The latest Long-Haul Travel Barometer (LHTB) indicates a positive shift in people’s attitudes to overseas travel in September-December 2020. Still, it will take a long time before confidence for travel gets back to pre-COVID-19 levels. Results of the survey show slow recovery in the travel intention of Chinese, Brazilian and Russian respondents, while Japanese and U.S. respondents are the most pessimistic about taking trips abroad. Data for Wave 18 is collected in August 2020.”
Evolving pieces of evidence show that services are hardest hit by the COVID-19 pandemic, both globally and in Egypt. Employing Google search data, we examine the implications of COVID-19 on demand for various services in Egypt. • We find that demand for those services that require face-to-face interaction, including hotels and restaurants, air travel and tourism services, significantly dipped after Egypt detected the first COVID-19 case and more so after the Egyptian government introduced major restrictions and curfews. For instance, in the first two months of the outbreak of the pandemic, February and March, demand for hotel and restaurant services contracted by about 70 percent. • In contrast, demand for services that substitute or reduce personal interactions, such as information and communications technologies (ICT) and delivery services, have enjoyed a significant boost. Demand for ICT services tripled, while demand for delivery services doubled in the four months since the outbreak of the pandemic. • Intuitively, these results suggest that individuals and enterprises operating in these sectors are expected to experience heterogenous impacts and damages associated with the pandemic. Our results, along with other evolving evidence, reinforce that those services and sectors negatively affected by the outbreak and spread of COVID-19 deserve attention. • Finally, our analysis highlights the potential of near real-time “big data” to substitute and complement conventional data sources to estimate economic impacts and, hence, inform immediate and medium-term policy responses.
Richard, a young man from Europe, and Kop, a young woman from Thailand, meet on a fateful encounter in Phuket, Thailand, while they are both on vacation. Neither of them was looking for love, but what they found was a deep and intimate connection at first sight! It is 2019, and the world is the most technologically advanced that it has ever been. Travel is at an all-time high, and even the furthest corners of the earth are connected to the rest of the world. While enjoying the incredible paradise on earth that is Phuket, Thailand, during the dry season, Richard and Kop spend the last few days of Richard’s trip falling deeply in love over Thai street food, beach sunsets, and magical experiences. Unfortunately, the time inevitably comes when Richard has to leave Thailand and go back to Europe, and he and Kop must take their love online, starting a long-distance relationship. However, Richard knows that he will return to Thailand, and he books a flight for March 2020. Nobody could have seen the covid-19 pandemic of 2020 coming, and when it does, it throws a whole new set of challenges into the mix for Richard and Kop. In January 2020, Thailand was the first country outside of China to have Covid cases, and after that, nobody could have imagined what Covid would become in the months that followed. Only one short week before Richard’s flight, covid begins to show itself and begins to spread in Europe, and countries start to lockdown. Richard wonders how he will get to the love of his life, with a Negative Covid-19 Test health certificate being a necessity for travel but almost impossible to get! Follow along as Richard tries as hard as he can to get a covid test, get to Thailand, and be reunited with the love of his life in the midst of the covid pandemic. What will happen to their relationship once these challenges are placed on it? Will Richard make it to Thailand, or will he get stuck in Europe? How will Kop handle the separation? What will they do as every country in the world closes its borders to foreigners? How will the covid-19 pandemic affect a long-distance relationship? What will come of the #loveisnottourism hashtag and movement on social media? This book is a great read for anyone who has struggled with the effects that the covid-19 pandemic has had on relationships of every kind, not only romantic ones. This book will have you at the edge of your seat, and you won’t be able to put it down as you will be itching to find out what happens next with Kop and Richard. Will they make it through? Will the challenges prove insurmountable? Read this book to find out. It is a touching story of love and the lengths that people are willing to go to to be with the person who completes them. This book will touch you, make you smile, make you laugh, and maybe even make you cry! To get started, scroll up and click Buy now button.
