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U.S. Senator Jacky Rosen (D-NV), Chair of the Subcommittee on Tourism, Trade, and Export Promotion convened a hearing today, April 13, 2021 titled, “The State of Travel and Tourism During COVID,”
This hearing examined the economic impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic on the travel and tourism industry, with a particular focus on the hotels, conventions, and the broader hospitality industry. It will also review the regional impacts of COVID on tourist-heavy economies and those communities disproportionately affected by the pandemic's resulting economic downturn
. Witnesses had the opportunity to provide their insights surrounding these critical issues, as well as discuss solutions for supporting and revitalizing the travel and tourism industry moving forward.
Mr. Steve Hill, CEO and President, Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority
Mr. Jorge Perez, Regional Portfolio President, MGM Resorts International
Ms. Carol Dover, President and CEO, Florida Restaurant and Lodging Association
Ms. Tori Emerson Barnes, Executive Vice President, Public Affairs and Policy, U.S. Travel Association
Hawaii Tourism was hit hard by COVID-19, but record numbers of visitors from US domestic markets are visiting the Aloha State again. Hear from Patricia Herman, the VP of Marketing and Development of the State agency in charge of tourism.
Despite the EU not allowing Sputnik Vaccine from Russia, the tiny Republic of San Marino may produce the Russian Sputnik vaccine in Europe soon.
This may enable San Marino to come to the rescue of other European Countries in supplying the much-needed COVID-19 vaccine.
San Marino has an excellent relationship with the Russian Federation and did not endorse EU sanctions.
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Holger Timmreck grew up in Communist East Germany, known as the German Democratic Republic of DDR. His dream to see the world and escape became a bitter-sweet reality. Today Holger lives in Peru. Before he spent time in a maximum-security prison run by the German Secret Police Stasi after arrested trying to flee the country.
eTurboNews Daily News goes to Brazil, Europe and Tanzania today followed by a tribute for one of the most controversial presidents in Africa. He was seen as a strong leader and died today. The circumstances of his death have an official version and even more inofficial versions around COVID-19, which was a no issue in Tanzania.
Dr. Peter Tarlow and Juergen Steinmetz discuss the news that makes headlines in the travel and tourism industry on March 16, including cancellations in the cruise business. Listen in on a news conference by Hawaii Health Authorities how the State handles equal distribution and discrimination against minorities in distributing the COVID-19 vaccine in the Aloha State.
Dr. Peter Tarlow and Juergen Steinmetz summarize todays news headlines from Thailand to the US and Europe and talk to Bryan del Monte from the Aviation Agency on Vaccine Passports for International Travel
Hawaii today reported 3 cases of what is known as "after vaccination covid" Hawaii residents with no travel history got sick on COVID_19 after receiving both doses of the vaccine. Officials in Hawaii were busy calming down residents in stating: “The really important thing is that being vaccinated prevents us from a serious illness, hospitalization, and death.
That’s what we really need the vaccines to do for us,” Char said. Dr. Libby Char is Hawaii's health director “We have seen cases where people are fully vaccinated, and we have some cases in Hawai‘i now where people got vaccinated…traveled to the mainland, and we think they got ill on the mainland. Thankfully, their symptoms were very mild, which is exactly the protection the vaccine affords, but you can get infected with COVID.” “We will get to everybody. We are very happy that people want to get vaccinated. We look forward to vaccinating everyone who is interested,” Char said.
Today Juergen Steinmetz and Dr. Peter Tarlow discuss today's eTurboNews about the latest on developing stories on COVID-19 spanning from Hawaii to Texas, to Greece, Israel to Seychelles. Juergen Steinmetz reports from Honolulu Airport on the new first nonstop flight on Hawaiian Airlines from Honolulu to Orlando. Witness a Hawaiian Blessing, so the flight can bring Aloha to the Sunshine State. At the virtual ITB Richard Quest hears from the Hon Minister Bartlett from Jamaica about an expected good summer tourism season.
With a record number of COVID-19 cases in Italy and the import of a new variant, it was not a good day The same counts for Brazil.
Dr. Peter Tarlow knows Brazil well, speaks the language, and worked on tourism safety security issues before. He will share his thoughts together with Juergen Steinmetz
Mask or no Mask. CDC is sending mixed messages to the American People. Who to believe, who to follow? Guidelines are confusing and dangerous. How should a vaccine certificate look like? What about a form of an electronic chip. Finally, meet the minister of tourism from Indonesia. He is big in social media and fresh ideas.
Hear from the Hon. Minister of Tourism from Indonesia, from senior tourism board officials in Africa, Malaysia, Seychelles, Jordan, and from the Aviation, Educational Interest Group of World Tourism Network.
This is the first part of a two-part discussion to celebrate one year of rebuilding.travel launched by the World Tourism Network on March 5, 2020 in Berlin, Germany. Currently WTN has almost 1500 tourism industry members in 127 countries.
eTurboNews Livestream discussion on March 1 with Mark Baier from Aviation Manual. www.aviationmanuals.com catching up on the Boeing 777 incident on United Airlines after an engine was lost on a flight from Denver to Honolulu.
A discussion with Nancy Barkley World Tourism Network Interest Group
Newly launched Wedding and Honeymoon Interest Group to support one another by navigating new ideas, sharing information, and finding new ways to collectively bring the wedding and honeymoon tourism industry back stronger in this new reality.
Destination weddings and honeymoons encompass so many in the tourism industry, we need to reconnect, re-invent, and inspire each other during these unprecedented times.
Listen to the discussion on what is working, what is not, share tips and strategies, and support one another.
Do you always make reservations at a Marriott, fly on Delta, spend holidays in Bermuda (at the same hotel) and drink Coke while chomping on a Big Mac? If you are buying the same products/services – all the time, corporations are likely to identify you as a loyal customer. The question is – are you really so satisfied with your selections that you do not stray or is just easier to acquire the same products, destinations and services?
Panel with Dr. Elinor Garely, eTN New York and Dr. Robert Passikoff, Founder/President, BrandKey
In this daily news segment on Thursday, February 26, Dr. Peter Tarlow and Juergen Steinmetz will discuss the new anal COVID test in China, getting drunk for a holiday and other important news stories from today and in eTurboNews | Livestream.
UK-native opera star Mary-Jess Leaverland first burst into the international music scene when she won the Chinese version of the singing competition X-Factor in 2009. Since then she has released four albums, has held concerts the world over, toured with the likes of Russell Watson and G4. Mary-Jess has been singing to hundreds and even hundreds of thousands of people since 2009. Most recently and arguably most notably, she made history in December 2020 when she held a concert in Taiwan amid the Covid-19 pandemic. H
ow did Taiwan manage to pull such a stunt when the rest of the world is in lockdown? Find out the answer in the inaugural episode of livestream.travel’s Nellification Show, hosted by Nell Alcantara.
Can opening a bottle of Champagne help us get through the rough, lumpy, bumpy, uneven road otherwise known as COVID-19?
More consumers are finding it enjoyable throughout the year on family tables along with a dinner of fried chicken and french fries.
The end of 2020 saw Washington, DC, retailers selling more champagne after the Biden/Harris win than the previous two New Year’s Eve celebrations combined.
by Dr. Elinor Garely, eTurboNews New York
Tourism is the largest income earner for th East Caribbean Island of St. Kitts. St. Kitts is part of St. Kitts and Nevis, an independent country and former British colony.
COVID-19 has spared St. Kitts for the most part, even though travel and tourism reopened in October.
The minister is responding to questions by members of the World Tourism Network, a global discussion on rebuilding travel.
Meet tourist guides from all over the world celebrating World Tourist Guide Day.
A positive group of people sees a bright future for travel and tourism.
Go on a world tour with the best guides the world has to offer.
Family meetings are usually private, but the IIPT board decided to make last week's virtual meeting public. Peace Through Tourism after all is a Global Family of peace-loving members of the travel and tourism industry anywhere.
IPT family members attending included Dr. Taleb Rifai, former two-time secretary-general of the UNWTO, Ajay Prakash , VP & President of IIPT India, Kiran Yadov, VP and Co-founder IIPT India, Diana McIntyre, president of the Caribbean Chapter, Gail Parsonage, president IIPT Australia, Fabio Carbone, IIPT Ambassador at Large and President IIPT Iran, Philippe Francois, CEO World Association for Hospitality and Tourism Education& Training, Juergen Steinmetz, Founder World Tourism Network and CEO of the Travel News Group, Maga Ramasamy, President IIPT Indian Ocean Islands, Ms. Mmatsatsi, President IIPT South Africa, Bea Broda, film-maker, Mohamed Raadih , IIPT Maldives Chapter President, among others
A natural medicine already around for years may be the African response to COVID-19. The World Tourism Network today facilitated a zoom meeting today with Mr. Cuthbert Ncube, Chairman of the African Tourism Board who said this medicine saved his life.
A new COVID-19 medicine based on traditional and natural ingredients healed Cuthbert Ncube, African Tourism Board Chairman from a serious case of a COVID-19 infection
Tourism Leaders of the World Tourism Network (WTN) including former UNWTO Secretary General met on a zoom call today to discuss. Watch the Q&A.
The Big Pharma industry may not like such a development. African Tourism Board (ATB) and World Tourism Network Executives (WTN) plan to discuss with Ivory Coast officials on how to help with awareness and distribution.
Meet Ben Aneff, president US Wine Trade Alliance,
interviewed by Dr. Elinor Garely, eTurboNews New York, and wines.travel
Taxes on products we love and want are never popular. When it comes to increasing wine prices because of a tax, we are likely to become livid. Perhaps the imported wine industry became a tariff target during the last administration because the fellow who resided in the White House preferred Coke over sparkling wine or Riesling; had his beverage choice been different the taxes may have fallen on the water or soft drink industry instead.
The Office of the US Trade Representative (USTR) imposed a 25 percent tariff on most wines imported from France, Germany, Spain and the UK starting in October 2019, in retaliation for a long-running aircraft subsidy dispute between the US and the European Union involving Boeing (Chicago) and Airbus (Leiden, Netherlands). Raising tariffs by 25 percent is estimated to increase US prices of wine grapes by an average of 2.6 percent, and producer prices of bottled still wines by 1.1. percent in the targeted countries. The tariff is currently operational.
The United States is the largest importer of French wines and the Trump-led US government had proposed an additional tariff of 100 percent on French Champagne and other sparkling wines. President Trump was a big fan of tariffs although economists view this form of taxation as a burden on importers that is passed down to consumers in the form of higher prices at the cash register. Fortunately for French wine fans, this tariff was not implemented; however, the 25 percent tariff already on European wines may be increased and currently being discussed in Washington.
Simon Mayle of Reed Expo is explaining the concept of the upcoming World Travel Market Latin America to restart the travel and tourism trade shows again.
With Reed leading in Dubai for the Arabian Travel Market, WTM Latin America is now confirmed for August 2021 in Sao Paulo.
Simon is discussing this trend with members of the World Tourism Network.
