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#PositiveCoronavirusNews – Spain planning to open up for Tourists from July…

You can all start to plan your post-coronavirus holiday, Spain tells tourists


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Holidays in the UK could return by July, says the minister | World news

Holidays in the UK could return in early July, the secretary of culture announced, saying the government had ambitious plans to revive the tourism …

Holidays in the UK could return by July, says the minister | World news

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#PositiveCoronavirusNews – 14 Positive Travel News Stories During the Coronavirus Outbreak | #PositveNews

It’s hard to look on the bright side of the coronavirus pandemic, though there are some good news stories: reduction of carbon emissions, Venice’s clear canals
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Greece hopes to welcome Brits back by June 1 — providing airlines run flights #PositiveCoronavirusNews

GREECE hopes to welcome Brit tourists from June 1 — providing airlines run flights. More than four million Brits holidayed on the mainland or …

Greece hopes to welcome Brits back by June 1 — providing airlines run flights

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The survival of the Lufthansa group depends on state aid

Yesterday, the conglomerate of European airlines Lufthansa Group published preliminary results for the first quarter, also providing its prospects …

The survival of the Lufthansa group depends on state aid

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The most lusted-after spots in Britain during lockdown

BRITS cooped up in their houses during lockdown are pining after family days out and nature spots. Among the top spots in Britain are Trebah Garden …

The most lusted-after spots in Britain during lockdown

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Travel companies do their best to lift morale from the coronavirus outbreak

The world of travel is in turmoil right now, but hoteliers, tour operators and transportation companies are making great efforts to help Britons …

Travel companies do their best to lift morale from the coronavirus outbreak

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Another Great Online Business Networking Event with The Outstanding Network this morning!

This morning I attended another fantastic online Business Networking & Business Support Group Event with Pat Slattery @slatteryp and The Outstanding Network.

You can join the Outstanding Network Group on Facebook and click the daily Zoom link to join the 11am, daily online networking and business support group event!

Today we had the pleasure of hearing from Dave Browne from the Black Donnelley’s – A Dublin Band who are currently based in Las Vegas, USA who are two times Guinness World Record Holders, one of which was gigging 60 Times Across 50 States in 40 Days and a Documentary Movie of this achievement is available to watch on Amazon Prime and many other platforms – see link to download.

This sounds like a great watch. especially for those who are Irish or Love Irish Music and Culture.

The Outstanding Network, Online Business Networking and Support Group Event is at 11am everyday and some other upcoming online Introbiz Networking Events can be found via the link.

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Police ask train passengers why they travel as the coronoavirus blockade continues

The police will stop the passengers on the train to question them about their movements as the coronavirus blockade continues, with everyone urged to…

Police ask train passengers why they travel as the coronoavirus blockade continues

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Free Trains in Wales for NHS Staff On TfW and other Transport News…

NHS staff in Wales are being offered free travel on Transport for Wales rail services with immediate effect, the company has announced.

NHS workers will just need to show their work ID to access services to get themselves back and forth to work until 30 April.

Public transport is to operate on a reduced scale throughout Wales because of the coronavirus pandemic.

However the reduced service has led to crowding on some trains.

New timetables are now in place for trains and buses until further notice.

Announcing the move for NHS workers, Transport for Wales (TfW) said: “At Transport for Wales our primary focus is keeping our colleagues and customers safe, and to keep key workers moving.

“From Monday 23 March, Transport for Wales will provide all NHS workers free travel to and from work until 30th April on production of their NHS ID.”

A statement on its website added: “We are doing all we can to keep vital services running, so that emergency service staff who are using our trains and key workers are to travel in safety with confidence.” 

Some passengers were reporting difficulties in maintaining social distancing on trains on Monday morning.

Hospital worker Emma Lamorte highlighted the situation on Twitter and called for more trains.

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Tube travellers in London have also experienced crowded carriages, with unions saying it left transport staff feeling “furious” as they were unable to maintain social distancing.

