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Revealed: Which countries could open up their tourist industries first – full list

Holidays and trips abroad have been a no-go recently due to the ongoing coronavirus crisis. But as countries begin to ease their lockdown rules, the prospect of restarting the tourism industry becomes more likely. Countries such as Greece, Cyprus, Spain and Japan are all beginning to look to future tourism as a way of bringing in revenue.

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The World Travel and Tourism Council has predicted that the tourism industry could lose $2.1trillion (£1.7trillion) because of the coronavirus pandemic.

The shocking amount equates to around 75 million jobs worldwide.

WeSwap, the UK’s largest P2P travel money provider has looked into which countries could reopen their travel industries across the world.

These are the countries who could reopen their travel industries first.

Vietnam

Vietnam has had one of the lowest case and death rates in the world, despite being just next door to China.

The country has had just over 320 cases and zero death rates.

The country has not had an infection in the last month and so is beginning to reopen its doors.

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Fiji

The country has only had 18 confirmed cases and no deaths.

Tourism makes up 40 percent of the country’s GDP so it has suffered immensely from the coronavirus pandemic.

But currently, it is not known whether Fiji itself is happy to kickstart its travel industry.

Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka usually has a booming tourism industry which has been hit very hard this year.

However, the country has had a low case rate compared to its neighbours India and Pakistan.

With just over 1,000 cases and under 10 deaths, the country could likely reopen its tourism industry quickly.

Seychelles

This is one of the most stunning holiday destinations in the world which has had a very low coronavirus infection rate.

The country has had a total of 11 cases and no deaths.

Despite being a popular holiday destination, the country has just banned cruise ships until 2022, meaning that travel may not be on the cards for a while.

Matt Crate, Managing Director of WeSwap, said that there are countries that will need to reopen the tourism sector to restart their economies.

He continued: “There are countries across the world that have dealt incredibly well with the infection rate of the disease and should be commended.

“Suspending travel has been an important part of these safety measures but there are countries that will need to look at reopening these sectors to restart their national economies.

“Hopefully, as the world starts to deal with the rate of infection, these industries can begin to slowly begin again and the countries that have dealt best with the disease can lead the charge to help the world travel in safety.”

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Kent travel: Living the Dreamland on tour in the beautiful south

Down on the south coast, in the far-east corner of Kent, the resorts of Broadstairs, Margate and Ramsgate offer fabulous sandy shores with year-round appeal, as well as fascinating history and a funky art scene. Trudi Roche spent 72 hours exploring the Thanet district, with her dad, 77, and children, aged 12 and nine.

DAY 1: BROADSTAIRS 

We set up camp in a stunning Airbnb (of which there are many) in the pretty resort of Broadstairs. It boasts seven awesome sandy beaches. The three most popular areViking Bay, a huge horseshoe-shaped beach in the centre of town which has children’s rides in the summer, a boardwalk and a row of colourful beach huts.

Botany Bay has its photogenic chalk stacks that the kids loved climbing, and Joss Bay, located half way between Broadstairs and Margate, is the local surf beach and home to the longest established surf school in the area.

Broadstairs was author Charles Dickens’ favourite holiday spot and this year is the 150th anniversary of his death. You can visit Dickens House Museum or try the costumed St Peter’s Village Tours. Not for me I’m afraid, I still haven’t finished Little Dorrit, which I started in 1985 for my A-level English.

As well as an array of independent shops, the place is packed with restaurants, cafes and ice-cream parlours to satisfy your taste buds.

Wander along the beautiful promenade to Victoria Gardens which have sweeping sea views and plenty of benches for resting. The pathway is lovely and smooth for skateboarding too, so the kids inform me.

DAY 2: MARGATE 

Margate is Broadstairs’ noisier sister, just a 10-minute drive away.

With its kitsch shops and cafes, there’s a really cool vibe here, plus it’s got a huge sandy beach, fish and chips shops, seafood stalls and rides, all with a bit of a modern twist.

We visited the Turner Contemporary art gallery on a particularly windy morning. From here you get a great view of the rolling tides and tempestuous skies that inspired his great works. Inside the eye-catching space, the collections change frequently and it’s small enough that the kids (and my dad) didn’t get bored plus there’s a great gift shop. Margate is also home to Dreamland, a 100-year-old amusement park with vintage rides including the UK’s oldest wooden roller coaster, plus lots of pop-up entertainment, live music, bars and restaurants.

