Montpelier, VT – The Vermont Attractions Association (VAA) announces the acceptance of four new members for 2007-2008 season. The four newest members of VAA exemplify what it means to be a Vermont Attraction.The new 2007/2008 Vermont Attractions Association members are Cornish Colony Museum of Windsor, Green Mountain Coffee Roasters Visitor Center & Café in Waterbury, Long Trail Brewery of Bridgewater Corners and Vermont HoneyLights of Bristol.When founded in 1956, the Vermont Attractions Association mission was to promote attractions throughout the State and to establish, develop and promote high standards for tourism in Vermont. All Attractions continue strive to carry on the traditions and mission of offering visitors the best Vermont experience possible. All attractions offer informational and educational experiences, first-class activities and Vermont hospitality, while still maintaining their unique characteristics and quintessential Vermont feel. From the farms to museums; the breweries to chocolate makers; and shopping to State Historic sites, Vermont Attractions has something for everyone.Todd Paton, Chair of Vermont Attractions, noted that these new attractions make a great addition to the eclectic mix of properties that comprise VAA. “VAA seeks continually to promote only those attractions that offer guests a quality Vermont experience.”The old fire station building on Main Street in Windsor is home to the Cornish Colony Museum. The museum’s mission is the continued display of the artistic accomplishments of the famous artists, sculptors, writers, architects and landscape designers who lived and worked in this area of New Hampshire and Vermont, twin communities which sit astride the Connecticut River. The educational displays concentrate primarily on the 50-year period from 1885 to 1935, and are devoted to preserving the memories of that turn-of-the-century era. Currently, the Cornish Colony Museum is exhibiting a collection of paintings that celebrate the achievements of women in literature, history and culture.Green Mountain Coffee Roasters Visitor Center & Café can be found in the newly renovated 1867 working Amtrak station, in Waterbury, Vermont. The Visitor Center invites, guides, and shares Green Mountain Coffee Roasters’ passion for coffee through fun, interactive, and innovative technology. The Center provides opportunities for visitors to learn about Green Mountain Coffee Roasters – its products, the process of growing, roasting, and packaging coffee from “tree to cup;” as well as to do a little Green Mountain Coffee Roasters shopping. Guests will also learn about Green Mountain Coffee’s inspiring corporate philosophy of business for positive world change. Visitors will also delight in the architecture and grandeur of the newly renovated Waterbury Amtrak station.Located just off Route 4 in Bridgewater Corners, the Long Trail Brewing Company offers a spacious riverside Visitor Center that was inspired by the Hofbrau House in Munich, Germany. The Visitor Center offers an informative self guided tour of how their special brands of beer are brewed. From a catwalk over the production floor guests not only can read about the process but also see the master brewers hard at work. The Visitor Center Gift Shop provides guests with the opportunity to purchase beer and Long Trail souvenirs. The Long Trail Pub presents an enticing variety of menu items – some that incorporate Long Trail beer in their recipes, served near the cast-iron stove in the winter or out on the deck over looking the Outtauquechee River in the summer.Vermont HoneyLights is a family-owned business located on Main Street in the scenic hills of Bristol that specializes in the truly natural candle. Talented candlemakers hand mold nature’s finest beeswax into decorative works of art. Each visitor who steps through the gift shop and studio doors can see one of the artists creating a unique hand-rolled or poured candle. Guests can learn about the ecological and economical reasons for using beeswax candles, the process of creating special molds and the philosophy of creating the highest quality candles, all while watching the artisan roll, pour and unmold unique candle shapes. Along with the beeswax candles, Vermont HoneyLights retail shop also features only American-made products including table linens, footstools, pillows and other seasonal offerings. A wide selection of functional antiques and vintage pieces are available along with visual inspiration on how to incorporate them into the home.Over the years, VAA has expanded its marketing efforts to encourage tourists from Vermont and beyond through the launch of its own website, participating in the Vermont Travel and Industry Conference, working with the Vermont Tourism Network and educating leaders in the Vermont tourism industry. VAA has also worked diligently with the State of Vermont to produce and distribute the Official Road Map and Guide to Vermont Attractions, with the Vermont Wood Manufacturers Association to craft the brochure racks for some of the highway areas, and with the Vermont Chamber of Commerce to coordinate marketing efforts.For more information about VAA and all of its members please visit www.vtattractions.org(link is external).
