Month: September 2020

Stats paint a bleak picture of Yukon tourism this year

a snow covered mountain: International border crossings into Yukon between April and June were down 97 per cent compared to the same time last year.

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International border crossings into Yukon between April and June were down 97 per cent compared to the same time last year.

The latest numbers are in and show few surprises — the COVID-19 pandemic has had a devastating impact on tourism in Yukon.

“There’s virtually no sector of tourism or segment of the tourism industry that hasn’t been impacted by COVID,” said Pierre Germain, director of tourism with the Yukon government. 

“It’s decimated here in the territory, and is decimated across the country.”

A report released by the territorial government this week looks at visitation numbers for the first half of 2020, including how many people arrived by air or crossed the border into Yukon and stayed at least one night in the territory.

The data show just how bad things have been for local businesses. Comparing the new second-quarter (April to June) figures to those from

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‘We’ll just keep pivoting’: Sumers Recreation to keep students active from afar

Throughout the summer, Washington University had hopes to reopen the Gary M. Sumers Recreation Center for the school year. They had a full plan featuring mask requirements, appointment slots and spaced-out outdoor classes. But as cases failed to lower in the St. Louis area, they had to abandon their plan.

As a result, the recreation center is providing its range of classes, from strength training to kickboxing to yoga, online. And while Washington University students cannot workout indoors at Sumers, they can, as of this week, visit Francis Field and the Tao Tennis Center for single-use only.

Student Life spoke with Assistant Director of Fitness & Wellness Meghann Feely over the phone to learn more about how the rec center is tailoring its workout virtually for students.

This interview has been edited for length and clarity.

Student Life: How can students continue to stay active? What resources is Sumers currently

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Lt. Gov. Nungesser says state’s tourism industry lost $2.5 billion, laid off 109k workers due to COVID-19

BATON ROUGE, La. (WAFB) – The tourism in Louisiana has taken a large hit from COVID-19.

Billy Nungesser standing in front of a brick building: Lt. Gov. Billy Nungesser

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Lt. Gov. Billy Nungesser

According to a report by Lt. Gov. Billy Nungesser’s office, the impacts from the coronavirus were large. The state lost more than $2.5 billion just from tourism alone, which led to 109,000 jobs lost in the industry.

In Baton Rouge, this problem is compounded by limiting attendance at LSU football games to just 25% of Tiger Stadium’s capacity, according to Nungesser. That means fewer people will be staying in Baton Rouge hotels and spending money in the state’s capital city.

“We feel that until we can fill up the stadium again with events, small or large, we’re doing bike races, all kinds of things to get people to stay in hotels, shop at local businesses and support the economy here,” Nungesser said. “We’re trying

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Travel sector hit as UK COVID-19 cases rise

The threat of further a second round of Covid restrictions in London has dented confid.ence, with the travel sector in particular feeling the heat as we head into the weekend. Meanwhile, retail sales data highlights the winners and losers from 2020. 

  • FTSE turns lower, as London heads for a second round of restrictions 

  • Travel sector hit hard as quarantine restrictions loom.

  • Retail sales growth slows, with ‘V’ shaped recovery proving highly uneven.

UK-listed stocks are heading lower as we stumble towards the weekend, with the prospect of a renewed lockdown in London serving to bring the potential of a second wave closer to home. While localised restrictions have become somewhat normalised of late, the economic importance of London means we are likely to see a more significant market reaction if the growth in cases leads to significant economic consequences. From a tourism perspective, the rise in Covid cases in the

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35 Exciting New Hotel Openings Around The World For Fall 2020

As fall approaches, there is a sliver of good news in the travel industry as many hotels continue their plans to open across the country and around the world. While it may seem like an inopportune time, costs to slow or stop construction altogether can be greater than those of moving forward (even if hotels operate at limited capacity).

Many hotels opening now began work more than a year ago, and they were close to opening when Covid-19 hit. In addition to supporting local jobs, it can make sense for them to open now in hopes they can attract some business. 

