City vacations take a big Covid-19 hit as travelers turn to rural areas

Around the world, cities are taking a pounding from Covid-19 as travelers are avoiding visiting large conurbations during the global pandemic. In turn, tourism numbers in metropolises have plummeted. In Madrid, tourist arrivals dropped by 63.8% during the first half of 2020.

a person in a wet city street in the rain: With Broadway closed through May 2021 and NYC's Times Square looking very different these days, many travelers are passing on the urban vacation.

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With Broadway closed through May 2021 and NYC’s Times Square looking very different these days, many travelers are passing on the urban vacation.


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Big Island News and Information

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All counties will participate in Hawai‘i’s pre-travel coronavirus testing program following negotiations between Gov. David Ige and the mayors of the state’s various counties.

Hawai‘i County will implement the strictest policy, requiring an antigen test for all arriving trans-Pacific travelers. This will be a second test following the mandatory test required at least 72 hours before any travel to Hawai‘i from the mainland. These tests

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Amazon Prime Day 2020: Top tips for navigating this year’s big sale events

The time has come for big-box retailers to roll out some of their biggest shopping events of the year.

While it might sound like a win-win for

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There Will Be Blood. This Week U.S. Airlines Will Begin Reporting How Big Their Third Quarter Losses Were

The butcher’s bill will be revealed by U.S. airlines Tuesday when Delta leads off the (now euphemistically named) third quarter “earnings” report

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big on sound, kind on your wallet

Best budget Bluetooth speakers Buying Guide: Welcome to What Hi-Fi?’s round-up of the best budget wireless speakers you can buy in 2020.

a close up of electronics: Best budget Bluetooth speakers 2020: portable, desktop and multi-room

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Best budget Bluetooth speakers 2020: portable, desktop and multi-room

Bluetooth speakers have always been a great addition to any music lover’s box of tricks, but they’ve never been more desirable than right now. Perhaps dropping a significant sum on something offering multi-room or

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Airlines forced to make big changes in response to COVID


Change is hard. 

Just ask anyone who has ever tried to lose weight, start an exercise regimen, gain control of their finances, quit smoking, or keep new year resolutions.  It is easier to give up than to continue fighting or changing course.  Unless there is a reason, specifically a real need to do so, or we see direct results pretty quickly, change seldom happens.  We stick

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Genius items for your next big road trip

Road trips so often are more fun to plan than they are to experience. Sleeping on the side of the road in the middle of nowhere always sounds kind of romantic until you have to do it. Eating Taco Bell and fruit snacks all the way through Tennessee sounds whimsical and fun until you’re stuck with pieces of garbage for 100 miles.

a person sitting in a car: As Scar says in the seminal classic film The Lion King : be prepared.

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As Scar says

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Fresh off big win, NC State to finish 3-game road trip against Virginia

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (WNCN) — N.C. State will finish a grueling three-game road trip on Saturday when the Wolfpack (2-1, 2-1 in the ACC) travels to Charlottesville for a high-noon kickoff against Virginia (1-1, 1-1 in the ACC).

The Pack is coming off an impressive road win over previously undefeated Pittsburgh.

“They’re very sound, they’re big,” said N.C. State

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The Big Sur Road Trip: What to See and Do

Located on California’s central coast, Big Sur is both the name of an area and a town known for its beautiful beaches, mild weather, and state parks that are spilling over with majestic redwood trees and hiking trails. Oh, and the food and wine are second to none. Queue up the Google Maps app, then check out our guide to one of the most beautiful destinations in California and enjoy

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Heartfelt Country Music Drama Follows Undocumented Teen with Big Talents

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Rose Garcia (Broadway star and Tony nominee Eva Noblezada) is a small town Texas teen who loves country music, the kind of gal who spends her pocket money on guitar strings and knows a frightening amount of facts about everyone from Patsy Cline to Townes Van Zandt. Music opens up Rose’s mostly small world, which is centered around her loving mom Priscilla (Princess

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LSU hopes for ‘big road win’ after game moves to Missouri

LSU is set to travel to Columbia to face Missouri this Saturday at 11 a.m. CT due to Hurricane Delta. The game was originally set to take place at 8 a.m. in Tiger Stadium, but due to the pending threat of the storm, the school announced the matchup’s relocation Wednesday morning.

