USA Today published an article on September 24, 2020, which claims to “expose the belly of the travel industry.” The story suggests that travel agencies run “Ponzi schemes” to pay for reservations. The American Society of Travel Counselors (ASTA) responded to the massive claims in the USA Today article and clarified how the majority of travel counselors actually run their businesses. In the article, the authors write: “Many travel agencies implement Ponzi-type systems in which a traveller’s deposit pays for the tickets and accommodation of a previous traveler, etc.” The ASTA statement notes that this is incorrect. the business practice of all travel agencies is categorically wrong, ”the statement from ASTA read. “When travel agencies join ASTA, they commit to respecting its 12-point code of ethics, which prohibits commercial practices such as those described in this article. Members who violate the code can be (and have been) kicked out of the association. That being said, the number of legitimate consumer complaints against ASTA member agencies justifying the imposition of disciplinary action is extremely low. “There are a number of other rules that travel agencies must follow in addition to those of the association only.” Travel agencies must also follow the United States Department of Transportation (DOT) consumer protection rules relating to airline ticket reimbursements and Federal Trade Commission (FTC) rules against unfair and deceptive practices, as well as the travel consumer protection laws that exist in many states. a strict code of ethics that advisers and agencies follow. “Any traveler who works with an ASTA member and has a problem has the opportunity to make a formal complaint to the association – and our consumer affairs team will investigate the matter and work with the consumer and the member. must reach an amicable resolution, ”noted the ASTA. “If the member company does not cooperate or if it finds out that it has engaged in dishonest or fraudulent conduct, ASTA will remove that member from the association.” ASTA highlights the hard work and tremendous effort that most travel counselors have put in to get clients home on canceled trips, get refunds, or book a new trip, often at no cost to their clients. “As with any industry, a few bad apples do not reflect the whole lot and the actions taken by the agencies cited in the article are anything but representative. Indeed, in the aftermath of the first wave of travel chaos caused by the pandemic, we often found travel counselors going above and beyond for their clients. The article goes on to discuss a “deposit shell game” that the authors apply widely to everyone. travel agency. ASTA points out that this is not the case: “It is simply wrong to suggest that travel counselors are making money off the backs of their clients who cancel trips. On the contrary, while new business and the income associated with it have essentially stopped thanks to Covid, the work has not been, ”said ASTA.ASTA also explains how the collapse in travel demand has made necessary the work of the advisers. 24 hours a day to accommodate customers whose plans have been interrupted or who are requesting refunds. “A travel counselor who doesn’t pay their suppliers in sufficient time is doing their business no favor,” the association says. “But again, this is hardly the way to do business for all travel companies – as this article suggests.” .
Springfield, mA (WGGB/WSHM) — the heat and humidity will continue today with another Scorcher expected! This is the warmest morning of the summer so far with temperatures ranging from 70-ies, and we will be back in the ‘ 90s times in the day with heat indices between 97-103 degrees.
Warm Tips remain in effect for the Central and Eastern parts of Hampden, Hampshire and Franklin County until 8 PM. In addition to the Air Quality to unhealthy levels of ground-level ozone remain in force for all in the County of Hampden and Central and East Hampshire County until 11 PM tonight.
We may see a few showers this morning, then a weak front will bring in this day an isolated shower or thunderstorm, but most will stay dry during the day. Best chance to see the storm will be Springfield and points East as the front will be a bit more active in Eastern Massachusetts that day.
The front will bring a little relief tomorrow. It will be a little less humid, but still warm tomorrow with highs in the upper 80’s to nearly 90. There is a chance for showers and thunderstorms Wednesday and Thursday with highs in the mid to upper 80’s. Drier air should move in the end of the week to go to next weekend.
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New Google Search Proves Not to Have ALL Answers; Google Photos Helps You Delete Audio ( Photo by Christian Wiediger on Unsplash )
New Google The search is set to ring a bell in all American users today. Google has recently implemented a new feature that will handle questions of all time: Does Google have all the answers in this world? It turns out that in their new features that the platform doesn’t have it all.
Google Search has new features that prove that the Internet doesn’t have everything!
On Thursday, April 23, Google welcomed the world with a new feature set on its the search bar. Starting today, Google will notify all users when several questions can no longer be answered by the Internet.
