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Let’s hope positive momentum continues A NOTE FROM THE EDITOR


The Global Travel Taskforce report, published last week, points a way forward if its recommendations are followed up. Now, industry leaders hope the government quickly provides the detail required to fulfil the first recommendation for a test to release scheme from December 15 (page 4). Despite reservations, there was still a feeling among those on the


frontline that these first steps towards a meaningful restart would at least nurture confidence in the cohort of consumers who remain keen to travel as soon as they are able. Reports from agents this week certainly suggest an upturn, albeit from a low base, with many noting a “vaccine bounce” and positive future intent (pages 5 and 6).


As always, every piece of good news has a caveat, and there is a long way to go before any sense of normality is likely to return. But with progress on testing trials and the approval of vaccines, the trade is united in hoping the momentum can be maintained. Throughout this tumultuous year, we have sought to keep you informed with the best news and


analysis online and in print, but have also shone a light on the positive and uplifting stories that have emerged as a reminder of the partnerships and friendships that typify the travel industry. As we approach Christmas and a new year, we felt it was even more important to celebrate those positives, so please turn to page 12 for details of our Christmas Cheers initiative, and your opportunity to thank those who have helped and inspired you over the course of the pandemic.


Lucy Huxley, editor-in-chief, Travel Weekly Group CONTENTS


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NEWS Industry awaits ‘test to release’ details 4 Spain pins hopes on pre-departure tests4 Bookings rise in wake of vaccine reports 5 Failure cover warning; January outlook 6 Biblio Travel to launch; Abta’s ad call 7 Trending Travel, Hays funeral, Ski Amis 8 Comment Gemma Antrobus: Verdict on taskforce 10 christmas CheeRS Industry says ‘thanks for your support’ 12


NEWS YOU CAN USE Walt Disney World, Tobago, Pata Titan Travel, CV Villas


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NCL, Fred Olsen, Oceania, Ponant 18


FRONTLINE Your Stories Lizzie Adamson-Brown on mental health podcasts 20


agent diary Mark Swords: There’s a glimmer of light 21


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WHAT LUCY DID THIS WEEK


●Spent a chilly afternoon beside the Thames, filming with BBC business reporter Ben Thompson, for a programme on how Covid has affected different industries.


●Secured the final speakers for our free-to-attend virtual event to launch our ninth annual Insight Report.


●Got an email from my son’s school to say someone in his year has Covid and he needs to stay at home for two weeks!


competitions Atlantis/One&Only, SaniGo, Intrepid 24 Get Social


Rhodes, vaccine stamps, Biblio Travel 27


DESTINATIONS Indian ocean


Isolated Escapes: Secluded resorts, from eco-retreats in the Maldives to hidden gems in the Seychelles 28


sustainability


Rebuilding: We ask a pool of experts ‘how can the tourism industry rebuild more responsibly?’


Lockdown projects: Five of the best sustainable community schemes


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BUSINESS NEWS Testing is the priority for travel’s restart 38 Iata warns airlines will run out of cash 38 Weston: Ban OTAs’ rate parity clause 39 Cruise sector calls for restart timeline 39 All taskforce’s proposals to be pursued 40


travelweeklyuk , @travelweeklyuk 3 DECEMBER 2020 3

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