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California urges people to vacation in state, boost tourism

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — California tourism leaders are urging residents to spend their pent-up travel dollars exploring their home state, as coronavirus case numbers stay low and the industry reels from a 55% decline in revenue.

The state of nearly 40 million people has been among the most conservative in the U.S. with tight restrictions in place to curb the pandemic.

Now, California has the lowest infection rate in the country and on Tuesday, Los Angeles and San Francisco received permission from the state to reopen bars, restaurants, museums, and businesses more broadly.

Gov. Gavin Newsom, a Democrat who faces

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Hyatt Hotels post bigger loss as pandemic keeps people at home

Hotel operator Hyatt Hotels Corp reported a bigger loss for the first quarter on Tuesday as people stayed at home due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

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But the company said business demand gained momentum in the period, albeit at a more modest pace than leisure demand.

After the pandemic pushed the hospitality industry to one of its worst downturns in 2020, hotel operators are expected to bounce back this year on the back of rising inoculation

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Travel Leaders website indicates people are ready to travel again: Travel Weekly

Organic traffic to Travel Leaders’ lead-generating website, TravelLeaders.com, has returned to 2019 levels, indicating consumers are again interested in traveling.

During a media briefing Friday afternoon, Stephen McGillivray, chief marketing and communications officer of Travel Leaders Group, discussed the return of organic traffic.

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Unsurprisingly, in 2020, traffic “fell off a cliff” in March, he said. But from January to April 2021, things are improving and matching 2019 levels.

“Which is a great story, because we know in January through April of 2019, things were going gangbusters. So this helps us think that, look, we’re coming out of

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Unvaccinated people could feel resentment over vacation freedom, poll

People enjoy the beach in Leme, south of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, on June 21, 2020 during the Covid-19 coronavirus pandemic.

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LONDON — As coronavirus vaccination programs progress, attention is turning to summer vacations and what kind of freedoms we might experience this year — and whether this depends on our vaccination status.

A new U.K. study has highlighted the potential for tension between those that are vaccinated and the unvaccinated, especially if there are travel restrictions on those that have not yet received a Covid shot.

A British poll released Friday showed the potential for so-called

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Starting Saturday, people from all other states can travel to Maine without quarantining

People from every other state will be able to travel to Maine without needing to quarantine or having a negative coronavirus test when the state relaxes its travel guidelines this Saturday, public health officials said Tuesday.

Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention Director Nirav Shah said that may change as the tourism season progresses, particularly if a particular state sees a high number of variant strains causing cases to increase. If health officials deem a particular state high risk, residents of those states will have to quarantine upon arriving in Maine or have a negative coronavirus test result.

Shah

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One Way to Get People Off the Streets: Buy Hotels

With offices in San Francisco booming and ample opportunity for overtime, Mr. Sanchez said that at his peak he could max out at $22 an hour, or a little over $60 adjusted for inflation. He also wasn’t worried about rent. He stayed in his family’s public housing unit until his mid-20s and had a cheap after-hours life that consisted of floating around the neighborhood and hanging out with friends near the 24th Street BART stop. “I was always in the streets,” he said.

When he moved out of his family’s apartment, an event that was set off by his brother’s

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