DUBUQUE, Iowa (KCRG) – Midwest Bus Trips is a Dubuque company generally known for bringing groups of people to big events, such as concerns and sports games. Company owner Aaron Rainey has said he expected 2020 to be Midwest Bus’s biggest travel year yet. However, the COVID-19 pandemic had other plans: “We had 120 trips planned for this year, but we ended up taking three trips which, of course, devastated our business,” Rainey said. “I don’t know how I did it, but we did and here we are.” This year, however, as tourism is expected to rebound, it is poised to pick things up. That’s why Midwest Bus Trips will soon be starting local tours: one tour will take travelers to the Field of Dreams movie site in Dyersville, another will visit the Dubuque Arboretum and Botanical Gardens and Eagle Point Park, and the third will be on a two-hour historical tour of Dubuque. Rainey said he feels optimistic about what tourism will look like this year. “From what we hear from hotels, bookings are increasing,” said Rainey. “We get calls, we sell tickets to our events, which, again, tells me people are ready to go out and get ready to open things up and go get things done.” Rainey said they will follow the safety guidelines inside the buses which include sanitation and they have also improved the air filter system of the buses. When it comes to whether people will have to wear a mask inside the buses, Rainey explained that he would follow whatever the town of Dubuque orders. KCRG. All rights reserved. .
The government has officially required nearly every traveler to New Zealand to test negative for Covid-19 before boarding a plane.
The new rules will come into effect at 11:59 p.m. on Monday, January 25 – this is in an effort to minimize disruption to passengers leaving soon.
This regulation was signed last week by Covid-19 Minister Chris Hipkins. Previously, only travelers from the UK and US needed to test negative in order to come to New Zealand.
Starting January 25, it has been extended to any incoming tourists, except Australia, Antarctica and most Pacific Island nations.
But not all Pacific Island countries are excluded – Papua New Guinea, which has nearly 1,000 confirmed cases of Covid-19, is not on the list.
Likewise with French Polynesia, where 17,000 cases have been confirmed and 126 people have died from Covid-19.
Hipkins also said that the Government was “exploring several possibilities” whether they could get a small amount of the Covid-19 vaccine to frontline workers earlier than previously hinted at.
“If we can do it, we will be able to do it very quickly – but it all depends on whether the vaccine company will supply it,” he told a news conference this afternoon.
He would not elaborate because it is “quite a sensitive international negotiation”.
Hipkins said the new measures would not stop Covid from entering the country, but the government’s aim was to reduce the number of cases.
He said nearly all travelers had complied with the rules so far, and airlines were “very supportive”.
“New Zealand is not alone here – many countries are now proposing this.”
Hipkins said airlines have been vigilant to ensure travelers have followed the rules before they board their flights to NZ.
Asked about New Zealand’s access to the Covid vaccine, Hipkins said “we are very close to the front of the queue”. The first deliveries will arrive in the first quarter – “that’s the earliest time we can get … that’s the reality of manufacturing”.
Starting February 8, all passengers arriving in New Zealand – except those from exempt countries – without evidence of an approved negative test or medical certificate will be subject to an offense fee or a fine of up to $ 1000.
Hipkins said that so far only one person from the US or UK has not tested negative for Covid-19.
He added that airlines are increasingly refusing to board people who fail to produce negative tests.
But he said the Government could increase the fine if there was a higher level of non-compliance.
In addition to the new pre-departure requirements, the Government has also changed the rules surrounding Covid-19 testing in New Zealand’s managed isolation and quarantine (MIQ) facilities.
From now on, travelers arriving to New Zealand will be required to take the test on arrival – again, except for Australia, Antarctica and most Pacific Island countries.
They still have to undergo quarantine for 14 days, and undergo routine tests on the third and 12th day.
“New Zealand already has some of the strictest border protection measures in the world,” Hipkins said this morning.
“Today’s amendments further strengthen that position in line with the Government’s overall elimination strategy, and more actions can be added as needed.”
Asked about potential contact between people at MIQ facilities, such as in designated smoking areas, Hipkins said the Government has tightened social distancing measures.
Hipkins said the primary obligation was on travelers to comply with regulations – but airlines were also expected to play a role in checking whether passengers had negative test evidence.
Full list of countries and territories not included in the expanded pre-departure requirements:
• Cook Islands
• Federated States of Micronesia
• Marshall Island
• New Caledonia
• Solomon Islands
• Wallis and Futuna.
RAPID CITY, SD (KOTA) – With many countries closing their borders to tourists in a bid to curb the spread of COVID-19, many of these winter getaways to hot destinations are off-limits this holiday season. The local travel agent said people are still eager to see their families, so the lines for the airport may be longer than initially expected. “We haven’t seen a family in a year, so they just pick up their families, get on a plane, go see Grandma and Grandpa,” said Rhonda Keller, district director, AAA. “We are definitely seeing an increase in car travel, so people are likely to be driving to other destinations where they would have flown in.” Patrick Dame, director of the Rapid City regional airport agrees. , we expect this holiday season to be down from previous holiday seasons, but we are waiting and optimistic about how the numbers will be this travel season, ”Dame said. on all airlines, airports encourage social distancing and perform a thorough cleaning. Keller recommends checking with your airline or travel agent if there are any changes or if your destination has restrictions. She said, if you are planning to travel this holiday season, be sure to be patient and expect longer lines. they’ve made their reservations, they’re planning to go, ”Keller said. “The only time they probably won’t leave is if they test positive.” Dame expects to see some travel out of state, but is realistic about the number of trips during a pandemic. “I think there is a pent-up desire for people to want to travel,” Dame said. “How it goes in 2021, I think it remains to be said. So as we move to 2021, we’ll see how the numbers play out. We don’t expect that we will be near our peak year 2019, but we do expect those numbers to stabilize and maybe increase a bit. ”Keller said 2020 was so chaotic that people are already booking trips for the next yes and she expects travel agencies to experience strong growth. Copyright 2020 KOTA. All rights reserved.
