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How pandemic could affect NH’s fall, winter tourism | Travel

As New Hampshire enters the foliage season, the “majority” of leaf-peeping bus tours have been canceled or postponed until next year because of the coronavirus pandemic, the state’s tourism chief said Monday.

It’s “too early to know the economic impact” of the cancellations/postponements, Lori Harnois, director of the Division of Travel and Tourism Development, said during a virtual roundtable discussion organized by U.S. Sen. Maggie Hassan.

Travel and Tourism is doing its best to get out the message that it’s safe to visit New Hampshire as well as promoting a “leave-no-trace” campaign, Harnois said.

Paula Kinney of the Androscoggin Valley Chamber of Commerce said that in Berlin and into the upper reaches of Coos County, which is crisscrossed with ATV trails, “we’re having trouble with people coming here.”

“They are just kind of trashing the place. A lot of rude people,” Kinney told the group, which also included Jessyca Keeler,

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Sell-off in airline, hotel and bank stocks on UK lockdown fears

Newcastle as almost two million people in north-east England have been banned from mixing with other households and pubs will close early as coronavirus cases rise. Photo: Ian Forsyth/Getty Images
Newcastle as almost two million people in north-east England have been banned from mixing with other households and pubs will close early as coronavirus cases rise. Photo: Ian Forsyth/Getty Images

Fears of strict new lockdown rules hammered vulnerable UK stocks on Friday, fuelling a sharp sell-off in travel, leisure, and banking stocks.

Reports in the Financial Times that the UK government may impose a two-week nationwide lockdown in October rattled investors in listed firms most reliant on domestic income.

Health secretary Matt Hancock said a nationwide lockdown would be the “last line of defence,” but the BBC reported a shutdown of hospitality firms could instead be announced next week.

Britain’s FTSE 100 (^FTSE) shed 0.5%, with the Bank of England’s decision on Thursday to hold fire on fresh stimulus also weighing on markets.

But concerns over rising infection rates, testing shortages and speculation over stricter restrictions on the UK economy

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Oyo Las Vegas latest hotel-casino to give notice of layoffs

An off-Strip hotel-casino celebrated its reopening on Wednesday, a week after it told the state it was planning to lay off employees.

Oyo Las Vegas notified Nevada’s Department of Employment, Training and Rehabilitation on Sept. 10 that it planned to lay off employees effective Nov. 12, according to the notice made public Friday.

It’s not clear how many employees or which positions are affected. The notice, posted on DETR’s website Friday afternoon, said a list of affected positions was “enclosed,” though no list was included in the public link.

“The continuing COVID-19 pandemic is having a profound and sustained effect on the economy and is creating unprecedented challenges for the hospitality industry,” the company wrote in its notice to DETR. “It is causing our hotel to suffer an enormous loss of business, which has resulted in the loss of work opportunities, including layoffs.”

Company representatives didn’t immediately return a request

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A look at fall recreation programs in Dover, Sherborn and Medfield – News – Dover-Sherborn Press

The scramble continues.

After canceling and changing programs for the spring and summer because of the coronavirus pandemic, recreation department directors continue to keep one eye on the pandemic while staging programs for the fall.

“We want to make sure we do it correctly and safely,” said Medfield’s Recreation Department director, Kevin Ryder.

For the fall, Ryder said he and his staff are offering programs suitable for those working from home, as well as students in remote learning.

“We’re trying to navigate through all this,” he said.

Most of Medfield’s programs will be offered outdoors, with the Pfaff Center available in case of rain.

This includes morning yoga at Hinkley Swim Pond and a fitness boot camp, both led by local fitness instructors, as well as Puddlestompers nature exploration classes for toddlers, soccer leagues, after-school and music classes.

In all cases, face masks and social distancing will be required.


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Montague moves ahead with recreation feasibility study

 Two Montague residents presented a petition with 248 signatures to Montague council at the meeting of September 1, asking them to reconsider their decision to engage in a recreation feasibility study for the Municipality.

Over the past few weeks, Bev Toivonen and Norma Ford have been collecting signatures, both online and in person, to get council to reverse their decision to spend $29,100 on the study. They believe that the study should not be a priority for the Municipality and that this money would be better spent on the upkeep of their current municipal facilities. Bev reminded Council during the meeting that during the Municipality’s strategic planning exercise two years ago, residents indicated that they did not have any interest in more recreational facilities. “I respectfully wonder why this council is even suggesting looking into a recreation feasibility study when it is clear from your own survey that recreation is

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TPB to launch motorcycle tourism program in November

MANILA, Philippines — The Tourism Promotions Board (TPB), the marketing and promotions arm of the Department of Tourism (DOT), is set to launch a program targeted on motorcycle tourism later this year. The program will feature some of the country’s remote areas of tourism interest.

