Tourism – Directorio Bus http://directoriobus.com/ Tue, 28 Jun 2022 05:18:53 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.9.3 https://directoriobus.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/10/icon-64-120x120.png Tourism – Directorio Bus http://directoriobus.com/ 32 32 Tourism in Kenya is gradually recovering https://directoriobus.com/tourism-in-kenya-is-gradually-recovering/ Tue, 28 Jun 2022 01:49:04 +0000 https://directoriobus.com/tourism-in-kenya-is-gradually-recovering/ By EDITH MUTETHYA in Nairobi, Kenya | Global Chinese Daily | Updated: 2022-06-28 09:18 On Wednesday, Maasai women work in a village near Selenkay Conservancy, a community-based conservation area operated by a private company, in Amboseli, Kenya. Tourists are returning to camp accommodations, after it was closed due to COVID-19. YASUYOSHI CHIBA/AFP Kenya’s mainstay sector, […]]]>

By EDITH MUTETHYA in Nairobi, Kenya | Global Chinese Daily | Updated: 2022-06-28 09:18

On Wednesday, Maasai women work in a village near Selenkay Conservancy, a community-based conservation area operated by a private company, in Amboseli, Kenya. Tourists are returning to camp accommodations, after it was closed due to COVID-19. YASUYOSHI CHIBA/AFP

Kenya’s mainstay sector, tourism, is gradually recovering from the COVID-19 pandemic crisis as the number of visitors to various tourist destinations, especially local travellers, continues to increase.

According to the Kenya Tourism Federation, an umbrella body representing eight tourism sector associations, the easing of COVID-19 restrictions has contributed significantly to attracting more domestic, regional and international tourists.

Miriam Mbithe is among many Kenyans who have had the opportunity to visit various tourist sites after the government eased remaining restrictions in March, including the requirement to wear masks in public places.

Mbithe traveled to the coastal city of Mombasa in April with a group of 50 children and 10 adults.

“There were lots of local tourists at the beaches and other sites, but the number of international visitors was very low,” she said.

Chris Musau, president of the Kenya Hoteliers and Caterers Association, confirmed that business is picking up in the hospitality sector.

He said the sector is focusing on building a resilient local market to help the tourism industry survive challenges such as the COVID-19 pandemic.

Tour operators are seeing an average 50% improvement in business, with positive projections for the rest of the year and 2023, said Fred Kaigua, CEO of the Kenyan Association of Tour Operators.

“There’s a lot of positive vibes in the market, and bookings and inquiries are also looking very positive,” he said.

“There is a projection for a full recovery by 2024, but it could probably happen even sooner, by next year, if we continue at the same pace,” Kaigua added.

Susan Ongalo, CEO of the Kenya Tourism Federation, said progress in Kenya’s tourism sector has been positive since the start of this year and most market players remain optimistic that it will fully recover.

“The situation keeps getting better with every passing day,” she said.

Kenya’s tourism receipts stood at $1.25 billion last year, a sign that the sector is gradually recovering, Ongalo said. Total tourism revenue in 2020 was $781 million, which is a huge drop from $1.4 billion in 2019, she added.

The COVID-19 pandemic has had a huge impact on Kenya’s tourism industry.

“About 1.2 million full-time equivalent employees … have been laid off, while about $1.3 billion in labor income has been lost,” she said, citing the 2021 annual report on performance of the country’s tourism sector.

The Kenyan government has formed the National Tourism Risk and Crisis Management Committee to address the crisis and address related issues in the industry, Ongalo said.

She also said the government was encouraging vaccination against COVID-19 for domestic and foreign tourists.

The government is also committed to improving and promoting the sector, as evidenced by the recently launched tourism strategy realignment, described as “a new vision for Kenya’s tourism sector”, Ongalo said.

Jackson Kalla, the country’s chief administrative secretary for labor and social care, said that with the right marketing and publicity strategy, the sector should be able to recover very quickly and even double its income.

He said the government will work with all partners in the tourism sector and the labor industry for measures to ensure the recovery continues.

Ongalo from the Kenya Tourism Federation said some businesses in the sector are still struggling.

The uncertainties of the COVID-19 pandemic are hampering full recovery, with visitors lacking the confidence to travel for fear of contracting the virus, she said.

A recent rebound in COVID-19 cases has also forced the Kenyan government to reinstate some measures, including the mandatory wearing of masks in places such as offices and supermarkets.

Stephen Ogenga, chief executive of the National Industry Training Authority, said Kenya’s tourism sector faces employment challenges that need to be addressed.

“The positions available in the sector are not attractive enough, in terms of salaries, career progression and benefits, for interns to start a career in tourism,” he said. This has led to high staff turnover and companies are struggling to replace staff members, especially the most skilled workers, he said.

