Nara, Japan: Vacation of the Tourists – Travel

Yasuhiko Noda is annoyed by the rumor that Nara’s sika deer are starving because of the pandemic. The prefectural official from Naras Park Administration had to accept several media reports that the deer no longer had enough rice cookies because the entry ban meant that there were hardly any foreign tourists. The newspaper Sankei illustrated her contribution with the picture of an emaciated stag. Impossible, Noda thinks: “The message is wrong.” The corona crisis is not harming the deer. On the contrary. “You could say the pandemic is like a vacation for them.” Humans would like that, that the animals are missing something when they are not there.

In the pandemic, you can see what it really is like. Scientists seize the opportunity in orphaned tourism areas around the world. You can explore fishing expeditions in the fun diving zones off the Galapagos Islands or watch birds in the silence that now reigns in American national parks. The results should not flatter people. The impressions from Nara already suggest it.

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Self-collectors: Nara deer stand in front of a shop that sells crackers specially made for them to tourists.

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The 1300 deer in Nara Park are more than just the template for the local heraldic animal. According to the Shinto belief, the deity Takemikazuchi-no-mikoto rode a white stag from Kashima to Nara. The deer have therefore been considered sacred for centuries. They populate the meadows without hesitation, graze in the median, stroll towards the train station. A kind of deer tourism arose as early as the 17th century. And until the pandemic, Nara’s deer were a main attraction for guests on the rapidly growing Japanese tourism. The city of Nara counted 3.3 million foreign visitors last year; In 2012 there were 267,000.

No one knows how the deer found the onslaught. But they like Shika Senbei, the aforementioned biscuits made from flour and rice bran, which the Foundation for the Protection of the Nara Deer has baked according to traditional recipes and sold for feeding. “It’s a snack,” says Yasuhiko Noda. The deer actually eat plants and nuts. But the more tourists there were, the more rice cookies there were for the deer. And as it is with snacks: too much of them is unhealthy. The animals developed diarrhea.

*** BESTPIX *** Nara's Wild Deer

In June 2019 things looked very different in Nara – not for the benefit of the animals: A deer carcass with more than three kilos of plastic in its stomach was found. Even in less severe cases, too many snacks caused digestive problems.

(Foto: Carl Court/Getty Images)

Without foreign tourists, their dropouts are normal. Noda also says: “You have more time to digest again.” The deer do not know strangers, they tease them or come too close to the young. Noda shows the pre-pandemic deer accident statistics. The number of cases in which the Japanese received bites or kicks was stable. The number of cases involving foreigners increased.

In any case, the deer are not in need. Noda says there are sometimes complaints because deer graze a flower bed or raid vegetable fields. “But that was the case before the pandemic.” Yumi Ito, an employee in a café near the train station, can testify that deer come regularly and also stop by the sushi shop next door. But not more often than usual. “Only fewer people come.” And there are no emaciated animals to be seen in the park. However, Nara’s deer are already in the mood for rice cookies. When you have them, they get very intrusive.


These are the best hotels in Germany in the 2020 ranking

Ranking leader Fairmont Hotel “Vier Jahreszeiten”

In an exquisite location on Hamburg’s Inner Alster.

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Düsseldorf The heavy upholstered furniture has been knocked out, the wood-paneled walls flogged, the gold-framed glass tables polished. Everything shines in Hamburg’s living room, the hall in the Fairmont Vier Jahreszeiten. Ingo C. Peters has it almost to himself, and he would be happy if guests finally settled down on the sofa cushions again to sip on a traditional British afternoon tea or to indulge in scones, clotted cream, sandwiches and sweets let the in-house patisserie pamper you.

Peters is the hotel director of Hamburg’s number one hotel. Now it is officially Germany’s number one. In the ranking “The 101 best hotels in Germany”, published by Handelsblatt for the first time in cooperation with hotel expert Carsten K. Rath as well as the leading tourism university IUBH in Bad Honnef and the specialist medium “Allgemeine Hotel- und Gastronomie-Zeitung” (ahgz).

