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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Trump plans aggressive travel schedule to reset campaign hit by series of setbacks

President Donald Trump is running out of time to recover from a series of self-inflicted setbacks that have rattled his base of support and triggered alarm among Republicans who fear the White House is on the verge of being lost to Democrat Joe Biden.

The one-two punch of Trump’s coronavirus diagnosis and his widely panned debate performance also has Republicans worried they could lose control of the Senate. With just

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US forces hit Taliban with air strikes in Helmand

LASHKAR GAH, Afghanistan (AP) — American forces conducted over the past couple days several airstrikes in support of Afghan security force under attack by Taliban in the southern Helmand province, the spokesman for the U.S. military in Afghanistan said on Monday.

Col. Sonny Leggett confirmed on his twitter account that the strikes over the past two days in Helmand did not violate the U.S.-Taliban agreement signed in February.

“The Taliban

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How hard have North Iowa hotels been hit this summer? | Business

With the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, there has been an endless array of costs both tangible a…

Along with the potential for jobs to be lost, the lodging industry having problems also has the ability to impact local government in a major way.

One source of revenue that municipalities rely on is the Hotel/Motel Tax. In 2018, the City of Mason City took in $414,629 from the tax while Visit Mason

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Japan Budget Requests Hit Record of $997 Billion, Fuelled by Pandemic Spending | Investing News

TOKYO (Reuters) – Japan’s ministries have asked for a record $997 billion in initial budget for the next fiscal year, the finance ministry said, as Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga’s new government juggles the need to rein in the pandemic and revive the economy.

The general account spending requests for the fiscal year that begins next April totalled 105.4071 trillion yen ($996.85 billion), exceeding the previous high of 105 trillion sought

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‘Eyewatering’ self-catering accommodation restrictions hit Perthshire sports tourism businesses

Restrictions on self catering accommodation in Scotland have had an “eyewatering” impact on rural tourism businesses, it has been claimed.

Businesses have hit back at the restrictions, saying they have had tens of thousands of pounds worth of cancellations within days of the announcement.

Since September 25, people from more than one household have not been allowed to stay in self-catered accommodation together while current restrictions on indoor private gatherings

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‘Eyewatering’ losses hit Scottish rural economy following self-catering accommodation restrictions









Country sports tourism businesses have hit out at the Scottish Government’s decision to impose a single household restriction on self-catering accommodation, as tens of thousands of pounds worth of cancellations have hit businesses in a matter of days.

The backlash comes after the Scottish Government made an eleventh hour u-turn last week, which saw

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Tour Britain By Range Rover? Upscale Travelers Are Ready To Hit The Road

The coronavirus pandemic and subsequent shutdowns, quarantines and other travel barricades have devastated the travel industry. Yet leisure travel is starting a comeback, according to Tripadvisor, which calls itself the world’s largest travel platform.

The company says “tourism markets continue their path to recovery during the COVID-19 pandemic. Recent Tripadvisor

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Air travel in the U.S. hit a 5-month high over Labor Day weekend

Ignoring elected officials’ pleas for people to stay home for Labor Day, more Americans flew over the holiday weekend than at any time since the coronavirus pandemic erupted in the U.S. in March.

The Transportation Security Administration screened 3.2 million passengers over the four-day weekend, according to figures released by the agency on Tuesday. Friday was the busiest day since March 16, with 970,000 passengers screened. Monday was close behind,

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Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL), (DOCU) – Travel, Reopening Stocks Take Worst Hit From Presidential Diagnosis As Shutdown Fears Triggered

On payrolls report day, we always start this column with a rundown, as it’s one data point that typically sets the tone for the session—if not the coming month.

Not this time. With the bombshell news that the president and first lady tested positive for COVID-19, markets start today on the back foot, with major indices falling sharply in overnight trading. The news adds a new twist to what was

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Hit First by the Coronavirus Pandemic, Arline Workers Seek New Paths

When his retirement began this month, Robert Browning Vaughn II was sitting next to the pool with his wife, Kimi Vaughn, at a Mexican resort in Cabo San Lucas. The trip had long been planned for Mr. Vaughn’s 60th birthday, but the retirement was a late addition. Mr. Vaughn, a former Delta pilot who goes by R.B., had intended to work five more years, but then the airline offered early

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Jet2 introduces Covid-19 insurance policy for destinations hit by changing travel restrictions

Holidaymakers can now be insured against coronavirus-linked medical bills and cancellations even if they jet to destinations where the UK government advises against all-but-essential travel.

