These epic travel disasters will take the edge off your wanderlust

Washington Post: “The only aspect of our travels that is guaranteed to hold an audience is disaster,” writes journalist Martha Gellhorn in the 1978 memoir “Travels with Myself and Another.” She proves the point by smelting a lifetime of international mishap into acerbic, funny stories from which readers can’t look away. (“Another,” in this case, is Gellhorn’s sometime husband Ernest Hemingway, called “Unwilling Companion” when he appears in the book.)

What an antitrust case against Google could mean for travel

PhocusWire: Google’s seemingly unstoppable rise to domination of the online travel ecosystem in the last decade or so has not only profoundly shaped the travel industry, but it also has been routinely used by many industry players to justify – rightly or not – a string of negative financial results.

 

Meanwhile, the search giant’s control over the back-end infrastructure of the ad tech industry has been less of a headline across the industry’s chatter.

 

Anticompetitive authorities seem to think differently. More than 80% of online display advertising is traded real-time on electronic trading venues, also called programmatic advertising.

Thinking about summer travel? Here’s the update from TSA

The summer season is upon us and people are itching to travel, especially after being homebound for so long due to the coronavirus pandemic, Forbes reports. The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) has issued updated safety measures for airport travel, which are meant to not only keep travelers safe and healthy, but also to protect agents and airport employees during this time. The overall changes will limit the direct person-to-person contact between passengers and officers as we head into summer travel season.

Europe struggles to find consensus on reviving tourism

Europe, the world’s biggest tourist destination, is struggling to restart normal life after months of total economic and social lockdown in response to the coronavirus pandemic, reports The Straits Times.

 

In the next few weeks, cafes and restaurants are due to open in most European countries, and hotels and beaches are scheduled to follow suit by the middle of next month.

 

Still, most European governments acknowledge that their tourism industry will suffer badly this year. It will be some time before Europe can reclaim its place as the destination of choice for about half of the world’s tourists.

Tui shares leap on news that Spain will welcome tourists from July

The Anglo-German firm was trading up 55% on Tuesday afternoon, one of a number of travel stocks boosted by news that Spain will reopen its tourism industry without quarantine requirements, reports Coast FM.

 

Other big gainers included British Airways owner IAG which rose by 22.4% and easyJet up by 19.7%. Ryanair climbed almost 12% after confirming plans to resume 40% of its normal schedule from 1 July.

 

The news will come as a relief to many holidaymakers, as Spain is a popular destination for Britons. It is also a good sign for Spain’s economy – tourism accounts for 12% of the country’s GDP.