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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.



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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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Las Vegas helicopter pilots lose jobs to COVID-19 travel fallout

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Maverick Helicopters has seen a boom in domestic tours in Las Vegas but a steep drop in Grand Canyon tours, as international travel has shutdown. (Photo: Provided: Bryan Kroten)

LAS VEGAS – The plummeting of international travel in the wake of COVID-19 has put dozens of helicopter tour pilots and staffers out of work in Southern Nevada.

Several companies known for scenic tour flights to the Las Vegas Strip and Grand Canyon have cut significant slices of their staff to mirror business demand, according to documents filed with Nevada employment officials.

Bryan Kroten, Maverick Helicopters’ vice president of marketing, said the pandemic has most impacted the number of flights the company makes to the Grand Canyon – bookings that almost entirely come from international travelers.

“There’s a lot less travelers visiting Vegas today than there was eight months ago,” Kroten said. “The majority of our guests that fly to

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COVID-19 and recreation: Too much poop, too many people

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Mark DeOpsomer of Bozeman, Montana, is a backpacker with lots of miles on his soles. For almost four decades he’s gone to the remotest corners of the Northern Rockies.

On a recent trek 24 miles into the Bob Marshall Wilderness in Montana, he was relaxing along the banks of a creek, when out of nowhere a pack-rafter floated by. “I’d never seen any rafters before in The Bob but now they’re all over the place,” he said. 

A few weeks later, he was driving to a trailhead at the end of a bumpy 50-mile-long dirt road along the Wind River Range. “There’s a game we like to play guessing the number of cars you expect to see in the parking lot,” he said. “Given that this is a strange year, I thought maybe 30. But there were over 200 and the scene was total mayhem.” 

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Palm Springs’ Virgin Hotel ‘postponed’ due to COVID-19, could be replaced with condos, city says

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A sketch of the proposed Virgin Hotel in downtown Palm Springs. (Photo: Submitted: Wessman Development Company)

Citing economic setbacks caused by the coronavirus pandemic, developers of the the proposed Virgin Hotel in downtown Palm Springs have “postponed” the project, city staff said during Thursday’s Palm Springs City Council meeting.

As a result, the hotel could be replaced with a 62-unit condominium complex, officials said.

“Grit Development and the Virgin Hotel developer have mutually agreed to postpone the project due to COVID-19 impacts on the national economy and on the hospitality industry specifically,” Assistant City Manager Marcus Fuller told council members. 

He added that they “have agreed to replace … existing hotel plans on that site with a residential project that will energize the downtown project.”  

The proposed 62-unit development was reviewed on Tuesday by the city’s Architectural Advisory Committee. It shares the same architect behind the Kimpton Rowan Palm

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Murray River tourism operators fear even more losses with new COVID-19 roadmap

Regional tourism operators in Victoria, especially those within the border bubble with New South Wales, are not happy with the long-awaited roadmap to achieving a COVID-19 normal future.

The Victorian Regional Roadmap was announced on Sunday, but Ashton Kreuzer, marketing manager at Mildura Paddleboats, was concerned that the new roadmap meant restrictions in regional areas may still be in place for another two months.

The border closure and COVID-19 restrictions had been devastating for the 65-year-old iconic paddleboating business that has not been able to produce and income for more than six months.

“Our business has survived the Spanish flu and two world wars, but this has been our biggest challenge to the business yet,” Ms Kreuzer said.

She was concerned that even when restrictions did move to COVID Normal, border tourism operators would still be disadvantaged due to continued border closures.

“Even with the lifting of Victorian restrictions and

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New Milford sees spike in COVID-19 cases and cancels fall recreation sports

NEW MILFORD – A surge in coronavirus cases in recent weeks has led to the cancellation of fall recreation sports.

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Mayor Michael Putrino said in a Facebook post on Saturday that the borough had recorded more than 60 confirmed cases in August, with 57 of them coming in the previous 15 days. He noted that was a huge spike from eight total reported cases in July.

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In an interview, Putrino put the blame for the increase on “unprotected social gatherings” among a cross-section of people and said he has been getting reports about such happenings around town.

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“Three weeks ago, our number was six, then it went to 29, then it went to 26 last week,” Putrino

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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.

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COVID-19 Bankrupts Trump-Branded Hotel In Vancouver


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Law360 (August 28, 2020, 8:58 PM EDT) —
The operator of a Trump-branded hotel in Vancouver announced Friday that the property’s extended closure due to the COVID-19 pandemic had sent it into insolvency with what it told Canadian authorities was close to CA$4.8 million ($3.66 million) in debt.

In the announcement, the parent company of TA Hotel Management LP, the operator of the Trump International Hotel and Tower, said that it had appointed an insolvency trustee Thursday.

“Its ongoing expenses since the outbreak

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Without tourism, former Hawaii plantation towns struggle amid COVID-19


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Published 7:43 a.m. ET Aug. 25, 2020 | Updated 4:27 p.m. ET Aug. 25, 2020

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Hawaii’s planned September 1 start date for allowing out-of-state visitors to bypass a 14-day quarantine has been delayed until October.

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HONOLULU, Hawaii — Hawaii’s communities that survived the demise of plantations by transforming into tourist destinations are struggling as the coronavirus pandemic keeps away visitors.

The newly formed Paia Community Association estimates 40% of the Maui town’s 71 shops and restaurants are either temporarily or permanently shuttered in the community on the island’s north shore, The Honolulu Star-Advertiser reported Sunday.

Health restrictions including a 14-day mandatory quarantine for visitors arriving from outside the state have crippled the tourism industry that accounts for about 25% of Hawaii’s economy.

The Paia economy that previously relied on the Hawaiian Commercial & Sugar Co. had already moved toward boutiques, restaurants and galleries when the

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