Visits to the UK by foreign residents dropped dramatically last year due to restrictions caused by the coronavirus dented the ability to travel. Data released Monday by the Office for National Statistics shows that visits to the UK fell 73 percent last year to 11.1 million.
The US aviation regulator said it had received about 1,900 complaints from passengers refuse to wear face masks since the beginning of the year. The Federal Aviation Administration said it had received 2,500 reports of intractable behavior, including 1,900 refusals to comply with the federal mask mandate.
The US has issued a “no travel” advisory for Japan. The Level 4 Travel Advisory from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the State Department, issued on Monday, comes as the Japanese government is considering extend a state of emergency in Tokyo and several other prefectures.
Students in New York City public schools will be back in class this fall as Mayor Bill de Blasio calls for time for distance learning in the largest US school district. In an interview on Monday, De Blasio said face-to-face teaching would return to 1 million children in the system in September, with no distance learning.
Cineworld said it enjoyed a lot strong opening weekend in the UK, where attendance numbers are expected to continue to rise as new films come out and more people get a vaccine. The popularity of Peter Rabbit 2: The Runaway meant that visitor numbers at Cineworld’s UK sites exceeded expectations.
Another deal in a wave of American energy consolidation was announced Monday, with shale oil producer Cimarex Energy and Cabot Oil & Gas unveiling a $ 17 billion “merger of equals”. The merger is the last in recent months as the US oil price recovers from last year’s pandemic-induced crude price path.
Accountant EY has told its UK staff that after the pandemic they will have to spend at least two days a week working from home working from home, making them the newest service provider to embrace hybrid work. The Big Four’s 17,000 British employees were informed that they would divide the rest of their time between client offices and locations.
Airbnb is moving to a shortage of rental properties, are rolling out new tools, including managing lists based on artificial intelligence. With lockdown measures relaxed and travelers vaccinated, Airbnb faces a supply shortage in popular destinations as an influx of guests is at risk of outpacing hosts.