The pandemic has left the private bus sector in crisis

Nov 2, 2020
Could private buses disappear? For one Nashville company, the answer may be yes without congressional aid.
Motorcoach owners and drivers rendezvous near O'Hare Airport on May 11 in Rosemont, Illinois.
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Due to COVID-19, this Thai tour operator is playing the waiting game

Sep 24, 2020
Tourism is one of Thailand's most important industries, but it's been hard-hit by COVID-19. A Thai tour operator describes how things are going.
Natt Opasanon, who runs Your Thai Guide in Bangkok. "It might be back to normal by maybe the middle of next year, which is going to be another six more months," said Opasanon. "It's started getting to a worry point."
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There are big variations in the state-by-state unemployment picture

Sep 21, 2020
States that rely heavily on the in-person service sector are still facing high unemployment, while farm states are seeing lower jobless rates.
States that rely heavily on face-to-face service jobs, like New York, have the highest unemployment.
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Hotels, among the first businesses hit by COVID-19, are still less than half full

Jul 31, 2020
In the peak summer season, hotels are usually at least 80% full.
Since the pandemic started, about 1 in 3 hotel workers have been laid off and not called back, said Nick Bunker at the Indeed Hiring Lab.
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Spain's party island faces an uncertain summer

Jun 26, 2020
Ibiza usually welcomes 3 million tourists to its beaches and clubs in summertime. What now with COVID-19 restrictions?
A nearly empty boardwalk in Ibiza in May. Normally, tourists would swarm the island this time of year.
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Too many tourists amid Oxford's dreaming spires?

Oct 23, 2017
Oxford is the latest European city to experience a backlash against mass tourism.
Tourists visit the Bodleian Library on September 2016 in Oxford, England. 
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After Hurricane Irma, an effort to lure tourist business back to the Florida Keys

Oct 20, 2017
In the Florida Keys, tourism promoters and government officials want visitors to return. But some locals say money should be spent on the basics for permanent residents first.
Most visitors reach Key West by driving down U.S. 1 — since Hurricane Irma, that has meant the once-scenic highway is now lined with debris piles like this one on Ramrod Key.
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Irma won’t dampen Florida's tourism industry long term

Sep 12, 2017
Florida’s tourism business is worth more than $100 billion, and Hurricane Irma has put a dent in it. Even as some major theme parks re-open and airlines resume flights this week, some destinations face long roads to recovery, and workers will suffer from lost wages and tips. Click the audio player above to hear the […]

Can the super catchy song "Despacito" help increase tourism in Puerto Rico?

Aug 22, 2017
Is the song stuck in your head now, too?
Luis Fonsi and Daddy Yankee perform onstage at the Billboard Latin Music Awards at Watsco Center on April 27, 2017 in Coral Gables, Florida.
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An Alaska town is at risk of losing its modern-day gold rush — cruise ship tourism

Aug 21, 2017
Skagway, Alaska is dependent on the cruise ship industry for its economy. The town needs to build a new dock to accommodate bigger ships, but a private company which leases the docks, the White Pass and Yukon Route Railroad, won't approve a new dock unless the town extends its lease for another 15 years.
Tourists fill Skagway's Broadway Street on a busy July afternoon. A cruise ship looms in the background.
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