What it’s like to stay at a Thailand beach resort right now

For travelers around the world, visiting a tropical beach resort in Thailand feels like a far-off dream right now due to Covid-19 travel restrictions.

a stack of flyers on a table: To make cleaning easier after guests' departure, all remote controls have been wrapped in plastic.

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To make cleaning easier after guests’ departure, all remote controls have been wrapped in plastic.

The country’s borders remain closed to international tourists and plans for an aviation “bubble” with other nations continue to sputter.

Thailand’s tourism sector, which contributes close to 15% of its GDP according to the World Bank, has been severely impacted.

For the moment, domestic travelers are infusing some much-needed cash into the ailing industry. Thailand hasn’t reported a locally transmitted Covid-19 infection in more than 50 days, giving travelers a sense of security as they hit the road.

Though destinations like Koh Samui and Phuket continue to suffer from the lack of overseas visitors, resort towns within driving distance of Bangkok are taking advantage of locals’ urge to

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Bend to tourists: Stay away |

The Oregon Parks and Recreation Department said it will consider closing parks if they remain crowded with people not wearing masks.

“We continue to remind people to travel as close to home as possible,” OPRD spokesman Chris Havel said. “If you are traveling, avoid crowds, and wear a face covering when you can’t. We have no plans to close any state parks at the moment, but that could change depending on how people work together to reduce congestion.”

Fewer tourists would impact Bend’s tourism and outfitting economy. In 2017, tourism brought in $903 million in direct spending and supported 9,400 jobs in Central Oregon, according to the Central Oregon Visitors Association.

“It is regrettable the city council felt compelled to implement a travel advisory urging visitors to not come to Bend,” said Dave Nissen, owner of Wanderlust Tours in Bend. “It exemplifies the risk COVID-19 is posing to our community’s

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Should I stay or should I go? Has coronavirus changed your vacation plans this summer? (poll)

While airline travel continues to sink because of the coronavirus, Americans seem to still be going on vacation this summer.

A study by the American Hotel & Lodging Association shows 44% of people will take some type of vacation or family trip this year. Because New Yorkers must quarantine for 14 days after visiting certain states, many opt for drivable getaways like nearby campgrounds or beaches.

“It’s OK to have fun, (but) do it safely,” Saad Omer, the director of Yale Institute for Global Health, told the TODAY show last month.

What about you? Are you scrapping your plans to get away this summer? Or are you planning a vacation despite the pandemic? Take the poll:

(Click here if you can’t see the poll.)

Previous poll: The abbreviated Major League Baseball season began Thursday night. Spectators are banned from games this season because of the coronavirus. Stadiums now

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Bend asking tourists to stay away this summer – News – The Register-Guard

Oregon’s most famous outdoor recreation city is asking visitors to stay away, at least for the moment.

The Bend City Council voted 4-3 last week to reissue a COVID-19 travel advisory asking tourists not to visit the city of 80,000 through Labor Day, and hotels and vacation rentals not to book new reservations.

The city isn’t shutting down business nor imposing new rules or laws that will lead to fines or enforcement, at least not yet, Bend mayor Sally Russell said. They’re simply asking tourists to stay home and encouraging hotels and rentals not to take new reservations.

“If you can hold back on your vacation to Bend, please do,” Russell said. “It will help us keep our businesses open and reopen our schools in the fall. We’re very worried about a spike here and are asking people to help.

“If you do choose to come and vacation here, understand

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Scottish island asks visitors to stay away ‘for now’

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The Scottish island of Eigg has closed all self-catering, hostel and guest house accommodation until August 31 to discourage visitors. 

A majority of locals were in favour of not opening up the island when Scottish tourism resumed on July 15, a vote revealed.

The 110-strong community-owned island in the Inner Hebrides said it has “agonised” over the decision, which was taken to protect vulnerable residents and because of limited capacity on ferries.

Scotland is marking its first weekend of the tourism sector reopening, and Nicola Sturgeon has urged people to not “drop their guard”.

Hoteliers in Scotland complained earlier this week that a growing number of English guests are calling to cancel their summer bookings amid ongoing uncertainty over quarantine rules.

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What a hotel stay looks like amid coronavirus

Contactless check-in and check-out. Employees wearing masks and gloves. Grab-and-go food options. 

The next time you stay at a hotel, your hygiene experience will be different because of the coronavirus pandemic. A lot different.

Hotels across the hospitality industry updated their cleanliness procedures during the past few weeks in a sweeping effort to boost confidence among wary travelers. Industry executives on recent earnings calls have been hopeful about leisure travel demand starting to pick up – and it has, slightly – but overall occupancy levels at chains such as Hilton and Marriott remain low.

“Now the challenge for hotels is how you deliver a welcoming service encounter as well as ensure the safety and health of your employees and guests,” said Linda Canina, a professor at The Hotel School in Cornell University’s SC Johnson College of Business.

Here’s a look at what you can expect when you next visit a

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The Wealthy Flee Coronavirus. Vacation Towns Respond: Stay Away.

People with second homes in the Catskills region of New York are being warned to stay away in venom-laced Facebook posts and blunt messages from county officials.

Boardwalks and beaches in some Jersey Shore towns are barricaded and residents are urging the closure of coastal access bridges to outsiders.

In the Hamptons, the famous playground for the rich on the East End of Long Island, locals are angry that an onslaught of visitors has emptied out grocery store shelves.

This clash between year-round residents and those with the means to retreat to vacation homes intensified on Tuesday as White House officials advised anyone who had passed through or fled New York City to place themselves in

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Dear Annie: Friend heads to Florida for vacation, despite ‘stay at home’ orders

Dear Annie: My best friend had planned a vacation to visit friends in Florida for several weeks. Despite being asked to stay home by our nation’s health care advisers, to stop the spread of coronavirus, she and her husband went on their vacation. When I told her, I couldn’t believe they were still going, she said, “Well, at least we’ll be in warm weather.”

I consider it extremely irresponsible and dangerous that my friend and her husband disregarded the directive to cancel all nonessential travel to keep everyone safe. People throughout the country are stepping up, making the necessary sacrifices and staying home as we’ve been asked to do — and is often mandated now. I have four of the preexisting conditions that could make getting the virus very deadly. I am so furious at my friend and her husband for their reckless choice. How do I deal with my

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Caribbean Resorts for April | Best Places to Stay | Vacation Ideas

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