Tag Archives: tourism

South FL Tourism Officials Report Canceled Conventions

The South Florida Sun-Sentinel reports: Broward County has lost more than a half-dozen conventions as their organizers cite the divisive political climate as their reason to stay out of Florida. The list was compiled by Visit Lauderdale, formerly known as the Greater Fort Lauderdale Convention & Visitors Bureau. Broward’s tourism arm said the lost conventions could have brought hotel stays …

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State Dept: “Reconsider Travel To Mainland China”

Via press release from the State Department: Reconsider travel to mainland China due to the arbitrary enforcement of local laws, including in relation to exit bans, and the risk of wrongful detentions. The People’s Republic of China (PRC) government arbitrarily enforces local laws, including issuing exit bans on U.S. citizens and citizens of other countries, without fair and transparent process …

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Texas Warns Against Spring Break Travel To Mexico

NPR reports: The Texas Department of Public Safety has urged residents to avoid spring break travel to Mexico, warning that drug cartel violence and other crime pose a significant safety threat. “We have a duty to inform the public about safety, travel risks and threats,” said DPS Director Steven McCraw in a statement on Friday. “Based on the volatile nature …

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Utah Lawmakers Approve Design For New State Flag

The Salt Lake Tribune reports: The bill to change Utah’s state flag squeaked by on the House floor Thursday morning on a razor-thin 40-35 vote, thus ending debate on the surprising controversy that engulfed the Legislature since the start of the 2023 session. The process of redesigning the state flag began in 2019. The new design emerged from more than …

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Startup Pitches One-Man Helicopters For NYC Tourists

AM New York reports: A Texas startup is hoping to zoom into New York’s aerial tourism business by letting customers fly personal, ultralight helicopter-like craft over city airspace — with no pilot’s license and less than an hour of training. Austin-based LIFT Aircraft has partnered with Charm Aviation, a local heli-tour company, on a proposal to bring personal electric vertical …

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Australia Reopens Borders For First Time In Two Years

Reuters reports: Australia on Monday fully reopened its international borders to travellers vaccinated against the coronavirus after nearly two years of pandemic-related closings as tourists returned and hundreds of people were reunited with family and friends. More than 50 international flights will reach the country through the day, including 27 touching down in Sydney, its largest city, as the tourism …

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Hawaii: Visitors Must Be Boosted To Skip Quarantine

ABC News reports: Hawaii will require visitors to the state to have received a COVID-19 vaccine booster if they want to skip quarantine. Currently, under the rules of the state’s “Safe Travels” program, travelers who don’t want to quarantine for five days must either be fully vaccinated — meaning two doses of the Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna vaccine or one shot …

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US Borders Open Today To Fully Vaccinated Visitors

The Associated Press reports: The U.S. lifted restrictions Monday on travel from a long list of countries including Mexico, Canada and most of Europe, allowing tourists to make long-delayed trips and family members to reconnect with loved ones after more than a year and a half apart because of the pandemic. The rules that go into effect Monday allow air …

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Israel: No Entry If Last Dose Was Over Six Months Ago

Reuters reports: Tourists hoping to visit Jerusalem or Tel Aviv after Israel’s announcement last week that it would open to some vaccinated foreign travelers should read the fine print before booking, local hoteliers say. The new rules due to go into effect on Nov. 1 ahead of the Christmas season, permit individual tourists who have received COVID-19 vaccine boosters to …

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Four EU Nations Ban Visits By Unvaccinated Americans

CNN reports: A French government decree issued on Thursday bumped the United States and Israel from the country’s “green” list, down to “orange,” effectively prohibiting nonessential travel to France for unvaccinated visitors. France’s move follow restrictions imposed on US travelers from several other European destinations. Earlier this week, Spain changed its entry policy for arrivals from the US, requiring them …

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Hawaii Gov: “Not A Good Time To Travel To The Islands”

USA Today reports: Hawaii Gov. David Ige is urging tourists not to visit the popular destination through October due to a surge in COVID cases that has the state’s hospitals at capacity. “It’s not a good time to travel to the islands,” he said at a news conference Monday. Monday’s announcement does not mean travelers cannot visit Hawaii, as the …

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75%+ Of Canadians Back Proof Of Vax For US Visitors

Bloomberg News reports: Justin Trudeau is beginning to sketch out a plan to reopen the U.S. border, but Canadians don’t appear keen to rush it. And when travel does resume, they overwhelmingly agree proof of vaccination should be mandatory. Nearly half of respondents in an Angus Reid Institute poll released Wednesday said the world’s longest undefended frontier should remain closed …

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EU To Open Borders To Vaccinated American Tourists

The Washington Post reports: The European Union on Wednesday agreed to open its borders to vaccinated Americans and others, after more than a year in which travel into the bloc has been severely restricted, a spokesman said Wednesday. The decision represents a formal turning point away from the eerie, economy-sapping status quo of the pandemic, when major cities — from …

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De Blasio Launches “NYC Reawakens” Tourism Push

Gothamist reports: New York City wants everyone else in the country and world to know that it’s (re)open for business—today, Mayor Bill de Blasio and the city’s marketing arm, NYC & Company, announced a new $30 million tourism campaign. “Tourism accounts for hundreds of thousands of jobs in this city, and building a recovery for all of us means welcoming …

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De Blasio To NYers: “Stay Home For The Holidays”

Gothamist reports: Mayor Bill de Blasio is urging city residents to stay put this holiday season, as the number of coronavirus cases nationwide surges to its highest level since the start of the pandemic. “I hate to say it, but I have to urge all New Yorkers to not travel out of state for the holiday,” de Blasio said during …

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Massive Fire Strikes SF’s Fisherman’s Wharf [VIDEO]

San Francisco’s CBS News affiliate reports: Over 100 firefighters are battling a four-alarm fire at a warehouse building at historic Fisherman’s Wharf in San Francisco. Multiple 911 calls came in at about 4:15 a.m. Saturday in a building not used for tourism on the rear end of Pier 45, directly behind Fisherman’s Grotto and Alioto’s Restaurant. Black smoke spread quickly …

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Florida Keys To Lift Tourist Roadblocks On June 1st

USA Today reports: The Florida Keys will reopen to tourists on June 1, more than two months after the island chain closed to visitors to minimize the spread of the coronavirus. Checkpoints that barred visitors from coming into the Florida Keys will be removed next month and hotels and other lodging establishments, including campgrounds and vacation rentals, will also be …

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Industry Group: Virus Could Cost Airlines $100B+

The Associated Press reports: The International Air Transport Association says the virus outbreak that began in China could cost airlines as much as $113 billion in lost revenue due to the collapse of air travel. Representatives of the airline industry group said Thursday after a working meeting in Singapore that the industry urgently needs help from governments in waiving some …

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500,000+ Brits Stranded In Tour Company Bankruptcy

CNN International reports: British tour operator Thomas Cook collapsed Sunday night, stranding hundreds of thousands of travelers and putting 21,000 jobs at risk. The 178-year-old company said in a statement that its board “concluded that it had no choice but to take steps to enter into compulsory liquidation with immediate effect” after talks on a financial rescue failed. All Thomas …

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China Warns Against US Travel Due To Shootings

Axios reports: China’s Ministry of Culture and Tourism issued a travel advisory, warning citizens against traveling to the U.S., effective until December 31, the state-run Xinhua News Agency reported Tuesday. “Noting the frequent occurrence of shootings, robberies and theft in the United States recently, the ministry warned Chinese tourists to fully assess the risks of traveling there,” the news agency …

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