Today's news in brief:
Qatar giving away 100,000 flights to medical staff
Qatar Airways is giving away 100,000 economy class flights to frontline healthcare professionals and their companions in a promotion beginning on Tuesday.
Medical staff can visit the Qatar Airways website to be in with the chance of winning a pair of tickets to the destination of their choice (as well as a 35 per cent discount at Qatar Duty Free in Doha airport).
A limited number of promo codes will be distributed daily per country. If you are lucky enough to get one, your promo code is valid for a single booking for up to two adults (the healthcare professional plus one).
Ticket charges will be waived, though taxes will still be payable. Travel must be completed by December 10 and the tickets are fully flexible, allowing for an unlimited number of destination and date changes.
The promotion launches at 00:01 Doha time (GMT +3) on Tuesday. Visit this page to find out more (and to read more about Qatar Airways’ hygiene measures).
Malaysia’s Eastern & Oriental to reopen next week
Some of Malaysia’s luxury hotels are preparing to reopen following a partial easing of lockdown restrictions in the country.
The Eastern & Oriental Hotel in Penang, for example, says it will be able welcome guests again as of next Wednesday, May 20.
The colonial-style E&O is one of the most famous hotels in Asia, established in 1885 by the Sarkies brothers, who went on to open the Strand in Burma and Raffles in Singapore.
When Guru visited the property last summer, only the modern Victory Annex was open, but a USD 9,000,000 refurbishment of the original Heritage Wing has now been completed.
Guests can look forward to visiting The Cornwallis, a private lounge offering breakfast and evening canapés, taking a dip in the Heritage Wing pool and pouring themselves a well-deserved drink from an in-suite decanter.
Sounds good to us!
Spielberg movie The Terminal plays out for real in Delhi
A 40-year-old German national has been stuck in Delhi airport for more than 50 days, making the 2004 Steven Spielberg film “The Terminal”, look like a true story.
Edgard Ziebat was on his way from Hanoi, Vietnam to Istanbul in Turkey on March 18 - the day India started cancelling flights to some international destinations (including Turkey).
According to the Hindustan Times, this case is even more complicated as Germany refuses to take Ziebat due to his criminal record.
For the same reason, he is unlikely to be granted an Indian visa, and the grounded traveller is now waiting for international flights to start up again so he can move on.
The paper reports: “He sleeps on the beds, benches, on the floors, wherever he feels like. He is alone in the transit area as it is not being used because the airport is closed for passengers.”
In The Terminal, Viktor Navorski (played by Tom Hanks) sleeps in JFK airport, New York for nine months after the US decides it will no longer recognise Navorski’s (fictional) eastern European country, Krakozhia.