TRAVEL & TOURISM
Before the coronavirus struck, Sam Kombe would receive tens and sometimes hundreds of Chinese visitors to Tanzania per month, traveling to the east African nation to sample safari tourism.
Kombe owns Safari Infinity, a tour company in Arusha, in the country’s north, and Nyumbani Collection, a safari camp in the Serengeti, which is famed for its annual wildebeest migration.
Safari Infinity was getting many bookings from mainland China, Taiwan, Hong Kong, and Singapore before coronavirus infections were detected in Tanzania, those locations accounting for about 30 percent of the guests.
A bill to return a scenic beachfront property in Manhattan Beach in Los Angeles County, California to the descendants of a Black couple who once operated a vibrant resort there was unanimously approved by the California state Senate.
The Bruce’s Beach bill now goes to the California state Assembly for approval. The long-awaited legislation would return the property to the Bruce family after nearly a century.
The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors voted unanimously April 20, this year to direct the county’s CEO to come up with a plan to return the property. That step was required to make the land transfer possible.
AFROSURF is the first book to capture and celebrate the surfing culture of Africa. This unprecedented collection is compiled by Mami Wata, a Cape Town surf company that fiercely believes in the power of African surf. Mami Wata brings together its co-founder Selema Masekela, son of the legendary South African musician, Hugh Masekela, and some of Africa’s finest photographers, thinkers, writers, and surfers to explore the unique culture of eighteen coastal countries, from Morocco to Somalia, Mozambique, South Africa, and beyond. Packed with over fifty essays, AFROSURF features surfer and skater profiles, thought pieces, poems, photos, illustrations, ephemera, recipes, and a mini comic, all wrapped in an astounding design that captures the diversity and character of Africa
A creative force of good in their continent, Mami Wata sources and manufactures all their wares in Africa and works with communities to strengthen local economies through surf tourism. With this mission in mind, Mami Wata is donating 100% of their proceeds to support two African surf therapy organizations, Waves for Change and Surfers Not Street Children.
AFROSURF is an Africa book that needs to be in your library.
It’s unbelievable that all of us have been cooped up for over a year, face masks, social and physical distancing, and looking for the right vaccine, et al, we should now be ready to move into the post-epidemic planning for a post-Covid holiday.
Let us see what that might look like…
For many, if not all, the places we might think of visiting, masks are mandatory, so plan to pack at least three or four – you will need them. Then be prepared to have very, very recent test and proof you have been vaccinated, you could be asked by the airlines, cruise lines, trains and tour buses, even taxis to show proof.
Seychelles opens up after a successful vaccination of citizens
The U.S. Virgin Islands Department of Tourism is on a mission to educate travelers that the Territory is an American overseas territory, and as such, travel to St. Croix, St. John, St. Thomas or Water Island is within the United States’ domestic jurisdiction.
Though not part of the contiguous United States, travel to the USVI does not require a passport from U.S. citizens arriving from Puerto Rico or the U.S. mainland.
“We, too, are American,” reminded Commissioner Joseph Boschulte as he and his team work around the clock to clarify the misunderstanding of recent Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) travel requirements related to the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic for all air passengers arriving in the United States.
In line with the global trend in flattening the Coronavirus curve, the US Virgin Islands put all precautionary measures in place to checkmate the menace of the disease, and to date, it has recorded about 72 cases, with 64 recoveries and six deaths. With public health and tourism protocols firmly in place, “America’s paradise” reopened its borders for the return of leisure travelers on June 1. According to Commissioner of Tourism, Joseph Boschulte, the protocols will remain in place till July 11.
“We did not want to rush to reopen in reaction to what other destinations are doing. Instead, we have engaged in data-driven, risk-based analysis, in conjunction with the Virgin Islands Department of Health and federal guidance from the Center For Disease Control and Prevention, and other stakeholders. We are pleased with the across-the-board approach so that key tourism sub-sectors now have specific guidelines.”