Day: September 3, 2020

Jamaica’s Round Hill Hotel and Villas reopens: Travel Weekly

Round Hill Hotel and Villas in Montego Bay, Jamaica, reopened to guests on Sept. 1 with enhanced health and safety protocols in place throughout the resort, including in its 27 villas. The 36 oceanfront rooms will reopen in October.

Accommodations are electrostatically sprayed before and after each stay and are sealed for 24 hours prior to the next guest’s arrival.

The resort also unveiled a partnership with evoJets, a private charter company that offers roundtrip flights on a six-passenger jet from New York from $37,000 plus taxes for a three-night stay, a private transfer, a tour of the vegetable garden followed by a catered tasting lunch, two massages at the Spa at Round Hill and access to watersports, tennis and a jogging trail.

Round Hill’s new Villa Retreat package features in-villa meals planned in advance of arrival and several on-site curated experiences, including a beach barbecue or picnic lunch.


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United Helps Customers Navigate Travel Restrictions with New Online, Interactive Map

Simple, color-coded guide and filter options let travelers know if local restaurants and tourist attractions are open, whether mask or social distancing measures are enforced, if self-quarantining is required and more

CHICAGO, Sept. 3, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — United Airlines today introduces a new interactive map tool on and the United mobile app that allows customers to filter and view destinations’ COVID-19 related travel restrictions. The Destination Travel Guide, a first among U.S. airlines, provides an interactive, color coded map to highlight if a destination is closed, partially open or fully open for travel, and will also note if any tests or self-quarantining is required for travel. Customers can easily filter destinations to view local regulations, such as social distancing and mask enforcement, as well as to see if hotels, restaurants and other leisure outlets are open to the public.

“We know it’s a challenge to keep up with

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B.C.’s hotel sector review shows COVID-19 impacts

B.C.’s hotel sector has faced serious complications during the COVID-19 pandemic.

In early August, provincial Labour Minister Harry Bains initiated an independent review of layoff and recall rights in the unionized hotel sector. Labour lawyer Sandra Banister conducted the review and shared her findings in a report.

“Ms. Banister did a good job of addressing what is a serious and complex issue taking place against the backdrop of conditions created by the COVID-19 pandemic, the likes of which we have never seen before,” said Bains. “In a very short time, she received and reviewed submissions from representatives of hotels and trade unions, as well as employers and labour organizations. The report is thorough and informative, and I am grateful for her work. Ms. Banister’s analysis leaves no doubt that the current situation is serious and unprecedented for both workers and employers.

The reporter outlines how thousands of workers have been

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CheapOair Reveals Their Top Picks for a Last-Minute Labor Day Trip

NEW YORK, Sept. 3, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — Labor Day weekend is right around the corner which signals the end of summer travel. Before consumers everywhere start trading in trips to the beach for walks around an apple orchard, CheapOair has picked their top end-of-summer destinations for a last-minute Labor Day vacation.

“Even amid COVID-19, our data shows that Labor Day weekend is proving to be one the most popular travel weekends of the year with people everywhere eager for some adventure. There are many getaways that not only offer affordable cheap flights but are also smart and safe to visit,” remarked Sam S. Jain, Founder and CEO of Fareportal, owner of travel brands CheapOair and OneTravel.

Portland, Maine

This gem of a town is located in southern Maine and has everything from breathtaking ocean views, amazing seafood, and a wide array of shopping and beachy recreation options that’ll keep even

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Intrepid Launches Virtual ‘Urban Adventures at Home’

Intrepid Urban Adventures announced it has launched its online virtual experiences, Urban Adventures at Home, to help bring cultural experience into travelers’ homes during the COVID-19 pandemic.

a bottle of wine and a bowl of food: Intrepid

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The experiences range from cooking classes to yoga classes to traditional art classes and more, and feature local guides from around the world in interactive one- to two-hour sessions over Zoom. The classes can be booked as private or join-in classes and are open to all levels, from beginner to expert.

Urban Adventures at Home help travelers who cannot currently travel to satisfy some of their wanderlust while also helping the areas and the people most affected by the COVID-19 pandemic through the loss of tourism income.

