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    Maldives reopens to tourists but island-hopping is a no-go

    The Maldives has reopened resorts and is welcoming tourists again. The Indian Ocean holiday spot welcomed its first international commercial passenger flights in more than three months on Wednesday. Holidaymakers flying into Velana International Airport on Hulhule Island, near the capital, Male, faced few restrictions, despite the fact coronavirus case numbers in the country are still rising. Passengers disembark at the Velana International Airport on July 15, 2020. AFP The first flight to land at the airport since it reopened was sprayed with a water cannon salute to mark the return of travellers. “The stronger our safety measures, the better chance we have of being hailed as a [coronavirus] safe destination,” Economic Minister…

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    The Maldives Lured Tourists Back. Now It Needs Nurses.

    MALÉ, Maldives — The largest Covid-19 treatment facility in the Maldives has nearly 300 beds and a steady supply of oxygen. But as the country reported some of the world’s highest caseloads per capita last month, Covid wards ran low on another essential resource: employees. “At worst, we had one nurse to attend to 20 patients in the general wards,” said Mariya Saeed, the head of the Hulhumalé Medical Facility in Malé, the capital. “We needed human resources to provide proper care to the many bedridden elderly, but the nurses were exhausted.” The pandemic has triggered shortages of health workers around the world, forcing governments to scramble. Spain, for instance,…

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    Samui Plus to welcome 1000 foreign tourists

    The post Samui Plus to welcome 1000 foreign tourists appeared first on TD (Travel Daily Media) Travel Daily. Koh Samui, Koh Phangan and Koh Tao have reopened tourism last July 15. The Centre for Economic Situation Administration (CESA) said that Samui Island is set to welcome about 1,000 foreign tourists under the Samui Plus programme during its first month of reopening. The programme is also expected to generate THB180 million (USD5.5 million). “We will receive about 180 million baht in revenue from the Samui Plus Model over one month,” Thanakorn Wangboonkongchana, spokesman of the CESA. He added that most international tourists will be from Europe and the Middle East. Following…

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    Compulsory quarantine threatens UK’s status as most visited destination for US tourists

    The post Compulsory quarantine threatens UK’s status as most visited destination for US tourists appeared first on TD (Travel Daily Media) Travel Daily. The UK’s status as the most visited destination for US tourists in Europe is threatened by the mandatory quarantine on arrival. The list of European destinations now allowing US tourists to travel without quarantine is growing, meaning other European hotspots could prove to be more desirable in the short term, says GlobalData, a leading data and analytics company. Johanna Bonhill-Smith, travel and tourism analyst at GlobalData, said: “News of a transatlantic air bubble or ‘travel corridor’ between the UK and the US has long been rumored. What…

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    Bali delays reopening to foreign tourists amid surge in Covid

    The post Bali delays reopening to foreign tourists amid surge in Covid appeared first on TD (Travel Daily Media) Travel Daily. Indonesia’s minister for tourism and cultural economy, Sandiaga Uno said that even domestic travellers to Bali will now be required to have a PCR test before entering, a measure to insulate the island from the pandemic. Indonesia’s government will wait until Covid-19 cases fall significantly before opening Bali to foreign tourists, the country’s tourism minister said. The coronavirus pandemic has devastated the economy of Bali, for decades a magnet for holidaymakers thanks to its spectacular beaches, vibrant nightlife and distinctive Hindu culture. “We were targeting end of July, beginning…