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Hawaii considers 'resort bubbles' for visitor quarantines

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Three Hawaiian Islands are considering creating "resort bubbles" so that visitors can quarantine with a vacationlike experience at hotel properties.

Officials on Maui, Kauai and the Big Island are thinking about allowing tourists to stay at properties on the islands with the ability to at least go outside for fresh air. The idea would be to geo...Read more

Motels are having a moment. It's a coronavirus thing

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After many years of being looked down on, motels are getting new respect in the era of social distancing.

Guests at open-corridor inns may come and go without passing through crowded lobbies, packed elevators or enclosed hallways where viruses may linger.

"In outdoor corridors, people feel safe," said Mike Riverside of the Asian American Hotel...Read more

Universal Studios cancels 2020 Halloween Horror Nights amid COVID-19 fears

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LOS ANGELES -- COVID-19 has scared away Halloween Horror Nights.

Universal Studios Hollywood and Universal Orlando Resort announced Friday that the popular fall fright fest has been canceled this year amid the ongoing public health crisis. The California theme park has been closed to the public since March, while the Florida location reopened ...Read more

Louisville tourism adds initiatives to improve racial imbalances

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The Louisville Tourism marketing agency has announced several new initiatives to assess and improve racial and minority imbalances.

The new and improved initiatives will build on Louisville Tourism's existing strategy of curating the city's cultural assets and add innovative programming that utilizes local attraction partners highlighting ...Read more

This small business bet on locals with cabin fever to survive COVID-19. It's working

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MIAMI -- When the COVID-19 pandemic hit, vacation van rental company Ondevan saw its clientele evaporate overnight.

Used to fielding bookings from mostly international customers, Ondevan owners Omar Bendezu, 34, and Haley Kirk, 28, of Hallendale Beach had to pivot to focus on South Floridians in mid-March, hoping they might want a #VanLife ...Read more

The rich are flying again — in the comfort of their private jets

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The pandemic has sent demand for commercial airline flights into a tailspin, but business is soaring for the private jet companies that fly corporate bigwigs and deep-pocketed travelers looking to wing away to an exclusive getaway.

The trend demonstrates once again that the outbreak of COVID-19 is having vastly different effects on Americans ...Read more

The rich are flying again — from the comfort of their private jets

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The pandemic has sent demand for commercial airline flights into a tailspin, but business is soaring for the private jet companies that fly corporate bigwigs and deep-pocketed travelers looking to wing away to an exclusive getaway.

The trend demonstrates once again that the outbreak of COVID-19 is having vastly different effects on Americans ...Read more

National parks: Aggressive bees close Joshua Tree campground

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Rangers at California's Joshua Tree National Park have shut down the popular Jumbo Rocks Campground "due to aggressive honey bee activity."

"There were a couple of vehicles with a lot of bees in them. And campsites. Visitors were very uncomfortable," said Joshua Tree Superintendent David Smith. He said no stings were reported, the bees are "...Read more

Could 'quickie' trips' be the key to summertime travel in the US?

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Results of a new Hotwire survey released this week offers a glimpse inside the collective psyche of the American public as summer wears on amid the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

In his evaluation of the findings, brain-health expert and New York Times best-selling author, Mike Dow, Psy.D., Ph.D., suggested that widespread feelings of isolation and...Read more

Duluth's ship museum, the William A. Irvin, reopens Friday for the first time in three years

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DULUTH, Minn. -- The city's floating maritime museum -- the retired freighter William A. Irvin -- will reopen to the public on Friday after nearly three years away and with new pandemic restrictions in tow.

Masks and gloves will be required during all tours, which will take place every Friday, Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. through ...Read more

Coronavirus fears spook Queen Mary into canceling Dark Harbor haunt

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LOS ANGELES -- Come Halloween, the Queen Mary transforms into a haunted spectacle full of monsters and frightened folks. This year, the old boat will be a real ghost town.

The ship's Dark Harbor 2020 season has been canceled because of the COVID-19 pandemic, a post on the annual attraction's Facebook page announced.

"With the uncertainty that ...Read more

Coronavirus ruined our family vacation this year. We turned to an RV for a new adventure

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Heading north on the Maricopa Highway toward Wheeler Gorge Campground in Southern California, I was finally comfortable behind the wheel of the 25-foot-long RV.

I'd gotten accustomed to the rental's hulking mass, adjusted to its vague steering and learned to ignore the clanging cutlery and cooking implements, which registered their noisy ...Read more

As museums begin to reopen, they're rebooting the visitor experience

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When museums open again, it won't be the same.

Picture this: Timed tickets. Touch-free doors. Ikea-like signs to direct foot traffic. No more docent-led group tours. And loads of hand sanitizer, of course.

"We are working on creating as much of a touchless journey as possible," said Eric Bruce, head of visitor experience for the Minneapolis ...Read more

Disney: Splash Mountain joining Magic Kingdom's makeovers

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ORLANDO, Fla. -- Walt Disney World's theme parks haven't reopened from the coronavirus shutdown yet, but there's a fresh development at Magic Kingdom. Imagineers will revamp the Splash Mountain ride, changing its theme from "Song of the South" to "The Princess and the Frog," it was announced last week.

In the win-win-win category for Disney, it...Read more

Delta to require health acknowledgment by customers at check-in

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ATLANTA -- Delta Air Lines will soon require customers to answer questions about whether they've experienced symptoms of COVID-19, or been in contact with someone who has, as part of the check-in process.

Starting in mid-July, the Atlanta-based airline said, passengers will be required to fill out a health acknowledgment form. Passengers also ...Read more

Delta extends block on middle seats, flight capacity limitations

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As some airlines in the United States announced they would once again book their flights to capacity. Delta Air Lines revealed it would continue to block middle seats and limit passenger numbers in every cabin through Sept. 30.

Delta is capping seating at 50% in First Class and domestic Delta One; 60% in Main Cabin, Delta Comfort+ and Delta ...Read more

Prince's Paisley Park will reopen on July 1 with new health protocols

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MINNEAPOLIS -- At Paisley Park, privacy-loving Prince usually kept socially distant from people. When his studios-turned-museum reopens for tours on July 1 in Chanhassen, people will have to keep socially distant from one another.

New COVID-19 pandemic protocols will be in place:

1. All tickets must be purchased in advance at ...Read more

Yosemite, after partial reopening, cancels campground reservations through July

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FRESNO, Calif. -- Less than two weeks after Yosemite National Park partially reopened to the public, officials are slowing the process down some after seeing a spike in coronavirus cases in California.

Parts of the park, including two campgrounds -- Upper Pines (at 50% capacity) and Wawona Horse Camp -- were reopened earlier this month after ...Read more

Summer air travel: Masks, a new boarding routine and bagged snacks

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CHICAGO -- After months of hunkering down at home amid the COVID-19 pandemic, travelers are slowly returning to the skies -- some eagerly, some cautiously -- and all curious to see how their first flight in months will be different.

On a recent morning at O'Hare International Airport's Terminal 1, used primarily by hometown carrier United ...Read more

Florida Keys makes mask wearing mandatory

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The Florida Keys, which reopened to visitors on June 1, is making it mandatory for everyone in the destination to wear masks.

The Monroe County Commission decreed that facial coverings must "be worn by all residents and visitors while in business establishments and other public settings where there is a roof overhead."

It is not mandated, ...Read more