According to a recent recovery insight study by Mastercard, smaller, independent hotels are recovering faster than larger properties. Its data, based on anonymized

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LDAF’s Indian Creek Recreation Area to reopen

(LDAF) – The Louisiana Department of Agriculture and Forestry’s (LDAF’s) Indian Creek Recreation Area is scheduled to reopen Thursday, September 17, 2020. The popular recreation area was closed August 26, 2020, in preparation for Hurricane Laura which ravaged parts of Louisiana including Indian Creek.

a large body of water: FILE: Indian Creek

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FILE: Indian Creek

“We are eager to see our visitors again. Indian Creek Recreation Area sustained a significant amount of tree damage and our staff has been working tirelessly to get the area cleaned up,” said Commissioner of Agriculture and Forestry Mike Strain, D.V.M.

Indian Creek Recreation Area, located in Woodworth, La., offers primitive camping, RV sites with water and electricity, beaches, fishing in Indian Creek Lake and a children’s playground. Other amenities include bathrooms, laundry facilities, handicap parking, boat launch, canoe rentals, Wi-Fi (in RV area) and a covered pavilion which is available for rent. Indian Creek is managed by

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Campus Recreation outlines Fall 2020 opportunities for students, employees

Citing a desire to offer “as many recreational opportunities as possible,” Campus Recreation is in the process of implementing a Fall semester plan throughout its two primary facilities — Swann Fitness Center at Fike and Douthit Hills Fitness Center. Access will be limited to students and employees to appropriately reduce the number of individuals coming to campus and capacity within Campus Rec facilities.

Please note several changes inside Campus Recreation facilities:

  • All participants will be required to register for appointed workout times, which will be either 45, 60 or 75 minutes in length and offered throughout the day to accommodate varying schedules.
  • Face coverings will be required throughout the facilities, even when participating in physical activity.
  • All participants will be subject to temperature checks. Any person with a verified temperature of 100.4 or higher will not be able to access the facilities.
  • Court areas inside Swann Fitness Center have
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Tourism agency seeks to spread dunes story | Northwest Indiana Business Headlines

Those visitors are inspiring, Weimer said. A couple became engaged on the trail. A 90-year-old woman completed it. A man carried his dying dog on the trail for a last big outing. A transplant patient climbed the dunes. A young boy who was on the trail put the new T-shirt over the one he was already wearing and hopped around the visitor center in his glee.

“Those are the things that get you excited,” Weimer said.

Her agency has developed a series of trails to get visitors to “knock of the sand and go out into the communities” to explore what else Porter County has to offer.

Now it’s working on a Native American trail at the visitor center to highlight the Region’s past, taking the story into the future with messages of sustainability, culture and more.

Weimer said she met with a Native American woman in her office at

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Local pizzeria near border ‘struggling’ as US-Mexico travel restrictions extended into October

SAN DIEGO – A San Diego-area pizza restaurant manager says revenues are down 80% at his shop located near the U.S.-Mexico border since travel restrictions were put in place this year to limit the spread of the coronavirus.

A manager at Maya’s Gourmet Pizza, a San Diego-area pizza restaurant, says revenues are down 80% at his shop located near the U.S.-Mexico border since travel restrictions were put in place this year to limit the spread of the coronavirus.

“We’re struggling, we’re struggling day to day,” said Enrique Cortez, manager of Maya’s Gourmet Pizza in San Ysidro.

The border has been closed for all nonessential travel since mid-March. Closures have been extended each month since as public health officials largely have struggled to get the pandemic under control through much of the spring and summer.

Restrictions were scheduled to be lifted early next week until officials Thursday announced they again are

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‘Exciting display’ of foliage expected in Vermont, recreation officials say

Officials with the Vermont Department of Forests, Parks and Recreation released the group’s first foliage report last week, and it features some good news for soon-to-be leaf peepers.

a large green field with a mountain in the background: FILE - Foliage in Vermont, as seen from Hogback Mountain

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FILE – Foliage in Vermont, as seen from Hogback Mountain

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The report says several factors have contributed to predictions of a strong foliage season — strong growth last year, a dry Spring season and a lack of forest pests.

“Although many factors contribute to the vibrancy and length of Vermont’s foliage season and some are yet to unfold, conditions so far point to an exciting display of color again this year,” wrote Michael Snyder, commissioner of DFPR.

Additional updates are expected from the group each week as fall kicks off and the bright colors of foliage continue to pop up.

While foliage season typically runs

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