The UNWTO is promoting a new code of legal protection for tourists

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The World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) has presented the International Code for the Protection of Tourists. The plan seeks to raise the legal backing of travelers as consumers and will provide tourists affected by emergency situations with clearer and more consistent assistance conditions worldwide.

The Committee for the Development of an International Code for the Protection of Tourists was attended by 92 UNWTO Member States. Together, they adopted a specific action plan aimed at restoring tourists’ confidence, thanks common and harmonized framework.

In the coming next weeks, International Organizations, the European Commission and the Private Stakeholders will be invited to join this initiative to achieve a more fair and balanced share of responsibilities among all tourism stakeholders in the post-COVID-19 world.

Recommendations for the Assistance to International Tourists in Emergency Situations:

  • Preventing potential problems by developing, implementing coordination protocols, and training tourism stakeholders.
  • Providing real-time information for tourists.
  • Addressing cross-border cooperation between governments and tourism service providers.
  • Fostering close collaboration between governments and travel and accommodation providers.
  • Addressing the effective repatriation of tourists.

The next UNWTO General Assembly is expected to be held at the end of 2021 in Morocco, where a report will be presented on the progress made with the development of the international code.

5 destinations to travel in Mexico after Covid-19

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Are you looking for places to enjoy your first vacation after the pandemic? We have a few recommendations for you!

1. Puerto Vallarta

The romantic and tropical town of Puerto Vallarta is situated on the Pacific Coast of Mexico. Puerto Vallarta is located along the beautiful Banderas Bay, boasting numerous idyllic beaches with soft sand and azure waters. The stunning and nostalgic downtown bursts with culture and history and has an undeniable charm.

The city enjoys a vibrant nightlife, with plenty of bars and clubs as well as stage performances from local renowned singers.

2. Cancun

The stunning city of Cancun is located on the Northeast of Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula in the area of Quintana Roo, where the rich Mayan culture and history shines through on every corner. Cancun is surrounded by white sand beaches, the paradisiac Caribbean Sea, and blue skies stretching afar, creating a dream-like oasis.

The clear waters of Cancun are perfect for water sports, such as snorkeling, paddle boarding, and jet skiing. It’s also a great spot for fishing and getting a delightful sight of the colorful marine life.

3. Cabo San Lucas

Cabo is located at the southern tip of the Baja California Peninsula, which makes for ideal weather. The sun is gloriously warm during the day and then temperatures comfortably drop during the evening, as the cool wind from California blows through the city. Cabo is home to numerous blissful beaches that are perfect for sunbathing and swimming and offer unspoiled views of the enchanting Sea of Cortez.

As well as adventuring into the ocean and engaging with marine life, you can also adventure into the desert and discover all of its wonders.

4. Huatulco

Bahías de Huatulco is one of the beach destinations that still preserves its natural wealth, that is why if you are a nature lover, visiting this destination is a must. You can also find beautiful flawless beaches to visit.

A difference from other touristic destinations in Mexico is that they are always full of people, in Huatulco you can live the calm and tranquility of its environment where you live a rhythm of life that makes relaxing and enjoying the beach really possible.

5. Mazatlan

Mazatlan is located on the Sea of ​​Cortez and is one of the preferred vacation destinations.

It has a 21 km boardwalk with a fascinating environment, considered one of the longest in the world. Turquoise blue waters that are home to several beautiful beaches; where you can rest on their white and smooth sand.

You can also practice surfing, windsurfing, diving and kayaking in some of them.

What sanitary protocol will be taken after Covid-19?

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Airlines, travel companies and the tourism industry as a whole face an unprecedented challenge from the coronavirus pandemic. For it to recover, travelers will need to feel confident that their health is protected, therefore there will be a shift to contactless travel and a new security regime.

In this note we tell you about the hygiene measures that the different providers within the tourism industry will be taking once the countries begin to open borders and people begin to travel again.

1. Flights

IATA specified that they are in favor of implementing security measures such as the mandatory use of masks during the trip (both by passengers and crew), temperature check-ups before and after the flight, a new method of boarding and deboarding from the aircraft to avoid agglomerations and to limit cabin movements.

IATA also advocates for the increase in the frequency of cabin cleaning and simplifying meal service to limit interaction between crew and passengers.

2. Hotels

The hotels will include a 360 quality, safety and hygiene program that addresses all aspects of operation and guest experience, from check in to check out, some of them are:

  • Health procedure upon arrival at a hotel, including body temperature control at a hygiene check station; cleaning the lobby with high-level disinfectant every hour and cleaning of luggage and personal electronic devices.
  • Increased sanitation in all hotel areas, including high human contact areas, such as stairs, elevators, public areas and bathrooms.
  • Express check-out service to minimize contact.