The basis is the statistical evaluation of ratings on booking portals such as, the classification of hotels in established publications such as the Hornstein ranking and a quality assessment based on defined criteria by experts. “The result of the ranking is as objective as possible an assessment of the top German hotel industry,” says IUBH Rector Peter Thuy, who was responsible for the statistical evaluation.

“Such a ranking is overdue and has long been successfully established in other countries,” says Vier Jahreszeiten manager Peter. “A small ray of hope for the tourism industry, which is currently hard hit,” says Michael Sorgenfrey, who made it to third place with his Berlin Adlon Kempinski, just behind the runner-up Schloss Elmau in Krün, Bavaria.

With the Vier Jahreszeiten München (9th) and the Hotel Berchtesgaden (10th), two further Kempinski hotels have placed themselves in the top ten. The Breidenbacher Hof in Düsseldorf, the Sylter Severin’s Resort & Spa or the Brenners Park-Hotel in Baden-Baden, all of them illustrious top hotels with weight in the German luxury hotel industry, also made it into the top ten.

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Record-breaking Australian artist revives investment in art

Record-breaking Australian artist revives investment in art

Friday – 12 Rabi Al Thani 1442 AH – 27 November 2020 CE

Painting by the famous Australian artist Brett Whiteley (AP)

Sydney: “Middle East Online”

A painting by famous Australian artist Brett Whiteley has sold at auction for 6.25 million Australian dollars (4.6 million US dollars), a new record as it highlights the fact that investing in art has gained traction amid the mystery surrounding the Coronavirus pandemic.
The painting “Henry Chair” is a chaotic depiction of Sydney Harbor through the windows of Whiteley’s home in Lavender Bay, Sydney. The artist last sold this painting to lawyer Cliff Evatt in the mid-1970s, according to Reuters news agency.
The price, which surpassed the previous record of A $ 5.4 million, reflects a situation in which luxury goods or luxury goods have turned into a safe area of ​​spending for those with money, with travel and social networking largely out of reach.
“With the commitment of the house, and looking at the four walls more than usual, the art collection came to the fore and we saw a lot of auctions,” said Coralie Stowe, CEO of Menzies Art Brands, which ran the auction.
“The reason for this is partly because people have come to want a creative outlet that improves their quality of life, after they are facing restrictions in doing many of the other things they want to do,” she added.




Dispute over the closure of ski resorts divides Europe

Munich, Vienna, Brussels Chancellor Angela Merkel is determined to prevent the corona pandemic from spreading through ski tourism. On Thursday, she called in the Bundestag to close all ski areas in Europe by January 10th. Merkel receives support from the Alpine countries France and Italy.

Austria and Switzerland, on the other hand, strictly reject the request. “That is always related to the number of infections, namely the number of infections here in Austria,” said Federal Chancellor Sebastian Kurz. Austria’s finance minister Gernot Blümel has already demanded billions in compensation from the EU if ski lifts are to be shut down over the Christmas holidays. The Alpine republic has invested seven billion euros in new lifts in the past few years.

Vacationing in Austria is already difficult. In Bavaria, winter sports enthusiasts and other day-trippers have to be quarantined even on short trips to the neighboring country classified as a risk area. An exception for stays of less than 24 hours should only apply if there are valid reasons. Bavaria’s Prime Minister Markus Söder has already spoken out strictly against ski tourism this winter. Queues at the lifts, gondolas and restaurants are considered potential sources of infection.

This is bad news for lift operators, hoteliers and restaurateurs, because the Christmas holidays are considered the most profitable time in the Alps. A ski ban could therefore drive a number of companies that have already been hit by the pandemic into bankruptcy. Austria in particular needs German tourists. In the 2018/19 winter season, more than half of the overnight guests came from Germany.