The old town has been totally regenerated with loads of trendy bars, micro breweries, cafes, retro stores, art galleries and junk shops.

If shopping’s not your bag, you can while away an afternoon exploring the mysterious Shell Grotto, a subterranean passageway where almost all the surface area of the walls and roof is covered in mosaics created entirely of seashells.

There’s also adventure golf, theatres and the old Tudor House, built in 1525, the oldest building in Margate and well worth a visit. The interior is undergoing repairs, but the garden and exterior can still be viewed.

The Margate Caves, originally dug as a chalk quarry in the 17th and 18th centuries, re-opened last year following 15 years of closure, huge investment and restoration of its beautiful chalk carvings and murals.

DAY 3: RAMSGATE 

The historic waterfront of Ramsgate, a 10-minute drive south from Broadstairs, has a cosmopolitan feel. The picturesque marina has the greenest water I’ve ever seen and there are more of those huge, yellow sandy beaches the area is famous for.

It also has plenty of beautiful architecture including the Italianate Glasshouse erected in the grounds of East Cliff Lodge in 1832, as well as Georgian terraces and regency villas.

Ramsgate’s Maritime Museum is worth a visit to see the Ramsgate Meridian and the steam tug Cervia, and Sundowner – which was one of the Dunkirk “little ships”.

Our absolute favourite afternoon was spent on the underground tour of the Second World War Ramsgate Tunnels. Wearing the hard hats provided, we had a fascinating walk through the two-and-a-half miles of deep shelter tunnels that were built in 1939 to protect inhabitants during the war. By 1940 more than 300 families were living permanently in the underground city. Our guide brought its absorbing history to life and there’s some original household goods in the little museum. You also get a free cup of tea with entry.

One word of warning: it’s not a place for very small children, the toddler on our tour screamed her head off all the way round and you can’t just wander off back to the entrance once you’re in!

Thanet is gorgeous in all seasons, there’s plenty to do to keep the whole family entertained, but you can’t beat a bracing walk on a beach followed by tea and cakes in whichever town you happen to find yourself in…

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End of holidays to Spain? Tourists MUST arrive in June or nation faces ‘complete calamity’

Fourth vice-president and de-esclation chief, Teresa Ribera recently poured cold water on the idea of a June opening, saying July was more realistic because Spain could not dice with people’s health. “We have to be very careful about how the person who comes is not at risk, because they arrive at a safe destination, and at the same time it does not pose a risk to the local population.

“Our idea is that we can work on origins and safe destinations rather thinking of July than June. If it is opened massively, we could be incurring irresponsibility,” she said.

But Spain’s “Mesa del Turismo”, a powerful body made up of tourism leaders from all regions, says international travel MUST resume before or on June 15th at the latest and has warned that losing the summer season “would be a complete calamity”.

It has also called for the elimination of tourist taxes, saying “they are very inadequate measures in the current circumstances”.

“In mid-June, the Spanish tourism sector should have the possibility to become active, giving its citizens the maximum possibilities to resume travel and all foreign tourists to enjoy their holidays in Spain again, as they are accustomed to doing,” said Joan Molas, president of the Tourism Board in an open letter.

“We have said it before and we insist: with all the health guarantees that we are in perfect conditions to offer, we must return to the activity without further delay.”

“There is no economy without health, but neither is health without economy, and for this reason it is strictly necessary to develop an action plan that allows the two to progress in parallel, seeking a balance between the two that allows us to move forward.”

The board is estimating that the accumulated losses for the tourism industry until the end of May will reach 40,000 million euros.

“This figure will double, exceeding 80,000 million euros at the height of August if tourism is not reactivated immediately,” Molas warned.

n mid-June, the Spanish tourism sector should have the possibility to become active

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The Mesa says the tourism sector has been one of the hardest hit in the coronavirus crisis, so it requires additional support to minimise the loss of business and job fabric. It has called for a string of measures, including extensive financial aid and a reduction in VAT to seven per cent “which would help keep Spain competitive.”

“It is known that for each euro spent on tourism products, 1.96 euros more are generated in other sectors of the Spanish economy,” said the board’s president.

