Slovenia was the first to declare the end of the epidemic and open its borders. Tourist guides are already ready and waiting for the first tours

first_imgDo you see an opportunity to return to tourism and the guide business we once knew? We predict that in the beginning, only Slovenes will be visitors. As pleasant as it is to have your people as guests it is also demanding. Yes, they mostly know everything about their country. That is why we have prepared a special guide around the Ljubljana Marshes (in the early morning, in the evening with the sunset and one during the day). We will spend around Ljubljana from a ‘fish perspective’ in canoes, it is something for those who like a little adventure. A particularly interesting tour is the one called “The First Time”, and leads through places in the city where something happened – the first time. We put together a whole range of places where Slovenian films were made, a tour where we get to know the development of the language, guided tours of Baroque Ljubljana… Of course we included the whole of Slovenia: Bohinj, Bled, Piran-Strunjan-saltworks… Slovenj Gradec, Carinthia… and never with foreign visitors we don’t go into so much detail because there is no time for introduction to the context, and with the locals – we just have to. When? Next week! Guides will learn something from the guide, get ideas for their tours, very collegially and selflessly. When do you expect the first real guests? – The tourism industry has been closed for two months in an effort to curb the epidemic, and this decision is the first to ease restrictions in the sector. The activity, moreover the proactivity of Slovenian tourist guides through this period was a really rare example of organization, harmony and creativity in the profession. Dozens of extremely high-quality webinars, trainings were held online, countless messages about the situation in Slovenia were recorded, and they were active in the international professional network. All detachments. Slovenia’s tourism workers can’t wait, although they will start with smaller operations, but all shops will be able to open, while bars and restaurants will be able to serve indoors again, the Slovenian government decided on Wednesday. According to the same government decrees, the only facilities that must remain closed are accommodation facilities with a capacity of more than 30 rooms, spa accommodation, wellness and fitness centers, swimming pools and water parks. “This is something that, I think, humanity has not yet experienced in its history. There were wars, but it didn’t happen that the whole world stopped. My last – ‘before the crown’ group – were associations of ex-mayors from London. On the first day everything still seemed normal, and then on the second day of their visit every hour there was a ban: we could not use the funicular, the meeting with the mayor was canceled… It seemed calmer in Bled, but when the group had to leave for Croatia, it became – impossible. The others are blocked in Slovenia. They were ordered a plane and when my colleague and I jumped on the bus, it became clear to me to see them off – this is serious. Occurs. Our guests are still not or aware that we are inventing something, because everything was ok with them, but for a short time. ” Every conversation with people from the world of tourism comes down to the time before the corona – and to the “what now” question. Mateja recalled her last ‘pre-crown’ of the group she hosted in Ljubljana. “We must respect measures in all these activities. Since the tours of the city do not need to have masks, but we must maintain a distance of 1,5 meters. To make ourselves heard better, we will use headphones and kits, maybe loudspeakers, or even phone apps that we are still testing. For now, visitors will come in their own arrangement. I hope soon and less groups from neighboring countries. Now is the right time because there is no crowd” Given Slovenia’s orientation towards sustainable tourism, the green heart of Europe that promotes Slovenia, Mateja’s specialty is increasingly in demand. Did you keep in touch with your guests? Colleagues? Agencies? How did they react? “Regardless of the fact that the whole world was in a “lockdown”, people still wanted contacts. It was clear to us that people would not travel again, as they used to. Guests and agencies contacted us saying, “No travel until there is no vaccine,” “Nowhere until there is no cure”… But what’s important, we stayed in touch. There was no room for discouragement and we told them we missed them. They called us regularly, and we called them. We used social networks, and on Palm Sunday we started with video messages on the YouTube channel Regional Tourist Guides of Slovenia. ” Finally, when asked how to proceed, Kregar Gliha points out that we will see soon. “Let’s just think, let’s discuss, let’s connect. I don’t think that’s a problem for us in that part of Europe. ” The Slovenian government, STA reports – the Slovenian news agency – has officially announced the end of the coronavirus epidemic. Private albumcenter_img How did you design that interaction? How did you set priorities for which audience to address? “We decided to make it a program in different languages. So we have Sundays for Slovenian, Monday for English, Tuesday for German, Wednesday for Italian, Thursday and Friday for French or. Spanish or some other language (Mandarin, Dutch,…), and Saturdays are for Slavic languages ​​(Croatian, Polish, Czech, Russian, Ukrainian, Serbian, Bosnian,….). So we wanted to provide that everyone is really welcome, of course, when they have the opportunity” Cover photo: Visit Ljubljana We have already said many times: quality not quantity. Now we have time to work on it. What will such guides look like in practice? Did you get recommendations, instructions, prohibitions, restrictions? And the possibility opened up even before everyone hoped, and as Mateja Kregar Gliha points out, citizens are slowly getting used to sanitary measures at the time of the corona, so why can’t they respect tourism now. “So already organized to work in small groups and mini »professional trips will open guides. They will now be, speaking the crown of the dictionary – zero tourists. Sometimes you express how much they know, sometimes how much they don’t know about their country. Such guides, in small groups, are a great opportunity to test our ideas and knowledge: what is good, what is not good, what should be added, taken away… This is also an opportunity to think, what to do to make tourism not only seasonal, but that we can make a nice living from it all year round. Mateja, but also her colleagues did not waste time and showed exceptional activity in the profession during the quarantine period. “The first reaction is shock, I trust everyone. But then you say; come on I’ll use the time to ‘iron’ my website, tidy it up, read it… Then a little more serious plans start like – I’ll rent a garden. But there was no peace in the company of Slovenian guides. We agreed that we need to do something for our audience. We had zoom rallies and constantly exchanged There were so many rhymes for education and skills that we could pass on to each other, no matter the distance. Zoom and Hangouts and other platforms have become our main tools for knowledge transfer. At ARGOS, we are divided by region and after these virtual meetings we concluded that we need to see each other more often, even after quarantine.” A colleague Matej Kregar Gliha I found myself working today… programs for next week. Mateja, a doyenne in Slovenian guide waters, in addition to being a local guide, she is a Tour manager, Destination Consultant, WFTGA Guide Trainer and what is especially interesting, and in our infancy – Green Destinations Ambassador. In a sea of ​​black news and catastrophic forecasts for the tourism industry, and at the same time very few concrete proposals and actions and initiatives, and a lot of provocations and harsh accusations at all levels, Slovenia made a pioneering step and launched the first optimistic news. “This time was given to us to think about us and our business from some other perspective. It won’t be like it was in 2019 for a long time, but after every rain the sun comes, even this time. Slowly, at a slow pace, for us to try something new, and to see how much tourism really means to us. So far, they have seen it as something crowded. But now we are more humble and I think we will respect him more. And on the other hand, tourism now has a great opportunity, to define its direction. What are these programs, which are really high quality and what does a quality life bring to all of us? We cannot talk about quality tourism, if the economy and social of the local population are endangered and if we destroy the environment. It must not be just seasonal. We have already said many times: quality not quantity. Now we have the opportunity to work on it. It’s not easy, but we have to get out of the ‘comfort zone’ we’ve lived in so far. Nothing will be the way it used to be, we know that” Key measures of distance between people remain in place, but one major restriction has been lifted: EU citizens will be able to cross the border. Of course, with some warnings, the Slovenian tourism industry is at a low start and ready for action. As soon as the measures for easing the quarantine restrictions come into force on Monday, they will start reviving their activities. This is demanding, very demanding. Are domestic guests more critical than foreign ones? last_img read more

