TUI – Windge Fluester http://windgefluester.net/ Sun, 02 Jan 2022 15:08:50 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.8 https://windgefluester.net/wp-content/uploads/2021/05/cropped-icon-32x32.png TUI – Windge Fluester http://windgefluester.net/ 32 32 Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula is perfect for a sunny and mystical Mayan vacation https://windgefluester.net/mexicos-yucatan-peninsula-is-perfect-for-a-sunny-and-mystical-mayan-vacation/ Sat, 01 Jan 2022 21:10:00 +0000 https://windgefluester.net/mexicos-yucatan-peninsula-is-perfect-for-a-sunny-and-mystical-mayan-vacation/ I hold my breath, unable to swim as a hundred bats soar around my head, missing me by a few inches. We dove into the Jaguar Cenote, one of the 6,000 natural sinkholes in Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula, and someone’s splash accidentally stirred the flying cave dwellers. 5 Tui’s adults-only Mexican hotel has 374 rooms spread […]]]>

I hold my breath, unable to swim as a hundred bats soar around my head, missing me by a few inches.

We dove into the Jaguar Cenote, one of the 6,000 natural sinkholes in Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula, and someone’s splash accidentally stirred the flying cave dwellers.

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Tui’s adults-only Mexican hotel has 374 rooms spread across 23.3 acres of beachfront paradise
Behind the low stalactites, the bat colony perches in cavernous nooks and crannies

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Behind the low stalactites, the bat colony perches in cavernous nooks and crannies

Behind the low stalactites, the colony perches in cavernous nooks and crannies, soaring only to munch on insects.

At first, I’m afraid I unwittingly ended up in a scene from the Batman movies.

But all apprehension quickly fades as I gaze at the bats in awe.

We stay in the beautiful Riviera Maya area at the Tui Blue for Two El Dorado Seaside Suites, and local guide Ariel – “like the Disney princess” – shows us the beauties of the area.

“Each cenote is like a fingerprint,” he says. “Everyone is different.”

The Mayans worshiped the mystical caves and believed they were a portal to communicate with the gods.

“I don’t know why but I feel like I should be whispering here,” my friend tells me as we descend the wooden ladder to the turquoise, naturally filtered water.

I have to agree with her.

The name cenote translates to “sacred well” and many come together to form an underground network of water tunnels stretching for hundreds of miles.

Magnet for A-listers

During our swim, we discover that the bats and darting fish below aren’t their only inhabitants.

“Over here,” one of our group calls in a low voice, gesturing to a baby turtle on a slightly submerged rock.

The adults-only Mexican hotel in Tui, with 374 rooms spread across 23.3 acres of beachfront paradise, is just 20 miles from treasures like this one in Tulum.

History buffs can explore the famous Mayan ruins that stand proudly above the crystal clear sea.

Once a trading port, the old buildings are now guarded by sun worshiping iguanas.

Look for holes in the walls where the Mayans made melipona honey from a stingless Yucatán bee, but don’t forget to avoid the midday heat if you want to enjoy the sites without the crowds.

Go: Mexico

COVID: There is no test requirement to enter Mexico.

Current rules require a pre-departure test before returning to the UK and a PCR test no later than the second day.

GO / STAY: Tui is offering seven all-inclusive nights at the 5H TUI Blue El Dorado Suites in Riviera Maya from £ 1,038 per person with flights departing Gatwick on January 23 and starting at £ 1,116 in May.

The price is based on two adults sharing a junior suite with garden view, balcony and hot tub.

Flights from seven UK airports.

To book, go to tui.co.uk, visit your local TUI Holiday Shop or download the TUI app.

About 80 miles south of Cancun’s “spring break” hotspot, the town of Tulum offers a more laid-back atmosphere.

Here, we pass low-rise tree-top hotels and charming beach huts.

The area is a magnet for stars such as Leonardo DiCaprio and Heidi Klum, and has seen people like Drew Barrymore stay at Colombian drug lord Pablo Escobar’s former vacation home, Casa Magna.

Most recently, British singer Dua Lipa was pictured in the stylish city with friends.
While 2023 is expected to see the launch of its first airport and a train connecting it to Cancun, it will soon be even easier for people to visit Tulum.

“This area is. . . eco-chic. We don’t stop here, ”explains our crocodile-watching guide Olga, a Ukrainian with a quick approach to get us to our destination.

Instead, we head on a rather bumpy road to Sian Ka’an Nature Reserve where we have to board a small boat to explore the mangroves.

The beauty site became a Unesco World Heritage Site in 1987, and it’s clear why the name translates to “the place where paradise begins”.