Traveling alone can be the most therapeutic form of pampering yourself! By traveling alone, a person can engage with their new environment without being filtered by the travel companions’ prejudices, tastes or preferences and connect with the soul of the place by hanging out with the locals. Also read – South Africa Is Open To All International Leisure, Business Travel
Switzerland is a paradise for solo travelers, one of the safest and easiest places to navigate, – the abundance of things to see and do ensures that your solo trip is memorable, especially if it’s a first! Also read – International Travel: Air India Issuing New Direction For UAE-India Travel, Read On
Here are some activities we recommend adding to your itinerary! Also read – International Travel: 21 Reasons to Visit Dubai in 2021
Not just a place to live, but to experience:
Switzerland has a number of affordable youth hostels around the country that are clean, safe, centrally located and with a choice of single, double and bunk rooms with a central kitchen, lobby and lounge – perfect if you want to meet other explorers. . Apart from hostels, tourists can choose to stay in single rooms which are available at a lower price than double rooms, in most hotels – whether budget, mid-priced, or luxury.
Main travel partner – Swiss Travel Pass:
When traveling alone, the Swiss Travel Pass is very useful! The Swiss Travel System makes solo travel in Switzerland trouble-free with an efficient public transport network – from high-speed and well-known punctual trains to buses, boats and trams. The Swiss Travel pass offers great discounts on most mountain excursions and gives you free entry to nearly 400 museums!
As part of the country’s heritage and history, Switzerland’s panoramic rail route is one of the most beautiful rail routes in the world. To experience the majestic Swiss mountain scenery, picturesque valleys and villages; along crystal clear lakes and icy blue glaciers – a trip on The Glacier Express, or The Bernina Express is highly recommended!
With breathtaking views and action-packed activities, Switzerland is sure to unveil the adrenaline junkie hidden within you! Whether you choose to jet ski over crystal blue waters, dive from the sky into lush green valleys, or ski the steep plains of the snow-capped Alps, there is an adventure for everyone when in Switzerland. We recommend trying mountain biking or e-biking or sliding the fastest Toboggan Run in Pilatus.
The best part? Your daring adventure is not limited to just one season. Whether you’re planning a trip in summer, autumn or winter, Switzerland will always welcome you with its towering mountain peaks, emerald green valleys and sparkling blue lakes!
In Switzerland – cheese and chocolate will be your choice of food. But local Swiss cuisine has influences from 3 different cultures – German, French and Italian, so whether you are a meat lover or a vegan, you will never run out of options to eat!
If you’re on a budget, many restaurants offer a “course of the day” that includes a salad / soup, a choice of 2 or 3 main courses, and a dessert. Many mountain excursions offer ‘picnic’ options where you can bring your own food. Another must try when traveling to this country is Swiss Wine; one of the country’s best secrets is that almost all regions of Switzerland produce their own wine. Viognier, Pinot Gris and Chardonnay from the Lake Geneva region and Merlot Bianco from Ticino are very famous. However, if you consider yourself a wine connoisseur, a trip to Lavaux’s vineyard is a must!
When you’re done tasting rich wines and scrumptious Swiss Delicacies and crave a taste of home you can try one of the country’s many fabulous Indian restaurants.
Swiss Cities- mix the old with the new!
Swiss cities are truly miracles! Surrounded by spectacular views that dominate the Swiss landscape, these cities embody a quality of life, urban flair, and are perfect for basing yourself exploring while traveling independently.
Zurich is a perfect example of Swiss cities, which are a mix of old and new! While the old town will showcase its rich history, the newer section will fill your youthful spirits with Zurich’s best nightlife with trendy bars and clubs. Any cosmopolitan city in Switzerland, such as Zurich or Geneva, will fill your calendar with festivals, fireworks and al fresco fun, where you can meet different people and make lifelong relationships!
And the best part is that a 10 minute train ride can get you into the countryside, so congested even the largest cities in Switzerland.
Beautiful rural landscapes:
Beautiful Swiss villages have produced some of the most beautiful backgrounds of our Bollywood films! Tucked away in the lap of the Alps and the surrounding valleys, these villages offer you the opportunity to relax or pair up with other tourists and experience local life and culture!
Apart from being a hikers’ paradise in summer and skiers in winter, each village offers many attractions and mountain excursions all year round!
Useful for mountain sightseeing:
Snow-capped peaks with panoramic viewpoints, thousands of hiking trails and many other alpine highlights make Switzerland a well-established destination for a distinct mountain tour. A trip to the top of the mountain on either the cogwheel, cable car or the world’s steepest cable car, is a unique experience in itself.
While in Switzerland, you should try the golden round trip to the mountain from Lucerne, Mt. Pilatus or enjoy the world’s first rotating cable car – Titlis Rotair while climbing Mt. Titlis! A fun visit to the snow park in Jungfraujoch – Top of Europe or explore the Glacier castle at Matterhorn Glacier Paradise will also make your day full of meaning!
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