Three months ago, professional DJ Ganarjito Abirowo was still performing at multiple nightclubs in Jakarta. Under the stage name of Jidho, he used to perform five nights a week, making a name for himself as a sought-after DJ in the capital.However, the coronavirus pandemic has turned his life upside down.As nightclubs went into a temporary shutdown after Jakarta imposed the large-scale social restrictions (PSBB) in April, Jidho has not only been unable to channel his passion for music, but he also experienced a financial downturn. “Still, we need certainty from the Jakarta administration on when nightclubs can operate again. I am more concerned about those who rely on the nightlife sector to make ends meet, such as bartenders and waiters,” Jidho told The Jakarta Post on Thursday.“I hope nightclubs can reopen again next month [July], as I heard that many [patients] have recovered from the disease.”Bergas Kampana Haryadita, a DJ who goes by the name Bergas, said his revenue had fallen ever since the PSBB was in place. He urged the city administration to set a specific time for nightclubs to resume operation and detailed health protocols for nightclub visitors and workers to protect them.Claiming to have lowered coronavirus transmission rates, Jakarta Governor Anies Baswedan has allowed offices, shops, restaurants, factories and other public places to gradually resume activities starting this month, but only at half capacity. It remains unclear when nightlife establishments like nightclubs, bars and massage parlors will reopen and under what restrictions.Read also: ‘Transitional PSBB’: A deciding chapter for Jakarta’s new normalJakarta Association of Entertainment Entrepreneurs (Asphija) chief Hana Suryani said such certainty was needed so that entertainment businesses could prepare scenarios to cushion the COVID-19 impact on their finances and prepare their future operation, like the recruitment of new employees. It would also give them more time for furloughed workers, especially those living outside of the capital, to go back to Jakarta, she said.“We need to save our businesses from enduring greater losses due to the epidemic. Do not get me wrong. We do not urge the administration to allow us to reopen our business as quickly as possible; all we need is certainty,” she said.She estimated trillions of rupiah in losses in the last three months.The association is now in cooperation with the Jakarta Tourism Agency to set a list of health protocols that would be mandatory for every leisure establishment.The association had suggested that the city administration include physical distancing among customers and body temperature checks in the protocols, but Hana asked the administration not to limit operational hours of the entertainment places in order for businesses to offset losses sustained during the last three months.“According to my experience, customers always come after 9 p.m. So if the administration asks us to close our businesses at 10 p.m., for example, we won’t be able to receive a healthy amount of profit,” Hana said.Read also: Jakarta discusses ‘new normal’ possibilities for nightclubs, massage parlorsJakarta Tourism Agency head Cucu Ahmad Kurnia had no definite answer as to when entertainment places may resume operations, saying only that he had scheduled a meeting with representatives of the leisure industry for Friday to discuss the eventual implementation of a new normal paradigm in the industry.Griffith University’s epidemiologist Dicky Budiman said reopening nightclubs and other nightlife entertainment establishments early would be a risky, unnecessary move, considering that any virus would easily spread indoors and that the nightlife entertainment was categorized as nonessential business in the city during the pandemic.Nightclub visitors would also be at risk of neglecting health protocol due to alcohol intoxication if they consumed alcoholic beverages, he said.He cited a recent incident in South Korea, which had COVID-19 cases bounced back in mid-May with a fresh infection cluster in Itaewon, a popular nightlife district in Seoul.“If the Jakarta administration insists on reopening nightclubs, they should at least not allow those located in COVID-19 red zones to resume operation. The administration should also actively trace the visitors,” Dicky said.Frequent clubgoer Cintya Agita said she would not immediately head to nightclubs once the administration allows them to reopen. “Probably I will wait for the ‘success story’ of the protocols. If there are no cases linked to nightclubs, I might consider visiting them only once a month.”Topics : His monthly revenue had plunged by roughly Rp 50 million (US$3,571) in the last two months, he said, without revealing his earnings now. The situation has forced him to start a culinary business offering home delivery to stay afloat.But Jidho was well aware that putting nightclubs on a temporary hiatus was important to help reduce the COVID-19 spread in the capital.The nightlife industry is caught between a rock and a hard place. They are aware that reopening entertainment places during the ongoing epidemic would increase the risk of new infections in the city, the epicenter of the outbreak in Indonesia, but many working in the industry are losing income.They now urged the Jakarta administration to provide certainty on whether they can resume business to offset their losses after around two months of PSBB, especially since the city has decided to ease restrictions starting on June 5.