Consumer confidence cripples outdoor tourism sector | The Canberra Times

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Outdoor tourism businesses say they’re struggling in the wilderness of a COVID-19 economy. Outdoors NSW and ACT chief executive Lori Modde said while the sector was back in business the threat of border closures diminished consumer confidence. “If we don’t have a national approach to border closures none of our sector can really get back to where it needs to be,” she said. “A lot of my operators conduct outdoor adventures in other states around the country. So they might be based here in the ACT but operate in the whole country. “People

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Prince Harry Says COVID Has Brought Into Focus the ‘Need To Reduce the Adverse Impact of Tourism’

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Prince Harry has written a passionate address to the travel industry, in which he urges it to “reimagine” a future in which sustainable travel and tourism are its priority.

The COVID-19 pandemic, he says, has brought into focus the need “to reduce the adverse impact of tourism” and to protect communities, ecosystems and wildlife.

Related: Could There Be An ‘Awkward’ Reunion Between the Sussexes and the Cambridges in 2021? 

In the foreword for a report by Travalyst—a sustainable travel initiative that was launched by the Duke of Sussex in 2019—Harry says, “We know that to not travel again is not

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Florida Tourism Faces Long Recovery As Unemployment Claims Rise

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With first-time unemployment claims spiking last week, a top Florida economist is cautioning that the vital, but battered, tourism industry is in for another difficult spring because of COVID-19.

Amy Baker, coordinator of the Legislature’s Office of Economic & Demographic Research, told lawmakers Wednesday that despite improved tax-revenue numbers for December, big-spending foreign tourists aren’t expected to flock to Florida in the coming months because of the pandemic.

“It’s possible we’re going to see a greater negative impact coming from this quarter, but not necessarily a worsening of conditions,” Baker said, referring to the January-through-March period that typically ends with

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India Tourism Budget Expectations for 2021

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Over half of those employed in the tourism industry in India have either lost their jobs completely or are currently on leave without pay. This adds up to 40 million trying to survive the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic on their own livelihoods and the economy.

The President of the Travel Agents Association of India (TAAI), Jyotic Mayal, said on the development of the India tourism budget as it relates to the union budget for 2021 that it should be focused more on spending to enable economic growth. She believes that tourism can generate cash flow and earnings which will

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Pandemic drives sharp drop in Hawaii tourism, with arrivals down 75{10e5b5cbe5cd05f7caf5a6da8d610c5434ad129e9cc66fe31aff1f66e48bbfa1}

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Stricken by the COVID-19 pandemic, Hawaii tourism entered 2021 in critical condition with visitor arrivals down 74{10e5b5cbe5cd05f7caf5a6da8d610c5434ad129e9cc66fe31aff1f66e48bbfa1} from the previous year, according to preliminary statistics released Thursday by the Hawaii Tourism Authority.

The agency reported 2.7 million visitor arrivals in 2020, when tourism shut down in mid-March as the virus took hold here and across the globe. That compares with 10.4 million arrivals in 2019.

The attempted reopening of tourism in the last quarter of 2020 through the state’s Safe Travels pre-arrival testing program didn’t do much to boost the industry’s vital signs, HTA reported, with December arrivals down 75{10e5b5cbe5cd05f7caf5a6da8d610c5434ad129e9cc66fe31aff1f66e48bbfa1}

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Caribbean Resorts Reopen, Serena Williams X Away, Vaccine Tourism And More

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These Caribbean Resorts Are Now Welcoming Guests

Having survived countless hurricanes and other disasters, the Caribbean hospitality industry understands resilience. Now after closing for the pandemic, many luxurious resorts—from Anguilla to Saint Lucia—have reopened. (And, yes, there are plenty of new safety protocols.)

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India’s travel and tourism sector is hoping that the Budget won’t leave them behind

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  • While the Union Budget hasn’t traditionally doled out reforms for the hospitality sector, after a year of losses due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the travel and tourism industry will look at Nirmala Sitharaman to help the sector until demand revives.
  • Reforms is the one big word that every entrepreneur, every operator in this country is expecting specifically, from a travel and tourism fraternity perspective, said Ritesh Agarwal of OYO.
  • According to the Hotels Association of India (HAI), about 70{10e5b5cbe5cd05f7caf5a6da8d610c5434ad129e9cc66fe31aff1f66e48bbfa1} of the direct jobs in the hotel sector are at risk while 40{10e5b5cbe5cd05f7caf5a6da8d610c5434ad129e9cc66fe31aff1f66e48bbfa1} of all hotels in India are on the
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Florida tourism officials look 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

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Florida should promote business climate as it does tourism: Chamber panel

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Florida allocates $50 million a year to support its private-public marketing agency, VISIT FLORIDA, garnering a $3.27 return on every $1 spent to promote the state’s $90 billion tourism industry.

Although Republicans in the Florida Legislature routinely attempt to disband the agency, its return-on-investment is not lost on business leaders as a model to broadcast other aspects of the Sunshine State that merit promotion, such as its business friendly climate and growth.

Florida businesses “would welcome strong and focused messaging,” Florida Power & Light Senior Director for Economic Development Crystal Stiles said during Thursday’s Florida Chamber of Commerce’s 2021

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With COVID-19 still an issue, R.I. tourism industry looks to avoid a second ‘summer of sadness’

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PROVIDENCE — A little over a year ago, Rhode Island was bustling with visitors exploring the Newport mansions decorated for Christmas and poking into boutiques on Westminster Street in downtown Providence before seeing a live show.



a river with a city in the background: WaterFire, an award winning art installation by Barnaby Evans, is a series of one hundred bonfires suspended just above the surface of the Providence, Woonasquatucket, and Moshassuck Rivers. The artwork, which is usually visible from April to October on selected dates, went virtual in 2020 because of COVID-19.


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WaterFire, an award winning art installation by Barnaby Evans, is a series of one hundred bonfires suspended just above the surface of the Providence, Woonasquatucket, and Moshassuck Rivers. The artwork, which is usually visible from April to October on selected dates, went virtual in 2020 because of COVID-19.

A few months later the COVID-19 pandemic changed everything, and

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