A new Hawaii tourism chief steps in at a critical time for the Aloha State: Travel Weekly

John De Fries took the reins of the Hawaii Tourism Authority (HTA) one month, almost to the day, before this week’s planned launch of a pretravel program that is crucial to the state’s tourism reboot.

“It’s a vertical learning curve,” De Fries said. “Not only for me, frankly, but for the entire industry.”

The program, which would enable visitors to bypass a strict 14-day quarantine if they test negative for

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Research paper: State tourism forecast sluggish

A paper released this week by the University of Hawaii Economic Research Organization suggests that Hawaii tourism could take years to recover from the COVID-19 pandemic — if it does at all.

The paper, titled “The Future of Travel and Tourism After the COVID-19 Pandemic And Implications for Hawaii,” draws comparisons between the nationwide impacts to the tourism industry caused by the pandemic and 9/11, pointing out that, even in

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Coronavirus Travel Restrictions by State

As the number of coronavirus cases continues to grow in the U.S., Newsweek takes a look at the current travel restrictions for each state.

a person holding luggage: Stock image: Travelers should check ahead for state restrictions before venturing on vacation.

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Stock image: Travelers should check ahead for state restrictions before venturing on vacation.

At the time of writing, the U.S. has 6,814,696 confirmed cases, with India and Brazil having the second and third highest case numbers respectively, as shown in the below graphic. The

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Music, movie and indoor recreation venues expect varied reopening after state order

Entertainment spaces allowed to reopen Oct. 9 under a recent executive order from Gov. Gretchen Whitmer aren’t all rushing to do so.

Concert venues, in particular, met Friday’s announcement with some optimism about moving forward but say opening for shows at 20-percent capacity is far from a return to normalcy. Making a profit or at least breaking even by hosting a live performance would be impossible under the capacity limitations,

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NH virus updates: Fall tourism and latest numbers for state, UNH and Durham – News –

CONCORD — New Hampshire’s Division of Travel and Tourism Development is emphasizing that visitors to the state this fall “Know Before You Go” online with regard to coronavirus-related requirements and restrictions.

Visitors can educate themselves while looking at the fall foliage tracker and at suggested scenic drives in the state, Lori Harnois, director of the division, said during a meeting on fall tourism hosted by U.S. Sen. Maggie Hassan on

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Ric Cabot & Shelby Semmes: Recreation access needs state support

Editor’s note: This commentary is by Ric Cabot, who is president & CEO of Cabot Hosiery Mills/Darn Tough Vermont, and Shelby Semmes, the Northern New England area director of The Trust for Public Land.

Vermont’s mountains, trails, lakes, rivers, and woods have long provided the strong foundation upon which our community and economy are built. This couldn’t be more apparent than during the Covid-19 pandemic. Our parks and public lands

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Seller of Travel | State of California – Department of Justice

California requires all sellers of travel to register with the Attorney General’s Office and to display the registration number on all advertising. While not assuring that a company is reputable, a valid registration signals that the seller of travel has at least followed the law to be registered.

When you’re at a travel agency, ask to see the seller of travel’s registration acknowledgement — a one-page document issued by the

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