How exactly does New Zealand, a country that seems to have eliminated the corona virus, changed its tourism strategy? What does Airbnb do to ensure cleanliness in its properties? And what’s with the new AirAsia uniform?
This week we answer these questions and more to help travelers navigate our changing world. Because some countries in Europe are taking tentative steps towards limited reopening, other countries are pressing. An estimated 2.3 million EU tourism businesses (which employ more than 12 million people) are looking for ways to save the industry summer. But other areas are retreating; on Monday, Argentina banned all ticket sales for commercial flights until September 1.
Travel news travels fast despite all disturbances, and there are still ways to feed our wanderlust, inspire future trips, and contribute to global conservation. Here are some ideas that you can do now.
Get your Scottish daily repairs
There is something about Scotland that soothes the soul. “It wasn’t long after the COVID-19 lockdown attack before I could see that bad news would become a constant part of everyday life,” said Nat Geo photographer Jim Richardson, who is also a globetrotting. received.”
In his daily fan-driven Instagram series, Richardson asks readers to visit the Scottish places they visit – or want to visit – and then post evocative images taken from his decades – documenting the country from the Highlands to the islands. Each picture ensures a representative journey to a place that is “real romance, not fantasy,” as Richardson said. “I think what I have to offer at Scotland Fix of the Day is a relationship with a vague feeling that the world still has its magic.”
Fields for the future in Rwanda
To help alleviate food insecurity in Rwanda, the non-profit group Humanity Unified worked with local NGOs to plant the country’s first “food forest” in January. Part of a five-acre organic farm located behind the Butare University Education Hospital, the food forest takes care of the children and women who are treated in the hospital, along with their caregivers. But there are long-term goals too.
“If you emulate the wild forest model, you can basically create an edible garden paradise that requires far less maintenance than a traditional agricultural model,” said Humanity Unified founder Maria Russo. “I hope this triggers a movement towards sustainable agriculture, both throughout the country and across the continent, which can help change the damaged food system.”
The farm has 120 fruit-producing trees along with a variety of vegetables and medicinal plants. After the locking of the coronavirus is lifted, the community outreach program will begin training 44 local residents on how and why organic gardening and agroforestry support humans and the planet. Want to help? This is where you can fund the purchase of compost, trees and more.
Learn how Airbnbs will change
Airbnb normalizes the idea of sleeping in a stranger’s bed. But in our new world of social distance, what will be the next peer-to-peer juggernaut step? For starters, deep clean. The latest convenience that must be had by Airbnb is a commitment to the new Enhanced Cleaning Initiative, which was developed with guidance from Dr. Vivek Murthy, former U.S. general surgeon
When the pioneering protocol was launched in the US in May, travelers can view and select properties that have been registered in the voluntary program, which outlines step-by-step instructions and mandates the use of masks and gloves, approved disinfectants, and 24 hours. waiting period after each guest checks out. Meanwhile, Airbnb’s new online experience offers an antidote to quarantine fatigue. Enter Zoom and sail on a virtual sea with an Olympian, prepare a curry with a third-generation Malaysian Malay chef, or meditate with a Japanese Buddhist monk.
See how New Zealand is retooling tourism
On April 27, New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern announced that the coronavirus had been “eliminated” in this small country of 4.9 million people following one of the most stringent closures in the world. As the Kiwi adjusts to the first week of relaxed restrictions, the world is now waiting to see whether the nation’s post-pandemic tourism strategy can emerge as an equally inspiring model. Called by Tourism Minister Kelvin Davis to lead the work of “rearranging” how tourism operates in post-pandemic New Zealand, the country’s tourism council has taken the opportunity to redefine what sustainable tourism means for New Zealand – where more than eight percent of the population is employed by tourism industry. “One thing that is clear as a result of our conversation … is the desire to create an industry that gives back more than is needed,” said New Zealand Tourism chief executive Stephen England-Hall. Minister Davis has marked a review of investment plans for international tourism levies introduced last year (and is expected to collect more than 50 million dollars each year), with more announcements to come.
