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Virgin Galactic (2004), a spaceflight company, founded by Britain’s Billionaire, Sir Richard Branson, is a Publicly Traded Company on the Stock Market.

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Blue Origin (2000) is a private aerospace manufacturer and sub-orbital spaceflight services company founded by Jeff Bezos (Amazon’s Founder, CEO and President).

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SpaceX (2002), Space Exploration Technologies Corp.,  is a private American aerospace manufacturer and space transportation services company of Elon Musk (Tesla’s Co-Founder and CEO).

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Fin TravelLIFTOFF! Elon Musk’s SPACEX Falcon 9 and NASA Crew Dragon Launched from American Soil on May 30, 2020 at 3:22:45 p.m. EDT (1922 GMT) from Launch Complex 39A at Florida’s Kennedy Space Center. This launch marks the first human spaceflight from U.S. soil with NASA astronauts on an American privately owned company rocket and spacecraft since 2011.

Updated June 2, 2020

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HISTORIC MOMENT FOR ELON MUSK’S SPACEX AND NASA. President Trump witnessed the launch of SPACEX and NASA Crew Dragon Astronauts at Kennedy Space Center, Florida on May 30, 2021.  Launch video CBS

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After liftoff, it took Crew Dragon about 9 minutes to reach its initial orbit. The first stage of its Falcon 9 rocket will return to Earth to land on a drone ship for future reuse. If all goes well, Crew Dragon will dock itself to the space station on Thursday, May 28, at 11:39 a.m. EDT (1539 GMT). It will link up with docking port on the station’s Harmony module, with hatches between the two spacecraft at 1:55 p.m. EDT (1755 GMT).

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NASA Veteran Astronauts Bob Behnken (mission’s joint operations commander) and Doug Hurley (Crew Dragon spacecraft commander) on their 9- minute flight to orbit and then to the International Space Station. It will take about 19 hours to reach the Space Station. The Crew docked itself on Sunday May 31, 2020 at 10:16 a.m. EDT (14216 GMT).  Demo-2 Crew (Behnken and Hurley) joined Expedition 63 Crew  (NASA astronaut Chris Cassidy and Russian cosmonauts Anatoly Ivanishin and Ivan Vagner), who have been in orbit since April 9, 2020.

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Crew Dragon is designed to dock itself autonomously to the Space Station. Veteran Astronaut, Hurley will take manual command of the spacecraft to test the vehicle’s flight systems. NASA and SPACEX have not released an exact date for Crew Dragon’s return to Earth for the Demo-2 mission (at least one month to possibly up to four months). Mission updates from NASA. SPACEX Crew Dragon docked with the International Space Station on YouTube

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Space Tourism 2021

SPACEX has an agreement with U.S. space tourism company Space Adventures to fly four passengers on a free-flying mission Crew Dragon as early as late 2021. The Space Tourism mission will last five days and send up to four people an orbital experience. The cost of the flight has not been released. SPACEX’s Crew Dragon can carry up to four astronauts on regular taxi trips, but the capsule itself can fit up to seven people in all. It launches into space on a Falcon 9 rocket (low-cost, reusable), SPACEX’s workhorse booster. The Crew Dragon spacecraft has an emergency abort system designed to separate the capsule from its rocket in the event of a launch emergency.

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Travel restrictions are likely to be relaxed next week in what is being seen as a major boost to the hospitality sector. From July 6th, holidaymakers are likely to be allowed to travel to a number of European countries without having to spend 14-days in quarantine when they return.Fin Travel

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Forte Village in Sardinia will reopen to guests as Italy eases out of the lockdown imposed in the wake of the Covid-19 outbreak. The location is considered one-of-a-kind among travel connoisseurs, offering an attractive mixture of beaches, sports facilities and fine-dining.Fin Travel

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Sonder has raised US$170 million in a Series E funding round. The deal, which was led by Fidelity Funds, Westcap and Inovia Capital, values the apartment rental company at US$1.3 billion.Fin Travel

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Emirates will be offering scheduled flights for passengers from seven additional cities in the month of July. These include Khartoum (from July 3rd), Amman (July 5th), Osaka (July 7th) and Narita (July 8th) as well as Athens, Larnaca and Rome from July 15thFin Travel

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Guests are invited to indulge in the ultimate wellness experience at the newly-opened spa at Radisson Blu Resort Cam Ranh. The elegant beachfront resort is nestled on an 18-kilometre-long stretch of sand on the south-central coast of Vietnam.Fin Travel

On June 27, 1997, NASA's NEAR Shoemaker spacecraft flew by an asteroid named 253 Mathilde. See how it happened in our On This Day in Space video series!

