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As vacations resume, here’s why you might want to pay a travel advisor

ljubaphoto | E+ | Getty Images Like much of the travel and hospitality industry, travel agents took a huge hit when the pandemic struck in March 2020. However, after months of struggle and setbacks, a potential silver lining has emerged: Travel advisors’ effective advocacy for clients stranded or stymied during the global lockdown has now …

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As Europe travel reopens, airlines pounce with new flights

Major airlines are racing to add new trans-Atlantic service now that tourist-reliant countries like Croatia, Greece, Iceland and Italy have started allowing visitors from the U.S. and other nations for the first time in a year. Delta Air Lines started service to Reykjavik, Iceland from Boston on May 20. It then restarted nonstops to the …

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Business travel likely to resume in the fall, Hyatt Hotels CEO says

With more workers now returning to offices, it won’t be long until business travel also resumes, according to Hyatt Hotels CEO Mark Hoplamazian. “We are already seeing the signs of people starting to travel for work in a more affirmative way, a more significant way,” Hoplamazian said in an interview during CNBC’s Evolve Global Summit …

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Travelers care but few want to pay for it

Surveys indicate a silver lining to the pandemic is a heightened commitment to “sustainable” travel by consumers. But as vaccinations lift travel prospects, hopes for a “green” recovery may have been overblown. Sustainable travel has grown in popularity in recent years as people have tried to mitigate the negative effects of tourism, either by avoiding …

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Travel app offers skittish vacationers 60-day freeze on hotel rates

Two views of the Hopper app’s new Price Freeze feature, showing (left) a step in the search process and (right) a list of active freezes. Hopper After a year of lockdown and limited travel, Americans want flexibility and freedom when planning trips. They got used to it during the coronavirus pandemic, as travel suppliers scrambled …

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KLM to resume 95% of routes in 2021 amid international travel recovery

Dutch airline KLM said it intends to reinstate almost all of its international routes this year as vaccine rollouts offer hopes of revival for the travel industry. KLM’s president and CEO Pieter Elbers told CNBC the carrier will also add a new route to Saudi Arabia’s capital Riyadh, even as the capacity and frequency of …

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Trip.com, AirAsia and Oyo on tourism recovery from Covid

Ramping up vaccination rates for Covid-19 will help boost the recovery in the travel and tourism industry, a panel of experts told CNBC. Vaccination is the only comprehensive way to fight the impact of the coronavirus, Ritesh Agarwal, CEO and founder of Indian budget hotel chain start-up Oyo, told Nancy Hungerford during the virtual CNBC …

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Tripadvisor launches Tripadvisor Plus subscription service

A close-up of a man using an Apple iPad Mini tablet computer to research holiday destinations, January 17, 2013. Will Ireland | Future Publishing | Future | Getty Images Tripadvisor announced Wednesday the launch of Tripadvisor Plus, a travel subscription service that will provide U.S. customers with access to travel savings and other perks. The …

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Singapore Finance Minister Lawrence Wong on air travel, Covid outbreak

SINGAPORE — Singapore’s Finance Minister Lawrence Wong said “open and free” air travel in Asia remains unlikely in the near term as parts of the region battle with an increase in Covid-19 infections. “I am somewhat less sanguine about the prospects for air travel,” Wong told Martin Soong as part of the virtual CNBC Evolve …

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