Mountain railway operators, innkeepers and ski schools in the Alps are looking into a highly uncertain future these days. “The worst thing is that we currently have no idea how things will go from here,” says hotelier Gerold Schneider, who owns a five-star hotel in the Austrian luxury ski resort Lech. “But we should tell our employees as soon as possible whether they have to show up for work.” A hotel generally needs two to three weeks to get up and running. On the Arlberg and elsewhere, the season opening has already been postponed by a few days in view of the great uncertainty.

A lot is at stake for Austria: the country has really upgraded its infrastructure in recent years. The country’s ski areas have invested seven billion euros since the beginning of the millennium. 550 systems were newly built or modernized. Sometimes the offer is downright luxurious, says ski resort expert Laurent Vanat. Heated chairlifts with hoods have been installed in many places, and underground garages have been built so that you can park comfortably in adverse weather.

However, it has not yet been proven whether this is all worthwhile. The Austrians have reinvested half of their income over the years. Almost two thirds of the slopes in the Alpine republic can now be artificially snowed, for which 130 million euros have been poured every year since 2008.

It is therefore no coincidence that Austria in particular is resisting the German advance. In no other EU member state depends so much on skiing as in the Alpine republic.

Austria needs the foreigners – and especially the Germans. Countless businesses, especially in the west of the country, live mainly from regular guests from the neighboring country. In Tyrol, for example, half of the winter tourists come from Germany. If you forego your winter vacation, a hotel in Tyrol or Vorarlberg can hardly be run profitably. Austrians will by no means fill the gap in the West. Local tourists only have a share of seven percent. A hotel, however, needs at least 40 to 50 percent occupancy in order to be profitable.

A million Dutch people go skiing in the Alps every year

Regional politicians and association representatives in particular therefore want to stick to the longest possible ski season even in the corona crisis. “Vorarlberg certainly won’t cancel winter,” said Christian Gantner, for example, in the middle of the week. “There will be a winter season, albeit a different one.” Walter Veit, Vice President of the Austrian Hotel Association, said that there was more space on the slopes than under the Christmas tree in the apartment. “Christmas in a hotel is safer than at home.”

Resistance to Merkel is not only rising in Austria. The German ski areas are also alarmed. A winter sports ban would be catastrophic and incomprehensible for the regions affected, said Matthias Stauch, board member of the German Cable Car Association. Exercise in the fresh air is healthy and the infection rate in Ischgl did not originate from skiing. “If we lose business between the Christmas holidays and January 10th, it will be disastrous.”

Ski sports

These days, only the ski areas in Switzerland are open in the Alps.

(Photo: dpa)

The Alpine countries like to present themselves as the home of skiing. There are around 2000 ski areas in 68 countries around the world. However, 80 percent of the leading resorts are located in the Alps. The most popular ski areas are the Arlberg in Austria and La Plagne in France. The expert Vanat estimates that around 135 million people around the world skis more or less regularly. This also includes athletes from countries like Holland that have no ski lifts at all. After all, a million Dutch people still go skiing in the mountains in normal years.

But what’s normal this year? In any case, in Austria, a winter sports country, public life is currently largely paralyzed, even schools are closed. Chancellor Sebastian Kurz leaves open how things will continue. Only grocery stores, banks and post offices are open. Kurz has not yet decided in which order the shops, restaurants and cultural sites will be allowed to reopen, nor how things will go on with the ski areas. The primary goal of the government, however, is that the children and young people go to school again from December 7th. Otherwise Kurz did not want to commit himself. The intention is to reduce the number of infections as quickly as possible.

Chancellor Merkel herself is meanwhile skeptical that Europe-wide closings can be enforced. In view of Austria’s resistance, European coordination was difficult, she said in Berlin. With her move, however, Merkel implemented the agreement reached on Wednesday with the prime minister on further measures to contain the corona pandemic.

“The federal government is asked to come to agreed regulations at European level so as not to allow ski tourism until January 10,” says the paper approved by the federal states and the federal government. A similar proposal came from Italy on Wednesday. The Italian government proposed to close the ski slopes across Europe over Christmas and New Year.

