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Thailand reopens to tourists – but only those who are loaded & can charter private planes

The Civil Aviation Authority of Thailand has added a clause to the plan to also allow those who have 'special arrangements' with the government.
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With virus hammering tourism, Bali’s hotels are up for sale and going cheap

Balangan Wave, a 50-villa resort under construction, has already hit the market, and developer Michael Halim has slashed his asking price to $9 million from $17 million in May.
A file photo of Himachal Pradesh capital Shimla during the lockdown. | Photo: Special arrangement

Himachal Pradesh ‘unlocks’ hotels, but industry in no hurry to welcome hill tourists back

At a meeting convened by Himachal Tourism secretary to explore ways to unlock the state, the hotel industry conveyed its unanimous decision to remain shut.
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Amsterdam to clean up sex-and-drugs tourism in post-virus reboot

Amsterdam Mayor Femke Halsema has laid out a plan that strikes a better balance between visitors and locals in its city center.
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Pragmatic for Modi govt to stagger tourism revival plan from immediate survival to recovery

Informal sector predominates travel and tourism industry. Globally, as in India, about 80 per cent of the industry is composed of small and medium enterprises.
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International tourism could decline by 60-80% in 2020 due to Covid-19: UN report

The report states the pandemic has caused a loss of $910 billion to $1.2 trillion and placed millions of livelihoods at risk.
Look of Taj Mahal from Dussehra Ghat | Photo: Praveen Jain | ThePrint

India’s tourism needs life support, liquidity to survive Covid crisis: MakeMyTrip founder

The year 2020 could be a complete washout for the travel and tourism industry in India if we don’t take immediate steps – not just to contain virus but also its impact on livelihoods.
An empty Corso Umberto street, on the sixth day of an unprecedented lockdown in Italy imposed to slow the outbreak of coronavirus in Naples Sunday | ANI vie Reuters

International travellers can shrink from 1.4 billion to under 1 billion due to Covid-19

The numbers for international travellers haven’t fallen this low in five years.
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Airbnb may become obsolete depending on recovery of tourism after Covid-19 crisis

Bookings on Airbnb slumped from 96% to 41% this year due travel restrictions imposed by many countries in view of the pandemic.
A file photo of Karnataka Tourism Minister C.T. Ravi with PM Narendra Modi

Why minister C.T. Ravi wanted casinos in Karnataka but took a U-turn on the proposal

Asked whether the Karnataka govt was looking at casinos to generate revenue, minister C.T. Ravi told ThePrint there was no such proposal. 

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Scuba divers are turning plastic waste in the oceans into Covid face masks

Diving organisation PADI has teamed up with a watersports clothing company to recycle bottles recovered from the ocean to make a range of face coverings.

Refining industry enters ‘age of consolidation’ with ‘catastrophic’ margins

A refinery thrives on the price difference between crude oil and fuels like gasoline, earning a profit that’s known in the industry as a cracking margin.

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File image of Indian soldiers in Ladakh | By special arrangement

No de-escalation in Ladakh yet, but some forward movement could be expected this week

India and China have agreed on an initial de-escalation plan and a 72-hour observation window to make sure steps agreed upon have been taken on the ground.
Illustration by Soham Sen | ThePrint

It’s time for China, Pakistan, even India to rethink the fantasy Modi called expansionism

India, China and Pakistan all want territory from another. But it’s a pursuit doomed to fail as they can’t get it without annihilating the other.