However, other travellers in Wales reported quieter than usual carriages.

Aurora Heathfield

Image captionAurora Heathfield, outside Cardiff Central, was on a train carriage with only three other people

Commuter Aurora Heathfield from Bridgend, said there was an “eerie feel” on the train to Cardiff on Monday morning with carriages much quieter than usual.

“It would usually be pretty busy and you’d be looking for a seat. There was three people in my carriage,” she said.

Jake Newberry from Cross Keys, Caerphilly county, said there was “hardly anyone” on his train on the Ebbw Vale line and he had expected to see more people due to the reduced timetable.

Alex Varney said the train from Barry to Cardiff was also quiet with the conductor providing advice over a speaker rather than walking through the train to check tickets.

“It was nice and quiet and nice to have some space,” he said.

“Everyone was calm and pleasant and just going through their day.”

A TfW spokesman said on Monday afternoon: “Whilst some services were busy this morning, on average most were 50-60% full. However, we will continue to prioritise peak periods services in order to ensure we do not create overly busy services.

“”We will be monitoring the situation on a daily basis and increase capacity where necessary but we do strongly urge customers to carefully consider whether they do have to travel so that priority can be given to key workers.”

Why are services being reduced?

The changes reflect the fall in demand, reduced availability of staff and the latest public health guidance, transport companies said.

Transport Minister Ken Skates said it remained “crucial” to keep some services going for key workers and supply chains.

“This action aims to balance the current significantly reduced levels of passenger demand as people follow the guidelines to socially isolate with the need to reduce the number of people required to run the network,” he said.

“This contingency measure will help to ensure there are enough staff to keep services running over the coming weeks and months.”

Ken Skates

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Image captionKen Skates hopes the new plans will keep transport on track for the coming months

The move comes after Prime Minister Boris Johnson said people should avoid “non-essential” travel.

Operators said the closure of schools, as well as people increasingly working from home, was expected to see a further significant decline in demand.

How have bus services changed?

First Cymru, which operates services across south and west Wales, warned customers face disruption to services because “increasing numbers of staff” were self-isolating.

It said there would be a reduced timetable for services in Ammanford, Bridgend, Carmarthen, Haverfordwest, Llanelli, Maesteg, Port Talbot and Swansea.

The company also urged passengers not use cash payments to buy tickets wherever possible, to “stop the spread” of coronavirus.

Arriva bus at Wrexham Bus Station

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Image captionMany bus operators are running a Saturday timetable

Stagecoach, which operates throughout south-east Wales, said a reduced timetable would operate until further notice but had been created to ensure “critical routes are maintained wherever possible”.

Nigel Winter, managing director, said the company was working to maintain essential services, safeguard jobs and ensure the long-term sustainability of the industry in a “challenging” situation.

“We also know that our bus services play a vital role in keeping the country running and ensuring key sector personnel get to work,” he added.

“Our objective has been to focus resources on where we know they are needed most at this time.”

In north Wales, Arriva Bus is running an emergency service but will still operate key routes “to ensure customers can continue to access critical services”.

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Image captionOnly eight Cardiff Bus routes will continue as normal

Cardiff Bus is now following a Saturday timetable for most of its services across the capital with the exception of some services which are running normally. School buses will continue for eligible children.

All Newport Bus services are also now following a Saturday timetable in “these unprecedented times”, the company said.

It added: “We will maintain bus services for our customers for as long as we are able to.”

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How are trains affected?

Train operators across Britain will gradually reduce services following talks with the UK and Welsh governments.

However operators will still run core services to ensure key workers can get to their jobs and the flow of goods continues.

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Image captionBusy commuter lines will be prioritised

TfW said Sunday service times will be applied throughout the week though some additional services will operate to support busier commuter routes. 

“This timetable has been designed to be as resilient as possible, whilst ensuring we balance a reduction in demand, availability of our people and the need to support key workers such as health, food retailers and delivery teams,” it said.

