• Michigan local sports tourism gets affected from the pandemic

    Published on : Thursday, February 25, 2021

    The local sports tourism industry in Michigan was affected badly in 2020 due to the corona virus pandemic, making it the state’s worst financial year.

    “A typical year, around 50 million (dollars),” said Mike Guswiler from the West Michigan Sports Commission.

    Last year, around $13 million was generated due to events being canceled in the wake of COVID-19. The commission usually puts on 90 events per year, which were cut in half last year. Even though summer baseball and softball tournaments had good turnouts last summer, they weren’t big winners.

    Guswiler said, “The different ratio of travel teams versus local teams was much higher for local. So, you don’t have as much spending (or) new dollars coming in.”

    The commission’s signature event, the Meijer State Games, was also affected from the pandemic.

    “Some events were able to happen and socially distance, some we had to cancel,” Guswiler said. “We went virtual.”

    However, high school winter sports is back in action and restaurants are operating at 25% capacity; hence, the commission is optimistic that it’s a sign of a prosperous year ahead for the sports tourism industry.

    Guswiler said, “The lodging tax, that’s how we get a prominent amount of our funding. If we don’t have people staying in our hotels, our funding goes down.”

    One of the biggest events scheduled for this year is the NCAA Division II outdoor track and field championships in late May.

    “That’ll bring almost 2,000 athletes to town,” Guswiler said. “That’s a big one.”

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    Tags: local sports tourism

  • Uzbekistan hoping to welcome international tourist after pandemic pause

    Published on : Monday, February 22, 2021

    Uzbekistan has forever depended on tourism and travel services for its economic growth. Nestled along the Silk road and with abundance of cultural heritage as well as historical monument, Uzbekistan experienced a constant surge in international tourist visit, but recently owing to pandemic and associated norms of lockdown and travel restriction, the tourism business suffered and so has the economy of the state. But now with the relaxation in travel regulations, the government is hopeful of the return of international tourists to the land of mystery and cultural heritage monuments.

    The country this week introduced a ten-day visa free regime for tourists from China including its special administrative regions of Hong Kong and Macao, as well as Bahrain, Qatar, Kuwait and Oman starting from March 1. Travellers willing to enter the land should provide a return air ticket or ticket to a third country.

    Uzbekistan has also planned to open its largest gold-mining fields to foreign tourists, in a bid to develop geo-tourism in the resource-rich Central Asian nation. Kholida Ablaeva, a tour guide with 20 years of experience from the ancient city of Samarkand, has been waiting for the reopening of borders to allow foreign tourists to return to her hometown as they did before COVID-19.

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    Tags: Covid-19, international tourist, pandemic recovery, travel and tourism, Uzbekistan Tourism