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Category: Travel Safety & Emergencies

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Nine countries put Japan on ‘do not go’ list due to coronavirus spread

mm Chief Assignment Editor- February 22, 2020

Nine countries called for travel restrictions to Japan, Japanese Foreign Minister Motegi Toshimitsu said during a press conference in Tokyo. ... Read More

Coronavirus Hot Spots: On Cruise Ships and Airplanes

editor editor- February 21, 2020

Despite a two-week quarantine on the Diamond Princess cruise ship that ended Wednesday in Japan, a growing number of coronavirus ... Read More

IATA: Coronavirus could cost global airlines $30 billion in lost revenue

mm Chief Assignment Editor- February 21, 2020

Global airlines could lose almost $30 billion in revenue due to a rapid decrease in travel demand, caused by coronavirus ... Read More

Japan won’t cancel or relocate 2020 Summer Olympics over coronavirus fears

mm Chief Assignment Editor- February 20, 2020

The 2020 Summer Olympic Games in Tokyo are scheduled to be held between July 24 and August 9 and the ... Read More

IATA: Coronavirus cuts demand and revenues

mm Chief Assignment Editor- February 20, 2020

The International Air Transport Association (IATA) announced that its initial assessment of the impact of the Novel Coronavirus 2019 outbreak ... Read More

Chinese coronavirus epidemic can cost Russian tourism $455 million

mm Chief Assignment Editor- February 19, 2020

China is the largest single source of tourists to Russia. In 2019, 1.5 million Chinese visitors traveled to Russian Federation. ... Read More

Russia bans all Chinese visitors amid coronavirus epidemic

mm Chief Assignment Editor- February 18, 2020

Russian officials announced that all Chinese citizens will be banned from entering Russian Federation effective February 20, 2020, amid coronavirus ... Read More

ITB China postponed

mm Chief Assignment Editor- February 18, 2020

The organizers of ITB China have announced the decision to postpone ITB China 2020, originally scheduled to be held on ... Read More

Attending ITB? How to cope with Coronavirus? What about you?

Dmytro Makarov Dmytro Makarov- February 18, 2020

Safertourism, PATA, and ATB will be setting trends over breakfast during ITB with Dr. Peter Tarlow - AND you are ... Read More

Coronavirus: Travel and tourism is winning

Juergen T Steinmetz Juergen T Steinmetz- February 18, 2020

Take a deep breath visitor! After days of depressing tourism, good time tourism is again on the immediate horizon. Travelers ... Read More

Launch of Tourism Satellite Account for Saint Lucia

Juergen T Steinmetz Juergen T Steinmetz- February 18, 2020

St Lucia Hotel and Tourism Association CEO Noorani M. Azeez today announced the launch of the Tourism Satellite Account for ... Read More

Ukraine International Airlines launches memorial to victims of Iran attack

mm Chief Assignment Editor- February 17, 2020

On Monday, February 17, at Boryspil International airport, Ukraine International Airlines launched the construction of a park in memoriam of ... Read More

Macau re-opens casinos after halting operations over coronavirus scare

mm Chief Assignment Editor- February 17, 2020

Macau government has told casino operators that they have 30 days to return to full business, after authorities imposed a ... Read More

Airbus 320 evacuated in Duesseldorf

Juergen T Steinmetz Juergen T Steinmetz- February 17, 2020

Known as a reliable, cheap airline, but safe is Pegasus Airlines. After a recent incident in Istanbul where a Pegasus ... Read More

A nightmare of a cruise ends for 355 Americans

Juergen T Steinmetz Juergen T Steinmetz- February 16, 2020

A cruise of a lifetime became a nightmare for 355 American travelers when Coronavirus broke out onboard early February. Japanese ... Read More

Where to travel during Coronavirus? List of countries and destinations

Juergen T Steinmetz Juergen T Steinmetz- February 16, 2020

Coronavirus also is known as Covid-19 has become the biggest enemy in the global travel and tourism industry, but the virus ... Read More

Coronavirus cured in 8 countries

Juergen T Steinmetz Juergen T Steinmetz- February 16, 2020

What travel destinations are safe from Coronavirus?The virus had put a noticeable dent on the travel industry, even though most ... Read More

Passenger with bagful of bullets arrested in Moscow Sheremetyevo Airport

mm Chief Assignment Editor- February 15, 2020

Police officers have apprehended a woman trying to carry a bag with 50 small-caliber bullets through Sheremetyevo Airport in Moscow, ... Read More

