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Reopening Tanzania Tourism Mafia Island Style
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Reopening Tanzania Tourism Mafia Island Style

editor editor- August 10, 2020

A persona around the idea of “new tourism”: Slow, immersive, kind, local, sustainable, climate-friendly. This type of new tourism includes ... Read More

World Lion Day: No reason to celebrate in South Africa
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World Lion Day: No reason to celebrate in South Africa

Juergen T Steinmetz Juergen T Steinmetz- August 9, 2020

World Lion Day (10 August) celebrates one of South Africa’s most iconic species, yet despite dwindling wild lion numbers, they ... Read More

Second disaster struck Mauritius after COVID-19 was defeated
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Second disaster struck Mauritius after COVID-19 was defeated

Juergen T Steinmetz Juergen T Steinmetz- August 9, 2020

A disaster of enormous proportion is unfolding in the Indian Ocean Republic of Mauritius. The country just overcame Coronavirus, and ... Read More

Black boxes from crashed Air India Express jet found
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Black boxes from crashed Air India Express jet found

mm Harry S. Johnson- August 8, 2020

India's Civil Aviation Minister Hardeep Singh Puri announced that government investigators have found the flight data and cockpit voice recorders, ... Read More

WTTC among those commenting on Air India Express crash
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WTTC among those commenting on Air India Express crash

Juergen T Steinmetz Juergen T Steinmetz- August 8, 2020

The World Travel & Tourism Council expresses condolences on the recent tragedy in Kerala, India. “The entire WTTC family expresses ... Read More

15 people killed, 123 injured in Air India Express crash landing
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15 people killed, 123 injured in Air India Express crash landing

mm Harry S. Johnson- August 7, 2020

According to local police sources, at least 15 people were killed and as many as 123 were injured in the ... Read More

Seychelles Tourism Minister invites eTurboNews readers for a virtual Q&A
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Seychelles Tourism Minister invites eTurboNews readers for a virtual Q&A

Juergen T Steinmetz Juergen T Steinmetz- August 7, 2020

The Honorable Minister of Tourism the Seychelles Didier Dogley, the CEO of the Seychelles Tourism Board Sherin Francis and other ... Read More

Nevada has a Road To Recovery from COVID-19
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Nevada has a Road To Recovery from COVID-19

Juergen T Steinmetz Juergen T Steinmetz- August 6, 2020

On Monday Nevada issued its road of recovery. The State of Nevada remains in the response stage to the COVID-19 ... Read More

COVID-19: Pakistan Reopenings Announced
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COVID-19: Pakistan Reopenings Announced

Agha Iqrar Agha Iqrar- August 6, 2020

The National Coordination Committee (NCC) on COVID-19 has announced that Pakistan reopenings - tourist destinations and restaurant/hotels - will be ... Read More

Tanzania Travel Advisory for COVID-19 adjusted
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Tanzania Travel Advisory for COVID-19 adjusted

Juergen T Steinmetz Juergen T Steinmetz- August 6, 2020

Tanzania today announced, that all travelers, whether foreigners or returning residents entering or leaving the country will be subjected to ... Read More

Mainland Spain added to Swiss COVID-19 quarantine list
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Mainland Spain added to Swiss COVID-19 quarantine list

mm Chief Assignment Editor- August 5, 2020

Health officials in Bern announced that all new arrivals to Switzerland from Spain are now subject to a mandatory 10-day ... Read More

Amsterdam and Rotterdam now require face masks in busy city streets
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Amsterdam and Rotterdam now require face masks in busy city streets

mm Harry S. Johnson- August 5, 2020

City officials in Netherlands' two largest cities today announced that face masks are now required in busy city streets, amid ... Read More

Firefighters battling huge public market fire in Ajman, UAE
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Firefighters battling huge public market fire in Ajman, UAE

mm Harry S. Johnson- August 5, 2020

Huge blaze broke out at the public market in the new industrial area of the United Arab Emirates’ city of ... Read More

Strong earthquake strikes Vanuatu
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Strong earthquake strikes Vanuatu

mm Harry S. Johnson- August 5, 2020

Strong Magnitude 6.4 earthquake struck Vanuatu today. Vanuatu is a South Pacific Ocean nation made up of roughly 80 islands ... Read More

Virgin Atlantic Seeks Bankruptcy Protection in US
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Virgin Atlantic Seeks Bankruptcy Protection in US

mm Linda Hohnholz, eTN editor- August 5, 2020

Virgin Atlantic Airway has filed for Chapter 15 bankruptcy protection today in the Southern District of New York. Chapter 15 ... Read More

South Africa Quarantine Facilities Have No Medical Staff
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South Africa Quarantine Facilities Have No Medical Staff

mm Linda Hohnholz, eTN editor- August 5, 2020

It has recently come to light that the Gauteng Department of Health (GDoH) failed to renew its contract with an ... Read More

German Citizen from  Glendora, California abducted by Iran Ministry in Dubai
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German Citizen from Glendora, California abducted by Iran Ministry in Dubai

Juergen T Steinmetz Juergen T Steinmetz- August 4, 2020

When flying on Emirates Airlines from Los Angeles to India, you need to change planes in Dubai, UAE. This may ... Read More

Unfolding terror attack in Lebanon?  Port and Beirut Airport
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Unfolding terror attack in Lebanon? Port and Beirut Airport

Juergen T Steinmetz Juergen T Steinmetz- August 4, 2020

A terror attack may be unfolding in Lebanon.  A massive explosion shook Lebanon's capital Beirut wounding a number of people ... Read More

