In the fourth issue of Travel Weekly, we feature news about Las Vegas, Vienna, Spain, Emirates, Stonehenge, Iceland, Virgin, KLM and Air France.

Beaches In NY, NJ, CT & DE Set to Reopen Memorial Day Weekend

Starting on Memorial Day Weekend, state beaches in New York, New Jersey, Connecticut and Delaware will be opening up.

Read more at https://michaelwtravels.boardingarea.com/2020/05/beaches-in-ny-nj-ct-de-set-to-reopen-memorial-day-weekend/

A new Ritz-Carlton is set to open in the Maldives later this year

The property will join two other properties on the newly developed Fari Islands. The 100-villa resort will be located in the North Malé Atoll and will offer a combination of land and overwater villas. As of now, the Ritz-Carlton Maldives Fari Islands is slated to open in late 2020.

Read more at https://thepointsguy.com/news/ritz-carlton-maldives-opening/

Virgin extends expiry date for some Flying Club miles by 6 months

On Friday, Virgin Atlantic announced that it will be extending the expiry date of some Flying Club members’ Flying Club miles.

Read more at https://thepointsguy.com/news/virgin-extends-flying-club-miles-6-months/

England’s campsites prepare to open in July

Campsite owners reveal social distancing measures ahead of summer openings as bookings rise sharply following Johnson’s announcement of lockdown easing

Read more at https://www.theguardian.com/travel/2020/may/15/englands-campsites-prepare-to-open-in-july-summer-government-relaxed-lockdown-restrictions

Hotels in Spain reopen with new Covid-19 measures – but no guests

As Spain eases out of quarantine, hotels are opening to a ‘new normal’ of strict health and safety protocols, even though travel between provinces is prohibited and borders remain closed

Read more at https://www.theguardian.com/travel/2020/may/15/hotels-in-spain-reopen-with-new-covid-19-measures-but-no-guests

EU could reopen borders to tourists in Covid-19 recovery plan

European countries will be advised to open borders to countries with similar coronavirus risk profiles under a plan to bolster the ailing tourist industry being discussed in Brussels.

Read more at https://www.theguardian.com/world/2020/may/12/eu-reopen-borders-tourists-covid-19-recovery-plan

Air France and KLM become latest airlines to make face masks compulsory

KLM and Air France have announced that the wearing of face masks will be mandatory on all flights from May 11. The news comes as KLM begins to gradually restore its suspended European flights with daily services to eight destinations, including Barcelona, Madrid, Rome and Milan.

Read more at https://www.telegraph.co.uk/travel/news/air-france-klm-announce-compulsory-face-masks/

Iceland set to open to tourists in June with COVID-19 tests upon arrival

Iceland’s prime minister Katrin Jakobsdottir has announced plans for the country to reopen to visitors by 15 June, with systems being put in place for those arriving to be tested at the airport in an effort to forgo self-imposed two-week isolation.

Read more at https://www.lonelyplanet.com/articles/iceland-covid19-reopen-arrival-tests

Stonehenge is streaming the summer solstice online for the first time ever

The ancient, mystical site of Stonehenge in England has announced that it will livestream its summer solstice celebration for the first time ever on English Heritage’s social media accounts.

Read more at https://www.lonelyplanet.com/articles/stonehenge-summer-solstice-online

Emirates is resuming flights to these nine destinations on 21 May

With the world carefully and slowly opening up again in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, Emirates has announced its plan to operate scheduled flight services from 21 May to nine destinations. These include London, Frankfurt, Paris, Milan, Madrid, Chicago, Toronto, Sydney and Melbourne. It will also offer connections in Dubai for customers travelling between the UK and Australia.

Read more at https://www.lonelyplanet.com/articles/emirates-resuming-flights

Spain will require visitors to quarantine for 14 days upon arrival

Amidst plans for reopening the country in a series of planned phases, Spain has announced that international passengers will be required to quarantine for two weeks upon arrival.

Read more at https://www.lonelyplanet.com/articles/spain-two-week-quarantine-visitors

In Vienna, Pay An Extra $200 to Get Out of Quarantine

To avoid quarantine in Austria, arriving air passengers may pay €190 for a spot Covid-19 test.

Read more at https://www.frommers.com/blogs/passportable/blog_posts/in-vienna-pay-an-extra-200-to-get-out-of-quarantine

Las Vegas Casinos Planning to Reopen—But They Won't Be the Same

Casinos in Las Vegas want to reopen, so they're taking reservations and making plans.

Read more at https://www.frommers.com/blogs/arthur-frommer-online/blog_posts/las-vegas-casinos-planning-to-reopen-but-they-won-t-be-the-same