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.

The

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San Diego Mayor Kevin Faulconer pushes for project to turn hotels in homeless housing

SAN DIEGO (KGTV) – The City Council is expected to decide on a proposal that would turn two purchased hotels into housing for San Diego’s homeless, and on Monday, Mayor Kevin Faulconer made a push in favor of the plan.

Part of California’s Project Homekey includes an initiative to provide more homeless Californians with permanent housing amid the COVID-19 crisis. The project’s budget is $600 million, with $37 million for

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2020 Watch: Is It Too Late for Trump to Turn Things Around? | Florida News

By STEVE PEOPLES, AP National Political Writer

NEW YORK (AP) — Presidential politics move fast. What we’re watching heading into a new week on the 2020 campaign:

Days to general election: 22

Days to next scheduled presidential debate: 10

President Donald Trump returns to the campaign trail this week after an 11-day absence in what is likely his last opportunity to reset his beleaguered presidential reelection bid. With Election Day

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Close to home: Stir-crazy locals turn to LA-area hotels for vacation | People

LOS ANGELES — After months of working from her Santa Monica apartment during the pandemic, Devon Belter was feeling mentally drained and antsy to get away for a few days.

Instead of venturing to a far-off vacation spot, the 29-year-old marketing director booked two nights at the beachside Hotel Erwin in nearby Venice — a 10-minute drive from her home. There she ordered drinks by the pool, took strolls on

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Ghost Adventures Team Says Investigation Into Tiger King Zoo Had “Surprises at Every Turn”

Now that we’re officially in October, Travel Channel fans have a number of thrilling stories to check out during their “Ghostober” slate of programming, with Ghost Adventures: Horror at Joe Exotic Zoo premiering on October 29th. As audiences witnessed during Netflix’s Tiger King: Murder, Mayhem, and Madness, a number of unbelievable events occurred at Joe Exotic’s G.W. Zoo, with the Ghost Adventures team encountering even more strange occurrences than

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Turn your Alaska Airlines wallet credit into miles | State

SEATTLE, Oct. 9. 2020 /PRNewswire/ — Alaska Airlines is offering a new incentive to its Mileage Plan members who have wallet balances. Members will be able to convert their wallet credit into miles for future travel – a $100 wallet credit converts into 10,000 miles.

“With award travel starting at 5,000 miles one-way on Alaska and the ability to book award trips to more than 800 destinations with

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German hotels to turn away visitors from coronavirus risk areas

FILE PHOTO: People sit after sunset at the admiral bridge, a popular meeting point for tourists and residents, amid the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak, in Berlin, Germany, September 23, 2020. REUTERS/Hannibal Hanschke/File Photo

BERLIN (Reuters) – Germany’s states agreed on Wednesday that residents of domestic coronavirus risk areas should not be allowed to stay in hotels in other parts of the country to curb surging numbers of new infections, a

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Hotels Turn Into Offices to Stave Off Foreclosure

 The London West Hollywood in Beverly Hills and InterContinental Times Square in New York (right) (Google Maps; iStock)

The London West Hollywood in Beverly Hills and InterContinental Times Square in New York (right) (Google Maps; iStock)

Hotels across the country are pivoting to become offices as a way to survive the pandemic.

In New York, the 607-room InterContinental Times Square was transformed into housing for doctors and nurses treating coronavirus patients in the spring. Then it started to offer rooms as offices. And now the hotel will offer

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A Covid-19 surge in fall and winter could kill 2,900 Americans a day. Here’s why, and how you can turn the tide around



a man walking down the street: Two people wear protective face masks as they walk along a commercial street in the Gravesend section of the Brooklyn borough of New York, Monday, Sept. 28, 2020. The area has seen a recent uptick in COVID-19 cases, according to New York City health data. New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo raised alarm Monday about the emergence of a handful of coronavirus hot spots in New York, saying just 10 ZIP codes represented more than a quarter of the state's new infections in recent testing. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)


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Two people wear protective face masks as they walk along a commercial street in the Gravesend section of the Brooklyn borough of New York, Monday, Sept. 28, 2020. The area has seen a recent uptick in COVID-19 cases, according to New York City health data. New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo raised alarm Monday about the emergence of a handful of coronavirus hot spots in New York, saying
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Watch the highlights: Owasso survives road trip to turn back Norman North, 33-22 | OK Preps Extra



Norman North vs. Owasso

Owasso’s Hakelan Carney scores a touchdown in the fourth quarter against Norman North on Friday in Norman. Owasso won 33-22 to remain undefeated.




NORMAN — An ugly win on the road is better than a loss, a message Owasso coach Bill Blankenship tried to impart to the Rams on Friday night.

No. 5 Norman North outgained the Rams by 73 yards and had nine more first

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Airlines turn to testing to stem virus spread, encourage travel

Delta hopes upping the frequency of the testing on its employees who live in virus hot zones will not only protect them, but will “instill confidence” with consumers about flying Delta.

The airline waded into uncharted waters for most American companies when it began testing all of its employees — including frontline workers like flight attendants and gate agents — for the coronavirus in June.

It plans additional testing of

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California Wildfires Turn Beloved Napa Wine Spots To Ash

Smoke rose along the road and on hillsides


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The Silverado Trail has long been a place of dreams for Napa Valley wine lovers as it winds gently through vineyards and on to Calistoga.

California’s Glass Fire turned much of that dream to ash, destroying a 3-star restaurant at Meadowood resort, torching wineries such as Chateau Boswell, and tainting precious grapes with smoke.

The United States’s west

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Tour packages linking rural locales turn ‘new normal’

Circuit connecting Vaikom, Ambaloor, Valanthakad, Perumbalam, and Kadamakudy being developed

With stakeholders looking up to village and Responsible Tourism (RT) destinations to woo tourists in the wake of the COVID-19 onslaught and subsequent emphasis on hygiene and physical distancing, efforts are on to hew out a tour circuit linking Vaikom, Ambaloor, Valanthakad, Perumbalam, and Kadamakudy.

Vaikom has already made waves by being the epicentre of Peoples Participation for Participatory Planning

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Turn to your newspaper every day for resources and tips to help your family master learning from home

The newspaper also is a destination for fun and challenging games. The Life section offers puzzles and brain teasers to give children and grown-ups a mental workout. Daily features to challenge creative thinking include the crossword puzzle, the Jumble word scramble and the Sudoku number puzzle.

The Word Sleuth, running weekdays, is a word search puzzle. The Hidden Treasures hidden picture puzzle, running Tuesdays and Sundays, offers the opportunity to

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A vacation close to home? Stir-crazy locals turn to L.A.-area hotels

Marie Salcido, left, and Brian Droz, both of San Francisco, set up their laptops poolside at the Hotel Figueroa in downtown Los Angeles. <span class="copyright">(Gary Coronado / Los Angeles Times)</span>
Marie Salcido, left, and Brian Droz, both of San Francisco, set up their laptops poolside at the Hotel Figueroa in downtown Los Angeles. (Gary Coronado / Los Angeles Times)

After months of working from her Santa Monica apartment during the pandemic, Devon Belter was feeling mentally drained and antsy to get away for a few days.

Instead of venturing to a far-off vacation spot, the 29-year-old marketing director booked two

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