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Covid-19: Aviation, Tourism Sectors Not Happy with EU Guidance on Travel Restrictions

Aviation and tourism bodies are disappointed with the EU's guidance to member states on better coordinating Covid-19 travel measures.

Marios Kammenos Re-elected Treasurer of ECTAA

Greek tourism professional Marios Kammenos has been re-elected treasurer of the European Travel Agents’ and Tour Operators’ Association (ECTAA).

Thomas Cook Relaunches as ‘Covid-ready’ Online Travel Company

Renowned brand Thomas Cook is relaunching as an online-only travel business, initially selling holidays to destinations on the UK government’s safe travel corridor list.

Cardiff-bound TUI Flight from Zakynthos Advised to Quarantine

Passengers on board a TUI flight from Zakynthos to Cardiff were advised to self-isolate after seven people tested positive for Covid-19.

UK Tour Operators Want Support to Restart Tourism to Greece

Specialist tour operators working out of the UK are calling on Greek Tourism Minister Harry Theoharis to support their efforts to rekindle travel to Greece.

TUI Sees Greece Among Countries Preparing for the Return of Tourists

Greece is among the countries that is intensively preparing for the return of tourists, following the Covid-19 pandemic, according to travel giant TUI.

ECTAA: Concrete Actions Only Way for Tourism Value Chain to Continue

The European Travel Agents’ and Tour Operators’ Association (ECTAA) is asking for concrete actions so that the tourism value chain can continue to operate after Covid-19 restrictions are lifted.

Travel Vouchers Should Remain Voluntary, Says European Commission

The European Commission is not against vouchers as an alternative to cash refunds for canceled travel bookings due to Covid-19, but only if they are voluntary and secured against insolvency of travel operators.

TUI Signs €1.8bn German Bridging Loan to Cushion Effects of Covid-19

TUI AG has signed a state-aid bridging loan for 1.8 billion euros with the KfW, Germany’s state-owned development bank, to cushion the unprecedented effects of the Covid-19 pandemic.

Travel Agents: IATA Flexible on BSP Payments but Picks Vouchers Over Refunds

IATA’s CEO explains to travel agents the association's “flexible approach” to BSP payments, due to the Covid-19 pandemic, and informs that it considers travel vouchers as "the best answer" instead of ticket refunds.

Covid-19: Travel Agents Request Extension to BSP Payments and Solution to Refunds

Travel sector bodies have requested for IATA to extend the deadline of BSP payments due to decreases in the cash flows of travel agencies.

ECTAA Calls for More Flexible Refund Rules for Package Travel

As Covid-19 has brought tourism to a standstill, European travel agents and tour operators are calling for a more flexible application of refund rules for package travel.

TUI Suspends Vast Majority of Travel Operations Due to Coronavirus

Travel giant TUI is suspending the vast majority of all travel operations until further notice - including package travel, cruises and hotel operations - due to the coronavirus outbreak.

Covid-19: ECTAA Applauds Commission’s Acknowledgement of Travel and Tourism

ECTAA has applauded the European Commission's acknowledgement of the immense damages the coronavirus outbreak has caused to the travel and tourism industry.

Greek Travel Agents Urge Penalty-free Cancellations in View of China Virus

Greek travel agents are calling on tourism stakeholders and authorities to jointly formulate a clear action plan in view of the coronavirus outbreak.

Turnover Up for Greek Travel Agencies in Q3

An increase of 13.5 percent was recorded in the turnover of Greek travel agencies in the third quarter of 2019 compared to 2018, according to ELSTAT.

Thomas Cook’s Nordic Unit Saved by Three Buyers

Norwegian investor Petter Stordalen and private equity firms Altor and TDR Capital have signed an agreement to acquire the Nordic unit of collapsed UK tour operator Thomas Cook.

EU Votes to Protect Consumers, Employees in Bankruptcy Cases

Stronger and better consumer and employee protection in cases of corporate failure is the focus of a resolution which was recently adopted by the European Parliament.

TUI Aims to Fill ‘Gap’ Thomas Cook Left in Greek Hotels

TUI is looking to pick up the pieces from the collapse of Thomas Cook, which left behind thousands of stranded tourists and lost hotel bookings in many countries, including Greece.

Excite Holidays Celebrates Entrance in Athens Market

Excite Holidays, a travel technology platform for travel agents, introduced its services to Greek market players at its first event in Athens.