Give encouragement to bees in Asheville and Seattle
During the winter of 2018-19, the US lost 40 percent of honey bees, the last sting after more than a decade of decline. In an effort to save these vital pollinators – each year, some US $ 15 billion of US plants depend on them – some places soar above others. Asheville, North Carolina, became the first Bee City USA in 2012, with everything from dedicated pollinator habitats in churches and breweries to a pair of raw honey-tasting bars in the city center (operating online storefronts to COVID-19 restrictions lifted ).
Planting native flower species supports important pollinators such as honey bees, indicated, and native bees.
Photo by Lynn M. Stone, Minden Pictures
In Seattle – the largest of the 104 cities now in conservation programs – winged invertebrates go directly to the “pollinator route” along a mile plus a beehive at the international airport. “Anyone who has a yard, garden or even a flower pot on the balcony can plant native flower species to help support native pollinators,” said Bee City USA coordinator Molly Martin. There is no green thumb needed to be a citizen scientist; help track North American bees by uploading sighting photos to BumbleBeeWatch.org.
Choose sloth and pangolin?
Lions, leopards, elephants, rhinos and Cape buffaloes have long been A-listers from African savannahs, with safari-goers tracking their movements like paparazzi. British wildlife photojournalist Graeme Green aims to redefine what it means to “shoot the top five” – while inviting everyone to help choose which animal gets the coveted status.
The New Big 5 initiative brings together more than a hundred of the world’s top photographers and conservationists to celebrate and raise awareness of global wildlife. Since it was launched last week, more than 10,000 votes have been cast worldwide, from Syria to Bhutan, in the ranks of 46 large and small land creatures – lions and tigers, Komodo dragons and grizzly bears, sloths and even pangolins.
“Most of our favorite animals face a great risk, either poaching or deforestation,” Green said. “People from all over the world ask how they got involved. This project is about utilizing that energy. “Visit the Big 5 New website to choose your five choices; see podcasts, photos and interviews with important figures like Jane Goodall and Steve McCurry; and stay here for results this fall. Bonuses for parents and their children animal-obsessed: download 18 pages of free education.
Feed your mind by design
In the usual spring, art and architecture lovers will come face to face with events such as Milan Design Week, London Craft Week, and the opening of galleries from Amsterdam to New York City. Although coronavirus has stopped such real meetings, Dezeen’s new Virtual Design Festival (VDF) brings a myriad of architecture, exhibitions and online events until June 20. Fresh content appears every day, such as a May 6 video interview with Amsterdam fashion designers. Iris van Herpen; ongoing online showcase of new British furniture and wallpaper (see unexpected cannabis prints!); and a tour of May 9 directly from the new environmental art exhibition at Schloss Hollenegg, an Austrian palace.
“I don’t think the internet is ready to threaten real-world events, but online festivals do have advantages. I don’t miss all the air travel, costs and queues for taxis, “said Dezeen founder and editor in chief Marcus Fairs.
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New word of caution: Bourbonism (noun): An obsession with classic Kentucky corn based whiskey. Louisville’s Bourbon District Louisville markets itself as the birthplace of Bourbonism and conducts quarantine tasting tours after a walk of the spirits of corn and rye from seven refineries (we are planning a date with you, Angel Envy).
Safety first: In the mid-20th century, passengers wore the best airplanes on Sundays, and flight attendants wore haute designer uniforms. But the mode of flight in the coronavirus era might look very different: JetBlue has just announced that, starting May 4, all passengers must wear face masks during the trip. “This is a new flying ethic,” president and CEO Joanna Geraghty said in a statement released. And low-cost Malaysian airline AirAsia has just launched a new cabin crew uniform consisting of red jumpsuits such as HAZMAT, gloves and face shields.
Arctic visit with VR: Make a cool quarantine escape to Sweden to dog sledding, snowmobile and take a walk in the Ice Hotel. Don’t forget to see all sides during this 360 tour with Virtually Visiting. Coming soon: a balloon flight over the tundra and a visit to Arctic Bath, a new floating hotel and spa.
Katie Knorovsky, Kimberley Lovato, and Sarah Reid contributed to additional reporting.