Bits and BobsPattaya lockdown, Flight Centre cut backs, airport upgrade and more

Global Wrap in brief – the top stories making the news

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Travel Weekly Asia’s quick look at the stories making the headlines.
Travel Weekly Asia’s quick look at the stories making the headlines. Photo Credit: tadamichi/istock/GettyImagesPlus

Pattaya in lockdown
The Thai beach resort of Pattaya will lockdown – barring entry to non-residents – from 2pm on Thursday, 9 April. People passing through the checkpoints will have their temperature taken.

Saudis onboard with Carnival
Saudi Arabia’s sovereign wealth fund has acquired an 8.2% stake in Carnival Corp. cruise line.

Flight Centre closes stores
Flight Centre will shut 100 stores across Australia. The company blames the closures on “heightened uncertainty surrounding the coronavirus”.

Bid for Malaysia Airlines
Privately held Golden Skies Ventures (GSV) has made a $2.5 billion offer to fully take over the holding company of ailing state carrier Malaysia Airlines.

Don Mueang makeover
Thailand’s second busiest airport, Don Mueang, is taking a hiatus to embark on a 126 million baht (US$3.83 billion) upgrade of airport interiors, which is slated to begin in July and complete by year-end.

Disney flags temperature checks
Walt Disney Co might require theme park visitors to have their temperatures checked when they reopen after coronavirus restrictions on public gatherings are lifted, executive chairman Bob Iger said in an interview.

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