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Four migrants found dead off Canary Islands as dangerous crossings continue



Four migrants were found dead on a boat heading for Spain’s Canary Islands.

It is the latest in a string of attempted migrant crossings since the start of the year, in which at least 20 people have died.

Helicopters went to the aid of the makeshift boat on Sunday south of El Hierro island, after being spotted by a fishing boat, the Spanish coastguard said.

It was carrying 23 people, of which 19 were hospitalised. Three were said to be in a serious condition.

This year has seen a surge in the number of people attempting to make the crossing between Africa and the Canary Islands, a dangerous route due to strong currents.

Between 1 January and 15 March this year 3,436 migrants arrived in the Canary Islands, more than double the figure recorded last year.

Late last month two women and a man died on another overcrowded boat, with 41 people rescued.

A few days before that, a two-year-old Malian girl was reported dead on another boat of 52 migrants from Western Sahara, which was also rescued by the coast guard.


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tourism– Toronto, the capital of the Canadian province of Ontario, is the largest city in Canada and a must-visit for anyone travelling to the country. Amongst the attractions are the iconic CN tower, the Humber Bay Arch Bridge and the Royal Ontario Museum. Toronto also makes an excellent base from which to explore the nearby Niagara Falls. As well as cultural sites to see by day Toronto also offers thrilling nightlife including clubs, bars and casinos.

For anyone planning a trip to Toronto, here are five things that we think should be top of your list of things to do whilst you are there.

Visit Niagra Falls

The drive from Toronto to Niagara Falls takes about 1 and a ½ hours around Lake Ontario to the town that sits equidistant between there and Lake Eerie. If you are visiting Toronto you would be insane to miss out on a trip to what is widely regarded as the seventh Wonder of the World. You can hire a car and drive yourself there or pay to be onboard one of the many bus trips that depart from the centre of Toronto most days of the year. Entrance to Niagara Falls State Park is free but for a close up view from the River, you can pay to take a cruise. Unmissable!

CN Tower

The CN (or Canadian National) Tower, completed in 1976, sits in downtown Toronto and was the world’s tallest free-standing building until 2007 when it was surpassed by the Burj Khalifa in Dubai. Of course, that takes nothing aware from the awe-inspiring views that can be enjoyed from the top. Indeed, more than two million visitors enjoy this iconic building each year. Since 2011 it has been possible to partake of a ‘hands free’ Edge Walk around the circumference of the top of the tower for those who dare. You will of course be tethered to an over rail system. The cost is $195.

Royal Ontario Museum

All big cities must have at least one landmark museum, and this is Tornoto’s. The Royal Ontario Museum is an incredible mix of art, culture and natural history and the largest in Canada with over 1 million visitors per year. Here you can take in dinosaur fossils, meteorites, and cultural artefacts from across every continent in the world. Highlights of the century-old museum include a virtual Bat Cave, rocks from space-aged over 4.5 billion years, and a touchable shark’s jaw! Tickets can be purchased online at a cost of $14 for children and up to $23 for adults.

Toronto Zoo

Toronto Zoo is another popular attraction for visitors to the city, open every day of the year except for Christmas Day and spread over just under 300 hectares. It is the largest Zoo in Canada and includes highlights like the Great Barrier Reef exhibit including sharks, Stingray Bay where visitors can touch live stingrays, an African Savannah feature with white lions, cheetahs and rhinos, and an Australasia Pavilion with wombats, kangaroos and wallabies.

Entry is $18.30 for children and $27.99 for adults. Find out more here.

Casino Woodbine

As well as its cultural highlights and incredible sights, Toronto is also the capital for nightlife in Canada. It is stacked with bars and clubs that get packed out throughout the year. Clubs like Bambis with electronic music and The Piston with its retro tunes from the 60s through to the 90s are always full. There are also some good 24/7 casino spots for those who like to gamble on table games, slots or multi-player Texas Hold Em tables. Canada’s gambling industry is going through something of a resurgence thanks to moves towards better regulation in 2022 and alongside the many new Canadian casinos online, new high street bookmakers and casinos are likely to open up in the coming months too. Right now, The Casino Woodbine is the best in Toronto, located at the Woodbine Racetrack in the Etobicoke district. The floor with more than 200 video slots is open 24/7 and three luxury VIP private rooms can be booked in advance for table games like Blackjack and Poker.

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tourism– Gradually more and more tourist destinations in Asia announced opening their borders to international visitors. Various restrictions however are still in effect.


Since the beginning of the pandemic, the continent had strictly sealed itself off and announced that it would reopen its borders to international tourism on Christmas 2021. The date has now been postponed until early 2022. Only fully vaccinated vacationers will be allowed to enter the country. What will be possible again from December 1, however, are the popular “working holidays,” in which travelers combine work in Australia with a vacation. For this purpose, one needs a “Working Holiday Maker Visa” (subclass 417) or a “Work and Holiday Visa” (subclass 462), must be fully vaccinated, register online and present a negative PCR test not older than 72 hours.


The vacation island of Bali, Indonesia, reopened to international tourism in October. The quarantine after arrival has been reduced from five to three days for fully vaccinated travelers. In addition, proof of health insurance is required. So far, vacationers are only allowed to travel to Bali and the Riau Islands; all other regions of the Southeast Asian country are not yet open to international tourism.


Cambodia plans to gradually ramp up tourism again since November. Fully vaccinated travelers will be spared quarantine, but they must present a negative PCR test no more than 72 hours old, complete a rapid test immediately upon arrival, and provide proof of health insurance. After that, they are allowed to travel throughout the country. Those who cannot provide proof of vaccination must take a PCR test upon arrival and enter a 14-day quarantine.