See the best photos on Space.com this week.

These are the top space stories this week from Space.com.

It's right there in the name: black holes aren't supposed to produce flashes of light. But scientists think that last year, they spotted black holes doing just that.

The constellations shown on modern star atlases are all officially approved by the International Astronomical Union, but while constellations are official, asterisms are not. An asterism is often defined as a noteworthy or striking pattern of stars within a constellation, but that is not always the case. The larger asterisms — ones like the Big Dipper in Ursa Major and the Great Square of Pegasus — are often better known than their host constellations.

A U.S. space tourism company has booked two passenger seats on a Russian Soyuz capsule headed to the International Space Station in 2023, and one of those tourists will take part in a spacewalk.

SpaceX called off the launch of its latest Starlink satellite mission Friday (June 26) to allow more time for preflight checks.

Two NASA astronauts began an epic battery swap in a spacewalk outside the International Space Station Friday (June 26), the first of four excursions to upgrade the outpost.

Virgin Galactic successfully completed a second test flight of its SpaceShipTwo space plane from the company's New Mexico spaceport on Thursday (June 25).

The Pentagon should release a public report on UFOs, argues the U.S. Senate intelligence committee. In addition to requiring a public report, the committee plans to impose new rules on how the Department of Defense (DOD) shares information about UFOs.

In this image taken by the Hubble Space Telescope and released June 25, 2020, you can see the star HBC 672, nicknamed "Bat Shadow."

Here's a guide to all the rocket launches and astronomical events in 2020, as well as milestones for space missions, anniversaries and conferences.

On behalf of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), NASA has awarded a delivery order under the Rapid Spacecraft Acquisition III (Rapid III) contract to Ball Aerospace & Technologies Corp. of Boulder, Colorado, for the Space Weather Follow On-Lagrange 1 (SWFO-L1) spacecraft.

NASA astronaut Kate Rubins will discuss her upcoming second mission to the International Space Station, along with cosmonauts Sergey Ryzhikov and Sergey Kud-Sverchkov of the Russian space agency Roscosmos, during a news conference at 4 p.m. EDT Wednesday, July 1, from NASA’s Johnson Space Center in Houston.

In response to the global coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, NASA, ESA (European Space Agency), and JAXA (Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency) have joined forces to use the collective scientific power of their Earth-observing satellite data to document planet-wide changes in the environment and human society.

NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine announced Wednesday the agency’s headquarters building in Washington, D.C., will be named after Mary W. Jackson, the first African American female engineer at NASA.

NASA, ESA (European Space Agency) and JAXA (Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency) will unveil a dashboard of satellite data showing impacts on the environment and socioeconomic activity caused by the global response to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic during a media teleconference at 9 a.m. EDT Thursday, June 25.

Kathy Lueders, NASA’s associate administrator for Human Exploration and Operations, has named Joel Montalbano as acting manager of the International Space Station Program. The appointment is effective Friday, June 26, the date Kirk Shireman, who has been in the position since 2015, is retiring from the agency to take a position in private industry.

Students from across the nation will have an opportunity this week to ask questions of NASA astronauts aboard the International Space Station. The Earth-to-space call will air live at 1:10 p.m. EDT Friday, June 19, on NASA Television and the agency’s website.

NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine will host a media teleconference at 2 p.m. EDT Thursday, June 18, to introduce Kathy Lueders, the newly selected associate administrator of the agency’s Human Exploration and Operations Mission Directorate.

The rocket booster segments that will help power NASA’s first Artemis flight test mission around the Moon arrived at the agency’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida on Monday for launch preparations.

NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine will host a media teleconference at 1 p.m. EDT Friday, June 19, to introduce Kathy Lueders, the newly selected associate administrator of the agency’s Human Exploration and Operations Mission Directorate.

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Week in images: 22-26 June 2020

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On 23 June 2020, the European Space Agency (ESA) and the Centre National d’Etudes Spatiales (CNES) officially launched the French European Space Education Resource Office (ESERO). 

