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tv   The Travel Show  BBC News  July 7, 2020 3:30am-4:01am BST

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chief executive carrie lam says national security in hong kong is a red line, and the new laws imposed on it by beijing are lenient and not strict, as opponents of the laws say. the new law allows security forces to search private properties or detain suspects without any warrant. brazil's president has said he has undergone another test for coronavirus. jair bolsonaro told supporters he had a lung exam which had shown them to be, as he put it, "clean." brazil has the world's second—highest numbers of virus cases and deaths, and there has been widespread criticism that he is not taking the pandemic seriously. the british socialite ghislaine maxwell, former girlfriend of the disgraced financier and convicted paedophile jeffrey epstein, has been moved to prison in new york from new hampshire, where she was arrested. she faces six charges including recruiting and grooming girls for epstein.
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now on bbc news, the travel show. sun, sea, surf and social distancing. as spain and other european countries open their borders to tourists, we ask — is it wise to go on holiday when our health could still be at risk? hello, and welcome to the travel show, coming this week from london's theatreland. now, this place is a favourite with tourists from all over the world. but with many theatres and venues issuing dire warnings about their future, we'll be hearing about the work that's being done
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here and around the world to try and get that curtain up once again. also coming up on this week's show: the unique pilot project that could save our holidays. wejoin a dry run on the spanish island of mallorca. the kit that protected our health, but is now polluting the french riviera. we've got news of the heroic efforts to get rid of it. and covid in the caribbean: what lockdown has meant for that little piece of paradise. well, for a change, let's start with some good news. and it looks like holidays to many parts of europe are now back on the cards this summer, thanks to countries like spain, italy and france and greece reopening their borders to tourists from a list of designated countries. but assuming you do get to soak up that mediterranean sun, just what kind of holiday can you expect? recently, the balearic islands ran a pilot project to test spain's new coronavirus protection measures for tourists, and we went along to see how it went.
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to test their covid—19 countermeasures, spain invited 11,000 germans over two weeks to fly to the balearic islands. the first flights arrived in mid—june. the aim — to show the world how spain could keep tourists safe. hello! we feel very safe at the moment. so it was very good, organised, and we are happy to be here. none of these arrivals were subject to the two—week quarantine that was imposed on all visitors since the beginning of spain's state of emergency.
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instead, they had their temperatures checked and were asked to hand over the contact details for their accommodation. for tourism companies here, it's all been very welcome. it's very good news that after 92 days, we're getting ourfirst arrivals back to palma de mallorca. obviously, it's been a very complicated period of time both here on the island and i think in general, in obviously — in the world. but the tourism is a very important part of the spanish economy and it needs to start again. applause the tourists were sent to a few select half—full hotels where hand sanitising, social distancing and a self—check—in system were in place. i think all the people want to have a chance to take a little sun and beach and maybe a little bit of normality.
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we want to go to beaches. and we feel safe here. but for some people, there were still some hurdles to overcome. if tourists develop any symptoms, they'll be tested for free within 2a hours and then get results within 48 hours.
