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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Member of first graduating class of UW’s Outdoor Recreation and Tourism Management Degree program joins Wyoming Outdoor Recreation Office | News

Brynn Hirschman, a member of the first graduating class of the University of Wyoming’s Outdoor Recreation and Tourism Management Degree Program, has been named as Outdoor Recreation Coordinator within the Wyoming State Parks, Historic Sites, & Trails Division.

Hirschman, a native of Ohio, has served as a recreation specialist within the Outdoor Recreation Office during the past year.  Prior to that she served with the Wyoming Conservation Corps and worked at the famous Vee Bar Guest Ranch.

 “Brynn has brought an enormous amount of energy and positivity to the job during the past year, working hard to help grow and

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Covid Travel News: Italy Island Ischia Set to Win From Europe Tourism

Residents of the small Italian island of Ischia are hoping that the 19-mile stretch of seawater that divides them from the mainland will help save their economy from another disastrous tourism season this summer.

They’re eagerly awaiting a boatload of vaccines, promised by a decree signed late last week, that will create herd-immunity among the island’s 70,000 inhabitants. Once everyone has had the shot, they can declare the island a Covid-free zone, helping to ensure an influx of wealthy visitors from across northern Europe and the U.S.

Giovan Giuseppe Mattera

Photographer: Alessio Paduano/Bloomberg

“An Englishman called just yesterday to ask

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Reyes Maroto: Tourism minister: ‘Spaniards can start planning their vacations’ | Economy And Business

Spain’s Tourism Minister Reyes Maroto announced on Friday that citizens will be able to travel normally this summer, at least within the country. “Spaniards can start planning their vacations,” she said in an interview with Spanish television channel La Sexta. Maroto added that she expects more visitors will arrive this summer season than last year, when coronavirus travel restrictions delivered a huge blow to the tourism industry.

“Realistically and cautiously, we are talking about being at half the volume of 2019, which is backed by the forecasts from [Spanish Business Confederation]

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South Africa’s tourism business struggles to hold on with few tourists in sight

(CNN) — One of Cape Town’s highest rated restaurants may close its doors after receiving just one reservation in 2021 so far.

“It’s pointless for me to wait and wait and wait,” said Mbasa Siyaka, the owner of Mzansi Restaurant. “I don’t know when this pandemic will end and when people are likely to start traveling.”

Many South Africans in the tourism industry are facing the same dilemma as Siyaka. Business owners and employees are losing money month after month as hopes for the recovery are delayed in the face of travel restrictions related to the “South African” Covid-19

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Tourism rates fall but outdoor recreation sees massive increase over the last year

LA CROSSE, Wis. (WXOW) – A study by the 7 Rivers Alliance on tourism and economic numbers across the region found in 2020 the tourism rates fell greatly but outdoor activity rates skyrocketed.

The 7 Rivers Alliance is a regional economic development organization that serves eight counties in Western Wisconsin, two counties in Northeast Iowa, and three is Southeastern Minnesota.

Chris Hardie, CEO of 7 Rivers Alliance, explained that he works with economic development and tourism partners throughout the region to help grow their economy.

“Tourism is a very important economic development tool in our region and it has a

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