COVID-19: Greece reopens cafes, restaurants as summer season nears

  Greece allowed cafes and restaurants to reopen on Monday as part of a gradual lifting of its coronavirus restrictions to reboot its tourism-dependent economy and help draw in foreign visitors ahead of the summer season. The country, which has emerged from a decade-long financial crisis in the last couple of years, is relying on tourism to help it recover from a nationwide lockdown that brought its economy to a near standstill, reports Reuters. With tables set far apart and waitresses wearing masks, restaurants served the many Greeks keen to…

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I’m losing over N10m revenue monthly, says CEO of Green Bliss Apartments

Esther Raphael is the chief executive officer of Green Bliss Apartments, Lagos, she spoke with ANDREW IRO OKUNGBOWA on the state of her hospitality business as a result of the impact of COVID -19     What is the state of your hotel operations presently; are you operating full capacity, scaled down or closed? The travel and hospitality business is the worse by COVID – 19. Therefore, we’ve shutdown operations a week before the Federal Government declared a lockdown, that decision was taken with a view that the index case…

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Taking stock of your wellbeing

Unnerving is the appropriate description of a scenario where someone talks about his or her personal mental challenges. However, this ongoing uncertainty occasion by COVID – 19 pandemic has generated more concerns for mental health than ever before, and this has spurred more discussions around the issue, thereby creating awareness devoid of stigmatisation. Prince Harry’s openness on the topic has also helped thwart profiling issues hence making it now more acceptable to see wellness as a state of total wellbeing where the body, mind and soul are balanced as against…

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COVID-19: NCAC commences webinar dialogue on strategies for creative industry rebound

As the Nigerian economy reels under the impact of COVID-19, the National Council for Arts and Culture (NCAC), led by its Director General, Otunba Segun Runsewe, has commenced a series of virtual dialogues, with different organisations and operators in the creative industry, including travel and hospitality, to work out a roadmap for the rebound of the industry. Speaking during the first session coordinated from its Abuja headquarters, Runsewe, highlighted the importance of seeking alternative means of exploiting the vast and diverse potentials of the industry by the operators given the…

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Tanzania set to welcome tourists

If all go well, Tanzania may just be the first country in the world to bid welcome to tourists to with smiles and open arms amidst the COVID – 19 pandemic. A report by Eturbonews.com quotes the country’s President, John Magufuli, and authorities of Tanzania Tourism Ministry in separate messages expressing this optimism. President Magufuli stated that: ‘‘I have directed the Ministry of Tourism to attract airline companies to fly their tourist and passenger scheduled planes to Tanzania with immediate effect.’’ This, he said is without any restriction or condition…

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IAAPA, others commend Park Vega Water Park facilities

The soon to be opened Park Vega Water Park, Agbor, Delta State, has not only become Mecca of some sorts since the project was completed but has continued to attract commendations from reputable organisations and visits from high profile organsiations and personalities, the latest being from the Coordinator, Membership, International Association of Amusement Parks and Attractions (IAAPA), Ignace Woinin. Woinin, in its letter of commendation, lauded the water park, which is seen as one of the best and most innovative water parks in Africa, for its landmark facilities and services…

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UNWTO unveils COVID-19 technical assistance package for tourism recovery

The World Tourism Organisation (UNWTO) has made public a Tourism Recovery Technical Assistance Package to offer guidance to member States in response to COVID-19. The package is structured around three main pillars: Economic recovery, marketing and promotion and institutional strengthening and resilience building. The global tourism body has identified three possible scenarios for the months ahead. Depending on when restrictions on travel are lifted, international tourist arrivals could decline by 60-80% in 2020. This could translate into a decline in export revenues from tourism of between $910 billion to $1.2…

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Amachree unfolds women’s section in Museum of African History and Culture

Chief Mike Amachree has unveils plan to dedication a section of his private museum, African History and Culture, in Port Harcourt, Rivers State, to materials on Nigerian women who have made significant contributions to the development of the country over the years. According to Amachree, who is also Nigeria’s Father of Tourism and owner of Port Harcourt Tourist Beach, the new project, which will formally open to the public post COVID – 19, is geared at not only immortalising these women but also make sure their contributions to Nigerian society…

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WTTC lauds EU’s plan to restart travel and tourism

The World Travel and Tourism Council (WTTC)  has welcomed the European Union (EU) initiative of a new and major level to restart travel and tourism, with the hope of helping to kick summer holidays across Europe in 2020 and then beyond. The European Commission’s Tourism and Transport Package has been designed to ensure a coordinated approach at a European level, to ease restrictive measures and restore mobility. The move by the European Commission is hoped to herald a phased restart of travel across Europe this summer, while ensuring the safety…

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POST COVID-19: How corporate travel programmes will change forever

While we all wait to get ‘back to normal,’African Business Travel Association’s (ABTA) webinar held recently posed an important question to its travel buyer panel members about how they expect their corporate travel programmes to be forever changed post Covid-19. Coupled with a recent ABTA Buyers survey, our panel consisting of Adaeze Okonkwo, Head: Travel and Protocol for Access Bank PLC Nigeria, Corrie Fourie, Executive PA and Travel Manager at Fresenius Kabi, South Africa, Phale Naake, Director: Strategic Procurement: Government Travel Services for National Treasury and Wendy Acker, Travel Coordinator…

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