The European tourism sector is calling for urgent action to help and alleviate the COVID-19 pandemic

first_img– Simplification of visa rules for long-term markets- Reduction or waiver of taxes from passengers- Support to destinations, by increasing the budget for the needs of promotion, marketing and product development as soon as they are ready to welcome visitors again. “The Alliance of European Tourism Manifestos welcomes the immediate response presented by the European Commission on 13 March to mitigate the socio-economic impact of the COVID-19 epidemic. We call for the urgent implementation of these measures, which should be reinforced by additional instruments focused on the tourism sector. Measures are now needed to strengthen the sector’s resilience in the long term and prepare for a speedy recovery from this unprecedented crisis”Emphasize from ETM. European Tourism Manifesto Alliance (ETM), the voice of the European travel and tourism sector, which brings together more than 50 European public and private tourism organizations, issued a statement on the implementation of emergency measures to limit the impact of the COVID-19 epidemic on the sector: The European Tourism Manifesto Alliance calls on the European Commission and national governments to swiftly implement the following emergency measures: In order to guarantee a speedy recovery after the crisis, the ETM calls for the implementation of additional measures: – Temporary state support of national governments for the tourism and travel sector- Quick and easy access to short- and medium-term loans to overcome liquidity shortages, including funds made available by the EU through the Corona Virus Response Initiative- Fiscal relief (both in the source market and at the destination level), starting from small and medium enterprises to economic entities of all sizes- Protection of workers from unemployment and loss of income (short-term work programs, improvement and retraining programs) and support for self-employed stakeholders in tourism- Rapid launch of the European Unemployment Reinsurance Scheme- Postponement of fiscal and social contributions- Adopt the temporary abolition of airport slots- Support for action for the wider field of culture (art and heritage)- better coordination between national authorities in terms of harmonizing travel advice with the affected regions and requirements for travelers returning from those areas. The effects of the pandemic outbreak are already being felt throughout the world economy. Economic activity has declined, and all evidence points to a significant decline in areas affected by the virus. Tourism and the tourism sector are particularly affected. There are currently millions of jobs at stake, with many SMEs at risk of closure. Support for tourism must be a priority in the crisis response, recovery plans and actions of the affected economies, they point out in their statement from ETM.last_img read more

Vendor gets community service for traffic offence

first_imgFruit vendor Chandrawattie Jaikaran on Monday appeared before Chief Magistrate Ann McLennan, charged for obstruction of traffic while plying her trade of vending.Jaikaran pleaded guilty to the charge, which detailed that on September 6, 2018, she caused an obstruction to the public way by placing therein two wheel burrows containing limes, oranges and carrots, along with other bags.In the facts presented the court, the police claimed that on the day in question, at Waterloo Street, Georgetown, Constable Sears observed the defendant standing behind two wheel burrows containing the above mentioned fruits, and persons using the roadway having to divert.Having observed Jaikaran in this position for three days, Constable Sears confronted her and enquired if she had permission to sell, and she replied in the affirmative. However, this was not the case, and she was arrested and later charged for the offence.In defending herself, Jaikaran told the court she was not present at the time the constable visited, but was instead arrested and charged.As a penalty for the offence, the Chief Magistrate has ordered that Jaikaran perform 2 weeks’ community service.last_img read more