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Travel #10

  • Hawaii pivot fails to deliver
  • Indoor holidaying
  • Workstations in Japan
  • With open palms
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The Palm Beach Post

In the midst of a pandemic, a push to lure tourists back ‘with open palms’

Palm Beach County tourism officials are banking on a $6.5 million plan to draw back tourists in the middle of the pandemic.

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Honolulu Star Advertiser

Former plantation communities in Hawaii that pivoted to tourism are once again struggling to cope with economic calamity

Kuulei Ruiz and Kamaehu Duldulao model ’50s-style costumes fashioned from natural materials by Grace Flowers as part of a social media campaign to promote Honokaa town.

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Indians holiday around the world during the pandemic — from inside their living rooms

When everything-from-home comes, can travel be far behind?

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The Telegraph

Italy fears ‘catastrophe by October’ as tourists vanish

As Italians await a €209bn EU stimulus package next year, fears are rising that the recovery will come too late to save businesses.

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Nikkei Asian Review

Japan embraces ‘workations’ to revive tourist economy

TOKYO – Bright sunlight and a distant horizon were the first sight that greeted Masashi Arai each morning from his hotel window in the seaside town of Toba, in central Japan, a stark contrast from the steel and glass towers Arai normally sees from his Tokyo Bay office — and the perfect place to combine six weeks of work and leisure.

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Economic Times (Times of India)

India-Maldives air bubble, first in South Asia, likely to be operational next week

Regular air services between India and the Maldives were suspended during the previous months due to COVID-19. While there are more than 2400 active cases of COVID-19 in the Maldives, an overwhelming majority of them are in the capital city of Male.An air travel bubble, first such arrangement in South Asia, has been established between India and the Maldives and this is expected to be operational from next week. This was announced by External Affairs Minister S. Jaishankar during a virtual meeting between him and the Foreign Minister of Maldives Abdulla Shahid on August 13.

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Backpackers stranded in Australia tell their story

Foreign backpackers play an important role in the Australian economy, but the COVID-19 crisis has put many of them in a difficult situation in which they are unable to find work or prolong their visas.

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More countries welcoming US tourists

Once one of the world’s most powerful travel documents, the might of the US passport has shriveled under the cloud of coronavirus, with doors slammed shut across the planet to American travelers.

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Bloomberg Quint

Vacations in the time of Covid have a silver lining for the hotel industry

Many American families usually would be packing up right about now, getting ready for that last summer getaway to the Caribbean or Europe before Labor Day and the traditional start of school. But the coronavirus pandemic has upended travel, while remote work and remote learning have blurred the boundaries of the summer high season.

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On being a traveller versus a tourist: Intrinsic motives rather than ends distinguish one from the other

The ubiquity of ever-expanding tourism has robbed much of the world of such joys, driving the traveller ever further from the marauding selfie hordes, but there is still the occasional moment of felicity in a moment of discovery in some distant land.

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