3. Restaurants

Restaurants will include a food and drink protocol where social distancing measures will be implemented, while staff will wear masks and use reinforced hygiene techniques.

4. Meetings and events

Business meeting tourism has been one of the tourist segments most affected by the pandemic caused by Covid-19 and will probably be one of the last to recover.

Some event organizers are already working on conducting online events, while others outline new health protocols for their postponed events, some of the measures to be implemented are:

  • Temperature check-ups.
  • Health kit for participants.
  • Personnel and attendants with face masks.
  • Set-ups at 50% capacity.
  • Microphone and equipment sanitation.
  • Use of digital devices for internal communication of the event.

5. Transportation

Sanitized units, drivers wearing face masks and gloves, who take care of handling doors and luggage. The units will limit their capacity to 50%.

Everything you need to know about the Covid-19

As the coronavirus pandemic spreads around the world, there are hundreds of questions about COVID-19, which is why we have put together the top 10 most recurring questions on this topic in order to be more informed and take action necessary protection.

What is a coronavirus?

Coronaviruses are an extensive family of viruses that can cause disease in both animals and humans. In humans, several coronaviruses are known to cause respiratory infections that can range from the common cold to more serious illnesses such as Middle East respiratory syndrome (MERS) and severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS).

What is COVID-19?

COVID-19 is the most recently discovered infectious disease caused by the coronavirus. Both the new virus and the disease were unknown before the outbreak in Wuhan, China, in December 2019.

What are the symptoms?

The most common symptoms of COVID-19 are fever, tiredness, and dry cough. Some patients may experience pain, nasal congestion, runny nose, sore throat, or diarrhea. These symptoms are usually mild and appear gradually. Some people become infected but do not develop any symptoms and are not ill.

How does it spread?

A person can get COVID-19 from contact with someone who is infected with the virus. The disease can spread from person to person through droplets from the nose or mouth that are thrown out when an infected person coughs or exhales. These droplets fall on objects and surfaces around the person, so other people can get COVID-19 if they touch these objects or surfaces and then touch their eyes, nose, or mouth.

How long is the COVID-19 incubation period?

The “incubation period” is the time between infection with the virus and the onset of symptoms of the disease. Most estimates for the COVID-19 incubation period range from 1 to 14 days, and are generally around five days. These estimates will be updated as more data becomes available.

How likely are you to die from the virus?

Of the more than 852,276  people who have been infected worldwide, more than 42,000 have died. That’s a death rate of about 4.6%. The WHO has previously estimated the rate at about 3.4%.

The death rate, however, varies widely based on age, health and geographic location. People who are older or who have preexisting conditions are at higher risk of severe illness.

Can someone get the coronavirus more than once?

Scientists aren’t sure yet. For many viruses, including the MERS virus, patients are unlikely to be re-infected shortly after they recover because a protective antibody is generated in those who are infected. But scientists still need to do more research to determine if this is also the case with COVID-19 and how long those antibodies may last.

Is there a vaccine, medicine, or treatment for COVID-19?

To date, there is no specific vaccine or antiviral medication to prevent or treat COVID-19. However, those affected must receive health care to relieve symptoms. People with severe cases of the disease should be hospitalized. Most patients recover with the help of support measures.

Possible vaccines and different specific pharmacological treatments are being investigated. There are ongoing clinical trials to test them. WHO is coordinating efforts to develop vaccines and drugs to prevent and treat COVID-19.

Should I wear a mask to protect myself?

If the characteristic respiratory symptoms of COVID-19 do not appear (especially cough) or if you do not take care of a person who may have contracted this disease, it is not necessary to wear a clinical mask. Remember that disposable masks can only be used once and also keep in mind that if you are not ill or do not take care of someone who is, you are wasting a mask. The world’s stock of face masks is depleting, and WHO urges that they be used sensibly.

Should I be concerned about COVID-19?

The symptoms of COVID-19 are generally mild, especially in children and young adults. However, they can also be serious and force about one in five infected to hospitalize. Therefore, it is quite normal to worry about the effects that the COVID-19 outbreak can have on us and our loved ones.

This concern should help us adopt protective measures for ourselves, our loved ones and the communities where we live. The main and most important measure is regular and complete hygiene of the hands and respiratory tract. Second, it is important to stay informed and follow the advice of local health authorities, such as those related to travel, commuting and events where large numbers of people may be concentrated.