This eTurboNews editor went to a medical office in Honolulu, Hawaii, and was told to take off her KN95 mask and replace it with a regular surgical mask.
Misinformation, confusion, and intentional misleading - this is what the feedback is on the safest mask to wear.
Meet Benjamin and Dustin from HIRO Systems & Solution in Honolulu. It really doesn't take much more than some vinegar, salt and tab water to sanitize the healthy way for COVID-19
Dr. Peter Tarlow and Juergen Steinmetz are sharing what makes news in the global travel and tourism world.
Hear from the Hon. Minister of Tourism for Jamaica, Edmund Bartlett commenting on Canada closing its doors to allow citizens to travel to the Caribbean. Also hear from Kayode Sutton, who just returned from Jamaica to his home island country St. Kitts. He explains the procedure he had to go through. He is joining from his place of quarantine, the Royals St. Kitts Hotel Moderated by Dr. Peter Tarlow and Juergen Steinmetz
Dr. Marianna Sigala, Professor, University of South Australia Business School
It is obvious that the tourism industry has been devasted by COVID-19. The harsh, but necessary stop to travel created an unparalleled number of job losses around the world and it is estimated that 100.8 million tourism workers have been removed from the workplace since 2019.
Mona Naffa, an American Arab living in Jordan just flew back from Amman via Chicago to Palm Springs, California, isolating herself at a Marriott Resort. She will share her experience. Also an update on the riots in the Netherlands and the difference of an approach to reopening tourism by WTTC and WTN.
Moderating: Juergen Steinmetz & Dr. Peter Tarlow
Today the United States rejoined the Paris Climate Agreement. The incoming US President Biden signed this on the day he took office today.
Livestream interviewed Professor Geoffrey Lipman, a tourism expert on climate change and head of thesunprogram.com .
This is followed by our January 20, 2021 News Talk with Dr. Peter Tarlow and Juergen Steinmetz, analyzing imortant news issues from the day.
The UNWTO Secretary-General was re-elected today, a new appointment at Sandals Resorts in Jamaica, Aviation, a new version of Coronavirus in Germany - and much more of discussed by Dr. Peter Tarlow and Juergen Steinmetz
US President Biden is about to be sworn in. Washington DC is a very different place to be, some say it's way too quiet.
An Inauguration in the midst of a national security crisis and Coronavirus - not an easy task.
The best of Washington DC tour guides give their story and share memories. A fascinating discussion.
Organized by the World Tourism Network.
Marisa Donato is a 30 year resident of Washington DC. Her apartment just steps away from the White House.
Maricar also has been a tour guide in the US Capital City, and an ambassador for the World Federation of Tour Guides. She recently was awarded the Hero Award by the World Tourism Network for helping a stranded tourist from Cameroon. She took some photos and videos in Washington DC three days before the inauguration. She told eTurboNews : This is spooky.
The town I love is a fortress. Watch her report on how Washington DC is getting ready for a very different inauguration for President Biden just 3 days away.
A newly-formed global network of cruise port residents, civil society organizations, and labor & crime victim advocates came together during the COVID 19 pandemic to demand “no return to business-as-usual” for cruising.
What do They do?
The Global Cruise Activist Network provides a forum for building relationships and alliances, and taking collective action. Our focus is on organizing, sharing information, skills and resources, and building a “big tent” coalition.
Who They Are
For decades, the cruise industry’s business model has depended on burning huge volumes of highly polluting fuel, dumping in the ocean, underpaying its lowest-paid workers, and avoiding labor, tax, environmental and criminal laws. Cruise ships continue to put the social, cultural, economic, public health, and environmental health of port communities at risk. Cruise companies have failed to protect the health and safety of passengers and workers, and have contributed to climate change.
In response, advocates seeking justice both onboard and ashore have come together to form The Global Cruise Activist Network. As a global network, we are aligned around the values of health, safety, security, conservation, and equity. We want clean air, clean water, and healthy, resilient communities. We want fair and just wages and working conditions for workers. We want to protect wildlife and the climate.
Despite our common cause and our commitment to think globally and act locally, we are also diverse. Some are abolitionists, advocating degrowth and an end to the cruise industry. Some work to restrict cruise ships’ size and frequency. Others call for reform - for the cruise industry to act more responsibly. We support individuals’ and communities’ right to self-determination: to ban cruise ships entirely, restrict or limit them, or push for their reform. All are welcome.
Meet Karla Hart of Juneau Alaska started looking critically at the cruise industry when a job put her in close contact in 1984. She ran tourism businesses from 1987-1997, was a founding member of the Alaska Wilderness Recreation and Tourism Association after the 1989 Exxon Valdez Oil Spill, and served alongside cruise executives as a Governor’s Appointee to the Alaska Tourism Marketing Council in the mid-1990s. Her home is miles away from the cruise port in downtown Juneau, but it is under a shortcut flight route for helicopter tours to the Mendenhall Glacier. Relentless noise in August of 2019, coupled with explosive cruise growth, inspired her to start organizing an in-person global networking conference of cruise activists. Online searches quickly connected her with Ruth Starr in Maine, who was also interested in forming a broader cruise activist network. While the global pandemic inspired the two to change course from planning an in-person conference to coordinating online network — the Global Cruise Activist Network was born.
Panel discussion by Dr. Elinor Garely, eTurboNews New York
Livestream Travel Daily News 14 Jan 2020 :Dr. Peter Tarlow and Juergen Steinmetz will share today's news summary from eTurboNews and other sources .
A new virus version of COVID-19 prompted the UK to close its borders to Brazil, Portugal, Cape Verde, and Panama. A
A new Holocaust museum opened in Portugal. Learn about the best deal in a car wash in the U.S. and much more.
New airline regulations and much more today in travel and tourism on January 13, 2021
Dr. Peter Tarlow and Juergen Steinmetz discuss what is important today for travel and tourism.
More information on livestream.travel and eTurboNews.com
UNWTO Secretary-General Election: Lots of questions how fair this election is | Discussion on the power of social media like Twitter | New CDC Regulation in the US requiring a COVID-19 test for international arriving passengers | Traveling on an airline without a COVID-19 vaccine, WTTC rings the alarm bell.
Tuesday, January 12, 2021
Moderator: Juergen Steinmetz | Dr. Peter Tarlow
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The people I’ve selected are all part of community-based tourism and I was going to have them talk about the communities and what is going on with them since there are few tourists visiting, how COVID has affected them and how the interactive travel experiences will help their communities.
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Unsafe at sea- and it's not Coronavirus.
Dr. Elinor Garely is a Reporter with eturbonews.com
eTurboNews Reporter is based in New York City. Today she is interviewing Jamie Barnett, the President of the International Cruise Victims organization. ICV represents victims of crimes on cruise ships, their families and friends, as well as individuals concerned with the problems of victimization and disappearance on cruise ships.
The organization is an advocate for legislative reform that could protect cruise ship passengers from crimes and increase the rights of victims of crimes that take place on ships.
As a voice for the voiceless the organization focuses on bringing transparency to the cruise line industry in order for passengers and crew to travel and work in a safe and secure onboard environment.
The cruise industry is unencumbered by the accountability and consumer protection Americans expect from other industries. Because the ships do not carry the flag of the USA, they are not required to follow the labor laws and practices required by companies doing business in this country and they do not pay taxes in the United States.
Carnival, Royal Caribbean, and Norwegian comprise nearly 80 percent of the cruise industry. For the millions of travelers who spend their holiday time and money aboard one of the big three cruise lines each year, it is likely that their fate will be in the hands of the Bahamas, Panama, Bermuda or Malta with 70 percent of cruise ships registered in these nations known as Open Registries or Flags of Convenience. The flag states benefit from this arrangement in the form of registration fees and tonnage tax.
SeaDream I left port on November 7, 2020 in Barbados for a 7-day cruise, the first West Indies departure since the Covid 19 embargo. It returned early because of a Covid 19 outbreak onboard. The ship was carrying 66 crew and over 50 passengers, with most of the passengers from the United States. During the first 2 days of the cruise, passengers and crew were not required to wear masks. After a passenger tested positive, Barbados health officials boarded the ship and tested passengers, confirming that 9 individuals tested positive for Covid 19 and were sent to Harrison’s Point with one person medically evacuated out. The remaining passengers, testing negative, went back to their homes using commercial airlines.
Representatives from Barbados and the Caribbean Tourism Organization were invited to comment on this ongoing story and declined the opportunity
Hong Kong is becoming an international concern, and this is not about COVID-19. The text of the following statement addressed to the People's Republic of China was released by the Governments of the United States of America, Australia, Canada, New Zealand, and the United Kingdom.
The text of the following statement was released by the Governments of the United States of America, Australia, Canada, New Zealand, and the United Kingdom.
We, the Foreign Ministers of Australia, Canada, New Zealand, and the United Kingdom, and the United States Secretary of State, reiterate our serious concern regarding China’s imposition of new rules to disqualify elected legislators in Hong Kong. Following the imposition of the National Security Law and postponement of September’s Legislative Council elections, this decision further undermines Hong Kong’s high degree of autonomy and rights and freedoms.
Today John de Fries, the new CEO of the Hawaii Tourism Authority reached out to the community on the Island of Hawaii to get input on how to relaunch tourism on the Big Island.
Community leaders want tourists to make a pledge of Kona before allowed on the island.
Listen to this interesting discussion by tourism and community leaders.
Dillingham Airfield is an integrated part of Oahu's beautiful Northshore Skydiving, sailing and aviation creates many jobs in this remote area, the closure of Dillingham Airfield may be a big additional hit for the travel and tourism industry.
A Conversation with Melissa McCaffrey, Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association (AOPA) Regional Manager for the Pacific Northwest.
Alain St. Ange, former minister of tourism for Seychelles, candidate for president, president of the African Tourism Board, and a tourism hero will share his thoughts on the US Election and the candidacy of Her Excellency Mai bint Mohammed Al Khalifa from Bahrain to become the next Secretary-General of the World Tourism Organization, UNWTO
Meet Natasha Caputo, director for Tourism and Film for Westchester County, New York.
Natasha is in charge to promote Westchester County, New York as proactive and viable business environment by enhancing its image and driving positive brand awareness among consumers and businesses. She established a foundation regarding the importance of tourism, including creating unique connection with media and entertainment industry, resulting in 60% increase in production in filming in Westchester County and increase in social engagement by 280%+
How is tourism still functioning during COVID-19?
His Excellency Mai bint Mohammed Al Khalifa from Bahrain is competing to become the next UNWTO Secretary-General.
The perfect scam to re-elect Zurab Pololikashvi as UNWTO Secretary-General may have just been spoiled. Zurab Pololikashvi now has competition in his re-election for Secretary-General for the World Tourism Organization.
Chateaux Germany is not remaining quiet when it comes to accepting a second Government order to close 580 of their hotels and restaurants due to an increased spread of COVID-19 in Germany.
By the order of the German Federal Government, hotels and restaurants in Germany will have to close for the second time in 2020 due to COVID-19 health concerns.