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the trial was cut short when spain opened its borders to travellers onjune 21. in the end, just a fraction of the german tourists expected to take in part, but officials declared it a success. there is no guarantee that the safety measures in mallorca will be in place throughout spain, and every traveller will have to research their destination thoroughly and weigh the health risks for themselves. you miss this so much and the thing we most missed, like, staying in the scene with everybody and with the public. it was amazing today! so we are happy that we have the public that is with us and, like, cheering for us. the dancers: hey! applause
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all looks great, but i know there are lots of people out there with reservations about flying. so, joining me in stjames‘s park in the heart of london at an appropriate distance, of course, our global guru simon calder and philip allport from norwegian. guys, how are you? very good, thank you. i've been doing some flying! yes, you have! it's not too bad. if you are one of those people who are really concerned about social distancing, don't go near an aircraft this summer, because you're not going to get any. but if you think, well, probably my fellow passengers, the other people i'm going to encounter, are going to of course not travel if they're symptomatic or they've been told they might be infected, then it's all right. it's pretty austere, kind of back to the ‘70s. but, yeah, i think those of us determined to travel this summer will be able to get where we need to be. you're going to have problems of course in terms of social
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distancing in the big resorts, but that's going to become much easier because half the people at least are not going to be showing up. there is an enormous reluctance out there for people who have perhaps got used to lockdown, they're feeling kind of safe, kind of comfortable, and the idea of suddenly going out and meeting 1,000 strangers simply doesn't appeal. and you've got this tension of course between, well, "i obviously want to preserve my health, i don't want to risk anyone else‘s, but i'm also desperate to see the wonders of the world and enjoy travel." now, phil, norwegian is one of the key low—cost airlines. you know, your entire business model relies on cramming people in. so how do you keep people safe under those circumstances? yeah, well, i mean, like all airlines, we've adopted a number of measures, so cleanliness and our cleaning routines are the top ones. so, going forward, we will be sanitising all the touch points, which are armrests, tray tables, toilets.
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we are ensuring that distancing can take place onboard as much as possible, so the middle seat will be assigned last on an aircraft. for families, groups, they will still be able to travel together, but individuals, if they want to sit apart, they can. and it's a matter of, as simon was saying, it's also people taking responsibility. if you're showing symptoms or you're due to isolate, you really should not be travelling. the airline industry as a whole is doing everything possible to make sure travel's as safe as it can be, but there will be reduced capacity. i mean, there are less flights actually taking place this summer, and that in turn will mean less people travelling as well. and i guess it's all about giving customers that peace of mind that they're being looked after, if they do choose to fly? well, can i put a couple of points in here? yeah, of course. i'm afraid — the reason — yeah, it's absolutely correct. for example, easyjet, the biggest budget airline in britain, cutting 70% of its flights injuly, august, september. ryanair, the biggest european budget airline, they're cutting maybe 60% of flights in july. as a result of that,
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of course they're trying to fill every single seat on every single flight. and aviation will not be for you if you want to absolutely minimise the risk of contact, you're going to be taking a risk. and all the airlines are doing great things to try to provide reassurance, but i think that's what it is — it cannot be any kind of guarantee. i used to clean out plans in gatwick airport here in london. and, um, you know, frankly, it's a tough old business when you've had 180 people on a plane. it's not great, particularly in the time available, for you to be able to get absolutely everything perfect. so some people might say that international air travel is the reason why coronavirus spread so quickly in the first place. so, let's say someone was travelling from 0slo to london, for example, and they ended up bringing and spreading the virus. does norwegian take responsibility for that? the social distancing measures taking place at airports are completely different to how they were back in march. i mean, most airports more or less stopped flying for the last three months.
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yeah. and it's taken us this long to also liaise with the easa, who's the european safety agency, to really find what methods are the best to ensure the best safety protocols. i mean, again, there is no guarantee, but it's a matter of people also taking the personal responsibility to be careful. yep. many countries are requiring everybody who comes in to fill what's called a "passenger locator form" out. and that says, "here's where i've been, here's all my contact details, "here's where i'm going to be, whether that's at home, "or your destination when you're on vacation." and, "here's the flight i came in on and here's my "seat - 23f. " so that if somebody sadly in 22d becomes symptomatic, then the local health organisation can get in touch and say, "hey, you have to self—isolate for 1h days." it's not perfect, but it's the best we've got. thanks, guys. right. still to come on the travel show: covid cruising and the caribbean. how the popular resort islands are coping with lockdown. and will we ever get an encore?
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the off—stage drama at some of the world's biggest shows. so don't go away! now, if you're planning on going on holiday anytime soon, you'll probably be asked to wear one of these, and potentially a pair of these. but, how will you get rid of them afterwards? that's the question causing concern on the french riviera, where rubbish like this is washing up on local beaches. at this time of year, the beaches along this stretch of mediterranean coastline would usually be full of tourists enjoying cote d'azur‘s famously hot summer but social distancing and travel restrictions have resulted in emptier beaches that are drawing locals to them for a very different reason. 0peration mer propre are a group of divers who are trying to raise awareness of the impact covid waste is having on local marine life.
