Young leaders of the Caribbean tourism sector are throwing their support behind calls to heed the advice of public health officials to stay at home so that the region’s leading economic sector can rebound quickly once the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic subsides.
The recently established COVID-19 Caribbean Tourism Task Force is enlisting young hospitality professionals to encourage protective practices by Caribbean nationals, especially younger ones, many of whom have been slow to respond to the urgency of the outbreak. The messaging from young professionals in Barbados, Jamaica, St. Lucia and Turks and Caicos implore fellow youth to take more
A new survey has revealed the devastating impact of the Covid-19 pandemic on the African safari industry.
Almost all tour operators are experiencing a decline of 75 per cent or more in bookings, according to SafariBookings.com.
The website conducted a survey of 443 safari tour operators to ascertain the impact that the coronavirus is having on the sector.
The figure is a significant increase compared to a first survey that was conducted in the beginning of March.
As one operator explained: “Things are very bad at the moment as the whole world is on lock-down and people are scared to
In a statement on Wednesday, Marriott International president and CEO Arne M. Sorenson provided update on the company’s room cancellation policy and Marriott Bonvoy status and points expiration dates.
For guests with existing reservations for any future arrival date, including reservations with pre-paid rates that are typically more restrictive, Marriott will allow full changes or cancellation without a charge up to 24 hours prior to arrival, as long as the change or cancellation is made by June 30, 2020. Note that any changes to existing reservations will be subject to availability and any rate differences.
For guests making new reservations
Threatened jobs, reduction in the number of air flights, museum collections freely accessible online… The health crisis linked to COVID-19 is already having very tangible consequences on the tourism industry. Is this the end of overtourism though?
Recent photographs show a few places around the world that are usually crowded, but where no one ventures since COVID-19 compelled 3 billion people to stay at home.
“These photos are haunting and disturbing, like frozen images from films about disasters or the apocalypse,” the American daily writes. “But in some ways, they are optimistic. They remind us that beauty requires human