Airline and tour operator Jet2.com and Jet2holidays is enhancing its Covid-19 travel insurance to provide cover for resorts included on the Foreign Office (FCDO) quarantine list.

The new cover means customers are protected both before they travel or if they have already reached their destination

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Jawsh 685’s TikTok Hit ‘Savage Love’ Brings New Zealand to the World

Jawsh 685 — born Joshua Nanai — is the third oldest of four children born to a father from Samoa and a mother from the Cook Islands, who met in New Zealand. (685 is the country code for Samoa, though Jawsh has never been there.) Manurewa, in South Auckland, has been a magnet for Pasifika communities for decades. “A lot of people like to talk down on where I’m from,”

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Gardai probe potential hit and run after man dies while travelling on electric scooter in Meath

GARDAI are investigating a potential hit and run after a man died while travelling on an electric scooter yesterday.

The 29-year-old’s body was found in unexplained circumstances on the N51 in Harmanstown, Slane.

The man had been using an electric scooter (stock image)

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The man had been using an electric scooter (stock image)Credit: Alamy Live News

Officers attended the scene at around 2.50am yesterday morning after reports of an unconscious man lying on the road.  

The victim, who

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Short Term Vacation Rentals In Chattanooga Hit New Stumbling Blocks; Measure Delayed 2 Weeks

Short term vacation rentals in Chattanooga are hitting new stumbling blocks, including concerns from private schools that students may be endangered by sexual predators.

The City Council, which was due to take up the issue on first reading on Tuesday night, heard earlier in the day from several private school administrators with the concerns. Instead, the panel delayed action for two weeks.

Main sponsor Chip Henderson asked the Regional Planning

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CDC says seasonal flu hit record low around the world

Social distancing may have kept cases of the flu at historic lows around the world, a new report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention suggests.

Data from Australia, Chile and South Africa shows a tiny fraction of influenza cases from April to July, the months that constitute the typical flu season in the Southern Hemisphere.

In those three regions, there were just 51 influenza positive specimens among 83,307

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CDC says seasonal flu cases hit record lows around the world

Social distancing may have kept cases of the flu at historic lows around the world, a new report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention suggests.

Data from Australia, Chile and South Africa shows a tiny fraction of influenza cases from April to July, the months that constitute the typical flu season in the Southern Hemisphere.

In those three regions, there were just 51 influenza positive specimens among 83,307

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Hit the Road with this Great Lakes Road Trip from CheapOair

NEW YORK, Sept. 25, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — Need a change of scenery to see the leaves change? The team at CheapOair has mapped out their ideal Great Lakes fall road trip for an exciting (and safe) travel experience. Whether flying, driving, or even both, this excursion offers something for anyone who can’t get enough of fall.

The Morton Arboretum, Illinois

Truly an autumnal wonderland, the grounds cover over 1,700 acres

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Some Southside Residents Have Hit Their Limit On New Short Term Vacation Rentals

Some Southside residents say it is time to halt an upsurge in short term vacation rentals in their neighborhood.

The City Council on Tuesday night had two requests for rentals on E. 17th Street, and neither one will be going forward.

A request by Pat Blankenship for a rental at 62 E. 17th St. was withdrawn.

The council heard a request for a short term vacation rental in a brand-new

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Will Soldier Field renovation deal deliver late hit to city budget?

In 2011, then-Mayor Rahm Emanuel argued that Chicago taxpayers are “not an ATM machine” and can’t afford to be the financial backstop for the $660 million renovation of Soldier Field.

The bonds that financed the Soldier Field project are paid off with part of the city’s hotel tax — but that financing package also assumed hotel tax revenue would grow by a rosy 5.5% a year. When it doesn’t, Chicago

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