Thursday, 9 July 2020

U.S. State Department Stops Issuing Passports Amid COVID-19

The U.S. Department of State has scaled back its Passport Agency operations and will no longer be issuing new passports in view of the situation surrounding the still-escalating COVID-19 pandemic. Travel + Leisure pointed out that the release of this directive in late March coincided with the State Department’s issuance…

Caribbean hotel occupancy at 10 percent

The latest data from STR paints a grim reality for hotels in the Caribbean, and the bottom hasn’t been hit yet. On March 28, occupancy was 10.6% and revenue per available room was down 89% from a year earlier, said STR’s Emile Gourieux in a webinar on Friday. Puerto Rico…

Trekking to Everest base camp – by climbing the stairs at home

April in Nepal usually means thousands of trekkers trudging up to Everest base camp. This spring the mountain is free of crowds but the trekkers are still trudging – up stairs, back steps, even up ladders in a virtual push to reach an altitude of 5,364 metres. Led by trail…

Ruby Princess Reportedly Carrying Over 200 Sick Crew Members

At least 300 cases of coronavirus have been linked to the Ruby Princess cruise ship, which is currently docked off the coast of Sydney, Australia. Over 200 of the ship’s 1,000 crew members have reportedly fallen ill and are currently self-isolating aboard the ship. New South Wales (NSW) Ministry of…

Host of Hawaii properties refreshed for 2020

More than three out of every four Hawaii visitors have previously traveled to the Islands, according to the Hawaii Tourism Authority, which means Aloha State properties are motivated to refresh and update their offerings on a regular basis. There is a constant cycle of renovations, and the final quarter of…

National Express to suspend all coach services

National Express has announced that it’s suspending all coach services from 11.59pm on Sunday 5 April until further notice. The firm will stop selling tickets for journeys after this date with immediate effect. This will apply to its own website as well as third part resellers. In a statement, the coach…