This is to prevent millions of Europeans from traveling at the end of the year. Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte had already got the backing of Merkel and French President Emmanuel Macron for his move. France has already closed its ski resorts in the Western and Southern Alps on its own by the end of January.

In autumn the glaciers were full of ski tourists

Switzerland, which, unlike all other Alpine countries, does not belong to the EU, is sticking to its skiing operations. The lifts are still running on the country’s glaciers these days. In the event of a ban on skiing holidays in the Alpine EU countries, the Swiss could become the big beneficiaries of the winter season.

Austria meanwhile not only has the largest ski areas in the Alps, Atomic, the world’s leading ski manufacturer, is also located in the middle of the mountains. The company from Altenmarkt in Salzburger Land produces a million pairs of skis every year, a quarter of the world market, and just as many pairs of ski boots. The start of the new season was promising, Atomic boss Michael Schineis recently told the Handelsblatt. “The glaciers were full, the consumers want out,” says the manager. In October, Atomic’s business was back at the previous year’s level.

Skier with mask

So far, masks were there to protect against the cold. Now they should stop the spread of the corona virus while skiing.

(Photo: dpa)

Since the lifts in the glacier ski areas were closed, alpine skiers have become slow-moving. The seller of a large South German dealer who does not want to be named reports 90 percent less sales than last year. Practically nothing works at all with children’s equipment. Atomic recently invested 30 million euros in its parent plant in Altenmarkt, two thirds of it in logistics, the rest in robots and automation.

After all, if enough snow falls, Schineis should at least put down a lot of cross-country skis. “Cross-country skiing could experience a renaissance if the conditions are right.” And the manager should also earn more from ski mountaineers than usual. “We are expecting double-digit growth for touring skis.” They represent 15 percent of sales.

Corona is a disaster for the ski resorts, but it wasn’t easy before. “The industry has not yet found the golden way to teach beginners how to ski in such a way that they keep coming back,” criticizes ski resort expert Vanat. In Germany up to a quarter of a million children start skiing every year, estimates Peter Hennekes, managing director of the German Association of Ski Instructors. “That has remained very stable over the years.” If the ski season is canceled this year due to Corona, it is not just the ski instructors who would be unemployed. There would also be an entire year missing, which might be lost forever for skiing.

Quite a few hoteliers in Austria are likely to have tacitly made friends with the idea of ​​stopping operations until mid-January, as Germany is proposing. This has to do with the generous sales compensation that the state currently grants hotels. Since November 3rd, the accommodation facilities have been closed in principle as part of the current lockdown.

However, the government pays the hotels a revenue replacement of 80 percent, using the revenue from November 2019 as the basis for comparison. This help is costly, but unlike other financial measures, it is quickly credited to companies.

More: A ski area owner worries about the winter season


These are the best hotels in Germany

View of the Schlosshotel Flesensee

The house deliberately focuses on golf tourists.

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Düsseldorf There are more than 11,000 hotels in Germany. They are all currently in a deep slumber. Except for business travelers, they are not allowed to accommodate guests due to the corona lockdown. Many houses are struggling to survive; everyone tries to prepare for the time when the guests can come back.

And they will come, say the forecasts. “When people are locked in for such a long time, the urge for a good environment becomes even greater,” says Alexander Rieck, who is part of the “Future Hotel” innovation network at the Fraunhofer Institute for Industrial Engineering IAO in Stuttgart.

The keyword is staycation – you stay where you live. “Black Forest, Allgäu, Harz – the regions that were previously considered to be rather dusty are on the rise again. They are within reach and have a great landscape, ”says Rieck.

Which hotels are particularly worthwhile can be found in the ranking “The 101 Best Hotels in Germany”, which the Handelsblatt published for the first time in cooperation with the creative mind and hotel expert Carsten K. Rath as well as the leading tourism university IUBH in Bad Honnef and the specialist medium “Allgemeine Hotel – und Gastronomie-Zeitung “(ahgz) published.

