Health protocols to be priority in tourism recovery strategy: Officials

first_imgTopics : As part of the recovery program, the Tourism and Creative Economy Ministry will launch online marketing campaigns and improve hygiene and safety standards in major tourist destinations to attract foreign tourists. “As part of the rebound strategy, we will deliver a message to the market that the safety and hygiene of our tourist destinations are in accordance with international standards. By doing so, we can spur confidence and maintain our credibility among potential visitors,” said the ministry’s deputy head of resources and institutional affairs, Frans Teguh.In addition, Frans said the ministry also provided online training for tourism workers who wished to improve their skills and prepare themselves for shifts in consumer behavior.Local administrations are also preparing various strategies, with health, safety and hygiene protocols a priority.Bali’s deputy governor Tjokorda Oka Arta Ardhana said the province planned to establish “tourism clusters”, which would be exclusive tourist zones in which high-level health protocols would be implemented, so that tourists could be welcomed back without the risk of spreading COVID-19 to locals.“We don’t want to have a second wave of infections when we reopen. Therefore, we are currently discussing setting up tourism clusters around the island,” he said.Meanwhile, Belitung’s deputy regent Isyak Meirobie proposed offering tourism packages that would include a polymerase chain reaction (PCR) test for visitors who visited the island.“The tourists would have to take a swab test on their arrival to the island, which would be part of the tour package. If they’re found negative, they could roam freely on the island,” he said.A recent survey by the Pacific Asia Travel Association (PATA) confirmed the predicted change in traveler preferences, with health and safety becoming a major concern for future trips.The survey was conducted among 1,200 Chinese tourists, who made up the largest group of foreign visitors to the country before the pandemic.“The tourists surveyed hope that travel agencies and destinations take the necessary measures to ensure the health and safety of tourists during their travels,” the study read. The government is preparing a tourism recovery strategy after the sector was severely impacted by the emergency measures put in place to curb the spread of COVID-19 in the country.The Office of the Coordinating Maritime Affairs and Investment Minister’s undersecretary, Ridwan Djamaluddin, said the government would soon establish a team to coordinate efforts to revive tourism alongside private companies and stakeholders. “We are currently formulating a strategy and raising funds to revive tourism. The ministry has proposed establishing a joint team to coordinate our efforts, as the government and private sector cannot work separately” he said during an online discussion held by Tourism Aware Citizens (Masata) on May 14.center_img Tourism came to a virtual halt when the COVID-19 outbreak hit Indonesia in March. The situation worsened in the following months after the government imposed a partial lockdown to halt the spread of the SARS-CoV-2 virus, which causes COVID-19.According to the latest data issued by Statistic Indonesia (BPS), foreign tourist arrivals fell 64.1 percent year-on-year (yoy) in March to 470,898 visitors, a level unseen since February 2009.President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo, however, believes tourism will rebound in 2021 with the government to prioritize it in its economic agenda, according to the Presidential Chief of Staff Moeldoko.“The President projected that there would be a tourism boom next year and the industry should be ready for it,” he said during the discussion.last_img read more

The Final Word: Beat writers discuss win and the 5-year anniversary of Tyler Ennis’ game-winner

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ Syracuse (16-6, 7-2 Atlantic Coast) topped Pittsburgh (12-10, 2-7) in a 65-56 win on Saturday night inside Petersen Events Center. SU has now won back-to-back games on the road. Listen to our beat writers recap the win, Tyus Battle’s five-point performance and the five-year anniversary of a historic Orange moment. More Coverage:Syracuse avoids scare despite 11 points from Battle and HughesSyracuse escapes, Tyus Battle struggles and more takeaways from Syracuse’s 65-56 win at PittsburghTyus Battle’s 5-point showing just a blip in 65-56 win at Pittsburgh Published on February 2, 2019 at 10:07 pm Comments AdvertisementThis is placeholder textlast_img

Team Queso enters two-year partnership with Razer

first_imgTeam Queso has entered into a two-year partnership with Razer which will see its players equipped with the Razer Phone, as well as peripherals and accessories.Team Queso is a Spanish organisation that competes exclusively in mobile esports titles.The Razer Phone was designed and manufactured with competitive gaming in mind, built with a high-spec processor and 8GB RAM for high performance. Team Queso currently competes in Clash Royale, Vainglory, Arena of Valor, and Hearthstone. Founded in 2017, the organisation already counted Gamerswalk, SuperEvil Megacorp, and Brillante as sponsors.Alvaro G. Buitrago, CEO, Team Queso said the following on his organisation’s latest sponsor: “We’re very excited to partner with Razer for the next two years as official gear supplier for Team Queso. Our organization was born in 2017 as the first mobile-focused esports team, and a few months later the Razer Phone was launched as the first smartphone designed for and by gamers. I couldn’t imagine a better match to foster mobile esports in the upcoming years.”Min-Liang Tan, Co-founder and CEO, Razer also discussed the partnership in a statement: “This partnership with Team Queso marks a new milestone in Razer’s rich history as pioneer of esports. Competitive mobile esports is what the Razer Phone was designed for and I look forward to seeing Team Queso’s players dominating the tournament circuit.”The announcement states Razer will also provide mice, keyboards, headphones, and mousepads for Team Quosa’s players.Esports Insider says: Razer is a big name in the world of esports, so it’s impressive that Team Queso has already acquired the company’s assistance for the next two years – especially when you consider they’ve only been competing for a year.last_img read more

11 days added to early voting period for Iowa’s June 2nd primary

first_imgDES MOINES — Iowa’s secretary of state is encouraging Iowans to vote-by-mail in the June 2nd Primary and Paul Pate has extending the absentee voting period to a total of 40 days.Pate released a recorded message late Monday afternoon. “The safety of voters takes precedence and by encouraging Iowans to vote absentee, we can reduce the risk of community spread of COVID-19,” Pate said. “We still plan on having our polls open on June 2nd for voters who prefer to cast ballots in person, but this effort will help reduce the risk of infecting others.”The vote-by-mail period for the June 2nd primary will now begin on April 23rd. During primary elections earlier this month in Arizona, Florida and Illinois, election officials announced public health precautions like disinfecting voting booths and machines regularly, plus poll workers were given gloves, cleaning supplies and hand sanitizer. But there were reports of poll workers failing to show up, causing lines and — in some cases — polling sites had to be moved or consolidated.Under current state law, the early voting period for primaries and the General Election is 29 days. Pate used his authority in a disaster to extend the absentee ballot period by 11 days.last_img read more