Author: Harry S. Johnson

mmHarry S. Johnson has been working in the travel industry for 20 years. He started his travel career as a flight attendant for Alitalia, and today, has been working for TravelNewsGroup as an editor for the last 8 years. Harry is an avid globetrotting traveler.

Qatar Airways: No COVID-19 test? No flying!
Airline News

Qatar Airways: No COVID-19 test? No flying!

mm Harry S. Johnson- August 8, 2020

State-owned flag carrier of Qatar announced that all airline passengers traveling from certain foreign airports will have to present a ... Read More

Malta makes face masks mandatory in public, prohibits large gatherings
Malta travel news

Malta makes face masks mandatory in public, prohibits large gatherings

mm Harry S. Johnson- August 8, 2020

Malta's government officials announced that face masks are now mandatory in public, and all large gatherings are banned, effective midnight ... Read More

Tokyo introduces transparent ‘smartglass’ public toilets
Japan travel news

Tokyo introduces transparent ‘smartglass’ public toilets

mm Harry S. Johnson- August 8, 2020

New high-tech restrooms are being built in Japanese capital city as part of the Tokyo Toilets project launched by the ... Read More

Black boxes from crashed Air India Express jet found
Travel Safety & Emergencies

Black boxes from crashed Air India Express jet found

mm Harry S. Johnson- August 8, 2020

India's Civil Aviation Minister Hardeep Singh Puri announced that government investigators have found the flight data and cockpit voice recorders, ... Read More

Norway urges citizens to avoid all foreign travel
Norway travel news

Norway urges citizens to avoid all foreign travel

mm Harry S. Johnson- August 8, 2020

Norwegian Health Minister today urged the citizens of Norway to refrain from traveling abroad. Minister Bent Høie said said that ... Read More

Barbados implements ‘Travel Bubble’
Barbados travel news

Barbados implements ‘Travel Bubble’

mm Harry S. Johnson- August 7, 2020

The Government of Barbados has implemented a travel ‘Bubble’ for specific countries with a low incidence of COVID-19, effective August ... Read More

North American tourism industry: 52% drop in deal activity in Q2 2020
Business Travel News

North American tourism industry: 52% drop in deal activity in Q2 2020

mm Harry S. Johnson- August 7, 2020

North America’s tourism & leisure industry saw a drop of 52% in overall deal activity during Q2 2020, when compared ... Read More

Hubei visitor attractions are now free for domestic tourists
China Travel News

Hubei visitor attractions are now free for domestic tourists

mm Harry S. Johnson- August 7, 2020

Local government in China's Hubei Province announced that all of almost 400 province's scenic tourist attractions will open to domestic ... Read More

15 people killed, 123 injured in Air India Express crash landing
Travel Safety & Emergencies

15 people killed, 123 injured in Air India Express crash landing

mm Harry S. Johnson- August 7, 2020

According to local police sources, at least 15 people were killed and as many as 123 were injured in the ... Read More

Catastrophic fall of lira could be blessing in disguise for Turkish tourism
Turkey Travel News

Catastrophic fall of lira could be blessing in disguise for Turkish tourism

mm Harry S. Johnson- August 7, 2020

Turkish lira keeps hitting record lows against the major currencies on exchange markets due to years of debt accumulation and ... Read More

Thai Vietjet launches its 10th domestic service in Thailand
Airline News

Thai Vietjet launches its 10th domestic service in Thailand

mm Harry S. Johnson- August 7, 2020

Thai Vietjet has inaugurated its maiden flight VZ330 from the capital city of Bangkok (Suvarnabhumi Airport) to Nakhon Si Thammarat, ... Read More

Alternative travel insurers emerge due to importance of tourism
Tourism News

Alternative travel insurers emerge due to importance of tourism

mm Harry S. Johnson- August 7, 2020

Following the news that the Canary Islands announced it will offer tourists free insurance covering COVID-19-related incidents, travel industry analysts ... Read More

Belize delays re-opening of Philip Goldson International Airport
Belize travel news

Belize delays re-opening of Philip Goldson International Airport

mm Harry S. Johnson- August 6, 2020

Today at a press conference held in Belize City, it was announced that due to a spike in the number ... Read More

Barbados welcomes interCaribbean Airways
Barbados travel news

Barbados welcomes interCaribbean Airways

mm Harry S. Johnson- August 6, 2020

On Monday, August 4, the Government of Barbados officially welcomed interCaribbean Airways, which has setup a Southern Caribbean hub in ... Read More

US Transportation Secretary announces $3.3 million in drone grants to universities
Travel Technology News

US Transportation Secretary announces $3.3 million in drone grants to universities

mm Harry S. Johnson- August 6, 2020

U.S. Transportation Secretary Elaine L. Chao today announced that the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) is awarding $3.3 million in research, ... Read More

Airbus: 302 net aircraft orders so far in 2020
Airline News

Airbus: 302 net aircraft orders so far in 2020

mm Harry S. Johnson- August 6, 2020

Airbus reported that by July 31st, 2020 gross orders totaled 369 aircraft with net orders, after cancellations, of 302 aircraft. ... Read More

Americans are banking on vacations in early 2021
Tourism News

Americans are banking on vacations in early 2021

mm Harry S. Johnson- August 6, 2020

The latest findings of the Travel Advisors COVID-19 Sentiment Barometer (Wave II) indicate that travelers are being cautious about their ... Read More

Etihad Airways: Strong start to 2020 despite COVID-19
Airline News

Etihad Airways: Strong start to 2020 despite COVID-19

mm Harry S. Johnson- August 6, 2020

Etihad Airways, has provided details of its half-year (H1: January-June) 2020 performance, which saw a strong start to the year, ... Read More