The closure is ordered until the end of November. For the second time, this has hit the hospitality industry with its more than 2.4 million employees more than hard.
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In today’s very politically and economically unstable world the tourism and hospitality industries have no choice but to be sensitive to the needs of security and safety (S&S), and to emphasize public health requirements. Despite this needed emphasis on Covid-19 and the universal pandemic, other classical issues of tourism security and safety still exist and should not be ignored. Security and safety professionals continuously reexamine these issues and are constantly seeking new ways to assure that the public is safe during its travel experience. Each security incident makes the travel industry’s many components ever more sensitive to the fact that every S&S decision is not only a security decision but also a business decision.
The FITUR travel trade show in Madrid was always a big event for UNWTO, not only because this UN agency is about tourism and is based in Madrid, but the world of tourism was coming together at FITUR .
Like WTM, ITB also FITUR planned for January 2021 and also just became a victim of Coronavirus. FITUR was postponed until May 2021.
UNWTO had its Executive Council meeting recently in Georgia and in a controversial move, it was decided to have the election for the 2022 Secretary-General term already in January 2021 during FITUR. Traditionally this meeting was always in May.
Should you get your COVID-19 vaccine when it comes out or later? "I will be open to the American people on COVID-19 and any vaccine," said Dr. Anthony Fauci in this interview at the Silicon Valley Leadership Group. "Unless we do something to turn this around, we are going to have a very difficult, very painful winter," said Dr. Anthony Fauci at the Silicon Valley Leadership Group Annual Forum today when interviewed by SVLG CEO Ahmad Thomas. Ahmad Thomas is the son of a retired nurse and husband of a doctor at Stanford.
9,3 million infected, more than 100,000 new cases, 1000 dead every day in the United States is not only alarming, it's shocking.
Dr. Fauci said, he is not a model when it comes to a healthy lifestyle, having not enough sleep since January dealing with this pandemic.
Fauci also described himself as "cautiously optimistic" on the vaccine candidates moving through the official process, which he described as possibly being available for distribution over the "subsequent 5-6 months of 2021."
Paul Rogers understands the needs of destinations in terms of building back better; share information about our product offering; build synergies with destinations and other partners to support Covid-19 resilience & recovery.
Paul has 20 years’ experience as a senior tourism advisor to national and local tourism organizations and has worked in more than a dozen countries in South and South-East Asia, Africa, and Australia. His focus has been on the policy and planning arena – on using tourism as a vehicle for development. More information
ITB Berlin 2021 is canceled. This is the second ITB not taking place. This is setting shockwaves for the global travel and tourism industry.
It could also mean the end for hotels, for taxi drivers, for attractions, for event organizers and stand builders in Berlin. It could mean the end for tourism boards from around the globe. It sends a grim outlook for new normal in the travel and tourism industry, even though ITB 2021 will have a virtual platform, like many others.
A new organization for the travel and tourism industry has been making headlines. The World Tourism Network (WTN) already established a strong base of known leaders including 24 tourism ministers and public sector representatives.
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We talked with the Hawaii Department of Transportation on their policy to check the temperature for departing passengers.
There is a lot of confusion about this policy, and the media has been deliberately misinformed adding risk for any airline passenger wanting to depart from an airport in Hawaii to the U.S. mainland.
Listen to the conflicting messages by representatives of the Hawaii Department of Transportation. Also, listen to Honolulu Mayor Kirk Caldwell who was not aware and promised to interfere.
eTurboNews today talked to United Airlines Customer Service agents. They had also been surprised about the airline was no longer requiring passengers to get a temperature check before boarding their flight.
Honolulu Mayor Kirk Caldwell is equally alarmed and wants to change this policy at least at Honolulu International Airport
Women passengers on Qatar Airways QR908 checking in to fly from Doha to Sydney were ordered by Qatar Authorities on October 2. They were forced into ambulances and ordered to pull their pants down. They were told by female nurses that their vagina needed to be examined before allowed back on the plane. The examination included touching the adult passengers' vagina.
Since 1968, the American College of Emergency Physicians (ACEP) has united and amplified the collective voice of emergency physicians across the world.
In response to President Trump’s baseless claims about physicians miscounting deaths due to COVID-19, the American College of Emergency Physicians (ACEP) released the following statement:
“On behalf of the nation’s emergency physicians, ACEP is appalled by President Trump’s reckless and false assertions that physicians are overcounting deaths related to COVID-19.
The LGBTQ Travel and Tourism Industry has more than 1 trillion buying power in the United States Alone.
In 1992, two friends, Thomas Roth and David Paisley, marketing and social sciences specialists – and members of the LGBTQ community – had an idea. They wanted to help companies and brands understand the emerging LGBTQ community and include it as a viable market segment.
In the beginning, it wasn’t easy. In the early 90s, there was only one major brand actively marketing to LGBTQs: Absolut Vodka (which later became a CMI client).
To open doors, Tom and Dave initiated the first LGBTQ consumer studies, and the findings were quoted in major press.
They traveled throughout North America and beyond, speaking with executives and at numerous conferences, and never stopped emphasizing the importance of reaching and serving the LGBTQ community.
Now, over 25 years later, they head up the world’s leading and most-respected LGBTQ research firm. Over the years, Tom, Dave and their team have helped hundreds of companies and brands connect with, engage and market to the spectrum that is the LGBTQ community.
What started out as an idea 30+ years ago has transformed how companies, brands, society and governments understand and connect with the LGBTQ community.
But far beyond delivering numbers and charts, Community Marketing & Insights leverages experience, relationships, and deep insight that is unparalleled.
Listen to Thomas and David sharing the situation for the LGBTQ Travel and Tourism Industry during COVID-19
The current opposition candidate and Anglican priest Wavel Ramkalawan of the LDS has won the elections in Seychelles. He won both presidential as well as parliamentary elections, early reports by Seychelles media said. This is a huge victory for the opposition party to take charge of the country after three decades
Read more on what it means also for travel and tourism Click here
Violent anti-lockdown protests broke out in Italy’s third largest city of Naples last night. The anger was triggered by the governor’s call for a new COVID-19 lockdown after the spread of coronavirus broke new daily record.
Major fire has broke out in an abandoned building in northern port city of Le Havre, France today. According to France’s emergency services, the building is an old warehouse that is currently abandoned.the
The President of Poland has become the latest world leader to be infected with the COVID-19 virus.
Polish presidential spokesman Blazej Spychalski announced on Twitter that President Andrzej Duda has tested positive for COVID-19.
The Senate of the Republic of Italy hosted Prem Rawat for the fourth time at a conference organized by Senator Arnaldo Lomuti with the collaboration of Piero Scutari in the Minister’s presence of Justice Alfonso Bonafede and Senator Ms. A. Maiorino.
Chaos is a term used to describe the world when nothing makes sense; when 2+2 does not equal 4, leaving us completely and totally confused. Sometimes the “butterfly effect” is used to explain the phenomenon: the idea is that the flapping of a butterfly’s wings in Argentina could cause a tornado in Texas three weeks later. Perhaps, at this moment, it is better to look at Aristotle and his theory of “sensitive dependence” where he observed that, “the least initial deviation from the truth is multiplied later a thousandfold”
Learn from Carly Clement, representing Outrigger Hotels and Resorts. Outrigger is one of Hawaii's largest resort group with properties also in Maldives, Mauritius, and Thailand.
The Outrigger Waikiki Beach was remained open throughout the 6 months quarantine closing. Carly will explain how tourists were able to stay during the crisis, and how a stay at Outrigger Waikiki is now after visitors are coming back to Waikiki. You will also hear about the state of Outrigger Resorts throughout the global resort group.
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Ready for a Helicopter Sightseeing Tour in Hawaii? Would you like to stay in a vacation rental instead of a hotel? What about the gym or golf?
A week ago Hawaii opened up for tourism allowing arrivals without mandatory Quarantine and a fresh negative COVID-19 test when arriving. At the same time, Hawaii was in Tier One, the highest level on a sliding scale of 4 in a reopening strategy for the State of Hawaii.
Today Honolulu Mayor Kirk Caldwell announced that the City and County of Honolulu’s Emergency Order No. 2020-29 is moving the Island of Oahu with Honolulu and Waikiki from Tier 1 to Tier 2 as of tomorrow, Thursday, October 22 .
Also today HawaiiGovernor David Ige. Governor Ige approved Honolulu’s 8th emergency proclamation, extending the emergency period related to the COVID-19 pandemic through November 30.
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Polar Tourism in conjunction with the African Tourism Board have discussed a series of new initiatives that would boost tourism in Africa post COVID-19, focusing on new projects that would attract domestic, intra-African and international tourists.
Ferrari World Abu Dhabi is introducing two state-of-the-art thrilling experiences, the Ferrari World Abu Dhabi Roof Walk and Zip Line, on November 5. The two new additions will bring the World’s Leading Theme Park’s exciting offerings to include over 43 Ferrari-inspired attractions for both adults and younger guests, in line with its efforts to provide world-class, family-friendly experiences for guests of all ages.
U.S. Travel Association President and CEO Roger Dow issued the following statement on the arrival in the U.S. of the first international flight utilizing the CommonPass digital health system to rapidly verify passengers’ COVID-19 status:
Honolulu Mayor Kirk Caldwell today told eTurboNews Juergen Steinmetz, he will be meeting with John de Fries, CEO of the Hawaii Tourism Authority this afternoon to relate his concern about visitors not being fully informed about mask requirements in Waikiki, Honolulu and the rest of Oahu.
The mayor told eTurboNews he was hoping HTA would take immediate steps and was also hoping for airlines, the airport, and hotels to join in, so visitors would not end up in court and in jail when not following strict mandated in place for the island.
The mayor pledged to personally hand out masks to visitors today to make a point.
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The National Weather Service announced a tsunami warning for residents in South Alaska and the Alaska Peninsula soon after the jolt, but said the risk level is still being evaluated for “other US and Canadian Pacific coasts in North America.” No injuries or structural damage have yet been reported.
Qatar Airways reports extremely low numbers of COVID-19 cases on board its aircraft after operating more than 4.6 million passenger flown sectors and over 33 billion revenue passenger kilometers on more than 37,000 COVID-19-free flights across the globe since February 2020.
“We know from recent experience, the anguish and damage that occur when Hawaii is not properly prepared with flexible pragmatic planning and execution”, says Dale Evans, CEO of Charley’s Taxi. Dale knows what she is talking about as a respected mover and shaker in the travel and tourism industry in Hawaii for decades.
In the midst of the greatest trade fair crisis of all time, Messe Berlin in Germany has appointed a new CEO. In January, Martin Ecknig takes over from Christian Göke, who, after more than 20 years at the helm, had asked to terminate his contract in April.
Best for domestic, rural and regional tourism in East and Southern Africa, the World Bank-funded Resilient Natural Resource Management for Tourism and Growth project is under implementation in Tanzania.,
Emirates is rolling out a redesigned onboard experience. The celebrated A380 Onboard Lounge and Shower Spa have resumed operations with the introduction of additional health and safety measures. The airline has also enhanced its offering, introducing a nutrient-rich welcome drink for the winter season.
