Day: September 8, 2020

StatsCan surveying tourism trends again after stopping due to COVID-19



a train crossing a bridge over a body of water: Statistics Canada is wondering how many people traveled to and from P.E.I. this summer.


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Statistics Canada is wondering how many people traveled to and from P.E.I. this summer.

Tourism surveying underway right now should give Prince Edward Island businesses that rely on visitors an idea whether Canadians are still travelling to the province and spending cash during the pandemic.

Statistic Canada’s national tourism survey usually collects information from 36,000 people each month about their domestic and international travels.

However, surveying from March to June was put on hold due to many people being under COVID-19 lockdowns.

“This was not a typical year for surveying on the Canadian tourism sector,” Peter Kalhok, chief of the Canadian Centre for Tourism and Travel Statistics, told CBC’s Island Morning.

Statistics Canada restarted collecting travel information from Canadians in July — the same month the Atlantic bubble began.



a group of people crossing a bridge over a road: Thousands have come to the Island since the Atlantic bubble began July 3.


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Thousands have come to the Island since the Atlantic bubble began July 3.

Kalhok

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Air France-KLM Firms Plan to Raise Funds Amid Travel Slump

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a airplane that is sitting on a runway at an airport: A passenger aircraft operated by Air France-KLM taxis at Charles de Gaulle airport, operated by Airport de Paris, in Roissy, France, on Friday, July 3, 2020. Air France-KLM's French unit needs to be saved while at the same time lowering its carbon footprint, French Junior Economy Minister Agnes Pannier-Runacher said Friday on Sud-Radio.


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A passenger aircraft operated by Air France-KLM taxis at Charles de Gaulle airport, operated by Airport de Paris, in Roissy, France, on Friday, July 3, 2020. Air France-KLM’s French unit needs to be saved while at the same time lowering its carbon footprint, French Junior Economy Minister Agnes Pannier-Runacher said Friday on Sud-Radio.

Air France-KLM is firming up a plan to raise funds by May of next year after agreeing a rescue package from the Dutch and French governments to help outlast the global aviation crisis.

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The carrier “intends to implement measures to strengthen its equity and quasi-equity,” Air France-KLM said in a statement Tuesday, reiterating a timeline given previously by Chief Executive Officer Ben Smith. To lower financing costs, it’s redeeming 403.3 million euros ($483 million) in notes.

Air France-KLM, in which the two European states own a combined 28% stake, posted a

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Trump tax break to help Charlotte hotel remodel that will hire, house homeless vets

Plans to renovate Independence Place, a 179-unit long-stay hotel on Independence Boulevard near Eastway Drive, include hiring and housing homeless veterans for the project.

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Denver, Colo.-based R. Investments will renovate the east Charlotte hotel and add kitchens to the rooms, new gym and yoga space and redo the onsite restaurant using the Trump administration’s Opportunity Zone program, a tax break designed to pump money into low-income neighborhoods to spur development.

Travis Steffens, president and CEO of R Investments, said Thursday the company expects to spend $10.5 million with the purchase and improvements.

In what Steffens calls “conscious capitalism,” the company hires, trains, and houses people who are homeless to learn construction trades and work on projects. Steffens said he expects to hire 50 people for the Independence Place project, with an emphasis on hiring veterans.

“We would like to stop looking at this challenge with homelessness as a

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Campers Told To Pack Up As National Forests Close Recreation Ahead Of Fire Weather

El Dorado County Deputies Help Rescue 3 Bear Cubs In TahomaEl Dorado County Sheriff’s deputies rescued the cubs from a dumpster in Tahoma on Lake Tahoe’s west shore.

Sacramento City Unified Parents Fed Up, Some Call To Boycott ClassThousands of Sacramento City Unified students are set to return to distance learning Tuesday, but exactly what that will look like is still up in the air.

Nevada County Among First To Lose Power In PG&E Public Safety Power ShutoffA Nevada County grocery store was racing to save its refrigerated products as the PG&E Public Safety Power Shutdown took effect Monday.

Campers Told To Pack Up As National Forests Close Recreation Ahead Of Fire WeatherAmid a Red Flag Warning and grave fire conditions, the U.S. Forest Service has taken unprecedented steps to prevent disaster.

Sacramento, Stockton,

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