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Croatian Tourism Minister Nikolina Brnjac talks about tourism success for 2022 https://directoriobus.com/croatian-tourism-minister-nikolina-brnjac-talks-about-tourism-success-for-2022/ Sun, 26 Jun 2022 10:05:36 +0000 https://directoriobus.com/croatian-tourism-minister-nikolina-brnjac-talks-about-tourism-success-for-2022/ June 26, 2022 – Croatian Tourism Minister Nikolina Brnjac spoke about this year’s summer tourist season, which by all indications appears to be an improvement even from the record, pre-pandemic year of 2019 . As Poslovny Dnevnik writing, Croatian Tourism Minister Nikolina Brnjac joined a recently aired program from Studio N1 live broadcast from the […]]]>

June 26, 2022 – Croatian Tourism Minister Nikolina Brnjac spoke about this year’s summer tourist season, which by all indications appears to be an improvement even from the record, pre-pandemic year of 2019 .

As Poslovny Dnevnik writing, Croatian Tourism Minister Nikolina Brnjac joined a recently aired program from Studio N1 live broadcast from the city of Osijek in eastern Croatia and revealed whether or not there are fears regarding the figures related to the continued spread of the coronavirus, whether or not there are expectations that this fluctuates in the height of summer and how this might affect tourism as we move forward.

“Croatia has developed the project ‘Safe stay’ with the Croatian National Institute of Public Health. All protocols in this regard have been agreed. This project is now at the level of recommendations. The new coronavirus is still very present .us and that’s why we all have to keep making sure that we respect the (remaining) necessary measures,” said Croatian Tourism Minister Nikolina Brnjac.

She also stressed that we must be careful not to end up in the dark red zone on the ECDC map, which would be a huge blow to what currently looks to be an extremely promising main tourist season.

“Over the past few years, we have proven to tourists and residents of this country with this project that we are a responsible tourist destination. We must be careful not to be in dark red on the map. According to the latest map, we aren’t and I think together we can make sure we don’t end up in that dire straits,” she said.

Speaking of tourism results so far in 2022, she said that by the end of June, the country had already surpassed 20 million recorded overnight stays.

“These figures are extremely good,” she said, adding that now the Republic of Croatia has extremely important plans related to the extension of the tourist season in order to move towards year-round tourism. year to manage and perfect.

To learn more, be sure to check out our dedicated travel section.

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Educate the masses on health and nutrition – Jammu Kashmir Latest News | Tourism https://directoriobus.com/educate-the-masses-on-health-and-nutrition-jammu-kashmir-latest-news-tourism/ Fri, 24 Jun 2022 19:16:17 +0000 https://directoriobus.com/educate-the-masses-on-health-and-nutrition-jammu-kashmir-latest-news-tourism/ Ram Rattan SharmaThere is a steady increase in the problem of undernutrition, micronutrient deficiencies, obesity and diet-related chronic diseases across the world. Nutritional imbalance can lead to poor physical and cognitive development, morbidity and mortality, and loss of human potential, thereby affecting social/economic development. Many developing countries, including India, are currently facing serious health problems […]]]>

