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Exclusive: White House considers lifting European travel restrictions – sources

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The White House is considering rescinding entry bans for most non-U.S. citizens who recently were in Brazil, Britain, Ireland and 26 other European countries, five U.S. and airline officials told Reuters.

FILE PHOTO: Travellers wearing protective face masks make a selfie inside at Paris Charles de Gaulle airport in Roissy, after the U.S. banned travel from Europe, as France grapples with the novel coronavirus, March 12, 2020. REUTERS/Benoit Tessier

The Trump administration imposed the bans in a bid to contain the novel coronavirus pandemic. It is not considering lifting separate entry bans on most non-U.S. citizens who have recently been in China or Iran, the officials said.

The plan has won the backing of White House coronavirus task-force members, public health and other federal agencies, the people briefed on the matter said, but President Donald Trump has not made a final decision and the timing remains uncertain.

The White House, Department of Homeland Security and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) did not comment.

Many administration officials argue the restrictions no longer make sense given that most countries around the world are not subject to the entry ban. They contend lifting the restrictions would be a boost to struggling U.S. airlines, which have seen international travel fall by 70%, according to airline industry data.

Trump may still opt not to lift the restrictions, given the high number of coronavirus infections in Europe. One potential hurdle is the fact that European countries are not likely to immediately allow most Americans to resume visits, officials said.

The European countries that are subject to the U.S. entry restrictions include the 26 members of the Schengen area that allow travel across open borders.

The U.S. restrictions barring most visitors from Europe have been in place since mid-March, while the Brazilian entry ban was imposed in May. Trump implemented the first ban on most non-U.S. visitors from China on Jan. 31 and then added Iran in February.

The restrictions bar entry of most non-U.S. residents who have been in those countries in the previous 14 days, but the U.S. State Department has been granting some “national interest exceptions” to allow travelers from Europe related to “humanitarian travel, public health response, and national security.”

The United States has also approved exceptions for some European business travelers, investors, academics, students and journalists.

Nearly all of Europe still bans most U.S. travelers from visiting, while Britain and Ireland allow American visits but require two-weeks quarantine upon arrival. Brazil allows U.S. travelers.

On Saturday, the CDC issued new travel and testing recommendations for international air travelers recommending they “get tested with a viral test 1-3 days before their flight to reduce spread during travel. Travelers should get tested 3-5 days after travel and stay home for 7 days.”

Airlines for America, a group representing American Airlines, Delta Air Lines, United Airlines Holdings and others, on Tuesday noted it has “been advocating for the federal government to set a national standard on testing in order to

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Exclusive: White House Considers Lifting European Travel Restrictions – Sources | World News

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The White House is considering rescinding entry bans for most non-U.S. citizens who recently were in Brazil, Britain, Ireland and 26 other European countries, five U.S. and airline officials told Reuters.

The Trump administration imposed the bans in a bid to contain the novel coronavirus pandemic. It is not considering lifting separate entry bans on most non-U.S. citizens who have recently been in China or Iran, the officials said.

The plan has won the backing of White House coronavirus task-force members, public health and other federal agencies, the people briefed on the matter said, but President Donald Trump has not made a final decision and the timing remains uncertain.

The White House, Department of Homeland Security and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) did not comment.

Many administration officials argue the restrictions no longer make sense given that most countries around the world are not subject to the entry ban. They contend lifting the restrictions would be a boost to struggling U.S. airlines, which have seen international travel fall by 70%, according to airline industry data.

Trump may still opt not to lift the restrictions, given the high number of coronavirus infections in Europe. One potential hurdle is the fact that European countries are not likely to immediately allow most Americans to resume visits, officials said.

The European countries that are subject to the U.S. entry restrictions include the 26 members of the Schengen area that allow travel across open borders.

The U.S. restrictions barring most visitors from Europe have been in place since mid-March, while the Brazilian entry ban was imposed in May. Trump implemented the first ban on most non-U.S. visitors from China on Jan. 31 and then added Iran in February.

The restrictions bar entry of most non-U.S. residents who have been in those countries in the previous 14 days, but the U.S. State Department has been granting some “national interest exceptions” to allow travelers from Europe related to “humanitarian travel, public health response, and national security.”

The United States has also approved exceptions for some European business travelers, investors, academics, students and journalists.

Nearly all of Europe still bans most U.S. travelers from visiting, while Britain and Ireland allow American visits but require two-weeks quarantine upon arrival. Brazil allows U.S. travelers.

On Saturday, the CDC issued new travel and testing recommendations for international air travelers recommending they “get tested with a viral test 1-3 days before their flight to reduce spread during travel. Travelers should get tested 3-5 days after travel and stay home for 7 days.”

