August 4, 2021 Mediterranean Observer

Spanish Islands Top latest Booking Rankings

Tenerife and Majorca were the most booked destinations in the week to August 1, new data shows. Late bookings for this summer dominated although there was a swing towards winter sun from summer 2022, according to the latest activity report by price comparison site Icelolly.com. The Canary Islands dominated winter 2021-22 bookings, accounting for around […]

August 4, 2021 Mediterranean Observer

COVID-19 impact on Airlines cost $126bn in 2020

New IATA performance figures for 2020 confirm the devastating effects on global air transport during the year of the Covid-19 crisis. Total industry passenger revenues fell by 69% to $189 billion in 2020, and net losses hit $126.4 billion. The worst year on record for airlines saw passenger numbers more than half from 4.5 billion […]

August 4, 2021 Mediterranean Observer

Brits will have to pay €7 for EU Visas by end of 2022

Brits travelling to the Schengen countries of Europe will have to apply for a visa costing €7 (about £6) when a new scheme comes into force by the end of 2022. News about the timeline for the European Travel Information and Authorisation System came in an update from the European Commission on Tuesday (August 3). […]

August 3, 2021 Mediterranean Observer

Malta added to US ‘Very High Risk’ Travel List

CDC issued update amid Delta variant concerns Malta has been added to the United States’s “very high risk” travel list together with several other coutries amid fears over the rapid spread of the Delta variant of COVID-19. The US Centres Disease Control and Prevention added a total of 16 countries to its red list, including […]

August 3, 2021 Mediterranean Observer

Spain’s Tourism Industry frets over Risk of new UK Travel Restrictions

Tougher conditions for returning British visitors could deliver a huge blow to the summer season at a time when many businesses are struggling to survive after a year and a half of pandemic Spain’s tourism industry is facing a new hurdle in its race to save the summer season, and the outcome will largely depend […]

August 3, 2021 Mediterranean Observer

Majority of Consumers want Airlines to keep Wellbeing Support

Nearly nine in ten airline customers say carriers should maintain safety and wellbeing support after Covid travel restrictions are lifted, according to a poll by Etihad. The Gulf carrier surveyed nearly 10,000 UK consumers in partnership with Country & Town House magazine and found 89% wanted to protection to remain in place. Jeremy Pollock, country […]


Crises, Opportunities and Sustainable Tourism | Dr Taleb Rifai

Dr. Taleb Rifai was the keynote speaker of the Global Tourism Forum held in Bodrum on June 2021. Dr Barbaros KON made an exclusive interview with Dr. Rifai on behalf of TOURMAG Tourism Magazine in Bodrum. Who is Dr. Taleb Rifai? Taleb Rifai was the Secretary-General of the United Nations World Tourism Organization heading the […]
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Air Malta and Emirates renew their Codeshare Agreement

Air Malta and Emirates have renewed their long-standing agreement by which they will codeshare flights between Malta and Larnaca, Cyprus. Emirates, the operating airline, has restarted operations between Malta and Larnaca with a three times a week schedule, with flights connecting on to Emirates’ home base in Dubai. Commenting on this agreement Roy Kinnear, Air […]
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Tourists Evacuated as Wildfires Threaten Turkish Resorts

Raging wildfires threatening hotels and homes have forced the evacuation of tourists from beaches in the Marmaris region of Turkey. Firefighters have been battling to control dozens of blazes resulting in holidaymakers in Bodrum having to escape from hotels. Turkish Coastguard vessels – assisted by private boats and yachts – were deployed to rescue tourists […]
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UK | ‘Third of people’ plan Foreign Holiday this Summer

A third (31%) of people want an overseas holiday this summer and almost half (45%) are planning an oversea trip in the next year, new research reveals. However, the pandemic has created a “seismic shift” in attitude when it comes to travelling abroad. The need to get away is greater than ever and the majority […]
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Malta | eCabs Sign Agreement with Germany-based outfit M-TRIBES.

The partnership is a first step towards the internationalisation of eCabs’ technology. The founders of eCabs and M-TRIBES, a Germany based software provider for mobility and logistics businesses recently announced to extend their technology partnership and offer a unique bundle of ride-hailing and delivery software and services in Europe and Northern Africa. Following their collaboration […]
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Lufthansa starts Newark-Malta flights for Viking Cruise Passengers

Direct flights all through this month Lufthansa has completed the first of 12 chartered flights between Newark USA and Malta to ferry cruise passengers. The non-stop flight was operated on Saturday, bringing the mostly American passengers to Malta to board a Viking Cruises ship in Grand Harbour. The flights will be operated three times a […]
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