The tourism leaders also want the tourist tax scrapped in places where it is in force, such as the Balearics, saying this would have “a positive effect on the activation of demand.”

This call has been echoed by hoteliers in Mallorca and Ibiza but the Balearic government has refused to do so.

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The board also wants borders reopened to allow international travel.

“Italy has already announced that It will open on June 3. Spain cannot delay this decision,” said Joan Molas.

“There is an urgent need to convey a clear message to foreign tourists, that Spain is safe and that they are welcome.

Tourism is a company in which all of us Spaniards are shareholders; a company that has always paid us back in great amounts what we have invested in it and that has contributed to the earliest overcoming of other crises . Let us not now abandon it to fate.”

Spain’s State of Emergency is expected to end on June 7th and at the moment, travel is restricted with anyone coming into the country subject to 14 days of quarantine.

The government hasn’t said when this will be lifted but it is widely tipped to be rescinded once the State of Emergency order is lifted.

Spain is still recording coronavirus deaths every day but the24-hour figure has been below 100 for the last week. So far, nearly 28,000 people have died. 

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Holidays 2020: Australia seeks surprising quarantine exemption for UK travel

Australia has been praised for its handling of the pandemic, with only 7,081 cases and 100 deaths.

The British government is planning a 14-day quarantine for most people arriving in the country in the coming weeks to try to prevent a second peak of the pandemic, with details to be finalised next month.

Heathrow Airport has proposed Britain should set up “travel bubbles” with low-risk countries exempt from the requirement.

Trade Minister Simon Birmingham said in a statement that the country’s handling of the pandemic should allow it exemption.

Birmingham said: “Australia has led the world in the successful containment of COVID-19, which clearly means that travellers coming from Australia would pose a low risk to the rest of the world.”

Birmingham also spoke to International Trade Secretary Liz Truss about the possibility of an exemption on a phone call.

He said:”We welcome any recognition that Australia has led the world in the successful containment of COVID-19, which clearly means that travellers coming from Australia would pose a low risk to the rest of the world.”

“However, transmission from overseas continues to present a risk to Australia’s ongoing suppression of COVID-19 and restrictions on travel in and out of Australia will remain for the foreseeable future.”

Birmingham said Australia has no plans to open its borders to non-citizens, while all returning locals will still have to quarantine for two weeks upon arrival.

It comes as the Australian economic outlook, based on Fitch ratings, downgraded the countries coveted ‘AAA’ rating to “negative” from “stable.”

They cited the COVID-19 pandemic hitting the countries economy and public finances as the reason why.

Australia has seen job losses in the first week of May has risen by 1.1 percent, which is a decrease from 3.7 percent at the start of April.

The UK government has suggested countries with low levels of coronavirus infections might eventually be excluded from the requirement to self-isolate in a home or hotel for 14-days.

Australians argue that an immediate exemption for Australia would allow the UK to focus its compliance efforts on arrivals from countries with a much greater risk from COVID-19 infections, especially Europe and the United States which this time last year made up nearly 75 percent of all passengers arriving at Heathrow Airport.

Asked about the possibility of an exemption for Australia, a Downing Street spokesperson said: “We will set out full details on this at a later stage, ahead of the measures coming in to force.

“At this point, no exemptions are planned for specific countries.

“Any changes brought in will be subject to a rolling review every three weeks to ensure they are in line with the latest scientific evidence and remain effective and necessary.”

Home Secretary Priti Patel is understood to support an exemption for Australia.

In other news, Australia’s most populous state, New South Wales (NSW) said on Friday it gatherings of 20 people will soon be permitted.

Currently, outdoor gathers are limited to 10 people or less.

NSW state Premier Gladys Berejiklian said the easing of the restrictions will boost the local economy.

Berejiklian told reporters in Sydney: “We want to save jobs.

“We cannot afford to continue to have the job losses that we’ve encountered in April.”

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Holiday refunds: ‘Holidaymakers should get vouchers’ Spain pushes EU to protect tourists

Many people around the world have been left with no summer holiday plans due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. In fact, many holidaymakers have been forced to apply for refunds due to their holidays being cancelled by companies and airlines. Rather than offering cash refunds, some companies are offering travellers vouchers instead.

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And now, Spain is pushing for holidaymakers to be rewarded with vouchers with 100 percent protection.

