Coronavirus: The consequences for tourism The Oktoberfest in Munich has been cancelled The Oktoberfest has been cancelled this year due to the coronavirus pandemic. Bavaria's premier Markus Söder and Munich's mayor Dieter Reiter announced the decision on Tuesday (April 21). "It pains us, and it is a great pity", said Söder. But in times of the coronavirus, the danger of infection at the folk festival, which attracts about six million visitors annually, would just be too great. … [Read more...] about EU agrees to reopen borders to 14 countries, extends travel ban for US tourists
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Coronavirus: The consequences for tourism Repatriation mission will take at least two more weeks The repatriation process for Germans stranded abroad is ongoing. Until now, main destinations such as Egypt or Morocco have been addressed. "It will be more difficult with countries that only have small groups of scattered adventure vacationers," said the crisis manager of the German Foreign Office. Tourists in the Pacific Islands must first be rounded up in New Zealand and then flown out. … [Read more...] about Vacation rentals in huge demand among ‘safety-first’ holidaymakers
Coronavirus: The consequences for tourism The Church of the Nativity in Bethlehem can be visited again From today (May 26) one of the most sacred places of Christianity will be open to the public again. Only 50 people can enter the Church of the Nativity in Bethlehem; wearing facemasks is compulsory. While Jews have already been allowed to pray again at the Western Wall also known as the Wailing Wall, in Jerusalem, the Al-Aqsa Mosque on the Temple Mount is to open to Muslims at the end of the week. … [Read more...] about How are new coronavirus hot spots being contained?
Finally, in our 2020 Annual Report, we urged President Trump to publicly state that U.S. officials will not attend the 2022 Winter Olympic Games in Beijing if the Communist Party continues its crackdown on religion. Holding the games in China under such circumstances would be contrary to the Olympic spirit. … [Read more...] about Gary Bauer and Nury Turkel: China’s war on religion – What US must do to support freedom
Art has been slower to go [fully] online than almost every other sector, and there is a good reason for that, which is that these works are meant to be seen in person. You can’t replicate the experience of seeing an artwork in person on a digital platform. That’s why people will get on a plane to fly to Paris or Florence or New York to see the works in those museums.The logistics are different from a sporting match or music concert, because you don’t need everybody to arrive and leave at the same time . . . So something we’ve been in conversation with other event organizers and the government is about not making this about a maximum number of people who can be at one place at a time. If we can say that everybody who’s there will have a 2-meter distance around them at all times, then it shouldn’t necessarily be a cap on numbers. … [Read more...] about Are concerts, festivals, and live events ever coming back? Here’s what 6 experts say