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British Airways to Suspend Over 36,000 Employees

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Due to the Coronavirus outbreak, many people have been fearing for their job due to the decreases in income and wages to help battle the virus. For more than a week now, British Airways has been discussing with the Unite Union about whether or not they will be forced to let off several employees.

For a while now, it has been claimed that the British Airways will be suspending at least 36,000 staff members in light of the Coronavirus. Based on the negotiations that have been going on with Unite Union, they have almost come to an agreement that up to 80% of British Airway’s cabin crew, Engineers, and Ground staff will have to be suspended.

This decision will be affecting the entire staff at London City Airport as well as Gatwik until the pandemic crisis is over. This will lead to thousands of people losing a lot of money creating yet another crisis within their homes. Most of the employees have large families to fend for as well as take care of, what will they do now?

Well, on the bright side, those who will be affected are to receive certain wages through the governments coronavirus job retention fund. This will be covering around 80% of an individual’s salary, leaving them with maximum £2,500 per month.

The employees aren’t too surprised with British Airway’s decisions. They wholeheartedly understand that since all flights are on a halt and all planes are situated on the ground, there is absolutely no need for all these employees since there will be absolutely no work for them to do.

British Airway has not yet asked help from the government, but so far Rishi Sunak, the Chancellor claims that all financial revenues should be exhausted before turning to the taxpayer.

Independent Aviation Analyst, John Strickland, states that these are tough negotiations between the Unite Union and British Airways, but so far, a decision has not been taken. We hope that when they come to a decision that people will be compensated for such and that they won’t have to be living on the streets.

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Barbados is Inviting Remote Employees For a One-Year Stay!

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Are you working from home? Are you looking to make the most of it? Well, the Barbados government is making quite the mind-blowing proposal for remote employees!

They are giving you the opportunity to relocate your position and work from home/ the Caribbean! How insanely cool is this opportunity?

Prime Minister Mia Mottley is considering the introduction of a “Barbados Welcome Stamp” which gives the change to international travelers to live on the island and work remotely for up to a year.

We see you packing up your bags already!

Ms Mottley is proposing such a cool idea seeing that short-term travel has become a difficult and hectic thing, in a time of the pandemic.

According to Travel Market Report, tourism makes up 40% of Barbados’ GDP and 30% of its workforce is employed in the sector. Which is why the pandemic really impacted their economy in a negative way.

Barbados is set to open its borders to international visitors on 12 July, and Mottley proposed offering the option of a year-long stay in time of the flights’ resumption.

If given the chance, would you go for such an opportunity?

 

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Oxford Business Group: Egypt to Become a Favorable Touristic Destination

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Oxford Business Group (OBG) said in a report that some emerging countries, including Egypt, are expected to become favorable touristic destinations after coronavirus restrictions have been eased gradually.

After all, tourists are looking for affordable and accessible options, so they’re going for the countries with flexible labor laws and to the countries that have its touristic destinations safe and ready to welcome back travelers as their GDP depend heavily on tourism.

The OBG report also said that the Radisson hotel chain, as an example, announced recently that it is still keen on its expansion plans in Africa, and is targeting Morocco, Egypt, Nigeria and South Africa in specific.

Moreover, some emerging markets are well placed to leverage an anticipated shift in consumer preferences, according to the report.

“Egypt is again seeking to take advantage of this; the country has been promoting travel to archaeological sites in Upper Egypt, offering discounts on tickets and a reduction in visa fees for travellers who fly into the region directly”, the report said.

“Conferences and other business-oriented events will likewise be difficult to organise for the foreseeable future, given the ongoing necessity of social distancing. Indeed, as early as late March, the Global Association of the Exhibition Industry estimated that some 500 trade shows had been cancelled as a result of Covid-19 crisis, resulting in an estimated €23 billion in lost orders,” the report added.

 

 

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New Hotline Dedicated To Answering Tourists’ Inquiries and Concerns

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Inbound tourism has resumed and in light of this and to support tourists with all their inquiries, the Ministry of Tourism and Antiquities has developed a hotline service dedicated to catering to the need of tourists.

The new hotline 19654 is dedicated to answering the inquiries of tourists and any of their concerns during their stay in Egypt. This comes as part of Egypt’s precautionary measures and hygiene safety regulations.

The hotline has already been receiving complaints and suggestions.

According to Dr. Ghada Shalaby, Deputy Minister of Tourism and Antiquities, the hotline will receive all tourists’ inquiries including any questions they may have regarding operating hours for archaeological sites and touristic areas that are open for visits.

She added that the hot-line service, available both in Arabic and English, operates seven days a week and on official holidays, from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm.

The caller’s personal information, questions, suggestions, and responses to their inquiries shall all be recorded, and all issues shall be resolved through the hot-line.

The hotline provides a quicker and more efficient way of answering to the concerns of tourists to guarantee a safe stay.

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