Minister of Industry, Commerce and Tourism, Reyes Maroto told tourists leaders of the European Union that the voucher system would work if all countries in the EU joined the initiative.

She explained that Spain was in favour of offering the temporary measure.

She said: “Spain is in favour of temporarily allowing airlines to offer passengers vouchers instead of reimbursements, issued under uniform conditions for the entire EU.

“But, to guarantee the rights of passengers – in the face of possible insolvency of airlines – it would be necessary to create a European guarantee fund, given that the regulation is supranational in nature and a national solution would generate asymmetric protections for passengers according to each country.”

The EU has already suggested that travellers who are owed a refund should be persuaded to take the vouchers rather than cash.

But this would only apply if the offer was made more attractive by offering enhanced amounts and at least a year to use the vouchers.

By law, the owed money should be given back but the EU says it recognises both sides of the story.

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For example, cash flow and lack of finance has hit tourism agencies and airlines hard.

However, they are not the only ones who have faced hardship.

Tourists and customers have also been hit financially by COVID-19.

Ms Maroto also called for phased and coordinated steps in the EU for cross-border travel and tourism.

She especially defended the need to establish coordination between the Member States for the gradual return of tourism.

Spain and eleven other countries are pressing for a European Recovery Plan for the tourism sector that pays attention to the specific problems of the most affected countries and territories and, in particular, to the outermost regions and islands.

The tourism chief said Spain welcomed the recommendations on tourism and transport issued by the Commission on May 13 to restore freedom of movement and gradually lift coordinated border controls between member states and travel restrictions.

She also said that a “phased approach” to tourism is the best way to approach cross-border travel.

She added: “We believe that a phased approach, coordinated and agreed among Member States, is the best way to achieve a gradual normalisation of cross-border travel; therefore, we must coordinate to lift the confinement and quarantine regulations, as well as in the restoration of tourism and transport services.”

It comes as Spain’s Foreign Minister Arancha González Laya told the BBC Today programme that Spain is aiming to become the “safest destination in Europe”.

She also said that she hopes her country will open in June but that the popular Canary Islands and Balearics will be first.

Arancha also said that the bigger cities such as Madrid and Barcelona that have suffered most from COVID-19 will not be able to open to tourists straightaway.

She added: “Some of our territories, like the islands, are COVID-19 free. They can open faster.”

Additional reporting by Rita Sobot

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Campsites reopen: Camping trips could start up again ‘in July’ ready for summer

Holidays abroad this summer are looking more unlikely due to the UK Government’s temporary quarantine rules which are set to come into play next month. But although a sunshine-soaked break in Spain may not be not be on your list this summer, many Britons are looking at going camping instead.

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In fact, figures from online camping site Cool Camping are seeing that summer bookings for campsites have soared by 500 percent in the past week.

The website said: “There’s clearly a pent-up demand to get away.

“The mooted date of July 4 is ideal timing for summer and could save many businesses who have had no income.”

And now, Work and Pensions Secretary Thérèse Coffey has said that campsites could be open “potentially in July”.

Ms Coffey told Sky News: “I know there are a lot of campsites that are very keen for people to come.

“Some of this is being carefully considered, recognising that we have a reduced outdoor transmission risk, that things like camping may well become suitable.

“But that is a decision that still needs to be taken for later this year, potentially in July or even later in the year, recognising that we need to do all we can to keep that ‘R rate’ below one, the number of infections down, and we need to be careful when we take those steps.”

Camping has not been previously mentioned by the Government but some assume that campsites will fall into phase three of the Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s plans to ease lockdown.

Caravan parks are also hoping to open to the public this summer.

Many caravan and holiday parks are aiming to restart in Phase three of the Government’s plan.

Phase three is anticipated to begin in July, subject to scientific and medical data.

According to a 50-page plan published by the government, phase three will allow for: “Some hospitality businesses being permitted to reopen ensuring they can provide safe environments and strictly enforce social distancing measures.”

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Caravan parks are also hoping to open to the public this summer.

Many caravan and holiday parks are aiming to restart in Phase three of the Government’s plan.

Phase three is anticipated to begin in July, subject to scientific and medical data.

According to a 50-page plan published by the government, phase three will allow for: “Some hospitality businesses being permitted to reopen ensuring they can provide safe environments and strictly enforce social distancing measures.”