The reserve is one of the largest protected areas in Mexico and is home to over 300 species of birds, as well as turtles and dolphins further out at sea. If you’re lucky, you might also spot a manatee.

Before leaving the pier, Olga sees a large, hungry crocodile less than a meter from us under the catwalk.

A slip and we would become lunch, so we carefully board our boat in pursuit of friendlier animals and a coral reef for snorkeling.

Thanks to our local fisherman driving the boat, it wasn’t long before we spotted the big hitters.

For those who prefer to stay within the confines of their hotel during their stay, the five-star Tui Blue El Dorado Seaside Suites is ideal for a complete vacation.

Here, nature comes to you, with guests who can watch the baby turtle releases between July and November.

Pelicans diving bomb

While we were there, we struggled to try the 10 all-inclusive restaurants and 11 bars, many of which overlook the Caribbean Sea.

The beach is the first place I go every morning to watch the gentle sunrise – and the last place I visit in the evening after a nightcap at the resort’s Guacamayas bar.

I’m usually not a morning person, but when you can see pelicans diving into the sea looking for fish, I make an exception.

For those moments not spent lying on a lounge chair with a cocktail or cooling off in one of the four swimming pools, the Naay spa offers massages facing the ocean.

In the evening, you can enjoy a full schedule of events – which includes a popular casino night – listed on Tui’s Blue app.

It is perhaps no wonder that Mexico has seen a recent surge in visitor numbers, given that it does not currently require a Covid test to enter.

Tui is the main UK tour operator for Cancun and is currently the only airline offering regional flights to Mexico from seven airports.

It now operates 11 flights per week to Cancun, increasing to 24 per week for the summer season.

No trip to Mexico would be complete without tequila, and on one of our last nights, we’re booking the hotel’s free tasting experience.

Here we taste everything from the more affordable El Jimador, priced at around £ 18 per bottle, to Don Julio at £ 75.

Anticipating the headaches a little, we hitchhike on a resort golf cart to whisk us away in the balmy night to our king-size beds.

Whether you come to Mexico for the turtles or the tacos, the bat-filled cenotes or the beaches, there really is something for everyone.

Ideally served with a shot of tequila and a lime on the side.

History buffs can explore the famous Mayan ruins

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History buffs can explore the famous Mayan ruins
While we were there we struggled to try all 10 all inclusive restaurants and 11 bars

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While we were there we struggled to try all 10 all inclusive restaurants and 11 bars
Whether you come to Mexico for the turtles or the tacos, the bat-filled cenotes or the beaches, there really is something for everyone - ideally served with a shot of tequila and a lime on the side.

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Whether you come to Mexico for the turtles or the tacos, the bat-filled cenotes or the beaches, there really is something for everyone – ideally served with a shot of tequila and a lime on the side.
Chloe Sims lives in Mexico as it becomes the new Dubai after Covid travel ban


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Minister to meet with unions and health officials ahead of schools reopening https://windgefluester.net/minister-to-meet-with-unions-and-health-officials-ahead-of-schools-reopening/ Fri, 31 Dec 2021 19:17:38 +0000 https://windgefluester.net/minister-to-meet-with-unions-and-health-officials-ahead-of-schools-reopening/ The Minister of Education will meet with teacher unions and public health officials ahead of schools reopening in light of the surge in Covid-19 infections. Norma Foley will hold the meeting next Tuesday, before the schools are scheduled to reopen on Thursday January 6. In a statement, the minister said the education ministry continued to […]]]>

The Minister of Education will meet with teacher unions and public health officials ahead of schools reopening in light of the surge in Covid-19 infections.

Norma Foley will hold the meeting next Tuesday, before the schools are scheduled to reopen on Thursday January 6.

In a statement, the minister said the education ministry continued to engage with public health officials over the Christmas period.

“I recognize the enormous importance of school for children and young people,” she said on social media.

“All infection prevention and control measures in place in schools are constantly being reviewed and we continued to engage with public health officials over the Christmas season.

“As previously agreed, I will attend a meeting with public health on Tuesday afternoon with unions, governing bodies and department officials before the school reopens.”

Ahead of the planned reopening, teachers’ unions are seeking “faster response times and interventions” if multiple cases arise in schools, according to The Irish Times.

John Boyle, secretary general of the Irish National Teachers’ Organization (INTO), said he was seeking assurances the government would take infection levels in primary schools “seriously”.

“As Covid-19 ramps up in communities, we want assurances that the government will do more to ensure that infection levels in primary schools are closely monitored and taken seriously moving forward and that principals schools can count on public health support when they need it most, ”he said.

