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Utah sees signs of a tourism rebound and Zion sets a new record

“This is to protect lives in Utah, to protect the lives of visitors,” said Vicki Varela, managing director of the Utah Office of Tourism. “That’s what our visitors are watching for. They want to know that they’re coming to a place where people are showing personal responsibility.”

After bleeding millions a day in lost visitor dollars early in the pandemic, Utah’s “Might Five” national parks, its hotels and a host of businesses that feed, guide and entertain tourists are starting to see significant improvements, officials said in an online briefing.

Spending and employment in the sector remain between 13% to 17% below last year’s levels, but those trajectories are turning upward at a faster rate than for the nation as a whole, according to Jennifer Leaver, senior tourism analyst at the University of Utah’s Kem C. Gardner Policy Institute.

The public’s elevated focus on outdoor recreation in wide open and

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  • October 14, 2020

‘Pandemic pampering’ is the new trend in tourism for a luxury escape

  • Many people in the US are looking closer to home for vacations this year to avoid lengthy travel during the pandemic.
  • Resorts and hotels are cashing in on guests’ restlessness from being stuck at home and desire for a safe escape by launching socially distanced and wellness-related amenities.
  • Guests at Amangiri, a celebrity-favorite resort in Canyon Point, Utah, can buy out a private pavilion, spend the afternoon on a hike or horseback ride, and relax with spa services like massages and crystal sound baths.
  • Hotel Figueroa in Los Angeles, California offers daylong retreats where locals can enjoy smoothies by the pool, and destress with yoga and mindfulness classes.
  • While many of these resorts do impose restrictions like mask-wearing, they say guests don’t complain, and seem happy to be somewhere new where they can still feel safe.  
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While wellness tourism has been on the

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  • October 10, 2020

China Golden Week holiday pumps up tourism, boon to economy

That’s 21% fewer trips and 30% less spending than last year, but the numbers show consumption is beginning to bounce back following the battering it took earlier in the year from the coronavirus pandemic.

The numbers are a “positive sign” both for China and the rest of the world that economies can revive pretty quickly once the coronavirus is under control, said Shivaji Das, managing director of research and consulting firm Frost & Sullivan in Asia Pacific.

Fewer people traveled and those who did spent less out of caution over the pandemic, which has waned in China but not elsewhere.

“Many people have lost income or were without jobs during the worst times of the pandemic so people are trying to be more careful from a financial perspective,” he said.

Travel within China, and sometimes even within cities, was restricted beginning with the Lunar New Year in late January as

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  • October 9, 2020

‘Looking for the staycation’: Worcester County relying on locals to supplement fall tourism with trips to pumpkin patches, breweries, restaurants

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Since the start of the coronavirus pandemic in March, Worcester’s largest venue, the DCU Center, has canceled 212 events through the end of the year.

More than 370,000 fewer people will congregate around the facility this year due to nearly every event being wiped out by the virus, according to Smith Travel Research.

The number likely climbs closer to about 700,000 when including all of the events across Central Massachusetts through the end of 2020.

Fewer events lead to fewer hotel bookings. Restaurants see their out-of-town visits decrease. The same is true for retail shops.

“The fall is usually a strong time [for tourism] because of the amount of conventions and meetings that take place,” Executive Director of Discover Central Massachusetts Monique Messier said. “The attendance that brings

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  • October 6, 2020

West Virginia Tourism releases first fall foliage report – News – Mineral Daily News-Tribune – Keyser, WV

CHARLESTON – The higher elevations of West Virginia are staring to show the first signs of fall color just in time for the West Virginia Tourism Office to release its annual autumn forecast to help travelers enjoy peak leaf season.

CHARLESTON – The higher elevations of West Virginia are staring to show the first signs of fall color just in time for the West Virginia Tourism Office to release its annual autumn forecast to help travelers enjoy peak leaf season.
The forecast, prepared with assistance from the West Virginia Division of Forestry, is the first in a series of fall foliage updates the Tourism Office will release over the next few weeks. Reports will include the percentage of color change across the state and suggested travel routes through peak areas.
“Fall color is starting to make its way

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  • October 3, 2020

China’s domestic tourism glitters on Golden Week rebound

SHANGHAI — With the coronavirus pandemic making international vacations all but impossible, Chinese citizens are heading to domestic destinations during the National Day holiday that starts Thursday, giving the country’s tourism industry a much-needed boost.