Currently, quarantine rules are in place for anyone arriving in the UK from abroad which has potentially deterred Britons from going abroad for a holiday.

The new rules state that anyone arriving into the UK will have to quarantine themselves for 14 days.

However, the rules will not be put in place until June next month, according to the Transport Secretary Grant Shapps.

Anyone caught breaking the rules could be subject to a fine of up to £1,000.

Once visitors have completed 14 days of quarantine they can then mix with the general population.

Dan Yates, Managing Director of Pitchup.com, told The Daily Telegraph that he thinks that “time will be tight” for camping businesses hoping to make money this summer.

He said: “In short, with a date of ‘no earlier’ than July 4, time will be tight to capitalise on this summer.

“Typically, the peak begins in the third week of July with the start of the school holidays, and ends at August Bank Holiday.

“That said, we live in hope of an Indian summer.”

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Easyjet hack: Have your details been hacked in cyber attack?

After grounding its entire fleet of planes for at least two months back in March, Easyjet has fallen victim to a cyberhack. Does this mean your information is in the wrong hands? Express.co.uk tells you all you need to know.

The budget airline, which is currently inactive due to the coronavirus crisis, said its data has been accessed by criminals.

There is currently no evidence that the information has been misused by criminals, but customers’ email addresses and travel details of just over 2,200 customers have been accessed by “highly sophisticated” hackers.

Passport and credit card details have not been accessed or tampered with, and only a small proportion of Brits who have flown with Easyjet will be affected. So has this affected you?

A statement from the airline said: “There is no evidence that any personal information of any nature has been misused.”

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It went on to say: “However, on the recommendation of the ICO, we are communicating with the approximately 9m customers whose travel details were accessed to advise them of protective steps to minimise any risk of potential phishing.

“We are advising customers to continue to be alert as they would normally be, especially should they receive any unsolicited communications.

We also advise customers to be cautious of any communications purporting to come from easyJet or easyJet Holidays.”

Johan Lundgren, easyJet chief executive, added: “We take the cyber security of our systems very seriously and have robust security measures in place to protect our customers’ personal information.

“However, this is an evolving threat as cyber attackers get ever more sophisticated.”

The situation was revealed today by a company investigation by leading forensic experts.

The online channels affected by the attack were immediately closed, and no one is sure how long the criminals were able to view the details.

Mr Lundgren added: “Since we became aware of the incident, it has become clear that owing to COVID-19 there is heightened concern about personal data being used for online scams. 

“As a result, and on the recommendation of the ICO, we are contacting those customers whose travel information was accessed and we are advising them to be extra vigilant, particularly if they receive unsolicited communications.”

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Majorca holidays: Britons could visit Spanish holiday hotspot as early as July

Additional reporting by Rita Sobot

Majorca is one of Spain’s most stunning Balearic Islands in the Mediterranean which has become increasingly popular with Britons looking for sun, sea and sand on their holidays. As travel restrictions and international flight bans remain in place across the world, many Britons’ holiday plans have been scuppered. But now, there may well be a light at the end of the tunnel for Britons who were hoping for a late summer trip to catch some sun.

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The Association of Hotel Chains (ACH) and the Hotel Business Federation of Mallorca (FEHM) have announced that they have been in talks with British travel giants TUI UK and Jet2 to potentially allow the first Britons back onto the island in July.

The hotel groups also spoke to German tourist groups TUI, Alltours, FTI and Schauinsland.

President of ACH Gabriel Llobera told the Spanish press that they were hoping to open hotels “in stages” and reactivate the tourism industry.

He said: “The objective is to be able to open the hotels in stages and whenever the demand justifies the business effort.

“The interest is mutual in all the parties involved because both we and the tour operators are ready to reactivate the tourist activity once the whole process of de-escalation by the coronavirus has passed.”

If talks with the British travel groups are successful and the travel ban is lifted, then Britons could be allowed back onto the island.

However, tourists from Germany, Switzerland, Austria and Denmark will be invited back first.

Currently, the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) has advised against all non-essential international travel “indefinitely” out of the UK.

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This means that unless absolutely necessary, travellers may be questioned by authorities on arrival at airports.

This week, Spain began its new deescalation measures to halt the spread of the coronavirus in the nation.

