Did it take a global pandemic to realize we can have winter tourism?
So we had another mass vaccination event this week, or as they call it an anti-vaccination event. It’s just another way to get to the same end. These are essentially mass collective immunity events. It has all the elements, a mass of people not wearing masks, unvaccinated people, people screaming at the top of their lungs and people all crushed into each other.
It’s like Christmas for the virus. I’m all for free speech and civil liberties, although I’m not sure what the anti-vaccines are all about. They are basically protesting against something that is not mandatory. If you don’t want to get the shot don’t, why do you have to yell about it.
I guess at some point Croatia will have to open all restrictions, although that time probably won’t be until next year. My destination this Christmas, the UK, has absolutely decided that openness is the best policy. “It’s like a lean version of the Swedish approach,” said a friend from London.
By condensing it, the government saw that it had reached the upper limits of people who wanted to be vaccinated, and it saw that the older population was almost completely protected, so it fully opened up to spread the virus among the rest of the population. population. Suddenly masks were no longer mandatory, sporting events could have as many supporters as they wanted and discos would reopen. “Looks like if you don’t want the vaccine we’ll give you Covid,” my friend commented.
I am following the situation on the island as we plan a great family Christmas this year. And of course, in these times, the most crucial, and even the most changeable, part of the journey is making sure we comply with Covid regulations.
And as we drive and drive through half of Europe, we have a lot to follow. But good, very good news came out this week about the “reopening” of the UK, news that will a) save us a lot of money and b) make Dubrovnik more money.
All fully vaccinated passengers will no longer need to take the costly PCR test, at least when returning to the UK from low-risk countries. From October 4, fully vaccinated passengers arriving from low-risk countries will be allowed to take a cheaper lateral flow test, rather than the privately administered PCR lab tests now required. The insistence on PCR testing means travel from the UK has been expensive, with PCR testing costing up to € 80. This is essentially how a government decision saved me around 400 euros in PCR tests.
More importantly, it sparked a wave of holiday bookings as Britons greeted the news by clicking ‘book now’ on their laptops. “It’s amazing how many people booked flights in October,” a British travel agent told me. Adding that “if there were flights in November, December, all year round, there would be people who would book and come to Dubrovnik”.
A multi-award-winning American investigative journalist and producer, Peter Greenberg, once told me, “Airlines should be invited to fly year-round and develop winter tourism. Otherwise, you just perpetuate the problem of overcrowding. You have to understand – are you listening to the airlines or the airlines are they listening to you. Right now, it looks like the airlines are not listening to you at all. ” He was right. We now see that people are ready to travel in October and even in November, but of course, in fewer numbers than in August, but the demand is there.
Did it take a global pandemic to realize that we can have winter tourism? But will anything change, probably not because we are not masters of our own destiny, we are hostages of the airlines. As I told you, we have a great family Christmas this year. We have booked the villa which will be our festive base this Christmas. And at the time of booking, 70% of the villas were already fully booked. Winter tourism is alive in the UK.