Ram Rattan Sharma
There is a steady increase in the problem of undernutrition, micronutrient deficiencies, obesity and diet-related chronic diseases across the world. Nutritional imbalance can lead to poor physical and cognitive development, morbidity and mortality, and loss of human potential, thereby affecting social/economic development. Many developing countries, including India, are currently facing serious health problems at both ends of nutrition – the spectrum carrying the double burden of malnutrition. According to the World Health Organization, malnutrition refers to deficiencies, excesses or imbalances in a person’s energy or nutritional intake. While hundreds of millions of people suffer from chronic degenerative diseases caused by excessive or unhealthy diets, countries are still struggling to feed the population and meet the costs of preventing obesity and treating unhealthy diseases. food-related diseases.
Article 47 of the Constitution of India states that it is the duty of the state to raise the level of nutrition and standard of living and improve public health, healthy food/environment shall be created for all sectors; and is the most effective way to overcome challenges. In addition, a health promotion approach is envisaged to enable people to make well-informed and rational health choices. Mass media and other modes of media should be widely used to disseminate knowledge and create awareness to influence people’s nutrition/health behavior. The goal of Health and Nutrition for All is to achieve the highest possible level of good health/well-being and good nutrition through an integrated population-based approach to health. Nutrition is a science involving the interaction of nutrients and other compounds present in food such as anthocyanins, tannins, antioxidants, phytonutrients, etc., in relation to the maintenance of growth, reproduction, health and pathological condition of an individual. Good nutrition involves consuming the right amount of nutrients from healthy foods in the right combinations. Regular physical activity is also essential for maintaining health and preventing disease. Nutrition is the very foundation of human development by conferring immunity and thereby reducing morbidity, morality and disability. In addition, it promotes lifelong learning abilities and improved productivity.
India has been at the forefront of developing food and nutrition databases. Our country has also invested in many nutritional invention programs to improve the food and nutrition security of the masses, thereby filling the nutrient deficit of the vulnerable sections of society. Nutrition and health education has been recognized as an important tool for the promotion of nutrition and perhaps the most cost-effective tool for improving the quality of life and the development of the community and the nation. Recognizing the importance of an integrated approach to health/nutrition education, the government organizes the training of grassroots officials from the relevant sectors at the village level.
The Ministry of Health and Family Welfare has adopted a strategy of organizing health melas to provide health education and early diagnosis in addition to providing completely free health care services. These health melas are envisioned to attract citizens willing to avail quality health care services with essential pathological tests. The melas are a powerful vector of information on the various health programs run by the central government, state government, NGOs, etc. and different systems of medicine.
The Eat Right India movement incorporates mass media including social media as part of its public outreach. Eat Right India’s initiatives include a logo demonstrating the components of an optimal diet, training for frontline health officials; an online retailer promoting healthy eating; and online quizzes to raise awareness about proper nutrition. Food and nutrition education in schools/colleges can provide children, adolescents, school staff and communities with learning experiences designed to encourage healthy eating habits and positive behaviors related to optimal nutrition. It is important to use a combination of evidence-based and behavior-oriented educational strategies that involve the active participation of students, school staff, the college, and the wider community. Guidance on implementing a health-focused food/nutrition curriculum should be established at the national level to ensure a defined role for health and nutrition in the national education system. Health/nutrition awareness should be imparted to provide knowledge and skills regarding the relationship between good diet, physical activity and health; healthy food preparation/consumption identification of barriers to making healthy food choices and solutions for overcoming these barriers providing media and marketing information to the masses, particularly regarding misleading food choices.
Changing eating habits with reduced physical activity is a growing phenomenon around the world. People consume more foods high in energy, saturated fat, trans fat, free sugars, sodium salt, and less fruits, vegetables, and dietary fiber like whole grains, legumes. Nutritious food is an essential building block of health. Therefore, foods must provide the necessary nutrients in appropriate amounts to meet the body’s needs. Nutrient excess and deficiency are equally harmful and have lasting adverse effects on family and community health. It is therefore of the utmost importance to effectively tackle this problem and raise awareness in the community about the importance of good health and optimal nutrition. A good diet, regular physical activity and sufficient sleep are essential conditions for a healthy life. A holistic approach is needed to promote the concept of optimal nutrition across the country. Innovative multi-sectoral approaches are needed to engage all age groups covering all strata of society. Consider cultural diversity in eating habits/practices and purchasing power parity to raise awareness about healthy eating. Appropriate initiative must be taken from childhood in schools, kindergartens in families, so that the foundation stone for healthy eating and good health is laid at the right age and can be passed on well to future generations as well. .
(The author is a former librarian of Dy University of Jammu).

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Flooding and closures in Yellowstone could displace tourism in Montana https://directoriobus.com/flooding-and-closures-in-yellowstone-could-displace-tourism-in-montana/ Thu, 23 Jun 2022 00:29:00 +0000 https://directoriobus.com/flooding-and-closures-in-yellowstone-could-displace-tourism-in-montana/ The northern entrances to Yellowstone National Park remain closed after major flooding engulfed roads, bridges and homes. State and federal public land agencies now expect visitors to seek other outdoor recreation opportunities, drawing crowds and tourist dollars to other areas. Pam Crowhurst traveled from California to Montana to visit the state’s well-known national parks. His […]]]>

The northern entrances to Yellowstone National Park remain closed after major flooding engulfed roads, bridges and homes. State and federal public land agencies now expect visitors to seek other outdoor recreation opportunities, drawing crowds and tourist dollars to other areas.

Pam Crowhurst traveled from California to Montana to visit the state’s well-known national parks. His plans changed when historic flooding swept through Yellowstone, causing him to extend his stay in Glacier National Park.

“So our alternative was that we book an extra night here, so we were able to keep our site one more night. And then we’ll go to Butte to see the Lady of the Rockies – I don’t know what that is.

Crowhurst is one of many tourists facing the decision to change their itinerary after flooding closed most entrances from Montana to Yellowstone.

State and federal agencies that manage Montana’s public lands are now anticipating an increase in visitation as tourists turn to alternative campgrounds, hiking trails and fishing spots this summer. This could put increasing pressure on already overcrowded public lands.

“We will need people to camp successfully in scattered areas if we are to cope with the level of interest there will be this summer,” said Katie Stevens, Western District Manager for the Bureau of Land Management. The office is under additional pressure because it lacks seasonal recreation staff.

The increase in visitors camping during the pandemic has led to issues like people leaving toilet paper on the floor, not putting out campfires properly and more human-grizzly interactions, Stevens said. . She expects more visitors to seek out BLM lands given recent flooding in Yellowstone.

Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks spokesman Greg Lemon said the organization is also already anticipating a busier year.

“With the recent activity in the park, with the flooding and everything, we’ve already seen a pretty big spike in visitation in a few parks.”