The basis is the statistical evaluation of ratings on booking portals such as, the classification of hotels in established publications such as the Hornstein ranking and a quality assessment based on defined criteria by experts. “The result of the ranking is as objective as possible an assessment of the top German hotel industry,” says IUBH Rector Peter Thuy, who was responsible for the statistical evaluation.

The Handelsblatt presents special houses from the ranking.

The best grand hotel: Fairmont Hotel Vier Jahreszeiten

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Is it worth subscribing to Disney Plus or Apple TV instead of Netflix? –

November 17 was one of the expected dates in all of Latin America because the new (and great) player in streaming proposals arrived, bringing an extensive catalog and original content. Is it worth hiring Disney Plus, Apple TV Plus or Prime instead of Netflix?

Disney Plus is an excellent bet from the entertainment giant that has many strengths: a library with 900 titles, with the great classics of Disney, Marvel, Star Wars, Pixar and National Geographic, plus some Fox highlights such as The Simpsons (for now only two seasons) and movies like “X-Men.” Added to them are the originals, including “The Mandalorian” and exclusive premiere films for the platform such as “Mulan” (December 4) and “Soul” (December 25).

Disney Plus It also has an excellent user interface, easy to use, with large blocks that distribute the contents of each of the brands, a high image quality (which manages to sustain itself even with fluctuations in internet connections), the possibility of downloading content on up to 10 devices and view simultaneously on up to four, with seven different profiles.

Apple TV Plus, for its part released a year ago, does not have a library of old movies and series, but it does have a great extra. Everything on Apple TV Plus cannot and cannot be seen anywhere else. They are one hundred percent original Apple content, some that got a great response from the audience and critics like “The Morning Show.” And although their offer is limited in quantity, all are products with the seal of the apple company and are well worth enjoying or at least trying them: «For All Manking», «Defending Jaboc», «Ted Lasso», « Home Before Dark “,” Truth Be Told “,” The Banker “were some of our favorites.

Apple TV Plus it has excellent image quality, although its user interface may be somewhat confusing (in fact, quite confusing), and allows content to be downloaded and viewed simultaneously, as well as to make use of the Family Sharing function.

Both Apple TV Plus and Disney Plus offer a seven-day free trial, so it’s worth trying them out. If you are satisfied, you can keep them.

Disney Plus has several ace up its sleeves such as the 2021 premieres of “Wanda Vision”, “Falcon and the Winter Soldier” and “Loki”, among others, while Apple TV Plus will soon release the great science fiction proposal ” Foundation ”, based on the literary saga of one of the greatest writers of the genre: Isaac Asimov.

Prime Video has another giant behind it: Amazon. Its platform is not as elegant as Netflix or Disney, but it serves its purpose, with a lot of original content that started to be a trend. In addition, they have already secured the Diego Maradona series that will debut in 2021. It is also possible to try Amazon Prime Video for a period of 30 days.

Are they replacements for Netflix? They are actually add-ons. Possibly having a single service will make us lose a lot of content and proposals and, based on our budget, it is worth having two or three of them.




Traveling in winter: what is allowed, what is forbidden? – Travel

The partial lockdown remains: The restrictions that are intended to prevent the coronavirus from spreading will be extended until December 20, according to the joint decision of the federal and state governments. This also thwarts travel plans within Germany. What do holidaymakers have to adjust to? What about traveling during the Christmas vacation? And with bookings for the coming months?

When can I travel again within Germany?

Travel per se is not prohibited, but it is still expressly not encouraged. For this reason, overnight stays in Germany – including in holiday apartments or guest houses – may continue to be “only made available for necessary and expressly non-tourist purposes”. This is initially valid until December 20th. Regulations for the Christmas holidays have not yet been made – but probably only because no ordinances can be issued for such a long period. It is becoming apparent that the restrictions will remain in place so that as few people as possible are on the move during the Christmas holidays, which now begin almost everywhere in the country on December 19. “The holidays should not pose a risk,” said Bavaria’s Prime Minister Markus Söder (CSU) after the discussions between the federal government and the states. The German Hotel and Restaurant Association (Dehoga) had already made it clear in advance: Even if it were allowed, it would be uneconomical for many hotels to run up operations for just a few days. “Restaurants and hotels are not garages that you can lock and unlock at will,” emphasized association president Guido Zöllick.