Switzerland declares all non-Schengen countries ‘high COVID-19 risk’ states
Switzerland travel news

Switzerland declares all non-Schengen countries ‘high COVID-19 risk’ states

mm Harry S. Johnson- August 6, 2020

Swiss government officials announced today that Switzerland's  list of states with a risk from high rates of COVID-19 new cases ... Read More

Pure Grenada launches ‘Just For You’ campaign
Grenada travel news

Pure Grenada launches ‘Just For You’ campaign

mm Harry S. Johnson- August 5, 2020

Pure Grenada, Just-For-You is the new lifestyle campaign launched by the Grenada Tourism Authority (GTA) showcasing the three-island nation of ... Read More

Alaska Airlines: No mask? No travel. No exceptions!
Airline News

Alaska Airlines: No mask? No travel. No exceptions!

mm Harry S. Johnson- August 5, 2020

As part of continuing efforts to keep guests and employees safe, Alaska Airlines announced today that all guests must wear ... Read More

Amsterdam and Rotterdam now require face masks in busy city streets
Netherlands Travel News

Amsterdam and Rotterdam now require face masks in busy city streets

mm Harry S. Johnson- August 5, 2020

City officials in Netherlands' two largest cities today announced that face masks are now required in busy city streets, amid ... Read More

CruiseTrends: A picture of consumer behavior for cruise ship travel
Cruise Industry News

CruiseTrends: A picture of consumer behavior for cruise ship travel

mm Harry S. Johnson- August 5, 2020

CruiseTrends report for the month of  August 2020. This report details a picture of consumer behavior for cruise ship travel ... Read More

CLIA announces third suspension of all US cruise operations
Cruise Industry News

CLIA announces third suspension of all US cruise operations

mm Harry S. Johnson- August 5, 2020

Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA) announced today that its ocean-going cruise line members have agreed to voluntarily suspend U.S. cruise ... Read More

Firefighters battling huge public market fire in Ajman, UAE
Travel Safety & Emergencies

Firefighters battling huge public market fire in Ajman, UAE

mm Harry S. Johnson- August 5, 2020

Huge blaze broke out at the public market in the new industrial area of the United Arab Emirates’ city of ... Read More

Budapest Airport announces first Mykonos link
Airport news

Budapest Airport announces first Mykonos link

mm Harry S. Johnson- August 5, 2020

Budapest Airport celebrated its first link to Mykonos yesterday, as Wizz Air launched its twice-weekly service to the popular resort ... Read More

Global tourism industry merger and acquisition deals total $3.64 billion in Q2 2020
Business Travel News

Global tourism industry merger and acquisition deals total $3.64 billion in Q2 2020

mm Harry S. Johnson- August 5, 2020

Total tourism & leisure industry merger and acquisition (M&A) deals in Q2 2020 worth $3.64 billion were announced globally. The ... Read More

Strong earthquake strikes Vanuatu
Vanuatu travel news

Strong earthquake strikes Vanuatu

mm Harry S. Johnson- August 5, 2020

Strong Magnitude 6.4 earthquake struck Vanuatu today. Vanuatu is a South Pacific Ocean nation made up of roughly 80 islands ... Read More

Airbus converted into Turkey’s largest restaurant up for sale for $1.44 million
Culinary Travel News

Airbus converted into Turkey’s largest restaurant up for sale for $1.44 million

mm Harry S. Johnson- August 5, 2020

An Airbus A340 passenger aircraft, converted into Turkey's largest airplane restaurant, is being offered for sale for 10,000,000 Turkish liras ... Read More

Wearing masks outdoors may become mandatory in Paris
France Travel News

Wearing masks outdoors may become mandatory in Paris

mm Harry S. Johnson- August 5, 2020

Paris city officials are mulling the idea of making wearing face masks mandatory in some French capital's popular outdoor public ... Read More

Air Canada resumes scheduled service to Grenada
Airline News

Air Canada resumes scheduled service to Grenada

mm Harry S. Johnson- August 4, 2020

With the opening of Grenada’s Maurice Bishop International Airport on July 15, as part of the Government of Grenada’s phased ... Read More

COVID-19 safety training commences on Nevis
Saint Kitts and Nevis travel news

COVID-19 safety training commences on Nevis

mm Harry S. Johnson- August 4, 2020

The Nevis Ministry of Health and the Ministry of Tourism, in conjunction with the Nevis Tourism Authority, has begun conducting ... Read More

Minister Bartlett committed to ensuring tourism entities are COVID compliant
Jamaica travel news

Minister Bartlett committed to ensuring tourism entities are COVID compliant

mm Harry S. Johnson- August 4, 2020

Minister of Tourism, Hon Edmund Bartlett has indicated his commitment to ensuring that tourism entities, especially the small and medium ... Read More

Etihad Airways introduces new face mask for premium passengers
Airline News

Etihad Airways introduces new face mask for premium passengers

mm Harry S. Johnson- August 4, 2020

Etihad Airways, the national airline of the UAE has launched innovative new protective wear for First and Business class guests. ... Read More

Hawaii vacation rentals average unit occupancy rate down 59.8% in June
Hawaii Travel News

Hawaii vacation rentals average unit occupancy rate down 59.8% in June

mm Harry S. Johnson- August 4, 2020

In June 2020, the total monthly supply of statewide vacation rentals was 339,400 unit nights (-61.5%) and monthly demand was ... Read More

Korean Air launches safety education program
Airline News

Korean Air launches safety education program

mm Harry S. Johnson- August 4, 2020

Korean Air has rolled out a ‘CARE FIRST’ informational program – emphasizing its multiple layers of protection throughout the passenger ... Read More

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