INTO “will simply not accept less public health protection for our members, who are close contacts of confirmed cases and who are part of the group of workers caring for the larger cohort of unvaccinated people,” he said. he declared.

Mr Boyle said the union would also seek to clarify the progress of the childhood immunization program at the next meeting.

Martin Marjoram, President of the Teachers Union of Ireland (TUI), said that “the long-standing crisis in teacher supply resulting from wage inequalities continues to pose enormous challenges in the context of the pandemic”.

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He said TUI hoped to receive the latest public health advice regarding schools in the department at Tuesday’s meeting.

Earlier on Friday, in an interview with RTÉ’s News at One, Health Minister Stephen Donnelly said schools would reopen as planned, adding that it was a controlled environment.

“All the information I have received, all the advice I have, says that although of course you can get an infection in schools, for example they are significantly safer than children outside of schools,” he said. declared the minister.

He said he was not aware of any European country that is currently considering closing schools.



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Jet2, TUI, easyJet, Ryanair, Emirates: British refused entry to Austria after failing to show COVID vaccine or negative test https://windgefluester.net/jet2-tui-easyjet-ryanair-emirates-british-refused-entry-to-austria-after-failing-to-show-covid-vaccine-or-negative-test/ Wed, 29 Dec 2021 17:37:03 +0000 https://windgefluester.net/jet2-tui-easyjet-ryanair-emirates-british-refused-entry-to-austria-after-failing-to-show-covid-vaccine-or-negative-test/ More than a hundred Britons were refused entry to Austria after arriving without proof of a booster vaccination or without a valid negative PCR test result. The refusals come under tough new restrictions in Austria for visitors from the UK, Denmark, Norway and the Netherlands over fears of the Omicron variant of COVID-19. Officials at […]]]>

More than a hundred Britons were refused entry to Austria after arriving without proof of a booster vaccination or without a valid negative PCR test result.

The refusals come under tough new restrictions in Austria for visitors from the UK, Denmark, Norway and the Netherlands over fears of the Omicron variant of COVID-19.

Officials at the airport in the Alpine city of Innsbruck, which receives large numbers of British holidaymakers in the winter arriving at this time of year, turned down 110 British visitors on Sunday (December 26th).

Read more: New travel rules for Spain, Germany, France and Greece as Omicron skyrockets

The airport said the tourists were turned away because they failed to present a valid PCR test, mistakenly believed he might have 72 hours and not 48, or did not have the recall, reports the Mirror.



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Most of those who were refused entry were able to re-enter immediately, but 40 travelers were unable to do so and had to be accommodated in a quarantined hotel.

Police said despite the disappointment, the British visitors in quarantine had been disciplined, polite and understanding of the situation.

Earlier yesterday (December 27), another 28 of them made it back, leaving 12, including families with children, who were able to pass up-to-date PCR tests and were allowed to spend their holidays in Tyrol.

Elmar Rizzoli, head of the Corona task force, said: “In Britain, the coronavirus situation has deteriorated significantly due to the Omicron mutation.

“There are a lot of tourists entering the country right now, but also people coming back from the UK.

“These are all recorded. The presence of the pre-trip authorization is also fully verified.”

Austria had already tightened the rules and required all tourists to show proof of a recall or PCR test before reporting the UK as an Omricon hotspot.

A statement on the authority’s website now reads: “Due to the rapid spread of the Omicron variant, the UK will be classified as a viral variant region from December 25 in Austria.

“Anyone traveling from the UK should be quarantined for 10 days upon arrival.

“Exception: fully vaccinated AND recalled persons may enter Austria with a negative PCR test.”


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Danish family placed in isolation in Thailand after daughter tested positive for covid-19 https://windgefluester.net/danish-family-placed-in-isolation-in-thailand-after-daughter-tested-positive-for-covid-19/ Tue, 28 Dec 2021 08:15:00 +0000 https://windgefluester.net/danish-family-placed-in-isolation-in-thailand-after-daughter-tested-positive-for-covid-19/ Emili was isolated in hospital isolation after testing positive for covid-19. A Danish family has been placed in solitary confinement in Thailand after their 18-year-old daughter tested positive for covid-19 upon arrival in the country. According to BT, the family left for Thailand on December 20 for what was supposed to be the Christmas and […]]]>
Emili was isolated in hospital isolation after testing positive for covid-19.

A Danish family has been placed in solitary confinement in Thailand after their 18-year-old daughter tested positive for covid-19 upon arrival in the country.

