#UN; #Covid19; #Tourism; #SustainableTourism; #UNTWO
UN, Aug 30 (Canadian-Media): The Policy Brief “COVID-19 and Transforming Tourism”, was launched this week by the United Nations Secretary-General, Zurab Pololikashvili, UNTWO reports said.
Tranforming tourism in response to Covid19. Image credit: UNEP
This landmark report makes clear what is at stake – the threat of losing tens of millions of direct tourism jobs, the loss of opportunities for those vulnerable populations and communities who stand to benefit most from tourism, and the real risk of losing vital resources for safeguarding natural and cultural heritage across the world.
Tourism needs to thrive, and this means that travel restrictions must be eased or lifted in a timely and responsible manner. It also means that policy decisions need to be coordinated across borders to face up to a challenge which does not care about borders! “COVID-19 and Transforming Tourism” is a further element in the roadmap for the sector to regain its unique status as a source of hope and opportunity for all.
Sustainable tourism. Image credit: Pinterest.ca
This is true for both developing and developed nations, and all governments and international organizations have a stake in supporting tourism.
But we can only call on governments to back up strong words with equally strong actions if we move first and take the lead. As destinations open up again, we are resuming in-person visits, to show support, to learn, and to build confidence in international travel.
On the back of our successful visits to destinations in Europe, UNWTO delegations are now seeing first-hand how the Middle East is ready to restart tourism safely and responsibly.
In Egypt President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi and his government made clear how strong, targeted support, has saved jobs and allowed tourism to weather this unprecedented storm. Now iconic sites such as the Pyramids are ready to welcome back tourists, with the safety of both tourism workers and tourists themselves a priority. Similarly, the government of Saudi Arabia has warmly welcomed UNWTO and expressed a firm commitment to continue building the Kingdom’s tourism sector, first for domestic visitors and then international visitors.
The pandemic is far from over. As cases across the world make clear, we must be ready to act fast to save lives. But it also now also clear that we can also take decisive action to protect jobs and safeguard the many benefits tourism delivers, both for people and planet.
#AB; #WestJet; #SafetyUpdates; #MandatoryMasks
Calgary (AB), Aug 28 (Canadian-Media): Multiple safety updates were announced Aug 28 by the WestJet Group, which includes WestJet, WestJet Encore, WestJet Link and Swoop, including the potential for denied travel and a one-year WestJet Group travel ban for those who fail to comply with the airlines' mask regulation.
WestJet: Image credit: Official site
Effective Sept. 1, 2020, Westjet will implement an escalating response to those resisting mask use.
WestJet has till date encountered about 30 issues with passengers refusing to wear a face covering.
Everyone over the age of two is required by Transport Canada to wear a mask on board all flights with the exception of those with an official doctor's note are exempt from mandatory masking.
"Canadian travellers and all of our WestJet Group employees are counting on us to keep them safe and it is our utmost priority to do so," said Ed Sims, The WestJet Group President and CEO in a news release. "Masks are mandated by our regulator and the vast majority of our guests are happy to keep themselves and each other safe by complying. This enhanced policy provides clarity on how we will enforce the regulation for those who don't. Travellers must understand if they choose to not wear a mask, they are choosing not to fly our airlines."
The WestJet Group also announced that effective Sept 1, the input of contact information of check-in of all guests is mandatory at online and kiosk to facilitate Public Health Agency of Canada and the provincial public health agencies across Canada with contact tracing in the case of infected individuals on board.
"We continue to work collaboratively with our health partners to adapt our procedures," added Sims in a news release. "A coordinated approach is essential, and we are advocating for contact tracing enhancements along with the introduction of testing."
#Quebec; #Tourism; #liftingBansOnFestivals; #ComplianceWithHealthAuthorities
Quebec, Aug. 5 (Canadian-Media): Quebec's Minister of Tourism, Caroline Proulx announced Aug 5 lifting of the cancellation of festivals and events for all regions of Quebec following Quebec government's proclamation to allow a maximum of 250 people for outdoor gatherings, media reports said.
Caroline Proulx. Image credit: Twitter Handle
Organizers of the festivals and events will be able to resume their activities as of Aug 5 subject to their compliance with the directives of the public health authorities of allowing 250 as maximum number of people on the outdoor site and maintenance of a distance of 2 meters between participants who do not reside at the same address.
Festival and event organizers will also be able to hold indoor events for up to 250 people, as authorized by public health since August 3, and will have to comply with sanitary measures and other guidelines related to these activities.
This announcement marks an important first step for the relaunch of the tourism sector in Quebec as well as the economy of all its regions.
“This is great news for festival and event organizers as well as for workers, artists and all businesses related to this sector. Since the start of this crisis, our promoters have shown remarkable resilience and creativity. Today, we support them in restarting their activities, while ensuring everyone's safety by means of clear guidelines. Festival and event planners are professionals in managing gatherings, and I have no doubts that this takeover will be done responsibly," said Proulx in a news release.