Airlines for America, a group representing American Airlines, Delta Air Lines, United Airlines Holdings and others, on Tuesday noted it has “been advocating for the federal government to set a national standard on testing in order to lift travel restrictions.”

In a statement to Reuters, the group called the CDC guidance a step in the right direction, adding that they hoped it would be “followed by a recognition that testing can be used to safely

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EXCLUSIVE FIRST LOOK: The Crown’s recreation Princess Diana’s 1983 tour of Australia

EXCLUSIVE FIRST LOOK: The Crown’s recreation of Prince Charles and Princess Diana’s 1983 tour of Australia is revealed ahead of Netflix air-date

Season four of Netflix’s The Crown will finally introduce Princess Diana to its cast – played by up-and-coming actress Emma Corrin.

The return of the popular drama will feature an episode portraying Prince Charles and Princess Diana ‘s 1983 tour of Australia and New Zealand.

Daily Mail Australia have secured the first look images from one of the scenes set Down Under with baby Prince William.

EXCLUSIVE FIRST LOOK: The Crown's recreation of Prince Charles and Princess Diana's 1983 tour of Australia is revealed ahead of Netflix air-date on November 15

EXCLUSIVE FIRST LOOK: The Crown’s recreation of Prince Charles and Princess Diana’s 1983 tour of Australia is revealed ahead of Netflix air-date on November 15

The cast and crew of the award-winning show did not travel across the globe to recreate some of the former couple’s most iconic moments.

Instead, they substituted various locations around Spain for Australia with the addition of clever digital effects. 

Emma Corrin, who plays the late Princess Diana, shares the scene with actor Josh O’Connor as Prince Charles and a small child as their firstborn, Prince William.

One scene shows Princess Diana handing Prince William a koala plush toy as they appear to venture into the outback, near Uluru.  

Trip Down Under: Emma Corrin, who plays the late Princess Diana, shares the scene with actor Josh O'Connor as Prince Charles and a small child as their firstborn, Prince William

Trip Down Under: Emma Corrin, who plays the late Princess Diana, shares the scene with actor Josh O’Connor as Prince Charles and a small child as their firstborn, Prince William

Pictured: Princess Diana and Prince Charles visiting Uluru in March 1983

 Pictured: Princess Diana and Prince Charles visiting Uluru in March 1983

The city of Malaga was used for Sydney, while the desert near the port city of Almería was used as the backdrop for their visit to Uluru.

In March 1993, the couple had visited the Northern Territory in very similar clothing as to what is due to be depicted on screen. 

In another frame they are seen enjoying a picnic outing as a family in a rural landscape with sheep in a gated pen behind them.    

In another frame they are seen enjoying a picnic outing as a family in a rural landscape with sheep in a gated pen behind them

In another frame they are seen enjoying a picnic outing as a family in a rural landscape with sheep in a gated pen behind them

Recreating real life: The city of Malaga was used for Sydney, while the desert near the port city of Almería was used as the backdrop for their visit to Uluru

Recreating real life: The city of Malaga was used for Sydney, while the desert near the port city of Almería was used as the backdrop for their visit to Uluru

The Netflix series, which was filmed from August 2019 to March 2020, also hired extras with Australian accents to help add to the Australian environment they constructed in Spain.

Emma was originally contacted to read as Diana alongside co-star Josh O’Connor in 2018, after he’d landed the role of Prince Charles, as The Crown bosses tried to find the right actress to play Camilla Parker-Bowles.

The star was not auditioning for the role of Diana, but her speech efforts impressed the team so much, she was offered the role eight months later.

Incredible: Last month, Netflix's official Instagram account for The Crown shared its first glimpse of Princess Diana¿s wedding dress for the show

Incredible: Last month, Netflix’s official Instagram account for The Crown shared its first glimpse

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An Exclusive Look Inside Kyoto’s New Can’t-Miss Design Hotel

Kyoto has recently seen high-profile debuts by Aman and Ace, but a new hotel opening in November gives them both a run for their money. The flagship property of one of Japan’s wealthiest and most influential families, Hotel the Mitsui Kyoto officially opens right in front of the UNESCO-listed Nijo Castle as part of the Luxury Collection by Marriott. Built around a central courtyard garden with 161 rooms and suites, three restaurants and bars, a spa and onsen, and an event space inspired by traditional Japanese tearooms, the property is a luxurious new option in one of Japan’s most enchanting cities. AD got an exclusive first look at the gorgeous design.

For their flagship hotel, the Mitsui family tapped not one but four prestigious architects and designers: André Fu for the lobby and rooms, Shunsaku Miyagi for landscape design, Yohei Akao for the spa and restaurants, and Akira Kuryu as the Master Design Advisor. The brief: embrace Japan’s beauty—a task the design team took to heart.

