Hawaii’s murky reopening, more SFO flights, T-giving travel plans + more travel news

In this week’s TravelSkills on SFGATE newsletter…

With just a few days left before Hawaii-bound travelers can skip quarantine and head straight for the beach, the Aloha State’s plan to reopen tourism is showing as many cracks and fissures as a lava field. The confusion and uncertainty around booking trips will likely prevent an onslaught of visitors right away. Plus Oakland just made a very smart move regarding its free … Read More

Australia in Talks With Japan, South Korea on Reopening Travel

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Australia has held discussions over plans to reopen international travel with nations including Japan, South Korea and Singapore, though remains cautious over easing measures to combat Covid-19, Prime Minister Scott Morrison said.

Talks in the past week have also included some South Pacific nations and would build on an existing agreement to allow New Zealanders to visit parts of the country without having to undergo quarantine, Morrison

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Kokua Line: Hawaii Department of Health lists more options for pre-travel COVID-19 tests ahead of Oct. 15 reopening

Question: Could you please provide details about the pre-travel testing now that the state has added more providers? All I could see on TV was the sign with the names. I need to know where to make an appointment.

Answer: As your question indicates, the state of Hawaii on Wednesday announced more “trusted testing partners” for its pre-travel COVID-19 testing program. Starting Thursday, passengers from the rest

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State-by-state guide to coronavirus reopening

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Editor’s note: This post was last updated October 7, 2020. It will be updated frequently.

Here’s a look at where states are on the reopening curve to help you decide how to plan travel possibilities during these strange times.

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Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL), Amazon.com, Inc. (NASDAQ:AMZN) – After “Reopening” Stocks Rallied Yesterday, Travel And Retail Sectors Could Be Back In Focus

Rip van Winkle supposedly slept for 20 years. That’s a lot longer than the bond market, which finally seems to be waking up from its summer snooze.

More on that below. The day begins with the president back home and focus turning toward jobs, stimulus talks, and the Fed along with those suddenly alert bonds. 

Stocks barely moved early Tuesday after Monday’s solid showing that took the S&P 500 Index 

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Thai hotels in Maldives report on reopening

Thai hotels in Maldives report on reopening

Tourism demand and geography are vital

Centara Grand Island Resort & Spa Maldives. Hotels in the Maldives are located on atolls and generally separated from one another.
Centara Grand Island Resort & Spa Maldives. Hotels in the Maldives are located on atolls and generally separated from one another.

While Thailand is speeding up a reopening plan this month, Thai hotel companies that own properties in the Maldives are shedding light on the first-hand experience of the Indian Ocean country’s challenges since reopening on July

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Where Can I Travel to in Caribbean? Covid Reopening Plans by Island

Sunset over English Harbour, Antigua.

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Allen Chastanet, St. Lucia’s prime minister, thought he was lucky—his island was deemed a “non-outbreak” zone when the Zika virus swept through the Caribbean in 2016, and it was similarly spared from the hurricanes that pummeled its neighbors in 2017. But then came Covid-19.

“It’s had a devastating effect on our economy and

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Santa Barbara Airbus Rolls Out Reopening Plans in Time for Holiday Travel Season | Business

Santa Barbara Airbus, closed since March because of the COVID-19 pandemic, has announced its reopening plans just in time for the holiday season.

“Closing our doors in March was a hard decision, but one we felt necessary for the community and business,” said Samantha Onnen, general manager for Santa Barbara Airbus. “We are thrilled at the idea of reopening in time for holiday travel and cannot wait to see passengers

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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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Anguilla Opens Hotels, Resorts and Villas as Part of Phased Reopening

Anguilla’s Ministry of Tourism is preparing for Phase Two of the tourism reopening, slated to start on November 1, 2020. In Phase Two, hotels and resorts, along with villas, have been added into the approved and certified accommodations mix for visitors to the island. Furthermore, the government is introducing the bubble concept, which allows properties to safely offer their guests access to a variety of approved amenities, services and

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Boracay reopening to restore leisure travel



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LOW-COST carrier Philippines AirAsia, Inc. announced Tuesday its latest promotional fares for flights to Boracay Island to support the Tourism department’s efforts to gradually reopen the tourism sector amid the pandemic crisis.

