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“Maldives, the sun will shine again” to bring hope as you are virtually transported

“Maldives, the sun will shine again” to bring hope as you are virtually transported

Maldives Marketing and PR Corporation (MMPRC) invites the world to join a virtual journey to rediscover the memories of the beautiful islands, while you are obliged to to stay at home during these unprecedented times.

“Maldives, the sun will shine again” is a live facebook event which aims to bring hope and convey to the world that Maldives is slowly but surely on the road to recovery and the tourism industry is getting ready to start welcoming back visitors to the sunny side of life.

You will be virtually transported to some of the very best of Maldives and how we are preparing as we await your return. The three hours of live feed will let you re-live the Maldives dream from the comfort of your home. Well-wishers from around the world including celebrities, key opinion leaders, influencers, artists and fans of Maldives in hand with the tourism industry of Maldives and iconic Maldivian personalities featuring musicians and local talents will come together to show their love, sentiments, wishes, memories and messages to remind that indeed “the sun will shine again” in the Maldives. Showcasing a variety of aspects, the event will be full of surprises and numerous chances to win free holidays to the Maldives.

“Maldives, the sun will shine again” is hosted by MMPRC in association with the Ministry of Tourism, Mondhu Productions, Orca Media Group and Public Service Media (PSM).

In a constant effort to keep Maldives on the travel radar, MMPRC has been working on adapting the marketing efforts around the highly uncertain and evolving situation, having shifted the marketing activities greatly to digital platforms.

Do save the date and show your love for the Maldives by being part of the facebook live event on Monday, 8th June 2020 from 20.00 - 23.00hrs Maldives time (GMT +5) via

For further information, please contact
Maldives Marketing & Public Relations Corporation
Pacific World Travel Sdn Bhd
Level 6, Lion Office Tower, No. 1 Jalan Nagasari, 50200 Kuala Lumpur
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Rail Europe: Renfe and Adif signal transit and waiting itineraries for travelers at Bizkaia stations

Rail Europe: Renfe and Adif signal transit and waiting itineraries for travelers at Bizkaia stations

Renfe and Adif signal transit and waiting itineraries for travelers at Bilbao Abando and San Mamés stations, in order to promote users' social distance due to the railway facilities that register a greater flow of passengers.

Specifically, signage will be placed on the suburban platforms, to avoid crowds in the process of arrival of travelers, with those waiting to travel. In the same line, the itinerary to be followed for the crossing of the cancellers of travelers who enter and leave the premises will be marked.

Signs will be placed in the station lobbies to channel the movements of passengers and reduce crossings as much as possible, thus helping to speed up transit through the facilities, from the moment they enter the station until they access the train from the platform; Conversely, since the traveler gets off the train and continues his journey, either to leave the station or to transfer to another means of transport.

"The objective is to promote safety in the movement of users through railway facilities that provide commuter services and concentrate a greater flow of passengers."

In the stations, informative posters have also been placed remembering the mandatory use of the masks on public transport, and the importance of maintaining social distance in the facilities.

Since the start of the pandemic, the banks and rest areas of the stations were sealed, in line with the recommendation to stay on the premises for the essential time, and not to travel if it is not essential.

All the measures adopted have been adapted to the needs of each moment since the state of alarm was decreed, and along the same lines they will be modified with the foreseeable increase in mobility in the different phases of unconfinement.

"The platforms will be marked to avoid crowds at the passenger crossings, access and exit itineraries for the cancellations will be created, as well as movements by stairs and lobbies."

Coinciding with the recovery of the usual activity of passenger services on the suburban lines of the Basque Country, Renfe has launched an information campaign, reminding the user of the essential rules and social responsibility of the traveler that make it possible for trains and railway environments use spaces in the most ideal conditions for everyone.


HAL@HOME Takes Fans on a Virtual Holland America Line Cruise: Music Edition

HAL@HOME Takes Fans on a Virtual Holland America Line Cruise: Music Edition

All of us at Holland America Line are wishing you the best during this unprecedented time. While we dream of future travels, we’ll continue to bring the joy of the Holland America Line experience to you with our HAL@Home series.

Every day, all over the world, countless musicians have performed on our ships. We’ve always believed that music has the power to bring us closer together and we need that now more than ever. So, until Lincoln Center Stage returns to the seas, we’ll bring the music to you.

