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Coronavirus: Airbnb restricts UK bookings to coronavirus keyworkers

Coronavirus: Airbnb restricts UK bookings to coronavirus keyworkers

Technology
Home rental firm Airbnb is to temporarily restrict UK bookings to keyworkers and “essential stays” because of the coronavirus crisis.The firm said that the measure would last until at least 18 April.Keyworkers - such as NHS and social care staff, and transport and food retail employees - can still book through a programme called Frontline Stays. The decision comes after the government criticised opportunistic hosts.The BBC had reported on Monday that some listings were letting customers use the “instant book” function without requiring them to be vetted. At the time, some owners were describing their properties as being "Covid-19 retreats" and "perfect for isolating with family" on the site.Tourism Minister Nigel Huddleston described this as being "irres
Coronavirus leads to 30% drop in online travel bookings: Razorpay

Coronavirus leads to 30% drop in online travel bookings: Razorpay

Finance
BENGALURU: Razorpay on Thursday shared insights about the impact of the Coronavirus (Covid-19) outbreak on digital payments in India. The insights are based on transactions held on the company’s platform between February, 2020 and now. The travel advisories have led to a drastic drop in online travel spending in India. In 2019, according to Statista, the travel sector contributed the highest to online payments in India with a 40% share. According to Razorpay, the current situation has brought a decline of 30% in online travel bookings. At the same time, as human interactions are reducing, consumer payment habits are changing. Overall digital spending saw an increase of about 10% on the Razorpay platform from February to March, owing to this virus outbreak. For the first time ever, Online G
Coronavirus: Flybe set to collapse in hours amid bookings slump

Coronavirus: Flybe set to collapse in hours amid bookings slump

Business
Flybe, one of Britain's biggest airlines, is expected to fall into administration in the early hours of Thursday, putting more than 2,000 jobs at risk.Sky News has learnt that Flybe renewed a plea for ministers to provide emergency financial support, even as ongoing talks about a state loan on commercial terms appear to have been rejected. Sources said on Wednesday that there was a possibility that Flybe could fall into administration within a matter of days, although "last-ditch" discussions involving its shareholders and the government were continuing. Image: A notice taped to a Flybe plane at Glasgow Airport One insider said the chances of the airline surviving until a promised review of Air Passenger Duty (APD) charges in next Wed...