The first day after reopening Hawaii for tourism, a total of 8219 airline passengers arrived in Hawaii, including 3189 visitors and more counted as visiting friends, getting married.
Of course, this number is not comparable to the 30,000+ average daily arrivals before COVID-19, but this is the first day and up 10-15 times the average arrival when the State was closed and required a 14-day quarantine for everyone arriving.
We speak with Pamela Taylor of Sun Island Hawaii, an inbound DMC about her views on the reopening of tourism to the Aloha State.
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Meet Edward B.T. Sun, CEO and Chairman, Sun Global Broadband. He was involved as oversight of Technical Systems in the Pacific and US West Coast from 2002-2009. His company now developed a system that could add to the safety or travel bubbles between destinations His presentation is an eyeopener.
Get the feedback also from Dr. Taleb Rifai, former Secretary-General of the UNWTO
Thursday, October 15, marked the first day of Hawaii’s travel re-opening day, and a surge of 10,102 passengers arrived by air yesterday at the Daniel K. Inouye International Airport on the island of Oahu.
Earlier this week, the Israel Ministry of Tourism appointed Orit Farkash-Hacohen as the new Tourism Minister. In this position, Farkash-Hacohen will be responsible for working with the Israeli government to propose a plan to revive both domestic and international tourism once the country is able to reopen due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
The International Air Transport Association (IATA) welcomed the release of the results of testing by the United States Transportation Command (US Transcom) confirming the low risk of COVID-19 transmission onboard an aircraft.
The CEOs of major hotel brands including Hilton, Hyatt, Marriot, IHG and Best Western as well as small, independently owned hotels published a letter calling on President Trump to provide the hotel industry with desperately needed relief by utilizing funds from the Main Street Lending Program.
Hawaii once more is welcoming urgently needed visitors in the midst a Coronavirus spike in the rest of the country. COVID-19 infection numbers are down and the virus seems to be under control in the Aloha State, but today flood gates to tourism from the US mainland opened, and visitors are now allowed to arrive in the State avoiding the 14-day mandatory quarantine with a COVID-19 test received up to 3 days before departure.
Today's rebuilding.travel session was hacked, so excuse the loud music and dancing in the video.
It is common knowledge that the global pandemic has wreaked destruction on the travel industry, with total international arrivals in the third quarter of the year 94% down on the same period in 2019. But new research reveals that there may be a glimmer of hope immediately south of the USA.
Today, customers traveling on United Airlines from San Francisco International Airport to Hawaii were the first to experience the airline’s COVID-19 pilot testing program, allowing customers who return a negative result to bypass the state’s mandatory quarantine requirements and enjoy their time on the islands sooner. In collaboration with San Francisco International Airport, customers now have the option to take a same-day, pre-flight rapid test at the airport or a conveniently-located drive-through test at United’s San Francisco Maintenance Center ahead of their trip. United has been approved by the Hawaii Department of Health as a trusted testing and travel partner and was the first U.S. carrier to announce its plans to make COVID-19 tests available to customers.
The annual Muhammad Ali Festival, a communitywide celebration that marks the anniversary of Muhammad Ali’s passing and celebrates his impactful legacy and love for Louisville, will take place June 4-13, 2021.
U.S. Travel Association Executive Vice President of Public Affairs and Policy Tori Emerson Barnes issued the following statement on the introduction of the U.S. Senate’s bipartisan Hospitality and Commerce Job Recovery Act of 2020:
“Targeted economic relief for struggling travel-related businesses needs to be a significant priority in America’s broader economic recovery plan. The bipartisan Hospitality and Commerce Job Recovery Act includes a number of crucial measures to provide much-needed economic stability to millions of Americans whose livelihoods rely on travel and tourism while also helping drive demand to more quickly bring back the jobs that have been lost to the pandemic.
The World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) will work alongside the Expedia Group to strengthen ties between the public and private sectors and drive tourism’s recovery from the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic. The two parties signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) that will see them collaborate on a range of topics, with the common goal of driving recovery and making the sector more resilient and sustainable.
It came as a big surprise to everyone in Davos - The World Economic Forum (WEF). Yes, the WEF 2021 will be hosted at Bürgenstock, 500 meters above Lake Lucerne in Switzerland. The hoteliers were informed by letter of this upcoming global event.
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The traditional work environment has changed since younger generations have entered the workforce. Few millennials want to spend their lives sitting in a cubicle from nine to five, and fewer still want to feel stuck working for the same company in the same position until retirement.
Why is it that the Japanese love Hawaii and visiting Hawaii more than any other vacation destination in the world?
Visitors from Japan make up a substantial part of the travel and tourism industry for Hawaii. The Hawaii Department of Health (DOH) today approved Japan's Testing Procedure for Pre-Travel Testing Program, effectively announcing an upcoming travel bubble between Hawaii and Japan.
DOH has approved the COVID-19 Nucleic Acid Amplification Test (NAAT) authorized by Japan’s Ministry of Health, Labor, and Welfare. Proof of a negative test result from trusted testing partners in Japan will allow travelers from that country to bypass the 14-day quarantine upon arrival in Hawai‘i.
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India’s Hyderabad, the capital of southern Telangana state, and home to some of the country’s major IT companies and over 6.8 million people, has seen nearly 10 inches of rainfall over the past 24 hours, according to authorities.
If it is not in the plan, it is not in the budget: the European Tourism Manifesto alliance, the voice of the European travel and tourism sector, urges European Union Member States to make tourism a strategic element in their national recovery plans in order to harness the potential of the sector to generate jobs and growth, and to reap the benefits from green and digital transitions.
Hawaii is 12 hours away from reopening tourism. Honolulu Mayor Caldwell is ringing the alarm bell. The State of Hawaii had been urged by mayors of to require a second COVID-19 test for visitors within 4 days of arrival. This was turned down, and on Oahu, a mandatory "surveillance testing program" was established to randomly test 10% of visitors and residents arriving into the State within 4 days after landing.
Now just hours away from the first tourist arrivals this program raised serious concern and questions by Honolulu Mayor Kirk Caldwell.
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A recent study of the global cruise industry and tourism crises revealed a systematic failure within the industry to understand the COVID-19 pandemic. Up to (and including) 2019, the cruise lines were the fastest growing sector in the tourism industry. In 2018, the total economic contribution (direct, indirect, and induced) of cruise tourism to the global economy (through goods and services) was $150 billion, with 1,177,000 full-time jobs.
However, the cruise industry is a crisis-prone industry and in light of the COVID-19 pandemic and the outbreaks on the Diamond Princess and the Grand Princess, the major cruise lines remind us of the statue of Nebuchadnezzar’s dream: a massive and impressive, dazzling statue, awesome in appearance but with feet partially made from baked clay.
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This is an imperfect scenario by imperfect people, but what we all have in common is our Aloha for Hawaii. We need to hold on to this decision to reopen our visitor's industry on Thursday and support one another.
"We are in a state of free fall. The longer we are trapped, the more we risk." These are the words today heard from John de Fries, the newly appointed CEO of the Hawaii Tourism Authority. HTA is in charge of travel and tourism and appointed by the State of Hawaii.
On Thursday, October 15 Hawaii will again welcome visitors with a negative pre-arrival COVID-19 test after tourism was idle for 7 months due to a 2-week mandatory quarantine.
Listen to the Chiefs heartwarming address today to the Hawaiian People and future visitors:
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Hawaii will finally welcome travelers again starting October 15, 2020. The Aloha State had been closed for visitors, except if a visitor would go through a 14-day mandatory quarantine. Lt. Governor Josh Green for Hawaii is also an emergency doctor and was down himself with the virus.
The lt. Governor today explained how tourism will be relaunched as of Thursday and guaranteed the Hawaiian People and tourism stakeholders, this new process will be established for a long haul.
Listen to the new requirements. They are different for visitors to each island county.
After Hawaii closed on March 22, it will be October 15 when tourists are welcome back to Hawaii's beaches, hotels. shops and attractions
Visitors will find a very different Hawaii after 7 months of dealing with the economical horrors of COVID-19
Hawaii Governor Ige thinks his state is ready to relaunch the largest industry in the Aloha State, what is tourism
Regulations are different on Oahu, Maui, Kauai, or the Island of Hawaii on how visitors will be allowed to go on with their vacation.
Governor Ige today explains.
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The Hong Kong Tourism Board (HKTB) announced today the launch of a standardized COVID-19 hygiene protocol in partnership with the Hong Kong Quality Assurance Agency (HKQAA), one of the leading conformity assessment bodies in the territory, providing unified guidelines on hygiene and anti-epidemic measures for tourism-related industries.
COVID-19 has thrown a wrench into most Americans’ 2020 bucket list travel plans. Trip cancelations occurred far and wide in early Spring 2020 with the onset of a worldwide pandemic. With extra time on their hands during retirement years, baby boomers are the generation that may be feeling the weight of these cancellations the most.
Tom Jenkins, CEO of the European Tour Operator Association (ETOA) is in a more optimistic mood today and told eTurboNews: "The Council of European Ministers has published its intention to create a coordinated response to the crisis. Interestingly, they have not excluded unilateral quarantines imposed by member states (which is what the industry was asking for) but it is progress."
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The global tourism industry is one of the hardest-hit industries with regards to the effect of the COVID-19 pandemic. According to recent data, at the height of the lockdowns in Europe, France experienced a 99% decrease in reservations on popular accommodations sites; Airbnb, Expedia and Booking.com compared to 2019.
The global tourism industry had a rosy outlook for 2020 continuing a historic rise in the industry in recent times. However, at the beginning of the year, it became apparent that COVID-19 had turned the world upside down and global tourism effectively came to a collective halt. According to latest data, the projected tourism revenue for 2020 has been slashed by almost $316B as a direct impact of the pandemic - a significant 41% decrease.
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Emirates, the largest airline of the United Arab Emirates, announced that it will
resume its flights to Budapest, Hungary on October 21, Bologna, Italy on November 1, Dusseldorf and Hamburg, Germany on November 1, and Lyon, France on November 4, expanding its European network to 31 destinations, and offering customers around the world convenient connections via Dubai.
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According to the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department (LVMPD), a shooting took place on the Las Vegas Strip on Sunday night at the Miracle Mile shops near Las Vegas Boulevard and Harmon at 7:27 pm.
The shooting happened when two men met a third unidentified man to complete a drug deal. There was an altercation, and the unidentified man shot one of the two men in the leg.
It is believed that the man who got shot did not sustain life-threatening injuries. He was transported to the hospital and is expected to survive.
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Ong Ye Kung, the minister of Transport for Singapore explained that his country can’t wait around for a vaccine.
Ong Ye Kung MP is served as the Minister for Transport since 27 July 2020. He also served as the Minister of Education from 1 October 2015 to 26 July 2020.
Singapore has no domestic travel market, visitors are arriving through international flights, and the country has to reopen.
