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Eased restrictions draw more tourists to Baguio

More people have signified their intention to visit this city after the city government eased travel restrictions......»»

Category: newsSource: philstar philstarMar 5th, 2021

Stringent entry protocols slow down Baguio tourism

More downtrend in visitor arrivals is expected this coming Holy Week with the imposition of entry restrictions on tourists from the NCR+ areas who comprise 50 percent of the registrants. The post Stringent entry protocols slow down Baguio tourism appeared first on Daily Tribune......»»

Category: newsSource:  tribuneRelated NewsMar 27th, 2021

Boutique resort in El Nido to welcome guests via ‘expanded travel bubble’

El Nido town government in Palawan recently eased travel restrictions and allowed more tourists to enter the island in a bid to jumpstart domestic tourism......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsNov 10th, 2020

Fan experience to change profoundly amid COVID-19 pandemic

By DAVE SKRETTA AP Sports Writer KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Dayton Moore remembers so clearly the vast sections of empty seats inside Kauffman Stadium when he took over as general manager of the Kansas City Royals, and he remembers just as vividly — nearly a decade later — how those seats filled and fans roared as the long-suffering club won the World Series. Those dueling memories make the thought of playing games in empty stadiums hard for Moore to fathom. “I know how much strength all players draw from the fans and environment,” he said, when asked about plans to play a shortened season without crowds, “and you need that support to get through an entire Major League Baseball schedule.” As lockdowns are lifted and restrictions eased, sports are finally starting to emerge in the coronavirus pandemic. But in virtually every situation, fans are not yet being allowed to attend and the only consensus for now is that there could be a long period of empty or nearly empty seating. Some U.S. universities are modeling for 25% capacity for the upcoming football season or maybe half-full arenas for the ensuing basketball season. “I think for most sports, a reduced crowd wouldn't negatively impact the overall experience, especially in a situation like baseball or even the NFL,” said Katy Lucy, a digital marketing agent from Atlanta whose fandom is split between all things Georgia Bulldogs and the Washington Capitals. “But it would be different for sure for those who attend in person." Count her family among those who would pause before heading to the ballpark. “For me personally, I’m not sure I would feel comfortable attending a live sporting event until there is a known treatment or widely available vaccine,” Lucy said. “I trust the institutions to put the proper measures in place; however, making sure that they are enforced is another matter.” Many college and pro sports teams already were dealing with declining ticket sales. Watching at home or streaming games are factors, as is the changing social makeup of fan bases. Dynamic pricing, increases in parking and concession prices, and a push toward luxury seating have exacerbated the problem. Major League Baseball attendance has declined six of the past seven seasons. In college football, 13 of the 130 schools that played in the Football Bowl Subdivision reported average crowd sizes of 50% or less last season. Even the NFL has seen an increase in empty seats despite its generally rock-solid popularity. So as coronavirus concerns linger, how are teams going to lure fans back when stadiums do reopen? Loyalty and engagement apps, widespread around the major leagues and colleges even before the pandemic, will become even more common and interactive as teams try to recapture lost revenue. There also will be more behind-the-scenes content and enhancements available via smartphones that will only be available to those in the stadium or arena, offering fans something unique over fans watching at home. “Fans want that experience to be top-notch, period. That's why teams are thinking about this,” said Britton Stackhouse Miller, senior vice president at Fortress U.S., a developer of engagement and integration systems with clients in European soccer, baseball, the NBA, NFL and NHL. Temperature checks, hand sanitizer distribution stations and touchless vending will become the norm for a while. Even concessions will change, though one big difference — gulp — could lead to a lot of grumbling. “If you don't sell beer the number of visits to the bathroom drops dramatically,” said Marc Ganis, the director of sports consulting firm Sportscorp. “So for a time we may have to think about not selling beer.” It won't just be the vast oceans of bench seats left open, either. Many experts believe those hardy fans will be the first to return. It's the corporate suites from which many colleges and pro franchises derive so much of their gameday revenue that may end up being empty until long after games have resumed. Economic woes may last for some time. For fans who stay home, leagues are looking for ways to keep them engaged, too. When Germany's top soccer league returned without fans, broadcaster Sky knew it had a problem with silence coming through the TV. Engineers created “carpet audio” from previous games between the same teams, then teased out roars for specific events such as goals and red cards, giving those watching at home the option of a more realistic experience. “This was the only idea that we thought could be most respectful to the fans,” said Alessandro Reitano, vice president of sports production for Sky Deutschland. “To be honest, it's a major success.” Old crowd noise is a bit like an old game, though. It lacks a certain authenticity. So along came ChampTrack, which created an app that utilizes the microphones of fans. It captures their every roar and groan and sends the audio to its server, which then aggregates the noise into a single stream. That stream is then returned to the viewer using proprietary algorithms to provide the broadcast with real-time sound, which is then immediately erased to ensure personal privacy. “Once they press play on our web app, they can hear what everyone else is cheering about and their own cheer,” said ChampTrack chief executive Elias Anderson, adding the system could soon handle as many as 150,000 fans for each game. Sound is one element of the fan experience. Optics is another. “When it was clear there would be no audience this season, the fans had the idea of bringing their images to the stadium,” said Lubbo Popken, deputy press secretary for German soccer club Borussia Monchengladbach, which affixed fan likenesses to their seats. “We were surprised how many people wanted to be part of this idea and have their images in the stadium. It really changed the atmosphere in the empty stadium.” Of course, none of that is the same as having real fans creating real noise......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJun 8th, 2020

Remembering the 1990 Baguio quake

Tourists who flock to Baguio nowadays can only see the many multi-story buildings being constructed all over the city......»»