According to BT, the family left for Thailand on December 20 for what was supposed to be the Christmas and New Year holidays. Prior to departure, they felt they had taken all necessary precautions and familiarized themselves with the applicable travel restrictions, and all tested negative before boarding the plane. Upon arrival at Phuket Airport, they were tested again before being taken to their hotel in Koh Lanta in Krabi province a five-hour drive away.

Here, they had to stay in their hotel room while awaiting the return of the results. The five-hour transfer was not something the family originally booked, but something that the Tui travel agency, through which they booked the trip, had arranged because it didn’t is currently not possible to fly directly to Krabi. The transfer had been sold as a two hour ride, not five.

“When we sat down at the hotel the test results came back. Nicolaj and I tested negative, while Emili tested positive. And then things started to happen, ”says Joy Ahlström.

Hospital isolation at a local Thai hospital

Because their hotel was not a so-called ALQ hotel, which was specially designed for people at high risk of covid-19, Thai authorities chose to isolate the whole family and they were transferred to a local hospital by ambulance. At the hospital, they were met by staff in protective gear, and Joy and Nicolaj were allowed to be in the same room, but Emili was isolated in a room on her own.

“Our daughter is 18 and luckily very independent, so we didn’t worry. But it’s not nice to think that your child is alone in a hospital abroad, ”says Joy Ahlström.

The staff have been very nice, but the level of safety in Danish hospital conditions has increased significantly, and most if not all communication is by phone, she adds.

Joy and Nicolaj were, after another negative test on Christmas Eve, transferred to an ALQ hotel, where they must remain in isolation until December 28 if they continue to test negative.

Emili will be alone in the hospital until December 31 at the earliest when, after 11 days of isolation, she will be allowed to leave. This means the family’s Christmas vacation together is reduced to four days before they return home on January 4, 2022.

No help from Tui

During the isolation, the family tried to get help from Tui, but the necessary help was not provided, the family said.

When they write to the local Tui guide in the travel agency app, a Mallorcan guide responds and the answer is they can’t help. “Tui has declined all responsibility. They said there was nothing they could do. They said that from there it is at SOS International that we have to stop, but because we will not die, we are not a priority. And that’s also fair enough, but it’s still very frustrating, ”says Joy Ahlström.

“They came to the hospital with a bag of sweets for Emili, but beyond that, we felt very lonely. And it’s not pleasant in a vulnerable situation, ”says Joy Ahlström.

Stay at home!

The family’s advice to the other Danes who are about to leave for Thailand is therefore very clear: “Stay home!

“Instead, have fun at home and wait for the world to improve to deal with covid. This is insane. I regret that we left. It’s a shame to spend your vacation like this. And worst of all is being separated from your children. You really have to have strong kids for this to be possible, ”Joy Ahlström tells BT.

You regret the lack of communication

Tui Denmark’s communications director Mikkel Hansen is sad to learn about the experiences of the Ahlström family and promises to deal with the matter.

“None of our clients should feel that communication with our guide service is not in order. No one has to feel alone, and especially not in a situation like the one you are talking about here, where customers really need their travel agency. This is not good, and we will follow up immediately, ”he told BT

Joy and Nicolaj Ahlström have been isolated in Thailand since leaving Denmark on December 20.


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Jet2, easyJet, Tui, Emirates, Ryanair: Foreign Ministry travel advice updates for Spain, France, Greece and Italy this Christmas https://windgefluester.net/jet2-easyjet-tui-emirates-ryanair-foreign-ministry-travel-advice-updates-for-spain-france-greece-and-italy-this-christmas/ Sun, 26 Dec 2021 13:54:36 +0000 https://windgefluester.net/jet2-easyjet-tui-emirates-ryanair-foreign-ministry-travel-advice-updates-for-spain-france-greece-and-italy-this-christmas/ The Omicron variant has swept the country at high speed with fears of an impending lockdown of tougher restrictions that could be introduced before the New Year. The new variant was first discovered in South Africa and has since been behind a huge increase in Covid cases across the country. As the variant spread, a […]]]>

The Omicron variant has swept the country at high speed with fears of an impending lockdown of tougher restrictions that could be introduced before the New Year.

The new variant was first discovered in South Africa and has since been behind a huge increase in Covid cases across the country.

As the variant spread, a list of countries reintroduced their own travel restrictions in an attempt to help prevent the spread of the virus.

Read more: Traffic and travel news

This new variant is believed to double every two or three days, and reports suggest Boris Johnson is considering lockdown reactions after Christmas in an effort to slow the spread of the virus reported by Essex Live.

But what does this mean for international travel and what are the current guidelines for traveling to Europe?