‘Covid 19: Impact on Financial reporting’ is a brief summary of the accounting, auditing and disclosure aspects to be considered during the period of Covid-19. Areas covered include:(a) Covid-19 brief Financial Challenges & Mitigation including Non-performance of contractual obligations, Travel and tourism industry is being hit hard and Mitigating factors. (b) Auditing Challenges & Solution including Auditor’s responsibility and Inventory physical verification.(c) Impact on Financial Reporting along with impact on Going Concern assumption. (d) Other Key Considerations.
I’m offering this book – “(Some) Adventures in Old Age” – in the middle of our Covid-19 pandemic. It’s about some adventures I’ve had, so far, in that “old age.” (69 in 2020.) What makes the book timely? Just that in this day and age it’s tough to do ANY traveling, let alone go overseas. Which brings up a point. I’ve often wondered why so many Americans in the 1920s and ’30s were so fascinated by Ernest Hemingway’s books on France and Spain. (Like “The Sun Also Rises” and “A Moveable Feast.”) I’m guessing part of it was that back then most Americans could only DREAM of travel to such exotic places. (Like today with Covid.) Which makes me think this is a great time for this book. Right now, lots of Americans can only dream about visiting such exotic locales in the future, when the crisis passes. Besides, it’s also nice – for now – just to remember all those past adventures, and for me to share them with you.Then too it may be because Hemingway gave all those exotic street names and local pubs and restaurants. Like my finding the “BeerBazaar,” in Jerusalem, in May 2019. Which makes me think I should have written down way more information when I was “over there.” Then I could do more what Hemingway did, vivid description. But I have something Hemingway didn’t have. GOOGLE MAPS! On that note, Google Maps has the BeerBazaar on Etz Hayyim – I knew it as Jaffa Street – a 4-minute walk from Davidka Square. (That’s where I found a liquor store my first Sunday in Jerusalem.) And there have been other memorable “pilgrimages” as well.Like hiking the Chilkoot Trail in 2016. (“Meanest 33 miles in history”). Or hiking the Camino de Santiago twice, the first time in 2017, from Pamplona – home of Hemingway’s Café Iruna – the 450 miles to Santiago de Compostela. Then just last year – 2019 – hiking the Portuguese Camino, from Porto back up the Santiago. Another note: I learned in 2019 that they sell beer at the McDonalds’ in Portugal. (Who says travel isn’t broadening?)Speaking of that, I lead off with Chapter One, on seeing a “naked lady” sunbathing on the Yukon River. My brother and I were canoeing 440 miles down the Yukon River, from White Horse to Dawson City. (Covered in 12 days.) And the Yukon River was the last place I expected to see something like that.A more recent adventure was that May 2019 trip to Jerusalem. “THE trip of a lifetime,” based at St. George’s College – and Pilgrim Guest House – at the apex of Nablus and Salah-e-Din Streets. From that central location my fellow pilgrims and I visited other great places in Israel: Tel Aviv, Nazareth, Bethlehem, and more… And one chapter (Five, “St. James, Steinbeck, and sluts”) helps explain “Why the hell would you do such a thing?” (Like fly to Israel.)One memory. May 28, 2019, Tel Aviv. The night before I fly home from Ben Gurion. Sitting at the bar in the basement of the Abraham Hostel, Levon St. 21. To my left, two travel buddies, Sam and Katie. Katie on my immediate left, Sam one seat over. To my right a young man who turned out to be a law student from Quebec. We got to talking, and I asked his name. He said “Silas.” So I started singing “Two was a-Paul and Silas!” Katie chimed in, “One was a little bitty baby,” then we both sang – in harmony – “Born, born, born in Bethlehem!”That’s from the song “Children, Go Where I Send Thee.” (For a kick-ass a capela version, see the version by Little Big Town.) The point is that after my two 2019 pilgrimages – Israel in May and Portugal/Spain in September – I definitely got bit by the “Travel Overseas Adventure” bug. Then the Covid hit…But it won’t last forever, so some time in the future I’ll be able to “Go [back] where He sends me.”In the meantime I’ll have my book of memories, and now so will you.And by the way, that cover photo? It shows me in Jerusalem wearing a “shemagh,” from Ranger Joe’s in Ft. Benning. Over my black Atlanta United ball cap. (The best of the old and the new…)
This Economic Insights article presents a range of estimates, using different scenarios, of the impact on the Canadian economy of the travel restrictions imposed to contain the spread of COVID-19. These scenarios represent several possibilities based on when travel restrictions are lifted and the speed of recovery.