Can a vacation in Germany that has already been booked be canceled free of charge?

Yes, as long as the hotels are not allowed to accept tourists, this is possible: If a hotelier or holiday home landlord cannot provide the accommodation due to official requirements, the guest does not have to pay anything for it under German law. He may withdraw from the booking free of charge and claim back down payments. Vacationers should refer to the “impossibility of performance”, according to the Federation of German Consumer Organizations.

The European Package Travel Directive applies to vacation packages: If they cannot be carried out as planned or if they are canceled by the operator, the customer will get their money back – within 14 days. Vouchers can be offered, but do not have to be accepted.

Can you visit relatives in other parts of Germany and stay with them?

Here, too, the urgent appeal applies to stay at home in the next weeks of Advent and to reduce contacts as much as possible. Citizens are asked to generally refrain from private trips and visits unless they are absolutely necessary. In any case, only a maximum of five people from two households are allowed to meet. Easings are promised for Christmas and the turn of the year. Then “meetings of a household with non-household family members or non-household persons up to a maximum of ten people in total” should be allowed. Children up to 14 years do not count.

And what about day trips?

A day in the mountains or by the sea to recover from the stresses of the pandemic? A nice idea, but not in terms of fighting a pandemic. According to the will of the federal and state governments, “supra-regional day-trip trips” must still be avoided. Popular destinations such as amusement parks or cultural institutions are closed anyway.

Will you be able to ski in winter?

At least for the Christmas holidays it doesn’t look like it. In Germany, lifts and gondolas must also remain closed at least until December 20th. The federal and state governments are also appealing to North Rhine-Westphalia’s Prime Minister Armin Laschet (CDU) to German citizens not to go on a skiing holiday by January 10th. The federal government wants to work towards an EU-wide uniform timetable for the start of the ski season – at the earliest in January after the end of the Christmas holidays. A corresponding advance has already come from Italy, and France is also calling for a delay. Austria, on the other hand, wants to let skiers into the gondolas and onto the slopes before Christmas. In the non-EU country Switzerland, the lifts are already running in some ski resorts.

And what are the travel prospects for a short vacation in neighboring countries?

Traveling abroad is not prohibited, but the appeal to citizens to stay at home if possible also applies here. In addition, all countries that border Germany are corona risk areas. Only in Austria are there two very, very small exceptions: the Kleinwalsertal and Jungholz exclaves, which are only accessible from Bavaria. Staying in a risk area usually entails quarantine if it was associated with at least one night’s stay: After returning, you have to stay at home for at least five days, only then can you be tested and normally if the result is negative shorten ten days of isolation. Incidentally, those who cannot work from home will not receive a salary during this time after a voluntary trip to the risk area.

Do trains and long-distance buses travel?

Necessary trips can still take place, even with Deutsche Bahn. Many trains are already significantly emptier because fewer people are on the way. However, in order to ensure more space in the wagons, not all seats can be reserved in the future. At the same time, the railway is to provide more space, for example through longer trains. Nothing changes in the cancellation conditions: only the expensive flex-price tickets can be canceled or exchanged free of charge before the first day of validity. In the case of the saver fare, cancellation is also possible up to the day before the journey. However, it costs ten euros and there is only one voucher. Super saver tickets can neither be canceled nor exchanged.

The long-distance bus operator Flixbus stopped its tours in Germany, Austria and Switzerland at the beginning of November. Rides on Christmas days can already be booked online again, but there is still no official notification as to whether the buses will actually run again.

Air traffic has already been heavily reduced for months. If a booked flight is canceled, passengers are entitled to a refund of the flight price under EU law. However, the current Corona restrictions do not entitle you to simply cancel a flight free of charge.

