How Southern cities are adapting tourism in the time of COVID-19

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Asheville is encouraging visitors to observe COVID-19 precautions and take advantage of the area’s opportunities for socially distanced activities in the outdoors. (Photo: Courtesy Explore Asheville)

Explore Asheville, the North Carolina town’s tourism promotion organization, decided in June that it was time to entice tourists back. But they were cautious. They focused the ad campaign on potential visitors who lived within 100 miles, close enough to drive. They used

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‘Over-Indexed” to Travel, American Express Shares Have Uphill Battle, Analyst Says

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A prolonged slowdown in business travel is expected to weigh on

American Express

shares for some time, analysts say.

Analysts at Bank of America downgraded the shares of American Express (ticker: AXP), believing that it could take until 2024 for spending on airlines and hotels to return to pre-coronavirus pandemic levels.

The analysts’ findings were published alongside a separate report from the bank, which noted

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Colorful Murals Spread Awareness of Endangered Animal Species

Murals by Louis Masai

The animal kingdom is filled with fascinating species of all shapes and sizes. However, many of these creatures are facing endangerment and even extinction due to the devastating effects of climate change. That is why one artist is using his creative talents to spread awareness for these vulnerable species. Based in London since 2010, Louis Masai creates striking large-scale murals of rare and endangered animals.

Masai’s artwork is immediately recognizable

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Hotels Slowly Rebounding as Travel Begins Its Comeback

Despite the shellacking that hotels received—and its parent industry, tourism—from the pandemic, the beginnings of a recovery appear to be taking place. 

April was a tough month across all hotel brands, but business has been on the uptick every month since then, according to a Placer.ai report. The average decline in stays in July was over 42% but, in August, that number across four major chains fell to 35.8%.

Further,

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New Orleans, Charleston, South welcome back travelers amid COVID-19

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If you’re planning to take a road trip, remember these tips while traveling.

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Explore Asheville, the North Carolina town’s tourism promotion organization, decided in June that it was time to entice tourists back amid the coronavirus pandemic. But it was cautious.

The tourism agency focused its ad campaign on potential visitors who lived within 100 miles, close enough to drive. It used reams of data to target

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Negotiated 2021 U.S. Hotel Rates Could Drop Up to 25 Percent, Report Suggests

This year’s hotel request-for-proposals season, currently underway, will be like no other, thanks to the Covid-19 pandemic’s effect on the industry and its resulting uncertainty. Still, the average 2021 U.S. corporate negotiated rate compared to 2020 will decrease 20 percent to 25 percent year over year, predicted industry expert Bjorn Hanson, adjunct professor at the New York University School of Professional Studies Jonathan M. Tisch Center of Hospitality, in his

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Nico Tortorella on playing a ‘full-blown queer superhero’ on The Walking Dead: World Beyond

My First Fandom: Nico Tortorella

Nico Tortorella breaks down his first pop culture obsessions.

Ask Nico Tortorella what they love about playing Felix on The Walking Dead: World Beyond and they’ll start with a pretty standard answer. “Felix is great,” says Tortorella. “Felix is loyal to a fault. He is a protector at heart. He is determined to keep the people around him safe and keep his community safe no

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4 Money Tips To Do Right Now During The Recession

The pandemic has raised concerns for many due to the financial complications it may have caused due to the economy, job losses, and for business owners who are dealing with reduced sales levels. The COVID-19 pandemic has caused a lot of financial struggle for people, and unfairly so. But if there is anything to learn from this pandemic, it is to be resilient. And resilient with our finances.

Job lay-offs,

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Around the World: Moon Festival with Wu Man, Fried Rice Four Ways with Lucas Sin, and More

Each week, we’ll share a variety of videos, articles, webcasts, and more from around the web — all curated by the Asia Society Texas Center staff to reflect the broad interests and goals of our mission. In this

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Ovolo Hotels are now completely vegetarian

In a move befitting the world’s slow but progressive shift towards embracing vegetarianism, veganism, and all of the other ‘isms’ which look to incorporate some plant-based goodness to an otherwise omnivorous diet, Ovolo hotels around Australia and Hong Kong have gone completely vegetarian. 

While it’s not a permanent shift (for now), the Monster Kitchen and Bar at Ovolo Nishi in Canberra, Za Za Ta at Ovolo The Valley in Brisbane

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Australia’s CTM to Buy U.S. TMC Travel and Transport

Australian travel management company Corporate Travel Management has agreed to purchase U.S. TMC Travel & Transport for US$200.4 million, the companies announced late Monday. Radius Travel, the global travel agency network purchased in 2018 by Travel and Transport, is included in the deal. 

