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


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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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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Increase In Outdoor Recreation In Idaho Could Increase Wildfire Risk Due To Abandoned Fires

From grabbing a drink to going to the theatre, COVID-19 means city activities are risky. Now, many people are going to the great outdoors for recreation, which could mean a potential increase in wildfire risk.


The Eastern Idaho Interagency Fire Center in Idaho Falls has put out more than 60 unattended or abandoned campfires this summer. The term “abandoned campfire” means anything from fires producing flames to something that gives off heat— even if it looks like ash. 

“There’s a large portion of folks that it’s their first time camping,” said Sarah Wheeler, spokesperson for Caribou-Targhee National Forest. “So, just kind of give a little bit of research, google how to do first-time camping and figure it out before you head out.”

She said new campers might not know how to properly extinguish their fire, which can take up to two hours. And that could spell trouble, considering Idaho’s high

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Tourism boomed in Tennessee in 2019, but 2020 will be another story due to coronavirus

Hamilton County banked its fifth consecutive billion-dollar tourism year in 2019, and that would normally be unambiguously good news — but this year hits a little different.

“It’s great news,” said Barry White, the CEO of the Chattanooga Tourism Company. “But we also have to talk about where we are right now.”

The year had a promising start, but by the time it’s over the 2020 data will likely show a blow to the local tourism scene of about 45%, White estimated.

“January and February were fairly strong, outpacing 2019,” he said. “All of that changed, obviously, in March, and changed very rapidly.”

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Tourism boomed in Tennessee in 2019, but 2020 will be another story

The story was similar across the state. Tennessee tourism set records in 2019, with $23 billion in economic impact, capping a decade of steady growth.

“Tennessee is a world-renowned destination,

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American Airlines to lay off 17,500 employees due to COVID-19 slump


Many U.S. airlines are overstaffed due to reduced flying schedules and low demand for air travel amid the coronavirus pandemic.


American Airlines warned in July that it would have to lay off up to 25,000 flight attendants, pilots and other front-line workers this fall due to the steep decline in travel brought on by the coronavirus pandemic.

The final number came in lower thanks to voluntary employee exits and long-term leaves but the figure is still staggering: 17,500 workers. That is in addition to 1,500 management and administrative workers already laid off.

American CEO Doug Parker and President Robert Isom delivered the news to employees on Tuesday, calling it the most sobering update they’ve had to make since the pandemic began.

“Today is the hardest message we have had to share so far – the announcement of involuntary staffing reductions effective Oct. 1,” the executives said in

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