Boise tourism industry leaders have reasons to believe amid uncertainty


As COVID-19 vaccinations increase and case numbers decline, those in the industry believe tourism is likely to be part of the recovery from the pandemic.

BOISE, Idaho — Vicki Carley began to see a shift. Instead of busy weekdays and full conference rooms, the hotels she works with began accommodating different types of visitors.

Gone were the business travelers staying in Boise during the week. In came the leisure seekers looking for a getaway.

“The whole market flipped,” said Carley, regional director of sales and marketing for The Grove Hotel, Courtyard by Marriot Boise Downtown and Hotel 43.

After enduring

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Vankleek Hill Tourist Information Centre back to help visitors


Vankleek Hill’s tourist information centre is back for 2021, providing information for visitors inside the Creating Centre at the corner of Main and High streets.

The centre is operated by the Vankleek Hill Business and Merchant Association (BMA), which has leased space in the Creating Centre for the months of July and August, during the height of the village’s tourist season. The info centre is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., from Wednesday through Sunday.

Compared to non-pandemic years, the visitor count is down, but has picked up since August 1, says info centre student Erin Cassidy.

“People are

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Report: State needs to spend almost $15B to maintain roads


Washington state would need to spend nearly $15 billion over the coming decade just to get its transportation system of roads, bridges and ferries to a “minimally acceptable condition,” according to a state report.

The Seattle Times reports that’s twice the current spending on preservation, which the Washington State Department of Transportation defines as planned repairs that extend the life of an asset, as opposed to stopgap jobs like pothole filling.

“While WSDOT has been deferring this work to try and keep the entire state highway system operational, it can no longer be ignored without dire consequences,” the state

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AG’s office secures refunds from COVID-related vacation package cancellations

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A settlement with Key Tours International Inc. will resolve claims that it failed to honor the terms of its refunds in contracts with consumers who purchased vacation packages from the company ultimately cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The settlement includes $12,838.15 in restitution, a claims process for certain consumers who file complaints within 180 days of court approval

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Fully Vaccinated Canadians’ Travel Restrictions to End


The Government of Canada has announced the first phase of its plan to ease border restrictions for travelers entering Canada. Under the new policy, travelers whose vaccination status meets the criteria of “fully vaccinated” will be exempt from quarantine restrictions, mandatory hotel stays pending test results, and day-eight testing, provided all conditions are met.

Effective July 5, 2021, at 11:59 p.m. EDT, fully vaccinated individuals will not be required to quarantine or take a COVID-19 test on the eighth day of their quarantine period. In addition, fully vaccinated travelers arriving by air will not be required to stay at a

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Memories of ‘smallest’ pub the Burdon Tap in Weymouth


It wasn’t so long ago we remembered tiny pub the Smiths Arms in Godmanstone, a hostelry making the claim to be the smallest in England in its time.

We then moved on to recall pint-sized pub the Burdon Tap in Weymouth.

It was a delight to hear from Mrs Heather Byfleet, who wrote to Looking Back as her paternal grandparents were licensees of the Burdon Tap from 1928 to 1941.

She also shared with us another picture of this wonderful little pub, which was in Victoria Street opposite the rear of the Burdon Hotel (now the Prince Regent).

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