Lincoln Center Stage, part of the Music Walk venues on many of our ships, offers outstanding chamber music, from classical to contemporary, featuring world-class performers.

Scroll down below for some phenomenal “Lincoln Center Living Room” performances by our incredibly talented musicians who are still at home.

Lincoln Center Stage Pianist Mohamed Shams Performs Franz Schubert’s “Impromptu in G Flat Major”

From Cairo, Egypt, Mohamed’s musical training includes Cairo Conservatoire, Manhattan School of Music and the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland. He played his first recital at age eight, and when not playing his own music, he enjoys Beyoncé, reading and ping-pong.

Lincoln Center Stage Cellist Qiele Guo Performs an Innovative Cello Arrangement of a Piece by English Composer Edward Elgar

Cellist Qiele Guo, whose first name is pronounced the same as his instrument, comes from Chengdu, China. Qiele trained at Colburn Conservatory, and enjoys listening to a variety of music genres, including barbershop quartets. His first musical experience was walking on his mother’s piano at age three.

Lincoln Center Stage Musicians and Married Couple Jesus Saenz and Kelly McGarry Play J.S. Bach’s “Concerto for Two Violins”

From Lima, Peru, violinist Jesus Saenz’s diverse musical study includes National Conservatory of Music (Peru), Texas Christian University, University of North Texas and Boston Conservatory at Berklee. At age 12, Jesus conducted 150 musicians playing the Peruvian National Anthem.

New York violinist Kelley McGarry’s musical training includes Boston Conservatory and Boston Conservatory at Berklee. Also a florist, Kelley’s musical path was undetermined until she participated in a reading of Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No. 6 — she hasn’t looked back since.

Lincoln Center Stage Violinist Sheng-Ching Hsu Performs Bach’s Andante Movement from “Violin Sonata No. 2”

Born in Taiwan, violinist Sheng-Ching Hsu began improvising when she was three. Sheng-Ching went on to study music at Mannes College of Music, The Juilliard School and Stony Brook University.

Stay tuned for more HAL@Home videos!


Brett J. Hart Named President of United Airlines

Brett J. Hart Named President of United Airlines

United Airlines (NASDAQ: UAL) today announced that effective May 20, 2020, Brett J. Hart, Executive Vice President and Chief Administrative Officer, will be appointed President of United Airlines Holdings, Inc. – a continuation of the company's leadership succession plan announced in early December with current CEO Oscar Munoz transitioning to Executive Chair and current President Scott Kirby becoming CEO following the Annual Meeting of Shareholders on May 20, 2020.

"Brett is a well-established and widely respected leader who has established a strong track record, over the last decade, helping United navigate complex challenges across all areas of our business," Munoz said. "He is recognized inside and outside of the airline industry for his leadership and has played a central role in shaping our strategy, culture and leading our community engagement around the world."

Since joining United in 2010, Hart has taken on a variety of significant strategic responsibilities for the company at critical moments – most notably in October 2015 when he served as interim CEO for six months while Munoz recovered from a heart transplant. Hart's promotion reflects United's commitment to leadership continuity and underscores the value of leveraging Hart's regulatory and strategic expertise, which complement Kirby's strong commercial acumen and industry experience.

"Working closely with Brett over the last 3 years, I have seen first-hand his thoughtful and intellectually rigorous approach to navigating the complex environment in which we operate and effectively implementing our business strategy," Kirby said. "The leadership Brett has shown as we have managed the current crisis reinforces the conclusion I reached last year: Brett is exactly the leader that United needs right now to take on the role of President."

As President of United, Hart will continue to lead the company's public advocacy strategy including the Government Affairs, Corporate Communications, Legal and Community Engagement teams. He will also continue to oversee business-critical functions like the Corporate Real Estate team and manage United's industry leading environmental sustainability efforts. His responsibilities will expand to include managing the Human Resources and Labor Relations teams.

"I am honored and energized as I take on these new responsibilities to lead this incredible team that I am convinced will build United into a thriving industry leader," Hart said. "The path forward will not be easy, but I am confident that Scott and I will continue our partnership to lead United through the extraordinary challenge posed by COVID-19. United's bright future is only possible because of the commitment of the most talented airline professionals in the world who serve United and our customers every single day – and I could not be prouder of them.

Like Munoz and Kirby, Hart will forgo his salary as President. The company will not replace the role of Chief Administrative Officer.

