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Thailand sets mid-October to reopen to vaccinated visitors

Jun. 16, 2021 21:07 PM EDT

BANGKOK (AP) — Thailand plans to fully reopen to vaccinated foreign visitors by mid-October as the government seeks to restart the crucial coronavirus-devastated tourism industry, the prime minister announced Wednesday. Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha said fully...

Judge rules in favor of hotel group in insurance dispute

Jun. 16, 2021 17:01 PM EDT

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — A judge has ruled in favor of a group of hotels whose owners sued their insurance carriers over lost business during the coronavirus pandemic. Businessman Mark Stebbins of Schleicher & Stebbins Hotels, LLC, one of the plaintiffs, said the...

Casinos' online win still growing despite return of gamblers

Jun. 16, 2021 15:57 PM EDT

ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) — A year ago, Atlantic City's casinos were closed due to the coronavirus outbreak, and internet gambling was the only game in town for slots or table games players. But a year later, even as gamblers continue to return to in-person casinos, the...

COVID-19 cases delay long-awaited Royal Caribbean cruise

Jun. 16, 2021 14:56 PM EDT

MIAMI (AP) — Royal Caribbean International is postponing for nearly a month one of the highly anticipated first sailings from the U.S. since the pandemic began because eight crew members tested positive for COVID-19, the company's CEO said. The brand new Odyssey of the...

Juneau leaders reject $2 million cruise company donation

Jun. 16, 2021 13:59 PM EDT

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — Juneau city leaders have declined a $2 million donation from Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings Ltd. amid concerns from some Assembly members about the public perception of accepting the money. The company, which operates Norwegian Cruise Line, last...

Mexico's Cozumel port gets first cruise ship since pandemic

Jun. 16, 2021 11:26 AM EDT

MEXICO CITY (AP) — The Mexican resort of Cozumel on Wednesday welcomed the first arrival of a cruise ship carrying passengers since the coronavirus pandemic essentially collapsed the industry. Officials in the Caribbean coast state of Quintana Roo welcomed Royal...

Richmond council votes to hold referendum on casino

Jun. 16, 2021 09:00 AM EDT

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — The Richmond City Council has voted to hold a referendum on building a casino. News outlets report that the council voted 8-1 on Monday to approve the addition of the November referendum on whether to permit the casino to be built. Councilwoman...

Towns face losing funds if tribal team mascots don't change

Jun. 15, 2021 20:55 PM EDT

Connecticut schools that still use Native American nicknames and mascots could take a financial hit if they continue to use those images without written consent from a state- or federally-recognized tribe in their region, under a provision tucked into a massive budget implementation bill that...

The Latest: Disney plans to restart fireworks shows at parks

Jun. 15, 2021 19:37 PM EDT

ORLANDO, Fla. — Disney plans to restart fireworks shows at its theme parks in Florida and California in the latest move by the company to ease up on pandemic restrictions implemented last year. The company said Tuesday that firework shows would resume at the beginning...

Utah ski resorts experienced record numbers despite pandemic

Jun. 15, 2021 13:37 PM EDT

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Utah ski resorts set a record for visitors this past winter despite coronavirus-related restrictions and a below average snowfall, according to industry data released Tuesday. A news release from Ski Utah shows the 5.3 million skier days marked a...