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3 Must-Visit Holiday Season Destinations



The holiday season is a fantastic time to explore new cities and create wonderful memories with your loved ones. Traveling to beautiful destinations known for their festive decorations, world-class Christmas light displays, and fun holiday markets makes the season merrier and offers the whole family an unforgettable holiday experience. Here are three must-visit destinations during the holiday season.

Paris, France

Paris is called “The City of Light” for good reason, and never is that more apparent than at holiday time. During the season, the beautiful streets of Paris are decorated and lined with magnificent, twinkling lights that get you in the holiday mood. While you’re there, take a spin on the largest rink in the world at Le Grand Palais or whirl about the Champs de Mars located directly under the Eiffel Tower at the Christmas Market. In the evening, enjoy a crisp stroll along the Seine, sampling sweet holiday treats with a rich cup of chocolat chaud (hot chocolate).

New York, United States

New York is one of the most beautiful and visited cities during the holiday season, so you’ll want to make sure you see it all when you’re there. Ice-skate at Rockefeller Center as you gaze at New York’s most magnificent Christmas tree, and be sure to pop across the street to experience Radio City’s annual Christmas spectacular. Visit Columbus Circle in Central Park and enjoy the wonderful Christmas market. If you’re driving to the Big Apple at holiday time, take care and be cautious of other drivers. Over 90 percent of holiday travelers take cars to their destinations, which leads to an increased risk of accidents. It might be wiser to leave the car at home and not bother driving in the city. After all, most New Yorkers don’t.

London, United Kingdom

London is spectacular at Christmas time with all the holiday lights strewn about the streets and its many must-see locations celebrating the season. Be sure to visit Kew Gardens, Carnaby Street, and Oxford Street where the lights are especially beautiful. Taste the flavors of the season such as mulled wine and mince pies. Then, head over to Trafalgar Square and enjoy London’s magnificently decorated Christmas tree. For Harry Potter fans, explore the Great Hall and Gryffindor common room at the Warner Brothers Studio Tour.

No matter which amazing city you choose to enjoy this holiday season, you’ll have a wonderful time sipping cocoa, ice-skating, perusing Christmas markets and creating memories that will last a lifetime. Preparing yourself for your holiday adventure will ensure you’ll have a safe and merry season filled with light-hearted celebration.

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WTTC Unveils Safe Travels Protocols for Airlines, Tour Operators and More



The World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC) has unveiled a new round of safety measures aimed at airlines, airports, tour operators and meeting and event organizers in an effort to propel the post-COVID-19 recovery.

WTTC previously released its Safe Travels protocols for the hospitality sector as well as outdoor retail businesses.

Developed following close consultation with WTTC members such as the International Air Transport Association (IATA), Emirates Group and Etihad, among others, guidance for the aviation industry includes enhanced cleaning procedures, personal protective equipment (PPE) and retraining for staff, signage to limit interaction and queuing at touchpoints and the implementation of more contactless processes.

WTTC is also recommending that airlines limit movement within the cabin as much as possible by boarding passengers from the back of the plane to the front and from the window seats out to the aisle seats.

“COVID-19 is a gamechanger for the travel and tourism sector, requiring us to enhance our approach to health and safety to protect our travelers and workforce,” said Alexandre de Juniac, Director General and CEO at IATA, in a statement. “Aviation is the business of freedom and it is vital to enable its restart on a safe basis. IATA is delighted to lend its framework and collaborate with WTTC on the Aviation Protocols as part of its Safe Travels initiative. This is an excellent example of the industry solidarity and cooperation that will be so vital to ensuring a strong recovery for travel and tourism.”

Meanwhile, tour operators are being asked to enhance disinfection and deep cleaning practices for coaches and other vehicles as well as to roll out pre-allocated seating plans with no rotation and explore staggered timing for access to venues, hotels and restaurants, among other measures.

Convention centers and meetings and event organizers are encouraged to implement physical distancing, reduce venue capacity limits, consider pre-arrival risk assessment questionnaires for participants and create isolation units outside the venue where possible for anyone showing COVID-19 symptoms.

“For the first time ever, the global private sector has rallied around our Safe Travels protocols which will create the consistency needed to allow a re-invigorated Travel & Tourism sector re-open for business,” stated WTTC President & CEO, Gloria Guevara. “Among the most important of these measures are those which will enable the aviation sector to take-off. Aviation’s return is critical to help repower the global economic recovery.”

“WTTC aviation protocols were created in close collaboration with ACI and IATA. We thank them and their leaders Angela Gittens and Alexandre de Juniac for their guidance, as it is vital we restore consumer confidence to get people traveling and flying safely,” she added. “The expertise from large and small tour operators contributed to define the new experience via tour operators and visiting event venues again, and were defined in the coordination of experts from this segment, through these robust global measures which have been embraced by businesses around the world.”

Visit to view a complete breakdown of the latest Safe Travels global protocols.

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