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ASTA Praises Congressional Call for Exempting Vaccinated Travelers from Inbound Testing
ASTA Praises Congressional Call for Exempting Vaccinated Travelers from Inbound Testing
It’s become one of the last major issues affecting the travel industry: the inbound antigen testing rule for Americans seeking to reenter the U.S. If they test positive, they are forced to quarantine abroad until they test negative—something that has become the greatest barrier to travel today.

That’s why the American Society of Travel Advisors (ASTA) is praising the move by a bipartisan group of 16 members of Congress led by Rep. Lou Correa (D-Calif.) to exempt vaccinated travelers from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) inbound testing order.

Community Voices: This Is Why Advisors, Suppliers and Clients Are Frustrated Right Now
Community Voices: This Is Why Advisors, Suppliers and Clients Are Frustrated Right Now
I could not shake the feeling that everyone in the travel industry was struggling ⁠— myself included. And after connecting with several travel industry colleagues, I confirmed I was not alone.

We are all feeling it. The stress is palpable.

Greece remains open for American tourists
Greece remains open for American tourists
Greece has chosen to continue to welcome visitors from the United States until the end of the tourism season, ignoring the non-binding advice by the European Union, recognizing their importance in increasing tourism revenues.

The European Union recommended in late August that Americans should be banned from nonessential travel to its 27 member states after a rise in Covid-19 cases in the country. The US does not allow travellers from Europe to enter the country.

EU Recommends Halting Non-Essential Travel From U.S. Over Rising COVID-19 Infections
EU Recommends Halting Non-Essential Travel From U.S. Over Rising COVID-19 Infections
As we expected given reports over the weekend, the European Union (EU) has now recommended halting non-essential travel from the U.S. because of the rise of COVID-19 cases and the spread of the Delta variant of COVID. Europe now considers the U.S. to be a “red” country with rising infections.

The EU’s recommendation generated some initial confusion on social media and in press reports, with some people writing that Americans had been banned from visiting Europe outright. The recommendation actually does not mean Americans won’t be able to visit Europe, but their vaccination status may soon affect their ability to travel there more than it did before.

Luxury travel agencies merge
Luxury travel agencies merge

Two luxury travel agencies combined to better serve the domestic and international market.

#1 Travel Inc. and Power Travel Inc. merged to create Plainview-based #1 Power Travel. Beverly Markman and Matilde Broder, the firm’s co-presidents say they are combining their lists of contacts and relationships across the globe to create what they call a new “ecosystem of luxury travel services and experiences.”

Greece well-placed to lead European travel recovery
Greece well-placed to lead European travel recovery
The latest research from ForwardKeys has revealed that vaccinations appear to hold the key to reviving international travel.

Two destinations, Greece, and Iceland, which have announced that they will welcome vaccinated visitors this summer have seen inbound flight bookings pick up dramatically from the moment of their announcements.

Leading Hotels of the World Unveils Newest Members & Openings for 2021
Leading Hotels of the World Unveils Newest Members & Openings for 2021

The Leading Hotels of the World, Ltd (LHW) said it is adding eight new members to its portfolio and has a pipeline of 13 new builds debuting in 2021. LHW’s footprint is growing worldwide, with hotel additions in new destinations including Kyoto and Budapest. LHW openings in locations such as Boston, New York and Shanghai also are set to debut this year.  (Pictured above: Cap Vermell Grand Hotel in Mallorca, Spain.)

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