Samoa Tourism Authority, via its official Twitter account, stated (23-Sep-2022) all coronavirus related travel restrictions have lifted from 22-Sep-2022. Travellers are no longer required to show proof of vaccination or take a pre departure coronavirus test.
LATAM Airlines Chile, via its official Twitter account, announced (22-Sep-2022) Chile's Government plans to remove mask wearing requirements for passengers on domestic services, effective 01-Oct-2022. International passengers will need to provide proof of vaccination or a negative PCR test to enter the country.
Japan's Prime Minister Fumio Kishida announced (22-Sep-2022) plans to remove the cap on daily arrivals and resume visa free individual travel to Japan, effective 11-Oct-2022. The government also plans to restart its domestic travel subsidy and event discount programmes to support the accommodation, travel and entertainment industries. [more - original PR - Japanese]
Global Business Travel Association (GBTA) surveyed (21-Sep-2022) travel and procurement leaders from Europe and North America, finding 54% say business travel has rebounded faster than expected, while 77% report they are spending more time troubleshooting traveller issues. Highlights include:
- 67% believe that once all their offices are open, hybrid work scenarios will dominate. Only 9% anticipate that all their colleagues will return to the office full time;
- 40% report that their companies have reduced their office space;
- 39% say their company is hiring more remote workers than they did prior to the pandemic;
- Almost four of five travel managers responding (79%) say remote working policies boost employee morale, while 72% believe these policies help with talent recruitment;
- 17% say the procurement and management of co-working spaces is fully-managed;
- 44% "don't know" how their company procures co-working spaces;
- More than seven in ten (71%) say they would gain from having the consolidated data from hotel, meeting and co-working bookings, with 67% noting it would be easier for employees to use validated corporate payment tools via a singular booking source;
- Nearly three-quarters (74%) say it would be easier for employees to book both hotels and co-working spaces at the same time in the same shopping/booking technology.
74% of survey respondents were from the US and Canada. [more - original PR]
Lufthansa City Center (LCC) reported (22-Sep-2022) its business travel segment is "recovering faster than expected", and forecasts the pre-pandemic level could be reached by the end of 2023 "if the development continues". Following "very strong recent bookings", the company expects to achieve 80% of the 2019 levels of turnover in 2022. Managing director Markus Orth stated LCC is currently detaching itself from the general development in the market with its strong recovery, highlighting the company "benefits greatly from its focus on medium-sized companies". Mr Orth said employees of medium-sized companies are currently going on much more frequent business trips compared to large corporations, while "a large number of high-revenue new customers were gained who were specifically looking for a TMC with a high level of consulting expertise". Mr Orth expects a "push in Asia" for 4Q2022, with demand for trips to China high and customers willing to pay the currently high prices. LCC also expects travel to Hong Kong and Singapore to continue to increase, while the "important North American business is also continuing to do well". [more - original PR - German]
Taiwan's Central Epidemic Command Center announced (22-Sep-2022) the mandatory quarantine will remain at three days of quarantine and four days of self initiated epidemic prevention, although arrivals will be permitted to spend the entire seven day period in a residence under the one person per room rule, effective 29-Sep-2022. Also, effective 29-Sep-2022, the weekly cap on arrivals will be increased from 50,000 to 60,000, while on arrival saliva PCR testing will be removed, replaced with four rapid test kits. Under phase two, the quarantine requirement will be lifted and a seven day self initiated epidemic prevention will be enforced, effective 13-Oct-2022. [more - original PR] [more - original PR II] [more - original PR III]
China Southern Airlines, via its official Weibo account, announced (16-Sep-2022) the first London-Guangzhou passenger service resumed on 15-Sep-2022, marking the first resumption since Jan-2021. China Southern resumed Guangzhou-London passenger service in Aug-2022.
Batik Air (Malaysia) plans to launch seven times weekly Kuala Lumpur-Melbourne service from 06-Dec-2022 through 06-Feb-2023 with Boeing 737 MAX 8 aircraft, as per a 14-Sep-2022 GDS display and inventory. Overall Batik Air (Malaysia) service to Melbourne will increase to 14 times weekly, with daily service via Bali continuing to operate.
Flybe, via its official Twitter account, announced (21-Sep-2022) plans to launch services from Isle of Man to London Heathrow and Belfast City, effective 29-Oct-2022.
Xiamen Airlines plans to operate the following 19 international services in Oct-2022 (Carnoc.com, 20-Sep-2022):
- Xiamen-Los Angeles: Twice weekly;
- Xiamen-Vancouver: Weekly;
- Xiamen-Amsterdam: Weekly;
- Xiamen-Sydney: Weekly;
- Xiamen-Melbourne: Weekly;
- Xiamen-Seoul: Three times weekly;
- Xiamen-Phnom Penh: Weekly;
- Xiamen-Manila: Weekly;
- Xiamen-Kuala Lumpur: Weekly;
- Xiamen-Singapore: Weekly;
- Xiamen-Bangkok: Twice weekly;
- Fuzhou-Tokyo: Weekly;
- Fuzhou-Jakarta: Weekly;
- Xiamen-Hong Kong: Four times weekly;
- Xiamen-Taiwan Taoyuan: Daily;
- Xiamen-Taipei Songshan: Three times weekly;
- Hangzhou-Hong Kong: Weekly;
- Fuzhou-Hong Kong: Four times weekly;
- Tianjin-Hong Kong: Twice weekly.