Jamaica Health Security Gets Boost
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Jamaica Health Security Gets Boost

mm Linda Hohnholz, eTN editor- August 3, 2020

Jamaica Tourism Minister, Hon. Edmund Bartlett, says the donation of a brand-new ambulance by the Tourism Enhancement Fund to the ... Read More

Travel Rage in a Time of a Pandemics
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Travel Rage in a Time of a Pandemics

mm Dr. Peter E. Tarlow- August 3, 2020

During the last decade, tourism officials have noted the evolution of various types of anger among those in the general ... Read More

Melbourne banns all trips outdoor declaring a state of disaster
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Melbourne banns all trips outdoor declaring a state of disaster

Juergen T Steinmetz Juergen T Steinmetz- August 3, 2020

Australia: Victoria reports 429 new coronavirus cases in latest update today Another 13 more people died from the virus infection ... Read More

Travel Bubble flights now in a separate part Auckland Airport in New Zealand
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Travel Bubble flights now in a separate part Auckland Airport in New Zealand

Juergen T Steinmetz Juergen T Steinmetz- August 3, 2020

This is the first in the world. Auckland Airport’s international terminal will be separated into two zones as part of ... Read More

Brazil, a deadly example in the world for tourism and COVID-19
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Brazil, a deadly example in the world for tourism and COVID-19

Juergen T Steinmetz Juergen T Steinmetz- August 2, 2020

Brazil registered record daily numbers of infections and deaths from the new coronavirus Wednesday, sending its overall death toll surging ... Read More

A cure for COVID-19? Why the death rates is low in Germany?
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A cure for COVID-19? Why the death rates is low in Germany?

Juergen T Steinmetz Juergen T Steinmetz- August 1, 2020

No American has to die on COVID-19, a US primary care doctor from Houston, Texas claims. Her treatment plan is ... Read More

Why Tourism is part of the COVID-19 Problem?
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Why Tourism is part of the COVID-19 Problem?

mm Dr. Elinor Garely - special to eTN- August 1, 2020

COVID-19 appeared first on the Chinese radar screen at the end of December 2019 and became part of the global ... Read More

We Must Stop for COVID-19 to Stop
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We Must Stop for COVID-19 to Stop

Srilal Miththapala - eTN Sri Lanka Srilal Miththapala - eTN Sri Lanka- August 1, 2020

I recently came across a cartoon which succinctly captured the essence of the COVID-19 prevention advice. “The virus does not ... Read More

Hurricane Isaias and the islands of The Bahamas
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Hurricane Isaias and the islands of The Bahamas

mm Linda Hohnholz, eTN editor- August 1, 2020

The Bahamas Ministry of Tourism & Aviation continues to track the progress of Hurricane Isaias, a Category 1 hurricane. Hurricane ... Read More

Powerful earthquake rocks Mindanao, Philippines
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Powerful earthquake rocks Mindanao, Philippines

mm Harry S. Johnson- August 1, 2020

Strong, Magnitude 6.4 earthquake struck Mindanao, Philippines today. Preliminary Earthquake Report Magnitude 6.4 Date-Time ·         1 Aug 2020 17:09:02 UTC ... Read More

Government Sets Strict Terms for Boda Bodas in Uganda
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Government Sets Strict Terms for Boda Bodas in Uganda

Tony Ofungi - eTN Uganda Tony Ofungi - eTN Uganda- August 1, 2020

The Government of Uganda issued a set of strict new terms for boda bodas (motorcycles or bicycle taxis) before they ... Read More

The Mafia Island Model for a brand-new approach to tourism explained
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The Mafia Island Model for a brand-new approach to tourism explained

Juergen T Steinmetz Juergen T Steinmetz- July 31, 2020

This type of new tourism includes food, drinks, dancing, swimming, white sandy beaches, diving, bird watching, turtle hatching, a lighthouse, ... Read More

India Domestic Tourism Will Help Boost Economy
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India Domestic Tourism Will Help Boost Economy

mm Linda Hohnholz, eTN editor- July 31, 2020

Mr. Prahlad Singh Patel, Minister of State for Tourism and Culture (IC), Government of India, said that the pandemic has ... Read More

Florida issues state of emergency for Atlantic coast counties
Travel Safety & Emergencies

Florida issues state of emergency for Atlantic coast counties

mm Harry S. Johnson- July 31, 2020

As Hurricane Isaias develops, Florida Governor Ron DeSantis has issued a state of emergency for the Sunshine State's east cost ... Read More

Milan is bouncing back from COVID-19
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Milan is bouncing back from COVID-19

Elisabeth Lang - special to eTN Elisabeth Lang - special to eTN- July 31, 2020

The best time to see Milan is in the summer. The roads are clear, the autostrada leading from the Swiss ... Read More

Presentation, Transcript of the Brand USA Board Meeting setting a trend for reset and go
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Presentation, Transcript of the Brand USA Board Meeting setting a trend for reset and go

Juergen T Steinmetz Juergen T Steinmetz- July 30, 2020

The Brand USA Board of Directors under the leadership of President & CEO Chris Thompson met yesterday to discuss how ... Read More

Reopening Travel: Brazil just did it ignoring COVID-19
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Reopening Travel: Brazil just did it ignoring COVID-19

Juergen T Steinmetz Juergen T Steinmetz- July 30, 2020

Brazil may be sensational in many ways. Brave visitors with a no-fear attitude are now able to fly to Brazil ... Read More

Sweden lifts travel restrictions on 4 European countries
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Sweden lifts travel restrictions on 4 European countries

mm Harry S. Johnson- July 29, 2020

Swedish officials announced that the government of Sweden will cancel travel advice to its citizens against travelling to 4 European ... Read More

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