Newcastle place Zaha high on summer shopping list

first_img read also:Zaha hailed for saving lives during coronavirus pandemic The Ivory Coast forward had been seeking a move since January as he is in pursuit of Champions League football. The 27-year-old has reportedly appointed super-agent Pini Zahavi to broker a transfer. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Newcastle United are eyeing Crystal Palace star, Wilfried Zaha, for the summer market. Should the Premier league approve the £300million buyout, Newcastle will be able to afford Zaha’s £60million price tag with the inordinate amount of wealth accessible through the Saudi Public Investment Fund, which is worth a reported £320billion, says the Daily Mail.Advertisement Loading… Promoted ContentHere Are The Best Movies Since 1982 You Should Definitely SeeBirds Enjoy Living In A Gallery Space Created For Them6 Ridiculous Health Myths That Are Actually TrueWhich Country Is The Most Romantic In The World?TV Characters Who Hated Each Other But Later Became FriendsWho’s The Best Car Manufacturer Of All Time?10 Risky Jobs Some Women DoWho Is The Most Powerful Woman On Earth?8 Superfoods For Growing Hair Back And Stimulating Its GrowthThe Highest Paid Football Players In The World7 Of The Wealthiest Universities In The WorldTop 9 Scariest Haunted Castles In Europelast_img read more

Who’s sitting on the Warriors’ latest back-to-back?

first_imgKlay Thompson subscribes. You can too for just 11 cents a day for 11 months + receive a free Warriors Championship book. Sign me up!LOS ANGELES — Even if the Warriors want the No. 1 seed, they have still considered health as the No. 1 priority.Exhibit A: Veteran center Andrew Bogut and veteran forward Shaun Livingston will sit out when the Warriors (53-23) visit the Los Angeles Lakers (35-43) on Thursday. The team had them stay in the Bay Area instead of traveling for their two-day trip down …last_img read more

