Biz Buzz Monday: Dubuque travel company shifts to local focus amid pandemic | Tri-state News

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Biz Buzz shares business tidbits from the tri-states. In addition to this update, we will highlight more developments from Dubuque and Asbury, Iowa, in Tuesday’s edition.

After more than a decade of growth, the COVID-19 pandemic nearly dealt a knockout blow to a local business that revolves around events and tourism.

Dubuque resident Aaron Rainey launched Midwest Bus Trips in 2009, and the company has spent the past 12 years transporting groups to and from large gatherings, ranging from concerts to sporting events.

The business had more than 120 trips planned for 2020, but the pandemic knocked out all but

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In a gray, empty Paris, this corner shop’s colorful posters transport you wherever you want to go

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Boulevard Saint-Germain, normally marked by sounds of screeching motorcycle wheels carving through bumper-to-bumper traffic, is quiet, its slate-roofed limestone apartment buildings absorbing the cloudy winter skies and raindrops. Gusts of wind shake trees of their last leaves. The ground is wet. Everything is . . . gray.

But on the corner of the boulevard and Rue de Saint-Simon, a few steps away from the Musée D’Orsay, concrete sidewalks give way to Sahara sands. Clouds dissolve into Côte d’Azur sun, warming bikini-clad women lounging in beach chairs. The route of the Simplon-Orient-Express snakes under an image of Constantinople (modern-day Istanbul), the

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Summer holiday hopes send travel stocks surging

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The rules are not clear on when exactly both domestic and international travel will be allowed, but it does appear current strict restrictions will be eased. Photo: Getty Images

British Airways owner IAG (IAG.L) and jet maker Rolls Royce (RR.L) were among the FTSE 100’s (^FTSE) top risers as UK prime minister Boris Johnson set out his long-awaited “roadmap” out of lockdown in parliament on Monday afternoon, causing travel stocks to soar. The travel industry is one of the worst-hit from the coronavirus pandemic.

The rules are not clear on when exactly both domestic

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4 Essentials That You Can Not Travel Without

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EVOLVETOGETHER MASK

Photographed on virtually every celebrity, sold over 10 million copies, this mask is your best companion to travel safely and in style. Founded by Cynthia Sakai. Living in New York at the height of the first wave, she saw how terrible Covid-19 was and also how important safety measures like wearing masks were. “There were a lot of knock-offs, misinformation and price gouging saturating the market. As a consumer, it was hard to get a mask with a high level of protection without a medical ” she said.

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What travelers need to know before booking flights

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Southwest Airlines kicked off 2021 with a spring fare sale with tickets as low as $29 one way.

Spirit Airlines’ website invites travelers to “Say hello to savings this spring,” touting fares as low as $62 round trip.

And Las Vegas is readying the scaled-down reopening of select party pools and nightclubs and the resumption of full-time operations at resorts that have reduced hours this winter.

The second spring break season of the coronavirus pandemic is here, and with it hopes of a return to travel, at least for those who have been vaccinated or were already infected, are encouraged

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The Ultimate Yosemite National Park Travel Guide

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As of press time, some trails, campsites, and businesses are closed due to COVID-19 precautions. To check for safety protocols and potential closures, check individual websites before you go.


It’s no exaggeration to say that some of the most formative outdoor experiences of my adult life happened at Yosemite National Park in California. It’s where I went backpacking for the very first time (and where I learned that you do not, in fact, need to haul along a full-size pillow and roughly ten pounds of Swedish Fish in order to survive). It’s also where I completed my first multi-pitch climb,

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Bermuda’s tourism outlook: Deep losses, silver linings: Travel Weekly

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Bermuda’s end-of-year tourism industry metrics highlight the impact of the pandemic, with predictably deep losses. But there are some silver linings.

Statistics released by the Bermuda Tourism Authority reveal that visitor spending was down 88.7% in 2020 compared with 2019. Total visitors arriving by air decreased by 84.4%, with leisure air visitors down 86.6%, and airline seats to Bermuda decreased 70.6%.

Cruise passenger arrivals were down 98.3%.

“The crisis that beset our tourism industry was prolonged and decimating and, as predicted, the recovery is slow and gradual,” said Glenn Jones, the authority’s interim CEO.

“We’re motivated to leverage opportunities to

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5 Exciting Train Trips From Paris

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Preparations for Operation Overlord began in January 1943. The small museum at Arromanches describes — with working models — how the operation was planned. Starting in Britain, engineers built two prefab harbors. A convoy navigated the 110-mile trip across the Atlantic, during which one of the prefabs was destroyed in a storm. The surviving one, Mulberry B, reached Arromanches. Some of its remains are still evident in the harbor.

Then came the challenges of overcoming the changing tides. Tides in this area can range up to 24 feet. To avoid interruptions in unloading due to low tides, the British engineers

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Bleak warning for post Covid vaccine travel

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Australia’s coronavirus vaccine program is officially underway – but questions remain about the freedoms that will eventually follow.

For many Australians, international travel is high on their agenda when widespread vaccination paves the way for the opening of borders. However, that could still be a long time off, according to some public health experts.

Nathan Grills, a professor and public health physician at the University of Melbourne, and Tony Blakely, a Professor of Epidemiology at the university’s School of Population and Global Health, say Australians could be waiting some time before embarking on any carefree jet-setting.

Governments will have to

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Plan a Cruise to Raja Ampat

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“Arrival is never easy,” said Serge Aliba, the Aqua Blu’s ­Lebanese-born acting cruise director soon after we boarded the ship in Sorong. To get to this ramshackle tropical port city, at the tip of the Bird’s Head Peninsula in the eastern Indonesian province of West Papua, I had to endure (in pre-pandemic January 2020) a 16-and-a-half-hour flight from New York to Hong Kong; a five-hour airport layover; a four-and-a-half-hour flight to Jakarta; an eight-hour layover; and a four-hour flight to Sorong. (“So wrong,” a British friend who had traveled here earlier had quipped.)

But distance, for me, is part of

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