• Small businesses lifted by return of summer tourists
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    Small businesses lifted by return of summer tourists

    BOSTON — Small businesses in the U.S. that depend on tourism and vacationers say business is bouncing back, as Americans rebook postponed trips and spend freely on food, entertainment, and souvenirs. U.S. states and cities have loosened many of their restrictions on crowd size and mask-wearing, a positive sign for businesses that struggled for more than a year when theme parks and other tourist attractions were shuttered. Still, the return to a pre-pandemic “normal” is a way off for most. There are few business travelers and international tourists. Many businesses are grappling with staff shortages and other challenges. And if […] More

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    Health care challenges, border travel restrictions, tourism recovery

    Intensive care units and emergency rooms aren’t seeing beds fill up at the rate they did during the height of the pandemic, but some nurses working those departments say they need relief. That was the message when unionized nurses at St. Mary’s Hospital demonstrated against staffing shortages that they said puts patients at risk. A statement from the hospital’s operator, Carondelet Health Network, said the facility has consistently met staffing guidelines in its collective bargaining agreement with the union. The problem isn’t isolated to St. Mary’s. A spokesperson for Banner Health told Arizona 360 it has hundreds of open nursing […] More

  • Back on the Ale Trail: Will Beer Tourism Rebound After the Pandemic?
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    Back on the Ale Trail: Will Beer Tourism Rebound After the Pandemic?

    This month, we’re heading outdoors with the best drinks for the backyard, beach, and beyond. In Take It Outside, we’re exploring our favorite local spots and far-flung destinations that make summer the ultimate season for elevated drinking.  When I reach Chris O’Leary, he’s on his way from New York City to Spokane, Wash., to take a beer trip with a pal he hasn’t seen since the before times. “I’m literally on a plane right now,” he texts. It’s hardly a surprise. Since 2011, O’Leary, a marketing executive who publishes the New York-focused beer blog Brew York, has visited 2,267 craft […] More

  • U.S. diplomat offers some hope regarding border reopening
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    U.S. diplomat offers some hope regarding border reopening

    U.S. diplomat offers some hope regarding border reopening | Local News | buffalonews.com We recognize you are attempting to access this website from a country belonging to the European Economic Area (EEA) including the EU which enforces the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) and therefore access cannot be granted at this time. For any issues, call (800) 777-8640. Read further. More

  • Chinatown murder-mystery tour honoured at Singapore Tourism Awards
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    Chinatown murder-mystery tour honoured at Singapore Tourism Awards

    SINGAPORE – When the Covid-19 pandemic decimated tourist arrivals, local tourism player Tribe, like many others, found itself grappling with having to entice a home-grown crowd to enjoy tours of a country they were already familiar with. It decided to create a game-tour of Chinatown, where participants would be part of a murder mystery. Participants had to catch a serial killer by solving a series of puzzles around Chinatown while learning more about the culturally rich district during the two-hour tour. The novel tour concept, which skilfully wove the history of communities in the area with gameplay, won Tribe an […] More

  • Homeland Security extends restrictions on non-essential activity - KYMA
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    Homeland Security extends restrictions on non-essential activity – KYMA

    Top Stories Directly affects Canadian, Mexican travel DESERT SOUTHWEST (KYMA, KECY) – In an effort to minimize the spread of COVID-19 and newly discovered Delta variant, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security recently extended restrictions on non-essential activity to Saturday, August 21. Despite these restrictions, the Department ensures that the flow of essential trade and travel will continue as normal. “Essential travel” includes (but is not limited to): U.S. citizens and lawful permanent residents returning to the U.S. Individuals traveling for medical purposes (e.g., to receive medical treatment in the U.S.) Individuals traveling to attend educational institutions Individuals traveling to […] More

  • UK reopening plans face critical test as summer starts in earnest
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    UK reopening plans face critical test as summer starts in earnest

    Boris Johnson’s reopening plans face several major tests this weekend as events reopen across the country for the first time since Covid-19 restrictions were introduced in March last year. Festivals in particular are now able to go ahead with the Latitude event in Suffolk this weekend expected to attract 40,000 people. Early arrivals yesterday had to show proof of two vaccinations or a negative Covid-19 test to get in but social distancing measures are not in place in the trial event and there is no requirement for facemasks, though marquees will be open-sided or equipped with air purifiers. A huge weekend […] More

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