The deal gives CTM, one of the largest TMCs in Australia, a larger presence in the United States than it has ever had. The companies’ joint 2019

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Inside Milind Soman and Ankita Konwar’s New York City adventure. See photos



Milind Soman sitting at a table with a birthday cake: Milind Soman and Ankita Konwar Photo: Instagram/MilindSoman


Milind Soman and Ankita Konwar Photo: Instagram/MilindSoman

Ankita Konwar and Milind Soman recently took off to the US for a vacation. The couple have been sharing snippets on Instagram, giving their followers a sneak peek of their holiday fun.

WHERE DID MILIND SOMAN AND ANKITA KONWAR GO?

Ankita and Milind visited the New York City and shared pictures from various tourist spots around the city. The couple visited the Empire

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The State of Privacy Data Rights Around the World

BigID, the leader in data discovery and intelligence for privacy, protection and perspective, today released a report on the state of Privacy Data Rights, in partnership with the International Association of Privacy Professionals (IAPP), the largest and most comprehensive global information privacy community and resource.

Privacy regulations like GDPR, CCPA and LGPD are centered on the notion that individuals retain rights to their data. These data rights span rights to

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Apex Hotels Goes on Point with Infor

LONDON, Oct. 12, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — Infor today announced that luxury hotel operator Apex Hotels has invested in Infor technology to create a standard platform across its entire property portfolio. Apex Hotels operates 10 sites throughout the United Kingdom, spanning 1,476 rooms in both three-star and four-star hotels. Infor has already delivered the first two of 10 implementations at the flagship Apex City of London – a property

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City council to vote Tuesday on buying hotels for homeless housing

SAN DIEGO (CNS) – Mayor Kevin Faulconer and other civic leaders gathered Monday to urge the City Council to vote Tuesday to purchase two hotels for housing hundreds of homeless San Diegans.

Faulconer, who was joined by City Council President Georgette Gomez, Councilmember Chris Ward and San Diego Housing Commission President and CEO Richard C. Gentry, asked that the council purchase the Residence Inn Hotel Circle and Residence Inn Kearny

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10 Tips For Using PR To Improve Your Google SEO

The PR Maven(R), CEO & Founder, Marshall Communications, creating & implementing marketing/PR/personal branding strategies.

In today’s digital world, Google Search is pretty much everything. Google processes an average of over 3.5 billion searches per day and 1.2 trillion searches annually. That comes out to more than 40,000 queries every second.

And it’s not just searches for “cooking recipes” or “how to change a tire” that make Google the world’s

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GOOD NEWS: Odessan participates in travel event

Travel Weekly and TravelAge West recently announced that Jami Turner was selected to attend the seventh-annual Global Travel Marketplace (GTM) West, which took place virtually Sept. 20–21.

GTM is a two-day appointment-only event for travel advisors in the western states and provinces of North America and cruise, hotel, tour and destination suppliers seeking to conduct business face-to-face.

“A GTM advisor is one that recognizes the importance of business relationships and

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4 ways to prepare for post-COVID travel

Many of us fear a recession and many industries have been disrupted, but we still have to earn money, pay bills, and put food on the table, so our daily tasks have remained relatively the same. You can take advantage of that.

If you want to plan for an inexpensive vacation, using travel credit cards is one of the best ways to minimize your travel expenses. You can pay for

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City leaders, San Diego Housing Commission push to transform hotels into housing for homeless

The city said the transformation would allow for 332 units to become housing for people experiencing homelessness.

SAN DIEGO COUNTY, Calif. — City leaders and the San Diego Housing Commission are looking for approval to purchase both the Residence Inn on Kearny Mesa Road and the one on Hotel Circle in Mission Valley to increase housing for people experiencing homelessness in San Diego county, especially during the COVID-19 pandemic.

On

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Doha nominated at WTA for top business travel and sports tourism destination

Doha has been nominated in both leading business travel destination and sports tourism destination categories at the prestigious World Travel Awards (WTA) 2020.

A number of companies in Qatar’s travel, tourism and hospitality sectors have also been nominated in different categories of the awards which cover a broad spectrum including aviation, tourist attractions, hotels and resorts, meetings and events, travel agencies, tour operators and travel technology, among others.

Leading them

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