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Weekly Roundup of News: August 8, 2021

Emirates’ Check-in At Home service proves successful during peak travel period in July

Emirates has shared that its Check-in At Home service was used by more than 2,500 passengers last month. The airline’s popular service enables passengers departing from Dubai to complete their check-in process in the comfort of their home thus bypassing check-in at Dubai International Airport and making the journey much smoother.

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IHCL announces the opening of Vivanta, Bhubaneswar

IHCL has announced the opening of its latest hotel, Vivanta Bhubaneswar. The hotel boasts of a contemporary design that pays tribute to the city’s vibrant spirit.

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Hyatt announces the opening of Thompson Savannah

Hyatt Hotels and Resorts has announced the opening of Thompson Savannah, the brand’s first property in Georgia.

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American Airlines partners with TikTok for free inflight access

Passengers travelling on American Airlines now have a new inflight entertainment option to look forward to. The airline has added TikTok to its free inflight offerings.

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Hyatt House Johannesburg Sandton to open in October this year

Hyatt has announced that a Hyatt affiliate has entered into a management agreement with an affiliate of Millat Properties for Hyatt House Johannesburg Sandton.

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Oman Air to resume flights to Jeddah

Oman Air has announced the resumption of flights to Jeddah, Saudi Arabia just in time for Umrah.

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Radisson opens Africa’s second Radisson RED hotel in Johannesburg

Radisson has announced the opening of Africa’s second Radisson RED hotel in Johannesburg. The first Radisson RED hotel in South Africa’s Gauteng province and only the second to hit African soil after the successful opening of its Capetonian counterpart in 2017, this new-build hotel, situated at Oxford Parks, is a vibrant mixed-use area comprising apartments, retailers, restaurants and offices.

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Air Seychelles to resume flights to Mauritius after 18 months

Air Seychelles has announced that it will be resuming flights to Mauritius, after an absence of more than 18 months on the route.

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Indigo first Indian airline to trial IATA Travel Pass

Indigo has announced that it has partnered with International Air Transport Association (IATA) to launch trials of the IATA Travel Pass become the first airline in India to do so.

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Qatar Airways and RwandaAir enter strategic partnership

Qatar Airways and RwandAir have shared details of their strategic partnership. As part of the strategic partnership, the extensive interline agreement will give passengers access to the networks of both airlines.

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Radisson opens 15th Hotel in Poland, Radisson Resort Kolobrzeg

Radisson Hotel Group has announced the opening of its 15th hotel in Poland, Radisson Resort Kolobrzeg. Nestled in a quiet, cozy area east of the city centre, it is the first hotel in Kołobrzeg to have its own aqua park.

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Spain opens to fully vaccinated travellers from India

Spain is the latest country to open to fully vaccinated travellers from India. Its consular offices in India has started issuing visas across all categories from 2nd August 2021.

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UAE relaxes entry restrictions for travellers from certain counties including India

UAE’s National Emergency, Crisis and Disaster Management Authority (NCEMA) and General Civil Aviation Authority (GCAA) have announced that they have relaxed entry restrictions for travellers from India, allowing some categories of passengers from countries where inbound flights to the Emirates have been banned to enter.

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United Airlines adds 74 flights targeted at Football fans

United Airlines is adding a total of 74 flights that are mainly targeted at Football fans. The airline is adding new routes, more flights and flying planes with more seats to give ‘diehard fans every chance to get in on action on their rival’s home turf’.

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United Kingdom adds Germany and Norway to green list, India and UAE to amber list

United Kingdom has made a number of changes to its traffic light travel list. These changes are effective from 04:00 hours 8th August 2021. If you arrive in England before this date, then you must follow the rules that are presently applicable.

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Emirates announces interline partnership with Mexico’s Aeromar

Emirates and Aeromar have announced that they have entered into an interline partnership, providing connectivity for passengers between destinations in Mexico and United States via Mexico City to Emirates’ network.

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WestJet adds Seattle to its network

WestJet has announced that it is adding Seattle to its network with nonstop flights from Calgary.

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Star Air announces flights from Jamnagar to Bengaluru and Hyderabad

Star Air, an Indian commuter airline based in Bengaluru, has announced flights from Jamnagar to Bengaluru and Hyderabad.

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Frontier Airlines announces 15 new routes including 9 from Miami

Frontier Airlines has announced 15 new routes. The airline is expanding significantly in Miami with nine new routes, including its first-ever service to Aruba, along with flights to the Turks & Caicos.

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Hyatt Centric 39th & 5th New York opens its doors

Hyatt has announced the opening of Hyatt Centric 39th & 5th New York, which marks the lifestyle brand’s second hotel in New York City.

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IHG opens Holiday Inn Dublin Airport

Intercontinental Hotels Group (IHG) has announced the opening of Holiday Inn Dublin Airport, in partnership with JMK Group.

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Ryanair opens Newcastle base and launches Summer 2022 schedule

Ryanair has announced the opening of a new base in Newcastle and has also launched its Summer 2022 schedule for Newcastle Airport.

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Emirates to resume flights to Glasgow

Emirates has announced that it will be resuming flights to Glasgow in the United Kingdom.

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GoFirst launches nonstop flights to Doha, Qatar

Indian low-cost carrier GoFirst (formerly known as GoAir) has announced the launch of nonstop flights to Doha, Qatar, under the air travel bubble agreement between India and Qatar. Doha is Go First’s first destination in the State of Qatar and the sixth in Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) countries.

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Etihad Airways opens bookings for flights from India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh

Following the UAE government’s announcement of relaxation in entry requirements for travellers from India, Nepal, Sri Lanka, Nigeria and Uganda, Etihad Airways has announced that it has opened bookings for flights from India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh.

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IHG to open a Holiday Inn hotel in Ballarat, Australia

Intercontinental Hotels Group (IHG) has announced the signing of a Holiday Inn hotel in Australia’s Ballarat in a new partnership with hotel owners, Forte Group.

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Etihad Airways ramps up flights to the United Kingdom

Following the addition of the United Arab Emirates to United Kingdom’s Amber list, Etihad Airways has announced that it will ramping up services to the UK from today (8th August 2021).

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India: Himachal Pradesh makes negative RT-PCR test report mandatory for unvaccinated travellers

Himachal Pradesh, a state in North India, has made it mandatory to present a negative RT-PCR test report for travellers who are not vaccinated.

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Vistara to restart flights to Maldives, Indigo adds two new routes to the island paradise

Vistara today announced that it will be resuming flights to Maldives in September while Indigo has announced two new routes to the islands. Maldives has once again been welcoming tourists from India since 15th July following a temporary ban.

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Accor announces the signing of first TRIBE hotel in Hungary

Accor has announced the signing of first TRIBE hotel in Hungary in partnership with Futureal, a leading real estate developer in CEE.

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