Category: newsSource:  thestandardRelated NewsJul 22nd, 2021

DTI hopeful of sustained export growth

The Department of Trade and Industry expects exports to continue to rise in the coming months following the 29.8 percent year-on-year growth posted in May as travel restrictions abroad are eased and more people get vaccinated......»»

Category: financeSource:  philstarRelated NewsJul 10th, 2021

Inflation slows to 4.1% as transport costs ease

Price increases in basic goods and services eased in June, the slowest pace in six months, as transport costs decelerated with base effects fading from last year’s pandemic-related restrictions despite still elevated global oil prices......»»

Category: financeSource:  philstarRelated NewsJul 6th, 2021

Fear of plane crash, or in-flight infection

As we look forward to flying again as soon as COVID-19 restrictions are eased by nations recovering from the pandemic, we wonder which risk most air passengers now fear more – catching the coronavirus while traveling or being caught in a plane crash......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsJul 6th, 2021

Baguio City LGU presents traffic plan for holiday season

BAGUIO CITY, Dec. 17 (PNA) — Baguio City Mayor Mauricio Domogan on Thursday said that a traffic scheme has been prepared to respond to the projected influx of tourists during........»»

Category: newsSource:  philippinestodaRelated NewsJul 3rd, 2021

Sales of imported cars rise 3-fold in May

Sales of imported vehicles in the country jumped by more than three times in May from a year ago as pandemic restrictions eased......»»

Category: financeSource:  philstarRelated NewsJun 18th, 2021

No change in Baguio’s travel requirements

Travel requirements for visitors from Metro Manila and nearby provinces remain even as this city has reopened to essential travelers and tourists......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsJun 17th, 2021

Truffles all year round at Caruso

Caruso Ristorante Italiano in Makati City is one of my go-to Italian restaurants and I took one lunch there when restrictions were eased......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsJun 17th, 2021

Baguio tourism picks up

Tourist arrivals in this city started to pick up this month with the easing of travel restrictions in Metro Manila and nearby areas......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsJun 13th, 2021

Despite eased restrictions, fully-vaccinated elderly told: Continue to follow health rules

Fully-vaccinated elderly must still wear face masks and shields, observe physical distance with others, and avoid crowded places, Health Undersecretary Maria Rosario Vergeire said in a briefing Friday......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsJun 11th, 2021

P29M lotto jackpot nasolo ng taga-Baguio

Solong napanalunan ng residente ng Baguio City ang mahigit sa P29-milyong jackpot prize sa Grand Lotto 6/55 draw ng Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office (PCSO) matapos niyang makuha ang anim na winning numbers na binola Lunes ng gabi. The post P29M lotto jackpot nasolo ng taga-Baguio first appeared on Abante......»»

Category: newsSource:  abanteRelated NewsJun 8th, 2021

DOT eyes reopening of Baguio to NCR+ tourists

DOT eyes reopening of Baguio to NCR+ tourists.....»»

Category: newsSource:  cnnphilippinesRelated NewsMay 31st, 2021

Business closures down to 8% as quarantine eased

The number of businesses that stopped operations has declined to eight percent as the government eased quarantine restrictions, the Department of Trade and Industry said......»»

Category: financeSource:  philstarRelated NewsMay 30th, 2021

STA is the BEST NETFLIX movie to watch on May 23rd. Leonardo DiCaprio’s success

The weekend has arrived and although the country has eased restrictions in most parts of the country regarding covid-19, it is still better to avoid.....»»

Category: newsSource:  thedailyguardianRelated NewsMay 23rd, 2021

Britain eases lockdown as Asia outbreaks fuel concern

Britons hugged their loved ones and streamed into pubs, gyms, and other indoor venues on Monday as the country eased pandemic restrictions, but Asia faced more misery with new variants and a cyclone disrupting the fight against a COVID-19 wave ravaging India......»»

Category: lifestyleSource:  abscbnRelated NewsMay 18th, 2021

Building resumption a boon to Eagle Cement in Q1

Listed cement manufacturer Eagle Cement Corp. recorded a double-digit earnings growth in the first quarter, as construction activities pick up after pandemic restrictions were eased......»»

Category: financeSource:  philstarRelated NewsMay 17th, 2021

Portugal to open to most European tourists from Monday

Portugal will open to tourists from nearly all European countries from Monday, the interior ministry said, following months of restrictions to prevent the spread of COVID-19......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsMay 16th, 2021