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every year, roughly 10 million tons of plastic ends up in the ocean. the worry is that this figure will rise as the world turns to single—use plastics to combat the coronavirus pandemic.
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now, it's looking like a long, hard fightback for the cruise industry when this pandemic eases, and many of us can recall those alarming pictures from earlier this year of all those passengers quarantined aboard infected luxury liners.
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for the caribbean islands, this is deeply worrying. in antigua, for example, more than half of the localjobs rely on tourism. in fact, let's go there now, where we're gonna have a chat with sean weathered, who runs a tour company on the island. so sean, there's only been a few dozen infections, so would you say that this crash in tourism is as bad as the pandemic itself? economically, everyone here is suffering. take the example where i'm at right now. as it stands right now, this is one of the newly opened resorts on the island but the beach itself is absolutely empty. the only person i see on the beach here is a security guard. that tells us that there is absolutely no employment going on on the island. so it's only a matter of time for those persons who have savings for that to run out. so we will say that we are heading on a slope where it's gonna get pretty slippery. yeah, of course. now, they're currently in the process of enlarging the cruise port, aren't they? this now looks like quite an optimistic project, would you agree?
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ah, suffice it to say that project has been ongoing and seems to be flourishing. because it is not government—funded and private investors, that project has been going quite smoothly. so there's clearly this belief that, you know, cruise ships and the cruise industry is gonna continue? absolutely! this island has no natural resource so we depend heavily on that industry to create the injection of cash into the economy. that's what it does, it opens up persons to the island, even more so. it's like an instant injection of cash into the economy on a daily basis. so let's talk about cruising's reputation for a minute, which has taken a little bit of a hit in recent years. you know, there are people out there who are worried about the environmental impact of these ships and all these things like over—tourism, so is there an opportunity to rebuild sustainability here? i would say yes. and as for the environment, the environment is important for ourfuture, but let's be more realistic and practical. this is an industry that sustains millions of lives so i would not take it off the table at all. it's no time to revisit things. see how best we can put measures
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in place that can go forward in a more environmentally friendly measure. when you do start running your own tours again, how are they gonna be different? you know, hurricane season isn't that far off, so does that mean you might have to write off this year? ah, we're not quite sure yet, but the government itself has put a lot of measures in place. you must be certified. yeah. and the certification is required for persons doing tours now. that course took place about two weeks ago. it particularly focuses on safety. minimum of persons in the vehicle. yep. vehicles that can normally carry four can only carry two. so a lot of policies have changed on the island, just to mitigate the risk of persons contracting disease, because everyone‘s livelihood depends on this happening. yeah, of course. i bet people can't wait to get back into action. me, for one! yeah, i bet! brilliant. sean, thank you so much — that's a great insight.
