Russian Staycation: Kazan with Kids

By Yulia Skopich This summer, travel and vacations are not going to be like usual. If you are wary of crowds or flying, forget the Black Sea coast and consider some vacation options closer to Moscow. How about Kazan? The Republic of Tatarstan does not require visitors from other regions to self-is


How to travel post-COVID-19

When it comes to the Middle East, July seems to be a marker. From Bahrain to Egypt, Morocco to Dubai, borders are tentatively opening, with plans to jumpstart tourism a sign of better days to come. But still, a question hangs heavy. Even if we are now allowed to travel, will the experience ever real


Kuwait keen to revive pandemic-hit tourism sector

Kuwait is determined to overcome the impacts of the coronavirus pandemic on the country’s tourism sector, a state minister said, according to state news agency KUNA.Kuwaiti Minister of Information and Minister of State for Youth Affairs Mohammad Al-Jabri said there have been “great effor


5 best UAE staycation deals for the summer

David Light   WHEN THE WEEKEND rolls around, so too does that dreaded question, what are we going to do? As we all begin to venture further afield from the confines of our own homes, we find a trip to the mall can seem like the equivalent of a pre-"situation" journey to another continent. Thi


Virus concerns grow — as do crowds flocking to Jersey Shore

As coronavirus-related restrictions are eased and temperatures climb, people are flocking back to the Jersey Shore. And with the July Fourth holiday weekend upon us, that’s making some people nervous, particularly given the large crowds that have surfaced at some popular shore spots recently


EU reopens its borders to 14 nations but not to US tourists

The European Union will reopen its borders to travelers from 14 countries, and possibly China soon, the bloc announced Tuesday, but most Americans have been refused entry for at least another two weeks due to soaring coronavirus infections in the U.S. As Europe’s economies reel from the impac


Egypt to allow foreign tourists to some resorts from July 1

Egypt will allow scheduled international flights and foreign tourists to resorts that have been least affected by the coronavirus starting from July 1, the cabinet said. Egypt suspended regular international flights in March and shut down restaurants, hotels and cafes.Airports remain closed to all


Italians Rediscover Their Museums, With No Tourists in Sight

Rome - Elisabetta Povoledo -  There was no red carpet, but even so, a cadre of photographers snapped frenziedly as the objects of their attention — the first visitors to the Vatican Museums when they reopened on Monday after the coronavirus lockdown — squirmed in the unexpected spot


Middle East airlines’ passenger traffic nosedive in April

Passenger traffic for Middle East airlines plummeted 97.3 percent in April, versus a less-steeper dive of 50.3 percent a month earlier, the International Air Transport Association (IATA) said in a report.“April was a disaster for aviation as air travel almost entirely stopped. But April may al


Cyprus to pay holiday costs of infected tourists

Cyprus has pledged to cover the holiday costs of anyone who tests positive for the virus after travelling there. In a letter made public on Wednesday, the government said it would pay for accommodation, medicine and food for patients and their families. Tourists "will only need to bear the cost of


Tunisian tourism sector hopes for partial return of activity soon

Tunisian authorities are leaving no stone unturned in their search for solutions to the tourism crisis stemming from the coronavirus pandemic. According to official figures published this week, tourism income this year has already dropped by 27% compared to the same period last year. Revenues were


Safe Eid staycations in the UAE

If you have been repeatedly pinching yourself to wake up from a bad dream, you are not alone. In the midst of the all-consuming coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic, the world has been forced to reconcile with a new order.After several stages of grief for what was, and disbelief for what lies ahe


Coronavirus in the Maldives: The couple trapped on never-ending honeymoon

It began with a wedding in Egypt's capital Cairo on 6 March: eight years after they first met, 36-year-old Khaled and Peri, 35, married in front of their friends and families. A few days later, the Dubai-based couple left for Cancún, Mexico, with barely a worry in the world: coronavirus seem


Kuwait’s Civil Aviation Authority: commercial flights will gradually resume

Kuwait’s Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) will implement a gradual resumption of commercial flights upon government approval, daily Kuwait Times reported.The country has suspended all international flights to and from the country since March 13 to curb the spread of coronavirus, with the excepti


Greece to restart tourism June 15, international flights July 1

Greece will restart its tourism season on June 15 in a key boost to the economy after the virus lockdown, Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis said Wednesday, adding that international flights would resume on July 1.“The tourism period begins June 15, when seasonal hotels can reopen, and direct


EU unveils plans to save vacations and avoid a lost summer

The European Union unveiled Wednesday its plan to help citizens across the 27 nations salvage their summer vacations after months of tough coronavirus confinement and to hopefully resurrect Europe’s badly battered tourism industry. Around 150,000 people have died across Europe and Britain sin


International tourism to plunge up to 30 percent due to coronavirus: UN

The number of international tourist arrivals will fall by 20-30 percent in 2020 due to the novel coronavirus, putting millions of jobs at risk, the World Tourism Organization said Friday. This revises sharply lower a forecast made earlier this month of a decline of just 1.0-3.0 percent. The drop i


Concern mounts that border measures threaten EU free travel

The future of ID-check free travel across 26 European countries is at risk if governments do not ease soon the emergency border restrictions they introduced to halt the spread of the coronavirus, European Union lawmakers and officials warned Tuesday. As the virus outbreaks expanded in Italy in Febr





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