Jack Ma’s New Chieftain Lays Out His Plan to Fend Off Tencent

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Billionaire Jack Ma’s newest chieftain is accelerating Alipay’s evolution into an online mall for everything from loans and travel services to food delivery, in a bid to claw back shoppers lost to Tencent Holdings Ltd.

Ant Group Chief Executive Simon Hu is aggressively pitching digital payment and cloud offerings to the local arms of KFC Holding Co. and Marriott International Inc., expanding the firm’s focus from banks and

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Is it worth it to bundle flights and hotels? Here’s what to know as you start traveling again

The coronavirus pandemic caused an unprecedented need for consumers to cancel travel plans. Many travelers have encountered frustration changing arrangements, canceling trips and obtaining refunds.

Some consumers prefer to handle each part of their travel on a piecemeal basis.  But if you end up having to cancel or make changes, it can be a hassle to contact every hospitality company individually.

For other travelers, a vacation package tidies up the

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holiday bookings ‘explode’ as travel restrictions ease

UK holiday-makers will soon be able to travel to some countries without quarantining upon return. Photo: S O C I A L . C U T/Unsplash
UK holiday-makers will soon be able to travel to some countries without quarantining upon return. Photo: S O C I A L . C U T/Unsplash

Holiday companies have seen bookings “explode” as COVID-19 travel restrictions are set to be relaxed next week, the BBC reported.

From 6 July, Brits will be allowed to travel to certain European countries without having to spend two weeks in quarantine upon their return.

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Can you travel in California? Official signals conflict

Californians, are you now free to move about the state?

It seems you are, if you judge by the flurry of hotel, casino and park openings in California, Las Vegas and the rest of the West in recent days, including a big burst of reopenings Friday with Disneyland to follow on July 17.

At popular destinations like Santa Barbara, Napa Valley and Los Angeles, tourism boosters are eagerly inviting the

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