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We have compiled a list of all current travel tips from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs for traveling to Italy, Spain, France and Greece.

Italy

Italy will accept UK proof of COVID-19 recovery and vaccination as the equivalent of a green pass.

If you are traveling with a printed PDF vaccination certificate, it must be dated November 1, 2021 to ensure that the certificate can be successfully scanned.

Your NHS vaccination center appointment card is not intended to be used as proof of vaccination and should not be used to demonstrate your vaccination status.

If you can prove that you are fully vaccinated, you can enter Italy without needing to self-isolate.

But you must complete the Passenger Tracking Form (EU PLF) before entering Italy to get a QR code to show your tour operator and border police. You can request a paper form if you do not have an electronic device.

You also need a negative PCR test done within 48 hours or a negative antigen test done within 24 hours before entering Italy.

If you are not fully vaccinated, you must complete the passenger tracking form, show proof of a negative coronavirus test, inform the prevention service of the local health authority of your entry into Italy, go to your final destination by private transport, isolate yourself for 5 days and perform another PCR or antigen test at the end of the isolation period.

Spain

The rules for entering Spain changed on December 1.

Before traveling to Spain, everyone, including children, must complete and sign an online health check form. If you do not complete this form electronically, you can submit it in hard copy prior to boarding.

Upon arrival at Spanish ports and airports, you must present the QR code issued when you completed the online health check form prior to travel.

You must also prove that you are fully vaccinated at least 14 days before your arrival and that EU citizens and family members accompanying an EU citizen (including those traveling for tourism purposes), residents from Spain or those covered by one of the other exemptions listed may present alternative documentation to the vaccination certificate.

If you are fully vaccinated and are traveling from the UK, you can enter Spain without having to be tested or quarantined, regardless of the reason for your trip.

You must prove that you are fully vaccinated to enter Spain from the UK if you are traveling for tourism purposes. If any of the exemptions listed apply to you, you may be able to present other documents upon entry.

You may also be subject to additional point-of-entry checks, including a temperature check, visual health assessment, or testing upon arrival.

Passengers can also be contacted and subjected to a PCR, TMA or LAMP test at any time up to 48 hours after arriving in Spain.

Requirements are country specific. You can get a minimum fine of € 3,000 if you do not comply with the requirements.



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France

Anyone wishing to travel from the UK to France, regardless of their vaccination status, can only do so for essential reasons, as defined by the French authorities.

French nationals, as well as residents in France, are considered to have an essential reason for traveling.

Travelers traveling for an essential reason must provide a negative coronavirus test carried out within 48 hours of departure, provide their contact details, including the address at which they will be staying, to the French authorities via an online form.

They must also complete an international travel form to prove the reason for essential travel and provide a self-certifying ‘sworn statement’ form that they do not suffer from symptoms associated with the coronavirus and have not been in contact with confirmed people. case in the previous fortnight.

Upon arrival in France, all travelers must self-isolate for 48 hours, after which a negative PCR or antigen test is required to emerge from self-isolation.

Without negative results, you will have to self-isolate for 10 days.

Drivers of heavy goods vehicles or vans arriving in France from the UK can continue to do so without providing a negative COVID-19 test to enter France.

Germany

New rules have been put in place for travel to Germany from 11:01 p.m. on December 22.

The rules include that travelers from areas with variant viruses must undergo a PCR test that is less than 48 hours old on departure if they are being transported by plane, train, ferry or bus to Germany.

Rapid antigen testing or other tests are no longer permitted.

Tourists are not allowed to travel to Germany from the UK, but UK nationals residing in Germany must show proof of residence upon entering Germany.

Authorized travelers entering Germany from the UK must complete a digital registration prior to departure, regardless of their vaccination status.

Authorized travelers from the UK to Germany aged six and over must have proof of a negative pre-flight test, regardless of their vaccination status. It must be a PCR test.

The PCR test can be 48 hours old at the start if you enter Germany by plane, ferry, bus or train. If you are traveling alone, such as in a car, the PCR test may only take a maximum of 48 hours upon entry (see “Testing requirements” below).

Upon arrival in Germany, all authorized travelers from the UK must self-quarantine at home for 14 days, regardless of their vaccination status.