Previously, when you searched for certain questions on Google, there were times when the search that appeared didn’t match what you were looking for. Today, that changes.
New Google Search Proves Not to Have ALL Answers; Google Photos Helps You Delete Audio
Use a new one Google search, all questions that provide unrelated answers will no longer appear on your page. This means that once a phrase, question, or word typed into Google Search does not match the related article, a message will appear on your page that says “There doesn’t seem to be a great match for your search” or “Google hasn’t found anything that perfectly matches your search. “
Apparently, Google boast about that this feature won’t appear too often because they seem to know everything. However, the new Google Search is intended for all users to understand that not all information is written on the Internet.
“This feature shouldn’t appear too often – after all, there’s usually something useful that we can find! But when that happens, we hope it helps save you time and get you the information you want faster,” the blog post said. “If it turns out that what you hope for isn’t on the web at all, you can always check back later to see if anyone has created a new article or posted new information that you think will help.”
Google Photos is reported to have a new feature!
(Photo: Twitter account @wongmjane)
New Google Search Proves Not to Have ALL Answers; Google Photos Helps You Delete Audio
Other Google affiliates will reportedly take on new features. A Twitter user who is said to be working as a reverse engineer on the application found an interesting surprise for all Google Photos users out there.
According to leaked tweets, Google Photos launches a way for you to delete non-essential audio on videos available on Google Photos.
Google itself has not announced this claim about new features in the application. So we don’t know for sure if this is real. However, one side note is that after that is true, Google Photos can now be easily modified and edited to your liking.
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OTOSIA.COM – Corona virus (COVID-19) was first discovered in Wuhan China. It did not take long for this virus to spread in mainland China, even the surrounding countries.
Reported by Liputan6.com, according to data collected by Johns Hopkins University, there are more than 1.9 million people infected with the virus. Meanwhile, the number of deaths globally worldwide has now reached 125,000.
Although there are 470,000 people in the world recovering from COVID-19, the number of cases is still quite large and continues to grow every day.
In only about 4 months, Aljazeera reported that at least 185 countries were infected with the Corona virus. However, among the countries in the world, it turns out there are 16 countries, which until now there has been no reported Corona cases.
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16 Countries Without Corona Cases
Aljazeera reported that there were 16 countries where no Corona virus cases have been reported to date. These countries are:
– Marshall Islands
– North Korea
– Sao Tome and Principe
– Solomon Islands
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Reasons There Are No Cases yet
However, the Diplomat reported the absence of Corona cases in several countries such as Solomon Islands, Vanuatu, Samoa, Kiribati, Micronesia, Tonga, the Marshall Islands Palau, Tuvalu, and Nauru that does not mean there are absolutely no cases at all.
The reason is, in the Diplomat’s special report, there is a possibility that governments in these countries deny the Corona case.
“In other Diplomat reports, it is easier to believe that governments are denying cases (the Corona virus) and taking several steps to prevent the spread of the Corona virus,” the Diplomat wrote on Friday (3/4/20).
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North Korea Isolation
Meanwhile, North Korea has indeed isolated itself and taken precautionary measures earlier. In fact, the Diplomat wrote, there were a number of other precautions taken by North Korea, including closing the border with China in January 2020 and refusing foreigners.
It’s just zero cases there are still being doubted. North Korean observers doubt that the country has not had a single case to date.
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Tajikistan and Turkmenistan
Meanwhile, observers and the Diplomat also doubt the number of zero cases in Turkmenistan and Tajikistan. Equivalent to North Korea, Turkmenistan has carried out isolation ahead of other countries.
In addition, the location is also not so close to China. In addition, the number of travelers entering the country is also not much. So it makes sense if the virus did not enter this country.
However, the capital of Turkmenistan, Ashgabat, according to the Diplomat has a poor health system. Thus, this city is considered to have less capacity to conduct Corona virus testing.
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Tinkering with the Travel Border System
Meanwhile, Tajikistan has indeed been tinkering with various external-oriented travel restriction systems. That is, they have anticipated to minimize the number of travelers or foreigners who enter the country. Unfortunately, the President of Tajikistan, Rahmon, often appears at large gatherings where there are so many traditional dances and small children attending the event.
But since last March the country has announced the blocking of foreigners from 35 countries confirmed COVID-19.