Hawaii vacations become easier Thursday, but are tourists welcome?

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Despite increasing coronavirus cases across the U.S., Hawaii officials hope to reboot tourism next week by loosening months of economically crippling pandemic restrictions, including a mandatory 14-day quarantine for all arriving travelers. (Oct. 7)

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Hawaii is going to start providing an alternative to its mandatory quarantine rule starting Thursday, but don’t pack your swimsuit without knowing the details.

Visiting the islands still won’t be as carefree as

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The Maldives says it will give tourists perks through a new loyalty rewards program



a body of water: The "Maldives Border Miles" is set to launch in December 2020. Shutterstock/LedyX


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The “Maldives Border Miles” is set to launch in December 2020. Shutterstock/LedyX

  • The Maldives plans on launching a loyalty rewards program come December to boost tourism, which has suffered under the coronavirus pandemic.
  • The “Maldives Border Miles” program says visitors will get points for every border crossing, which will get them various perks and benefits, according to its website.
  • What these perks are has yet to be announced.
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City launches ‘Sioux Falls Alive’ to attract tourists in fall, winter months

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Sioux Falls Alive logo (Photo: City of Sioux Falls)

The City of Sioux Falls is launching an initiative to create safe fall and winter programming with the goal of engaging residents as well as attracting tourists, Mayor Paul TenHaken announced in a press release.

“Sioux Falls Alive” is a collaboration between the city and Experience Sioux Falls, alongside the Washington Pavilion and ASM Global, managers of the Denny Sanford

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China Golden Week holiday sees millions of tourists, boon to economy

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Published 7:02 a.m. ET Oct. 9, 2020 | Updated 8:49 a.m. ET Oct. 9, 2020

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The Southwest Airlines gates of National Airport are almost completely without flying customers, showing the impact COVID-19 is having on air travel.

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HONG KONG (AP) — Some 637 million Chinese traveled inside their country during the recent eight-day Golden Week holiday, spending tens of billions of dollars at a time

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Facing Loss of Tourists, Bahamas Resorts Give Back to Their Communities

During the coronavirus pandemic, any country relying on the tourism industry finds itself on an economic island—isolated from the income that maintains a tax base and social services.

The Bahamas faces the Covid-19 crisis as a literal island, cut off from the outside world via every airport or sea lane. At the archipelago’s heart, Nassau’s 275,000 people confront health crises, poverty, and unemployment without financial assistance from fellow Caribbean venues … Read More

Does travel mean going into the closet? LGBTQ+ tourists face tough choices

For three decades, people in the United States and abroad have celebrated October 11 as Coming Out Day, a moment for LGBTQ+ people to embrace their identities publicly.



a man standing in front of a body of water: Travel is universal—but for LGBTQ+ people, it can be a little more complicated. Photographer Michael George has documented what it’s like to travel as a gay man. “This was our last trip together before he joined the Navy and moved away,” George says of his former roommate, Jackson, shown here on a summer evening lakeside in Meredith, New Hampshire.


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Travel is universal—but for LGBTQ+ people, it can be a little more complicated. Photographer Michael George has documented what it’s like to travel as a gay man. “This was our last trip together before he joined the

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Luxury brands set sights on Chinese tourists in Hainan as extended duty-free quotas and pandemic-free shopping attract travellers



a group of people walking in front of a store: People shop at the Sanya International Duty Free Shopping Complex in Sanya, Hainan, on August 6. The Chinese island has long been a tourist destination but new duty-free shopping quotas and closed international borders have added to its popularity among Chinese tourists. Photo: Xinhua


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People shop at the Sanya International Duty Free Shopping Complex in Sanya, Hainan, on August 6. The Chinese island has long been a tourist destination but new duty-free shopping quotas and closed international borders have added to its popularity among Chinese tourists. Photo: Xinhua

Sanya is a place best described in superlatives. It has the whitest sand and the warmest sea in China, the glossiest new five-star hotels

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Travel Guide for Tourists Planning to Visit Baguio City



a small boat in a body of water: Baguio City’s famous Burnham Park now welcomes visitors from the Ilocos Region and will soon open to Cagayan Valley and Central Luzon tourists. Photo from Department of Tourism.


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Baguio City’s famous Burnham Park now welcomes visitors from the Ilocos Region and will soon open to Cagayan Valley and Central Luzon tourists. Photo from Department of Tourism.

Local tourists planning to visit the Philippines’ City of Pines in Baguio which recently reopened to visitors are advised to follow protocols before traveling to the Northern Luzon travel destination.