Lewis and Clark Caverns State Park, Pictograph Cave State Park and Chief Plenty Coups State Park have all seen increased visitation since the Yellowstone floods, Lemon said.

New visitors arriving during the COVID-19 pandemic prepared FWP for this challenge, he added.

“From our perspective, I think we are ready to handle the increase in visits.”

Glacier National Park, about a 6-hour drive northwest of Yellowstone, having already faced overcrowding issues last year, has implemented a ticketed entry system to limit the number of people who can access the park per day.

Gina Kerzman, spokeswoman for the park, said the park hasn’t changed any plans.

“We have a system in place, we think it works well and we’re going to stick with it.”

Glacier also closed roads and trails due to flooding and encourages visitors to check the park’s website for more details on its vehicle registration program before arriving, Kerzman said.

Political leaders in Montana are encouraging tourists not to give up on a visit to the state, as tourism brings in billions of dollars each year. Gov. Greg Gianforte said Montana is open for business. He specifically pointed to the tourist areas hardest hit by the floods, including Gardiner, Red Lodge and Paradise Valley.

Montana’s congressional delegation sent a letter this week to Forest Service and Bureau of Land Management leaders urging them to provide more flexibility to flood-affected outfitters and guides.

Nonresident travelers spent more than $3.5 billion in 2019, according to the University of Montana’s Tourism and Recreation Research Institute.

Kelly Pohl, associate director of Headwaters Economics, says visitors to Yellowstone spend more than $237 million a year in Montana.

“It is likely that there will be more tourists recreating and visiting other nearby communities in Montana.”

The state has a lot to offer, but some public lands don’t have the infrastructure to accommodate many more visitors, Pohl said.

“This becomes a significant management challenge for agencies overseeing these areas.”

Yellowstone’s northern entrances via Gardiner and Cooke City will likely remain closed for the rest of the year. Visitors can access the south loop of the park, and authorities limit visitor numbers with a system based on car license plate numbers.

Park officials and surrounding communities continue to tally the damage and deal with the destruction caused by the floods as they begin to rebuild.

Interest in outdoor recreation has increased during the COVID-19 pandemic as Americans look for ways to have fun safely. This year, others might consider looking for alternatives to the country’s first national park as it celebrates its 150th anniversary.

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Maldives expands market as tourism recovery continues https://directoriobus.com/maldives-expands-market-as-tourism-recovery-continues/ Tue, 21 Jun 2022 08:04:34 +0000 https://directoriobus.com/maldives-expands-market-as-tourism-recovery-continues/ The Maldives is looking to promote travel to people with disabilities and other niche traveler segments while continuing to rebuild tourism. Speaking at a press conference this week which coincided with the UNWTO World Summit on Community Tourism and the celebration of the Golden Jubilee of Tourism in the Maldives, Tourism Minister Abdulla Mausoom said […]]]>

The Maldives is looking to promote travel to people with disabilities and other niche traveler segments while continuing to rebuild tourism.

Speaking at a press conference this week which coincided with the UNWTO World Summit on Community Tourism and the celebration of the Golden Jubilee of Tourism in the Maldives, Tourism Minister Abdulla Mausoom said “We are expanding our markets and not just relying on our traditional sources. .”

Deputy Tourism Minister Naushad Mohamed said the Maldives will facilitate travel for people with disabilities and promote business events, sports tourism and cultural tourism.

The destination has lost its main source market, China, due to the pandemic. China accounted for 16.7% of arrivals to the Maldives in 2019, or 284,029 travellers, but between January and March 2022 there were only 971 Chinese visitors.

Since reopening to international travelers in July 2020, the Maldives has become one of today’s top tourist destinations. The average length of stay for visitors to the Maldives has fallen from 7.5 nights before Covid to 8.5 nights.

Despite the Ukrainian invasion, Russian travelers have been numerous for the Maldives, recording 52,235 arrivals in January-March 2022 against 26,284 for the same period in 2019.

Thoyyib Mohamed, managing director/CEO of the state-owned Maldives Marketing and Public Relations Corporation, also said the UK and Italy are doing well, bringing 50,584 and 52,848 travelers to the destination respectively in January- March 2022. For the same period in 2019, the two markets recorded 36,116 and 30,036 attendances respectively.

“We are doing well compared to other (destinations),” Abdulla said, adding that the government is aiming for 1.4-1.6 million arrivals this year, more than the record arrivals of 2019. of 1.48 million.

To achieve this ambition, the Maldives will increase business travel arrivals, facilitate travel for people with disabilities, as well as promote business events, sports tourism, cultural tourism, Deputy Tourism Minister Naushad shared. Mohammad.

According to Ahmed Nazeer, Secretary General of the Tourism Industry Association of the Maldives, resorts in the destination strive to accommodate corporate groups of 30 or more people.

“While the Maldives is seen as a vacation destination, there is a market for business travel and event engagements,” he noted.