First coronavirus death in Europe: Chinese tourist dies in Paris hospital

mm Chief Assignment Editor- February 15, 2020

An 80-year-old Chinese tourist has died from the new coronavirus at a Paris hospital, marking the first death confirmed outside of Asia and the ... Read More

London train station evacuated after stabbing attack

mm Chief Assignment Editor- February 15, 2020

London police have swarmed Euston railway station on Euston Road in the London Borough of Camden, on Saturday afternoon. Armed ... Read More

Shock for Hawaii Tourism: Coronavirus arrived in Waikiki

Juergen T Steinmetz Juergen T Steinmetz- February 14, 2020

Today Hawaii Governor Ige and Hawaii Tourism Authority president and CEO Chris Tatum moved Hawaii kamaainas and its visitors in ... Read More

Cost of Coronavirus: Is life really priceless?

eTN Managing Editor eTN Managing Editor- February 14, 2020

It's not a very happy valentine's day for 63,859 people suffering under coronavirus in at this time in China. 1380 ... Read More

VIA Rail Canada cancels all services

mm Chief Assignment Editor- February 14, 2020

Following a notice from the infrastructure owner, CN Rail, that they are no longer in a position to fulfill their ... Read More

Why travel to Africa is safe during coronavirus?

Juergen T Steinmetz Juergen T Steinmetz- February 14, 2020

Get away from the cold is what the experts on coronavirus are recommending. Where in the world is summer right ... Read More

Royal Caribbean Cruises: Aggressive steps taken to minimize coronavirus risk

mm Chief Assignment Editor- February 14, 2020

Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd commented on the ongoing Coronavirus outbreak today: As has been widely reported, China and other countries are ... Read More

Coronavirus travel setback spreads beyond China

mm Chief Assignment Editor- February 13, 2020

The travel setback caused by the coronavirus outbreak has now spread beyond China, with other parts of the Asia Pacific ... Read More

Japan confirms its first coronavirus death

mm Chief Assignment Editor- February 13, 2020

Japan's Health Minister Katsunobu Kato made an announcement today, confirming that a woman in her 80s, living in the Kanagawa ... Read More

Messe Berlin: Why ITB Berlin will take place?

Juergen T Steinmetz Juergen T Steinmetz- February 13, 2020

Will ITB Berlin 2020 take place as scheduled from March 4-8, 2020? Messe Berlin is showing tourism resilience and says: ... Read More

Tourism stopped in North Korea

Juergen T Steinmetz Juergen T Steinmetz- February 13, 2020

Coronavirus made one of the most closed-off countries in the world, North Korea completely closed. North Korea has stopped airline flights ... Read More

Coronavirus Fear Causing Major Global Event Shutdowns

Elisabeth Lang - special to eTN Elisabeth Lang - special to eTN- February 13, 2020

The coronavirus is continuing to have an impact on the meetings and events industry, causing exhibitors to pull out of ... Read More

Coronavirus: Coordinated Response in the Caribbean

Juergen T Steinmetz Juergen T Steinmetz- February 12, 2020

There are no cases of coronavirus in the Caribbean, and the Global Tourism Resilience and Crisis Management Centre (GTRCMC) wants ... Read More

$1.5 Trillion for Commercial Airplanes in Southeast Asia

Juergen T Steinmetz Juergen T Steinmetz- February 12, 2020

Boeing forecasts airlines in Southeast Asia will need 4,500 new airplanes over the next 20 years, valued at $710 billion ... Read More

Greed over Coronavirus: Norwegian Cruise Line

Juergen T Steinmetz Juergen T Steinmetz- February 11, 2020

Last week, eTurboNews reported about a Maui woman losing thousands of Dollars paid to Norwegian Cruise Line when coronavirus forced ... Read More

China and ASEAN foreign ministers to hold coronavirus emergency meeting in Laos

mm Chief Assignment Editor- February 11, 2020

The Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) and China are planning to hold an emergency conference, which would take place ... Read More

Bali tourism: 40 thousand tourists lost over coronavirus fears

mm Chief Assignment Editor- February 11, 2020

According to the latest report, about 20 thousand tourists canceled their trips to the island of Bali since the outbreak ... Read More

Suspension of China flights will cost Russian airlines $25.2 million

mm Chief Assignment Editor- February 11, 2020

Russia's Deputy Transport Minister Alexander Yurchik announced today that Russian national air carriers stand to lose 1.6 billion rubles ($25.2 ... Read More