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my pleasure. yeah, thank you. now, one thing you almost certainly won't have done recently is buy a ticket to see a live show. it's hard to imagine what the future might be for an industry that relies on cramming hundreds of people into the same tight space to create a buzz, and in some of the most exciting cities in the world, it's been a big, important business for decades. las vegas, for instance. a place known for bright lights, 24—7 gambling and non—stop partying and, of course, some of the biggest shows the planet. in 2019, 49.5 million people visited vegas, spending a massive $58 billion. but something tells me that in 2020, those numbers are going to be very different. las vegas is no stranger to adversity. the city has seen its share of ups and downs but what i've seen in this town has just changed my perspective on how fragile our travel
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and tourism industry can really be. we have a lot of unknowns. what does david copperfield do when he has to sell enough tickets to fill 80% capacity? what do the small theatres do here when they're looking at possibly 20% capacity when they do reopen? 0ne things for sure, though — the spirit of the people is great. people are willing to come back and vacation. but how fast they come back and to what extent they can actually go into the venues, that's gonna make a difference on whether or not shows start up soon or much, much later here in las vegas. whilst covid prompted the majority of theatres across the globe to close their doors, the big shows are hoping to be back by the end of the year. however, for smaller productions, the coronavirus has been a fatal blow. but it's not all bad news. across europe, theatres are thinking creatively while sticking to government guidelines. in berlin, the berliner ensemble has taken 500 of its 700 seats out. what you see here in our audience
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room is what i think became somehow iconic. i do believe that this is the more emotional experience for an audience to understand physically and emotionally that we are in very special times. while over in barcelona, the gran teatre del liceu has reopened with an audience full of plants. for many centuries, the man, the human has been in the centre of the world and this coronavirus has shown that the man is part of the world but the heart of the world is nature. and we have seen in our venue is nature is the centre of the art, is the centre of the world, and we have played for them. in the uk, things are
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hopefully on the up as well. london's famous west end theatres are now trying out a number of measures that might get us all back inside these historic buildings much more quickly. so while it's easy to remain socially distant outside on the street, one of the key characteristics of theatres in the west end is tight corridors. is the centre of the world, and we have played for them. in the uk, things are hopefully on the up as well. london's famous west end theatres are now trying out a number of measures that might get us all back inside these historic buildings much more quickly. so while it's easy to remain socially distant outside yeah, well, i guess ultimately, that's what it is all about, isn't it? giving audiences that peace of mind that when they come to the theatre,
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everything will be okay? yeah, and the great thing about, you know, theatre is that there's plenty of airspace above you and, you know, you're not confined like, say, on a tube train or a bus. but hopefully, you know, people will feel safe and comfortable and we will do our very best to make sure that they are so. right, well, that's it for now. we'll be back in a few weeks‘ time with hopefully a few more little glimmers of hope for anyone itching to get back on the road. in the meantime, we'll be bringing you some of our best bits. from a chilly train trip across norway to some of the tastiest food experiences we have had in the last few years. until then, keep planning your next trip. you can always dream! stay safe and we'll see you next time. bye— bye.
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hello. well, not much happening with the weather out there at the moment. a lot of dry weather, some clear spells. and, actually, tuesday morning isn't looking too bad at all across most of the uk. however, rain is expected, and once it arrives, it might stick around all through the day. and it will end up being grey, damp and cool at least for some of us — not everywhere. now, at the moment, you can see the gap in the weather across the uk — some clear spells here. but out in the atlantic is this daisy chain of weather fronts. you can see the clouds here, rain—bearing clouds. that is heading in our direction. once it reaches us, it will stick around, this whole sort of conveyor belt of cloud and rain, probably for a good 2—3 days. so, this is what it looks like through the early hours. you can see quite across much of england, wales, scotland, apart from a few showers there,
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dry just about to northern ireland, but here is that weather front, that daisy chain of cloud and rain that i've just been talking about. that's going to be reaching ireland very early in the morning and then spread into northern ireland. belfast is in for some rain certainly by mid—morning. then, basically, it's this central swathe of the uk that will turn grey and wet at times. so northern wales, merseyside, certainly lancashire into the lakes, not particularly pleasant, and that rain will spread into yorkshire too. either side of that, actually, the weather isn't too bad at all. some sunshine there in scotland and in the south of the country as well. but then, that weather front, that sort of conveyor belt is going to sink further southwards. so it's more southern parts of the country that gets the cloud and outbreaks of rain on wednesday — whereas areas to the north, will turn a little bit brighter. so, liverpool, perhaps some sunshine there come wednesday and 18 degrees. now, it's still with us on thursday, the remnants of it. still cloud and some outbreaks of rain across the south, probably from
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liverpool northwards, the weather is looking better. some sunshine in belfast there on thursday, not a bad day, but cool, 16 degrees, this is airfrom the north atlantic. all of that warmth is still way to the south where it's heating up across spain, portugal and france. we're in the cool air right now. this is the outlook for the next few days. warmer air from the southern climes reaching us, but we'll have to wait until the weekend.
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