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Spared by coronavirus, Seychelles suffers dearth of tourists

Victoria, Seychelles—The Seychelles, with its idyllic white beaches and luxury resorts, has had only 149 cases of Covid-19, but the global crisis caused by the pandemic has ravaged its vital tourism industry......»»

Category: financeSource: thestandard thestandardOct 23rd, 2020

Seychelles confirms first cases of coronavirus

VICTORIA, Seychelles – The Seychelles has confirmed its first two cases of coronavirus, which has now hit 25 countries in Africa, largely spared by the pandemic until recently. Public Health Commissioner Jude Gedeon announced late on Saturday, March 14, that two citizens returning from Italy on March 11 had tested positive ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsMar 15th, 2020

Masungi Georeserve reopens to tourists

MANILA – The Masungi Georeserve, a premier eco-tourism destination in Rizal province, formally reopened on Wednesday (November 25) after months of closure due to the coronavirus pandemic. Guests are required to book their reservations at Masungi’s website, with the number per group limited to five to eight persons to observe minimum health protocols. The entrance […].....»»

Category: newsSource:  balitaRelated NewsNov 27th, 2020

UN: Pandemic triggers violence against women

No country has been spared the coronavirus epidemic, nor the scourge of domestic violence, which has surged during lockdowns as the day marking such violence approaches on Wednesday......»»

Category: newsSource:  thestandardRelated NewsNov 23rd, 2020

Tourists& rsquo; mass departure seen until end-2020

The Bureau of Immigration said the mass departure of foreigners in the country will continue until the end of 2020 amid the threat of coronavirus 2019......»»

Category: newsSource:  thestandardRelated NewsNov 23rd, 2020

Rome hotels swapping tourists for coronavirus patients& nbsp;

Rome, Italy—The plush hotel lobby is normally bustling with business travelers and tourists, but now medics in protective gear welcome patients from hospitals struggling with Italy’s surge in coronavirus cases......»»

Category: financeSource:  thestandardRelated NewsNov 13th, 2020

Germany virus death toll passes 10,000: health institute

Germany has suffered more than 10,000 Covid-19 deaths since the start of the pandemic, according to official data published Saturday.  People wear face protecting masks on October 22, 2020 downtown Munich, amid the novel coronavirus Covid-19 pandemic. (Photo by Christof STACHE / AFP) A total of 10,003 deaths have been recorded by the Robert Koch Institute, a federal government agency, with 418,005 infections recorded nationwide. Of those, 14,714 were diagnosed in the last 24 hours — a daily record. Robert Koch Institute president Lothar Wieler said Germany was facing a “very serious” situation and asked the population to adhere to social distancing measures. Germany was spared during the first wave of coronavirus infections that hit Europe in spring but is now suffering a sharp increase in cases along with the rest of the continent. Authorities have tightened measures against the pandemic including the adoption of a public assembly ban. Chancellor Angela Merkel last weekend asked the country to reduce their social contact and stay home as much as possible. “What winter will be, what our Christmas will be, will be decided in the days and weeks to come,” she had warned......»»

Category: newsSource:  mb.com.phRelated NewsOct 24th, 2020

Laos, Afghanistan lift inbound restrictions for Pinoys travellers

Two countries in Asia and the Pacific – Laos and Afghanistan – have lifted inbound restrictions on Filipino travelers, subject to flight availability and medical protocols amid the COVID-19 (coronavirus disease 2019) pandemic, the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) said in a report on Monday.  (ALI VICOY / FILE PHOTO / MANILA BULLETIN) On the other hand, Malaysia, India, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyz Republic, Nepal, Tajikistan, and Hong Kong have imposed stricter medical protocols and visa regulations for those who are exempt from entry restrictions. Mongolia’s borders, meanwhile, remain open but inbound travelers in the country are now required to present negative COVID-19 test results and must have all applicable documents to support their visa status. In Tokyo, the Japanese government has gradually opened up inbound entry for students, dependents, and technical interns but still prohibit entry of short-stay travelers, including tourists.  Back here at home, beginning October 21, Filipinos may resume their overseas plans after Malacañang announced the lifting of restrictions for non-essential outbound travelers, including tourists.  Outbound Filipino tourists may be allowed to leave the country after submitting confirmed roundtrip tickets and adequate travel and health insurance. With the still evolving changes in travel restrictions worldwide due to the pandemic, the DFA advises Filipino travelers to always check ahead of their travel dates with airlines, as well as with relevant Embassies or Consulates before booking a ticket and before departure.  .....»»

