Why Medical Tourism Is Drawing Patients, Even in a Pandemic

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“Our market has always been what I call the ‘working poor’ and they just keep getting poorer,” said Josef Woodman, the chief executive of Patients Beyond Borders. “The pandemic has gutted low-income and middle-class people around the world and for many of them the reality is that they have to travel to access affordable health care.”

In April, following the initial global lockdown to curb the spread of the coronavirus, medical travel bookings were down by more than 89 percent in the most popular destinations, including Mexico, Thailand, Turkey and South Korea, according to Medical Departures, a Bangkok-based medical travel

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More support for tourism and other small businesses experiencing COVID-19-related losses across Western Canada

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The expanded Regional Relief and Recovery Fund now offers up to an additional $20,000 for eligible small businesses needing continued financial support

EDMONTON, AB, Feb. 5, 2021 /CNW/ – The Government of Canada has been supporting small businesses and protecting jobs since the pandemic began, and will continue to do so for as long as it takes. Since its launch on May 13, 2020, the Regional Relief and Recovery Fund (RRRF) has protected over 33,500 jobs in Western Canada by providing nearly $427 million to support over 7,400 businesses and organizations, of which nearly 45 percent are located

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Travel tech key to tourism industry post-Covid

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a man wearing a suit and tie: “To stay afloat during the MCO, we tried pivoting to various different business models that will bring in revenue. We do grocery delivery, frozen food delivery, trying to stay afloat while hoping for the Covid situation to recover, ” said Tourplus founder and chief executive officer Rickson Goh.


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“To stay afloat during the MCO, we tried pivoting to various different business models that will bring in revenue. We do grocery delivery, frozen food delivery, trying to stay afloat while hoping for the Covid situation to recover, ” said Tourplus founder and chief executive officer Rickson Goh.

TRAVEL is one of the sectors most affected by the lockdowns imposed by countries in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic. With borders closed and travel restricted, travel and travel-related players are feeling the brunt of an industry put on pause.

Many have scaled back their

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Canada bans cruise ships until 2022, a blow to summer tourism in Alaska | Local News

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The Canada government on Thursday announced it was extending its ban on cruise ships in Canadian waters until Feb. 28, 2022.

The order effectively kills the summer cruise season in Alaska for a second year, since most large cruise ships are registered in foreign countries and are therefore mandated to stop in Canada before docking in Alaska. About 41{10e5b5cbe5cd05f7caf5a6da8d610c5434ad129e9cc66fe31aff1f66e48bbfa1} of Fairbanks summer visitors and about 51{10e5b5cbe5cd05f7caf5a6da8d610c5434ad129e9cc66fe31aff1f66e48bbfa1} of visitors to Denali National Park arrive in the state via cruises.

The visitor industry supports about 53,000 jobs and $1.5 billion in income for the state.

Under Canada’s order cruise ships with more

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Croatia cenbank says rebound in tourism could put appreciation pressure on kuna

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ZAGREB, Feb 4 (Reuters) – Croatia’s central bank sees potential for some appreciation pressures on the kuna currency this year as a rebound in tourism and increased use of EU funds boost the country’s current and capital account surpluses, Governor Boris Vujcic said on Thursday.

“The rising exports of services should, jointly with an increase in the absorbed EU funding, boost the surplus in the current and capital account … it could drive some appreciation pressures on the exchange rate,” Vujcic said in an interview to Reuters.

Monetary policy will most likely be reinforced by occasional foreign currency interventions in

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For Sitka tourism businesses, the 2021 season is fraught with uncertainty

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Serena Wild co-owns the tour boat company Takeena Adventures with her boyfriend Chris Lillehoff. Lillehoff was supposed to quit working construction and devote himself full-time to the business this, but then the pandemic hit. “After last season, it might be a few more years,” Wild said. (Photo by Erin McKinstry/KCAW)

Editor’s note: Since this story aired, the Canadian government announced a ban on cruise ships in Canadian waters until February 2022, effectively canceling Alaska’s 2021 season for large cruise ships.

In pre-pandemic times, preparations for the summer season would already be underway for Alaska tourism businesses. But uncertainty

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Santa Maria Tourism Group Launches Stimulus Promotion to Lure Visitors | Business

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It can pay to visit the Santa Maria Valley — at least through March.

Visitors could get $100 for a two-night consecutive stay in Santa Maria Valley hotels under a special stimulus program that has proven as popular as the area’s tri-tip, wines and strawberries.

Media outlets began reporting about the unique “stimulus” offer earlier this week, and it quickly spread throughout the state and beyond.

“This California town will pay you visit,” the San Francisco Chronicle reported. “Take a trip to Santa Maria and get paid,” a Bakersfield television station said. “Looking for travel ideas? A California town is

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Hospitality leaders seek tourism data | Local

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Lodging establishments are collecting their own data, including the ZIP codes from where guests are coming from, according to Behan.

Warren County had a surprisingly strong tourism season, he said.

Behan said that in addition to the traditional market of about 60 miles around New York City, local establishments saw more guests from Springfield, Massachusetts, and the corridor between Buffalo and Rochester.

By making more effective use of data, Behan said officials can determine when they should schedule events to fill the hotels.

“Our ability to compete successfully in the future will depend largely on the careful strategic use of

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To help Hong Kong’s battered tourism industry, the government must set out a clear coronavirus strategy

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a close up of a window: A lit window at a hotel in Hong Kong, amid the coronavirus pandemic. The tourism and hospitality industry is in a desperate situation and companies’ survival is at stake. Photo: Reuters


A lit window at a hotel in Hong Kong, amid the coronavirus pandemic. The tourism and hospitality industry is in a desperate situation and companies’ survival is at stake. Photo: Reuters

Hong Kong’s hotels have traditionally been a conduit for the world to meet, celebrities and society to see and be seen, businesspeople to conduct deals, bands to play music, and local families to make memories over dim sum and tea.

Our hotel brands and people are renowned for offering the world’s best service. The tourism industry has been one of Hong Kong’s core pillars for more than a century,

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