(MENAFN – Swissinfo) The Swiss hotel sector recorded a 40% drop in overnight stays in 2020 compared to 2019. Foreign demand fell by 66% as tourists moved away due to the pandemic, the latest statistics show.
This content is published on 19 February 2021 – 12:21 19 February 2021 – 12:21 Swiss Tourism / Federal Statistical Office / SWI swissinfo.ch/ilj
“The extraordinary context of Covid-19 explains an unprecedented decline at levels not seen since the late 1950s,” the Swiss Federal Statistical Office said in a statement on the FridayExternal link.
Swiss demand fell less drastically (–8.6%) to 16.4 million overnight. Overall, the sector recorded 23.7 million overnight stays for 2020.
Swiss Tourism, the country’s national tourism organization, refers to 2020 as ‘Annus Horribilis’. “This year will remain in the minds of the tourism sector as the biggest challenge since the Second World War,” he said in an External links statement accompanying his press conference on the situation on Friday.
It said the industry had been experiencing months of business closures, very few European guests (6 million / -51%), and almost no foreign tourists. The number of staying Swiss residents – the summer months are especially popular in the mountains – cannot overcome this, he added.
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Kenny Williams began studying Māori during his work second COVID-19 lockdown. Williams, 36, lives alone and the isolation makes her want to feel closer to her identity as a native of New Zealand – an identity she has been trying to hide for most of her childhood.
After he ordered several Māori language books, he found that his studies helped him build a connection with his Māori history. “I didn’t know it was a gap that was missing in my life,” he said.
This is not just a lockdown in isolation – New Zealanders of all stripes are applying to learn the language of the Māori, native New Zealand – “te reo Māori,” as it is broadly called. But COVID-19 may have provided a boost: One university reports that 7,000 people access Māori language and culture online for free. Of course within a 10 day period during lockdown.
The New Zealand government has promised to make sure 1 million inhabitants able to speak basic Māori by 2040 – an attempt to revive a UNESCO-classified language “Susceptible”. Language has been incorporated into everyday life in large and small ways. At sporting events, the national anthem is sung in English and Māori language. Vodafone, the largest mobile network, changed the banner that mobile users see on the screen from “Vodafone NZ” to “VF Aotearoa”. That meeting room at the Microsoft Auckland office it has the Māori name, and Pic’s, a popular peanut butter brand, has translated it label.
Kenny Williams, 36, from Auckland, started learning Māori during his second COVID-19 lockdown to get in touch with his Māori roots.
Photo courtesy of Kenny Williams
It is also common for New Zealanders of all backgrounds to sprinkle Māori words and phrases into their speech. Nearly everyone interviewed for this story started the conversation with the greeting “kia ora” instead of “Hello. ” Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has fought for the cause, and swears that he is Princess, 2, will grow up speaking Māori.
A renewed interest in Māori is also emerging as New Zealand continues to wrestle with its colonial history – and representations of Māori culture. In the run-up to general elections in September, the Māori Party – which aims to represent the interests of Māori people – is calling for the country to be renamed New Zealand—Māori name of the country, which translates to “land of long white clouds”. The party won two seats in the election, after being ousted from parliament in 2017. Ardern’s meanwhile was a quarter cabinet is of Māori descent, Ardern says now is not the right time to argue about changing the country’s name.
Brought back from the brink
The native language of New Zealand was still the country’s main language from the start 19th century, but it was pressured over the next several decades to be sure Māori children assimilated with the increasing number of English speaking colonial immigrants. “My grandparents weren’t allowed to pronounce it, so they didn’t pass it on to my parents and my parents didn’t give it to me,” Williams said.
But experts say over the past five years or so, the number of people trying to learn languages has increased significantly. By the end of 2019, hundreds of people were on the waiting list for language classes at Auckland University of Technology. Ara Institute of Canterbury, a vocational training school, says Māori enrollments jumped 35% between 2018 and 2019.
The drivers of revitalization are Māori who embrace their language, and non-Maori New Zealanders who study it to gain a better understanding of their language. national identity, for professional reasons or out of a sense of moral duty, according to researchers at Massey University. Ella Henry, a professor at Auckland University of Technology, said that his university’s language classes are divided into about 50% Maori students and 50% non-Maori students.
