She added that residents living in areas designated orange or red zones should be cautious about taking trips to green zones to avoid spikes in imported cases.“Although the government has allowed a phased reopening of natural tourist attractions in green and yellow zones, it doesn’t mean we can just go there. We need to be cautious to avoid imported cases, especially since new COVID-19 cases are still emerging nationwide,” said Dewi.Read also: COVID-19: Here are the requirements for those seeking to travel to, within IndonesiaNational Disaster Mitigation Agency (BNPB) head Doni Monardo, who also leads the national COVID-19 task force, announced on June 22 that natural tourism destinations would reopen in stages under strict health protocols. This included national parks, marine tourism locales, adventure tourism establishments and wildlife reserves. Dewi said the task force would give a region two weeks to reevaluate or impose stricter measures if it found new COVID-19 cases after reopening tourist destinations.”If the risk status does not change after two weeks, we’ll order the local administration to close tourist destinations,” she said.As of Sunday, there were 104 regencies and cities designated green zones. Forty-three of them had recorded zero new cases over the past four weeks and had reported 100 percent recovery rates over the same period, said Dewi.Meanwhile, 61 other regions have not yet been affected by the outbreak.The list of regions and their risk categories can be accessed on the task force’s official website: covid19.go.id/peta-risiko.Topics : Members of the public should reconsider decisions to travel to COVID-19 “green zones” despite the gradual reopening of tourism in such areas, an epidemiologist with the national COVID-19 task force has warned.Dewi Nur Aisyah, an epidemiologist on the task force’s team of experts, said being designated a “green zone” did not mean that a place was completely safe from COVID-19.“It only means that the area has a lower risk [of transmission] than yellow, orange or red zones,” Dewi said during an online discussion on Wednesday.
Jamaica was recognized as a leading tourism destination on Sunday when the country won eight awards at the World Travel Awards in Lisbon, Portugal.Leading beach and cruise destinationAccording to the Ministry of Tourism, Jamaica received the World’s Leading Beach Destination and World’s Leading Cruise Destination for 2018.In highlighting the significance of the awards, Tourism Minister Edmund Bartlett who along with Chairman of the Jamaica Tourist Board (JTB), John Lynch were present at the Gala, said: “I am truly proud to have been able share in this moment which highlights that Jamaica’s tourism product is of the highest quality and remains top of mind for millions of visitors who come to our shore.Jamaica competed with the best of the best across the globe and has emerged a global winner acknowledged for the hard work and innovation being done in the sector.”Delano Seiveright, senior advisor/strategist in the ministry noted that several Jamaican entities received the remaining awards, to include, “the World’s Leading Luxury Hotel Villa, 2018 – Fleming Villa at GoldenEye, Jamaica; World’s Leading Villa Resort 2018 – Round Hill Hotel & Villas, Jamaica; World’s Leading All-inclusive Company 2018- Sandals Resorts International; World’s Leading Family Resort Brand 2018 – Beaches Resorts; World’s Leading Caribbean Attraction Company 2018 – Island Routes Caribbean Adventures and World’s Leading Adventure Tour Operator 2018 – Chukka Caribbean Adventures.”The ministry said the event marks the climax of the WTA Grand Tour 2018 — an annual search for the finest travel and tourism organisations in the world. Government and industry leaders, luminaries and international print and broadcast media from across the globe were in attendance.The WTA was established in 1993 to acknowledge, reward and celebrate excellence across all sectors of the tourism industry.“Jamaica is poised for exponential growth in tourism and with this growth we will seek to be more innovative and provide more to our discerning visitors who come to get a taste of all the things we have to offer,” Bartlett pointed out.Meanwhile, Bartlett will travel to Istanbul, Turkey to speak at the third UNWTO/UNESCO World Conference on Tourism and Culture: For the Benefit of All, which will be hosted by the Government of Turkey, during the period December 3- 5.
Vice president of the Ghana Football Association, Fred Pappoe says Ghana’s status as Africa’s number one on the latest FIFA Ranking could boost high profile player transfers if maintained.The Black Stars who are preparing for their February 8 international friendly against Togo claimed the number one spot in Africa ahead of Ivory Coast and Egypt after moving one place up to 15th on the World ranking table.It is the second time in the country’s football history that the Black Stars have been ranked as Africa’s number one.Although some people have criticized the FIFA Ranking as being nothing but mathematical, Fred Pappoe says there are still benefits if our position is maintained.“Definitely the profile of the team will be enhanced by this new ranking, it brings us a feel-good-factor and then boost the esteem and pride of the team,” he said.Mr Pappoe said the ranking is also a challenge for managers of the team to maintain the position. Source: Joy News/Ghana