The operator said advanced tickets were now eligible for refunds.

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Welsh Business News / TfW News – Rail Journeys in Wales Dropped in 2019 for first time in 24 years…

The number of rail journeys taken in Wales dropped in 2019 for the first time in 24 years.

It is the first full year that the Welsh Government-owned Transport for Wales(TfW) has been operating rail services.

There were around 33.5 million trips on TfW compared with 33.6 million in 2018, the Office of Road and Rail (ORR) said.

Rail bosses put the fall down to line closures due to flooding and fewer international rugby games in Cardiff.

Journeys across the Wales and borders franchise dropped by 7.7% for the last quarter of 2019 – October to December – compared with the same period the year before. 

It is the largest drop seen by any train operator in the ORR’s regional sector, which grew by 5% overall.

Transport for Wales passenger journeys

Source: Office of Rail and Road

The recorded number of journeys in 2019 was 33,466,435, down 119,454 from 33,585,899 in 2018. 

The ORR pointed out in its report that there was only one autumn international played in Cardiff in 2019 and four matches in 2018.

It also highlighted the line between Abergavenny and Hereford was closed for over a week due to flood damage.

Bethan Jelfs, customer delivery director for TfW rail services, said: “These events have directly affected our passenger numbers and explain [our passenger number drop]. 

“As we move forward we expect numbers to continue to grow as they have in previous years as we deliver our £5bn investment plan to transform transport throughout the Wales and borders network.” 

Plaid Cymru shadow minister for transport, Helen Mary Jones AM, disputed the drop in journeys being linked to three fewer rugby internationals. 

“We know that many commuters have turned away from using rail services as they feel no longer able to rely on the service. This is due to delays, cancellations, rolling stock that is not fit for purpose, and overcrowding which means many passengers are simply unable to board overloaded trains.

“It’s time for the minister to step in and start delivering on the promises that he made to the Welsh public back in autumn 2018.”

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Coronavirus Establishes The Longest Passenger Flight In The World

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As travel plans get canceled and restrictions are put into place to contain the contagion of COVID-19, one plane wafted at lengths on air.

French airline Air Tahiti Nui broke the record for the longest-ever scheduled passenger flight in terms of distance on 14 March, traveling 9,765 miles from Papeete in Tahiti, French Polynesia all the way to the Charles de Gaulle airport in Paris, as reported by CNN Travel.

The milestone was a result of US travel constraints enforced in the light of the novel coronavirus spread, and superseded previous record holder Singapore Airlines, which transited between Singapore and Newark over a distance of 9,534 miles.

Flight TN064 is normally supposed to stop over at Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) so passengers can pass through US Customs and Border Protection, but the airport’s lockdown meant that the flight would go on without intervals.

The one-off journey spanned just under 16 hours, departing from Papeete airport at 3am local time on 14 March and reaching Paris at 6.30am local time on March 15.

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Spain to become 2nd European Country to issue a Nationwide ban and UK and Ireland added to US Travel Ban List…

Spain is set to join Italy by becoming the second country in Europe to impose a nationwide lockdown as part of its effort to slow the spread of the Covid-19pandemic.

The news came as the UK’s death toll from coronavirus nearly doubled, by rising from 11 to 21, and the UK government was reportedly preparing to ban mass gatherings from next week

Boris Johnson has faced criticism for not taking tougher action against the outbreak and his government’s plan to build up immunity within the population to fight the virus over a prolonged period, rather than introducing mass lockdowns, has been questioned by health experts.

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Coronavirus deaths in Spain rise to 193

Spain’s public broadcaster TVE has reported that the death toll from coronavirus reached 193 on Saturday, up from 120 on Friday.

Health authorities said earlier today that the total number of infections had passed 5,750, with half of them in the capital Madrid.It follows reports that the Spanish government is to put the country under lockdown as part of its state of emergency measures.

