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Sjannie Hulsman is a lead tour guide trainer and consultant for tourism development in remote areas at EastguidesWest. Sjannie is Dutch and lives in Belgium. She also lived in Spain, the US, Germany, Finland and Austria. She is fluent in Dutch, Spanish, German and English. She has conversational French. Her experience in the travel and hospitality industry stretches over more than two decades. Her work is valued for in-depth and tailor made, straight forward advise with a lasting impact. She trains and advices companies such as Eurasia Trains&Tours, Oetker Hotels and Silk Road Destinations.

Sjannie believes that tourism is global team work! We all want happy guests, referrals and repeat business. But, if a link in the chain is lacking, it affects the whole tourism experience. EastguidesWest can be followed on Facebook, LinkedIn and Instagram.

2 February 2021

Why travel should cost more

As a young person, I was told that “There is no such thing as a free lunch”; “Only the sun rises for free”, and “Anything gratis […]
2 February 2021

Responsible Tourism is spreading across India

Over the last couple of weeks a high-level delegation from Madhya Pradesh in central India, led by the Minister of Tourism Ms Thakur, has been in […]
2 February 2021

The Relationship between Food & Community-based Tourism: Central America II

Read Part 1 of “The Relationship between Food & Community-based Tourism: Central America” here During this second part of our journey through Central America, we soon […]
1 February 2021

German city of Ulm installs sleep pods to shelter homeless

The city of Ulm, around 75 miles west of Munich, Germany, has introduced a unique solution to protect its homeless throughout winter. They have installed sleep […]
1 February 2021

Travel restrictions in brief: Portugal 🇵🇹

Note: Last update of this article occurred on February 1st, 2021 1. The Government has approved a new set of measures to regulate the extension of […]
1 February 2021

The polar explorers fighting climate change from their hut in the Arctic

Since September 2019, polar explorers Hilde Fålun Strøm and Sunniva Sorby have been living in a small trapper’s cabin on the remote Norwegian archipelago of Svalbard, […]
1 February 2021

Worst year in tourism history: 1 billion fewer international arrivals

Global tourism suffered its worst year on record in 2020, with international arrivals dropping by 74% according to the latest data from the World Tourism Organization […]
29 January 2021

Top 10 countries best handling the Covid-19 pandemic

The COVID Performance Index compiled by the Lowy Institute ranked 98 countries’ handling of the COVID-19 outbreak. The Australian think tank ranked countries from around the […]
29 January 2021
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Travel to Martinique and Guadeloupe only allowed if deemed ‘imperative’

Overseas destinations are closing to tourism because of the pandemic. Traveling to Martinique will be prohibited from 2 February 2021 except for reasons deemed ‘imperative’ such […]
29 January 2021
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Norway introduces its strictest entry rules since March 2020

To limit the risk of transmitting the significantly more contagious variant of the coronavirus, the Government is imposing far stricter rules on foreign nationals who seek […]
28 January 2021
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A safe and sustainable recovery of Europe’s hospitality sector

Hospitality businesses are part of the European social and economic fabric, bringing diversity and vitality to city centres, rural communities, villages and tourist areas across Europe. […]
28 January 2021

China using anal swabs to test for Covid-19

China has recently begun using a new form of testing for Covid-19; anal swabs. According to state TV, the country is performing the tests on those […]
28 January 2021

Sustainable tourism in beautiful Okinawa

Okinawa is just one of Japan’s 47 prefectures, and is made up of over 160 islands, 47 of which are inhabited remote islands. Along with its […]
27 January 2021

New Zealand might keep its borders closed for most of 2021

New Zealand’s borders are likely to remain closed for most of the year depending on the progress in the vaccination campaign against the coronavirus, Prime Minister […]
27 January 2021

Belgium might ease its confinement strategy in the spring of 2021

On Tuesday January 26th, Belgian health officials announced that the current confinement measures might be eased in the spring when most people over 65 have been […]
27 January 2021

Over 100 million Travel & Tourism jobs could be recovered in 2021

More than 100 million jobs could return to the global Travel & Tourism sector during 2021, as the world recovers from the crippling COVID-19 pandemic, says […]
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