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TUI fly Belgium makes its first flight to Havana https://windgefluester.net/tui-fly-belgium-makes-its-first-flight-to-havana/ Fri, 24 Dec 2021 15:11:11 +0000 https://windgefluester.net/tui-fly-belgium-makes-its-first-flight-to-havana/ TUI fly Belgium today inaugurated its Brussels-Havana link, in addition to the airline’s planned return to the Cuban seaside resort of Varadero. Before passengers boarded the plane at 7:00 a.m., a simple ceremony took place at Brussels Airport which included the traditional ribbon cutting and an allegorical Caribbean island cake. In her intervention, the Cuban […]]]>

TUI fly Belgium today inaugurated its Brussels-Havana link, in addition to the airline’s planned return to the Cuban seaside resort of Varadero.

Before passengers boarded the plane at 7:00 a.m., a simple ceremony took place at Brussels Airport which included the traditional ribbon cutting and an allegorical Caribbean island cake.

In her intervention, the Cuban Ambassador to Belgium, Yaira Jiménez, thanked the travelers for choosing the largest of the Antilles as their destination and underlined the safety and quality of service on site.

You will arrive in a country that has successfully managed the Covid-19 pandemic, despite the difficulties, and with a population almost completely immune with our own vaccines, the protocols of which we make available to all.“, she commented.

The diplomat said Cuba has one hundred percent certified tourist facilities and has characteristics that make it a different destination.

In addition to nature, culture and history, they will find the human warmth of a people with a lot of preparation, intelligence and hospitality», She added during the event, also in the presence of Léon Verhallen, director of aviation development at Brussels airport, and the director of TUI fly Belgium, Erik Follet.

The airline will serve Havana on a weekly basis, as well as Varadero, but plans to increase its operations to the Cuban capital to two weekly flights.

Source: TVSantiago


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Successful strategy change to thwart anti-vax campaigns https://windgefluester.net/successful-strategy-change-to-thwart-anti-vax-campaigns/ Wed, 22 Dec 2021 16:10:00 +0000 https://windgefluester.net/successful-strategy-change-to-thwart-anti-vax-campaigns/ SIMON O’CONNOR / Tips Tui Ora chief executive Hayden Wano said there had been a deliberate dissemination of “propaganda and disinformation” in communities like Waitara and Marfell. (File photo) A change in strategy to increase Covid-19 vaccination rates in communities deliberately targeted by a “propaganda and disinformation” campaign is working, a Taranaki health official said. […]]]>
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Tui Ora chief executive Hayden Wano said there had been a deliberate dissemination of “propaganda and disinformation” in communities like Waitara and Marfell. (File photo)

A change in strategy to increase Covid-19 vaccination rates in communities deliberately targeted by a “propaganda and disinformation” campaign is working, a Taranaki health official said.

Tui Ora chief executive Hayden Wano said Waitara and Marfell, two areas that were lagging behind in terms of immunization, are now moving in the right direction due to a revamped approach based on building relationships with those who are still on the verge of getting the jab.

Wano said the game plan change was, in part, a response to a “conscious effort” by some to spread disinformation about Covid-19.

This included a flyer in Marfell and a sticker campaign in Waitara, which was linked to a conspiracy group known to promote anti-vax sentiment.

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The strategy to increase immunization rates in communities like Waitara has shifted clinics like this from knocking on doors.  (File photo)

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The strategy to increase immunization rates in communities like Waitara has shifted clinics like this from knocking on doors. (File photo)

Wano said it had become clear that the approach to mass vaccination needs to change in communities like Waitara and Marfell in response to targeted attempts.

Working alongside Te Aranga (the Covid-19 response arm of the eight iwi of Taranaki), Wano said workers with ties to the two areas went knocking on doors, where they most often already knew people. who had not yet received a vaccine.

Rather than confront the misinformation, he said the relational, door-to-door approach provides a “credible voice and alternative” for people, with the ability to sit down and discuss their concerns with them.

The Disinformation Center, part of Te Pūnaha Matatini / Center for Research Excellence, has been studying the spread of disinformation and disinformation since February 2020, examining various online platforms, including Facebook, Instagram and Telegram.

As of mid-August of this year, a working paper written by researchers at the center said there had been a drastic increase in publications and engagement that “show an increasing growth and spread trajectory, widens and deepens every week “.

Protests like this one in New Plymouth under the banner of the Freedom and Rights Coalition have drawn hundreds of people.  (File photo)

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Protests like this one in New Plymouth under the banner of the Freedom and Rights Coalition have drawn hundreds of people. (File photo)

This included a sharp increase in the popularity of Covid-19-specific disinformation, as well as “dangerous speech” linked to far-right ideologies.

One of the themes of the content defined by disinformation was the emphasis on the state over the individual rights of people.

