Maine could lose 2/3 of hotels without new federal stimulus, survey finds

The pandemic-strapped hotel industry is on the brink of national collapse with Maine standing to lose two-thirds of hotels and direct lodging jobs if Congress doesn’t approve more aid soon, according to a survey released Tuesday by a national hotel association.

The state already had 4,498 fewer direct jobs in the hotel industry from the beginning of the pandemic until September due to the coronavirus and a total of 9,810

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Luxury Brands Bank on a Raring China Market as Pandemic Lays Waste to Global Demand | Investing News

By Sophie Yu and Silvia Aloisi

BEIJING/MILAN (Reuters) – On the southern Chinese island of Hainan, a duty-free shopping paradise, mainland tourists keen to splurge will often patiently line up for an hour or more to enter a Gucci, Tiffany or other luxury brand store.

“I’m mentally working on a shopping list,” says Zeng Rong, 34, a Beijing-based auditor who is looking forward to her upcoming Hainan trip. “I’d like

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Is it safe to travel for the holidays? Here’s what doctors, a microbiologist, and a travel pro told us.

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  • This year, the holiday travel period overlaps with a possible second wave of COVID-19, as well as cold and flu season.
  • Many will be left wondering: is it safe to travel for the holidays? Or perhaps more importantly, should I travel?
  • If you’re considering visiting
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Package tours start in Rey under strict health protocols

TEHRAN – On Monday, one-day package tours started in Rey under strict health protocols to mark the national tourism week, September 28 to October 3.

“On the occasion of [national] tourism week, package tours of Ray are being held in full compliance with health protocols amid the coronavirus pandemic,” provincial tourism chief Amir-Mosayeb Rahimzadeh announced on Monday.

“The Rey tours are being held on foot for ten visitors observing social

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Report: Two-thirds of New Hampshire hotels at risk of shutting down

Mike Somers

Mike Somers, president of the New Hampshire Lodging and Restaurant Association, said another injection of government aid for hotels ‘could make be the difference of some of the making it and some of them not.’

A recently released national report’s prediction that two-thirds of New Hampshire’s hotels will shut down if they don’t get more federal aid seems “really high,” but that doesn’t mean that the state’s lodging industry isn’t

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College Road Trip to Boston: Boston University | Best Colleges

Spanning a two-mile stretch of Commonwealth Avenue along the south shore of the Charles River, Boston University is its own distinct neighborhood – and it mirrors the globe, says Kelly A. Walter, associate vice president for enrollment and dean of admissions.

About a quarter of the undergrads typically are international students – from 130-plus countries – and 40% represent a race or ethnicity other than white.

Most students share a

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More flights to unusual locations + more travel news

In this week’s TravelSkills on SFGATE newsletter…

As the fall travel season gets underway, we are still seeing a slow return to air travel and some promising news from airports and airlines. The TSA said last week was relatively busy for airport security, with most days exceeding 700,000 passengers, and Sunday hitting 809,000. American Airlines says it is going to open its big new Admirals Club at SFO’s Harvey Milk … Read More

The Best Political Podcasts to Help You Navigate This, Um, Chaotic Election Season

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From Cosmopolitan

Hey, hi, hello, quick reminder: One of, if not *the* most important presidential elections in United States history is just around the corner. With the coronavirus claiming the lives of over 200,000 Americans, the police continuing to commit deadly acts of racial injustice, and wild fires decimating millions of acres across the west coast, it’s not an exaggeration to say that the future of our

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Clear Lake City Council raises vacation rental fees by 233 percent | Latest News

Flory said Clear Lake currently has about 50 vacation and short-term rentals permitted within the city, and he anticipates that number to grow.

The City Council unanimously approved a service partnership agreement with Bergland and Cram to inspect and review all vacation rental properties in Clear Lake to ensure they’re compliant with local, state and national residential building codes.

Per the agreement, it will coordinate inspection times, complete inspections and

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Here’s Why Airlines Are Ending Change Fees

United, Delta, and American Airlines made similar announcements in quick succession this week: Change fees aren’t just temporarily suspended due to the pandemic; they’re going away for good on most kinds of tickets for domestic travel. Of course, the companies aren’t just doing this to be nice. A few things have changed about the airline business in recent years that make change fees less effective as part of a pricing

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Delhi Metro Guidelines: Travelling by Delhi Metro? Read these new guidelines | Delhi News

NEW DELHI: The Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) has announced several guidelines for safety and stress-free travel as it gets ready to resume its operations in a graded manner from September 7.

