Lê Hương Foreign tourists could be set to return to Việt Nam this autumn if a vaccine passport scheme is approved. The spectacular island of Phú Quốc in the southern province of Kiên Giang is set to become the first place to receive foreign tourists since borders were shut last year due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The Politburo directed agencies and local authorities to trial a vaccine passport scheme for tourists to some tourism destinations where the pandemic is under control. The first destination proposed was Phú Quốc. The model will be expanded to other areas if it succeeds. The Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism proposed the Government apply the policy to the Russian market first. Travel experts have said that local residents should be vaccinated before tourists are allowed in, as should migrant workers on the island. International tourists who want to enter the island should have a certificate proving they have been vaccinated together and … [Read more...] about Phú Quốc hopes to welcome foreign tourists in autumn
SINGAPORE: The air travel bubble announced by Hong Kong and Singapore on Oct 15 marks the first significant positive development in several months for both aviation hubs, Singapore Airlines (SIA) as well as Cathay Pacific. Both the Changi Airport and Hong Kong International Airport (HKIA) are currently at about 1.5 per cent of normal passenger traffic levels. Passenger traffic at SIA Group and Cathay Pacific Group are at even lower levels – down almost 99 per cent in recent months. Traffic has been essentially stalled at the current paltry level for the last three months, following a very slight uptick in June and July driven by the resumption of transit traffic at both hubs. READ: Commentary: Southeast Asian airlines are falling from the sky in this COVID-19 storm In early June, Singapore and Hong Kong both started accepting transit passengers in select markets. While more markets have been gradually added, transit volumes still remain extremely low. Changi, for … [Read more...] about Commentary: Hong Kong and Singapore air travel bubble could be a game-changer
One year into the coronavirus pandemic, after months of gaining weight and feeling groggy, Mayra Ramirez stopped drinking. And this summer, she’ll mark a new milestone for her sobriety: a completely alcohol-free vacation. Ms. Ramirez, 32, spent the first 12 months of the pandemic working remotely from a tiny Brooklyn apartment, drinking every weekend and many weekday evenings as well. In March, like many others during this hard year, she realized her drinking was spiraling beyond the merely social kind. She has now been sober for three months. So when she began scouting locations for a break with a few non-sober friends, she suggested Sedona, Ariz., where they all will hike and wake up early, and she will avoid potential pitfalls like nightclubs and beachfront bars. Many Americans turned to alcohol to blunt the stress, isolation and fear of the past 15 months: An October study in JAMA Network Open, the journal of the American Medical Association, found that Americans were … [Read more...] about Hold the Tequila. The Sunrise Is All Some Travelers Need.
STONEWALL, Texas -- Over the course of his 64 years, Lyndon Baines Johnson was many things: elevator operator, teacher, congressional aide, U.S. representative, Senate majority leader, vice president and ultimately commander in chief. But above all, Johnson was a son of the Texas Hill Country . “The sun seems to be a little brighter and the air a little fresher and the people a little kinder and understanding,” is how he described the land he loved. To understand the tragic-heroic figure that was LBJ, there is no better way than to visit this beautiful region where he grew up, got his start in politics and eventually returned as president forging a Great Society at home while waging a disastrous war abroad. And the best time to tour the LBJ Ranch and four recently opened rooms of the Texas White House is in spring, when billions of wildflowers burst into bloom. I was here in mid March, a bit too early to catch the spectacular show of color. But it was a fine morning … [Read more...] about LBJ’s Texas White House welcomes visitors
The White House has informed some lawmakers that it plans to evacuate approximately 18,000 Afghans who worked for the U.S. as translators. These Afghans will be able to leave Afghanistan to be temporarily relocated to a yet-to-be-named third country or territory for their own safety, as the Taliban begins to retake more districts during the phased withdrawal of American troops, which President Biden has said will be completed by September 11. They face retribution, and even death, at the hands of the Taliban because of their association with the U.S. Hundreds have already been killed. At this point, however, the administration is "just getting started on much of this," according to a senior White House official. Asked Thursday about plans to resettle these Afghan nationals in other countries, President Biden promised, "They're going to come. We've already begun the process. Those who helped us are not going to be left behind." He told reporters he didn't know which country … [Read more...] about White House confirms it plans to evacuate 18,000 Afghans who worked with the U.S. in Afghanistan