Forbes 6 Apr 2020

"Everything Stopped" - Musician Caitlyn Smith Turns Cancelled Tour Into IG Inspiration


In the fifth episode of Forbes Firsthand, Caitlyn Smith tells her story of being a musician in quarantine. Smith had just released and album and was about to begin a tour with Little Big Town when she started getting calls from her manager about cancellations. Not only was the tour cancelled, but she wouldn't be able to appear on the late night shows she had booked to promote her album launch. Despite being confined to her home in Nashville, Smith is now hosting the Instagram show, Lonely Together, aptly named after a song off her latest project. The show features people from different corners of the music and entertainment industries who, like Smith, have also have their lives halted because of the pandemic.

Two months of coronavirus lockdown have emptied the streets of the Peruvian capital Lima. Authorities have encouraged using bicycles to get around to avoid contact with other people and the risk of infection.
Cyclists are excited but how long can it last?
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By the end of this week Italy will announce a plan to gradually exit its lockdown, Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte said.

In a Facebook post, Mr Conte said the country could not give up its policy of "maximum caution", and said Italy would reopen in line with "serious scientific policy".

"A reasonable expectation is that we will apply it from May 4," he said.

Italy has reported 24,648 deaths, the highest recorded toll in Europe.

Data released on Tuesday showed the number of people currently confirmed as infected fell for the second consecutive day. But deaths rose by 534 in the previous 24 hours, compared with a rise of 454 announced on Monday.

Spain's famous annual San Fermin bull-running festival in July has been cancelled because of the coronavirus crisis.

"As expected as it was, it still leaves us deeply sad," said acting mayor Ana Elizalde in a statement from the local Pamplona town hall.

The festival, which draws thousands of participants and was made famous in Ernest Hemingway's novel "The Sun Also Rises", has seldom been cancelled in its history.

It is the second major European tourist event to be cancelled today after it was announced that Oktoberfest, the famous annual German beer-drinking festival which sees six million people travel to Munich, will not take place.

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The global tourism industry has all but ground to a halt because of the coronavirus pandemic.
Most international flights have stopped and hotel bookings evaporated as countries closed their borders and imposed lockdowns.
That's put a hundred million jobs at risk, according to the UN's World Tourism Organization.
However, countries with falling infection rates are now planning to ease some of those restrictions.
They plan to encourage travellers and their cash to venture abroad again.
So what's the future of the tourism industry?

Presenter: Bernard Smith


Kimarli Fernando - Head of Sri Lanka's National Tourism Development Authority.

George Papaconstantinou - Former Greek Minister of Finance and Professor at the European University Institute School of Transnational Governance.

Virginia Messina - Managing Director of the World Travel and Tourism Council.

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