In a post on its Facebook page, the TPB said it would bring its Moto Tourism (Motourismo) caravan to various parts of the country starting November.

“Through its partnership with DOT and various motorcycle clubs and associations in the Philippines, the Moto Tourism (Motourismo) caravan will feature the country’s main island groupings – Luzon, Visayas, and Mindanao,” the TPB said.

It said the event would be both an on-road and off-road ride through the Philippines’ remote areas of tourism interest.

“Riders will not only have a chance to test out their motorcycles, but also immerse themselves through their short stay with the local communities,” the

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Vigil brings attention to death of 22-year-old Lesly Palacio

Dozens of people gathered Friday night in a parking lot outside a Boulder Highway hotel-casino to bring awareness to Lesly Palacio’s death and seek the public’s help in finding two suspects in the case.

It’s just a five-minute drive from her mother’s house to the Longhorn Casino &Hotel, where the 22-year-old woman was last seen Aug. 29 leaving with Erick Rangel-Ibarra, who Las Vegas police say is a suspect in the homicide.

The body of Palacio was found near Valley of Fire State Park on Sept. 9. Days later, a warrant was issued for Rangel-Ibarra on charges of open murder and destroying/concealing evidence. His father, Jose Rangel, is sought on charges of destroying/concealing evidence and harboring, concealing or aiding a felony offender.

Jelica Grego, 39, of southwest Las Vegas came to the vigil to show support for the family despite not knowing the Palacios. Her 20-year-old daughter, Mo Floyd, stood

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Denver Parks and Recreation partners with CSU to create a greener Denver

Denver Parks and Recreation and Colorado State University announced Sept. 17 that they have entered into an intergovernmental agreement with the CSU Salazar Center for North American Conservation to support and advance efforts in climate resilience, habitat and equitable access to green space.

The Salazar Center will work closely with park planners and other City and County of Denver departments to identify, share and advance best practices for applying natural solutions, alongside a health equity lens, to reduce the impacts of global warming on the city’s most vulnerable neighborhoods.

“The CSU Salazar Center for North American Conservation shares in our vision to enhance natural systems to improve community health and support climate resilience,” said Happy Haynes, executive director of Denver Parks and Recreation. “We look forward to our partnership and their assistance in providing the research and technical expertise to improve the long-term health and resilience of Denver’s landscapes and

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Corona India and Thrillophilia Unveils the ‘Rediscover Paradise’ Program to Boost Local Tourism

– Inspires Consumers to Explore the Outdoors with care to boost local tourism

MUMBAI, India, Sept. 15, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — In its quest to get the world back outside when it is safe to travel and explore nature, Corona and Thrillophilia partner to launch ‘Rediscover Paradise‘ program to boost local tourism. The initiative aims at promoting local tourism by offering exciting deals to encourage consumers through a book now, travel when safe platform, while also providing financial aid to the struggling travel and tourism industry. 

In the initial stage of this campaign, Corona has also pre-purchased rooms at independently run homestays and resorts that have been adversely impacted by the pandemic, around Mumbai, Delhi and Bangalore, thus offering some immediate financial relief. Corona globally pledged to provide aid to over 1000 hotels across the world with over 14,000 hotel room bookings.

Commenting on this launch,

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Travel Leaders Taps Robyn Benincasa to Keynote Virtual Conference

Bridge to the Future, a virtual conference exclusive to all Travel Leaders Network members, promises inspiration, networking, top-notch education and access to preferred suppliers

NEW YORK, Sept. 17, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — Travel Leaders Network – one of America’s largest retail travel agency organizations – today announced that Robyn Benincasa, a top motivational speaker on leadership, an Adventure Racing World Champion and bestselling author, will be the keynote speaker for the company’s annual conference that connects all travel advisors across its organization.  Bridge to the Future, to be held October 13-15, is an exclusive virtual event for members. Benincasa, a CNN Hero who has competed at the highest levels of sports and business, provides a perfect blend of inspiration and fortitude to complement the array of workshops and networking opportunities that will invigorate and motivate attendees seeking to improve their sales.

Robyn Benincasa, a top motivational speaker on

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