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Final Flying Test Pending, Pilot landed back the Virgin Aircraft

A Virgin Atlantic flight heading to London Heathrow after it emerged the first officer hadn’t completed the airline’s final test. Flight VS3 was around 40 minutes into the journey on Monday when a “rostering error” emerged, leading to the flight returning to London, an airline spokesperson said in a statement.The first officer joined the company in 2017 and is qualified in accordance with UK flight regulations, but needed to complete the airline’s internal “final assessment” flight, the statement said. Virgin Atlantic said the flight’s captain, who’s “highly experienced” and has been with Virgin Atlantic for 17 years, did not have the designated trainer status, and the first officer was replaced with a new pilot.

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Qatar Airways Steps into the Metaverse with ‘QVerse’

As the world is upgrading towards a new technology, Metaverse, Qatar Airways took the lead in this creating their own Metaverse with the name ‘QVerse’. Qatar Airways Group Chief Executive, His Excellency Mr. Akbar Al Baker, said: “With physical boundaries beginning to be challenged by the metaverse on an increasingly larger scale, it is exciting to embrace a technology that enables all travel enthusiasts to enjoy a unique immersive experience of our award-winning products and services.” Users of the www.qatarairways.com/QVerse website can now virtually tour and navigate the Premium Check-in area at Hamad International Airport (HIA), the cabin interior of the airline’s aircraft, including the award-winning Business Class – Qsuite, and the Economy Class cabin, by using their own Personal Electronic Devices (PEDs). The national carrier of the State of Qatar is also the first global airline to introduce a MetaHuman cabin crew offering a digital interactive customer experience. This shares the idea how seriously the Qatar Airways takes the technology and leads in many regions.

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One million Pilgrims Allowed in 1443H/2022

One Million Pilgrims (both foreign and domestic) are announced by the Ministry of Hajj and Umrah in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia will perform Hajj this year 1443H/2022.

Destinations Funding Sustainability Through Tourist Taxes

If you have traveled in the past few years, you may have noticed a small tourist tax added to your bill upon booking or when checking into your hotel. Though tourist fees are often negligible, totaling on average only a few dollars per night, these types of fees are considered by destinations and accommodations to be one of the easiest ways for globetrotters to give back to the places they visit. Funds are now being used to support the upkeep of sustainable tourism infrastructure, conservation projects and other plans to improve the “eco-friendliness” of hotspots. Although these taxes aim to support destinations with their sustainable development, transparency is needed to gain consumer (and industry) trust so that destinations continue to adopt them. With this in mind, let’s dive into how the following destinations have turned contributions from tourist taxes into valuable sustainable tourism initiatives. Balearic Islands, SpainNew ZealandAmsterdam, The NetherlandsThailandQuintana Roo, México

State Department Warns US Citizens Against Travel to China, Hong Kong

The United States Department of State is warning U.S. citizens to reconsider travel to parts of the People’s Republic of China and to Hong Kong, citing a bevy of potential risk factors. “Reconsider travel to the People’s Republic of China (PRC) due to arbitrary enforcement of local laws and COVID-19-related restrictions,” the State Dept. said in a travel advisory. “Do not travel to the PRC’s Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (SAR), Jilin province, and Shanghai municipality due to COVID-19-related restrictions, including the risk of parents and children being separated. Reconsider travel to the PRC’s Hong Kong SAR due to arbitrary enforcement of local laws.” “The PRC government arbitrarily enforces local laws, including carrying out arbitrary and wrongful detentions and using exit bans on U.S. citizens and citizens of other countries without due process of law,” the State Dept. wrote. “…In most cases, U.S. citizens only become aware of an exit ban when they attempt to depart the PRC, and there is no reliable mechanism or legal process to find out how long the ban might continue or to contest it …

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Which EU countries are open to US tourists? A breakdown of EU travel restrictions by country

Interested in traveling to Europe? You’re going to have to do your homework first. Travelers looking to travel to Europe this year face a mishmash of travel restrictions across European Union member states. Some countries, like Spain, require travelers to be vaccinated and boosted before entry. Others, like Italy, allow unvaccinated travelers to enter with a negative coronavirus test. Nearly all are keeping international travelers on their toes by constantly updating their entry requirements to match the fluctuating state of the pandemic. Bailey Schulz USA TODAY

JetBlue and Spirit: What happens when two airlines with bad customer service records merge?

JetBlue Airways’ surprise $3.6 billion bid for “ultra” low-fare carrier Spirit Airlines sounded like a late April Fools’ prank to some passengers. JetBlue claimed its offer, which would thwart a bid by Frontier Airlines to acquire Spirit, was a “superior” deal that would benefit customers and shareholders. But will the joke be on air travelers? If the last big merger is any indication, maybe. “If the merger means improved service and the end of Spirit’s poor treatment of passengers, then I’m all for it,” says Vince Marano, an electrician from Feasterville, Pennsylvania “But I would hate to see JetBlue get dragged down to Spirit’s level.” MATCH MADE IN AIRLINE (FEE) HEAVEN: Budget airlines Frontier and Spirit announce merger BIZARRE LOVE TRIANGLE: Spirit agrees to talk with JetBlue amid merger with Frontier

Travel Industry Anticipates Creating 126 Million New Jobs in Next Decade

The World Travel & Tourism Council has released its latest Economic Impact Report (EIR) during its Global Summit in Manila, Philippines this week, announcing the travel and tourism industry is expected to create nearly 126 million new jobs within the next ten years. In addition to this big prediction, the report also noted that the industry will be a driving force for global economic recovery after COVID-19, creating one in three of all new jobs expected to be created in the next ten years. Travel and tourism is expected to grow its GDP at an average annual rate of 5.8 percent in the next ten years, over twice the growth rate of the global economy, which is at 2.7 percent. The industry is expected to comprise 11.3 percent of the total global economy, which in 2019 comprised 10.3 percent of the global economy.

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