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In this week's edition of the Earth from Space programme, the Andes mountains, in southern Peru, are featured in this false-colour image captured by the Copernicus Sentinel-2 mission

See also Peruvian Andes to download the image.

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ESA Council approved yesterday the publication of the position of Director General, to succeed Johann-Dietrich Wörner, whose mandate comes to an end in mid-2021.

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In an unprecedented collaboration, ESA, NASA and JAXA (Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency) have created a new tool that combines a wealth of data from Earth-observing satellites to monitor the worldwide impacts of COVID-19. This new online platform is now available to the public.

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ESA Web TV, our one-stop-shop for live events from launches to lectures, is now expanded with a second channel.

Press Release N° 12–2020

The ESA Council met today in its 290th session and took some important decisions regarding the Executive’s senior management.

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European and Russian specialists recently worked together to catch signals from an astrophysical observatory mission, now mapping X-ray sources in our galaxy and beyond, discovering previously unknown supermassive black holes.

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In orbit for more than a decade, ESA’s Earth Explorer satellite SMOS has not only exceeded its planned lifespan, but also surpassed its original scientific goals. Built to demonstrate new technology in space and address gaps in our scientific understanding of how Earth works as a system, this remarkable mission is now also being used for a number of practical applications. With drought seemingly more commonplace, entrepreneurs are using information on soil moisture from SMOS and data from other satellites to generate commercial data products for the insurance market, ultimately bringing benefits to farmers.

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Klaus Scipal: SMOS Mission Manager, ESA, Soundbites in English & German

Thijs van Leeuwen: CEO of VanderSat – Soundbites in English & Dutch

Marcel Andriesse: Senior underwriter agri-culture Swiss Re -  Soundbites in English & Dutch

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After months of delays caused by the coronavirus pandemic, and a wait for better wind conditions for launch, Arianespace scrubbed the planned launch Saturday of an Italian-made Vega rocket from French Guiana due to unfavorable high-altitude winds. The Vega rocket's liftoff has been rescheduled for 9:51 p.m. EDT Sunday (0151 GMT Monday) on a rideshare mission carrying 53 small satellites into orbit for 21 customers in 13 countries.

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Debuting a two-tier structure designed to accommodate dozens of small satellites on a single mission, an Italian-made Vega rocket is set for liftoff Saturday night from the northeastern coast of South America on a flight to demonstrate European industry's answer to growing rideshare launch demand.

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Two astronauts floated outside the International Space Station early Friday for the first of four planned spacewalks to wrap up a complex multi-year job to replace 48 aging batteries in the lab's solar power system with 24 more powerful lithium-ion units.

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SpaceX scrubbed the planned launch from the Kennedy Space Center of a Falcon 9 rocket Friday with the company's next 57 Starlink Internet satellites and a pair of commercial Earth-imaging surveillance satellites. Officials did not immediately confirm a new target launch date.

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The U.S. military's next GPS navigation satellite moved to a SpaceX launch facility late Thursday at Cape Canaveral, ready for attachment with a Falcon 9 rocket for liftoff June 30 to take the place of an aging GPS spacecraft launched from Florida's Space Coast more than 20 years ago.

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Despite a growing number of rocket options, the availability of on-time launch services remains a key factor in getting BlackSky's constellation of Earth-imaging smallsats into orbit. SpaceX's rideshare launch service will give BlackSky a chance to add two more spacecraft to its fleet on a Falcon 9 rocket with the next batch of Starlink Internet payloads.

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NASA says it is interested in flying astronauts and scientists on commercial suborbital vehicles, like those being tested by Virgin Galactic and Blue Origin, to provide additional training and research opportunities augmenting missions to the orbiting International Space Station.

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Space station commander Chris Cassidy and Robert Behnken plan to float outside Friday for the first of up to four spacewalks needed to complete the replacement of aging batteries in the lab’s solar power system. NASA managers hope to get the work done in time for Behnken and crewmate Douglas Hurley to return to Earth aboard their Crew Dragon capsule by around Aug. 2, officials said Wednesday.

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A Falcon 9 rocket ignites its nine Merlin first stage engines on June 24 for a routine static test fire ahead of the planned launch of the tenth batch of Starlink broadband internet satellites.

