Guam offering “vaccine tourism” packages to help kickstart economy

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HAGATNA, Guam — With its tourism industry gutted by the pandemic, Guam is raring to refill beaches and hotels again. And as destinations from New York to the Maldives to Russia dangle vaccinations to woo tourists, the remote U.S. territory and tropical getaway is planning to launch a “vaccine tourism” initiative of its own — but with a twist. 

Before the pandemic, Guam catered largely to Asian families seeking sun, sand and golf courses. But in recent months, authorities noticed American expatriates, usually solo, arriving from countries in the region with slow vaccination rollouts. The American visitors were willing to

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Closed hotels and deserted streets: the unrecognizable face of Spain’s tourism industry | Spain

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Benidorm's tourism sector is getting ready to reopen. Above, a maintenance worker at the Hotel Bali.
Benidorm’s tourism sector is getting ready to reopen. Above, a maintenance worker at the Hotel Bali.Mònica Torres

Last week, in the month when the summer season begins, you could walk through one of Spain’s main vacation destinations without bumping into a single tourist. All that was to be heard was the sound of the sea, or workmen fixing the street. That reflects the extent to which the coronavirus pandemic has hit the country’s tourism sector, a key industry that accounted for 12.4% of GDP in 2019 – €154 billion – as well as 2.72 million jobs, which is 12.9%

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Jobs fears: Harrogate council faces calls to rethink overhaul of tourism and museum services

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Jobs fears: Harrogate council is facing calls to rethink a major overhaul of how it runs tourism and museum services.

Jobs fears: Harrogate council is facing calls to rethink a major overhaul of how it runs tourism and museum services.

The council is consulting with staff on plans to merge its various tourism bodies – including Visit Harrogate, Harrogate Convention Centre’s marketing team and tourist information centres – into one organisation in a move it says will help make the district a “must-visit” destination for tourists.

However, while Unison Harrogate has expressed support for some changes, the trade union has raised concerns that jobs losses could equate to “nearly 50%” of staff in visitor, cultural and museum staff, and those

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Bemidji’s second 25 years saw growth in population, business and tourism

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The second quarter century of Bemidji’s history was perhaps the most dynamic of any 25 years in the city’s development. Lumber had originally drawn people to the area, and sawmills continued to thrive, but the rough-and-tumble town of the late 1800s had matured to the point of being the north central hub for railroads, bringing freight and passengers and taking huge loads of lumber away.

Since its designation as Beltrami County’s seat in 1897, the city had seen the steady growth of schools and businesses. In 1920, Bemidji had a population of 7,086. By the mid-1940s, it was approaching 10,000.

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Chattooga Chamber Awarded Explore Georgia Tourism Recovery Marketing Grant

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The Chattooga Chamber today announced it has been awarded a Tourism Recovery Marketing Grant from Explore Georgia, the state tourism office within the Georgia Department of Economic Development (GDEcD). The Explore Georgia Tourism Recovery Marketing Grant program supports marketing efforts to bolster the recovery of Georgia’s tourism industry from the COVID-19 pandemic. The Chattooga Chamber was among 34 tourism entities across 27 counties who received a combined total of nearly $1.5 million in recovery marketing funding as part of this one-time grant program.

Governor Kemp and the Georgia General Assembly approved $1 million in the amended FY21 state budget for

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Virtual tourism can rebuild travel for a post-pandemic world

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  • The COVID-19 pandemic has upended the travel and tourism industries;
  • Businesses in this sector must build infrastructure and practices that allow people to travel safely in a post-pandemic world and support local communities that benefit from tourism;
  • Augmented, virtual and mixed reality technologies can offer alternative ways to travel the world and an exciting new model for the industry.

The tourism industry has hit a nadir owing to the COVID-19 pandemic. It will continue to feel the effects for at least the first three quarters of 2021 – according to a recent UN report, tourist arrivals globally in January

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