The recovery of tourism in the Maldives is supported by a continuous flow of new products. Some 23 resorts are in various stages of development and will soon join new, recently opened properties.

Velana International Airport opened a new VIP/CIP complex earlier this year as part of the facility’s US$800 million expansion program, which will add a new runway, passenger terminal, terminal seaplanes, a 45 million liter fuel park and a cargo facility when the project is completed later this year.

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International Yoga Day: Hit by Pandemic, Yoga Tourism Sector in Mysuru Banks on PM Event to Revive https://directoriobus.com/international-yoga-day-hit-by-pandemic-yoga-tourism-sector-in-mysuru-banks-on-pm-event-to-revive/ Sun, 19 Jun 2022 16:33:41 +0000 https://directoriobus.com/international-yoga-day-hit-by-pandemic-yoga-tourism-sector-in-mysuru-banks-on-pm-event-to-revive/ Hit by the pandemic, the yoga tourism sector in Mysuru is hoping to regain its former glory as Prime Minister Narendra Modi is due to attend celebrations for the 8th International Yoga Day in Mysuru on Tuesday. A Tier II city of Karnataka, Mysuru is a global attraction for its heritage, heritage and annual Dasara […]]]>

Hit by the pandemic, the yoga tourism sector in Mysuru is hoping to regain its former glory as Prime Minister Narendra Modi is due to attend celebrations for the 8th International Yoga Day in Mysuru on Tuesday.

A Tier II city of Karnataka, Mysuru is a global attraction for its heritage, heritage and annual Dasara celebrations. Also known as a retirement paradise, the city attracted around four million tourists each year in pre-pandemic times.

According to the Mysuru Yoga Federation, at any one time there were about 2,000 foreigners learning yoga in the pre-pandemic era in the city.

However, the pandemic has also provided an opportunity, with online yoga class enrollment showing a slight increase. But this trend has not helped the yoga tourism sector in Mysuru as the influx of tourists has remained low due to travel restrictions.

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Notably, there are about 50 registered yoga centers in Mysuru and more than 50 unregistered or unrecognized that cater to thousands of yoga students across the world.

Sri Hari, head of the Mysuru Yoga Federation, said the pandemic was both a boon and a bane for the yoga sector. “As yoga tourism has come to a halt due to the blocking of international flights and the lockdown, the demand for yoga classes has increased. The number of trainers has also increased,” he said.

The number of trainers has increased at least two or three times and people have started taking yoga classes online. Also, the demand for individual yoga trainers who visit learners’ homes has increased due to the pandemic situation, Hari added.

He said they expect more people from all over the world to choose Mysuru as their yoga tourism destination after the Prime Minister’s visit to the city on International Yoga Day. Mysuru’s yoga trainers may also get more opportunities elsewhere in the future, he added.

Praveen from Mysore Hatha Yoga Kendra said: “The demand for online classes after Covid-19 has increased, but we are not for it. Offline classes are the ones that are authentic and they respect the ethics of yoga. We observed a lack of interest among online students. The influx of yoga students is still not up to par, but there has been an increase in the number of yoga experts.

Archana Bharath and Bharath Shetty, a couple who run Yoga Bharata and India Yoga centers, said they hope restrictions on international travel will soon be lifted. Archana said: “The number of foreign nationals enrolling in centers here has yet to rebound to pre-Covid-19 numbers but is gradually increasing. As for the Indians, the belief in yoga has increased as many suffer from stress.

Citing an example, Archana said, “The India Yoga center which is specifically for foreign nationals is registering 36 students per batch. After Covid the numbers have dropped but they are slowly picking up. We now have 15-18 students in a batch.

Notably, Mysuru and yoga has over a century of history and yoga was patronized by the royal family of Mysuru before and after independence. During the regime of Krishnaraja Wadiyar (1884-1940), Tirumalai Krishnamacharya started teaching yoga in Mysuru. He is said to have learned yoga in a cave at the foot of Mount Kailash. He first started teaching yoga to the royal family and then the king decided to hold classes for the public as well.

Later, Krishnamacharya’s student BKS Iyengar continued to teach yoga in Mysuru. Even to this day, BKS Iyengar Yoga (the format that bears its name) is widely practiced in Mysuru. As yoga grew in popularity, another student of Krishnamacharya, Pattabhi Jois, made a name for himself. Today, many yoga centers in Mysuru teach specific styles of yoga.

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The European Commission approves an Italian support program for tourist bus operators in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic https://directoriobus.com/the-european-commission-approves-an-italian-support-program-for-tourist-bus-operators-in-the-context-of-the-covid-19-pandemic/ Fri, 17 Jun 2022 13:27:16 +0000 https://directoriobus.com/the-european-commission-approves-an-italian-support-program-for-tourist-bus-operators-in-the-context-of-the-covid-19-pandemic/ The European Commission has approved a €5 million Italian program to support tourist bus operators affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. The announcement was made public through a press release issued by the European Commission, which also pointed out that the scheme had been approved under the State Aid Temporary Framework, reports SchengenVisainfo.com. This measure will […]]]>

The European Commission has approved a €5 million Italian program to support tourist bus operators affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.

