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Bali’s guides left without tourists to guide

DENPASAR – The plight of hotel workers and tour guides in Bali is worsening as total flight bans across Indonesia impact both domestic and international tourism.

In the first 20 days of April less than 600  foreigners were processed through Ngurah Rai Denpasar airport. These mainly comprised ship and airline crews, diplomats and permanent residents.

Tour guides have been especially badly hit with an estimated 5,000 of them now out of work and without income.

Speaking to Kompas.com, the chairman of the Bali […]

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Time to fly? Yes, say these airlines

HONG KONG – Whether we are chomping at the bit to get back on a plane, or cautiously letting other travellers be early adopters, it is a good sign for Asia that airlines are gradually planning to get back  into the sky.

China was first out of the blocks to open domestic flights, and according to a survey 53% of first-tier city dwellers are planning international travel.

August, October and December are the most popular months so far and 71% of travellers […]

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Elephants starve as tourism comes to a standstill

The World Elephant Foundation (WEF) has launched the Save the Asian Elephant campaign to raise funds and awareness of the mammals’ plight amid lockdowns, as elephants in shelters and parks throughout Thailand, Myanmar, Cambodia and Laos face starvation as tourism dries up.

The crux of the matter lies in the fact that the elephant shelters and parks rely on tourism for revenue. WEF intends to set up a registry for rescue organisations and sanctuaries to indicate their numbers and needs. This […]

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Strong marketing, regional targets will lift Maldives post-pandemic

WIthout a domestic travel market to rely on for the post-pandemic tourism rebound, Maldives will need to sharpen its destination marketing efforts in accessible regional markets, opined industry leaders during a webinar organised by PATA and the Maldives Marketing & PR Corporation (MMPRC) on Monday.

Speakers at the COVID-19 Crisis and Maldives Tourism webinar were Thoyyib Mohamed, managing director, MMPRC; Mario Hardy, CEO, PATA; and Sarah Mathews, group head of destination marketing APAC, TripAdvisor.

The Maldives has shifted her marketing campaigns to […]

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Thailand extends emergency decree, may adopt coding system for businesses

Although there had been talks of lifting the state of emergency at the end of this month, Thailand’s Centre for Covid-19 Situation Administration (CCSA) on April 27 announced it will extend its emergency decree until the end of May.

Amid low numbers of new coronavirus cases, CCSA considered the measures effective in flattening the curve.

A proposed colour-coded venue-categorising system will indicate when businesses and public areas could reopen

Therefore, under the executive order, the six-hour curfew from 22.00 to 04.00, prohibition of […]

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Global hotel profit rocked by COVID-19

As expected, March was a brutal month for the global hospitality industry as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, according to HotStats data, with the U.S., Europe, Asia and Middle East all recording year-over-year profit drops of 100 percent or more.

In the United States, gross operating profit per available room was down 110.6 percent year over year to $-12.71. The triple-digit drop was by far the largest percentage decline ever recorded by HotStats since it started charting U.S. data. The […]

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