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

PHOTO: Delaware River Dredging Continues to Progress

first_imgImage source: USACEThe Delaware River deepening project, undertaken to allow more efficient transportation of containerized, dry bulk and liquid bulk (crude oil and petroleum products) cargo to and from the Delaware River ports, continues to progress. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Philadelphia District, has just released this beautiful photo of Great Lakes Dredge and Dock Company’s drill barge Apache, one of the vessels working to make the river and its ports more accessible to deeper draft ships.She is currently conducting rock blasting operations, as part of the Delaware River Main Channel Deepening project.This work involves controlled underwater blasting and removal of rock outcrops in the federal channel of the waterway.last_img

Judge hopes neighbours can ‘live happily ever after’ after shooting incident

first_imgA Circuit Court Judge has applied the probation act in the case of a 48-year-old Donegal man charged with assault and discharging a firearm, saying he hopes the two neighbours will be able to ‘live happily ever after’.Patrick J Friel (48) of Ballynakillew, Churchill, was charged with the offences against farmer Gerard Sweeney on January 3, 2015. The two men became embroiled in a row over a right of way and the pair came to an agreement at Buncrana Circuit Court over the right of way.Friel was given the benefit of the probation act by Judge John O’Hagan on the charges of assault and the discharge of a firearm.The DPP had recommended that Friel be trialled by jury.Judge O’Hagan said he was applying the probation act ‘in the hope that it diffuses the situation’. The Judge ordered that three firearms belonging to Friel be seized and disposed of.Judge O’Hagan said: “As they say in Alice In Wonderland, hopefully they will all live happily ever after.“In light of what has happened, the poison is out of the chalice. In my view, this is the fairest way to discharge the matter.“It was a very unfortunate affair, brought about in the heat of the moment. A pellet went into Mr Sweeney’s eye and he has had difficulty with that.”Friel faced a possible five years imprisonment for the two charges.The first was a Section 3 assault under the Non Fatal Offenses Against The Persons Act.The second was that he did discharge a firearm being reckless as to whether any person was injured or not contrary to Sec 8 of the Firearms Offenses Weapons Act 1990.Judge O’Hagan said: “Mr Sweeney brought a digger into the land and was preparing what he considered a right of way to which he thought he was entitled.“He was seen by Mr Friel and Mr Friel saw red. He thought: ‘This is my land. He has no right to do that’. There had been a disagreement before and this led to the final straw. Mr Friel took the law into his own hands. He had a shotgun and discharged a cartridge past the digger and Mr Sweeney was injured.”Judge hopes neighbours can ‘live happily ever after’ after shooting incident was last modified: July 15th, 2017 by Staff WriterShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:Buncrana Circuit CourtChurchillGerard SweeneyJUdge John O’HaganPatrick J Friellast_img read more