WTTC launches campaign for mandatory usage of face masks during travels

Travel and Tour World: The World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC) recently called upon all travellers to wear protective face masks as a part of their ‘wear to care’ campaign urging travellers to show care for themselves and others as a part of the new normal of travelling. The move comes following the ease of lockdown restrictions across various countries around the globe as they have slowly started reopening their borders.

Croatia becomes the first EU Nation to welcome U.S. tourists

Travel and Tour World: Croatia has officially become the first country in the European Union to open for tourists from the U.S. The move comes following the Croatian Ministry of Interior’s announcement that the country is officially reopening to welcome tourists from all countries. Authorities have also mentioned that the country has decided to open its borders for all third-country citizens that intend to enter Croatia for business, tourism, or other personal reasons, alongside Americans.

Royal Caribbean cruise ship hosting world’s only biker cruise in 2021

Cruise Fever: The world’s only biker rally cruise, High Seas Rally, will now take place on a Royal Caribbean cruise ship October 22-29, 2021. Riding with all the excitement and camaraderie of motorcycle rallies, the High Seas Rally will sail on Royal Caribbean’s Mariner of the Seas from Port Canaveral to Nassau, Bahamas; Perfect Day at Coco Cay, Bahamas; Puerto Plata, Dominican Republic and Labadee, Haiti.

Diversity in travel writing: 15 travel books written by people of colour

Conde Nast Traveller: Browse the travel-writing section of your local bookshop and there are intrepid accounts of adventures and encounters in all manner of places – from polar ice caps to Middle America, the Hindu Kush to the Australian outback. But with a few notable exceptions, the experiences will more than likely be seen through white eyes. Here, Noo Saro-Wiwa, the author of Looking for Transwonderland: Travels in Nigeria, picks some of her favourite travel titles from people of colour.

Ministry of Tourism, cruise sector preparing tour operators as they reopen

Nassau Guardian: The Ministry of Tourism and Aviation (MOTA) and the cruise sector are set to prepare tour operators – who are allowed to reopen their businesses today – to run their operations amid the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. The MOTA noted in a press statement that a webinar, which will be held tomorrow, will apprise tour operators of Florida-Caribbean Cruise Association (FCCA) updates; local industry updates; small business matters and how to go about digital marketing amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

PortMiami proposes MSC Cruises’ mega terminal provide joint facilities for Disney

Seatrade Cruise News: PortMiami is proposing to give MSC Cruises more time to get financing for its planned $300m, two-berth terminal and have that project include joint facilities for Disney Cruise Line. MSC Cruises could potentially have its financing period extended to Feb. 15, 2021, by Miami-Dade County, while the ground lease for the facility would amend the port’s turnover date to not before April 15, 2021, and not later than May 15, 2021. Moreover, the amended ground lease would require the project to contain facilities for Disney Cruise Line, including pier work for Berth 10.

Carnival cruise lines looks to raise another US$1B in debt

BNN Bloomberg: Cruise ship operator Carnival Corp. is back in the debt markets this week, adding around US$1 billion to the nearly US$7 billion it’s borrowed since the coronavirus pandemic devastated the international tourism trade. The world’s largest cruise group is selling bonds to international investors in both euros and U.S. dollars, according to people familiar with the matter who asked not to be identified because the information isn’t public yet.

Cruise lines say loyalty will lead them back

Travel Weekly: During Carnival Corp.’s business update last week, a Wall Street analyst asked whether the brands that were particularly tarnished by media coverage in the early days of the pandemic, such as Princess Cruises, were suffering more in terms of bookings. The answer was no. CEO Arnold Donald said that not only was Princess not doing worse than other Carnival Corp. brands but was “trending with all the other brands in the industry.”