Tuesday, September 21, 2021


SpaceX all-civilian orbital crew completes historic mission

The stated goal of the mission was to encourage the democratisation of space by proving that the cosmos are accessible to crews that have neither been handpicked nor in training for years.

First tourists in over 4 months touch down as Langkawi throws open its doors

The first batch of 159 travellers from Kuala Lumpur have arrived, eager for a vacation after months of lockdown.

Long break over, Langkawi ready to welcome back thousands in ‘new norm’ tourism

The Langkawi Tourism Association expects some 24,000 tourist arrivals within days of the island reopening on Sept 16.

Singapore prepares to welcome hundreds of travellers without quarantine measures

Some 700 who have been given travel passes are from Germany while another 20 are from Brunei.

US making plans to reopen to fully vaccinated foreigners as China curbs travel

Debate also continues over the need for booster shots with WHO calling for a moratorium on third doses until at least the end of September.

Singapore aims to start quarantine-free travel for the fully vaccinated by September

Countries with advanced vaccination campaigns are preparing to live with Covid-19 as an endemic disease.

Singapore Airlines aims for Southeast Asian dominance as rivals lick wounds

Thai Airways, Garuda, Malaysia Airlines, and Philippine Airlines are all undergoing or are just about to launch major restructuring.

Airlines considering ‘pay when you fly’ option to boost consumer confidence

A recent survey suggests a majority of travellers are likely to opt for the new 'pay when you fly' option in summer 2021

Thailand prepares for Phuket reopening despite Covid surge

High hopes have been pinned on the 'Phuket sandbox' – a model that will allow vaccinated travellers to visit without a quarantine period in an effort to revive Thailand's battered tourism industry.

60.8% drop for domestic tourism spending in 2020

This is the first decline since 2008.

EU members approve return of US travellers

Countries can be included on the white list if they have recorded fewer than 75 cases of Covid-19 per 100,000 inhabitants over the past 14 days.

Spain opens borders to all vaccinated travellers

Across the country, hotels and restaurants are reopening after months of closure, and airlines have restarted routes dropped during the height of the pandemic.

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