International tourist arrivals could be reduced by 20 to 30% in 2020

first_imgThe World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) has published its latest estimates of the likely impact of the coronavirus on international tourism. Given the unprecedented introduction of travel restrictions around the world, the United Nations Specialized Tourism Agencyexpects international tourist arrivals to decrease by 2020 to 20% in 30 compared to 2019 data. “Tourism is one of the hardest hit of all economic sectors”, stressed UNWTO Secretary-General Zurab Pololikashvili, adding that tourism has joined forces to find a solution by working together to mitigate the impact of the crisis, especially on employment, and to support broader recovery efforts by providing jobs and economic prosperity around the world. The expected decline between 20 and 30% could translate into a drop in international revenues from tourism (exports) of 300-450 billion US dollars, which is almost one third of the 1,5 trillion US dollars that were realized in 2019. Taking into account past market trends, this would mean that COVID-19 will lose the growth achieved between five and seven years. Putting this in context, the UNWTO notes that in 2009, on the back of the global economic crisis, international tourist arrivals declined by 4%, while the SARS epidemic led to a decline of only 0,4% in 2003. Source: UNWTOPhoto: Pixabay It is clear that millions of jobs in the sector are at risk, and according to UNWTO estimates, about 80% of all tourism businesses are small and medium-sized enterprises. In addition to this new assessment, the UNWTO emphasizes historical resilience and the ability to create jobs in post-crisis situations, while emphasizing the importance of international cooperation and ensuring that the sector becomes a central part of recovery efforts. However, the UNWTO emphasizes that these numbers are based on the latest developments facing the global community. These are unprecedented social and economic challenges that need to be interpreted with caution given the extremely uncertain nature of the current crisis.last_img read more

Passengers still awaiting reimbursements from Fly Jamaica

first_img4 months laterToday makes four months since a Fly Jamaica aircraft, destined for Toronto, Canada, crash-landed at the Cheddi Jagan International Airport (CJIA) in Timehri, East Bank Demerara, leaving hundreds of passengers stranded who are yet to be reimbursed.Passengers, who not only were onboard the crashed aircraft, but others who booked their flights ahead of their actual travel date are also still waiting in suspense for their monies to be refunded.Several fuming passengers reached out to this publication on Friday and complained that although they were promised a refund by the end of last month, they are still waiting with no word from the company.One person said that she contacted the travel agent with whom she booked the flight but was informed that the agents are also awaiting word from Fly Jamaica on the matter.Meanwhile, another passenger explained that he too was promised that payments would have commenced since last month.Other affected passengers have turned to social media to complain of the customer service being provided by Fly Jamaica, as telephone calls to the airline are seemingly going unanswered. Persistent persons have said they would have exhausted their efforts to contact the local office, only for their calls forwarded to voicemails and answering machines.Vikask Ramnarine, an inconvenienced passenger told <<>>, “I understand that the process to refund customers will take time, but I expected this period [to] be at least 3 days since this was not our fault and it’s very unfair that we have to wait 6-8 weeks for our money to be returned to us. Also taking into consideration the airline held this money since August 2018 and they do not have any service to provide, no instant refund”.According to him, the company owes him a total of US$720.Head of the Guyana Civil Aviation Authority (GCAA), Egbert Field told this publication on Friday that he was unaware of payments being made to affected customers.Meanwhile, when contacted on Friday, an officer at the airline told this newspaper that “refunds are not available at this time”. The employee was also unable to provide a timeline for when payments can be expected.A representative from the airline recently told sections of the media that it was considering resuming services by mid-March.last_img read more