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LSU head coach Ed Orgeron said that despite the venue switch, the Tigers still have

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A $100 billion Big Oil divestiture plan is coming

  • The largest oil and gas companies, including ExxonMobil, Royal Dutch Shell, Chevron and BP, are projected to sell a combined $100 billion in oil and gas assets around the world as they focus on top-performing regions, particularly the U.S. shale, according to a new analysis from consulting firm Rystad Energy.
  • Climate change and renewable energy investments are forces that these Big Oil firms need to respond to strategically, but their
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Big plans from Small Luxury Hotels of the World: Travel Weekly

Felicity Long

Felicity Long

It’s no secret that the pandemic has been tough on the hotel industry, so any positive news about European hotel openings provides an optimistic shot in the arm in an otherwise bleak travel landscape.

Small Luxury Hotels of the World (SLH), for example, is forging ahead with the addition of  several new properties to its roster, including Les Sources de Cheverny in France’s Loire Valley and the Galleria

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Big City Mayors Around the World Want Green Stimulus Spending in the Aftermath of Covid-19

This story is part of a collaboration between InsideClimate News and The Nation as part of Covering Climate Now, a global journalistic collaboration strengthening coverage of the climate story. The piece below focuses on cities; to read how green recovery spending can impact rural areas, click here.

Trillions of dollars are on the table, as governments around the world seek to dig out from the economic crater caused by the

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Morongo Travel Center On I-10 Undergoing Big Expansion

MORONGO, CA — A well-known Interstate 10 pit stop is getting much bigger. The Morongo Band of Mission Indians broke ground earlier this month on a second Morongo Travel Center, complete with a 32-pump discount gas station, dog park, car wash, slot machines, convenience store and other amenities.

Located behind Morongo’s existing 24-hour travel center off Morongo Trail and Seminole Drive, the 6.7-acre project will also offer multiple electric vehicle

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Post-apocalyptic road-trip strategy Overland has a big 1.2 update with an all-dogs mode

Possibly one of the most stylish turn-based strategy games around and one that’s also rather difficult, Overland just had a big 1.2 update released with some funny new additions.

A post-apocalyptic road-trip game all about making tough decisions. You thought XCOM 2 was difficult? Overland can be quite on the brutal side. Small maps that don’t give you a lot of wiggle room, with one misstep it might all be

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How a Small Film Slate at Toronto Film Festival Translated Into Big Sales

“People are buying with the notion that things will get back to some level of normalcy and some level of physical engagement again,” IFC Films’ Arianna Bocco says

With a slimmed-down film slate, a delayed awards season schedule, a virtual market and uncertainty around releasing films theatrically, this year’s Toronto sales market was meant to be active, but not necessarily a moment for distributors to write big checks.

So how

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Big Brands Must Share Resources to Save Mom ’n’ Pops

(Bloomberg) — In a panel discussion during the travel industry Skift Global Forum 2020 on Tuesday, Sept. 23, Sebastien Bazin, chief executive officer of French hotel group Accor SA, painted the most honest portrait of what it looks like to be an hotelier today.

a large building with Raffles Hotel in the background: The renowned Raffles Hotel, operated by Accor SA, in Singapore.

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The renowned Raffles Hotel, operated by Accor SA, in Singapore.

“It’s time to pivot,” he said of his time-tested hospitality business

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Big projects could be slashed from Port Authority budget as coronavirus batters travel revenues

Port Authority officials reported travel gains at some facilities as others struggled to recover from coronavirus fueled passenger traffic and revenue downturns after the region started reopening from restrictions.

a truck on a city street: Traffic to New York enters the Lincoln Tunnel on the New Jersey side. Bridge and Tunnel traffic is close to pre-coronavirus levels, but disappointing airport and PATH rail revenues continue to put Port Authority capital plan in jeopardy.

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Traffic to New York enters the Lincoln Tunnel on the New Jersey side. Bridge and Tunnel traffic is close to pre-coronavirus levels, but disappointing airport and PATH rail revenues continue to put

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These 5 breweries are proving farm-to-pint just might be the next big thing

Calling all beer connoisseurs: In case you’re feeling like you’ve tried all the breweries and hotspots the Blue Ridge Highlands has to offer (and there are many, so that’s really saying something!), we have a tip: Hop on I-81 and head over to Montgomery County, Virginia.

There’s one thing in particular that sets these breweries apart from the rest of the pack: A good handful incorporate farm-fresh initiatives. And that

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