Category: lifestyleSource:  abscbnRelated NewsOct 19th, 2020

Chan to hotels, resorts: Go digital in contact tracing

LAPU-LAPU CITY, Cebu — Hotels, and Resorts in Lapu-Lapu City are ordered to establish a digital contact tracing system as a measure against the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19). This is to ensure the safety of tourists, especially since hotels and resorts are now accepting local visitors. Lapu-Lapu City mayor Junard “Ahong” Chan said that he […] The post Chan to hotels, resorts: Go digital in contact tracing appeared first on Cebu Daily News......»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsOct 12th, 2020

DavOr tourists required to get prior booking to popular sites; ‘walk-ins’ prohibited

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 7 Oct) – The provincial government of Davao Oriental is requiring all visitors who are planning to stay at any tourist destination for at least a night to make a prior booking as walk-in guests are prohibited amid the rising coronavirus disease (COVID-19) cases in Davao Region. In his Executive Order […].....»»

Category: newsSource:  mindanewsRelated NewsOct 9th, 2020

Batanes records 1st COVID-19 case

No province in the country has been spared from the coronavirus disease 2019. Batanes, which had been COVID-free since March, recorded its first case yesterday......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsSep 29th, 2020

More tragic than COVID-19

If there is one consoling view we learn from the continuing public health crisis spawned by the 2019 coronavirus disease 2019, or COVID-19, is the fact that it has not spared even the rich, bigger and more powerful not only here but countries across the globe......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsSep 16th, 2020

Thailand Moves a Step Closer to Welcoming Back Foreign Tourists

Thailand will start issuing special visas to foreign tourists starting October, easing a more than five-month-old ban on visitors to revive the nation’s ailing tourism-reliant economy. Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-Ocha’s cabinet approved a proposal to issue visas to tourists planning to stay between 90 and 280 days in Thailand, according to government spokeswoman Traisuree Taisaranakul. The tourists will undergo a mandatory 14-day state quarantine on arrival at partner hotels or hospitals and follow health and safety regulations, she said. The government expects about 1,200 visitors to avail themselves of these visas each month, generating about 1.2 billion baht ($38.5 million) in revenue. The easing of border restrictions may boost the nation’s pandemic-battered tourism industry and cushion the blow to an economy projected to contract 8.5% this year. The news of cabinet approval for special visas triggered a rally among hotel and travel operators in Bangkok. A measure of Thai tourism and leisure stocks jumped 4.5%, the biggest gainer among the Stock Exchange of Thailand’s 28 industry groups. It was also the index’s largest increase since May 26. While Hotel operators Erawan Group Pcl and Central Plaza Hotel Pcl surged more than 8%, Minor International Pcl advanced 5.5%. Thailand’s tourism and hospitality sectors are counting on the return of international visitors, who contributed to two-thirds of tourism income before the pandemic, to reverse the slump in businesses and save millions of jobs. A government campaign to boost travel by locals through hotel and air travel concessions has failed to make up for the slump in earnings, but the move to allow foreigners in small batches will still be a relief to the industry. “There will not be a huge economic impact from this as it still can’t compensate for the revenue lost, but it will help,” Somprawin Manprasert, chief economist at Bank of Ayudhya Pcl said. “This plan still targets a higher-spending group of foreign visitors which will not benefit tourism industry operators that have lower to mid-price points, who will still suffer.” The move to relax curbs on foreign tourists also follows Thailand’s relative success in containing the coronavirus outbreak. The nation went without a local transmission for 100 days before the virus-free run was ended early this month. Though Thailand was the first country outside China to report the deadly virus, its cumulative cases stand at 3,480 with most patients already discharged from hospitals. The reopening to foreign tourists may be risky, but it is a manageable risk worth taking, Bank of Thailand’s Senior Director Don Nakornthab wrote in an article on the central bank’s website. The country may be headed for a second straight year of contraction in 2021 if it continued to restrict foreign visitor arrivals, Don wrote......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsSep 15th, 2020

Travel restrictions take toll on Davao Region’s tourism

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 28 August) – Davao Region’s tourism industry took a beating in the second quarter of this year, only recording 67,159 tourists or 1.2 million visitors less compared to the same period last year, due to travel restrictions meant to curtail the transmission of coronavirus disease (COVID-19), National Economic Development Authority (NEDA)-Davao […].....»»

