Daily News Brief – July 23, 2020

Southwest Airlines to Block Middle Seats Through at least October amid Coronavirus Pandemic

Southwest Airlines to Block Middle Seats Through at least October amid Coronavirus Pandemic

Southwest Airlines plans to continue its equivalent of blocking middle seats through at least October. The airline, the only major carrier that does not assign seats, said it will limit the number of seats for sale on each flight in the name of social distancing. It had previously said it planned to block seats through Sept. 30. Continue Reading >>


COVID-19 Updates

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Professional Development

Global Travel Professional® (GTP) Certification Application Deadline is August 2

Brought to you by the GBTA Academy, The GTP® Certification is designed to raise industry standards, enhance work performance, and recognize individuals who demonstrate core competencies essential to the business travel management discipline. Fall Exam dates are October 1 – November 17 and Virtual Proctoring is available.

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Trending Industry News

Aviation Industry News

Airport Authority of Hong Kong Issues New Arrival Measures (BUSINESS TRAVELLER)

United Extends Mask Requirements to Airports Worldwide (BUSINESS TRAVELLER)

China Requires Negative COVID-19 Tests for All Arriving Air Passengers (BUSINESS TRAVELLER)

Ground Transportation Industry News

Japan’s Brand New Bullet Train Is Earthquake-Proof (POPULAR MECHANICS)

Didi Chuxing Launches New Economy Ride-Hailing (AUTO RENTAL NEWS)

Hospitality Industry News

Dorsett Is Offering Guests COVID-19 Tests (BUSINESS TRAVELLER)

Radisson Shows Growth in Latin America With a Hotel Opening in Mexico Following a $2m. Renovation (SOURCE)

Airbnb Expands COVID Cleaning Protocol Program and Designation to 50 Countries and Regions (PHOCUSWIRE)


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WorldAware Intelligence Brief 

Ireland – Authorities Lift Self-isolation Advisory for Travelers from 15 Countries

Mexico – Severe Weather and Possible Flooding Forecast Nationwide

Papua New Guinea – Authorities Require Negative Coronavirus Disease Test and Written Approval for Inbound Travelers

Taiwan – Authorities Remove Australia and Hong Kong from Low-risk List

United States – Hurricane Douglas Continues to Strengthen in Western Pacific Ocean; Landfall Possible in Hawaii

Vietnam – Heavy Rainfall, Strong Winds, Flooding, and Landslides Forecast Across Northern Regions


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