Future Hospitality Summit: Tourism sector worst hit by pandemic
JEDDAH: Two sectors amassed billions in losses due to the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic this year — travel and aviation as well as hotels and hospitality.According to Saudi Minister of Tourism Ahmed Al-Khateeb, who spoke at the Future Hospitality Summit on Monday, airlines will lose up to $6 billion while hotel occupancy rates, to date, are at under 10 percent their usual levels.The summit was organized by the Ministry of Tourism and the Saudi Secretariat of the G20 as part of the International Conferences Program, honoring Saudi Arabia’s G20 presidency this year.The travel sector is...
Nuremberg cancels world-famous Christmas market due to pandemic
Nuremberg's world-famous Christmas market was cancelled this year due to the pandemic, the Bavarian city announced on Monday, as case numbers rise."This was a very difficult decision. The traditional Christmas market belongs to Nuremberg," Mayor Marcus Koenig said.The German city's case numbers are approaching the critical level of 100 new infections per 100,000 people within a seven-day period. There are currently 76.1 cases, Bavaria's health authorities said."We can assume that we will soon pass the 100 level, and the ministry's traffic-light warning system will turn to dark red," Koenig sai...
To sleep, perchance to dream
To sleep, perchance to dreamQuoted out of context, that line from Shakespeare’s Hamlet must be what everybody, you and me, is wishing during this pandemic that is affecting the populace’s mental health to be able to sleep soundly (uninterrupted by quick trips to the bathroom) and, yes, perchance to dream.Because of their erratic work schedule, showbiz denizens are among those having trouble getting a good sleep.“I am grumpy when I don’t get enough sleep,” said an actress who shuttled between two sets (one for a movie and one for a TV series) that kept her wide-awake 24 hours a day. “So I can b...
Luther in the 1527 pandemic
Attending church during the pandemic online, parishioners of the Church of the Risen Lord in UP Diliman listened to the guest preacher speak about Martin Luther last Sunday, which Protestants all over the world observe as Reformation Sunday. It was a timely topic, bringing to the virtual listeners’ minds and hearts the story of Luther as an example of a “frontliner” during the bubonic plague of 1527.The speaker, Rev. Immanuel Ilagan, has a Master of Theological Studies from the Pacific Lutheran Theological Seminary in Berkeley, California and an engineering degree from the University of the Ph...
Few new movies, small crowds: Can AMC and B&B theaters survive the pandemic?
At AMC Town Center in the Kansas City suburb of Leawood, Kan., the 20-screen complex has a few recent offerings: There’s a new comedy starring Robert DeNiro and Rob Riggle, Christopher Nolan’s “Tenet” and a thriller with Russell Crowe.But it’s the oldies that tell the story of how the coronavirus pandemic has shaped the movie theater industry. The multiplex is showing classics like “The Shining,” “Hocus Pocus” and “Monsters, Inc.,” all more than a quarter-century past their initial theater debuts.The lack of new releases has been a major impediment for movie theaters, which have been uniquely ...
The Kansas City Star
Losing your job in a pandemic is stressful! Here's how to cope
The novel coronavirus pandemic has hit labour markets hard worldwide. Many people who at the start of the year thought their job was secure have been made redundant, or are working on short time and worrying about what comes next.Losing your job or having your working hours slashed leaves a lot of time for brooding and feeling fearful, insecure, frustrated and sad.As a psychologist and job coach, Sabine Hirth often deals with people in a career crisis or phase of professional reorientation.How can they best cope with their negative emotions? "First of all, it helps if you accept all these feel...
'Superman' postponed his retirement so he could help save lives during the pandemic
When Mike Merlino ended his a 44-year career with the AtlantiCare health care system, well-wishers were there in force, sharing "amazing Mike stories,” including that he actually postponed his retirement to help his colleagues get over the COVID-19 hump. At his October 15 celebration, there was lots of laughter, and tears. And if not for the pandemic, there would have been hugs, too, for someone who’d come through so often for so many people.But Merlino wasn’t an ER doctor, a chief surgeon, or a nurse. His title was logistics supervisor for the AtlantiCare supply chain, working out of the syst...
The Philadelphia Inquirer
College political groups shift to Zoom, social media amid pandemic
ORLANDO, Fla. — Ahead of the first presidential debate in late September, the College Republicans at UCF posted a bingo card on Instagram with spaces reading, “Trump calls Biden ‘sleepy Joe,’” “Candidates share an awkward elbow bump,” and, “Moderator can’t control the debate.”The pandemic created a need for a revamp of the group’s website and a stronger focus on virtual strategy to connect with students, said its president, Didi Malka. Among the changes: A social media manager was added to the board of directors.“In terms of social media, we have definitely upped the ante,” he said.Hannah Anto...
Pandemic, 5G drive up gaming interest
Pandemic, 5G drive up gaming interest Economic malaise caps user spendingThe pandemic and 5G roll-out are expected to drive up the number of gamers in Thailand, though economic woes still weigh on their spending per person, says one of the promoters of Thailand Game Show 2020, scheduled for next month.“The pandemic ushers in positive aspects and challenges in the game industry,” said Torboon Puangmaha, managing director for digital and media platform Online Station under True Digital Group, which is a key supporter of the show.The global number of gamers has surged 36.9% since the outbreak, he...
The Bangkok Post
The Covid-19 pandemic has brought a crisis of historic scale and complexity, reducing the ability of many organisations including consumer product manufacturers to adjust to the changing business environment and consumer demand.Many companies have opted to shelve expansion, with some deciding to significantly lower their promotion budget and freeze new product launches as purchasing power becomes tepid. Companies are waiting to see how the pandemic affects consumer behaviour.Chinta Srichintangul, executive director of retail measurement for Nielsen Thailand, said the pandemic has put 8.4 milli...
The Bangkok Post