health crisis.

To tap into the current collective mindset of folks from about the world, Kantar’s AI engine analyzed more than 89 million social media posts, ultimately winding up with a filtered sample selection of 378,000. Sample posts came from Australia, Austria, Canada, Denmark, France, Germany, India, Italy, Spain, Switzerland, the U.S. and the U.K.

Interestingly enough, in an era almost devoid of travel, the topic of ‘Travel and Mobility’ was shown to be the most highly-discussed category overall at 31,466 posts, far outpacing runners-up ‘Personal Care’ with 8,401 posts and ‘Sports’ (primarily associated with the cancelation of competitive events), which accounted for 7,571 posts.

While it’s clear that travel remains top-of-mind, the study results didn’t delve into specifics about what was driving these social media conversations. Given the progressive issuance of U.S. travel advisories and travel bans imposed by various countries over the past several weeks, it’s safe to assume that many posts centered on thwarted upcoming travel plans, or bringing home those who were already abroad.

Reports of coronavirus cases appearing aboard cruise ships and airplane flights also probably triggered discussions about the relative safety of certain modes of transportation, especially for those who may have been considering going to see relatives or convene with family members. Doubtless, given the shuttering of businesses, stay-at-home orders, and overall lack of socialization and movement have also inspired an awful lot of wanderlust, as we dream about the day that it’s once again safe to start planning our next dream vacation.

For more information, visit kantar.com.

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