Day: September 13, 2020

Forecaster: In 2021 expect sizable Georgia tourism recovery

An economic forecaster says Georgia should expect to see substantial recovery of its tourism industry next year after hotels and other businesses that rely on travelers lost billions to the coronavirus pandemic.

Adam Sacks, president of the firm Tourism Economics, made the prediction during a virtual summit hosted by the Georgia Department of Economic Development.

His presentation Wednesday showed that travel spending in Georgia dropped $8.6 billion between March and August compared to the same period last year. That’s more than 20% of the $39 billion that visitors spent throughout Georgia in all of 2019.

Still, tourism spending has steadily begun to recover in the months since Georgia began lifting its coronavirus lockdown in late April. Sacks predicted that will continue.

Demand for hotel rooms in Georgia should return to 90% of last year’s levels sometime in 2021, Sacks said. He said a full recovery is likely by 2023.

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How close is Hong Kong to setting up travel bubbles? | In depth

Proposed travel bubbles have offered a ray of hope for restless Hong Kong denizens grounded for months in a densely populated city, but these have proven more complicated for the government to arrange than it initially seemed.

An annual jaunt to Taiwan or Japan is de rigueur for many Hong Kongers and the city’s expatriates often cite its status as a premier travel hub in Asia as one of the reasons to live here.


Hong Kong has been tackling its third wave of Covid-19 since July, but experts think the city could face a fourth wave in the autumn and winter, with disruptions to normal life persisting another six months to a year.

If that is the case, the chances for Hong Kongers to travel freely outside of the Special Administrative Region (SAR) this year seems slim. However, at a press conference earlier this week on 7 September, the city’s

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Danuel House Leaves Bubble After The NBA Says He Had Improper Guest

The Houston Rockets have not had the services of Danuel House for the last two games. House has been at the center of an investigation by the league over a woman showing up at his room in the NBA’s Bubble, which has led to him being posted up in his hotel room as the NBA tried to determine what exactly happened.

The investigation reached its conclusion, and as a result, the league determined that House had violated the rules and regulations of the Bubble. He will leave Orlando immediately and will not return. Here’s what the league had to say in a statement.

The NBA has concluded its investigation of a recent violation of campus health and safety protocols. The findings are that: (i) Houston Rockets forward Danuel House had a guest in his hotel room over multiple hours on September 8 who was not authorized to be on campus

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Former Edmonton city councillor and recreation advocate Bryan Anderson dies at 78

a person standing in front of a sign: Former Edmonton city councillor Bryan Anderson at the unveiling of the new Bryan Anderson Athletic Grounds sign in June 2019.

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Former Edmonton city councillor Bryan Anderson at the unveiling of the new Bryan Anderson Athletic Grounds sign in June 2019.

Longtime Edmonton city councillor Bryan Anderson, who championed the growth of sports and recreation in the city, has died at 78.


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Anderson, a former Edmonton high school teacher and sports coach, served on city council for 19 years before his retirement in 2017. He won six consecutive elections between 1998 and 2013 as the councillor for Ward 5 and then Ward 9 in the city’s southwest.

Mayor Don Iveson, who served as a Ward 5 councillor with Anderson when he was first elected in 2007, announced Anderson’s passing in a news release Friday afternoon.

“Having co-represented southwest Edmonton with Bryan, I saw firsthand his dedication and commitment to the residents of Ward 5 following a storied career as a teacher and coach,” Iveson

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South Suburban Parks and Recreation program fills gap for hybrid learning

When the Douglas County School District made the decision to only offer hybrid learning this year, it left many working parents scrambling. So South Suburban Parks and Recreation saw a way to help by extending their summer camp program into the fall.

“We just saw the need and wanted to provide a service to the community that would be beneficial to everybody,” said Jessica Skiera, family services coordinator for South Suburban Parks and Recreation.

School Dayz is currently being offered at the Lone Tree Recreation Center. Most of the students are in the Douglas County School District, but South Suburban is ready to open the Goodson Recreation Center in Centennial if other schools or districts in the area have to close.

“Most kids are coming two or three days a week, and we let them get on their zoom calls and help with their paper homework,” said Skiera.

They also

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