As of October 15, India has reopened to vacationers from abroad. The tourist visas will be reissued with immediate effect, but initially only for travelers on charter flights. From November 15, this regulation was extended to all other flights. According to initial information, a negative PCR test will be presented upon entry. Travelers will also have to register on the Air Suvidha online portal before starting their journey and upload the negative PCR test here as well. Upon entry, passengers from Europe must take another PCR test at the airport for a fee (currently costs around 6 euros) and download the app Aarogya Setu.


By January 1 at the latest, Malaysia plans to launch a pilot project that will allow fully vaccinated tourists from abroad to travel to the island of Langkawi. A list of countries from which quarantine-free entry is allowed upon presentation of a certificate of vaccination, a negative PCR test not older than 72 hours, and proof of health insurance is to be presented soon. A minimum stay on Langkawi of three days is required.


Since October 1, fully vaccinated vacationers can enter Mauritius quarantine-free. All they have to do is present a negative PCR test not older than 72 hours and take another one upon arrival at the airport. On the fifth day of stay, an antigen test must be taken at the hotel or a self-test available at a pharmacy. Unvaccinated persons over the age of 18 must undergo a 14-day quarantine. Bars and clubs in the island nation are currently closed, no events are taking place, and proof of vaccination is required to enter restaurants.


Those who are fully vaccinated will again be issued visas upon arrival at Kathmandu Airport. Additionally, one needs a negative PCR test not older than 72 hours, confirmation of lodging, and registration, which must be carried out in the printed form. Unvaccinated people have to apply for their visas at the responsible representative authority of Nepal. In addition to the test and registration, they must undergo a ten-day hotel quarantine.


The Southeast Asian island nation plans to reopen its borders to international tourism soon – but only to fully vaccinated vacationers from “green” countries with high vaccination rates and low infection rates. There are currently 43 countries and territories on the list, including China, Taiwan, Japan, Pakistan, Rwanda, and the Falkland Islands. European countries are not included yet. The Philippines, known for magnificent landscapes, volcanoes and dream beaches, has closed its borders to international vacationers since March 2020.

Sri Lanka

The island nation in the Indian Ocean will join the tourist destinations in Asia that allow tourists to enter the country who have been fully vaccinated against the coronavirus for at least two weeks and present a negative PCR test that is not more than 72 hours old. Those who had a corona infection within the last three months prior to entry will only need a negative antigen test that is a maximum of 48 hours old as a recovered person. Upon arrival, foreign visitors are then allowed to move freely. Individuals who are not fully immunized against Covid-19 must register online, need a negative PCR test at the time of entry, and must take another one upon arrival. Afterwards, they are only allowed to move around the so-called “Safe & Secure Certified Level 1 Hotels” or visit selected sights. On the twelfth day of the stay, another test must be performed. If the test is negative, visitors are allowed to move freely around the country from the 14th day onwards.


Fully vaccinated travelers from all over the world have been able to book vacations with special travel programs in the Thai vacation paradise of Phuket or Ko Samui for some time. After a week, they can also travel to other regions of Thailand. Since November, Thailand is open for fully vaccinated air travelers from 63 countries with low Corona risk. So far, only ten countries were on the list. Travelers must present a negative PCR test upon entry and complete another one upon arrival. Once the result is available, they can travel without quarantine to 17 places open to tourism so far, including Phuket Island, the capital of Bangkok and Chiang Mai in the north of the country. Before entering the country, one must apply online for the “Thailand Passport”. The opening of nightclubs, pubs and karaoke bars, originally scheduled for early December, has been postponed until at least mid-January. Alcohol may currently only be served in restaurants in the capital Bangkok, the provinces of Krabi and Phangnga, and on the resort island of Phuket.


Depending on the vaccination rate in the country, Vietnam wants to open up to international tourism again. To this end, a four-step plan has been presented, the first step of which is to open selected destinations to vacationers arriving on charter flights towards the end of the year. These include the island of Phu Quoc and the coastal cities of Da Nang and Khanh Hoa. For this purpose, a list of countries will be presented whose fully vaccinated nationals will be allowed to enter. A limited number of scheduled flights are to be allowed again from January 2022. As things stand, however, travelers must expect to be quarantined upon arrival. There are no plans to allow entry for convalescents or unvaccinated travelers.

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tourism- Travel and hotel stays will become more expensive worldwide over the next two years. This is one of the conclusions of the seventh annual Global Business Travel Forecast, released by CWT and the Global Business Travel Association (GBTA). The report sees rising demand, capacity constraints and travelers’ sustainability demand, as well as higher labor and energy costs, as the main reasons for rising prices, including the hotel prices.

The upturn in business travel is in full swing, says Michelle McKinney Frymire, CEO of CWT. This comes after a 31% drop in airfares for business travel, for example. Experts expect airfares to rise 3.3% in 2022 and 3.4% in 2023, according to the report.

The increase in global hotel prices is expected to be even stronger, with a price increase of 13% in 2022 and a further 10% in 2023. Nevertheless, it will still take some time in many markets before the 2019 level is reached again.

CWT Meetings & Events expects the majority of immediate meeting bookings to be small and regional in nature. Virtual and hybrid meetings played a critical role in 2021. The size of live meetings decreased in 2021 from an average of 42 attendees per meeting in 2019 and 2020 to an average of 24 attendees.

Many companies currently appear to be opting for smaller regional meetings rather than events that involve travel. However, as restrictions are lifted and pent-up demand leads to more people traveling to meetings, this is expected to change in 2022, the report said. Demand for meetings and events, it predicts, will increase 53% in the first half of 2022 compared to 2021

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