Villaraigosa wins bid to take over seven LAUSD schools

first_img“We will work out a fair and equitable process for any of these teachers who want to transfer to another school, so that this is not a punishment,” he said. Brewer emphasized that the district, which hires 2,600 teachers a year, has great capacity to allow teachers to transfer to other positions. The school trustees have to approve the final contract with the partnership, and they will decide whether they feel the mayor has the capacity to move forward with three high schools – as opposed to the original two proposed, said Marshall Tuck, education adviser to the mayor. Los Angeles Unified School District officials said a second round of voting will take place in the spring to include elementary schools in the mayor’s family of schools. Duffy said the plan promotes an idea that the union backs – less-centralized control and greater autonomy at school sites. “It’s historic in its possibilities, in what it can bring in the future,” he said. “Someone said you may not need a school board in the future. Maybe not.” The voting results were widely seen as a gain for Villaraigosa, even though it fell far short of his original goal to oversee all Los Angeles Unified schools. “(Even though) he came up with something … badly short of a larger slice of control, (it) has to be considered a political coup of sorts,” said Jaime Regalado, director of the Edmund G. “Pat” Brown Institute of Public Affairs at California State University, Los Angeles. “It’s a victory for the mayor and now he’s going to have to show something … but will there be measurable improvements at his schools in the coming year or two?” Still, the election process raised questions among critics who said a relatively small number of parents and teachers voted. The district said it determined support based on 50percent, plus one, of certificated staffers in the UTLA bargaining unit votes and 50percent plus one of parent or legal guardian votes. Those who participated did not have to be registered voters. At Roosevelt High, which has 4,654 students, just 545 parent votes were cast. Of those, 441 voted in support of the mayor, which the district calculated as 80.7percent support. At Jordan High, only 51 of 115 certificated staff members voted in support of the mayor. Regalado said the turnout is a sign of the times. In the past 25 years, most people don’t vote even when the stakes are high. “When the issues are well understood and well defined, it’s so surprising that a small turnout like this resulted,” he said. “But what it really means is that the mayor’s team and those who supported the reforms really got out the vote.” Villaraigosa had launched an aggressive campaign reaching out to teachers and community groups to gain support for his reform plan. The nonprofit partnership paid the more than $200,000 in outreach efforts through grants. The district, which paid for fliers and automated phone calls the day before the election, did not have its share of the costs available. Officials touted the reform effort as “historic,” emphasizing that school districts had never given stakeholders like parents and teachers a choice on large policy decisions. The partnership is one Brewer’s major contributions through his newly developed innovation division, through which he hopes to implement nontraditional reform efforts, gauge the success, and replicate best practices throughout schools in the beleaguered LAUSD. Each school in the mayor’s family would develop its own set of targets, and if it fails to meet them in five years would return to the traditional district structure. Schools will create governing site councils whose members are selected by peers and who will be responsible for key decisions on teaching and learning, hiring, budgeting, fundraising and scheduling. School principals would report to a newly hired family-of-schools leader, although it has not yet been determined whether they would be LAUSD employees or employees of the partnership. “I’m excited because we’re going to have an opportunity to decide who’s going to work at our school, what types of teaching and learning is going to take place, what types of services and resources our students are going to get,” Gompers seventh-grade teacher Kirti Baranwal said. The mayor emphasized after the news conference that the real story is that immigrants, blacks, Latinos and “people who have been denied a real voice in their schools are finally going to have a voice.” Markham parent Jose Gallegos already feels the change. “A lot of parents are feeling included … Before, you didn’t have that sense of help,” he said. Jonathan Wilcox, adjunct professor at the USC Annenberg School for Communication, said the victory is a symbolic one for the mayor. “Given the way his 2007 has gone, I’d say any good news is a political coup for the mayor,” said Wilcox, a speechwriter for former Gov. Pete Wilson. “He began the year as the favorite to win election as next governor of California, and now he’s desperately trying to win a campaign in Los Angeles middle and high schools.” But Villaraigosa avoided any implication that he needed the victory, emphasizing that he never saw his past efforts, including the now-defunct legislation that would have given him a role in the district, as defeats. “I don’t need redemption. The mayor and the Legislature voted for (the Assembly bill), and the judiciary voted it down. It wasn’t a personal defeat for me,” Villaraigosa said. “I am focused on this effort. I could have easily left this a long time ago and said I tried, and after I lost the court decision I could have walked away, but I didn’t do that, so this is a good day.” For the latest school news, go to local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Marking a major political coup, Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa won his bid to manage seven Los Angeles Unified schools as a majority of parents and teachers voted to partner on education reform, according to results released Wednesday. The hard-won victory culminated several failed attempts by the mayor over the past two years to assume a role in the district and capped an aggressive weeks-long campaign to win support for his plan. Villaraigosa’s nonprofit Partnership for Los Angeles Schools is set to begin managing the schools in the 2008-09 school year, promising campuses greater resources and control over budget and curriculum. “Today, we can truly say that the votes are in and the status quo is out,” he said. “Close to 90percent of the parents of these communities said … yes to lower dropout rates, yes to higher student achievement and yes to safer campuses. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWhicker: Clemson demonstrates that it’s tough to knock out the champ“I grew up in these neighborhoods. I know these neighborhoods. I know that parents in these neighborhoods have the same right to have a quality education for their kids as any neighborhood in the city of Los Angeles.” The schools voting to join the partnership are Jordan, Roosevelt and Santee highs, and four middle schools – Hollenbeck, Stevenson, Markham and Gompers. About 86percent of 1,800 parents and 69percent of 797 teachers voted to support the mayor’s plan. “When you look at the percent of yes votes from the parents, it’s a clear mandate, and as far as I’m concerned, the faculties are also sending a clear message that they want change,” Superintendent David Brewer III said. “Today we’re unleashing the power of L.A. to transform the schools in L.A.” Out of nearly 800 teacher votes, 250 opposed the plan, and United Teachers Los Angeles President A.J. Duffy said the union will work diligently to reassign those who do not want to work in a partnership school. last_img read more