AITA’s dictatorial attitude harmful for Indian tennis, slams Mahesh Bhupathi

first_imgStung by the two-year ban imposed on him, veteran tennis star Mahesh Bhupathi today hit back at the AITA, accusing the game’s governing body of resorting to “divide-and-rule” policy and said its “dictatorial attitude” will be harmful for the future of Indian tennis.A hurt Bhupathi made a scathing attack on AITA and its president Anil Khanna who, he alleged, was playing “dirty politics” and creating rift among players, particularly between him and Leander Paes.”Khanna has redefined the term divide and rule. The AITA and its dictatorial attitude, and its administration are harmful for the future of Indian tennis,” Bhupathi said at a press conference here today where he also circulated his correspondence with the AITA ahead of the London Olympics.The veteran tennis pro said he had no choice but to accept the ban but was now exploring legal options.”My being termed a dictator is unacceptable to me. I don’t know if we can do anything, but there is no option not to accept the ban. We will definitely pursue a legal route.(My) lawyers are deciding the course of action, can’t say much now,” he said.Bhupathi minced no words has he launched an attack against Khanna. “He has redefined the term divide and rule and at this year’s Olympics he used Leander’s shoulder to fire the gun against me multiple times. Unfortunately the media terms this a Bhupathi-Paes rift and the true underbelly is left unquestioned.””As far as I am concerned, I was always banned by the AITA, they never supported anything I did for the sport, only when they couldn’t do without me and they needed the doubles point in Davis Cup, I got the email.”They continue to misuse the power they have to try and teach me a lesson only because they feel I am able to do a lot more for the sports than they do and in the midst of all this, not only did we players suffer but so did the sport and in turn the country,” he said.Bhupathi said he was available for last week’s Davis Cup tie against New Zealand and that he was not informed about the ban by AITA.”I always feel like playing for India. I was available for the tie last week but no one from AITA asked me. I actually got an email about the ban from a press person. Didn’t hear anything from AITA.advertisement”I played my last match for India in the present circumstances (London Games) and next year will be my last on the tour definitely. A lot of people celebrated on the day we lost (in Olympics),” he saidBhupathi urged the either the Sports Ministry or the IOA to intervene.”There are powers like IOA or Sports Ministry who can take action. I don’t know who to complain to. If it is sports Ministry or IOA or somebody, it needs to step in for Indian tennis.”Despite giving his all, he said he never got the cooperation from AITA.”Tennis has given me everything I am today and by God’s grace I am able to give back a lot to the sport. I have running tennis events, building tennis courts, raising money for talented kids and even opening academies across the country.”However, at every step of the way, the establishment has put spokes in the wheel. So much so that they changed the constitution to make sure I am not able to run any event in India without them being a part of it.”Anil has been upset with me for being able to develop talent, which he should have done. For developing avenue and for developing the game.”Talking about the fiasco ahead of the Games, he said: “No one made an effort to talk to me or Leander. Zero effort was made to get us in a room and solve the issue.”Two days after the beginning of French Open, AITA told me that we (Bhupathi and Sania Mirza) weren’t the obvious choice for mixed doubles in Olympics.”last_img read more

10 months agoKitson slams Liverpool ace Salah: You cheated

first_imgKitson slams Liverpool ace Salah: You cheatedby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveFormer Premier League striker Paul Kitson has slammed Liverpool ace Mohamed Salah for ‘cheating’.Salah won a penalty before successfully converting his spot-kick during the Reds’ 4-0 Boxing Day rout at Anfield. And despite some claiming he dived, Salah was cleared of any wrongdoing.However, Kitson wrote for The Sun: “The truth is that Salah falling over at Anfield against Newcastle with Liverpool top of the league and already winning the match, is the easiest decision any referee can make.“It’s cheating and I don’t recognise it as part of the game that I love.“Unfortunately, the rewards in football are such that many players feel no shame in throwing themselves to the floor and there is absolutely no doubt the biggest players in the biggest teams are favoured by most teams.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

