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An NHS app offered in England will be available to use as a vaccine passport from next Monday, the government has said.
However, it will only be accessible to those who have had both doses of the jab.
The existing app can already be used to request repeat prescriptions, arrange appointments to see a doctor and view medical records.
It is, however, separate to the NHS Covid-19 app, which is used for contact tracing.
The app can also show vaccine statuses, including for coronavirus, but currently this feature must be enabled by a GP before it appears on the app.
The new update will contain a separate feature to display coronavirus vaccine records, so the government said there should be no need to contact GPs.
The app will not show coronavirus test results, but the NHS plans to incorporate this in the future, the government website said.
“There are not many countries that currently accept proof of vaccination,” the government advice warns.
“So for the time being, most people will still need to follow other rules when travelling abroad – like getting a negative pre-departure test.”
Rory Boland, editor of Which? Travel, welcome the news.
He said: “Steps to simplify the process of proving your vaccine status will remove some of the admin involved before travelling and should reduce test costs, with some destinations removing the need for a pre-departure test if passengers can provide proof of vaccination.
“Travellers do need urgent and concrete assurances from the government as to whether this form of proof will be accepted by green list countries.
“With travel due to restart imminently, many will plan to provide vaccination status rather than a test to travel and they risk being turned away from the flight and holiday if the NHS app is not accepted by a destination country.”
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It was once common practice to herd camels hundreds of kilometers through the desert. Now, with only a handful of herders left, the ancient art of desert navigation will soon be lost.
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Rosewood Hotels & Resorts has been appointed by real estate development firm Grupo Sordo Madaleno to operate Rosewood Mexico City.
The new hotel is expected to open in 2024 in the flourishing Polanco district.
Positioned in the heart of the vibrant capital, Rosewood Mexico City is conveniently located within walking distance of renowned luxury shopping district, Avenida Presidente Masaryk, as well as esteemed cultural institutions including Museo Soumaya and Museo Jumex.
The property will join the global brand’s collection of properties across Mexico, from Los Cabos and Riviera Maya to San Miguel de Allende.
Designed by Mexico City-based architecture firm Sordo Madaleno Arquitectos, Rosewood Mexico City will occupy the grand tower of Antara’s new build expansion.
Celebrating its 15th anniversary this year, Antara is a mixed-use development which also comprises modern offices, luxury retail outlets, restaurants and entertainment venues.
The enclave will encompass 133 accommodations, 35 of which will be suites, and four food and beverage outlets including an all-day bistro, a poolside bar and grill, a living room and a specialty dining venue.
“A thriving hub of art and culture, Mexico City reflects many of Rosewood’s defining pillars,” said Sonia Cheng, chief executive of Rosewood Hotel Group.
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New data from the World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC) shows the UK fell out of the top five biggest tourism markets in 2020.
Figures suggest the hospitality sector suffering a punishing GDP fall of 63 per cent last year.
The fall from fifth place in 2019 to eighth position in 2020 saw it sustain one of the biggest collapses of the ten largest tourism markets, due to continuing travel restrictions, and what the WTTC called “unnecessary and crushing quarantines”.
Meanwhile, the US maintained its position as the largest global tourism market, despite suffering a 41 per cent fall in GDP last year.
China also kept its position as second biggest tourism market, but experienced a harder GDP fall of 60 per cent, with Japan slightly improving its ranking – from fourth to third – shouldering a GDP fall nearly half that of China, of just 37 per cent.
Gloria Guevara, WTTC chief executive, said: “With positive news from across Europe about the gradual reopening of borders we hope to see many more countries adopt a more risk-based approach.
“This will restore mobility safely through rapid testing and health and hygiene protocols to support the vaccination rollout.”
She added: “However, the UK was one of the most heavily impacted of the major tourism markets, falling out of the top five to eighth position due to the damaging and ineffective quarantines and unhelpful continuing travel restrictions.
“Despite the restrictions designed to curb the spread of the pandemic, the US and China maintained their respective positions as first and second biggest tourism markets.”
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Mondrian has announced its expansion into Europe with Mondrian Shoreditch London.
The lifestyle hotel, owned by the Reuben Brothers, will open its doors July following a major overhaul and complete redesign by award-winning London interior design studio Goddard Littlefair.
This latest news comes on the heels of Accor’s acquisition of sbe’s hotel brands late last year and its planned joint venture with Ennismore.
sbe chief operating officer, Chadi Farhat, said: “We are very proud to collaborate with Jamie Reuben and his family in bringing the iconic Mondrian brand back to London.
“The city has been and will continue to be a thriving hub for our lifestyle offerings, and myself and my team are excited to re-establish Mondrian as one of London’s most innovative destinations for lifestyle, hospitality, culinary and mixology experiences for locals and travellers alike.”
The 120-bedroom property – including 13 suites – will sit in the midst of Shoreditch, East London’s creative and cultural hub: an area that captivates the energy and playful DNA of the Mondrian brand.
As a leading lifestyle brand, Mondrian recognises the cultural vibrancy of a place and elevates it – intertwining guest offerings with local highlights and bringing the essence of East London to the hotel and vice versa.
Mondrian Shoreditch will collaborate with local personalities and brands to highlight their lifestyle approach to hospitality, via partnerships including artistic pop-ups and live performances in the Screening Room, a private room and bar.
The property will also offer a premium co-working space, visionary dining and mixology concepts and boasts a rooftop pool and lounge by an award-winning team, just in time for the summer – a rarity for Londoners and always in high demand.
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The Competition & Markets Authority (CMA) has warned package holiday companies to respect the refund rights of holidaymakers ahead of the summer period.
The government body has published an open letter to the sector and has also sent it directly to the 100 package travel firms with the most complaints about them.
The letter reminds the firms of their legal obligations and of the need to ensure refund options are clear and accessible.
As a result of CMA action, TUI UK has now given a formal commitment – known as ‘undertakings’ – to provide clearer information on refunds upfront to customers whose holidays have been cancelled due to coronavirus 9.
The company had already taken steps to meet concerns raised by the CMA, by improving the information it provides to customers and making it easier for people to get their money back.
Since March last year, the CMA has received over 23,000 complaints from consumers about refund issues relating to package holidays that could not go ahead due to the pandemic.
In acknowledgement of this, the letter to the package travel sector sets out what businesses should provide and what customers can expect.
Commitments include a pledge to refund customers in 14 days, in cash of through a credit note.
The CMA also states people have a right to a full refund where they decide to cancel their package because “unavoidable and extraordinary circumstances” at the destination.
Andrea Coscelli, chief executive of the CMA, said: “International travel is set to resume soon and lots of people will be considering a long-awaited trip abroad.
“With that in mind, we want to make sure people are fully aware of their refund rights, so they can make informed choices about booking a holiday.
“We have secured millions in refunds for people who couldn’t go on their hard-earned trips over the past year and now we’re calling on package holiday companies to make the refund process less hassle in the future.
“We expect all firms to give clear cancellation options and will consider appropriate steps if we see companies breaking the law by refusing or delaying refunds this summer.”
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