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Take Virtual Guided Tours Of Puerto Rico To Feel Like You Are On Vacation

Wouldn’t a little vacation sound nice? Sure it would. However, it is not the best time to get onto a plane with too many surfaces to touch. Puerto Rico understands this issue and is going to be offering guided tours of the island to give people a virtual vacation from their couches.

Discover Puerto Rico wants you to join them for some 30-minute virtual tours of the Caribbean island.

Your Puerto Rico Moment: El Morro

It's National Travel and Tourism Week and imagination is the highest kite you can fly! It’s time for you to #TravelFromHome and build your own Puerto Rico moment from the comfort of your own 🏠. ✨ From bed sheets to curtains, we can’t wait to see you recreate your favorite spots on our island. 🇵🇷 Don’t forget to tag us on your photos and Stories! #DiscoverPuertoRico #AllinGoodTime #SpiritOfTravel #NTTW U.S. Travel Association

Posted by Discover Puerto Rico on Friday, May 1, 2020

This is a pioneering move by the Caribbean island. Puerto Rico is the first to offer live guided tours using Google Maps. It is an attempt to give people a break from their self-isolation realities and give them a chance to explore Puerto Rico.

It is an inventive way to get people thinking about travel once the COVID-19 pandemic starts to subside.

A recent study of American travel plans after COVID-19 shows a country of people too scared to travel after the virus is under control. About one-third (33 percent) of Americans surveyed said they would be willing to stay in a hotel three months after COVID-19 subsides. Only 28 percent of Americans are willing to get on a plane three months after the pandemic subsides.

“With nearly 73 percent of Americans saying they miss travel, we want to continue offering travelers ways to vacation virtually,” Brad Dean, CEO of Discover Puerto Rico, said in a statement. “Through these and other activations we’ve been offering, we’ve not only been able to keep Puerto Rico top of mind, reminding travelers of everything that will be waiting for them when the time is right to travel again, but it’s also given us the opportunity to highlight valued members of the local tourism industry.”

There are several tours that you can take through Discover Puerto Rico in the coming week.

It may look like a ✨ dream– because every place you visit in Puerto Rico will look dreamier than the one before. All in…

Posted by Discover Puerto Rico on Thursday, April 30, 2020

Discover Puerto Rico is using National Travel and Tourism Week as a chance to help all of us travel from home to escape the mundane routines of waking up in isolation and going to bed in isolation. Here are a couple of the tours available through Discover Puerto Rico.

On May 5, you can tour the natural beauty of Puerto Rico.

This tour will give you a chance to explore El Yunque, which is the only tropical rainforest in the U.S. National Parks system. The tour will take you through the trails of some of the most beautiful and sought after hiking destinations.

On May 8, you can get a taste of Puerto Rico less traveled.

From Ponce to Gilligan’s Island, this virtual tour will offer you a look at the Puerto Rico you rarely see plastered on social media. These destinations are rarely the first places people would think about visiting when traveling to the island. The local guides provided for the tours will offer you some local insights into the places you are virtually exploring.

On May 13, you can kick back and enjoy a road trip across Puerto Rico.

Just sit back and enjoy some of the biggest and best landmarks on the island. The road trip will include seeing Castillo San Felipe de Morro, which we have all seen all kinds of photos of.

All fo the tours are available on the Discover Puerto Rico Facebook page at 5 p.m. EST.

READ: Going Stir Crazy In Quarantine? Then These Awesome Virtual Tours Will Help You Escape Without Ever Leaving Your House

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Mexico Wants American Tourists Despite Ongoing Covid Pandemic

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Mexico Wants American Tourists Despite Ongoing Covid Pandemic

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Covid-19 has ended a lot of stuff for a lot of people. The most obvious change has been to international travel, especially for Americans. As the virus has spread widely across the U.S. countries have put a halt to allowing American tourist within their border, but not Mexico.

Covid-19 has severly depreciated the American passport.

Once capable of unlocking so many countries, the U.S. passport is no longer helping Americans travel abroad. Instead, the American passport has now become a hindrance for global travelers. Most countries have placed restrictions on American tourists making the U.S. passport one of the weakest.

The countries banning the U.S. are doing so because of the state of the virus in the country.

There have been more than 7 million cases of Covid-19 and more than 200,000 deaths from the virus. The U.S. remains the worst hit country and the global epicenter of the deadly virus. Many blame the lack of a national strategy to properly close down, test citizens, and contact trace those who have been exposed as the reason the virus has been so devastating in the U.S.

The various travel bans have kept families apart.

Other nations went into mush stricter lockdowns that the U.S. and got a handle of the virus. European countries have gotten the virus under control after months and the U.S. continues to see a large number of new cases daily.

One of the countries allowing Americans to visit is Mexico.

Mexico is heavily reliant on the money made from the tourism industry. According to official statistics, the tourism industry is the third-largest contributor to the country’s GDP. Major tourist destinations like Cabo and Cancún saw dramatic dips in tourism leading to national and local figures to sound the alarm. According to The Washington Post, the questions was posed about when to allow the tourists from the U.S. back, not should they.

Los Cabos is one of the hardest-hit tourist destinations.

The tourist destination saw a severe decline in tourists during one of the busiest times of the year. According to The Washington Post, the resort city has lost 80 percent of its revenue because of Covid-19. The virus has brought financial devastation to people across the world and the cities they live in aren’t immune to failing themselves.

“It’s life or death for us,” Rodrigo Esponda, the head of the Los Cabos tourism board, told The Washington Post. “There’s nothing else here. No industrial production. No farming or commercial fishing. It’s tourism or nothing.”

