South American World Cup qualifiers postponed over travel constraints

Jessica Wong

Asuncion (AFP) – South American football’s governing body on Saturday postponed the two rounds of 2022 World Cup qualifiers scheduled for the end of the month because of travel restrictions affecting European-based players.

The decision to call off the double matchday, which was set to take place on March 25-26 and 30, was “due to the inability to have all the South American players in a timely manner,” CONMEBOL said in a tweet.

The confederation said it would study the options available in order to reprogramme the matches postponed.

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South America World Cup qualifiers postponed due to COVID travel issues

Jessica Wong

CONMEBOL have confirmed that the 2022 World Cup qualifiers have been postponed for March.

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The decision comes after star players from across South America were set to miss out on playing for their national teams, as their club managers in Europe were not going to release them for international duty.

Jurgen Klopp, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, Thomas Tuchel and many other managers at top European clubs have already said that the likes of Roberto Firmino, Edinson Cavani and other stars would not be able to travel.

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The World’s First Space Hotel to Open in 2027

Jessica Wong

Those of us making grand postpandemic travel plans might want to consider the final frontier as a destination. That’s because Orbital Assembly Corporation, a new construction company run by former pilot John Blincow, is planning to open a luxury space hotel by 2027. Voyager Station, as it’s being called, would accommodate 280 guests and 112 crew members while aiming to be the first commercial space hotel, upon completion.

“We’re trying to make the public realize that this golden age of space travel is just around the corner. It’s coming. It’s coming fast,” Blincow told CNN in an interview.

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Amazing women paving the way of innovation and travel – Kiwi.com

Jessica Wong

A portrait of inspiring female inventors, travel industry game-changers, and adventurers making a mark on the world of travel 

There are women in the history of travel we should not forget. Better yet, we should celebrate them by passing their stories onto the next generations of women, not as rare curiosities but as an everyday part of our lives. These historical female figures have paved the way for the next generations of women in travel, for those who have come and gone, and for those who are just about to start their journeys.

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Africa, Middle East Take Softer Covid-19 Hit Than Rest of the World but Still Face Slow Recovery

Jessica Wong

Corporate travel in the Middle East and Africa on the whole fared better than the rest of the global regions, and the region could see better recovery than other parts of the world—though that distinction might be cold comfort as significant recovery is likely still several years away.

For the full year of 2020, business travel spending in the region declined 39 percent year over year, a lower drop than any of the other global regions, according to the Global Business Travel Association’s annual BTI Outlook. Excluding the first quarter, when the pandemic was still not quite a global event,

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