Before joining United, Hart was executive vice president, general counsel and corporate secretary at Sara Lee Corporation, where he directed global legal operations for the corporation.

Prior to Sara Lee, Hart was a partner at Sonnenschein Nath & Rosenthal in Chicago. Before that, he served as special assistant to the general counsel at the U.S. Department of Treasury in Washington, D.C.

Hart serves on the Board of Directors for Abbvie. He is also active in several philanthropic organizations, including serving on the boards of the Obama Foundation Inclusion Council, the Chicago Council on Global Affairs, University of Chicago, Northwestern Medicine and is Chair of the Metropolitan Pier and Exposition Authority Board.

Hart received his Bachelor of Arts degree in philosophy and English from the University of Michigan and a juris doctorate degree from the University of Chicago Law School. Hart and his wife Dontrey and their three sons, Jonah, Aiden and Matthew reside on Chicago's South Side.


Hawaiian Airlines Implements Comprehensive Program of Face Covering, Spacing and Cleaning Measures

Hawaiian Airlines Implements Comprehensive Program of Face Covering, Spacing and Cleaning Measures

Hawaiian Airlines is enhancing health measures throughout its system by requiring travelers to wear face coverings starting May 8 and creating more personal space at check-in, boarding and during the flight. The airline, whose airport employees and flight attendants already wear face masks, last month also began electrostatic spraying of cabins – a safe disinfecting technology that provides additional and effective protection against coronaviruses.
“Taking care of our guests and employees has always been our primary focus, and these new health measures will help us maintain a safe travel experience, from our lobbies to our cabins, as Hawai’i continues to make progress in containing COVID-19,” said Peter Ingram, president and CEO at Hawaiian Airlines. “We appreciate our guests’ understanding and flexibility as we adapt our operations with their wellbeing guiding every decision we make.”

Face Coverings
Effective May 8, Hawaiian’s guests will need to wear a face mask or covering that effectively covers the mouth and nose, from checking-in at the airport to deplaning at their destination. Young children unable to keep a face covering on or guests with a medical condition or disability preventing its use will be exempted from the policy.

More Personal Space

Hawaiian remains committed to maintaining more space between passengers at check-in, boarding and during the flight.
The airline will modify boarding as of May 8 by asking guests to remain seated at the gate area until their rows are called. Main Cabin guests will board from the rear of the aircraft, in groups of three to five rows at a time, and agents will pause boarding as needed to prevent congestion. Guests who require special assistance and those seated in First Class will be able to pre-board.
The airline, which has been manually assigning seats to increase personal space onboard, next week will begin blocking middle seats on its jets, adjoining seats on ATR 42 turboprop aircraft, and other, select seats to continue to provide more space for guests and flight attendants.* Depending on load factors, seating may need to be adjusted at the gate to maximize spacing throughout the cabin and meet weight and balance restrictions.

Hawaiian will make efforts to seat families and guests traveling in the same party together, whenever possible, and encourages guests who prefer to sit together to contact the airline ahead of the flight or see an airport agent.

Keeping Our Spaces Clean
Last month, Hawaiian began using electrostatic spraying to comprehensively and evenly clean aircraft cabins with hospital-grade disinfectants, registered with the Environmental Protection Agency, that coat even hidden and hard-to-reach surfaces.

Hawaiian is applying electrostatic treatment, which dries in five minutes, nightly on the Boeing 717 aircraft it operates on flights between the islands, and prior to each departure from Hawai‘i on Airbus A330s that serve transpacific routes. The airline’s A321neo fleet is currently not in service due to a reduced flying schedule.
Hawaiian, whose modern transpacific fleet is equipped with HEPA air filters that create a dry and essentially sterile environment inhospitable to viruses, has detailed cleaning and disinfecting protocols, paying special attention to high-touch areas such as seats, seatbacks, headrests, monitors, tray tables, overhead bins, walls, windows and shades, as well as galleys and lavatories.

Hawaiian also distributes sanitizing wipes to passengers and has temporarily adjusted certain in-flight services, such as suspending the refilling of beverages in cups or personal bottles, and hot towel service.

Photos and video of Hawaiian's enhanced cleaning practices are available here.

For more information about how Hawaiian is supporting travelers and communities during the COVID-19 pandemic, as well as current flight schedules, please visit the carrier’s COVID-19 hub.