Universal resumes work on Epic Universe following Covid-19 shutdown | News

Work is resuming on the new Universal Orlando Resort’s Epic Universe following a slowdown following the Covid-19 pandemic. Work on the park paused in July, as the company adjusted plans in the midst of the pandemic.  The restart will begin immediately – but is expected to take several months before reaching full-speed as Universal re-staffs for the project and reassembles its vendor and contractor teams. Restarting Epic Universe will result in hundreds of jobs within Universal and thousands of jobs across central Florida. These positions include highly skilled professional positions, all levels of construction jobs and beyond. The Epic Universe Read More …

Mixed response to Budget from UK travel sector | News

The UK tourism industry had broadly welcomed the Budget delivered today by chancellor Rishi Sunak – but there were also calls for more tailored support for high street travel agents. At the centre of the plan for the coming year was a pledge to extend the furlough scheme until the end of September. Sunak said the scheme – which pays 80 per cent of employees’ wages for the hours they cannot work in the pandemic – would help millions through “the challenging months ahead”. The chancellor also confirmed the lower VAT rate for hospitality firms would be maintained at five Read More …

Madeira to open up to vaccinated tourists | News

Since the start of the pandemic, the archipelago of Madeira has been considered one of the safest destinations in Europe and has been widely praised for its handling of the Covid-19 crisis. Despite currently being on the red list in the UK, due to being part of Portugal (although it is geographically over 1,000 kilometres from the mainland), there is no evidence of the Brazilian strain in the destination and cases are dropping significantly. For example, in the last seven days there has been an average of 54 new cases and 87 recovered per day. Moreover, 22,641 members of the Read More …

Barbados forges ahead with Covid-19 vaccination plan | News

Barbados is in the process of a mass Covid-19 vaccination programme, following the donation of 100,000 doses of the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine from India. And now with over 25,000 people – approximately 12.5 per cent of the adult population – receiving their first shots within just two weeks, Barbados leads the way as the most vaccinated country in the Caribbean. “This is a commendable start for a country that really did not have a lot in place for a vaccination programme,” prime minister, Mia Amor Mottley, said. The World Health Organisation (WHO) describes vaccination as a critical tool in reducing the Read More …