The country has already had over 250,000 cases and more than 25,000 deaths from the deadly virus.

The nation is now in phase zero of its plan but may allow phase 1 to take place on May 11.

This phase could see hotels being opened and people allowed to gather in groups with a maximum of 10 people.

According to Spanish Press, terraces of bars and restaurants will also be able to open with a capacity of 50 percent which in June will then include interiors.

Originally, hotels in Majorca and Ibiza said they would not open under such conditions but this has changed since talks began with the German holiday companies.

However, the hotels have said they would want to know how many reservations are available in advance so that they can know which hotels to open.

Catalina Cladera, the island’s president said previously that they will only reactivate businesses if it can be done “safely”.

She said: “We are not ending this year’s tourist season.

“Whatever we can safely reactivate, we will.

“As soon as we can, we must move to the contingency phase and live with the pandemic, always in a safe way, because people’s health is essential, as well as saving the productive fabric and jobs.”

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Holidays: This travel brand is offering a luxury holiday for the price of a coffee

Travelling abroad may become a thing of the past as many remain indoors on lockdown to halt the spread of COVID-19. With travellers requesting refunds for their scuppered summer holiday plans, and travel firms reducing their operations, the travel industry looks like it could be heading for a tough couple of years. But now, one travel brand is offering keen holidaymakers the opportunity to win the trip of a lifetime, all for the price of a cup of takeaway coffee.

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Cult Travel is a luxury prize draw where players can win luxury holidays and coronavirus stay-at-home bundles for a very reasonable price.

The monthly prize draw gives budding travellers the chance to win a variety of luxury prizes, from beauty bundles to all-inclusive holidays to bucket list destinations such as Santorini and Mexico.

Purchasing a ticket for the draw is done by choosing your travel companion, selecting your dates and waiting for the prize draw at the end of each month.

The winners are announced on Cult Travel’s Instagram page on the last day of the month at 6pm.

This month’s luxury holiday prize is a Junior Suite at Ocean Riviera Paradise Hotel in Cancun, Mexico which includes all inclusive meals and drinks, return flights on chosen dates which are redeemable for up to 18 months after lockdown, and tickets to a guided tour of the Coba Ruins.

The home bundle includes skincare, makeup, haircare and professional makeup artist brushes with over £200.

CEO of Cult Travel Jessica Court spoke exclusively to Express.co.uk about her travel brand and how she is managing to offer people the chance to travel to some incredible destinations.

Jessica explained how she began her business at the beginning of the year before the coronavirus pandemic began.

She said: “I started this with my partner back in February right before the coronavirus hit.

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“We’re both avid travellers and we worked in the marketing industry for five years where we realised there was a gap in the market for people wanting to visit luxury destinations and hotels but were just unable to afford it.

“With stress levels at an all-time high – especially right now – and with less people being able to afford holidays generally, we wanted to offer people the chance to see and travel the world for the lowest price possible.

“We created Cult Travel as a luxury prize draw in which people are able to win a holiday for the price of a cup of coffee.

“All flights are inclusive, including return flights, and they also get an activity as well.

“All they need to do is sit back and relax.”

As the coronavirus pandemic began to impact on everyday life and travel, Jessica explained how she adapted her business and wanted to give everybody living in lockdown “something to look forward to”.

She explained: “We heard quite a few people especially during lockdown saying, ‘This sounds great, it gives us something to look forward to’ – and that’s exactly what we want.

“Our original plan was to offer a big holiday and then a weekend break but obviously where everything has gone into complete lockdown with travel restrictions coming into play, we’ve had to change our approach to things.

“We’ve got a smaller lockdown bundle where people can win smaller prizes like a makeup bundle or a Netflix/Amazon/Disney plus bundle.

“It’s for everyone – people with kids and people who are just sitting at home by themselves.

“Our way of adapting to this was giving people what they want while they’re inside the home.

“Because of the coronavirus, we’ve said to everyone if you win the holiday, the holiday will be valid from the end of lockdown until eighteen months afterwards.

“Lockdown could end but travel restrictions may not end until six months later so we wanted to give people that reassurance that you’ve won your holiday and you’ll be able to go on your holiday and we want to make this work for you.”

She added: “We’re still working in conjunction with the Government restrictions and we’re still in compliance with the travel restrictions and it means that everyone is happy and safe.”