A long corridor evokes Kyoto's famous Fushimi Inari shrine.

A long corridor evokes Kyoto’s famous Fushimi Inari shrine.

The experience starts before you even enter the hotel with the Kajiimiya Gate. Constructed in 1703 for the original Mitsui residence, it has been carefully restored and opens onto a lush bamboo forest with a path leading to the lobby. There, an enormous shoji lantern hangs and a large ceramic sculpture by contemporary artist Yukiya Izumita sits on a bed of finely raked sank, evoking the city’s historic temple gardens. The double-height lobby lounge features a ceiling installation inspired by flowing kimono fabric and an open fireplace carved from a massive block of stone. Fu collaborated with a number of local artisans, including kimono designer Jotaro Saito, who created the woven textiles that cover the wall panels.

The Garden Bar offers guests a comfortable lounge where they can relax with craft cocktails overlooking the tranquil garden.

The Garden Bar offers guests a comfortable lounge where they can relax with craft cocktails overlooking the tranquil garden.

The presidential suite features Japanese teahouse–inspired interiors, with solid walnut, tatami, and kimono fabrics.

The presidential suite features Japanese teahouse–inspired interiors, with solid walnut, tatami, and kimono fabrics.

“My aim was to preserve a sense of heritage whilst overlaying it with a contemporary interpretation of Kyoto’s history,” Fu told AD. As the only non-Japanese member of the design team, the Hong Kong–based designer brought the perspective of an outsider with a deep love and appreciation for Kyoto. He called working with local artisans “an extremely rewarding process,” and added that as the brand has no other hotels, he and his collaborators were “given carte blanche to define the experience.”

The property is arranged around a central courtyard garden with a beautiful cherry tree—a focal point that is meant to be enjoyed by guests. “Since the time of ancient Japan, there has been a natural, almost religious, reverence and respect for the connection between the design of the exterior and interior of structures,” Akira Kuryu said, explaining that Heian era palaces often seemed to be floating on a lake. “With Hotel the Mitsui Kyoto, we have taken this concept and turned it somewhat on its head, whereby we have the garden

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Exclusive: The Langham, Venice to open on Murano

The Langham Hospitality Group has revealed exclusively toTelegraph Travel that it will open a new luxury hotel in Venice in 2023.

The lagoon-front Langham, Venice will be set on the island of Murano and marks the Hong Kong-based group’s first hotel in Italy and third in Europe, following a recent opening in Munich and its long-standing London ‘grande dame’.

Described as an ‘urban resort’, the Langham will be the first true luxury option in Murano, the little island known for its glass-making tradition stretching back to the 13th century. The hotel’s winning waterfront location on the island’s south-east shore puts it within easy reach of the Museo del Vetro (glass museum) and centuries-old foundries that continue to turn out artisanal pieces. 

Also close by is the Basilica dei Santa Maria e San Donato, one of Venice’s most impressive churches. The city itself is only a short vaporetto ride away, but guests will likely relish the peace that descends on Murano after the daytrippers leave. 

The hotel will be housed in the Casino Mocenigo, a villa that dates back to the 1600s. Milan-based architecture and design studio Matteo Thun & Partners, who are known for embracing sustainable ideas and a pared-back style, have been appointed to oversee the extensive renovations. Design for both the 138 rooms and public spaces will blend modern amenities and details from the building’s history, notably its music and poetry-dedicated frescoes. As expected of a waterfront hotel, views of the lagoon will be highlighted at every turn. 

A key feature will be the grand courtyard

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A key feature is the grand courtyard, which will house an outdoor swimming pool and manicured garden, as well as multiple outdoor dining spaces. Few details have been revealed about the two main restaurants, though the hotel has announced that there will be an Italian cooking school. Meanwhile, a rooftop bar promises views over Venice. 

Langham Hospitality Group CEO, Stefan Leser, told Telegraph Travel: “The Langham, Venice will provide an exclusive leisure experience that blends the finest elements of the local Venetian culture and heritage with personalised intuitive service that are the hallmarks of The Langham luxury experience.”

He added: “It will be a resort where guests can enjoy afternoon tea indulgence, which we are known for, and we are also bringing in the group’s signature Chuan Spa, providing wellness therapies and treatments based on the ancient healing philosophies of Traditional Chinese Medicine.”

The Langham is the latest high-end hotel group to head to the ‘City of Canals’, following St Regis Hotels, which opened an outpost in a prime San Marco location last year, and Rosewood, which will land in the Cannaregio district in 2023.

By the time the Langham opens, guests may be welcomed to a very different Venice. The winds of change have been blowing for a while, with growing concerns about overtourism, which culminated in a large cruise ship ban last summer. The pandemic and resulting lockdown, which left the

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