While the dean of Taranaki Cathedral, Jay Ruka, said he understood the “sentiment” around the position on rights and freedom, whose words had a dominant presence over the protest signs used to s Opposing the government making vaccination compulsory in Taranaki and around Aotearoa, he felt there was a deeper story that had not been recognized.

The dean of Taranaki Cathedral, Jay Ruka, believes a refocus on relationships, or whakawhānautanga, is needed to combat the divide caused by government vaccine mandates.  (File photo)

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The dean of Taranaki Cathedral, Jay Ruka, believes a refocus on relationships, or whakawhānautanga, is needed to combat the divide caused by government vaccine mandates. (File photo)

Thus, the individual rights and freedoms argument was intrinsically linked to land ownership and colonization, which he saw as the “fundamental case of injustice” in New Zealand.

Ruka said he did not want in any way to downplay the “real pain” that people who had lost their jobs due to vaccination warrants had suffered, but felt it was “the easy option” to describe the situation like “them against us”.

The church leader said he is trying to look at the issues from all sides and understand different points of view.

“You try to be quick to listen and slow to judge.”

While there have been no quick fixes to tackling misinformation and disinformation, Ruka felt the need to refocus on the importance of relationships, or whakawhānautanga, with others.


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TUI: RIU inaugurates the Riu Paraiso Lanzarote hotel following a complete renovation https://windgefluester.net/tui-riu-inaugurates-the-riu-paraiso-lanzarote-hotel-following-a-complete-renovation/ Mon, 20 Dec 2021 15:40:06 +0000 https://windgefluester.net/tui-riu-inaugurates-the-riu-paraiso-lanzarote-hotel-following-a-complete-renovation/ This hotel reopens its doors with a new image after undergoing the latest renovation that the group will present this year The Riu Paraiso Lanzarote has retained its essence and offers guests the characteristic services of the hotel with an enhanced experience RIU Hotels and Resorts presents the total renovation of the Riu Paraiso Lanzarote […]]]>
  • This hotel reopens its doors with a new image after undergoing the latest renovation that the group will present this year
  • The Riu Paraiso Lanzarote has retained its essence and offers guests the characteristic services of the hotel with an enhanced experience

RIU Hotels and Resorts presents the total renovation of the Riu Paraiso Lanzarote hotel, a family favorite on this island. Once this renovation is complete, all RIU hotels in the Canary Islands are now open for the peak winter season. The hotel, located on the promenade of Playa de los Pocillos, has a totally fresh look with more comfortable and modern spaces, and the facilities have been completely redecorated.

The hotel has become a favorite place for families thanks to its courteous staff and All inclusive 24 hours a day a service. Guests will now be able to enjoy open and bright spaces that become one with nature thanks to the extensive gardens that surround the hotel and the volcanic rock used in some of the hotel’s most important buildings.

Guests will also find a completely renovated reception area with new skylights throughout the lobby, which provide a feeling of space and light, and can enjoy the new lobby bar around the clock.

The Riu Paraiso Lanzarote has 597 rooms which have all been completely renovated. The interior of the hotel presents a minimalist look with new furniture, which will allow guests to enjoy a more restful and comfortable stay.

In the exterior spaces of the hotel, almost all swimming pools has been completely replaced and now have different sizes and shapes. In addition, the surrounding solariums have been enlarged and have spaces with sun loungers and retractable umbrellas so that guests can adapt the shade to their needs.

The children’s pool has been moved to the RiuLand area and the wellness center is now located next to the gym. These layout changes will make it easier for customers to benefit from several additional services at the same time and to enrich their experience.

The catering offer is now expanding with the two new “Pepe’s food “ Restaurants. Guests can sample the traditional grills of this restaurant in any area of ​​the resort.

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About RIU Hotels & Resorts

The international chain RIU was founded in Mallorca by the Riu family in 1953 as a small holiday company and still belongs to the third generation of the family. The company specializes in resorts and more than 70% of its establishments offer its acclaimed All Inclusive by RIU service. With the inauguration of its first city hotel in 2010, RIU is expanding its product line with its own line of city hotels called Riu Plaza. RIU Hotels & Resorts now has 93 hotels in 19 countries that welcome more than 4.5 million customers per year and employ a total of 29,985 people. RIU is currently the 35th chain in the world, one of the most popular in the Caribbean, the 4th in Spain in terms of turnover and the fourth in number of rooms.