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The launch of NASA's Perseverance Mars rover has been delayed two days to July 22 after an issue with ground support equipment at the Kennedy Space Center held up encapsulation of the spacecraft inside the payload fairing of its Atlas 5 rocket.

During the communist era, travel options were limited in Hungary and Central Europe, which meant Lake Balaton became the region's most popular vacation destination.Fin Travel

Upscale hotels like Claridge's in London and the New Yorker Hotel have opened their doors to doctors, nurses and other key workers fighting coronavirus in one of the most unusual chapters of their historic lives.Fin Travel

Saudi Arabia will strictly limit the number of people who can take part in this year's Hajj pilgrimage to Mecca because of the coronavirus, according to state-run media.Fin Travel

After nearly three months of quarantine, millions of Americans are ready to travel -- an overnight trip, a weekend getaway, a summer sojourn. With states reopening, that's now possible, with a caveat. Before coronavirus, few people likely thought twice about staying in a hotel room, rental home or cabin in the woods. But now, we have to factor in the potential for coronavirus exposure. Even if you're OK with the travel risks taking you to your destination -- plane, train or automobile -- what about the risks of the destination spot itself?Fin Travel

With sales growing 50% year to year, South Africa's gin industry was booming before the country instated a strict ban on the production, sale, and export of alcohol. CNN's Eleni Giokos takes a look at the ways major players in the industry pivoted to stay in business and reports on their road to recovery as production resumes.Fin Travel

A 'smartpark' in South Africa is responsible for bringing southern white rhinos back from the bring of extinction and keeping them safe from poachers who sell their horns for use as a drug.Fin Travel

Fiji is planning to create a travel bubble with Australia and New Zealand, the South Pacific island's leader said on Sunday.Fin Travel

The abandoned bus on the Stampede Trail in Alaska -- made famous by the book and film "Into the Wild" -- has made its first journey in decades. This time by air.Fin Travel

European travelers have begun returning to the air as border restrictions ease, but the experience of a flight on the continent's biggest airline reveals just what's in store for those willing to fly in the wake of the pandemic.Fin Travel

There's a reason Greece's Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis flew to Santorini earlier this month when he wanted to announce the reopening of his country to tourism.Fin Travel

Traveling by car is more popular than ever, so Dr. Sanjay Gupta offers advice on how to do so safely.Fin Travel

There are 700 islands in the Bahamas, 2,000 beaches, 32 national parks -- and one underwater art installation.Fin Travel

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As lockdown begins to ease for many of us and we start to think about getting back on the road in 2021, we’re taking you...

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Due to the impact of COVID-19, many Pride events have been cancelled or significantly altered for 2020. Naturally, we are devastated that our world is...

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We’ve all read those posts about how to stay healthy when traveling, or how best to avoid germs on planes. But in these confusing and...

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Fake it ‘til you make it there. Homeboys and girls, sawasdee! This week we’re cyber couch surfing all the way over to Southeast Asia and...

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There’s more to Thailand than buzzing cities, crazy-beautiful beaches and even crazier parties. Like sunrise Shavasanas with fellow yogis, broadening your mind whilst learning all...

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Fake it ‘til you make it there. The 2020 Olympics may have been postponed, but that doesn’t mean you can’t still run rings around Japan...

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Icon, legend and knight (and all-around global treasure) Sir David Attenborough once said “It is that range of biodiversity that we must care for –...

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Clearer skies, less pollution, more wildlife… if lockdown has taught us anything (other than the art of virtual pub quizzing and that Netflix needs to...

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A sweet treat usually made for the Eid holiday in Egypt, here's the recipe for how to make Egyptian Kahk cookies at home!

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Planning to a Trip Abroad?

Before you make travel plans, The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) website has up to date information about travel advisories, communication resources and risk assessment levels by country.

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US Citizen in a Crisis Abroad?

The US Department of State advises US citizens abroad to enroll in free Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) for up-to-date safety and security information, alerts and in case of an emergencybe located easier abroad.

In some crises, Task Force Alert, an online system is activated so that you can inform them that you are in a crisis location and request emergency consular assistance. Contact the Department of State via website travel.state.gov or call 1-888-407-4747 (in US and Canada) +1-202-501-4444 (from overseas).

