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Britons finally head abroad – but the map has shrunk

Loungers are carefully arranged at a beach in Antalya, Turkey
Loungers are carefully arranged at a beach in Antalya, Turkey

English holidaymakers have been cleared for take-off, with the first intrepid sunseekers boarding flights to Spain, France, Italy and beyond over the weekend after the Foreign Office (FCO) relaxed its travel advice.  

Across Western Europe, airlines increased capacity to 6.8m passengers last week, up 47 per cent, with Ryanair alone offering 763,938 seats, up from 218,484 over the previous seven days. 

However, Britons hoping for a last-minute summer holiday have had their options significantly curtailed. Of the 74 destinations to which the FCO has given the green light, only 25

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Grant Shapps among British holidaymakers facing quarantine on return from Spain

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Spanish beach – Getty

Transport secretary Grant Shapps is among the British holidaymakers currently in Spain who will have to quarantine on their return. 

Ministers reimposed restrictions on travel from Spain, including its islands, on Saturday night following new outbreaks of coronavirus that prompted fears of a second wave of infections. This has thrown thousands of holidaymakers’ plans into disarray.

The Foreign and Commonwealth Office changed its advice to warn against all but essential travel to mainland Spain. 

Labour’s Jonathan Ashworth said “you couldn’t make it up” after it was confirmed Transport Secretary Grant Shapps is currently in Spain and

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It’ll take 5 to 10 years for business travel to recover

A coronavirus vaccine will hopefully come in 2021, which is critical, as though the only way to fix the economy is to overcome the virus. But the healing will be anything but immediate, at least for airlines, says the chair and CEO of Southwest (LUV).

The airline understands the public’s concerns with the dangers from the close confines of air travel. Southwest is keeping middle seats open, enforcing safety measures like mask-wearing, and is stepping up its refund policy, and has pushed for thermal testing by the TSA. (Other airlines are taking similar measures.)

But even that may not get

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Ireland excludes British travellers from quarantine-free ‘green list’

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dublin – Getty

British holidaymakers are subject to a 14-day quarantine in Ireland as the UK was excluded from the country’s travel ‘green list’. 

The 15 countries Ireland has deemed safe to travel to include: Malta, Finland, Norway, Italy, Hungary, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Cyprus, Slovakia, Greece, Greenland, Gibraltar, Monaco and San Marin. These destinations have similar or lower rates of coronavirus cases to Ireland.

Portugal, Spain, France and the US are among the other countries popular with Irish travellers that were excluded from the list. 

Irish travellers are still advised “to avoid all non-essential travel overseas until further notice” with

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A Top-Performing Fund Manager Sees Upside in Booking Holdings

Consistently generating market-beating returns takes both skills and experience. Many hedge funds remain unsuccessful in the long run even after employing some of the best money managers in the world.

Todd Ahlsten, the chief investment officer and lead portfolio manager of Parnassus Investments, is one of the few managers who have a track record of delivering stellar returns to investors. According to data compiled by Citywire, Ahlsten has generated a cumulative return of 65.5% in the last five years, second only to Grayson Witcher of Mawer Investment Management.

Speaking on Barron’s Mid-Year Roundtable on July 2, Ahlsten recommended investing in

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