DEPOSIT (WBNG) — The Deposit Lumberjack Festival has been canceled due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. They say insurance would not be able to cover claims if a COVID-19 outbreak occurred. Organizers say they will host “some local” community events in that weekend. Organizers say they’ve been in contact with the Broome County Health Department and insurance companies and decided it was best to cancel the event for 2020. The event was scheduled for July 17 to 19.
Reflecting the general slowdown in the global economy, the report says the average increase in passenger kilometers in global revenue, an indicator of airline demand, has been 4,1 percent in the past three months, well below the average expansion rate of 6,1 percent in the last ten years. Annual growth in the number of air passengers is slowing down in Europe faster than in any other region. It fell from 6,9 percent, as recorded in April, to 5,4 percent in August. Of particular interest in the third quarter was the fact that Montenegro maintained an 18 percent growth momentum due to a large influx of tourists from Western Europe, while the depreciation of the lira continued to play a vital role in Turkey’s tourism performance with an equally impressive 15 percent increase. Arrivals in Iceland, on the other hand, fell 14 percent due to the strengthening of the crown and the collapse of Wow Air. Although intra-regional demand plays a key role in increasing the number of tourists in Europe, large source markets still have a significant impact, especially in the US. The third quarter report shows that several European destinations witnessed an increased number of arrivals from the US to Southeast Europe – Turkey (+ 32%), Greece (+ 21%) and Cyprus (+ 27%). Chinese demand for European destinations is still quite high – almost all destinations are seeing an increase in Chinese arrivals and / or overnight stays. Eduardo Santander, CEO of ETC, said that “this latest report points out that the demand for travel to Europe is solid, with a steady increase in the number of tourists across the continent. Despite challenges, such as the threat of ‘Brexit without an agreement’ and the collapse of several airlines, European destinations continue to record positive arrival rates. Europe needs to focus on developing long-term sustainable management solutions so that tourism can flourish, not just grow.” American and Chinese tourists continue to visit Europe en masse “Brexit without an agreement” will have a lasting effect on the United Kingdom According to the ETC, although things in the European tourism sector seem stable, the biggest risk lies in not exploiting existing opportunities by encouraging more sustainable and inclusive tourism approaches. The latest quarterly report includes a special supplement analyzing the impact of “Brexit without an agreement” on tourism in Europe. According to the report, the combined effect of economic and non-economic factors related to “Brexit without an agreement” would cause a 7 percent drop in outbound travel in the UK in 2020 and a 8 percent drop in 2021. The report also states that “Brexit without a deal” have a lasting impact on the decline in departures from the United Kingdom, which would certainly be a concern for many European destinations. Slowing air traffic growth in Europe According to the latest report of the European Travel Commission (ETC) called “European tourism – trends and prospects” for the third quarter of 2019, European tourism demand remains at a positive level, but with a slightly slower growth compared to the last two years. Destinations continue to grow at a modest pace, and the overall regional outlook remains positive (3-4 percent increase in international arrivals in 2019), reports ETC. You can find the full report HERE. Source / photo: European Travel Commission; Pixabay
4 Sep 2018 Essex pair are crowned PING women’s fourball champions Tags: Fourball, PING, Women Essex golfers Linda Woods and Pauline Nash put the sparkle on their club’s 130th anniversary celebrations when they became PING women’s fourball betterball champions today.The pair, from Royal Epping Forest, snatched victory on countback in the Grand Final after they scored 46 points at PING’s Gainsborough Golf Club.The clincher was the 17th, where Pauline chipped in for a par five and Linda promptly followed her, chipping in for birdie four and four points. “We were quite ecstatic, it made the difference,” said Linda.It took a lot to separate them from their title challengers, Donna Canning and Kathy Seal of Beedles Lake, Leicestershire. Both pairs had 25 points on the outward half and 21 on the inward; but over the last six holes, Linda and Pauline had an advantage of one point.The tournament is run by England Golf and the winners came through an initial entry of over 15,000 women from more than 850 clubs. The top 50 pairs nationwide qualified for today’s Grand Final and the next 50 played in yesterday’s Plate Final.“We are tickled pink,” said Linda, who is the Royal Epping Forest ladies’ captain for the third time. “We are the oldest club in Essex and it’s our 130th anniversary this year, which is great.“We’ve got quite a small ladies’ section, with currently just 22 ladies playing, so we are absolutely delighted to be able to field a pair and win at national level. It is fantastic.”Linda, who plays off 14, and Pauline, a 19-handicapper, play together regularly but they’ve never before won anything as a pair. “We supported each other well and we had a fantastic front nine, we parred eight holes on the front. We dropped off a bit on the back, when it was getting a bit tense, but we managed to hold it together.”The victory was extra sweet for Pauline who is just getting back into golf after having both her hips replaced. “I’m really, really thrilled. It’s just such a wonderful day and we were happy with that – but to come in with a good score and win! We’re thrilled to bits.”Third place went to Jane Leigh and Ruth Sinclair of Humberstone Heights, Leicestershire, who scored 45 points. The next three places were decided on countback after five pairs finished with 44 points: fourth were Susan Potter and Geraldine Morris of Northampton; fifth, Pam Heavyside and Jackie Taylor of Wexham Park, Buckinghamshire; and sixth, Rachael Warner and Bev Allan of Branston, Staffordshire.For full scores click hereCaption: Pauline Nash (left) and Linda Woods of Royal Epping Forest Golf Club, the 2018 PING women’s fourball betterball champions (Image copyright Leaderboard Photography).