Greek Travel Agents, Tourist Guides Angered Over Covid-19 Risk Map

Photo Source: FEG Tourist Guides

Greek travel agents and tourist guides are up in arms over a recently announced Covid-19 risk-assessment map which categorizes into four levels the country’s regional units based on degree of risk as indicated by a color-coded system.

The Federation of Hellenic Associations of Tourist & Travel Agencies (fedHATTA) and Efi Kalampoukidou, an accredited tourist guide in Greece and president of the European Federation of Tourist Guide Associations (FEG), are demanding that the government clarify which restrictions apply, arguing that the measures are unreasonable and unfair.

According to Kalampoukidou, under the current measures, no group tours are allowed in Level 3 areas, which include all of Athens. She adds that authorities have failed to clarify number of participants in groups, locations, monuments, and open-air tourist attractions as well as whether smaller private group tours are allowed.

At the same time, FedHATTA also reacted to the

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Visit Oregon Releases New Guide for Relocating to Oregon

PORTLAND, Ore., Oct. 13, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — Visit Oregon is one of the top travel and destination websites for those looking to explore and even relocate to Oregon. The site has developed a unique approach that gives Oregon visitors everything they need to plan their vacation and even buy their next home. And now, Visit Oregon has also launched a highly comprehensive free guide book to help potential real estate buyers/renters with relocating to Oregon. Find it here: https://www.visitoregon.com/relocate-to-oregon/.

Michael Rose from Visit Oregon made an official press statement: “Here at VisitOregon.com, we have leveraged a highly integrative web technology to create a virtual platform that helps travelers from around the world discover the diverse beauty that Oregon has to offer. Our website has become a one-stop-shop for all things Oregon including the best travel and vacation information, photography locations, overnight lodging, real estate and, now, the

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MICHELIN Guide Presents ‘Virtual Family Meal’ to Honor California Restaurants’ Creativity, Strength, Resilience

GREENVILLE, S.C., Oct. 13, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — The MICHELIN Guide paused the announcement of Stars, Bib Gourmands and Plates from the 2020 California selection. This decision was determined after speaking with chefs and listening to feedback from restaurants severely impacted by COVID-19 and tragic wildfires across the state.

“We know the restaurant industry still faces enormous challenges in getting back on its feet,” said Gwendal Poullennec, international director of the MICHELIN Guides. “We are confident this will occur, as soon as health and safety protocols allow. Diners won’t lose their desire for great food; in fact, the importance of a shared meal has never been so present in our minds as it is at this time.”

The MICHELIN Guide will host an online gathering of support for California restaurants through a Virtual Family Meal on Oct. 27, 2020, at 4 p.m. PT. “Family meal” is a cherished tradition around the

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EU agrees on common coronavirus travel rules | News | DW

European Union ministers in Luxembourg on Tuesday reached an agreement on common criteria to coordinate coronavirus travel rules to provide clarity and predictability on measures that restrict movement due to the pandemic. 

The agreement requires EU countries to provide “clear and timely information about what they must do, and which restrictions are in force,” including any accompanying requirements such as COVID-19 negative tests or passenger locator forms.

EU countries should publish the necessary information as early as possible, at least 24 hours before new measures come into effect. The agreement acknowledges that some flexibility is required for  emergencies.

“We welcome this agreement to bring more order to a currently confusing situation,” the European Commission said in a statement.

The agreement is non-binding — individual EU countries are free to determine their own measures but are advised to be consistent.

Countries also agreed on the mutual recognition of coronavirus tests.

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EU seeks to bring order to confusing COVID-era travel

By Philip Blenkinsop

BRUSSELS (Reuters) – The European Union adopted on Tuesday a “traffic light” system to guide member states whether to require COVID-19 testing or quarantines for non-essential EU travellers such as tourists.

A meeting of European affairs ministers approved the recommendation, which aims to end a confusing patchwork of restrictions and to restore free movement – a cherished principle in the 27-member bloc – when conditions allow.

With cases spiking across Europe, only a few areas would currently qualify for the lowest-risk “green” band allowing unrestricted travel. They include most of eastern Germany, parts of the Nordic and Baltic countries, some areas of Bulgaria and Greece, and one zone in Italy.