What about travel in the coming months?

When and where you can travel again this winter will depend on whether the number of new infections can be reduced. The long-booked ski holiday in February can still not be canceled free of charge. The restrictions on travel in Germany are initially limited to December 20 and fear of Corona is not a sufficient reason for withdrawal. Vacationers who are already sure that they do not want to travel should contact their host: Perhaps the hotelier will agree to postpone their stay. He is not obliged to do so.

The travel cancellation insurance does not offer any protection. It does take over cancellation fees if a trip cannot be started. However, payments are only made in the event of sudden illness, death in close relatives, unexpected unemployment or severe financial loss – and even then not always: Some insurance companies exclude benefits in the event of “damage, illness and death as a result of pandemics”.

Most destinations abroad remain inaccessible – be it because travel warnings have been issued or because holidaymakers from Germany are not allowed into the country at all. Because Germany is also a corona risk area due to the high number of infections. You can currently travel to the Canary Islands or Madeira, for example, but only with a negative corona test in your luggage. The popular winter sun destination Mauritius also lets tourists into the country, but they should bring the time: After a test at the airport, they first have to be quarantined for two weeks in a state-approved hotel.


will it be necessary to be vaccinated to travel in the coming months?

The Australian company Qantas announced on September 23 that it would require it for all its passengers. Others, companies or states, could well follow suit with the prospect of a resumption of tourism in the “next world”.

First there were the temperature controls. Then came the PCR test documents. Tomorrow, will vaccination certificates be required from travelers at airports? The track is planned to allow the resumption of international travel in 2021.

The Australian airline Qantas has already announced that it wants to make the vaccine compulsory before boarding. Its CEO, Alan Joyce, said the vaccine was now a “necessity” for anyone who wanted to enter and leave Australia with his company. “We will ask people to get vaccinated before they can get on the plane ”, he told Channel Nine television on November 23.

For the time being, this position does not seem to be shared by all the airlines. EasyJet and Japan Airlines have indicated that they do not intend to request a certificate from passengers. Same story on the side of the general manager of the low cost company Ryanair, Michael O’Leary, who believes that these restrictions should not apply inside the European Union. “I doubt that this is applicable to short-haul”, he told Reuters on November 24.

Dematerialized vaccination record

When contacted, Air France is careful not to take a position, asserting that “at At this stage, it is not possible to determine the precise conditions that will govern the transport of clients once the vaccine is available“. The company “follow the recommendations or obligations that will be enacted for the transport of passengers by the French and international government and health authorities».

Government authorities could in fact require travelers wishing to enter their territory to provide proof of vaccination. This is already suggested by Australian Health Secretary Greg Hunt, specifying that no final decision had been taken. “We expect that people who come to Australia while Covid-19 remains a serious disease in the world will either be vaccinated, or be placed in isolation”, he asserted.

The measure will probably be generalized according to Jean-Pierre Mas, president of Travel Companies (EDV). “This is nothing new, he recalls. We experienced this with the international vaccination record”, Implemented in particular for the vaccine against yellow fever, compulsory in certain countries. “One could imagine a dematerialized health passport centralizing the history of travelers’ PCR tests, as well as their vaccination certificate”.

Towards a health passport?

Several projects for dematerialized health passports are already under study. They would centralize information on the health of each traveler on their mobile phone. To avoid having to communicate this information to airlines, passengers would only show them a unique QR code certifying that they are in order: recent PCR test or vaccine.

According to David Powell, medical adviser to the International Air Transport Association (IATA), “Be able to have verifiable information on the state of health of passengers” will be “essential”. IATA is thus developing its own health passport application, the “Travel pass”, which should be available for the first half of 2021 according to The Echoes . Other projects are underway, such as the CommonPass application of the NGO Common Projects. Supported by three global airline alliances that represent 60% of the market (Oneworld, Star Alliance and SkyTeam), it will be used in December by United Airlines, Lufthansa, Virgin Atlantic, Swiss International Air Lines and JetBlue for certain outbound flights. from New York, Boston, London and Hong Kong.