In this report-part of a series on the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic-the researchers quantify potential vectors of COVID-19 transmission to the United States resulting from commercial air travel.
Updated in 2020, including a chapter on traveling amidst the coronavirus (Covid-19), a worldwide pandemic. Travel the World and Explore is the essential guide to traveling the world and exploring new destinations for less than $50 a day (GBP £36, Euro €43, AUD $69, NZD $72 or CAD $65). For the solo backpacker or with friends this up-to-date practical guide will save you time and money with ideas, and need-to-know information so you can have the adventure of a lifetime from two weeks to one year. Full of global travellers’ advice, anecdotes and testimonies to make your trip cheaper, safer and more exciting than you could ever have imagined! Save money with tricks and tips to ease you into your travels abroad and reduce the pressure of traveling in new destinations. Including: How to travel on less than $50 a day and enjoy yourself daily. How to get cheap flights, your visa and navigating the airport. Youth hostels, camping, hotels, lodges, cafés and restaurants. Learning fast, language, communication, culture, food and drink. Packing your bag, the ultimate kit list and what to leave at home. Trekking, beach vacation, inner cities, the countryside and jungles. When and where to go, what to do, options, ideas and possibilities. Photography tips, social media, security and traveling with money. The environment, medical issues and dealing with an emergency. How to make savings, haggling and make your money go further. Transport abroad: buses, trains, taxis, rickshaws and motorbikes. Getting the best deals, practical research and preparation. Your road trip: car, motorbike, bicycle or renting abroad. How to stay safe, healthy and on the right side of the law. Prescription medicines that are illegal in other countries. Travel warnings, scams, inoculations, jabs and survival items. How to deal with unwanted attention, robbers and pickpockets. How to protect yourself from malaria, wildlife, leeches and insects. Food: allergies, hygiene, etiquette, vegetarian or vegan and potions. International driving permit, vehicle maintenance and driving abroad. Free WiFi, social media, communication, tablets and smartphones. Border crossings, transport hubs, fellow travellers and stimulants. Culture shock, religion, poverty, exploitation and helping others. Charted transport, renting a motorbike, scooter or boat. Theme parks, tourist and resort tax and when to tip. As a world traveller Mathew Backholer has visited more than forty countries and has traveled the length of Africa from Cairo to the Cape, across South-East Asia from India to Vietnam and from Nepal to Russia via China and Mongolia and has survived the Trans-Siberian Railway. He has visited North Africa six times, driven around Britain and Europe and has gone solo, with friends, as part of team and as a team leader. He is the co-founder of ByFaith Media (www.ByFaith.org) and presents the reality travel series ByFaith TV which airs globally on numerous networks. He is the author of many books including: Budget Travel, A Guide to Travelling on a Shoestring and How to Plan, Prepare and Successfully Complete Your Short-Term Mission.
Airlines see sustained cargo boost supporting recovery – Reuters
Robust air cargo demand should remain a bright spot for the airline industry as international travel gradually recovers from the coronavirus crisis, industry body IATA said on Tuesday.
New Zealand to resume Australia “travel bubble” as Sydney COVID threat eases – Reuters
New Zealand will lift its partial suspension of a “travel bubble” with Australia from midnight on Sunday as fears of a COVID-19 outbreak in Sydney eased.