Upward of 600 million trips will be made within the country during this year’s seven-day holiday, booking site estimates. This figure would fall short of the 780 million in 2019 but provide a solid recovery in tourism.

“We used to vacation overseas every year, but we have to make do with a domestic trip this year,” said a 29-year-old Shanghai woman who is traveling to Sanya, a renowned resort on the island province of Hainan. “I thought going to Sanya would save money, so it was surprising to hear the room rates at the hotel where I’m staying are 50% more than usual.”

Hotel room prices in the beach resort have surged, some costing

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  • October 1, 2020

Zara Tours Wins 6 Awards in 2020 TANAPA Tourism Celebration

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Locally owned and operated Zara Tours loves showing off all Tanzania’s gems, and it seems this effort has been appreciated. This is the second year in a row that the female-owned company has won the Best Tour Operator award.

Founder Zainab Ansell was also awarded in the 2019 Global Gender Summit for her innovation and sustainable business model. In the face of a male-controlled industry, her hard work and dedication to community give-back make her a true leader, not just in Tanzania, but globally.

This year, at the 2020 TANAPA Tourism Awards, Zara Tours snagged 6 tourism awards including:

Best Tour Operator (Mountain Climbing) – 1st prize for an outstanding business contribution among tour companies operating mountain climbing activity in Tanzania National Parks for the fiscal year 2018/2019

Best Tour Operator (Overall) – 2nd prize for an outstanding business contribution among Tour Companies operating in

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  • September 30, 2020

Amazon Steps Into Virtual Tourism With Amazon Explore Beta Program

(Credit: Amazon)

When you think of tourism, Amazon probably doesn’t come to mind. But the company is entering the virtual tourism space with a new service called Amazon Explore. 

On Tuesday, the company launched a public beta for Amazon Explore as the pandemic continues to stifle tourism and travel across the globe. The service is designed to offer 40-minute to one-hour sessions with hosts based in the country you’re seeking to explore. 

Virtual travelers will use a computer and web camera to communicate with their host as they’re taken on the tour. Programs include learning how to cook the local cuisine, visiting historical landmarks, and sampling the country’s wine.  

The virtual tours on Amazon Explore(Credit: Amazon)

According to GeekWire, Amazon began working on the program long before the pandemic began and has been recruiting tour guides since at least last year. 

The new program may hint at Amazon’s larger ambitions to one day expand into

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  • September 30, 2020

New WTTC campaign highlights the social benefits of Travel & Tourism

London, UK – A major social media campaign has today been launched to raise awareness of the wide-ranging social benefits of travel by the World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC).

The new initiative asks travellers to think about the positive social impact that travel makes to people, places and communities dependent upon the Travel & Tourism sector for their livelihoods.

It also encourages people around the world to share stories of how tourism has made a difference and changed their lives.

The campaign strapline ‘Travel the world. Make a difference’, is inspired by the deeper positive socioeconomic and cultural benefits, which each and every trip can generate.

A specially made video to share the message will go online across social media platforms, asking travellers about their own journeys, which have had a profound impact on their lives and to share their stories using the hashtags #togetherintravel and #aworldofdifference.


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  • September 29, 2020

Notre Dame pauses in-person classes; Hawaii delays tourism reopening; Ohio to allow prep sports; 171K US deaths

A second major university is suspending classes right after the start of the new academic year due to a COVID-19 outbreak.

The University of Notre Dame paused in-person instruction Tuesday, a day after a similar move by the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Notre Dame is putting the classes online for two weeks and not sending students home, apparently in hopes that the infections won’t grow worse.

But for those who believe enough people will become infected in the world to create “herd immunity,” the World Health Organization had bad news Tuesday.

A researcher said we’re still a long ways off from that point in which enough people have antibodies from the virus that it can halt the spread before vaccines become available, the Daily Mail reported. The big problem at the moment is younger persons, those in the 20s, 30s or 40s, with mild or no symptoms

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  • August 19, 2020