What occurs when staycations collapse

(CNN) – There is no government testing aircraft. The “walking route” system now allows unrestricted travel from England to only seven locations around the world. And the second wave that is beginning to look like a tsunami.

Not surprisingly, travel agencies in the UK have been encouraging those who want to retire from their daily life of Covid to have fun, to help grow businesses that are being destroyed by coronavirus.

But as winter approaches, bringing new local restrictions and the prospect of further refuge, it is safe to say that areas that have not been closed have been reluctant to receive visitors.

Just ask Simon Calder. “A Man Who Pays for His Way” wrote to the UK Independent newspaper and is one of the country’s leading travel journalists.

Calder appeared on British TV last week and recommended that those wishing to be guests use the upcoming holiday holiday to go to Mid Wales, the same region that has encouraged tourists to reserve a place.

The result: his mailbox and social media were filled with violence.

“Worms,” and “Absolutely the cloud” were some of the polite words that ordinary people seemed to resent. Hundreds of contacts confirmed to him that they did not want visitors to come and bring Covid with them.

‘Difficult problems’

Traveler Simon Calder was tortured online after he recommended Wales as a destination.


The incidence of the disease in the Mid Wales region remains the lowest in the country, meaning that it has not yet been hit by the strongest routes found in the towns around Cardiff and Swansea, as well as in the northern coastal areas of the country.

Locals are banned from traveling, while the Welsh government is enacting laws that prohibit people from moving to high-risk areas from Covid in England, Scotland and Northern Ireland to enter the country.

But the whole of Wales, during the epidemic, saw a lot of refusal to receive visitors – mainly due to the large population in places like Mount Snowdon.

In his weekly letter, Calder said he had no plans to move to Wales soon.

“The Welsh government has done well with their country by saying that we do not want people to come from high-risk areas,” Calder said. “But it is not a futile task. Leaving aside the direct answers I have received, there will always be a very serious conflict between the economic needs of the community and the necessary and human natural desire to be safe.”

Calder says travelers in the UK should start assessing their living conditions and destination, to reduce the risk of frostbite.

However with restrictions in the UK seemingly changing every day, it can be difficult to comply.

“When I said there were no restrictions in England and Visit Wales was saying ‘come to Wales’, that’s why it didn’t catch me being silly,” he says. “But I totally agree that maybe I should have chosen my words better and I apologize a lot for the amount of stress that has happened.”

According to Val Hawkins, MWT Cymru’s chief tourism officer for the region, the news comes just weeks after news outlets claimed that two-thirds of Wales had been disrupted, while about three-quarters of the country, and a mile , including Mid Wales, is not.

“The problem is that something is bothering her and it’s not working,” she says.

“Weapons are always out there and they love to respond. We would have spent all our time worrying that we might not be going anywhere. We have been working with the Welsh government to make sure our businesses are well-equipped. [to prevent the spread of the virus].

“There were really concerns about the people in July, before it was opened. No one knew what was going to happen, but our hospitality centers have also welcomed people without any problem due to the rising number of diseases.”

‘Customer intimidation’

Pictures of crowded summer beaches, such as this one in Bournemouth, helped spark a UK rivalry against tourists.

Pictures of crowded summer beaches, such as this one in Bournemouth, helped spark a UK rivalry against tourists.

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Not everyone, however, had a good experience. Writer Saurav Butt spent some time in Tenby, southwestern Wales, around the summer and is said to have suspected him.

“One evening at a very small restaurant, I realized that I was the only one sitting at the counter. Families and other customers moved the tables, some asked to be moved, and the waiter asked if I could remove the veil from my face as it ‘threatens other customers’,” he said.

After being called to rewrite another meal a few days later, Butt says his name became known. “I was told that if I came in I would have to make sure I got the coronavirus test and just come in when I was tested for it.”

Butt said the same thing happened to him in Suffolk, on the east coast of England, where he was allegedly carried off in the street because of a blindfold, and locals say he was suffering from coronavirus.

He says he will never go anywhere again.

“Sounds like a lot of money on something that doesn’t offer any value.”

‘The warmth I received from the world’

Many areas of Wales continue to receive visitors.

Many areas of Wales continue to receive visitors.

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Even so, some vacationers say that the locals were very happy to see them.

Megan Eaves, a writer and co-founder in London, visited Tintern in the Welsh district of Monmouthshire and said she was impressed by the established methods of restaurants, cafes and hotels, and the activities of local people.

“In that case, it’s just like being accepted is hotter than usual,” he says. “All the businesses were very grateful for our culture and we interacted with almost everyone we met.”

“As human beings, we all have challenges that we have shared here that make it possible to connect immediately with others,” he adds. “There were not many other tourists and travelers, but the ones we met were well-mannered and law-abiding, which made us brave. This was aided by the fact that, by design, this was a small escape. I have already chosen this place for this reason. “

Health coach Sonal Ambasna found the same thing at Brecon Beacons National Park, which traverses much of South Wales, although he was initially worried.

“Before we got too far, we heard that Wales, especially the Brecon Beacons, were very busy and that the police had been called to some of the tourist areas to control the people. Fortunately we were warmly welcomed by the people we came to.”

Making boundaries

The Ambasna and Eaves experience shows how Val Hawkins is trying to take over in Mid Wales, addressing local concerns and the need to bring in visitors to help lift the economy that has been devastating in 2020.

“Tourism is important to us, but caring for the community is very important,” he said. “Our businesses have been very careful and the people who want to come to this area have been fantastic.”

Hawkins admits that he “could have done without Simon Calder’s things,” but he says that as long as people are smart and don’t walk away from dangerous areas, there is a chance to relax and be welcomed in Mid Wales.

“It’s a difficult time for everyone, not just Wales. We have a long way to go, so helping everyone get out can be the best way to go.”

“It’s a surprisingly difficult decision,” admits Calder. “Obviously in Wales there are a lot of businesses and people who depend on foreigners for jobs and livelihoods. Do they take second place for people who are concerned about their health? There are no easy answers at all. “We will be closed and we will tell you when we ask you again, ‘it is not really helpful.”

The question remains, is there anyone who would like to go to the UK while his coronavirus infection is on the rise? And if so, will the local people welcome them? A long winter is waiting.

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