According to a draft decree, Spaniards will be ordered to stay at home except to buy food or drugs, go to the hospital, go to work or other emergencies.

Here’s the full story on the US decision to add the UK and Ireland to its travel ban.

onald Trump appeared not to be aware of the measure when asked during the press conference, but minutes later it was confirmed by vice president Mike Pence.

Norway to close all airports

Norway’s prime minister Erna Solberg has announced that all airports will close on Monday to try and prevent the spread of coronavirus, Reuters has reported.

However there are no plans to introduce a curfew and Norwegians will be allowed to return home from abroad, she added.

In a statement posed on the government website, Ms Solberg said: “We are in a serious and increasingly unpredictable situation.

“Our priority is to safeguard life and health. That requires extraordinary steps. The situation is changing rapidly in many countries, which is why we are advising against travel that is not strictly necessary to all countries.

“Norwegian citizens already travelling abroad should consider returning as soon as possible, in a calm and safe manner, and in dialogue with their travel agency or airline.”

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Airbnb Is Handing Out $1 Million To Let You Build ‘Unconventional’ Living Spaces

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Airbnb is now giving you the freedom to create the wackiest, outrageous and atypical living space you can think of to be rented out to others.

The home-sharing company says it will be launching a US$1 million fund to support people who come up with “unconventional and unusual liveable spaces” for rent on the platform.

Airbnb opens its doors to vacationers who enjoy quirky homestays, like the giant potato in Idaho or a UFO-styled house in the UK.

The company now encourages members to get creative, and will give away US$100,000 each to 10 participants with the best ideas to help them bring their out-of-the-world concepts to life.

Criteria to qualify for the funding include feasibility, creativity, sustainability, and social good.

A lineup of design and style experts, including Grammy-winning actor Billy Porter, Big Idaho Potato Hotel host Kristie Wolfe and architecture firm MVRDV, will judge the submissions, which are now open until 15 April 2020.

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World of Cruising Magazine – Inside the luxurious Butler Service Suites on Britannia by P&O Cruises

World of Cruising Magazine – Inside the luxurious Butler Service Suites on Britannia by P&O Cruises

Brit can be loved by British cruisers, but P&O Cruises has not always been synonymous with luxury. Today, however, it offers some opulence on board.

The P&O Cruises ship Britannia recently embarked on its 2019/20 winter season in the Caribbean, refreshed and better than ever after emerging from its first refurbishment.

Britannia suites feature contemporary and original works of art

The British ship has always dominated the waves in the Caribbean and Mediterranean, and it’s a real treat to stay in – especially if you book one of the 74 butler service suites, designed for those guests who want to travel in style.

All suites offer a large living room, a superior quality bathroom and a large private balcony with sun beds, chairs and table, perfect for admiring glorious views.

For those of you who are inclined to pack the kitchen sink while traveling, there is also a useful walk-in closet and a hairdryer, in case guests forget to pack.

The bathrooms boast a whirlpool tub, ideal for diving after a long day of shore excursions, as well as a shower, a luxurious premier package, bathrobe and slippers.

The suites are spacious and have a separate seating area.

There are original works of art on the walls – all commissioned by British artists, of course – and since it is a proudly British ship, you will find adequate tea and coffee making facilities in your suite.

Did you make friends on board? Entertain them in your living room or order room service for an elegant private dinner.

What we love

Every day fresh fruit and canapés, free binoculars, exclusive access to breakfast in the Epicurean restaurant, priority cards, a large balcony with sun loungers and deck chairs.

Enjoy a long and luxurious bathroom in the marble-tiled bathroom

You will also receive …

Double bed, desk, large TV, ample storage space, separate wardrobe, marble bathroom with White Company products, whirlpool bath, butler service, champagne and chocolates on arrival.

Fantasy of being in a Britannia suite? Visit pocruises.com for more information and reservations.