The announcement was made public through a press release issued by the European Commission, which also pointed out that the scheme had been approved under the State Aid Temporary Framework, reports SchengenVisainfo.com.

This measure will help bus companies authorized to operate tourist transport services with a covered bus that are not subject to public service obligations.

The aim of the plan is to meet the liquidity needs of beneficiaries and help them continue their activities during and after the pandemic. For bus operators to qualify, they must have at least recorded a drop in turnover of at least 30% in 2021 compared to 2019.

The Commission found that the Italian scheme complied with the conditions set out in the Temporary Framework. In particular, the aid (i) will not exceed 2.3 million euros per beneficiary, and (ii) will be granted no later than June 30, 2022.” says the press release.

The authority recently gave the green light to another Italian plan of 60 million euros in favor of companies engaged in the tourism and thermal baths sectors economically affected by the coronavirus pandemic.

The European Commission has also announced that this program aims to reduce the labor costs borne by private employers in the tourism and spa sectors and, at the same time, to encourage and maintain employment levels.

In addition, the scheme will exclude new employees employed temporarily or seasonally for three months, with the possibility of the assistance being extended for up to six months.

According to the European Commission, the aid will not exceed 2.3 million euros per beneficiary and will be paid within the month – until June 30.

Previously, the European Commission approved another Italian program worth €129 million to support the tourism sector in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic.

As explained by the European Commission, this scheme consists of limited amounts of aid, which will be allocated in the form of a tax credit for rents linked to tourist activities and will be paid for the period from January to March 2022. .

The European Commission also revealed that public support would not exceed €2.3 million per beneficiary in the case of limited aid amounts. On the other hand, in the event of assumption of the fixed costs not covered, the aid will not exceed 12 million euros per company either.

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EXCLUSIVE Over 80% of Japanese companies support nuclear restart and tourism recovery https://directoriobus.com/exclusive-over-80-of-japanese-companies-support-nuclear-restart-and-tourism-recovery/ Thu, 16 Jun 2022 00:04:00 +0000 https://directoriobus.com/exclusive-over-80-of-japanese-companies-support-nuclear-restart-and-tourism-recovery/ Businesses hail revival of tourist inflow as growth driver – poll They want tourist numbers at pre-COVID levels in 2023 Many businesses expect moderate or flat economic growth this fiscal year Most are looking for another stimulus package Most companies support restarting nuclear if safety is guaranteed TOKYO, June 16 (Reuters) – A large majority […]]]>
  • Businesses hail revival of tourist inflow as growth driver – poll
  • They want tourist numbers at pre-COVID levels in 2023
  • Many businesses expect moderate or flat economic growth this fiscal year
  • Most are looking for another stimulus package
  • Most companies support restarting nuclear if safety is guaranteed

TOKYO, June 16 (Reuters) – A large majority of Japanese businesses support both restarting idle nuclear reactors and resuming overseas tourism this month, a Reuters survey has found, underscoring broad approval of two measures seen as likely to ease the pressure on the economy.

The results of Reuters’ monthly business survey are among the strongest signs yet of Japan Inc’s endorsement of a return to nuclear power, as global energy prices rise and the falling yen are driving up input costs for manufacturers and squeezing households.

Nuclear power remains a sensitive issue in Japan after a devastating earthquake and tsunami in 2011 crippled the Fukushima Daiichi power plant and caused the world’s worst nuclear accident since Chernobyl. But the rise in energy prices due to the Ukrainian crisis seems to be orienting public opinion on the issue.

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“Until we have new sources of energy, such as hydrogen, economic activity will not progress without restarting nuclear reactors,” wrote an official of a paper and pulp company. paper.

Japan idled the bulk of its nuclear reactors – more than 40 – following the Fukushima disaster, leaving it with around 10 operational now.

Overall, 85% of companies were in favor of restarting nuclear reactors if safety requirements were met, according to the poll of 500 large and medium-sized non-financial companies conducted from June 1 to 10 by Nikkei Research for Reuters. Around 240 companies responded.

Their comments showed that economic concerns played a prominent role in the review of nuclear energy.

“Structural electricity shortages are having a significant impact on the economy, making restarting nuclear power essential,” wrote an official at a wholesaler.

The results are compared with those of the April survey, in which almost 60% of companies said the government should act “quickly” to restart reactors. However, the latest survey didn’t ask about the timing of the reboot, so a direct comparison is difficult.

An opinion poll conducted by the Nikkei newspaper in March showed that 53% of voters thought the government should restart the reactors.

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Similarly, the survey showed that 89% of businesses welcomed the government’s decision to allow limited inbound foreign tourism again. Many companies expected the move to help recovery from the pandemic – even though it suggested they didn’t want border limits to be fully relaxed until 2023.