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TUI, easyJet, Jet2, BA, Ryanair: Germany latest to tighten restrictions on UK travelers https://windgefluester.net/tui-easyjet-jet2-ba-ryanair-germany-latest-to-tighten-restrictions-on-uk-travelers/ Sun, 19 Dec 2021 12:44:48 +0000 https://windgefluester.net/tui-easyjet-jet2-ba-ryanair-germany-latest-to-tighten-restrictions-on-uk-travelers/ German public health authorities are tightening the country’s restrictions in an attempt to stop the spread of the Omicron variant. From midnight today (Sunday 19 December) or 11 p.m. UK time, airlines will be banned from carrying UK tourists to Germany. Travelers from the UK will not be allowed to enter Germany, only German citizens […]]]>

German public health authorities are tightening the country’s restrictions in an attempt to stop the spread of the Omicron variant.

From midnight today (Sunday 19 December) or 11 p.m. UK time, airlines will be banned from carrying UK tourists to Germany.

Travelers from the UK will not be allowed to enter Germany, only German citizens and residents, their partners and children will be allowed to travel.

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A 14-day quarantine is mandatory despite vaccination status, and anyone entering the country will have to undergo a negative PCR test.

The Robert-Koch-Institut announced the new rules on Saturday classifying the UK as an area of ​​concern for virus variants – the highest level of Covid risk.

He said the restrictions could last until at least January 3.

Germany is the latest of a number of countries to ban British travelers, with France doing so on Friday, December 17.

The following countries currently ban UK travelers:

  • Germany
  • Australia
  • Spain
  • Bhutan
  • Brunei
  • the falkland islands
  • Benign
  • Indonesia
  • China
  • Laos
  • New Zealand
  • Malaysia
  • Suriname
  • Taiwan
  • Burma

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Former Bishop’s Stortford Travel Agent TUI To Become ‘Healthy’ Takeout For ‘On-the-Go Work Classes’ https://windgefluester.net/former-bishops-stortford-travel-agent-tui-to-become-healthy-takeout-for-on-the-go-work-classes/ Sat, 18 Dec 2021 00:01:00 +0000 https://windgefluester.net/former-bishops-stortford-travel-agent-tui-to-become-healthy-takeout-for-on-the-go-work-classes/ A former Bishop’s Stortford travel agent is poised to become a “working class” takeout with a “focus on healthy eating.” Cem Camak has applied to the East Herts council for a building permit to convert the former three-story TUI premises in the market square into a ground-floor hot food outlet with two apartments above. The […]]]>

A former Bishop’s Stortford travel agent is poised to become a “working class” takeout with a “focus on healthy eating.”

Cem Camak has applied to the East Herts council for a building permit to convert the former three-story TUI premises in the market square into a ground-floor hot food outlet with two apartments above.

The travel agency closed at the end of 2019 and the premises have been empty since.

Former travel agency TUI Place du Marché (53788201)

Mr Camak’s request to the planning authority states: “The limited footprint does not lend itself to retail use and there is very little interest in using it for this purpose.

“Although there is a choice of à la carte restaurants, there is a clear under-supply of hot take-out outlets for the working class on the go, but in particular one that emphasizes healthy eating.

“The apartments offered on the upper floors will again accommodate downtown workers who need suitable accommodation in the city center where housing on the outskirts is too expensive or will involve expensive travel.

Zizzi in the market square, before it closed during the lockdown
Zizzi in the market square, before it closed during the lockdown

“The proposal will have no negative impact on the existing social and economic characteristics of the region, as it is simply an extension of the particular identity of Market Square with its varied catering facilities.”

According to Paul Ailey’s website www.stortfordhistory.co.uk, the building was originally a pub serving beer from the Hertford McMullen brewery and unique in that it only opened on Thursday – market day . Later, a third floor and an attic room were added.

The East Herts board is also considering requests from DOUGH & Co / Burger Amour Stortford Ltd to serve alcohol from noon to 11 p.m. seven days a week at the former Zizzi restaurant premises in Market Square. The Italian-style channel withdrew from the city during the first Covid-19 lockdown.

Christopher Sharman, the man behind Burger Amour and DOUGH & Co restaurants at Anchor Street Leisure Center, did not answer questions from India on its plans for the three outlets.

Chris Sharman outside his pizzeria in Anchor Street.  Image: Vikki Lince
Chris Sharman outside his pizzeria in Anchor Street. Image: Vikki Lince

Greens Organics, a new cafe located in the former Toni & Guy barber shop in Market Square, has requested a license amendment so that it can sell alcohol 97 hours per week, up from 66 hours currently.

He wants to be allowed to serve drinks from 9 a.m. to 11 p.m., Monday to Saturday, and from 10 a.m. to 11 p.m. on Sunday. Currently, the company, which is part of the Corn Exchange, can serve from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. every day except Sunday, when operations are permitted between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m.

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