Christmas is coming, but in Santa's home village in northern Finland, the COVID pandemic means that the flocks of tourists who usually start to make merry in Rovaniemi at this time of year are not.
The good news comes in the wake of an ecological crisis where more than 50 per cent of corals that once made up the Great Barrier Reef have died over the last 25 years due to environmental damage.
If there is one sector that has taken a body blow from the coronavirus pandemic, it is the global travel and tourism industry. This sector is on course to lose 174 million jobs this year if current restrictions to curb the spread of the coronavirus remain in place.
Clutching a small saw, Syrian volunteer Rana Jreij cut away at bushes growing up the centuries-old walls of one of the world's most famous Crusader castles, Krak des Chevaliers.
Hundreds of New Zealand plane passengers started arriving in Sydney on Friday as part of a new trans-Tasman travel bubble amid a rapidly falling growth rate in cases at the epicentre of Australia’s coronavirus outbreak.