The coronavirus pandemic has hit the global aviation industry hard, as many countries shut their borders and restricted travel to slow the virus spread. Singapore has not been spared either and is pulling out all the stops to revive its crucial airline industry.
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Tourism to Nepal can mean a lot more than climbing Mout Everest in Nepal. One out of two asked experiencing mental issues during the ongoing COVID-19 crisis. FInding back to oneself, getting inner-peace, and explore the potential in ourselves is what a niche in tourism could mean for a new age of travelers. Lord Budda may help with it, and Nepal is the birthplace.
Today Pankaj Pradhananga is sharing his personal experience when he visited a Buddist community and socially distancing himself with a purpose to find his own inner peace.
Pankaj Pradhananga comes with experience in the Tourism industry for over 2 decades. He holds an MBA from Kathmandu University School of Management (KUSOM) with a specialization in CRM (Marketing).
He is a Director of Four Season Travel & Tours, charter President of Tourism Toastmasters Club, Area Director of A6 in District 41, and also an adjunct faculty member at ACE Institute of Management in Kathmandu. He is considered to be a pioneer of Inclusive Tourism initiatives in the Himalayan region. He has spoken in a number of workshops/conferences on responsible tourism and delivered Guest lectures in Nepal, Europe, and the USA.’
Pankaj explored something that a visitor may also so hungry to explore - and it doesn't have to cost a lot of money.
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Dr. Hassan Shahidi is the president of the Washington DC-based Flight Safety Foundation
Dr. Shahidi thinks flying during the ongoing COVID-19 crisis is as safe as it gets, and here is why.
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The United States is not the only country in the world getting ready for a big election where US citizens are deciding between Donald Trump and Joe Biden as the countries next president.
Big politics are also unfolding in a lot smaller country, The Republic of Seychelles will decide between three candidates running for president on October 24: Danny Faure , Wavel Ramkalawan, and Alain St Ange
Both countries, the USA and Seychelles claim these are the most important elections ever, and both countries also face a common enemy: COVID-19
One of the two countries has tourism as its biggest industry. This author was told by a former Foreign Minister of Seychelles, that the only more important minister in his country was the Minister of Tourism. At that time he referred to Alain St. Ange, who served as the minister of tourism.
Jamaica has announced revised measures for international travelers visiting the island with arrivals beginning October 10. These new processes make the required online Travel Authorization application more seamless for visitors while still maintaining stringent health protocols. The Ministry of Health and Wellness has expanded acceptable testing categories allowing travelers to choose between presenting a negative COVID-19 Antigen test, or a negative PCR test. Testing must be performed by an accredited lab and results must be presented to the air carrier prior to boarding a flight to Jamaica as well as upon arrival.
Iceland’s seismologists are sounding alarm about the rising threat level for the Grimsvotn volcano that have experienced an unusually powerful eruption in 2011, firing a 20km pillar of ash into the air.
WTTC VP Maribel Rodriguez explains to a group of the rebuilding.travel network on how they are set to save the global travel and tourism industry.
In a historic first, G20 Tourism Ministers hosted more than 45 CEOs and Members of WTTC, who presented their plan to save the embattled Travel & Tourism sector and 100m jobs globally. Watch a discussion with WTTC vice president Maribel Rodriguez and members of the global rebuilding.travel group under the leadership of Dr. Taleb Rifai, former UNWTO Secretary-General discussing this new initiative by WTTC.'
WTTC, G20, Saudi Arabia to rescue and relaunch tourism
Honolulu Mayor Kirk Caldwell today answered questions from eTurboNews, Hawaii News Online, and other reporters on and if travel to Hawaii will really be possible without a mandatory 14 day quarantine.
As of October 15, some visitors can arrive in Hawaii with a pre-test to avoid a 14-day mandatory quarantine. This is however not always the case.
There was a lot of talk about a second mandatory or not mandatory test. Mayor Caldwell explains in this podcast. At the same time the mayor spoke the World Health Organization reported the largest increase in daily COVID-19 cases ever on one single day, and the World Travel and Tourism Council announced a giant plan for the tourism industry to reopen travel and borders.
Florida Keys officials and businesses remind visitors that carrying and wearing facial coverings and practicing social distancing continue for the island chain to protect against the spread of coronavirus, despite the easing of some statewide restrictions.
The International Air Transport Association (IATA) demonstrated the low incidence of inflight COVID-19 transmission with an updated tally of published cases. Since the start of 2020 there have been 44 cases of COVID-19 reported in which transmission is thought to have been associated with a flight journey (inclusive of confirmed, probable and potential cases). Over the same period some 1.2 billion passengers have traveled.
Viceroy Hotels & Resorts is changing the conversation in Washington D.C., and beyond, with the opening of Hotel Zena, a bold new cultural hub celebrating the accomplishments of women and recognizing their enduring struggle for gender equality.
We are making history today!” This is the message by a shining star in the travel and tourism industry. Today Gloria Guevara, CEO of the World Travel and Tourism Council (WTTC) may become a mover and shaker of this industry on a level this sector and the world have not yet seen.
46 CEO's of the largest travel companies, heads of state from the G20 and His Majesty the King of Saudi Arabia are part of this plan
Read the article outlining the exact plan on eTurboNews Click here to be part of the Q&A with WTTC Vice President Maribel Rodriguez
Dr. Guy Diedrich is a Vice President and the Global Innovation Officer for Cisco Systems where he is responsible for Country Digital Acceleration.
He is currently working with government and industry leaders in countries throughout Europe, the Middle East, Asia, and the Americas to digitize the public and private sectors to increase GDP, create millions of next-generation jobs and develop sustainable innovation ecosystems. Prior to his current role at Cisco Systems, Dr. Diedrich was a Vice-Chancellor at the Texas A&M University System where he was responsible for research, commercialization, federal government relations, state government relations, and strategic initiatives.
After being grounded in March 2019 following two fatal crashes, the Boeing 737 MAX is expected to be certified by the Federal Aviation Administration to fly again later this fall. Investigations pointed to a problem with the aircraft’s Maneuvering Characteristics Augmentation System or MCAS. This automated control system was designed to stabilize the plane and compensate for the more powerful engines used on the 737 MAX compared to previous versions.
Get the real story from Paul Hudson, aviation attorney and head of flyersrights.org
We are making history today!" This is the message by a shining star in the travel and tourism industry. Today Gloria Guevara, CEO of the World Travel and Tourism Council (WTTC) may become a mover and shaker of this industry on a level this sector and the world have not yet seen.
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Signaling the continued strength for Caribbean Tourism, Sandals Resorts International announced that it would usher in four more resort openings throughout October. Beginning this week, Sandals Grenada and Sandals South Coast will welcome visitors on October 1, 2020. Following in this week's footsteps, Sandals Royal Plantation will officially open to guests on October 8, followed by Beaches Turks & Caicos on October 14. The lineup will join presently opened: Sandals Grande Antigua, Sandals Montego Bay, Sandals Royal Caribbean, Sandals Negril, Sandals Grande St. Lucian, and Sandals Regency LaToc, Sandals Royal Barbados, and Sandals Barbados bringing the total to 13 luxury-included resorts open across the Caribbean.
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There are more problems in paradise. There are more problems for Hawaii's travel and tourism industry, and there are problems between the mayors and the Governor.
Only the Island of Oahu with Honolulu and Waikiki may reopen for tourism arrivals after October 15 as originally planned and ordered by Hawaii Governor Ige.
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Flyers Rights President Paul Hudson issued the following response to the DOT's refusal to promulgate a mask rule after DOT General Counsel Steven Bradbury issued a letter denying Flyers Rights' rulemaking petition:
This horrible decision will no doubt encourage bad actor airlines and airports to not enforce masking or social distancing and to do more of the same.
Listen to Paul Hudson and his take about the decision a mask is not required on US Airlines.
Kauai Mayor is alarmed and disappointed after Hawaii's Governor told him no to keep all tourists visiting Kauai safe.
Kauai is one of the Islands in the Aloha State with the lowest number of Coronavirus. This is mostly thanks to Mayor Kawakami keeping his island county safe.
People in tourism-dependent Hawaii had been riding out the COVID-19 running the economy into a disaster.
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Is Recovery Doable?
Dr. Elinor Garely, the eTurboNews writer in New York analyzes the State of the US Travel and Tourism Industry
The elected and appointed men and women working in Washington, DC, spend most of their time pointing fingers at each other, creating mayhem, dissension, confusion and ultimately disasters, wrecking (perhaps destroying) the world economy. One of the biggest losers in this “He said. She said” fiasco is the tourism industry and its partners, including (but not limited to) destinations, hotels and travel/transportation, restaurants, travel agents, tour operators, stadiums, and conference centers.
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Tourism Leaders are in a state of alarm and urged by the Solomon Island Government to follow all known procedures.
The tourism Solomon Islands Tourism Board wanted visitors to know this is the place to wind down. The Solomon Islands was one of the last countries left without Coronavirus. This has now changed.
Today the Solomon Islands Prime Minister, the Honorable Manasseh Sogavare has confirmed the previously COVID-19-free country has recorded its first positive case of the virus.
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Residents and citizens of all states within the United States will be permitted to enter Costa Rica beginning November, 1, a measure that will help the country’s economic reactivation and job creation, announced Gustavo J. Segura, Costa Rica Tourism Minister.
Beginning October, 15, residents of Florida, Georgia and Texas will be able to enter the country.
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Today, October 5, 2020, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) issued updated guidance to its How COVID-19 Spreads website, which includes information about the potential for airborne spread of the virus that causes COVID-19.
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The countdown to Ferrari World Abu Dhabi’s 10th anniversary has officially begun, and the Park is gearing up for the celebration of the decade this November. Guests can expect a variety of entertainment, adventures, delectable dining and much more, all under one iconic red roof.
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If you catch COVID-19, what are the chances you will die or get severely ill? This is an important question, and if a simple test can predict this even before you get the virus, it would create a priority list for people that should be more careful or get the vaccine earlier. If this knowledge could also offer treatment, this would be a true game-changer.
It would certainly be a game-changer, and we may already be at this point according to two new studies by HHMI in Virginia, USA that offers an explanation for why COVID-19 cases can be so variable.
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A tropical depression has formed just south of Jamaica in the Caribbean Sea on Sunday evening and is becoming better organized, according to the National Hurricane Center.
The National Hurricane Center issued this advisory at 11.00 pm EST on Sunday;
Tropical storm conditions are expected in the Cayman Islands beginning late Monday, and a tropical storm warning is in effect.
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US-China relations are at an all-time low. US President Trump blames China to be responsible for the spread of COVID-19, while he himself was diagnosed with the virus. On the other side, a US Airline is restarting flights between the United States and the Peoples Republic China launching its non-stop from San Francisco to Shanghai.
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Ahead of the resumption of all scheduled and non-scheduled passenger flights in and out of Entebbe on 1st October, 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic, The Government of the Republic of Uganda issued directives regarding the resumption of international flights.