Category: newsSource:  mindanewsRelated NewsAug 29th, 2020

South Cotabato tourism industry expecting a rebound

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews / 27 August) – Tourist arrivals in South Cotabato province dropped significantly this year due to the continuing coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic but industry stakeholders remain hopeful of a rebound in the coming months. Argie Asaria, provincial tourism operations officer, said only a total of 192,223 domestic and foreign tourists […].....»»

Category: newsSource:  mindanewsRelated NewsAug 29th, 2020

Indian resort turns pool into fish farm

A luxury resort in southern India has turned its swimming pool into a fish farm to stop the business sinking amid the economic crisis caused by the coronavirus pandemic. Normally the 150-meter (500-feet) pool at the Aveda Resort in Kerala state is packed with European tourists. Now thousands of pearl spot fish are causing the […] The post Indian resort turns pool into fish farm appeared first on Daily Tribune......»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsAug 24th, 2020

Central Visayas poorer by P35.5B

Less tourists and activities due to the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) cost Central Visayas P35.5 billion. The National Economic Development Authority (NEDA) reported the losses were during the first quarter alone. The country’s first confirmed COVID-19 cases were two Chinese tourists, a couple from Wuhan, who traveled from Dumaguete to Cebu in January. The 44-year-old […] The post Central Visayas poorer by P35.5B appeared first on Daily Tribune......»»

Category: newsSource:  tribuneRelated NewsAug 23rd, 2020

Rare calm at British museums

LONDON, United Kingdom (AFP) — Getting close to the animated T-Rex at London’s Natural History Museum normally requires long queues and sharp elbows. But today, only a handful of children shriek in delight as it roars. With tourists staying away and visitor numbers limited due to coronavirus, the popular exhibit is unrecognizably quiet — as […] The post Rare calm at British museums appeared first on Daily Tribune......»»

Category: newsSource:  tribuneRelated NewsAug 22nd, 2020

GERI reports 37% profit fall, improving sales

Global-Estate Resorts, Inc. (GERI), Megaworld’s integrated tourism and leisure unit, reported lower earnings in the first half of the year although sales have started to recover in the second quarter. In a statement, GERI said that, excluding non-recurring gains, the company’s net income for the first half of the year reached P728 million, down 9 percent from P801 million during the same period last year. Attributable net income dropped 37 percent to P544.8 million in the first half of 2020 from P865.13 million in the same period last year. Consolidated revenues for the first half of 2020 registered at P2.9 billion, reflecting a 29 percent decline from P4.1 billion during the comparable period last year. On the other hand, rental income weakened by only 8 percent from P377 million last year to P347 million in the first half of 2020 even if mall operations were affected by the Taal eruption in the first quarter, and the strict quarantine measures in the second quarter. Hotel operations declined by 67 percent from P484 million last year to P162 million for the first six months of 2020 due to the quarantine restrictions during the period. However, the decline in revenues from the company’s core businesses was offset by the 30 percent reduction in costs and expenses, from P3.1 billion in the first half of 2019 to P2.2 billion this year. “Boracay was closed to tourists during the second quarter but as soon as the quarantine measures were relaxed in June, we saw a steep climb on the sales of our commercial and village lots in Boracay Newcoast. Buyers now prefer residential and leisure products in nature-rich settings outside of Metro Manila,” explained GERI President Monica T.Salomon. GERI’s reservation sales of residential projects during the second quarter of the year rose to P3.6 billion from P2.2 billion in the first quarter. The firm noted that the growth was achieved even as the country was placed on strict lockdown due to the coronavirus pandemic. It did not provide comparative figures for 2019. Residential projects in Boracay Newcoast in Aklan, Arden Botanical Estate in Cavite, Eastland Heights in Antipolo, Rizal,  and Hamptons Caliraya in Laguna comprised the bulk of sales during the first half of the year, which reached P5.8 billion. “When the news of a possible lockdown came out in mid-March, we had already braced for a conservative outlook for our residential segment,” said Salomon. She added that, “But, while the country was placed on strict quarantine, we saw aggressive take-ups of our provincial projects. In fact, on the average, our second quarter sales are 61 percent of what we have booked for the entire first half of 2020. And we still have enough inventory to address the demand for residential projects in these areas.”.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsAug 3rd, 2020