Yet, Los Cabos should be a warning sign to the rest of Mexico.

Cases in Baja California, the state where Los Cabos is located, saw new Covid case numbers triple from 50 a day to 150. The increase in infections is to be expected as the state rolled out the welcome mat for Americans coming to visit the resort town.

“There are some residents who say, ‘Why put my family’s life in danger by inviting more visitors, restarting more flights?’” Luis Humberto Araiza López, tourism minister of Baja California Sur, told The Washington Post. “It’s a delicate line between trying to support public health and economic growth.”

Despite this, there are some countries that Americans can travel to.

The countries Americans can travel to without Covid restrictions are Albania, Belarus, Brazil, Dominican Republic, Mexico, North Macedonia, Serbia, Turkey, and Zambia. As the world continues to open up, Americans who travel abroad are waiting for the U.S. government to get the virus under control. Until then, the U.S. passport is not the same it used to be.

READ: The U.S. Passport Was Once The World’s Strongest, It’s Fallen To 25th Place Thanks To Failed Leadership Amid Coronavirus

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These Virtual Events Will Let You Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month From The Comfort Of Home

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These Virtual Events Will Let You Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month From The Comfort Of Home

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This year’s celebrations of Hispanic Heritage Month come at an increasingly troublesome time. And for many of us, it’s hard to find the strength or energy to find something to celebrate.

At this time last year, a slew of federal immigration policies that brought fear and confusion to the Hispanic community had been announced. It seemed vital at the time to spotlight many of the positive contributions of the nation’s Hispanic community.

Today, we’re in a pandemic and a national reckoning on racial injustice is afoot. We must now dig even deeper to find the way forward. Local traditions, especially those that bolster cultural understanding and embrace our city’s diversity, can play larger, more meaningful roles this year if we all take time to honor the people and history behind them.

Don’t miss the chance to look beyond the festive atmosphere to truly connect with others in the community who might also be feeling a bit more introspective these days.

Though you may not be able to partake in person, you don’t have to miss out on the celebration. You can read books by Latino Authors, stream Latino movies and shows, and listen to music by Latino artists for starters. You can also donate to organizations dedicated to causes within the community. Organizations like RAICES, the Latino Equality Alliance, and the Latino Community Foundation are all great places to support. Then, mark your calendar for some of these online events being hosted in honor of Hispanic Heritage Month.

Latin Fashion Week

From Sept. 16 until Sep 22., Latin Fashion Week Colorado is hosting a digital event every night. Each night will feature one of 35 designers and artists from around the world. See the full line-up here.

Cooking Class With Eva Longoria

In partnership with Airbnb, Eva Longoria is hosting a Zoom cooking class in honor of Latinx Heritage Month. To try and snag a spot, you’ll want to register on Tuesday, Sept. 22 at 9 a.m. PT. The event costs $103 per person and all proceeds will benefit the Eva Longoria Foundation.

Listen To Latin American Classical Music Performed Live

Florida’s Palm Beach County Library is holding series of online events from dance performances to cooking classes to story hours for kids. On Wednesday, Sept. 23, Violist David Pedraza will be performing classical music by Latin American composers. Register for the event here.

Salsa & Latin Dance Classes

Sure the salsa class might be for those over 50 (since it’s being hosted by AARP) but what a great way to get your parents or abuelos in on the celebrations. But for those of us under 50, Dallas College also has a series of Latin dance classes being held online throughout Latinx Heritage Month. For more information, check out Dallas College’s calendar of events

Take Part In An AfroLatinidad Panel

As we celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month, it’s important to make sure that all of us are included. That’s why this panel is so exciting!

On Thursday, Oct. 1, Illinois’ College of Lake County is hosting an Afro-Latino Panel via Zoom Meeting. Panelist will share their experience being Afro-Latinos, an often-overlooked demographic within the Latinx community. See more about the event here.

From Mi Cocina to Your Cocina: A Cooking Class

Arizona State University is hosting all sorts of interesting virtual events this year to celebrate Hispanic Heritage month. One of those events is a cooking class being held online on Friday, Sept. 18. You can register here.

Attend An Event With The Congressional Hispanic Caucus

From September 14-18, the Congressional Hispanic Caucus is hosting an online conference: the CHCI 2020 Leadership Conference, meant to help develop the next generation of Latino leaders.

Shortly after the Conference comes the The 43rd Annual Awards Gala, coming Sept. 21, 2020. Click here for more details about this event. 

Get Set And Get Ready To Vote

Voting may look different this year, but that doesn’t change the power of your voice. To provide some clarity, UnidosUS is hosting the town hall “Vote 2020: Get Ready, Get Set” to educate and prepare voters with what they need to know to cast their ballot in November. Voting experts will talk through your voting options and help you make a voting plan that best suits your needs.

Join us virtually on Monday, September 21 at 6 p.m. EST. 

Join The US Hispanic Chamber Of Commerce National Conference

At the end of September (Sept 27-29), the U.S. Hispanic Chamber of Commerce invites you to attend their 2020 National Conference.

They’re calling it the virtual business event of the year and it’s sure to have lots of interesting networking and learning opportunities.

Click here for more information

Attend Prospanica – The Leading Hispanic Networking Event

From October 12-16, you can join in on the Prospanica Conference and Career Expo – completely virtual.

The 2020 Prospanica Virtual Conference and Career Expo, “Generacion Lider,” will bring together a powerful cohort of diversity-minded corporations, government agencies, non-profit organizations and universities looking to attract top Hispanic talent. 

Designed to educate, inspire, and connect, Prospanica’s one-of-a-kind conference allows attendees to plug into a national leadership community invested in their long-term success.

Click here for more information. 

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