They were contained in a letter signed off by Fred Bamwesigye Ag. Director-General, the Uganda Civil Aviation Authority as follows:
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President Donald Trump and his wife Melanie Trump are both positive for Coronavirus. President Trump may have been positive at the debate with the Democratic Presidential Candidate Vice President Joe Biden Luckily Vice president Biden was tested negative twice, and so was US Vice President Pence.
What is National Security Implementation? This is a true Red Alert considering the people a president meets.
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Business is booming at the Aliaga Shipyard in western Turkey, where five hulking cruise ships are being dismantled for scrap metal sales after the COVID-19 pandemic all but destroyed the cruise industry.
Ship recycling in Turkey is carried out in an industrial zone that is state-owned and leased out to private companies. The yards are located in Aliaga, around 50 km north of Izmir on the Aegean coast in an area that hosts a large cluster of heavy industries.
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The permanent exhibition of Leonardo da Vinci, set up inside the Palazzo della Cancelleria in Rome, is renewed as it is every year, and for this reason, launches a new challenge for its visitors: to explore the most evocative corners of the capital by solving mysterious enigmas with a fun "treasure hunt.”
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Relaunching Tourism in the Aloha State was the big news in Hawaii. The President of the United States Donald Trump being rushed to the hospital as COVID-19 patience puts Tourism reopening into a different picture. The Aloha for US President Trump from Honolulu Mayor Kirk Caldwell may be lifesaving
Today Honolulu Mayor Caldwell said: "Our president, United States President Donald Trump getting COVID-19 is a message to everyone in this country. "
"This virus is serious. Not practicing physical distancing, not practicing face covering, not practicing washing your hands, not practicing going around in a group, encouraging gatherings with no face covering is irresponsible and dangerous. It exposes people to a virus you can die from. "
Now we have our president tested positive and rushed to Walter Reed hospital. This is serious. Wherever you are as an American Citizen, this is a message to you and to all of us, that we have to take it seriously.
The president of the United States got sick because he didn't practice the proper protocols. The mayor hopes that from now on the president's supporters everywhere will adopt these protective practices like everyone else here in the State of Hawaii, and the City and County of Honolulu adopted.
This takes another dimension on travel and tourism. As Hawaii is opening up to visitors on October 15 this news from the White House will emphasize the responsibility and the risk both industry leaders and visitors have when traveling the world.
Mayor Caldwell pointed out a sad example of reopening tourism from Tahiti in French Polynesia. A French territory of 281,234 people south of Hawaii had no COVID-19 cases. After opening its borders to welcome tourists this number jumped to 1,964, 112 dead with 401 active cases remaining.
Listen to what Mayor Caldwell says about sitting next to a stranger on a long transpacific flight to the Aloha State, and how he sees there should be more than one testing.
Eswatini just celebrated World Tourism Day. Meet the Hon. Foreign Minister Thuli Dladla, the Hon. Tourism Minister Vilakati, and the CEO of the Eswatini Tourism Board Linda Nxumalo.
A team that loves their Kingdom united by tourism and a passion that anyone feels when talking to any of these three leaders.
The Kingdom of Eswatini.
Hear about why the Kingdom of Swaziland is now the Kingdom of Eswatini. Learn about their love for the country and His Majesty Mswati III, the King of Eswatini, and the head of the Swazi Royal Family. This love is reflected in festivals, dances, music, and in the stunning scenery this landlocked country has. Surrounded by South Africa and Mozambique, the Eswatini Culture and experience is unique. Eswatini has approximately 1,163,000 subjects.
Find out when and how Eswatini will open up for tourism again.
Currently, the Kingdom had 5,500 cases of COVID-10, 18 new cases today and 111 people died. 5000 people recovered leaving only 389 active Coronavirus cases.
Eswatini is a member of the African Tourism Board. The Hon. Minister Vilakati is a member of Project Hope.
Today is World Tourism Day 2020. The global travel and tourism industry is under attack due to the COVID-19 epidemic. Millions s of jobs are in danger or already eliminated.
There are the known movers and shakers, and there are the new movers and shakers emerging. It takes everyone to fight.
Meet some of these fighters and members accepted to the International Tourism Hall of Heroes.
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Join the global discussion on rebuilding with tourism leaders in 120 countries. Go to www.rebuilding.travel
Listen to the incredible stories our tourism heroes have to share.
It's World Tourism Day 2020. The Hon. Edmund Bartlett is the Minister of Tourism for the Caribbean Island Nation of Jamaica.
Tourism is one of the most important currency earners for Jamaica and the key industry.
Jamaica is also home to the Global Tourism Resilience and Crisis Management Center. Minister Bartlett is chair of the Americas for the United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) Listen to his detailed views on the impact and future of the Global Travel and Tourism Industry in this video presented to rebuilding.travel.
Hon Minister Bartlett received the Tourism Heroes award by Safer Tourism Seal and rebuilding.travel today.
Riots, Protests, and uncontrollable situations in regards to COVID-19 are a reality in many states in the United States of America these days.
There is a shining star within the USA, it's the Aloha State of Hawaii located 2560 miles from the US mainland.
The news about riots in Kentucky or Oregon the interactive map of police brutality put up by ACLU in Massachusetts, killings, and widespread demonstrations seemed to be coming from a world apart in Hawaii.
Today a proud mayor of Honolulu, Circ Caldwell discussed the status of the City’s Provisional Outdoor Screening and Triage (POST) program which started in April to mitigate the spread of COVID-19 among O‘ahu’s homeless population.
COVID-19 took over the island of Oahu, but not the effort of Major Lambert from the Honolulu Police Department who worked with his team of dedicated HPD officer to better the situation of the large homeless population in putting up tents, organized three meals a day, COVID testing and medical care for hundreds of homeless people on the island. Many who stayed at these facilities now enjoy permanent housing - and all of this in the middle of a devastating pandemic.
Honolulu Mayor Caldwell praised the love and compassion of the men, in blue under the most difficult circumstance
The mayor said:" HPD could have walked away saying its not our problem, but they faced took ownership of the problem, and made such a difference in so many lives."
Tom Jenkins today was invited to join the International Tourism Hall of Heroes. He updated in this podcast this audience on the current situation of European Tourism and shares his views for the future. Tom is the CEO of the European Tour Operator Associaton for more than 20 years and based in London, UK.
Yesterday Apple announced the new 6th generation of the Apple watch. I was very excited about the new fitness app that comes with the watch and decided to order one.
I went to the online Apple Store at apple.com and it was easy to find the watch, apply my trade-in, and going to the order page. I did not realize that such a simple purchase would be made impossible by Apple Card Support from Goldman Sachs.
Once at the order page there are two options. One to pay in full, the other pay in interest-free installments. Interest-free sounded excitement, so when I went clicked on this option, my application was already automatically filled out except for my date of birth, my social security number and yearly income.
I added it and pressed on it and submitted the application.
The response was: Apple was unable to verify the information and asked me to upload both copies of my driver's license.
I did this and I received another message that Apple has to think about it and would email me within 3-4 days.
This email came very fast. It told me my application was denied because my identity could not be confirmed. It suggested to do it again.
I did. This time I used a higher version of a scan and resubmitted it. The same happened.
The third time around I used my I phone to take a picture of my driver's license, and for the third time the same process, my application was denied, because Goldman Sachs could not identify me.
This time I called the customer service number given on the email.
Listen to what happened next on this podcast:
Honolulu Mayor Caldwell in cooperation with Governor Ige extended the stay at home order until September 24 with one exception.
With new infections going down on Oahu the stay at home order seems to be working. Numbers are still high compared to what it was before the last reopening.
Parks and beaches will reopen for single activities, not group activities. It means even families will be forced to split such activities on an individual basis and not go to parks in groups. One person to the park at a time. This will be reinforced.
Dining in parks for individuals will also be allowed.
There will be a lot more science put in place when it comes to reopening our economy after September 24. This will be worked out in the next days.
In a change of mind, the mayor is for mandatory testing for tourists and not necessary to continue a mandatory quarantine for everyone coming to the State.
" I believe traveling spreads the virus. We had 300 cases a day, and many died. My message to US Travel in saying they would not support any quarantine is that people die. Traveling is a source when it comes to spreading the virus. Of course, the travel business wants to open."
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US Travel today introduced its new initiative with industry leaders across the United States to help Americans to get excited about traveling again soon. Traveling is equal to happiness according to the organization
Thinking about a future trip is contributing to someone's happiness according to research by US Travel, and the "Let's go there", "Let's go there soon, and soon" "Let's meet there" has been launched.
The largest travel organizations joined this campaign. The largest travel organizations are fighting for survival and quarantine rules are not the best message to get out of the squeeze and need for business.
The spokesperson for Marriott joined today's US Travel press conference from one of its resorts pointing out visitors are having a good time.
US Travel said they will not support States to put quarantine rules in place, but refused to take a question from eTurboNews to respond to why COVID-19 numbers go up once quarantine is lifted. Examples are Spain and also Hawaii when the State allowed US Servicemen and their relatives and friends to enter without quarantine.
Everyone can agree on a back to normal would be great, but can it be realistic? When can it be realistic, and how? Perhaps learn from Hawaii. A lockdown was put in place more than a week ago and record-high numbers of infections are going down again - significantly. In the meantime, the essential travel and tourism industry is being destroyed. Would the industry be more destroyed in a long way if such strict rules were not put in place? This is the question US travel cannot truthfully answer.
Deputy Director-General of the Ministry of Tourism in South Africa, Ms. Aneme Malan represented the South African Minister today at the second ministerial roundtable organized by the African Tourism Board. She gives a summary of the current situation on COVID-19 and what it has been doing to the travel and tourism industry in South Africa.
Dr. Walter Mzembi, head of the ATB Safety and Security Committee analyzed the feedback given by Ms. Malan in saying; "I think it's fair to applaud South Africa for their consensus and cautious approach during this period. I can safely say South Africa led in terms of WHO template compliance, certainly, they have been a stickler for compliance.
Their risk-adjusted approach reflects that following all the stages in reopening, South Africa moved from stage 5 to stage 2. No wonder they appear in the Deep Knowledge of being among the 100 safest COVID-19 destinations in the World.
It's payback for their perceived transparency. South Africa is recalibrated and it comes back starting by Intra Province travel and has now opened to inter Provincial travel and will gradually move to Regional despite an emigration challenge on their borders,
This challenge which is clearly clouding authentic tourism from regional immigration. Inside South Africa itself, there is enough critical mass and a vibrant middle class with first-world lifestyle tastes and ready to support the recovery in implementing domestic tourism.
Nigeria is the economic powerhouse in Africa and one of the largest countries. Tourism is only a small part of the overall economy, but music, fashion is all related to tourism and altogether is playing a major role in Nigeria's economy.
Minister Alhaj Lai Mohammed leads the portfolio of Information and Culture in Nigeria.
Yesterday he attended the second virtual ministerial roundtable organized by the African Tourism Board and chaired by Dr. Taleb Rifai, chair of Project Hope for ATB and former UNWTO Secretary-General.