Mohawks end CN Rail standoff after release of Cheyenne Foxs father vow

first_imgBy Jorge Barrera and Jason Leroux APTN National News TYENDINAGA MOHAWK TERRITORY–Mohawks from Tyendinaga and Akwesanse forced the shutdown of CN Rail’s track between Toronto and Ottawa for a little over three hours Saturday in response to the Harper government’s refusal to call a public inquiry to examine the high number of murdered and missing Indigenous women across the country.The action also coincided with International Women’s Day.The OPP arrested four people, including prominent Mohawk activist Shawn Brant and John Fox, whose daughter Cheyenne Fox was killed last April after she fell from the 24th floor of a Toronto condo.The rail track shutdown ended after the Mohawks agreed to pull back in exchange for the release of Fox.Eight freight trains and four VIA passenger trains were stranded during the shutdown which lasted from 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., said Jim Feeny, spokesperson for CN.“This is a long way from being over,” said John Fox, shortly after the OPP escorted him to his car which was parked near the rail line which crossed Wyman Rd. along the Tyendinaga reserve border, about 21 kilometres east of Belleville, Ont. “I want everyone to be united on this issue, be there for the women today.”Toronto police ruled Cheyenne Fox’s death a suicide. Fox, who was a sex worker, was visiting the condo of a john at the time of her death.John Fox said the OPP had planned to charge him with mischief. He was eventually released unconditionally.OPP spokesperson Sgt. Kristine Rae said charges are pending for mischief, assault and “weapons dangerous” against the three others still in custody. Rae said she couldn’t release their names until they are officially charged Sunday. The three will appear via video conference with a justice of the peace either in Belleville, Napanee, Ont., or Ottawa, said Rae.The Mohawks alerted CN at about 9:30 a.m. triggering the shut down. As the Mohawks moved in to take up their positions the OPP arrived and one of the windows of an unmarked cruiser was smashed. Fox and Brant were the first to be arrested. Then, two other men, nicknamed “Cracker” and “Ribs,” were arrested during hand-to-hand melee.After the second round of arrests, two OPP Aboriginal liaison officers began negotiating with the Mohawks to end the rail shut down. By this time about 30 OPP officers and one CN Rail police officer positioned themselves two rows deep separating the about 17 remaining Mohawks from the south-side of rail track.Several OPP trucks and cruisers were also gathered on the north side of the rail track. The OPP also blocked all roads leading to the north side of the tracks, which crossed Wyman Road. The Tyendinaga Mohawk Police also blocked the south side of Wyman Road, effectively sealing off the Mohawks.At least one OPP officer was seen with an assault rifle.The OPP liaison officer, who said her name was Joanne, led the negotiations for the OPP and tried to convince the Mohawks that their message on missing and murdered Indigenous women had been heard.“I understand it’s an emotional time, it’s an emotional issue, I understand that,” said the liaison officer. “I understand tensions are high right now, let’s keep the dialogue open here.”Dan Doreen, who acted as a spokesperson for the Mohawks, which included two men from Akwesasne and the rest from Tyendinaga, responded saying Friday’s report from the Parliamentary committee on violence against Indigenous women and Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s refusal to call an inquiry left them with little choice. The Conservative-dominated committee of MPs did not include calling a public inquiry in its recommendations to the federal government.“(Harper) showed nothing, showed no compassion to our Indigenous women, towards Native people in Canada in general and toward women in general,” said Doreen. “If it wasn’t for my family standing behind me, I have no problems throwing down.”Joanne, the OPP liaison, then suggested there were other avenues through which they could press their issues like on Parliament Hill.“Parliament Hill? You just sit out there in the cold and you get some piece of crap to come out and talk to you,” said Doreen.Doreen said the only time First Nation people get results is when they take matters into their own hands like during Oka, Ipperwash and when the Tyendinaga Mohawks occupied a quarry on their claimed territory in 2007.“You can’t tell me that peaceful protest and stuff like that works. It don’t. What works is being out here on the road,” he said.Despite being out numbered, the Mohawks remained defiant throughout the standoff.“We are trying to protect everybody, white and Native, but it takes these kind of people to show we are not sacred to fall down,” said George Zacharaiah. “I might be 70 years-old, but I guarantee it will take more than one of them to take me down.”One man, who went by the name of Ahtonwa, said he was there for his sister.“Aboriginal women are going missing and nobody is doing anything,” he said. “We deserve to be heard, we deserve to have this done, I know why I am here and everybody else knows why they are here and it’s worth the cost.”The arrest of Fox, however, became a major concern for the Mohawks and they began pressing to have him released.After Joanne relayed the request to her commander word returned that Fox would be freed if the standoff ended. The Mohawks then held a meeting on the road and agreed to the exchange.Fox was escorted in from the north side of the tracks and met with cheers and whoops.“I love you guys,” said Fox.After a ceremony with tobacco, the Mohawks left in their vehicles, the red Warrior and purple Iroquois Confederacy flags snapping in the breeze.“Until the next time,” said Doreen.The trains began to run by about 1:30 p.m. The first freight train through pulled tanker [email protected]@JorgeBarreralast_img read more