But Cult Travel is offering more than just luxury prizes for those in lockdown, with an opportunity for people to support those NHS workers on the frontline battling against the coronavirus.

She added: “All the money from the stay-at-home bundle is going towards helping NHS charities and helping them get the PPE they need to help fight this.

“This is our way of giving back and helping to contribute towards beating this.”

A standard ticket costs £3.50 and a family ticket is £6 for the luxury holiday prize draw, while a home bundle ticket is £1.50.

Cult Travel will email the winners just before they are announced on social media.

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easyJet refund: How to get refund from easyJet

EasyJet has suspended its service for two months after completing its final rescue flight earlier this year. All cabin crew have been given a leave of absence for this duration. The company wants to reduce £4.5billion in spending, including payments for the new aircraft from Airbus, in response to the drop in demand for air travel amid the coronavirus pandemic. But how do you get a refund?

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Budget airline easyJet grounded its entire fleet at the end of March.

EasyJet has not confirmed a date for restarting commercial flights yet.

Additionally, the airline said 4,000 of its 9,000 staff members would be furloughed for two months starting from April 1.

The company had already cancelled most services but was running rescue flights to repatriate Britons stranded abroad.

So far, easyJet has flown 650 rescue flights, taking 45,000 people home, but has said it will continue to work with government bodies to assist rescue flights as requested.

When its planes resume travel, the airliner plans to keep the middle seats on its places empty to allow for social distancing.

As things currently stand, easyJet intends for holidays in June, July and August to go ahead.

The airline says that cancellations are being evaluated daily, and if your flight does get cancelled, you’ll be notified at least seven days in advance.

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The airline said: “As a result of the unprecedented travel restrictions imposed by governments in response to the coronavirus pandemic and the implementation of national lockdowns across many European countries, easyJet has, today, fully grounded its entire fleet of aircraft.

“Over recent days easyJet has been helping to repatriate customers, having operated more than 650 rescue flights to date, returning home more than 45,000 customers.

“The last of these rescue flights were operated on Sunday, March 29. We will continue to work with government bodies to operate additional rescue flights as requested.

“At this stage there can be no certainty of the date for restarting commercial flights.

“We will continuously evaluate the situation based on regulations and demand, and will update the market when we have a view.”

The news from easyJet came as regional airline Loganair said airlines were unlikely to survive without a government bailout.

Loganair boss Jonathan Hinkles told the BBC any airline saying it could survive without government help “would probably be lying”.

EasyJet said on Monday it would not need a bailout.

The airline said: “We have no plans currently to ask the government for bespoke support as outlined by the chancellor.”

It added: “To support recovery in the future, we believe that further actions will be needed such as a temporary removal of Aviation Passenger Duty and Air Traffic Control Charges.”

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How to get a refund if you have a flight booked with easyJet

EasyJet flights are cancelled until at least June.

If your flight has been cancelled you are entitled to a full refund to the original form of payment within seven days under EU air passengers’ rights rules.

You may also be entitled to a voucher for the value of their original booking or an alternative flight of the same price.

The airline has said impacted customers will be contacted to discuss their options.

If you are affected, you can contact easyJet yourself, but the airline has warned that customers are likely to experience long wait times due to the massive number of disrupted flights.

The customer service number for easyJet is 0330 365 5000.

EasyJet said: “We are experiencing higher than average wait times so we would thank customers for their patience and assure them that these entitlements will be available long after their cancelled flight has flown.”

You can also manage your booking online using the easyJet website here.

What happens if you have issues getting a refund from easyJet?

If you struggle to reach an agreement, you can escalate any claim to an alternate dispute resolution body.

EasyJet is a member of the Consumer Dispute Resolution Limited group and you can find information on how to start a complaint here.

If you booked a flight through a third part company, you need to contact them regarding a refund or alternative flight.

You can also claim your money back through your credit or debit card provider.

Credit card payments between £100 and £30,000 are covered under Section 75 of the Consumer Rights Act.

If you bought a flight using a debit card, you can claim a refund via your bank using the Chargeback scheme, which can be used to reclaim cash for goods and services you did not receive.

Claims apply for purchases made by debit card or by credit card for purchases under £100, but must be within 120 days of the transaction.

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