What is Nigeria doing to combat COVID-19? How is Nigeria taking care of the travel and tourism industry? Mr. Mohammed is addressing these questions.
HE. Alhaj Lai Mohammed was born into the family of Alhaji Mohammed Adekeye in 1952. He is a native of Oro in Kwara State. He earned a bachelor's degree in French from Obafemi Awolowo University, in the year 1975. He proceeded to obtain a Law degree from the University of Lagos, and then Nigerian Law School in 1986
"Having Boeing on the panel was very strategic. Some interesting revelations on the sluggish ascension to Continental Protocols like the Yamoussukro Decision 1999 on Open Skies ratified in 2000 and binding by 2002 after Heads of State endorsement."
This was the feedback by Dr. Walter Mzembi, head of the Safety and Security Committee of the African Tourism Board.
Mr. Omar Arakat, the Vice President of Commercial Aircraft sales for Boening Corporation addressed the second virtual ministerial round table hosted by the African Tourism Board.
Mzembi added in his evaluation: "This agreement still has 16 signatories to this day. There is no sense of urgency to reverse Africa's s laughable 1% share of the global air service market despite hosting 12% of the world's population.
Single Air Transport Market, a child of the AU agenda 2063 to expedite the implementation of the Yamoussukro Decision to date has 34 country signatories and no traction.
Perhaps COVID -19 could turn out to be the whip to accelerate both initiatives as countries now look earnestly to each other as source markets and destinations in the " Visit Your Country, Visit Africa Campaign!"
The critical question is what are the Boeing strategies and incentives in this regard?"
Tanzania faces an integrity issue by detractors who may not believe their story on COVID-19. They need assistance in positioning and messaging their experience and Brand Tanzania. Tanzania is in the league of disruptive thinking and their gamble clearly paid as the Minister of Tourism shared a 95% near-normal life for their population.
Tanzania needs applauding for leadership and not being followers of global templates not domesticated to local conditions.
This was the feedback by Dr. Walter Mzembi, head of the African Tourism Board Safety and Security committee after listening to H.E> Hamisi Andrea Kigwangala, Minister of Natural Resources and Tourism Tanzania.
He spoke at the second virtual ministerial roundtable organized by the African Tourism Board yesterday.
Dr. Nedret Emiroglou is the Director of Infectious Diseases of the World Health Organization in Geneva, On Wednesday she spoke at the second virtual Ministerial Roundtable of Tourism Ministers organized by the African Tourism Board under the leadership of the ATB Project Hope and Dr. Taleb Rifai, who is leading this initiative. Dr. Rifai was the former secretary-general of the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO)
While the race to find safe and effective COVID-19 vaccines continues, a month ago African countries are signing up to a ground-breaking initiative, which aims to secure at least 220 million doses of the vaccine for the continent, once licensed and approved.
All 54 countries on the continent have expressed interest in COVAX, a global initiative which is co-led by the Coalition for Epidemic Preparedness Innovations (CEPI), Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance (Gavi), and the World Health Organization (WHO).
Tourism is an important import for the continent. COVID-19 is one of the major challenges for tourism, even though some countries in Africa only record very low levels of virus infections.
Dr. Emiroglou gives an overview of what is done and how the situation can be evaluated for the African continent.
Cuthbert Ncube, the chairman of the African Tourism Board yesterday opened the 2nd virtual ministerial roundtable organized by the Project Hope committee by the organization.
The roundtable is chaired by Dr. Taleb Rifai, former UNWTO Secretary-General and patron of the organization.
Mr. Ncube is welcoming delegates from across the continent trying to unite Africa as a tourism destination. He is pointing out how important it is for Africa to work together and face the challenges of COVID-19 with one voice.
Africa escaped COVID-19 in many places but is still sucked into the global perception of being an unsafe destination. Domestic and Regional Tourism is one of the alternative ATB has been concentrating on in the first phase of Project Hope
Annie Sugrue peaks at the Women of Value Africa zoom conference: "I enjoy challenging situations where my trouble-shooting skills are best employed.
Annie Sugrue is an established leader in the sustainable development, climate change, SMME development, cooperatives, Urban regeneration, sustainable agriculture, and renewable energy sectors, able to combine macro, scientific, business, and social approaches to complex programs and projects with an understanding of, and commitment to real-life challenges and offerings and the potential of community-level clients and business partners.
She Says: I am a natural networker, able to connect with different sectors in society and quickly grasp the needs of those I work with. Strong communication and marketing skills and experience in running organizations, including human resources, financial management, monitoring and evaluation, fundraising, and high-level reporting, has allowed me to gain the expertise to deliver with excellence. My approach is to seek a triple bottom line solution that delivers benefits to all sectors of society and contributes to sustainable economic development. I am proficient at managing senior-level program teams, to ensure they deliver effectively and efficiently and have extensive experience in managing large program budgets. I have extensive experience in working in Africa, and I have engaged globally on international issues. I enjoy challenging situations where my trouble-shooting skills are best employed."
African Tourism Board Chairman Cuthbert Ncube presents his take on the role of women in Africa, and specifically in the African Travel and Tourism Industry.
This was recorded during the Tourism Sector Value Chain Webinar by ATB on Monday, August 31.
Cuthbert is the first chairman of the newly founded African Tourism Board and is based in Pretoria, South Africa.
U.S. Ambassador Lana J. Marks (born November 18, 1953) is a South African-born American fashion designer who founded the eponymous fashion brand Lana Marks. She is the current United States Ambassador to South Africa. She presented her diplomatic credentials to the South African government on January 28, 2020 and was appointed by US President Donald Trump.
Today the Hon. Lana Marks joined a group or tourism leaders in a zoom conference by the African Tourism Board.
She speaks about women equality, COVID-19 and the relationship between the Republic of South Africa and the United States of America.
Mmamoloko Kubayi-Ngubane, Minister of Tourism South Africa speaks about the Women of Value in Africa in regards to the travel and tourism industry.
This is a podcast hosted by Abigail Olagbaye and Dimakatso Malwela of the African Tourism Board, the Women of Value Initiative in Nigeria and South Africa
Kenya is the first country awarded the Tourism Resilience Seal today.
The Hon. Kenya Minister of Tourism Najib Balala will accept the designation and will engage in today’s Q&A
Tourism leaders from around are joining in, including former UNWTO Sec General Dr. Taleb Rifai, Seychelles Presidential Candidate Alain St. Ange, Deepak Joshi, former Nepal Tourism Board CEO, Dr. Peter Tarlow, CEO Safer Tourism – and many more.
Listen to the Hon. Minister of Tourism for Kenya Najib Balala today in a Q&
Today, Honolulu Mayor Kirk Caldwell issued a Stay at Home, Work from Home order starting midnight Thursday. Today, Hawaii has 215 new cases of coronavirus.
He agreed with Governor Ige that more has to be done.
The order will be set for 2 weeks. It’s about saving lives.
A 160-room hotel will be made available to house residents that were in contact with infected people. This is to help communities to separate infected from healthy people from a tense family environment.
According to the Mayor, this is especially true for the Micronesian and Filipino communities. These communities have been hit hardest.
A new search requirement allows for an additional 5,000 tests a day, which is a total of about 70,000 tests in the last 2 weeks. The newly-developed test can be self-administered through the nose.
This is a significant increase from the current 1,500 tests.
The increase in cases has been creating a challenge for hospitals.
The situation is critical according to Vice Admiral Jerome Adams, US Surgeon General. Hawaii is considered in the yellow range of measurement, making yellow critical in infection increase.
Reopening the state will be considered when the increase of infection goes back into the green.
Oahu has 397 hospitalizations, which is 165 more than a week ago. Currently, 50 sick people are in the ICU.
Currently, Hawaii has 4,472 active cases of COVID-19 on Oahu.
6-11% of sick people will end up in a hospital.
This order is valid for Honolulu County, which includes all of the islands of Oahu at this time.
Religious services may continue with restrictions.
Let's travel to Kauai, forget the 14-day mandatory quarantine now in effect until at least October 1, is the wish Kauai Mayor Derek S.K. Kawakami voiced at today's Governor's press conference.
He is explaining the details on how guests could be required to stay in one resort without leaving the property for 2 weeks.
How it would work is being discussed and the mayor shares details.
Also at the press conference, Hawaii Governor Ige extended the mandatory quarantine for both Pacific and interisland travel to at least October 1. In addition, social distancing requirements had been made even more strict. The Governor is announced new regulations he just put in place today on August 20, 2020
Governor said first and foremost it's about the health of our community.
Meet Jadine Yarde, CEO of the Nevis Tourism Authority joining with Devon Liburd, Director of Sales and Marketing, and Julie Claxton, Sales & Marketing Manager for UK & Europe. Hosted by Dr. Taleb Rifai, Dr. Peter Tarlow & Juergen Steinmetz on the rebuilding.travel platform.
Q&A by rebuilding.travel members and eTurboNews readers.
Tourism is everyone's business in Hawaii, no matter if you're employed in that industry or not. Tourism is the lifeline for the Aloha State.
Chris Tatum is the CEO of the Hawaii Tourism Authority, the State agency in charge of the largest industry here, travel and tourism.
COVID-19 became a threat to Hawaii's visitor's industry in March 2020, and in June 2020 Chris decided to retire and move with his family to Colorado.
His last board meeting at HTA is scheduled for August 27 and Chris will take some vacation dates to get out of Hawaii early.
Ever since March the phone system at HTA and also at HVCB (The Hawaii Visitors and Convention Bureau) only goes to voicemails, and voicemail boxes are mostly full and never acted on. Emails are not responded to, and a complete breakdown in communication is preventing good and potential initiatives to be made impossible
Mufi Hannemann is the head of the Hawaii Lodging Tourism Association and former mayor of Honolulu. In the midst of COVID-19 he decided to leave tourism and was running for election. He wanted to become a mayor again but recently lost big time. Running for mayor is a full time job, and it shows and explains his non-responsiveness.
Daniel Chung is one out of 12 board members of the Hawaii Tourism Authority. He did talk to eTurboNews host Juergen Steinmetz and remains the only one out of 12 HTA board members to do so.
Listen to this conversation.
Chaos is ruling Hawaii. Elected officials like US Congresswoman Gabbard, theHawaii Tourism Authority, or HVCB are running away from COVID-19. They are not responding and directing frustrated callers to full voice systems. The CEO of the Hawaii Tourism Authority retired early and escaped to Colorado.
Today Hawaii with 333 new infections, had the highest increase in COVID-19 infection rate ever topping the United States on a percentage scale.
This is a letter Dale Evans, CEO of Honolulu based Charley's Taxi wrote today so her company could continue to operate. She is sharing her frustration on the scary situation Hawaii is now entering with an uncontrollable spike in Coronavirus.
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Her letter explains just some of the issues businesses are going through in the new reality of COVID:
Charley's Taxi always are operating 24/7 to provide the residents & visitors with "Essential Services". Obviously, we are suffering a significant financial loss.
