Cruise: Scenic Cruises expert reveals how to get ‘first pick’ of cheap holiday deals for f | Cruise | Travel

Though cruise holidays might have faced yet more delays to restart dates in recent weeks, industry insiders remain positive for the future. Onboard safety remains in focus, as cruise lines hammer out new ways of improving COVID-19 measures, and big-name brands are gearing up to set sail once again.

However, if you’re looking for lashings of luxury at a reduced price, waiting until cruises take to the ocean again may be too late.

In fact, according to one cruise expert, customers can make one simple in order to get the best deals first.

And to make things even better, it comes at no cost.

Nichola Absalom is the director of global brand for Scenic who specialise in both luxury yacht ocean cruises, river cruises and excursions.

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What’s more, it usually means email subscribers will benefit before the news

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Flywire reveals new collaboration with Brazilian group

Valentina Vitali
Valentina Vitali

FXC Intelligence Research Analyst

Valentina is a Research Analyst at FXC Intelligence, the data sister company of FXcompared. Valentina is passionate about payments and fintech. Valentin enjoys analysing money transfer companies and… Read more
  • Flywire, which offers payments services, will work with the Brazilian Educational & Language Travel Association (BELTA) to help students make tuition payments.
  • According to BELTA, many Brazilian students go abroad each year, creating a significant demand for these services in the country.
  • A spokesperson for Flywire said that agents in particular were likely to benefit from the service, while students and schools would also find themselves enjoying a better experience.

Online money transfer company Flywire has confirmed that it will be working alongside a Brazilian travel association as part of a service aimed at students.

The firm said that it would be working with the Brazilian Educational & Language Travel Association

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Good Hotel Guide reveals Yorkshire winner of Cesar award

ITS origins stretch back to the 15th century, but this landmark Dales pub now has a new contemporary look – and another major award under its belt.

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Johanna and chef Michael Wignall, of The Angel Inn, Hetton Picture: Bruce Rollinson

Yorkshire’s most recent Michelin-starred restaurant, the Angel Inn, at Hetton, has scooped “an Oscar” of the hotel industry.

Judges from the 2021 Good Hotel Guide, which is out today, awarded the hostelry, owned by chef Michael Wignall and wife Johanna, with its “magnificent food” and “sublime views” a Cesar Award for Inn of the Year.

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The Guide, which describes the Angel as a place to enjoy local ales as well as a first-rate dining experience and a luxurious night’s sleep awards 10 Cesars – named after the hotelier

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IHG Hotels & Resorts reveals new data about the U.S. summer vacation in 2020

ATLANTA, Oct. 1, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — ‘Staycation’ was undoubtedly the travel buzzword of 2020. With travel restrictions limiting people jetting off to far-flung destinations for some of the summer months this year, Americans looked to explore what was on their very own doorstep more so than ever before.

IHG Hotels & Resorts, which includes brands such as Holiday Inn, InterContinental, Crowne Plaza, Staybridge Suites and Kimpton, reveals new data about the 2020 U.S. summer staycation and the impact on hotel bookings.

Brian Hicks, SVP Commercial and Revenue Management, IHG Hotels & Resorts commented on the findings; “People are as eager as ever to travel, but the pandemic has understandably changed priorities when travelling. With enhanced cleaning measures through our IHG Way of Clean program and more flexible booking policies, people have continued traveling this summer, with many opting for a staycation in the U.S.”

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‘India filled reserves with cheap crude in April, May’: Pradhan reveals import bill saving

India saved Rs 5000 crore by taking the advantage of low crude oil prices in April and May 2020 to fill the existing strategic petroleum reserves, Union Petroleum Minister Dharmendra Pradhan revealed on Tuesday.

Global crude oil prices had tanked since March this year after the Coronavirus pandemic swept across the world after originating from China, resulting in the imposition of stringent nationwide lockdowns that scuttled demand for fuels as worldwide travel came to a grinding halt and industrial operations paused.

In his keynote address to the ‘GCTC Energy Security Conference 2020’ organized by Global Counter-Terrorism Council, Pradhan said, “Taking the advantage of low crude oil prices in April and May 2020, we filled the existing strategic petroleum reserves with 16 million barrels of crude oil, resulting in saving of over Rs 5000 crore for the Government.” He said the government is striving for alignment and a synergistic approach

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Travellers from Dubai, UK majorly contributed to cases in India, reveals IIT study

Travellers coming in from Dubai and the United Kingdom were the main sources of coronavirus importations into India, an analytical study by the Indian Institute of Technology, Mandi, reported PTI.

The study, published in the Journal of Travel Medicine, said that the infection spread to Indian states primarily due to international travels.

The study also found that those infected from Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh and Delhi did not play a significant role in spreading the disease. However, people infected in Rajasthan, Gujarat, Maharashtra, Jammu and Kashmir, Karnataka, Kerala played a major role in local transmission and spread of inter-state cases.

The team of researchers used the travel history of those infected between January and April as the primary data source and a social network was created depicting the spread in the early phase of the pandemic. “The research found that the maximum numbers of connections were established from Dubai

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The traffic is murder this morning: Radio Scotland’s travel oracle Theresa Talbot reveals why she is page-turning to a life of crime

She may be best known for steering commuters away from jams, roadworks and cancelled services but Theresa Talbot also knows where the bodies are buried.

Presenting BBC Radio Scotland’s travel bulletins has helped ease rush-hour frustrations for motorists but, after a series of acclaimed crime novels, Theresa is also adept at driving a story and plotting a surprise turn.

The broadcaster and author also presents The Tartan Noir Show, a podcast showcasing Scotland’s crime writers, and has revealed how, as the second series begins, her own passion for crime fiction means it is a dream job. Her own love of tales from the darker side of the street began in childhood with stories full of things that went bump in the night.

She said: “I love horror. My parents and grandfather told my siblings and me horrific stories as children. Those were our bedtime stories. But I’ve never been able

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A New Book Reveals How Green Travel Can Elevate Your Experience

“What is green travel?” muses Juliet Kinsman, journalist and author of the new The Green Edit: Travel guide (£9,99, Ebury Press). “For sure, there are a lot of myths surrounding what this actually means, but being green has never been so gratifying. In many ways, ‘green travel’ is about experiencing the world in a more enriching and authentic way.”

Ideal for those who care about the planet, yet remain in love with discovering the world, Juliet’s new book, The Green Edit: Travel, covers all aspects of how we can explore in a more responsible way, and breaks down exactly what ‘sustainable travel’ means.

Here, for Forbes, Juliet talks about the inspiration behind the title.

What prompted you to write a guide on eco-friendly travel?

I’ve been a journalist for around 25 years and I have spent of lot

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