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Updated Near Real-Time Map of Coronavirus COVID-19 Global Cases by The Center for Systems Science and Engineering at John Hopkins University (JHU CSSE)

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Harvard University, Boston Children’s Hospital and a group of Volunteers from the Tech Industry, using crowdsource data, help to inform the public about current global disease illness outbreaks in real-time and identify current  hotspots, as well as provide updated news for the pandemic coronavirus, COVID-19. The general public is welcomed to voluntarily share stories of their covid-like symptoms Covidnearyou.org . Also, their website healthmap.org  is  available as a mobile app Outbreaks near me.

Global Cases Coronavirus COVID-19 (2019-nCoV)

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Expedia Group, Inc based in Washington, spun off a division of Microsoft in 1999 as a public company and bought by IAC/ InterActive Corp in 2003. Through acquisitions and partnerships Expedia offers travel flight (500+ airlines), hotel (1M+ properties), car rental (175+), cruises, activities (35K+), fare search engines (200+ travel booking sites in 70+ countries).

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Scotland based online based company since 2016 was acquired by Ctrip (Trip.com Group), book flights, hotels, car rental, weekend getaways, available in 30 languages, price alerts, Best Flight Comparison Service 2018 name by consumer champions.

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Ctrip.com (Hong Kong) Limited, travel booking services, flights (2M+ individual flight routes in 5K+ cities), hotels (1.2M+ in 200+ countries/regions), car rentals, activities, available in 19 languages, pay in 26 currencies, TripPlus Rewards program/Trip coins, 24/7 English customer service.

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UK based online company since 2006, book flights, search over 650 airline companies, pay in 160 currencies with no additional cost, 25+ mobile and alternative payments accepted (PayPal, Apple Pay, Google Pay, Alipay accepted), flexible flight payment plan options ( Affirm for US residents, PayPal Credit, Klarna, Fly Now Pay Later for UK residents, PayBright for Canadians).

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Australian company founded in 2008 with over a 100-member team in four offices around the globe for people who want international flexible travel with a paid work options (over 1200 pre-screened and approved global partner network) for purpose of cultural and educational experiences. Offer visa assistance, Trip Coordinators, 24/7 emergency support, full-service travel agency, travel insurance, partnered with adventure tours.

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Online travel company founded in 2004 for vacation resort packages (USA, Caribbean, Central America and Mexico), flight, hotel, cruises, tours and activities, helpful guides and travel tips.

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Airbnb founded in 2007, more than 7 million places to stay around the world (accessible 62 languages in 191 countries and regions), book over 40,000 handcrafted activities led by local hosts.

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Hotel Planner serving group hotel bookings and event management needs around the world since 2003, enquire about free rooms for group coordinators, 100,000 group friendly hotels worldwide, website in 21 languages, lowest group rate guaranteed, book as a group but you can pay separately.

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Fin TravelDigital Travel site based in Amsterdam, Netherlands  since 1996, and is part of Booking Holdings Inc. Search hundreds of travel sites for accommodations (28M+ homes / hotels), flights, car rentals, tour and activities, airport taxis, connect and discuss with a communityof other travellers, available in 43 languages,24/7 customer support.

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Online travel website,headquarted in Singapore, offers “Mix and Save” for extra budget conscious travelers with the option to split reservation into multiple bookings to maximaze savings, accommodations in over 2M+  properties around the world, its parent company is based in the Connecticut, United States and is part of a publicly traded company known as Booking Holdings Inc, which includes other travel websites such as booking.com, priceline.com, kayak.com, cheapflights, rentalcars.com, momondo, mundi and open table.

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Travel Trivia

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Traveling makes you happy because spending money on experiences make you happier than buying material things, according to a research study done by Cornell University 2017.

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Traveling expands your mind, energizes your soul and keep us young through…

gaining new experiences and connections, increasing your self-confidence,

exposing yourself to ideas (open-mindedness) and developing deeper relationships with people, creating unexpected opportunities and gaining a treasure of invaluable memories to enjoy for a lifetime.

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According to the Mastercard Global Destination Cities Index 2019, Bangkok, capital city of Thailand, welcomed 22.78 million international overnight visitors in 2018 with an average length of stay 4.8 nights and spending $184 per day.

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In the United States, New York City welcomed 13.6 million international overnight travelers with average length stay 7.9 days spending $152 per day.