Baguio City, the favorite spot for

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Travel Coupons Lure Chinese Tourists to Go to Macao

The Chinese branch of Trip.com, together with the Macanese government and online technology group Tencent Holdings Ltd., plans to distribute travel coupons worth a total of 176 million patacas (about US$ 22 million) for Chinese tourists to use when booking Macanese hotels.

The visitors would be able to use these vouchers through their app and “take advantage of up to 50% or the equivalent of 585 patacas (about US$

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Belize Officially Reopens International Airport To Leisure Travel, Outlines Safe Corridor for Visiting Tourists

BELIZE CITY, Belize, Oct. 1, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — Today, the country of Belize officially reopened the Philip Goldson International Airport (BZE) welcoming inbound leisure travel for international visitors, with approved hotels and tour operators only. The decision to reopen the international airport, which was closed due to COVID-19 restrictions in late-March, as well as launch Phase 3 of the destination’s five-phased Travel Reopening Plan, was made in conjunction with

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Can tourists travel through north Wales lockdown areas to visit Anglesey or Gwynedd?

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A number of Welsh resorts will now be closed to visitors out of the local authority area as the Welsh Government imposes strict restrictions due to a rise in Covid cases.

The borders of Wrexham, Flintshire, Denbighshire and Conwy will closed from 6pm on Thursday, with no-one allowed

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No e-pass for tourists travelling in govt. buses

Tourists travelling to Kodaikanal in government buses need not apply for e-pass and the order comes into immediate effect, said officials on Wednesday.

Public travelling to the hill station on their own vehicles or in tourist vehicles have to apply for e-pass through the ‘tourist’ category online from the district administration.

Following requests and appeals from various stakeholders in the hill station, Collector M Vijayalakshmi assured last week that they

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China’s domestic tourists to Great Wall warned against climbing ‘wild’ sections during busy travel week

Don’t veer too far off the beaten path.

Chinese officials are warning tourists against climbing the closed sections of the Great Wall, lest they hurt themselves or cause damage to the historic site in the coming days. Those who violate the rules could also face steep fines.

The message comes just ahead of China’s upcoming Golden Week, a public holiday celebrated at the beginning of October, during which domestic tourism

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This Paradise Is Open to U.S. Tourists and Tour Packages Are 50% Off

Since July 15, the Islands of Tahiti have once again been welcoming travelers from around the globe, with French Polynesia reopening its borders to international travel from all countries. So, that’s why Air Tahiti Nui has created grab-and-go packages, making an island vacation more affordable than ever.

For those looking for a luxury getaway on a budget, we found the deal for you.



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Glass Fire evacuations: Residents, tourists flee wine country, seek refuge at local hotels

MARIN COUNTY, Calif. (KGO) — Many of those who had to evacuate their neighborhoods and homes in the last few days in Sonoma and Napa counties due to the Glass fires have ended up at hotels in Marin County.

PJ Fishwick and his fiancé came to wine country from Chicago and were staying at a Kenwood Airbnb Sunday night.

RELATED: Glass Fire grows to 42,560 acres in Napa, Sonoma counties

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Holiday tourists expected to reach 550 mln as travel industry in full swing after epidemic

Citizens take photos of illuminations at the Largo Do Senado in Macao, south China, Sept. 25, 2020. Main streets, squares, gardens and buildings in Macao are decorated with illuminations to celebrate the upcoming Mid-Autumn Festival and the National Day holiday.Photo:Xinhua

China is expected to record 550 million domestic tourists during the upcoming eight-day Mid-Autumn Festival and National Day holidays starting on October 1, and the sector is resuming full operations

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Foreign travel agents woo Chinese tourists

A man runs on the Pattaya beach in Chonburi province, Thailand, Sept. 15, 2020. With the skies shut and borders sealed, the Thai economy had since March been suffering with the lack of cash flows from the tourism industry. (Xinhua/Rachen Sageamsak)

With the golden week of the Chinese National Day approaching, tourism agents and officials abroad have been more active in launching and promoting “online tourism packages” through livestreaming, in

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How the decline in Chinese tourists around the world has hit the luxury sector

Large groups of Chinese visitors have become a pillar of the global tourism industry. Coronavirus has not only put paid to this enormous source of income for major cities and sights around the world, it is having a massive knock-on effect for the luxury goods business.

For any tourist, buying souvenirs is a key part of the holiday experience. They might be trinkets such as keyrings or fridge magnets, a

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