“The reopening of Boracay is a great step forward in jumpstarting the travel and tourism industry of the Philippines. The overall implementation of this reopening will be the model for the restoration of leisure

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Hoteliers face an uphill task as govt allows reopening of hotels, restaurants





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The Maharashtra government has indicated that hotels and restaurants would be allowed to reopen from the first week of October, despite the coronavirus disease (Covid-19) outbreak in the country’s worst-affected state.

However, hoteliers and restaurateurs are likely to face an uphill task in running their businesses because of a raft of factors.

Hotels and restaurants will be allowed to operate at 50% of their capacity,

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Bosses at posh Edinburgh hotel The George blasted for re-opening month after hundreds of staff axed

Bosses at a posh Edinburgh hotel have been accused of ‘cynical Covid opportunism’ by re-opening today after hundreds of workers were axed last month.

InterContinental Hotels Group told staff at the InterContinental  The George, in Edinburgh, they were in line for the axe at the start of August and blamed the job losses on the impact of covid.

Union bosses claim some 240 workers were told the hotel would not

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Llandudno seafront hotel reopening date announced by Bespoke Hotels

Bespoke Hotels has announced the opening date for a Llandudno hotel that closed when the Shearings brand collapsed.

Bay Marine and Bay County had been operated by Shearings Hotels.

But parent company Specialist Leisure Group went into administration in May.

Administrators announced they would not reopen the two hotels after lockdown.

But this month North Wales Live revealed that Bespoke Hotels based in Warrington, had taken on both hotels.

They

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St. Kitts and Nevis reopening borders, but you’ll likely need to quarantine

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Editor’s note: This story has been updated with new information from St Kitts and Nevis.

As the travel industry reopens following COVID-19 shutdowns, TPG suggests that you talk to your doctor, follow health officials’ guidance and research local travel restrictions before booking that next

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Teachers unions clash with governments over coronavirus school reopening plans

This time, the strike was averted. The government agreed to delay reopening and to add a framework for relocating teachers and student from schools that could not meet precautionary criteria, Maluleke said.

From picket lines to Zoom calls and even jail cells, the pandemic has thrust teachers unions to the forefront of the debate over education during the coronavirus pandemic. How to safely reopen schools has become a central question,

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Minneapolis considers reopening 38th and Chicago for winter

Minneapolis has new plans to reopen the intersection of 38th and Chicago — the site of George Floyd’s fatal encounter with police — as it braces for the possibility that winter weather could further complicate travel in the area.

City staff are asking residents to provide feedback on two temporary solutions for the intersection, which has become a gathering place for people seeking to honor Floyd or protest racism in

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This year or next might be the perfect time to visit Egypt: A reopening guide

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As the travel industry reopens following COVID-19 shutdowns, TPG suggests that you talk to your doctor, follow health officials’ guidance and research local travel restrictions before booking that next trip. We will be here to help you prepare, whether it is next month or

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Museums are re-opening to a new audience: Locals eager to ‘travel’

As cooler weather approaches, many grounded travelers will not be able to escape to the outdoors as they did during the summer. Beyond staying at home amid the expected winter rise in covid-19 cases and braving the cold outdoors, however, there is a middle ground: the cavernous museum.

Museums now virtually guarantee visitors six feet of space for social distancing, thanks to new capacity limits and required time slots. What

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More Hawaii hotels announce reopening plans as pre-travel testing program start nears

HONOLULU (KHON2) — As the pre-travel testing start date of Oct. 15 nears, more hotels are announcing reopening plans.

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Some of the bigger hotels are announcing reopenings in the later part of the year. Those in the hotel industry say that it is about the time they expect some tourism to ramp up.

“You can’t open a

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