Now open: From the Bahamas to the Leaning Tower of Pisa and more

(CNN) — It’s not been an easy year running a travel news desk. Openings, closings, ever-changing guidance — there’s been a lot for CNN Travel to monitor. What it has made us, however, is Covid travel experts. Now that the world is starting to open back up, we’ll be sharing our knowledge with you through … Read more

The truth about cruise ships in Venice

On March 31, the Italian government issued a decree that would see cruise ships and large commercial vessels banned from the Venetian lagoon, and calling for tenders to be sought to construct a new port outside the lagoon. Yet just 15 days later, MSC Cruises announced that the MSC Orchestra would be heading up the … Read more

India’s rich are not the only ones fleeing the Covid crisis on private jets, says CEO

Tycoons and Bollywood stars may be among the most high profile residents fleeing India’s shores on private jets as the coronavirus crisis escalates — but they are by no means the only ones, according to private jet charter company JetSetGo. The situation in India has become so dire that even upper-middle class families are pooling … Read more

Covid fears are spreading on Mount Everest, as climbers risk infection to reach the top of the world

Some climbers there have now reported testing positive, despite the Nepali government saying there are no infections on Everest. Erland Ness, a Norwegian climber who was evacuated from Everest Base Camp in late April, confirmed to CNN he tested positive on arrival at a hospital in Nepal’s capital, Kathmandu. “When I tested positive, it was … Read more

Hilton CEO: Business travel is back to about 50% of pre-Covid levels, but some markets are stronger

Hilton CEO Christopher Nassetta told CNBC on Wednesday there are reasons to be optimistic about the recovery of corporate travel following a prolonged coronavirus-related slowdown. “This is as good as I’ve felt since the pandemic started in terms of where we are and what I see in forward-looking trends and bookings in the business,” Nassetta … Read more

Australian government accused of racism over threats to imprison travelers from India for five years

(CNN) — The Australian government has been accused of racism after threatening five-year prison sentences for citizens who breach a temporary ban on travel between India and Australia. From Monday, May 3, people who have been to India in the past 14 days will be banned from entering Australia due to the concerns over India’s … Read more

Munich hits back at rival ‘Oktoberfest’ event in Dubai

(CNN) — The organizers of Oktoberfest, Munich’s heralded and raucous annual beer festival, have criticized plans to create a rival event in Dubai and sought to reassure Germans that the original won’t be moving. Organizers of a breakaway festival confirmed to CNN their plans to emulate Munich’s Oktoberfest at the Dubai Marina from October 2021 … Read more

TSA extends mask requirement for planes, buses and trains through mid-September

Passengers, almost all wearing face masks, board an American Airlines flight to Charlotte, on May 3, 2020, in New York City. Eleonore Sens | AFP | Getty Images Traveling this summer? Don’t forget your mask. The Transportation Security Administration on Friday extended a federal requirement that travelers on buses, trains, commercial flights and at airports … Read more

Italian hermit on island alone is leaving after 32 years

(CNN) — He’s become known as Italy’s Robinson Crusoe after spending more than 30 years as the only resident of an idyllic island off the coast of Sardinia. But Mauro Morandi is bidding farewell to his tiny hut on the Isle of Budelli after local authorities repeatedly threatened him with eviction. The 81-year-old, who has … Read more