Vivian Chandra, 39, who lives in Auckland, said she has been trying to learn languages continuously for about three years. “I feel that to respect the customary land where I live, and to respect the indigenous people who have welcomed me to their country, I must speak their language,” said Chanda, who moved to New Zealand from Malaysia with her family as a child.
Williams says she was bullied growing up as the only Māori student in her class, so she’s doing everything she can to disguise her legacy. But things have changed. “Obviously there is a change in perception. There is more willingness and openness to celebrate Māori [language] and Māori culture. “
“The acceptance and celebration of Māori culture in the wider community in New Zealand played a part in the revival of the language,” said Henry, of the Auckland University of Technology.
Calculation with colonial history
New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern (right) learned how to row before joining the crew at Te Whanau Moana waka made for women to row by Uncle Hector Busby on February 5, 2020 in Waitangi, New Zealand.
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Although Māori culture was embraced, the effects of colonialism were still being handled. In some cases, the use of Māori has been criticized as being token or performative. “There are some terrible things that are going on in this place, but they are not handled even remotely by the increasing tendency for people like me to use the strange phrase te reo Māori,” said Richard Shaw, a politics professor at Massey University, who describes himself as “Pākehā”, a Māori word widely used of New Zealanders of European descent.
Māori people face worse outcomes than non-Māori people in many areas. Māori tribe Unemployment rate more than double the national level, and the Māori make up about 21% less. They are more likely to catch some diseases and they die about 7 years earlier. They were more than 2.5 times more likely to die assault and murder. In Auckland, more than 40% homeless are Māori, although only 11% of the population.
But proponents hope the integration of the language can bring more public focus to Māori affairs. “By studying the language, I have learned a lot about tikanga at te Ao Māori (cultural practice in the Māori worldview),” said Chandra, giving some of the phrases he learned. “And it makes me more aware of contemporary as well as historical issues in terms of the country I choose to make home.”
On the contrary, widespread interest in the language can actually spoil it. Researchers said in a study published in early January that it was in a “The road to extinction” unless resources are devoted to teaching young Māori. Tessa Barrett-Walker, lead author of the study, said it was detrimental to spread too few proficient teachers across a limited number of people across the general population. “Studying among Māori should take priority at first,” he said.
Williams is confident that he will be able to attain fluency, and he recently surprised his grandfather by greeting him with some Māori phrases when he arrived at a family gathering (COVID-19 is now under control in New Zealand).
“He would love to have the opportunity to convey reo to his family, but given the circumstances and time he is living in, he can’t do that,” said Williams. “That’s what I want to do, I want to be able to carry on that tradition.”
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The first tropical cyclones formed overnight in the southwest Pacific, and some models track them straight to New Zealand just before Christmas.
Astrologer Niwa said Typhoon Yasa was currently between Vanuatu and Fiji.
Weatherwatch.co.nz says it will spend the next few days circling in a giant circle for strength. The storm is expected to change from a category 1 to a category 3 hurricane when it passes through Fiji on Wednesday.
While Fijians were alerted, Weatherwatch said modeling from various agencies showed Yasa’s 40 percent confidence could reach New Zealand about a week from now.
One scenario has a potentially destructive cyclone in Northland and turns to the country’s top on Monday.
“WeatherWatch has about 40 percent confidence this low will reach New Zealand, maybe a week from now. However, the hurricane will undergo major structural changes at this point which means any number of future scenarios are possible from a serious blow to a low weak that brings only a little rain, to which falls and misses entirely. “
The trust level is based on modeling from various agencies over the past few days and reflects our current beliefs, Weatherwatch said.
The first tropical cyclone of the season in the Southwest Pacific has formed between Vanuatu and Fiji.
In October, Niwa warned that the country faced a slightly higher chance of experiencing a former tropical cyclone over the next six months, caused by warmer oceans and the developing La Nina climate system.
Each season – usually around the end of summer – at least one of these wild and destructive systems runs within 550 km of New Zealand, bringing strong winds and torrential rain.
This season, Niwa predicted the potential of two players.
Tropical Cyclone Forecast 2020-21 🌀
💨 8 to 10 tropical cyclones are expected across the Southwest Pacific from Nov-Apr, which is close to or slightly below normal