— Read on www.newsarchyuk.com/world-of-cruising-magazine-inside-the-luxurious-butler-service-suites-on-britannia-by-po-cruises/

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Jet2’s hand luggage size & baggage allowance!

What’s Jet2’s hand luggage size and checked baggage allowance?

BRITISH airline Jet2 offers low-cost airfares from the UK, with cheap deals from regional airports across the country.

We’ve explained their hand luggage and checked baggage rules to avoid being caught out next time you fly.

Thankfully, passengers are allowed to take two pieces of hand luggage into the cabin with them.

Here is everything you need to know when flying with Jet2.

Jet2 hand luggage rules

All Jet2 passengers can take a suitcase into the cabin for free as long as it measures 56cm x 45cm x 25cm or less, and weighs less than 10kg.

You can also take a small personal bag on board alongside this, which is often a handbag or laptop bag.

This also includes a Duty-Free bag, so shoppers will need to make sure this fits into their bags.

Jet2 cabin baggage rules

To check a suitcase into the hold, you will need to pay a fee depending on how big the bag is.

All travellers are allowed up to three checked bags weighing 22kg each, although there are no restrictions on the size.

Prices range between £8 and £45 depending on the route, as well as when it is booked, such as while booking flights or at the airport.

Be careful not to go over the weight limit, as it will cost you another £12 per kg, with the maximum weight allowed up to 32kg altogether.

Additional items such as bikes, musical instruments or ski equipment cost £30 each way.

— Read more on www.thesun.co.uk/travel/11013968/jet2-hand-luggage-checked-baggage-allowance/

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The Welsh Start Up Bringing the Adventurers to Wales – Business News Wales

The Welsh Start Up Bringing the Adventurers to Wales
Adventure Tours UK was crowned the Tourism and Leisure Start Up of the Year at this year’s Wales Start Up Awards.

Offering a range of multi-day experiences, the firm have carefully crafted world-class outdoor adventure holidays. They are also the only tour operator in Wales that run small group tours for the adventure market with responsible travel at their heart.

Founded to address the lack of package deals available to travellers hoping to visit Wales, Jim Gaffney and Claire Copeman are true believers in the potential of Wales;

“We’re genuinely proud of how much Wales has to offer: incredible wild spaces, spectacular wildlife, thrilling activity experiences, delicious foodie experiences and a warm Welsh welcome. We started out with a desire to share this with more people who don’t recognise this aspect of the UK. As we began our initial research, we were struck by the statistic that only 3% of the UK’s overseas visitors come to Wales. That alone made us more determined than ever to turn Wales around, stamping its position on the global adventure map.”
The pair each bring a complimentary background to Adventure Tours UK. Claire brings 18 years of experience in the marketing world and Jim brings 14 years’ experience working within the sector itself through a mountain biking visitor centre.

With their ample experience in mind, the pair are currently seeking investment to continue to grow the business through 2020 and beyond. Currently their offering is more centred on the North Wales market, but they hope to expand to be able to cover the entirety of Wales before taking their vision further afield.

Speaking on their win at the Wales Start Up Award Claire commented;

“To be recognised for our efforts and ambitions at this early stage in our business is just incredible. We’re so proud of everything we have achieved in our first year and are looking forward to continuing our success into 2020 and beyond. Winning the award for Tourism & Leisure is a real honour for the whole team at this exciting time.”
To find out more, please visit the Adventure Tours UK Website.

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Driving in Wales: Why the north-south road is so slow – BBC News

Driving in Wales: Why the north-south road is so slow – When we are watching Wales play – whether it’s rugby or football – it is one nation united, supporting its teams.

But what about the real world physical connections that bind us – especially between the north and south?

For a small country, our sprawling, twisting road network makes it a very large place. 

It can take longer to drive from Llandudno to Cardiff than it does to take your car across the Irish sea to Dublin.

Get stuck behind a timber lorry on the A470 – and you’ll find it would have been quicker to drive to London instead.

But why? It’s 190 miles – why should that journey take so long?

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