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When will tourists return to Africa? Continent must guess

CAPE TOWN, South Africa – Raino Bolz quickly diversified when his tourism business in South Africa’s winelands crashed to a halt in March because of the coronavirus pandemic. He sold a minibus –...

DATE: Sept. 18, 2020 | CATEGORY: Travel

MGM Resorts adopts smoke-free policy for Vegas Strip casino

LAS VEGAS (AP) – One of the last Las Vegas Strip resorts to reopen after coronavirus closures will be the first to be smoke-free, MGM Resorts International announced Monday. Park MGM will prohibit...

DATE: Sept. 14, 2020 | CATEGORY: Travel

Virus throws theme park attendance for a loop

TOLEDO, Ohio – Theme park operators who spent months installing hand-sanitizing stations, figuring out how to disinfect roller coasters seats and checking the temperatures of guests at their gates...

DATE: Sept. 11, 2020 | CATEGORY: Travel

Pandemic turns summer into European tourism’s leanest season

BRUGES, Belgium – Bruges mayor Dirk De fauw first realized something was desperately wrong with European tourism when on a brisk March morning he crossed the Burg square in front of the Gothic city...

DATE: Sept. 7, 2020 | CATEGORY: Travel

United plans to furlough 16,000 workers, fewer than expected

United Airlines said Wednesday it plans to furlough 16,370 employees in October, a smaller number than the airline predicted in July because thousands of workers agreed to leave with the travel...

DATE: Sept. 2, 2020 | CATEGORY: Travel

United says it will drop widely scorned ticket-change fees

United Airlines says it listened to customers and is dropping an unpopular $200 fee for most people who change a ticket for travel within the United States. “When we hear from customers about where...

DATE: Aug. 31, 2020 | CATEGORY: Travel

No vacancy: Amid pandemic, motels stage a major comeback

Motels, those oft-neglected one-story destinations typically spurned by affluent travelers, are having an upswing. They can thank COVID-19. Road trippers and travelers seeking to avoid elevators,...

DATE: Aug. 28, 2020 | CATEGORY: Travel

Returning vacationers drive Italy’s surge in COVID-19 cases

ROME – With thousands of travelers being tested at Italy’s airports and some ports, the nation where Europe’s COVID-19 outbreak began registered a seventh straight day of increasing new infections...

DATE: Aug. 24, 2020 | CATEGORY: Travel

Virus pandemic reshapes air travel

In a bid to survive, airlines are desperately trying to convince a wary public that measures like mandatory face masks and hospital-grade air filters make sitting in a plane safer than many other...

DATE: Aug. 22, 2020 | CATEGORY: Travel

Returning vacationers face new constraints as virus spikes

PARIS – Countries that had seen a summer respite from coronavirus outbreaks tracked swiftly rising numbers of new confirmed cases Monday, prompting fears among government leaders and health...

DATE: Aug. 17, 2020 | CATEGORY: Travel

Touristy Taos sees out-of-staters despite virus rules

TAOS, N.M. (AP) – Those living in and around Taos all appear to be doing the same thing – examining the license plates of out-of-state tourists. They come from all over, from as nearby as Arizona...

DATE: Aug. 15, 2020 | CATEGORY: Travel

American considering cutting flights to many smaller cities

DALLAS – American Airlines is planning to drop flights to up to 30 smaller U.S. cities if a federal requirement to continue those flights expires at the end of next month, an airline executive...

DATE: Aug. 14, 2020 | CATEGORY: Travel

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