(CNN) – Countries around the world have imposed travel restrictions after a new variant of Covid-19 was discovered in South Africa, more than 2.3 million Americans traveled by air for Thanksgiving, and in Asia-Pacific, New Zealand and the Philippines have revealed new plans to reopen.
Here are some of the biggest developments in travel this week:
New variant triggered flight bans
Only a small number of cases of the new strain, named Omicron, have been identified so far, but the World Health Organization has said it is of concern and experts warn that it could spread quickly.
Europe has persevered in its winter season
The opening of the Austrian seaside resort of Ischgl has been delayed until December 3 due to the nationwide lockdown.
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Travel disruption to the United States continued its record year
Philippines and New Zealand unveiled plans to reopen
Vaccinated foreign tourists will be allowed to visit the Philippines without quarantine from December 1, provided they have stayed in “green list” countries for at least 14 days in advance.
Egypt has reopened its old avenue of the Sphinxes
The more than 3,000-year-old road, connecting two Egyptian temple complexes, was first discovered in the late 1940s and has since undergone decades of excavation and restoration efforts.
The site has undergone decades of excavation and restoration efforts and today features hundreds of traditional sphinxes and ram-headed statues lined up in its path.
The Ministry of Tourism and Antiquities described the site as the “largest open museum in the world”. According to Reuters, Egypt lost around $ 9 billion in tourism revenue in 2020, so there will be high hopes for this new project.
Catering group finances family trips for its staff
In addition to the money for flights and those many, many Covid tests, workers will also receive additional weeks of unpaid leave to help them undergo the Hong Kong hotel quarantine, which the company is also paying for. The city’s strict entry restrictions mean returning residents must spend a mandatory two or three weeks at designated hotels.
Black Sheep restaurants will also deliver evening meals to their employees at their quarantine hotels. To qualify for this impressive personal benefit, they must complete one year of service with the company upon their return.
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This story has been updated to correct the locations of Benin and Ethiopia.
Céline Alkhaldi, Ghazi Balkiz, Chris Dwyer, Tamara Hardingham-Gill, Jack Guy, Marnie Hunter, Caitlin McGee, David McKenzie, Sandee LaMotte, Pete Muntean, Francesca Street, Gregory Wallace and Lizzy Yee contributed to this report.