As part of new guidelines, entry will be allowed through only one gate

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Everything You Need to Know About October’s Offerings


Games with Gold’s October offering is ringing in the season with some spooky games and classic titles for all your Halloween gaming needs.

The Xbox Series X’s launch is imminent, but that doesn’t mean the current generation is slowing down. Microsoft is continuing to entice gamers to subscribe to their Xbox Live Gold service with the Games with Gold program, and the September offerings are sure to send a chill

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Hyderabad couple, twin daughters travel across 15 states in 90 days

Hyderabad (Telangana) [India], September 30 (ANI): A Hyderabad couple has travelled across 15 states of the country in 90 days with their twin daughters in the backseat of their car.
Exploring different ways to travel each time, Gangadhar said that their longest adventure was a 90-day road trip covering 15 states over 13,000 kilometres while exploring “road schooling” with their twin daughters, a new method of education.
Speaking to ANI,

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9 hot startups shaping mobility post-pandemic

  • The pandemic has disrupted how people travel, accelerating trends such as e-bikes and scooters while forcing innovation in cars and delivery.
  • Venture capital investors piled $11.8 billion into the wider sector of mobility in the first three months of 2020, a 62% year-on-year increase, per PitchBook data.
  • Berlin-based VC fund Target Global has raised $1 billion to splash on startups, including a $130 million dedicated mobility fund. Target identified 9
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New York Wine Events’ 8th Annual NYC Autumn Wine & Food Festival Shifts to a Live Virtual Broadcast, October 16 & 17, 2020

New York Wine Events hosts its 8th Annual New York City Autumn Wine & Food Festival live online on Friday, Oct. 16 from 7pm-8:30pm and Saturday, Oct. 17th from 4pm-5:30pm. The virtual festival presented by Citi is offered free to the general public. Register/Info: NewYorkWineEvents.com

NEW YORK (PRWEB) September 30, 2020

New York Wine Events will host its 8th Annual New York City Autumn Wine & Food Festival on a

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Is holiday travel safe during COVID, according to experts

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  • This year, the holiday travel period overlaps with a possible second wave of COVID-19, as well as cold and flu season.
  • Many will be left wondering: is it safe to travel for the holidays? Or perhaps more importantly, should I travel?
  • If you’re considering visiting family or taking an end
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Chicago quarantine COVID-19 travel order: Kentucky, several states added back to list

CHICAGO (WLS) — Wyoming, Nevada, and Texas were added to Chicago’s COVID-19 emergency travel order Tuesday.

Kentucky was also added back on the list after being removed last week.

States on the travel order are seeing new cases at a rate of greater than 15 per 100,000 per day or higher.

City health officials said Georgia is starting to see a declining number of cases and could be removed from

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La Vista approves latest biennial budget | Papillion

La Vista has approved its latest biennial budget at the Sept. 15 City Council meeting.

While both years of the biennial budget are adopted in the first year, it is always amended and updated for the second fiscal year to adjust for revenue estimates, establish tax rates and reflect any major changes.

The proposed budget is $47.15 million in fiscal year 2021 and $53.91 million in FY21 in all funds.

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Remote work travel: These 4 countries accept Americans for remote-work trips

The pandemic has proved challenging for digital nomads, people who travel the world working remotely. With countries closing their borders and air travel heavily restricted, working abroad has become extremely difficult if not totally impossible for Americans.

And as some destinations begin to allow foreign visitors, travelers from the United States may still be banned because of the America’s escalating number of coronavirus cases.

But there are exceptions. While the

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CT lodging industry job losses could double without fed bailout

Connecticut’s lodging industry lost nearly 10,000 jobs over the last six months and that number could nearly double if federal lawmakers don’t come up with some kind of bailout package for companies in the sector, a leading industry trade group is predicting.

The latest data from the American Hotel & Lodging Association found that 9,925 Connecticut hotel industry jobs were lost between March and September. Connecticut’s hospitality industry employed more

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