The classes feature countries such as Russia, India, Mexico and Poland, with plans to expand in the future. Current offerings include, but are not limited to, the Frida Kahlo Watercolor Painting Class and

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State Travel Restrictions During COVID-19: A Complete Guide

As the coronavirus pandemic continues, travel restrictions are constantly emerging—and not just internationally. A decent number of state travel restrictions have been implemented to help tame spiking numbers (in cases like Florida) and to preserve hard-fought decreasing infection numbers (as in New York). Some states have imposed a mandatory quarantine upon arrival; in other destinations, negative COVID-19 tests must be presented to enter.

Whether you’re considering a short summer road trip or looking to visit loved ones, we’ve rounded up every U.S. state with travel restrictions so you know how to prepare for crossing state borders. Of course, deciding whether to travel this summer is highly personal, and should take into account safety, other factors of personal risk, case count in your destination, and more. This guide is intended to answer just one of the many questions worth considering before hitting the road.

Read on for our complete guide to

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Four Seasons Resort Langkawi offers unparalleled access to nature’s paradise

With the RMCO in place until year-end, domestic travel will be a more constant fixture as Malaysians are rediscovering the allure our pristine beaches and lush nature retreats have to offer. Spend a long weekend at the Four Seasons Resort Langkawi and you’ll be surprised at how the vast grounds of the property offer not only temporary seclusion but also peace of mind away from the scores of holiday crowd without compromising on safety.


Sequestered within the UNESCO World Geopark, the Four Seasons Resort Langkawi is located in a unique natural environment that offers a slice of paradise. The resort’s sprawling grounds spans a private beach that stretches as far as 1.8 kilometres along the Andaman coast, a lush tropical forest that is home to an abundance of wildlife and extraordinary limestone rock formations all within steps away from your room. Its strategic location is also easily accessible by

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Summer vacation and the viral life

To vacate means to empty out or go away, but I’m still at home with my Social Security check locked in for another few months, perhaps.

Minnesota winters have hardened me to viral life. In winter I circle and swirl, mainly in my head where thoughts rise like yeasty bread, half-baked. I’m also fortunate to suffer from imagination deficiency. Try conjuring the faces of thousands of virus victims. I can’t. I’m also unscientific enough to conclude the virus is Nature’s way of asking us all to try Business as Unusual. It’s a tiny, horrendous disease, with a grim sense of humor clever enough to leave in its wake cleaner city air, back-to-basics behaviors, inner resource development opportunities, and a widespread sense of mutual dependency.

Emilio DeGrazia

Photo by Jon Swanson

Emilio DeGrazia

As a retired college prof I brood about how the virus will infect public education systems already being undermined by

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Can gaming satisfy our pandemic thirst for travel and adventure?

 But there is another way to be transported to new worlds and challenged in mind and, sometimes, body. We’re talking about gaming.

 Long before the pandemic encouraged the travel sector to go virtual, free-roaming or open-world games — where players can move about more or less without restraint — were taking us into fantastic, surrealistic times and places. They allowed us to live out impossible fantasies without worrying about life, limb or legal consequence, and they were far ahead of the travel industry when it came to offering digital excursions.

“For years, clubs and groups have been meeting in spaces like GTA [Grand Theft Auto] and WoW [World of Warcraft] to go on virtual tours,” says Derek Burrill, an associate professor of media and cultural studies at the University of California at Riverside. “Since gamification is such a buzzword right now across so many industries, gamelike elements are finding their

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WhatsApp vacation mode comes into limelight once again; maybe coming soon along with new media guidelines

a close up of a sign: The work on this particular feature was done earlier also but somehow the company did not continue it.

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The work on this particular feature was done earlier also but somehow the company did not continue it.

Messaging application WhatsApp is yet again working to introduce new features in order to make the experience more seamless for users. The company has reportedly started working on Vacation Mode again that will allow the users to mute their archived chats. As of now, there is a feature to archive chats. However, the user will get a notification even when a new message comes up, regardless of the chat being archived. With the introduction of Vacation Mode, the users will be able to disable this ability. The work on this particular feature was done earlier also but somehow the company did not continue it.

According to a report by WABetaInfo, the company has resumed working on it after a year and is planning to bring Vacation

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