Canada to impose more travel restrictions in response to COVID-19 variants

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TORONTO (AP) — Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on Friday announced stricter restrictions on travelers in response to new, likely more contagious variants of the novel coronavirus — including making it mandatory for travelers to quarantine in a hotel at their own expense when they arrive in Canada and suspending airline service to Mexico and all Caribbean destinations until April 30.

Trudeau said in addition to the pre-boarding test Canada already requires, the government will be introducing mandatory PCR testing at the airport for people returning to Canada.

“Travelers will then have to wait for up to three days at an

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New hotel will be Excelsior’s first in nearly 80 years

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a person sitting in a living room: Tyler Nelson, in one of the Excelsior Hotel's four rooms, and Jeff Verdoor n hope to open the boutique hotel by early March.


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Tyler Nelson, in one of the Excelsior Hotel’s four rooms, and Jeff Verdoor n hope to open the boutique hotel by early March.

Excelsior, a one-time summer vacation mecca, is about to get its first hotel in 60 years — four luxury rooms on the second floor of a downtown building previously occupied by dilapidated empty apartments.

The Hotel Excelsior is under construction on Water Street, the city’s main drag, a couple of blocks from Lake Minnetonka.

It’s the second hotel in the past few years to open anywhere around the lake,

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Do You Need Travel Insurance For An All-Inclusive Resort? | Personal-finance

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Trip cancellation coverage could also kick in because of military duty, job loss or destructive weather at the destination, such as a hurricane.

Check the Resort’s Cancellation Rules and Insurance Plans

Many all-inclusive resorts and their hospitality partners have expanded their cancellation rules during the COVID-19 pandemic. Make sure to check on the latest cancellation rules when you book, because they could affect the amount of travel insurance you want to buy.

Club Med

For example, all-inclusive pioneer Club Med has programs in place to provide guests with flexibility:

Free cancellation: Cancel for free up to 15 days prior to

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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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Hawaii’s covid-19 travel restrictions confuse tourists, locals alike

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John Derrick has run an online guide to Hawaii travel for nearly 20 years, so he’s used to answering questions about the destination. But these days, the questions he gets at GuideofUS Hawaii are a little more complicated.

At what age do kids need to be tested? Does my covid-19 vaccination count for anything? Will my large family violate rules about safe gatherings? If I’ve already had coronavirus, am I good to go?

“It really does feel like you need a PhD in Hawaii Safe Travels to parse all the information,” Derrick said.

Hawaii essentially shut down its borders to

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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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New wow-factors reported by LIV Sotheby’s annual resort report

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During 2020, changing consumer behaviors had a major impact on the real estate market in the U.S. Homes had to be more than houses. With health, alternative working and learning conditions, and social distancing top-of-mind for homebuyers, the overall lifestyle that a particular property could offer, including bonus spaces, the community, and the location, was now the wow-factor that could make or break the sale.

For this reason, resort and vacation markets across the country, and specifically in Colorado, saw a surge in real estate activity in 2020, according to LIV Sotheby’s International Realty’s annual Resort Report. This report looks

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Uptown Dallas hotel project pause offers retail opportunities

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Another Uptown Dallas high-rise project is on hold.

The high-profile corner of Cedar Springs Road and Olive Street sold in 2019 to a California developer that planned to build a hotel tower. The 19-story hotel with 230 rooms would occupy property that’s now a small retail building.

To prepare for the development, T2 Hospitality of Newport Beach emptied the retail strip. But that was before COVID-19 hammered the hotel market.

Now the owners are offering to lease the prominent retail corner to tenants that want the spot for the next two years or so. CBRE is marketing the building at

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