Since June 10, the government has allowed a limited number of foreign tourists to participate in package tours. This is a first phase, after two years of COVID-19 curbs.

Policymakers have faced the difficult task of trying to balance the economic benefits of tourism with the fear that travelers will trigger a resurgence of COVID.

An industry official said local governments were still concerned that foreign tourists could spread the virus, which would make it difficult to fully open up the country. Read more

Around a quarter of businesses said the government should bring the number of foreign visitors back to pre-pandemic levels this year, while 58% said it should wait until 2023 before doing so.

“You cannot rule out the possibility (of a reopening) of triggering a resurgence of infections,” a ceramics company official wrote in the survey on condition of anonymity. “However, vaccines prevent infections from getting worse. Even considering the risk, the merits of incoming demand outweigh the demerits.”

Before the COVID-19 outbreak, tourism was a rare bright spot for Japan, with a record high of around 32 million overseas tourists spending 4.81 trillion yen ($35.80 billion) in 2019. The government aims to attract 60 million tourists a year by 2030.

Japan has imposed some of the toughest border controls in the world during the pandemic, barring entry to almost all non-residents and plummeting tourism demand.

Seven in 10 businesses surveyed expected that as border measures eased, inbound tourism would help boost economic growth “somewhat” this financial year, while 18% saw it would. “significantly” to growth.

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Traveloka joined as a member of the World Sustainable Tourism Council https://directoriobus.com/traveloka-joined-as-a-member-of-the-world-sustainable-tourism-council/ Tue, 14 Jun 2022 08:33:40 +0000 https://directoriobus.com/traveloka-joined-as-a-member-of-the-world-sustainable-tourism-council/ By Traveloka Tuesday, June 14, 2022 4:10 PM MYT Membership underscores Traveloka’s commitment to achieving sustainable tourism SINGAPORE – Media outreach – June 14, 2022 – Voyageoka, the Southeast Asian super lifestyle app, today announced that it has officially joined the Global Sustainable Tourism Council (GSTC) global network as a member. This membership is part […]]]>

By Traveloka

Tuesday, June 14, 2022 4:10 PM MYT

Membership underscores Traveloka’s commitment to achieving sustainable tourism

SINGAPORE – Media outreach – June 14, 2022 – Voyageoka, the Southeast Asian super lifestyle app, today announced that it has officially joined the Global Sustainable Tourism Council (GSTC) global network as a member. This membership is part of Traveloka’s strategic effort to conserve the environment, which underscores the company’s commitment to achieving sustainable tourism, by participating in and contributing to efforts to advance sustainability in various sectors of the global travel and tourism industry.

Traveloka began its humble beginnings as a one-stop-shop travel technology solutions platform catering to the needs of Indonesians, and has since evolved into Southeast Asia’s super lifestyle app, bringing its services to six other markets in the region. This includes transportation booking services such as airfares, buses, trains, car rental and airport transfer, as well as access to a large inventory of accommodations throughout the region, without having to limit to hotels, apartments, guesthouses, homestays, resorts and villas, making Traveloka a global platform with the widest selection of accommodations and packages.

With a strong local following in Southeast Asia, the Traveloka super app has been downloaded over 100 million times and has over 40 million monthly active users as of January 2022. As a technology company with a strong presence in In the tourism sector, Traveloka realizes the importance of educating industry stakeholders, including its partners and users, on the importance of environmental sustainability and social responsibility. One of its most recent initiatives includes aiding the Indonesian government’s plans to sustainably develop domestic tourism by planting 40,000 seedlings along the coastline of Buleleng Regency, North Bali.

As a member of the GSTC, Traveloka plans to support the GSTC’s mission to promote sustainable tourism standards in the Southeast Asian hospitality industry.

“With the reopening of borders and the easing of restrictions, tourism will resume its role as a key economic driver after a two-year hiatus. The traveler of 2022 will be much more refined, more concerned with sustainability, local communities, people and brands that align with their own personal principles; and it is important that businesses prioritize sustainable tourism by committing to preserving nature and using natural resources responsibly,” said Alfan Hendro, Chief Operating Officer at Traveloka. “Traveloka will continue to play a strategic role in supporting the environmental agenda wherever we operate. We believe that our partnership with GSTC will enable us to effectively promote the principles and practices of sustainable tourism in the hospitality industry in South Asia. -East and beyond.”

GSTC welcomes Traveloka

“As Asian travel resumes, businesses and governments are pushing for greater adoption of GSTC criteria by hotels and other types of accommodation,” says King Ariel, General Manager of GSTC. “We invite Traveloka to use the GSTC framework, which can have a positive impact in the region.”

“GSTC is very pleased to welcome Traveloka to our network of businesses and decision makers who are striving to make sustainability an integral part of the tourism industry,” said Randy Durband, GSTC General Manager. “We applaud their plans to find more and better ways to educate travelers about sustainable product options.”

