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

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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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Tourist Returns Stolen Artefacts From Pompeii Claiming They’re Cursed

A tourist who stole artefacts from the ancient city of Pompeii in 2005 begged for them to be taken back after allegedly suffering 15 years of bad luck. 

The Canadian woman, identified only as Nicole, stole items including two mosaic tiles, parts of an amphora and a piece of ceramics while on a trip to Pompeii’s archaeological park in her early 20s.

In a letter of confession written to a travel agent this year, Nicole admitted she took the artefacts because she wanted a piece of history that ‘nobody could have’.

In the years after her trip to Pompeii, Nicole, who is now 36, revealed she had suffered with breast cancer twice, ‘the last time ending in a double mastectomy’, and that she and her family also struggled with financial problems.

We’re good people and I don’t want to pass this curse on to my family or children.

Nicole asked

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Work opportunities, tourist visas fuel new rise in India-Dubai air travel

Airlines are witnessing a sudden rise in demand for travel from some of the Indian cities to Dubai, triggered by the emirate’s decision to issue tourist visas and increased flow of expat Indians returning for work in the UAE, travel industry officials said on Monday.

This has also led to some of the Indian carriers substantially increasing their flights to UAE for this month under the ‘air bubble’ pact with UAE.

“We are seeing an occupancy level of over 50 percent for flights to UAE from various cities in India. The occupancy level is much higher at 80-85 percent for flights from Kerala to UAE,” a senior Air India Express official told Arabian Business.

This is a substantial increase from the 25-30 percent occupancy level for Air India Express flights from India to the UAE until recently.

“Besides passengers holding residency or work visas in UAE, there is also an

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The Latest: 2 Philippine tourist spots partially reopen


An Indian health worker takes a nasal swab sample of a student to test for coronavirus after classes started at a college in Jhargaon village, outskirts of Gauhati, India, Wednesday, Sept. 30, 2020. India’s Health Ministry on Wednesday raised its confirmed total of coronavirus cases to more than 6.2 million.


MANILA, Philippines — Two of the most popular Philippine tourist destinations, including the Boracay beach, have partially reopened with only a fraction of their usual crowds showing up given continuing coronavirus restrictions.

Tourism Secretary Bernadette Romulo-Puyat said Friday that 35 local tourists, including seven from Manila, came on the first day of the reopening of Boracay, a central island famous for its powdery white sands, azure waters and stunning sunsets. Only local tourists from regions with low-level quarantine designations could go, subject to safeguards, including tests showing a visitor is coronavirus-free.

The mountain city of Baguio, regarded

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Bali Grits Its Teeth as Tourist Hotspot Closes to Foreign Visitors

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As countries like China prepare to allow foreign travelers after months of empty international airport terminals, Indonesia itself was set to join the club next week—with its most enticing destination being the idyllic resort island of Bali.

Airlines and international tour operators were looking to resume trips, but most of all, the estimated 60% to 80% of Bali locals who depend on tourism for a living were counting down the days.

Then the country’s coronavirus numbers spiked.

Bali, about the size of Delaware but with four times the population, has reported roughly 5,710 of Indonesia’s 185,000 total coronavirus cases since March. That may seem relatively small to Americans, but the worrying aspect is the recent uptick—Sept. 3 was the highest one-day tally on record.

The island has been closed to foreigners since April, but it began allowing local Indonesian visitors last month. Soon after, the

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COVID-19: Travel Services Market in India 2020-2024| Rise in International Tourist Footfall to Boost Market Growth | Technavio

LONDON–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Technavio has been monitoring the travel services market in India and it is poised to grow by USD 56 billion during 2020-2024, progressing at a CAGR of about 19% during the forecast period. The report offers an up-to-date analysis regarding the current market scenario, latest trends and drivers, and the overall market environment.

Although the COVID-19 pandemic continues to transform the growth of various industries, the immediate impact of the outbreak is varied. While a few industries will register a drop in demand, numerous others will continue to remain unscathed and show promising growth opportunities. Technavio’s in-depth research has all your needs covered as our research reports include all foreseeable market scenarios, including pre- & post-COVID-19 analysis. We offer $1000 worth of FREE customization

The market is fragmented, and the degree of fragmentation will accelerate during the forecast period. Airbnb Inc., Cleartrip Pvt. Ltd., Cox & Kings

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Online travel agent has provided support for the Bali tourism sector amid the COVID-19 pandemic by supplying nine popular destinations across the island with public handwashing facilities.

On Sept. 23, the Bali provincial administration, through the local chapter of the tourism agency, received’s assistance, comprising 18 portable wash basins that tourists can use to wash their hands. The symbolic ceremony marking the cooperation was conducted at the Tirta Empul temple in Bali.

During the ceremony, area manager for eastern Indonesia Rajasa Hadi Seomarto symbolically handed the portable hand basins to Gianyar Tourism Agency special interest tourism development section head Ni Ketut Catur Suarniathi.

Driven by a commitment to assist Indonesians across Bali, has chosen to work with the tourism agency. The agency helped pick nine tourism spots across several cities and regencies that desperately needed the portable wash basins.

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The nine spots are:

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New Certifications Aim for Excellence among Culinary Tour Operators & Tourist Guides

LONDON, Sept. 22, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — Now is the time for the travel industry to plan and prepare for when tourism resumes. To that end, the World Food Travel Association (WFTA) has expanded its certification programs for tour operators and tourist guides who want to become certified culinary travel professionals. Certification in these areas gives culinary tour operators and tourist guides a competitive advantage by reassuring food-loving travelers that they have made the best choice for their upcoming vacation plans.

When travelers are ready to book trips again, they will be more discerning than ever. Getting ready for the next wave of food-loving travelers is not about wearing masks or offering alcohol gel. It is about delivering the highest level of professionalism to demanding and even anxious travelers. Food lovers will be motivated to book with Culinary-Certified Tourist Guides and Tour Operators because of the highest standards of excellence

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Tom Cruise to Head to Space in October 2021 as a Tourist on SpaceX Crew Dragon

Tom Cruise wearing a suit and tie: Tom Cruise to Head to Space in October 2021 as a Tourist on SpaceX Crew Dragon

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Tom Cruise to Head to Space in October 2021 as a Tourist on SpaceX Crew Dragon

Hollywood actor Tom Cruise known for accomplishing impossible stunts, will now be gearing up for a space tour, according to a report by Deadline. The actor will be accompanied by director Doug Liman for his space tour in October 2021, as per a tweet by Space Shuttle Almanac.

The tweet revealed photos of spacecrafts and countries set to launch in the next three years. At first glance it may seem like an ordinary schedule of space launch events however take a closer look and you will find the name of Cruise along with Liman.

Cruise and Liman’s name appears under the October 2021 part of the chart which reads “SpaceX Crew Dragon,” with the image of a small space vehicle beside it. Below the illustration are a list of three

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