Miami tourism is way down. 'Hybrid' meetings, TV production, parks are keys in recovery plan
MIAMI — In hopes of luring back visitors to the Miami Beach Convention Center, Miami-Dade’s tourism bureau held its annual meeting there Wednesday.Normally a celebration of record-breaking visitor numbers, this year leaders of the Greater Miami Convention and Visitors Bureau skipped the celebration and discussed the next steps in the hospitality industry’s effort to recover from the worst economic downturn it has ever weathered — the COVID-19 pandemic.Business and hotel closures since March have resulted in $1.3 billion in direct revenue loss for hotels and $742 million in loss for restaurants...
Editorial: Trump's promise to protect Florida from oil drilling — worthless
On Sept. 8, President Donald Trump came to Jupiter, Florida, and signed an executive order that he said would protect the state from offshore drilling for 10 years. Trump added this laughable claim: “To my administration, environmental protection is a sacred obligation.”Just three months earlier, Trump sounded more like the president who believes public lands are made for private exploitation.In declaring June to be National Ocean Month, he noted that nearly 20% of the country’s oil and gas production comes from offshore sources. “There is great potential,” he said in his proclamation, “to bol...
No tricking: Airbnb bans one-night rentals for Halloween
Airbnb is banning one-night rentals the weekend of Halloween, which lands on a Saturday.It’s the latest move by the short-term rental company to both stop large parties and prevent the spread of the coronavirus.“The great majority of guests are respectful of our hosts’ homes and neighbors, and we understand that this initiative will disrupt many one-night reservations that might not have led to parties,” Airbnb posted on its website. “This action is designed to help protect our hosts and the communities they live in. We will also be introducing additional measures to complement the two-night m...
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Editorial: Imagine a future nearly free of COVID
For a moment’s respite from pandemic news that can seem unrelentingly bad, cast your mind into the future — say, to November 2021.A world in suspended animation has awakened at last. The pandemic has subsided. New cases of COVID-19 are a rarity.In the United States, the death toll is just under half a million. As awful as that number is, it might have been worse.Masks are still a common sight, but they no longer incite fisticuffs among strangers.Schools have done away with their hybrid instruction models and have embraced in-class learning with a new enthusiasm. Students who were never able to...
Star Tribune (Minneapolis)
Updated Belize protocols eliminate visitor applications
Travelers to Belize will no longer be required to complete an application to enter the country under updated protocols announced Tuesday by government officials.Belize visitors who arrive in the country with proof of a negative PCR test or who test negative at the airport no longer need to quarantine in the country for 10 days, officials said.Visitors will still be required to download the Belize Health App and provide requested information within 72 hours of arrival in the country, said Belize Tourism Board (BTB) officials in a statement.Under the country’s entry process, arriving travelers w...
PortMiami wants $285M in COVID rent breaks for cruise lines as debt pressures grow
Faced with a crippled cruise industry as a one-time cash cow, PortMiami wants to slash required rent payments for ships and hope business picks up in time to cover debt payments for an ongoing expansion.The proposal before Miami-Dade commissioners Tuesday would waive up to $285 million in fees Carnival, NCL, Royal Caribbean and other cruise companies would owe under minimum-rent deals they signed years ago to use the county-owned docks, terminals and garages off downtown Miami. The revenue is crucial to the port’s long-time financial viability, and its ability to make debt payments that otherw...
Disney Cruise Line delays Disney Wish to summer 2022, announces return to Hawaii
ORLANDO, Fla. — Disney Cruise Line has released its itineraries for spring 2022 including a planned return to Hawaii, and original plans to debut its newest vessel Disney Wish from Port Canaveral in January have now been pushed to summer.The line’s fifth vessel, and first of three to be added to the fleet, has been delayed because of the COVID-19 pandemic’s effect at the Meyer-Werft shipyard in Germany, the line stated last week.So the first half of 2020 will see the line focusing on its first four ships, with Disney Dream and Disney Fantasy remaining the workhorses from Port Canaveral, and Di...
Fall road trips: 10 tips for planning the perfect car-based getaway
This year may come to be remembered as the moment the great American road trip made its comeback. Amid the COVID-19 pandemic, more people are turning to car-based trips to avoid planes during a time when air travel feels riskier.In July, The Harris Poll found around two-thirds of Americans say they’ll probably be taking more road trips this year to avoid airline travel because of COVID-19. After all, it’s easier to control and sanitize the environment in your own vehicle.This fall could present the perfect opportunity to get away on a road trip vacation. Head for a scenic drive or go camping t...
Family travel five: Planting seeds for autumn adventure
The brisk air, falling leaves and bright colors of autumn inspire families to harvest new plans. Here are five ideas to consider:———1. Discover farm freshFall is an ideal time to celebrate our nation’s bounty by visiting farmer’s markets to marvel at the colors, textures and wonder of fresh produce. Take a farm tour and learn how our food moves from plow to porch. Visit a community garden and become inspired to join in or plan for your own. For a more immersive experience, spend the night or a weekend on a family farm. Leave everyday expectations behind and get ready to pitch in for the mornin...
Hawaii officially reopens for tourism: what travelers need to know
Visitors to Hawaii can bypass the state's 14-day quarantine order by participating in a pre-travel COVID-19 testing program beginning Thursday, effectively marking the return of tourism.However, the next phase of the state's reopening remains somewhat uncertain as the program, which was originally scheduled to launch on Aug. 1, has been delayed three times already.Under the program, out-of-state travelers must present proof of a negative nucleic acid amplification test (NAAT) administered by one of Hawaii's trusted partners within 72 hours of their arrival in order to avoid two weeks in isolat...