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According to Wikipedia.org, the world’s largest airport  is Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport, USA. It is also the nation’s busiest airport but does not have the busiest route, according to Airports Council International. According to Routes Online.com using data analysis from the Official Aviation Guide (OAG.com), the busiest route in USA is between (JFK)  John F Kennedy International Airport and (LAX) Los Angeles Intetrnational Airport (2,474 miile trip).

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According to Skytrax World Airline Awards in 2019 as well as World’s Best Business Class Airline was awarded  to Qatar Airways.
Singapore Airlines was awarded for second consecutive year ‘ Best Airlines in the World’ as the travellers’ favorite airline worldwide, Singapore Airlines, which was recognized  for its outstanding service, quality and value by travel site TripAdvisor.com (April 2, 2019). Also,  received the Skytrax World Airline Award for world’s best cabin crew and world’s second best airline for 2019.

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Most popular hashtag  #nyc – 49% reported by best-hashtags.com    New York, New York

In an article from thewholeworldisaplayground.com, L’Appartement Sézane a French style boutique, is New York’s best Instagram spot located on 254 Elizabeth Street in Manhattan.

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According to Bigseventravel.com (January 2019) Australia is the world’s most instagrammable country in 2019. Seektotravel.com reported that with 320,000 hashtags on Instagram from March 2018-March 2019, Uluru (Ayers Rock), Northern Territory in Central Australia (as known as the most sacred mountain in Australia) received attention as the most instagrammable place in the country.

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Interesting Trend in 2019 show that Millennials (under 33 years old) consider Instagram an important factor for choosing where to go to on a holiday, according to  managing director for Mena and India at Wego, an online travel website reported by khaleejtimes.com. Research showed that Millennials spend more on Travel because to them Life is all about Experiences.

Credit Cards and Mobile Payments Statistics

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The following Statistical Data have been accumulated from researching the internet of governmental and institutional  resources, including but not limited to – Statista.com, Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, The Nilson Report, McKinsey & Company- Global Payment Report 2019, European Central Bank, TCdata 360, Cardrates.com, Debt.org

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World’s first cashless country. 80% of Swedes use a card to pay for purchases. Even Swedish children use debit cards to pay for purchases.

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Highest country ranking for people over 15+ years who have a credit card is  58% ( Data from2017).
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Alaska residents of all states in the US, carried the highest average of credit card debt among the states $10,685. The lowest being Iowa with an average household credit card debt $6726 in 2019.
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More Americans are Visa cardholders than Mastercard or American Express in 2019. Visa is the most popular credit card company in the world (123 countries).
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American household credit card debt continues to grow. Since 2015 to Q2 2019 it has increased by 31% . As of June 2019, the average credit card debt per household is $8,398. That is a total of 128 million Americans carrying a  total of $1.07 trillion in credit card debt as of June 2019.

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In the Euro Area (Data of 2018), point of sale (POS) terminals have increased by 11.2% (10.5 million) as well as an increase in number of cards issued with payment function 4% (544Million) and increase in card transactions by 13% (total value 8 trillion) with average value per transaction of 44€.

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Popular Credit Cards for Travel and Shopping

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Digital Banking and Debit Cards

Updated June 2, 2020

Transfer money Apps (with optional debit cards)

Money Transfer Apps make sending money and receiving money in
different currencies and countries all over the world, fast and flexible.

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Fin TravelThey offer a more user friendly interface with instant notifications, as well as saving you time and money with more reasonable fees. Many make shopping online easier, since you can use these apps with contactless payment of a stored card, bank account, credit/debit/ prepaid cards or even offer a digital credit line.

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Tips for Using Credit and Debit Cards while Traveling Abroad

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Inform your bank card company when and where you will be traveling.

Download and activate your bank’s mobile app. The banks and credit processors can determine you are in the location of the card you are attempting to use with the mobile phone GPS location service.

Bring cards from different networks -Mastercard/Cirrus and Visa/Plus and keep an extra card in your room just in case for lost or stolen wallet while you are out.

Consider paying with credit cards when available instead of withdrawing cash from foreign ATM that inflate exchange rate and charge withdrawal fees. Credit cards charge interest on cash advances from the moment of withdrawal.

Know your fees foreign transaction fees on your card as well as the exchange rate. Purchases in your home country currency may be better option than in the country you are visiting.
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