BevanKeymasterMay 26, 2020 at 10:53 pmPost count: 31
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Spain Removes Restrictions July 1st
SPAIN REMOVES ALL RESTRICTIONS ON THE ARRIVAL OF FOREIGN VISITORS STARTING JULY 1st
Tourism is one of the main industries in Spain. To guarantee the safe reopening of all activities, the Secretary of State for Tourism, in coordination with the Ministry of Health, has prepared guidelines with measures to reduce the spread of the SARS-COV-2 coronavirus in the tourism sector. They include service, cleaning and disinfection, maintenance and risk management specifications for the different sub-sectors and activities of the tourist value chain.
So far, 12 guides have been published with guidelines and recommendations for: hotels and vacation rental apartments, restaurants, travel agencies, golf courses, rural hostels, spas, museums, tourist guides, information offices, hostels, camping sites and active tourism.
There are eight others that are pending validation by the Ministry of Health. These are guides regarding: protected natural spaces, nautical sports facilities and nautical activities, nightlife, amusement and leisure parks, tourist transportation, visits to wineries and other industrial facilities, cultural, historical and natural places, singular public spaces, and beaches.
The different Autonomous Regions the Spanish Federation of Municipalities and Provinces (FEMP), social agents, each sub-sector’s associations, the Spanish Association of Workplace Accident Prevention Services (AESPLA) and other experts have participated in its preparation.
These guides provide guidelines for the tourism sector to restart its activity again with maximum safety, offering confidence to travelers. They complete the measures provided for by the orders of the Ministry of Health and, in any case, are subject to them.
It is expected that, shortly, the technical specification guides will become UNE standards and, subsequently, they will be presented to the ISO TC 228 Committee ‘Tourism and related services’ so that they can begin processing as ISO standards.
US Virgin Islands Will Reopen June 1
For Immediate Release
Source: United States Virgin Islands Department of Tourism
Alani Henneman-Todman, U.S. Virgin Islands Department of Tourism +1 340 774-8784
Bevan Springer, Marketplace Excellence +1 201 861- 2056
The beauty of the U.S. Virgin Islands awaits leisure travelers.
U.S. VIRGIN ISLANDS TO REOPEN TO LEISURE VISITORS JUNE 1
U.S. VIRGIN ISLANDS (May 26, 2020) – The U.S. Virgin Islands will reopen its doors to leisure travelers on Monday, June 1, 2020.
Commissioner of Tourism Joseph Boschulte declared that the Territory is finalizing public health and tourism protocols for the return of visitors to “America’s paradise” in less than a week’s time.
Commissioner Boschulte reported that as new protocols, developed with input from the Office of the Governor, tourism and health authorities, and the private sector, are rolled out, a state of emergency due to the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic will remain in effect through July 11, 2020.
“Over the past several weeks, we have been building COVID-19 mitigation and response capacity, and preparing protocols to protect the health and safety of residents and visitors alike,” said Commissioner Boschulte, who explained that the decision to reopen has not been made lightly. “We did not want to rush to reopen in reaction to what other destinations are doing. Instead, we have engaged in data-driven, risk-based analysis, in conjunction with the Virgin Islands Department of Health and federal guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and other stakeholders.”
In preparation for the reopening of the Territory, the Department of Tourism has prepared “Health and Safety Guidelines for the USVI Tourism Industry”, a comprehensive master document that provides specific guidance to all tourism stakeholders. “The response and collaboration of various departments and agencies are to be commended,” Commissioner Boschulte said, noting that the document will be frequently updated to reflect anticipated guidance updates.
The Commissioner asserted that the reopening is a partnership that requires everyone to have both a personal and professional responsibility to reduce the spread of the new virus. “We are very pleased with the across-the-board approach so that key tourism subsectors now have specific guidelines,” he added. He stated that the new health and safety protocols, along with the commitment of the people of the U.S. Virgin Islands, would assure visitors that the Territory’s decision to open its doors next week is the right one.
Guidance includes procedures for operating reception and concierge facilities; cleaning and housekeeping; managing dining rooms; and providing technical and maintenance services. There is also specific subsector guidance for taxi, van, safari and limo services, restaurants and bars, and accommodations.
Commissioner Boschulte stated that interest in travel to the destination was very strong: “Throughout the pandemic, we were greatly encouraged by the outpouring of support and expressions of desire from friends around the world to travel to the U.S. Virgin Islands. Even though COVID-19 caused us to temporarily close our doors, our hearts remained open. We now look forward to welcoming travelers back to their home away from home.”
About the U.S. Virgin Islands
For more information about the United States Virgin Islands, go to VisitUSVI.com, follow us on Instagram (@visitusvi) and Twitter @usvitourism, and become a fan on Facebook (http://www.facebook.com/VisitUSVI). When traveling to the U.S. Virgin Islands, U.S. citizens enjoy all the conveniences of domestic travel – including on-line check-in – making travel to the U.S. Virgin Islands easier than ever. As a United States Territory, travel to the U.S. Virgin Islands does not require a passport from U.S. citizens arriving from Puerto Rico or the U.S. mainland. Entry requirements for non-U.S. citizens are the same as for entering the United States from any foreign destination. Upon departure, a passport is required for all but U.S. citizens.
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