About Traveloka

Traveloka, Southeast Asia’s super lifestyle app, allows users to discover and purchase a wide range of travel products, local services and financial services. Traveloka’s comprehensive product portfolio includes transportation booking services such as airline tickets, buses, trains, car rental, airport transfer, as well as access to the largest accommodation inventory in Southeast Asia, including hotels, apartments, guesthouses, homestays, resorts and villas. , making Traveloka a booking platform with the widest selection of accommodations and packages.

Traveloka is also a key player in the local services category (currently market-specific), offering reservations for a wide range of local attractions, activities, health and beauty clinics, culinary directories as well than food delivery. Traveloka also offers financing, payment and insurance products to help Southeast Asian consumers achieve their lifestyle aspirations. Traveloka provides 24/7 customer service in local languages ​​as well as over 40 different local payment methods. The Traveloka super lifestyle app has been downloaded over 100 million times, making it the most popular travel and lifestyle booking app in the Southeast Asian region.

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About the GSTC

The Global Sustainable Tourism Council® (GSTC®) sets and manages global sustainable standards, known as the GSTC Criteria. There are two sets: for public decision makers and destination managers, and for hotels and tour operators. They are organized into four pillars: (A) Sustainable management; (B) Socio-economic impacts; (C) Cultural impacts; and (D) Environmental impacts (including resource consumption, pollution abatement, and biodiversity and landscape conservation). Since tourist destinations each have their own culture, environment, customs and laws, the criteria are designed to be adapted to local conditions and supplemented with additional criteria for the specific location and activity.

The GSTC Criteria form the basis of the GSTC’s assurance role for certification bodies that certify that hotels/accommodations, tour operators and destinations have sustainable policies and practices in place. GSTC does not directly certify any product or service, but provides accreditation to those who do. The GSTC is an independent, neutral United States registered 501(c)3 nonprofit organization that represents a diversity and including national and provincial governments, major travel agencies, hotels, tour operators, NGOs, individuals and communities – all striving to implement best practices in sustainable tourism.

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Saudi government-owned tourism fund launches $80m program to finance tourism SMEs https://directoriobus.com/saudi-government-owned-tourism-fund-launches-80m-program-to-finance-tourism-smes/ Sun, 12 Jun 2022 16:15:50 +0000 https://directoriobus.com/saudi-government-owned-tourism-fund-launches-80m-program-to-finance-tourism-smes/ DOHA: QatarEnergy on Sunday signed a partnership agreement with TotalEnergies for the North Field East expansion of the world’s largest liquefied natural gas project. Its managing director said other partners would be announced in the coming days. The Gulf State is partnering with international energy companies in the first and largest phase of a nearly […]]]>

DOHA: QatarEnergy on Sunday signed a partnership agreement with TotalEnergies for the North Field East expansion of the world’s largest liquefied natural gas project.

Its managing director said other partners would be announced in the coming days.

The Gulf State is partnering with international energy companies in the first and largest phase of a nearly $30 billion expansion of the North Field project.

Saad Al-Kaabi, who is also Qatar’s minister of state for energy, said the partner selection process was finalized and subsequent signings could be announced as early as next week.

No company will have a higher stake than TotalEnergies, he added. TotalEnergies chief executive Patrick Pouyanne said the company will have 25% of a train – or liquefaction and purification facility – under the project.

North Field’s expansion plan includes six LNG trains that will increase Qatar’s liquefaction capacity from 77 million tonnes per year to 126 mtpa by 2027.

The oil majors have bid for four trains of the North Field East extension, with the other two trains forming part of a second phase, North Field South.

Al-Kaabi said Qatar has a unified approach, where the four trains are seen as one unit. TotalEnergies’ 25% stake in a virtual train gives it about 6.25% of all four trains.

“We had announced that we were no longer investing in any new projects in Russia, so signing this project in Qatar is important for us,” Pouyanne said.

Al-Kaabi said that once the investments are completed, Asian buyers are expected to make up half of the project’s market and European buyers the rest.

Exxon Mobil Corp., Shell, ConocoPhillips and Eni will also participate in the North Field expansion, sources said.

The project will strengthen Qatar’s position as the world’s top LNG exporter and help secure a long-term supply of gas to Europe as the continent seeks alternatives to Russian flows, people familiar with the matter said.

Major oil and gas producers are eager to secure a stake in the project, but Qatar’s strategy has been to raise the bar of what it expects from potential partners.

QatarEnergy waited nearly five years to sign partnership agreements and said it has abundant capital to self-finance the project.

Total, Exxon, Shell, Italy’s Eni and Chevron have offered Qatar Energy opportunities to invest in valuable assets they hold overseas.

The move helped QatarEnergy transform into a significant international player, with stakes in petrochemical facilities and oil blocks around the world, from South Africa to Suriname.

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