Hurricane Isaias lashes Bahamas on path to virus-hit Florida

Hurricane Isaias lashed the Bahamas Friday as it churned toward Florida, bringing new dangers to a US state suffering record deaths from an unrelenting coronavirus outbreak. Soldiers carry out cleaning work on destroyed houses after the overflow of the Magua river due heavy rains caused by Isaias storm in the city of Hato Mayor, northwest of Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, on July 31, 2020. (Photo by Erika SANTELICES / AFP) The category one storm, packing winds of 75 miles (120 kilometers) an hour, gained strength Thursday night after sweeping over the Dominican Republic. As of 2100 GMT, it was an expansive storm, moving northwest at a speed of 15 mph, kicking up heavy squalls and whipping the southeastern Bahamas and Turks and Caicos island chains with strong winds, the Miami-based National Hurricane Center said. “Hurricane conditions will continue to spread northwestward into the central and northwestern Bahamas tonight (Friday) and Saturday,” it added. The eye of the storm was expected to pass over the southeastern Bahamas sometime during the evening Friday and reach the central Bahamas during the night. Hurricane warnings were up across the low-lying Bahamas while parts of Florida’s east coast — including Palm Beach, the location of President Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago resort — were under a hurricane watch. Florida could start the feeling the effects of the storm by late Saturday, according to the National Hurricane Center. Florida governor Ron DeSantis signed an emergency declaration for counties on the exposed Atlantic coast. But a slight shift westward in the storm’s trajectory raised hopes that Florida would be spared a direct hit.  DeSantis said it was too early to open shelters, but urged residents to stock up on enough water, food and medicine to last a week. Bahamas Prime Minister Hubert Minnis on Thursday relaxed strict stay-at-home orders imposed because of the coronavirus to allow residents to prepare for the hurricane. “I beg you, do not use this period for hurricane preparation to go socializing and visiting friends or family,” Minnis said at a news conference. “If you do not need to be out, please, please, STAY AT HOME! We are in the midst of a pandemic and if we do not act responsibly, the consequences could be dire,” he said. It is the Bahamas’ first hurricane since Dorian, a maximum strength Category 5 storm last year that devastated two islands, pummeling them for three days.   Hurricane plus pandemic Isaias left a shambles in Puerto Rico, downing trees and electric lines and inundating houses as it cut a path through the island on Thursday. “If you are seeing this, please, we need help,” a man in Mayaguez, on the island’s western side, begged in a video that showed his family clinging to the roof of their car as rising waters inundated their house. In Florida, the concern was that if Isaias does hit, it would cause havoc at a time when hospitals are flooded with a surge of COVID-19 cases. On Friday, Florida reported another 257 deaths, setting a fourth consecutive single day state record and pushing its virus death toll to 6,843. The state’s coronavirus testing centers, meanwhile, were closed Thursday and won’t reopen until they get the all-clear.  The state’s emergency management division explained that the testing centers are housed in tents and could not withstand tropical force winds. For several weeks, Florida has had nearly 10,000 new coronavirus cases a day.  The Republican-run state is now second in the nation in number of cases at 470,386, surpassing early epicenter New York.  Only California, with almost double Florida’s 21 million population, has had more......»»

Category: newsSource:  mb.com.phRelated NewsAug 1st, 2020

Australia suffers deadliest day of pandemic

Australia has suffered its deadliest day from the coronavirus since the pandemic began, with authorities reporting ten fatalities Sunday and a rise in new infections despite an intensive lockdown effort......»»

Category: newsSource:  thestandardRelated NewsJul 26th, 2020