Still, these applications raise questions about the use and retention of personal data. The problem is glaring in China, which has developed its own application centralizing the health data of travelers. “An initial focus on health could easily become a Trojan horse to increase surveillance and political exclusion”, warned on November 23 in a tweet the president of the NGO Human Rights Watch, Kennen Roth.

SEE ALSO – Covid-19: “Vaccination will not be compulsory”, assures Emmanuel Macron


Total solar eclipse 2020 –

With its borders already open for tourists, there is a great proposal to travel to Chile: the 2020 total solar eclipse, which will be seen in the south of the country (and also in Argenitna) on December 14, in an event which will not be repeated in the region until 2048.

The event will be recorded at 13:03 (Chile), when the umbra that produces the eclipse will completely obscure some areas of Araucanía, Los Ríos and Biobío in southern Chile. A totally magical experience connected with nature, during which attendees will be able to witness this phenomenon among native fauna, volcanoes and native peoples, who will share their ancestral worldview with us and the world.

This astronomical event or “The great eclipse of the Araucanía” has hundreds of inhabitants of the area and scientists around the world expectant.

The regions of Biobío, La Araucanía and Los Ríos are the main destinations of this event. World-class destinations that hide large volcanoes, forests and even popular spas visited by nationals and foreigners who seek to relax by making real contact with nature.

679 km south of Santiago, we begin the eclipse route in the city of Temuco, one of the first privileged destinations with the umbra of this solar eclipse and the gateway to the Mapuche people and their ancestral culture throughout the area.

The regional capital has important national parks such as the Tolhuaca National Park, which stands out for the protection of native species and the Nahuelbuta National Park, which for the Mapuche people means “great jaguar”. The latter is located in the highest part of the Nahuelbuta mountain range and is characterized by its majestic landscapes full of araucarias.

Also in the Andean Araucanía is located the Conguillío National Park, an extensive park that appears imposing to its visitors, with araucarias that reach the sky and unexplored forests. Entering the trails of this park we will find the great Llaima Volcano, one of the most active volcanoes in South America, a must-see in this area along with extreme sports, skiing and mountaineering.

We follow the Eclipse route, but now we are approaching the coast with the beautiful Budi Lake, a place that allows us to interact with native peoples, enjoy their gastronomy and live unique experiences such as spending the night in a traditional house of the Mapuche people while enjoying a landscape privileged.

To the south we will find the Villarrica Volcano, also one of the most active in South America, which steals the prominence of the photographs in different cities in the area. In the same area is the city of, a family spa, warm and full of joy, which welcomes its visitors with the aroma of hot chocolate and firewood. This city is the meeting point for those looking for extreme sports and also relaxing days due to its proximity to the many hot springs in the sector. We follow this route at Lake Calafquén where the town of the same name is located, with a great view, horseback riding, trekking and water sports. Finally, on the shores of this lake we have the Licanray spa that every year welcomes its visitors with sports and family fun.


Star is here, Disney’s new streaming service –

There is no date yet. But it is known that during the first part of 2021, Star, Disney’s new streaming service will be launched, which will join Disney Plus, in a company’s strategy to reach a more adult audience with series and films.

Star will have the contents of ABC, FX, Freeform, Searchlight and 20th Century Studios (ex Fox), which Disney bought after paying in 2019, after paying 71.3 billion dollars.

The new platform could even be offered as a complement to Disney Plus (as Apple TV + does), or it could also be marketed as a package.

Regarding the launch date and the exact contents, one possibility is that on December 10, during its Investor Day, Disney will make an announcement before the company’s investors.

It is important to note that Star will not stream Disney licensed content. However, it will feature franchises like Marvel’s Deadpool, Alien, Predator, Die Hard, and Grey’s Anatomy.

For now, the launch of Disney Plus in the world is a success and its recent launch in Latin America will make it reach 100 million subscribers very quickly (currently it has almost 74 million confirmed).