EU nations will be encouraged to apply “proportionate” measures for medium-risk orange and high-risk red zones, which could include a quarantine or a test but not a blanket bar on entry.

The 27 nations are to supply

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Your guide to travel in London this Christmas

CHRISTMAS time traditionally means mistletoe and wine but also disruptions to public transport services.

Take a look at how to get around London with our festive travel guide.

Christmas Eve

  • A Saturday service will operate on the Tube and London Buses network with some exceptions.
  • The Docklands Light Railway (DLR) will start at 5.30am but the last trains will be at Sunday timetable times at 11.30pm.
  • A weekday service will operate on the overground trains with last trains leaving at around 9pm.
  • On Tramlink there will be a Saturday service and there will also be a limited number of riverboat and Dial-a-Ride services.
  • A reduced UK service will be running from Victoria Coach Station with the last international departures leaving mid-morning.

Christmas Day

  • No services on the Tube, buses, DLR, trains and Tramlink and no services from Victoria Coach Station.
  • The Christmas Day Lunch Cruise service is the only riverboat
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Planning a Trip: Travel Advice During The Pandemic

The coronavirus outbreak threatened the world and public health drastically over the past several months. Lockdowns and other restrictions are necessary measures to save lives, but they have changed our lifestyles and limited our opportunities to move freely significantly.

Since COVID-19 first appeared, late December last year, about 35,500,000 people have been infected and more than 1.000,000 have died worldwide. The numbers are frightening, and they continue to rise, therefore the countries all over the world have established travel advisories and rules to help us stay safe. If you do wish to travel or if you cannot avoid it due to family obligations or work, here is everything you need to know before you depart. 

Things to consider before you leave 

First things first, you should ask yourself whether you are at increased risk for severe illness from COVID-19 or if you live with someone who might be. It is

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Planning a Trip: Travel Advice During The Pandemic – Press Release

The coronavirus outbreak threatened the world and public health drastically over the past several months. Lockdowns and other restrictions are necessary measures to save lives, but they have changed our lifestyles and limited our opportunities to move freely significantly.

Since COVID-19 first appeared, late December last year, about 35,500,000 people have been infected and more than 1.000,000 have died worldwide. The numbers are frightening, and they continue to rise, therefore the countries all over the world have established travel advisories and rules to help us stay safe. If you do wish to travel or if you cannot avoid it due to family obligations or work, here is everything you need to know before you depart. 

Things to consider before you leave 

First things first, you should ask yourself whether you are at increased risk for severe illness from COVID-19 or if you live with someone who might be. It is

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International Trick-Or-Treating? UNICEF Offers Virtual, Travel-In-Place Fun For Kids

“Halloween is not cancelled. It’s just going to look a little different this year,” declares UNICEF. That’s sure to provide relief to many kids who have already been through a world of changes this year. Now many children may fear they’ll miss out on the pure joy of dressing up in a carefully chosen costume for trick-or-treat fun, but UNICEF has some alternative suggestions to save October’s cherished holiday.  

Trick-or-treating for UNICEF has been a time-honored tradition for many altruistic children since the Halloween season of 1950. Since then, over $180 million has been raised for UNICEF, which is also known as the United Nations Children’s Fund, through a program they call Kids Helping Kids.

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Life Upended: Owner of tour guide business left with no income

Life Upended. The coronavirus outbreak has had a devastating impact on our nation, and it has touched Staten Islanders in countless ways. In this series, reporter Tracey Porpora will share the stories of those who have been thrust into situations that were unimaginable just a few months ago — those who have seen their life completely upended. This is the nineteenth story of “Life Upended.

STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. — Heather Pastore, 45, owner of the Castleton Corners-based Manhattan Greeterz Walking Tours, found success offering unique excursions of Manhattan skyscrapers and monuments over the last five years.

Two of her most requested tours were of Manhattan’s Grand Central Terminal, where she would reveal the transportation hub’s nine “secrets,” and a “9/11 downtown tour.”

In addition to her tourism company, Pastore, a Castleton Corners resident, had a successful private tutoring business for 25 years where she would give students private

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