Hong Kong tourism industry pleads with government to restart travel, with Shenzhen trips first on list

a view of a city: Shenzhen is the best place to start for reopening Hong Kong’s leisure travel links, the executive director of the Hong Kong Tourism Board says. Photo: Xinhua

Shenzhen is the best place to start for reopening Hong Kong’s leisure travel links, the executive director of the Hong Kong Tourism Board says. Photo: Xinhua

Hong Kong’s return to leisure travel should start with neighbouring parts of mainland China once a retreat of Covid-19 allows borders to reopen, according to a top tourism official in the city.

Tourism Board executive director Dane Cheng Ting-yat said its aim was for travel in both directions to resume first with the mainland Chinese city of Shenzhen, before restoring links with Guangzhou and further expanding into the Greater Bay Area, an economic zone comprising Hong Kong, Macau and nine cities in Guangdong province.

To encourage spending and travelling, the board is also putting together offers, including Cathay Pacific Airways’ giveaway of 500,000 flight tickets, through a planned online platform called Open House Hong Kong. A relaunched Hello Hong Kong programme would further offer

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Why is solo travel up in a global pandemic? Deals cater to those who will go it alone

 <span class="copyright">(Jamie Sholberg / Los Angeles Times; Getty)</span>
(Jamie Sholberg / Los Angeles Times; Getty)

Solo travel offers a fringe benefit: It allows you to be selfish. You can do whatever you want whenever you want.

Hmmm … that sounds a lot like our current lifestyle in quarantine. Want to eat lunch at 4 p.m.? Do it. Want to skip the workout and watch TV instead? Why not? There’s no one around to shame you.

Social distancing — especially for singles — can be a lonely proposition. But it also reaffirms some of the benefits of being alone. You don’t have to worry about someone else’s sleep schedule, hourlong baths or habit of leaving pistachio shells everywhere.

Perhaps those are reasons solo travel is expanding despite the coronavirus’ overall effect on the travel landscape. Going it alone has definite pluses, and tour operators are seeing an uptick in solo-cation bookings. Granted, many of the trips are six months

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Company that owns President Trump’s Vancouver hotel files for bankruptcy

The Trump Vancouver hotel has already been closed for four months because of the coronavirus pandemic. By Friday — a day after the bankruptcy filing — the hotel’s website was taken down, its name was missing from Trump Hotels’ corporate website, and the Vancouver hotel’s accounts were deleted from Twitter and Facebook.

In an email, the CEO of the hotel’s parent company said he was still uncertain if the Trump hotel had been closed for good.

“I truly do not know the answer to that question at this point in time,” said Joo Kim Tiah, the CEO of Malaysia-based TA Global Berhad.

The entity that declared bankruptcy — TA Hotel Management Limited Partnership — is a subsidiary of TA Global Berhad that serves as the landlord for the Trump hotel in downtown Vancouver. When it filed for bankruptcy Thursday, that company listed $3.6 million in debts and only $839,000 in

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What Oregon outdoor recreation areas are closed due to wildfires?

As wildfires continue to rage across Oregon, outdoor recreation areas are beginning to temporarily shut down to the public.

Some land management agencies are instituting blanket closures to access and recreation, including the Mount Hood and Willamette national forests, while others are shutting down select parks that are either being evacuated or closed as a precaution.

Virtually all recreation areas in Oregon have also instituted fire restrictions to some extent, including complete bans on campfires and open flames in some areas.

Poor air quality caused by smoke from several wildfires may also make outdoor recreation unsafe. On Tuesday, the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality issued an air quality advisory for the Willamette Valley, Oregon coast, southern Oregon and southwest Washington. Check the current air quality levels here.

This post will be updated as the situation continues to unfold and more information comes in.


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Registration now open for Dare County Parks and Recreation fall activities

DARE COUNTY, N.C. (WNCT) Registration is now open for a variety of Dare County Parks and Recreation programs and activities scheduled for the fall season.

Available activities for children and adults at the Northern Beach Division include Youth Soccer, Youth Gymnastics, Kids Garden Club 1 and Kids Garden Club 2, Kickball Club, Smart Start Soccer, Disc Golf Club, Smart Start Football, Adult Co-Ed Softball and All Sports with Coastal Soccer School.  

Available activities for the Roanoke Island/Mainland Division include boys, girls and co-ed youth soccer for children ages 5 to 15.

Available activities for the Hatteras Island Division also include youth soccer for children ages 5-12.

For detailed information regarding scheduling for specific activities, view the Dare County Parks and Recreation Department newsletter for your division by clicking the appropriate link below:

Registration Information:

The registration deadline is Wednesday, Sept. 30, 2020, or registration closes once a program is full.

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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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