As countries reawaken we are greeted with a brave new world and it seems that many of you have travel at the top of your list. The travel industry has seen a keen uptick in interest to travel with  enquiries for travel in the next three months, travel in the winter season and then significant interest in 2021 spring and summer travel. 

Two thirds of the enquiries were said to have been for Europe with the remaining interest for the Indian Ocean and the Caribbean. A beach holiday was overwhelmingly the most popular choice, perhaps indicating the need for a more relaxing holiday as a first option post-lockdown

As you begin to think about your first post-lockdown trip.

As lockdown restriction eases, London City Airport reopens – British Airways reopened London City Airport last night with a flight from Douglas Isle of Man carrying just six passengers. But it was a start.

Spain has created a Responsible Tourism seal for hotels, restaurants and other businesses, designed to show they are taking measures to supress further Covid-19 infection

Sri Lanka
Sri Lanka is welcoming visitors from 1st August. Pre and post flight health tests are part of a comprehensive set of protocols and processes that will be rolled out across the tourism industry. 

Maldives is the first South Asian country to open borders for tourism on 15 July. 

International flights expected to start in September.

Middle East
Dubai will start to welcome tourists from 7 July. Tourists will be required to present a recent negative Covid test or undergo testing at Dubai airport.  

Turkey offers new tourism certification programme to coincide with the start of 2020 summer season. 

Many of the islands have opened with St Lucia, Antigua and Barbuda on 4th June. Bahamas will reopen to overseas visitors from 1st July and Turks and Caicos on 22nd July. 

Etihad Airways is set to resume flights to 42 destinations this July with an entirely new experience as it applies new health and safety protocols. 

Emirates are stringently implementing globally benchmarked precautionary and preventive measures that include a safety programme to ensure aircraft cabins remain clean and sanitary. Aircraft cabins have been fitted with advanced HEPA air filters which remove 99.97% of viruses and eliminate dust, allergens and germs from cabin air and after landing each aircraft will go through enhanced cleaning and disinfection processes. 


Thank you for your wonderful feedback on our Senses newsletter last week. It seems that you really enjoyed it and in particular the Listen feature.

You told us that it was instantly transportive and calming. So in the spirit of easing a tiny bit of that lock-down stress, we thought we’d include it again this week. 


The Sri Lanka Bespoke team have been sharing our family recipes during lock-down. Today we’ve added a simple but incredibly popular vegetarian Beetroot curry. 

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