This is our 82nd year of service to the Honolulu community, we somehow survived WWII and other economic crisis, not to mention all 12 bills and resolutions since 2014 that resulted in few/no rules on UBER & LYFT, continuing stringent restrictions and costs on taxicab operators .... but our situation today is critical.
Since we were the first (and only) company to submit our license renewal applications, the city is allowing other transporters to operate without licenses.
Would you please arrange for IMMEDIATE REFUND of $2000 for the Taxi and TNC licenses.
If you will issue the TNC license right away, you can disregard fee refunds.
We continue waiting for CSD to finally answer, instead of ignoring our several requests to your administration: (a) 3 FOIA requests unanswered; (b) Repeated requests to change the HAR 9 to allow taxicab operators to pass on costs-of-business; and (c) Request renewal of AllWays Charley's TNC license.
Meet Felice Friedson, publisher of the US based TheMedialine.org joining us from Jerusalem, Israel. Dr. Taleb Rifai, former UNWTO Secretary-General is providing feedback from Amman, Jordan. Co-host Dr. Peter Tarlow in College Station, Texas will lead this session with Juergen Steinmetz, CEO of TravelNewsGroup in Hawaii.
The discussion is attended by eTurboNews readers and members of rebuilding.travel from around the world.
The Seychelles Tourism Board (STB) is to achieve for Seychelles the status of the most desirable island destination on the market offering the unique Seychellois way of life, at a price that is competitive and within a sustainable, eco-friendly environment which is protective of Seychelles’ natural beauty, assets, and cultural heritage.
Meet the Seychelles Minister of Tourism, Civil Aviation, Ports, and Marines. the Hon. Didier Dogley.
Also, meet Sherin and members of Seychelles Tourism as well as stakeholders to hear from Seychelles,. challenges during COVID-19 and the rebuilding of its industry.
Co-chaired by Dr. Taleb Rifai, former secretary-general UNWTO, and the host is Juergen Steinmetz, CEO of TravelNewsGroup
The Seychelles Tourism Board (STB), is a public/private sector body headed by CEO Mrs. Sherin Francis, with Mrs. Kathleen Mason as the Chairperson.
This is an event hosted by rebuilding.travel
Honolulu Mayor Caldwell warns more people could be dying, and Honolulu could become like New York. Today Hawaii recorded 140 new cases and 3 new dead because of Coronavirus. Clusters are reported from Honolulu.
Mayor Caldwell said: "We the people of this beautiful but fragile island need to come together. We need to save us each of us, our loved once and yes also to save our economy.
It's about life and death now, and a healthy economy is depending on a healthy population.
An outbreak at the Honolulu City Hall, known as Honolulu Hale is hitting home for Mayor Caldwell. He himself was tested and is expecting a result later today.
The mayor was disturbed that the military and their friends were allowed to bypass State quarantine restrictions and assured this is now in place. Caldwell did not about the extent of any outbreak at a military installation on Oahu and urged Federal Authorities to share such data and coordinate efforts.
Dr. Elinor is asking what is next for the Meeting and Incentive Industry? Why are hotels not adopting different cleaning standards to reopen safely?
Tourism Encounters a New Paradigm
Up to, and including the beginning of 2020, many professionals in the hotel, travel and tourism industry would have agreed that “bigger is better.” Demand created a need to build larger cruise ships, more and differentiated hotels, additional stadiums and convention centers, faster and bigger aircraft. There appeared to be no ceiling and no blockades preventing continued expansion of the industry. People from all countries, regardless of income or employment, were encouraged to travel domestically and internationally, to visit friends, family, improve education, increase business, and experience an adventure. From passports to global entry cards systems were designed to expedite the masses as they enthusiastically crowded airports and train stations. The endless stream of people moving from one event to another, from one city to another and from one continent to another brought tears of joy to industry leadership as bottom line increases meant larger bonuses and job security.
What About Risks?
Risks for travel have always present, although not front and center. The plane could crash, the taxi might get hijacked in a remote part of a country, MERS and SARS and ZIKA raised health concerns, food poisoning and contaminated water made the possibility of travelers’ diarrhea a reality; however, none of the risks were stark enough or serious enough to stop or even diminish the quest for more expansive travel opportunities.
Thanks for the cowardice of the Chinese and the World Health Organization (WHO) and the folly of the present occupier of the White House, Covid 19, a virus that could have been contained with limited global impact (think MERS, SARS and Zika) on world travel, has instead, become a pandemic, creating an overwhelming sense of danger, uncertainty and loss of control in populations around the world, placing health discussions at the very pinnacle of both public and private sectors agendas. Mr. Trump and his colleagues have created a disaster that has traumatized societies, with both short and long-term destructive outcomes. This pandemic is unique because it has impacted – not on one or two communities or countries, but rather, the entire planet, with an unknown end date.
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A persona around the idea of “new tourism”: Slow, immersive, kind, local, sustainable, climate-friendly.
This type of new tourism includes food, drinks, dancing, swimming, white sandy beaches, diving, bird watching, turtle hatching, a lighthouse, nature walks, and an amazing cultural experience. All of this comes with a climate-friendly focus and is designed to leave COVID-19 far behind you, but be prepared for it, as it is like no other place on Earth.
Tanzania and Zanzibar have reopened to a new kind of tourism. Peter Byrne, CEO of Mafia Island in Tanzania, developed a 20-point approach and introduced it at the rebuilding.travel platform: “Let’s build a persona around the idea of ‘new tourism’ (slow, immersive, kind, local, sustainable, climate-friendly) with hospitality back, front, and center – as in ‘hospitable’ not impersonal.”
With hardly any cases of coronavirus in this East African country, the private industry has taken a lead in developing a new kind of approach that can be adopted by a number of niche market destinations. Mafia Island is a world-class beach and diving destination in Tanzania.
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There may have never been a better time to invest in Sierra Leone.
Sierra Leone is located in West Africa and had been in the spotlight as a new emerging travel and tourism destination until the virus broke out.
The country went through tough times, and is still maneuvering through this crisis, however there is a light at the end of the tunnel.
This light includes the rebuilding of the travel and tourism industry, regional and global cooperation, and the environment is set to make Sierra Leone as the prime hot spot to invest in tourism.
Ambassador Precious Gbeteh Sallu Kallon is joining eTurboNews publisher Juergen Steinmetz to share some inside seldom discussed before.
The ambassadors message is: Yes, we had been hurt, but we had never been that optimistic about the future opportunities in our country.
More on H.E. Precious Gbeteh Sallu Kallon: www.linkedin.com/in/junisak
eTurboNews talked to a spokesperson from Travel Nevada about the spike in COVID-19 cases 2-4 weeks after casinos opened on June 4
The response was a response: "I don't know, but we like to keep visitors safe."
An alarming number of positive cases about 200 today is the reality in the State of Hawaii. Based on percentage Hawaii moved from the lowest number in the case increased to one of the highest in the United States. Dr. Anderson said, the State can expect 500 and more cases a day soon. It's a dire situation. It may be catastrophic- and it seems to be the course Hawaii is going.
This is the message by Dr. Anderson today at the Governor Press Conference
10% of the cases require hospitalization, and Hawaii is facing a health care crisis, specifically on Oahu. The implementation and community increase after Hawaii'sreopening start are the result.
115 cases of hospitalizations out of 117 are on Oahu.
The virus is deeply seeded in crowded communities on Oahu, specifically in families that live in large households in crowded conditions.
Care homes are free of COVID-19 at this time.
Hawaii got an early handle of the disease, but it wasn't enough and the virus is spreading among all races and communities. The virus is an epidemic in Hawaii.
Honolulu Mayor Kirk Caldwell announced "Act with care- do not gather"
As of August 7 until September 5, all 300 parks on the islands will be closed. All beaches fronting those parts will be closed. There will be no activities allowed on the beach. Surfing is swimming is allowed, including restrooms, but beaches cannot be used. All campgrounds will be closed, as well as botanical gardens.
All parking lots will be closed. Parking lots are only open to get to the voting mailbox. Private tennis clubs and pools will be closed. Public and private golf courses will be closed. All team sports are suspended through September 5.
Bowling, arcades will be closed. No group classes are allowed in fitness centers.
Caldwell warned there will be enforcement. The HPD Chief explained:
She said enforcement will be the key. HPD will establish a COVID hotline to report violators at 808-723-3900 email@example.com
Honolulu Police will have an additional 160 officers 7 days a week assigned to strategic enforcement. There will be citations or arrests and only very few warnings.
"I am begging you", the HPD chief says.
Governor Ige earlier announced the reimplementation of a 14-day quarantine as of August 11 for passengers traveling between Hawaiian Islands. The same restriction remains in place for all other flights to the US mainland and international.
The Hawaii Department of Transportation (HDOT) Airports Division is pleased to announce the thermal temperature screening equipment is now in use to help detect passengers with a temperature of 100.4 degrees and above.
HDOT and the NEC team, including NEC Corporation, NEC Corporation of America and their partner, Infrared Cameras Inc., have completed phase one of the project on schedule which included installation of the thermal temperature screening equipment at the gates currently in use to welcome arriving trans-Pacific flights at the Daniel K. Inouye International Airport (HNL), Kahului Airport (OGG), Lihue Airport (LIH), Ellison Onizuka Kona International Airport at Keahole (KOA) and Hilo International Airport (ITO).
eTurboNews, publisher of eTurboNews knows climate change has a role in rebuilding the travel and tourism industry after COVID-19. It has opportunities that are often overlooked.
Professor Geoffrey Lipman is in charge of the SUNx Network and is discussing such opportunities with eTurboNews today.
SUNx - Strong Universal Network - is a new system for Tourism destinations and stakeholders to build Climate Resilience in line with the targets of the Paris Agreement through “Climate Friendly Travel.”
There is no greater single threat to humanity than Climate Change - it is eXistential.
SUNx will focus on this reality and provide an eXchange of smart solutions, tools, and resources to help any community and its tourism stakeholders.
SUNx eXchange has three core elements:
SUNx Centres – Prefabricated, solar powered Climate research & innovation centres
SUNx Connections - Our technology platform for monitoring & analysing climate resilience data
SUNx Community - Capacity building, education and cultural promotion through Climate Friendly Travel
Failure is Not an Option
Within the industry there appears to be a general consensus that there is no way the industry will return to what it was; however, there is little concrete information being offered as to what could/should be done to reboot the hotel, travel and tourism industry. Without a game plan – there is little hope for the future.
COVID-19 appeared first on the Chinese radar screen at the end of December 2019 and became part of the global dialogue at the beginning of 2020. The World Health Organization (WHO) declared the virus a pandemic on March 12, 2020, and since then the virus has touched every aspect of the world economy including but not limited to health-care, politics, government, socio-cultural systems, agriculture, climate, religion, entertainment, hospitality, travel and tourism.
More than 17.2 million people have been diagnosed with COVID-19 and in excess of 10 million patients have recovered; at least 673,000 have died, according to reports from John Hopkins University.