Day: September 1, 2020

Religious tourism has been hit hard in the pandemic as sites close and pilgrimages are put on hold

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Only a handful of tourists at the usually busy St. Peter’s Square at the Vatican. Vincenzo Pinto/AFP via Getty Images

Religious tourism is among the oldest forms of planned travel and to this day remains a huge industry.

About 300 to 330 million tourists visit the world’s key religious sites every year, according to a 2017 estimate. Some 600 million national and international religious trips are made around the world, generating around US$18 billion in global revenues. It makes up a sizeable chunk of an overall tourism sector that has been significantly affected by the spread of the coroanvirus, with 63.8% of travelers reducing their travel plans as a result.

A concern of all faiths

As COVID-19 evolved to become a global pandemic, governments across the globe

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Delta, American follow United, drop ticket change fee for domestic travel

Delta Air Lines and American Airlines will both eliminate change fees for domestic travel, they announced Monday, as the transportation industry fights to emerge from the coronavirus pandemic.

Delta said the elimination of change fees is effective immediately and includes all tickets for travel within the U.S., including Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands, with the exception of Basic Economy tickets.

American said its elimination is also effective immediately, excludes Basic Economy tickets and includes all travel within the U.S., Canada, Mexico and the Caribbean. 

The announcements follow a similar move from United Airlines on Sunday. United CEO Scott Kirby said in a video that getting rid of the $200 change tee was a “top request” from customers.

“We’ve said before that we need to approach flexibility differently than this industry has in the past, and today’s announcement builds on that promise to ensure we’re offering industry-leading flexibility, space

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US now using several hotel chains to detain migrant children


Verty chats on his phone while his wife Saint Jean holds up her 1-year-old daughter at their house in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, Tuesday, Aug. 25, 2020. The Trump administration has sharply increased its use of hotels to detain immigrant children before expelling them from the United States during the coronavirus pandemic. Verty says government contractors at a hotel where he was detained gave his family, including his daughter, cups of ice to eat to pass temperature checks prior to their deportation flight, even though they had tested negative for COVID-19.


The U.S. government has detained children at several major hotel chains — more than previously known — during the coronavirus pandemic instead of transferring them to government-funded shelters, according to new data released Friday.

Since March, the Trump administration has used hotels to hold at least 660 children, most unaccompanied by a parent, before expelling them

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Stay Connected With Plano Parks And Recreation This Fall

August 14, 2020

Fall is just around the corner, and Plano Parks and Recreation has a variety of ways to help your family stay active, healthy, happy and connected!

From tennis classes and adult sports leagues to virtual classes/activities for children and adults, you can sign up for all of our classes through Recreation Online.

  • Explore Oak Point Park & Nature Preserve’s extensive trail system. At 800 acres, Plano’s largest park boasts eight miles of concrete trails and five miles of soft surface trails located along Rowlett Creek. The preserve’s lake is also a great fishing spot!
  • Take your pup for play day at one of Plano’s three dog parks (Bob Woodruff, Jack Carter, Windhaven Meadows). For updated closure information, call 972-210-2936 or visit our Rainout Line website.
  • Have a picnic at one of our neighborhood parks. Explore Plano’s parks and their amenities.
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Mount Gambier Community and Recreation Hub construction to cost an extra $18 million

The Mount Gambier Community and Recreation Hub will cost $18.2 million more to build than initially estimated.

It is the largest infrastructure project undertaken by the City of Mount Gambier.

It comprises of a two-storey building housing six indoor sports courts, an indoor pool, as well as fitness and meeting room facilities.

The project was costed at $39.1 million based on an intermediate design in 2018, and attracted $15 million Federal Government and $10 million State Government funding.

City of Mount Gambier chief executive Andrew Meddle said the competitive tender process determined the true build cost of $57.3 million, based on a detailed design.

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