Galactic Starcruiser Hotel Opening Date Delayed to 2022

The immersive new type of storytelling is what Disney is calling “storyliving.”


Disney has announced that their new Star Wars hotel – the Star Wars: Galactic Starcruiser – will be debuting in 2022 at the Walt Disney World Resort. The hotel was originally planned to open in 2021, but understandably met with significant delays over the last year. This new immersive hotel experience is not unlike a Disney cruise, as guests experience a two-night adventure known as “storyliving.”

As described on Disney World’s website, guests will enter launch pods, which hyperspace jump in order to meet up with

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EU plans summer opening for vaccinated tourists

(CNN) — After nearly a year of closed borders, the European Union could open in June to fully vaccinated vacationers from countries with low Covid infection rates in time for summer under a plan revealed on Monday.

The easing of restrictions on nonessential travel, which will be welcomed by countries desperate to revive struggling tourism industries, would also allow for an “emergency brake” should infection rates rise again.

Reflecting success with vaccination programs, the EU also wants to relax qualification rules for adding to its safe travel list of countries whose travelers don’t need to be vaccinated or to

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Watauga Community Recreation Center Celebrates Grand Opening with Ribbon Cutting Ceremony

The Watauga Community Recreation Center’s ribbon cutting ceremony took place Friday, April 23 at 1:30 p.m.

By Harley Nefe

Watauga County Parks and Recreation personnel along with dignitaries and other special guests gathered for the ribbon cutting ceremony of the new Watauga Community Recreation Center on April 23 to celebrate its opening day, which is today, April 26.

This ceremony comes after long-awaited anticipation from WCP&R staff and community members alike, as the pandemic delayed the opening of the new WCRC. The recreation center was finally able to open to the public at 6 a.m.

“What an exciting day,” said

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Australia and New Zealand opening travel “bubble” to allow quarantine-free travel between them

Residents of Australia and New Zealand will soon be able to travel back and forth between the two countries without needing to quarantine. New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern announced on Tuesday that a travel “bubble” will open April 19.

“The bubble will give our economic recovery a boost and represents a world-leading arrangement of safely opening up international travel while continuing to pursue a strategy of elimination and keeping the virus out,” Ardern said.

Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison backed the decision. Australia has allowed New Zealanders to travel freely in the country for six months without having to

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Virgin Hotels resort opening signals optimism for recovery

LAS VEGAS — Opening a new casino resort during a pandemic isn’t ideal, but Virgin Hotels Las Vegas may have found a sweet spot with the timing of its launch.

After delaying its opening twice, the off-Strip property opened Thursday.

Industry watchers say Las Vegas casino operators still face pandemic-related challenges, but the operating environment today is much better than where Las Vegas stood just weeks ago.

“The prospects for summer look increasingly positive — with vaccination levels increasing and plenty of pent-up demand from people looking to put the pandemic behind them,” Jonathan Day, an associate professor of hospitality

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A look inside Raffles Boston Back Bay Hotel & Residences, opening in 2022

An iconic luxury hotel will open in the Back Bay next year inside a 35-story glass building designed with the city’s Emerald Necklace in mind.

The $400 million-plus Raffles Boston Back Bay Hotel & Residences, part of Accor, will open at 430 Stuart St. in late 2022. It will be the 134 year-old luxury brand’s first mixed-use property in North America.

The hotel is being developed in a joint venture with Trinity Stuart LLC, which is a partnership between hotelier Gary Saunders, of Saunders Hotel Group, and developer Jordan Warshaw, of The Noannet Group, together with their equity partner Cain

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