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Travel News Roundup July 2017

The summer season is well and truly upon us and that can only mean one thing: jam packed airports. To prove the point, Birmingham Airport recently reported its best June ever for passenger numbers. Meanwhile, there are further developments on the laptop ban and British Airways staff are striking throughout August. For more on what went on in the world of travel in July, read on: Laptop ban relaxed on US-bound flights The ban on laptops and large electronic devices which was brought ...
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Airline reward schemes for benefits and extras

Most people in the entertainment and sports industries wouldn't consider themselves as 'business' travellers, yet many undertake extensive travel as part of their day-t0-day working lives. Whether it's travelling to production locations, participating in sporting tournaments or setting up camp in New York for Fashion Week, people in creative industries travel for business every day. Most frequent travellers are aware of airline points' schemes which reward individuals for miles travelled, however, organisations and companies can benefit as well from 'corporate' rewards which are ...
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Virgin changes Sporting Equipment Policy

Virgin Atlantic have advised that effective 31 August 2016 they will be changing their Sporting Equipment Policy. The change will be effective for bookings ticketed on/after 31 August 2016. Customers who have purchased their ticket prior to 31 August will be entitled to carry one piece of free sports equipment in addition to their baggage allowance in line with the existing policy. The new policy will allow customers to use their standard baggage allowance to carry 1 piece of sporting equipment (up to 23kg & 190x75x65cm) Customers ...
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USA Customs – Global Entry expanded for UK citizens

The U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) has expanded Global Entry to United Kingdom citizens to allow expedited clearance for pre-approved, low-risk travellers upon arrival in the United States. Members enter the United States through automatic kiosks at select airports. U.S. Customs and Border Protection Commissioner (CBP) R. Gil Kerlikowske announced the expansion of Global Entry to U.K. citizens at the World Travel Market in London on November 3rd. U.K. citizens can register for Global Entry and the programme began on December 3rd ...
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Production travel: Are you a Star Wars Rebel or part of the Empire?

Are you a production travel Rebel or a slave to the Empire? To celebrate the opening of the highly-anticipated film Star Wars: The Force Awakens, our Stage and Screen Travel team thought we’d write our best tips for navigating the wild galaxies of production travel through the lens of Star Wars. Production budgeting: Researching on the Internet or via a travel management company Traditionally at budgeting stage, Producers, Production Coordinators and/or researchers have been forced to battle with the Empire’s flight and hotel ...
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Cello, ello, ello: Music Travel

British Airways changes the process for carrying a cello on board from 1 January 2016 Customers wishing to carry a cello on board a British Airways aircraft will need to book an extra seat for their instrument. The customer will check in for the flight with their cello and then it will be taken to the aircraft door by airport staff. The loader will then pass the cello to the client during pre-boarding so the client can board the aircraft themselves with their ...
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4 tips for choosing a great value production location

With filming costs, aesthetics, weather, logistics, permissions and travel expenses, the list of factors to consider when choosing a suitable overseas production location can seem longer than the actual film credits. If you’re a UK-based production company needing to source overseas locations it can be a headache-inducing process. Inspired by Oscar fever, we thought we’d share our top 4 tips for choosing the best value locations. 1. Tax incentives Research into potential locations should include learning what incentives and tax-breaks are available in those ...
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US announces further restrictions to ESTA eligibility with immediate effect

The Department of Homeland Security today announced that it is continuing its implementation of the Visa Waiver Program Improvement and Terrorist Travel Prevention Act of 2015 with the addition of Libya, Somalia, and Yemen as three countries of concern, limiting Visa Waiver Program travel for certain individuals who have travelled to these countries. Pursuant to the Act, the Secretary of Homeland Security had sixty days to determine whether additional countries or areas of concern should be subject to the travel or dual ...
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British Airways changes its baggage allowance

British Airways is changing the check-in luggage allowance for Club World and OpenSkies Biz Bed (Business Class) passengers. From 10 May 2016 the free checked-in baggage allowance will be reduced to TWO PIECES, each weighing a maximum of 32kg. The existing allowance of three pieces will be honoured for any bookings made prior to 10 May 2016. EXCEPTIONS Gold Executive Club Members will still be entitled to an additional free bag after 10 May. Club World and Biz Bed customers will be able to check ...
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