International testing starts; domestic may be next + United, JSX, Southwest, TSA + more

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In air travel news, Biden Administration officials are studying the possibility of requiring domestic air travelers to show a negative COVID test result before boarding, just like the new federal rule for inbound international travel; airlines are adding apps to help customers cope with the new rule while hotels and foreign destinations are rushing to put testing facilities in place to protect their tourism business, but the State Dept. is urging Americans to stay at home; United begins a COVID test preclearance program for Hawaii-bound passengers; JSX adds a new route from Oakland; Southwest expands Long Beach service, including a … Read More

Woman Who Tackled Black Teenager at SoHo Hotel Is Arrested

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“She’s not trying to make any racial statement,” Ms. Ghatan said. “She’s a female herself of mixed cultural descent. She’s not some blond-haired, blue eyed privileged white lady. She literally just wanted to get her phone back.”

Ms. Ponsetto, who works in an office for a health-related company, was visiting her father who lives in the New York City area over the holidays when she lost her cellphone, Ms. Ghatan said. Ms. Ponsetto was a guest at the hotel at some point during the holiday week, Ms. Ghatan said, but it was not clear why she was there when the

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Scotland’s leader blocks Trump from visiting his Turnberry golf resort

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  • Scotland First Minister Nicola Sturgeon on Tuesday put an end to rumors that President Donald Trump would visit his Turnberry golf resort during President-elect Joe Biden’s inauguration.
  • Sturgeon said the country’s national lockdown, which includes a prohibition on nonessential travel, applied to Trump.
  • A Scottish newspaper reported on Sunday that a US military plane sometimes used by Trump was scheduled to arrive at an airport near Trump’s Turnberry golf resort. 
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Rumors that President Donald Trump would take refuge at his Scottish golf resort during President-elect Joe Biden’s January 20 inauguration were dashed by

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Toughest year on record for Singapore tourism sector, says STB

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Singapore’s tourism sector experienced its “toughest year on record” in 2020 due to unprecedented global travel restrictions and border closures amid the Covid-19 pandemic, announced the Singapore Tourism Board (STB).



a group of people walking on a city street: Even with the development of several COVID-19 vaccines, it will take time for mass leisure travel and traveller confidence to return, said STB


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Even with the development of several COVID-19 vaccines, it will take time for mass leisure travel and traveller confidence to return, said STB

According to official data, visitor arrivals plummeted 85.7 per cent to 2.7 million, down from 19.1 million the year before. Nearly all of these arrivals were in the first two months of 2020, said STB. 

“Singapore’s tourism sector has had to fight for

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Madeira to digital nomads: Come work with us

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(CNN) — Places such as Bali, Berlin and Lisbon top lists of the best spots in the world for digital nomads to work remotely while living well — destinations that attract a global community of location-independent souls with Wi-Fi as strong as the espresso drinks and a lifestyle with an attractive quality to cost ratio.
But if one Lisbon, Portugal, native has anything to do with it, a tiny archipelago that’s been called Europe’s answer to Hawaii might be the next big thing in remote working.

And by big, Gonçalo Hall — a remote work consultant who is helping

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Common hotel pests and how to spot them | Focus

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When you walk into a hotel room, there are a few things you expect to see – neat beds with clean sheets, clean towels, no crumbs or clutter, and so on. But there are also some things you don’t expect to see and that you really hope you never see – namely, pests.

Hotel owners and managers need to be aware of potential pest problems in their hotels, and they need to teach their staff to be aware of those problems as well. Pest control for hotels can be simple, but it does need to be made of constant and

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Environmental groups wants closer look at glamping resort

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BOZEMAN, Mont. (AP) — Eight environmental groups have submitted a petition to the Gallatin County Planning Board and Director requesting a more robust evaluation of a controversial development in Montana’s Gallatin Gateway.

The groups are asking the board and director to formally determine whether the Riverbend Glamping Resort, a proposed vacation destination along the Gallatin River, must be reviewed as a subdivision.

Subdivision review would require the planning department to ensure the project meets stringent state and local regulations before it could be built.


The planning department previously determined the resort didn’t need to go through subdivision review, said Sean

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Florida Tourism Officials Look West To Expand Marketing Efforts

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While leaders push back against a federal recommendation to close bars and halt indoor restaurant dining, Florida’s tourism-marketing agency is looking west as the industry continues trying to rebound during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The next target audience for Visit Florida will be the West Coast, expanding earlier efforts that targeted travelers from East Coast cities who could drive or take short flights to Florida.

“Think California, Oregon and Washington state,” Visit Florida President and CEO Dana Young said during an online meeting Friday of the Visit Florida Executive Committee. “Though the international outlook remains pretty uncertain right now, we are

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Looking for travel ideas? A California town is paying people $100 to visit

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(NEXSTAR) – A small town in California is paying people who visit.

Those who book a two-night stay in Santa Maria Valley, about two-and-a-half hours north of Los Angeles, will get a $100 voucher to spend in the region.

The offer must be redeemed between Feb. 4 and Mar. 31.

To get the voucher, you must first book a room for two nights and then complete this form on the region’s website.

How to cash in on the voucher? Santa Maria Valley is home to dozens of restaurants, breweries and wineries, as well

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Majestic hotel details revealed; Luxury resort planned for ex-Clarion site

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After a history of name changes, new owners and, finally, an implosion, a plot of land just east of the Strip is slated to get a luxury hotel.

Developer Lorenzo Doumani held a media event Wednesday to discuss plans for his resort project Majestic Las Vegas. He said he expects to break ground on the 720-room hotel in late summer or early fall and finish in 2024.

The roughly $850 million project at 305 Convention Center Drive will not have a casino and is aimed at business travelers. It is across the street from the newly expanded Las Vegas

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