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Officials expect summer tourism rebound in New Hampshire

May. 08, 2021 13:16 PM EDT

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — New Hampshire officials expect spending on summer tourism to rebound to near 2019 levels. The state Division of Travel and Tourism Development is predicting there will be nearly 3.5 million visitors to New Hampshire this summer, with spending...

Grand Canyon National Park to reopen North Rim on May 15

May. 08, 2021 00:08 AM EDT

GRAND CANYON NATIONAP PARK, Ariz. (AP) — The North Rim of the Grand Canyon is about to reopen after being closed over the winter. The North Rim entrance will reopen May 15 along with Grand Canyon Lodge and Grand Canyon Trail Rides, Grand Canyon National Park officials...

Yosemite climbers face new obstacle: overnight permits

May. 07, 2021 21:12 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Climbing El Capitan and the famous big walls of Yosemite National Park got a bit harder Friday. The park added red tape to cut through before climbers can begin the physically grueling and mentally demanding feat of inching up vertical granite walls...

US job growth slows sharply in sign of hiring struggles

May. 07, 2021 17:36 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The recovery of America’s job market hit a pause last month as many businesses — from restaurants and hotels to factories and construction companies — struggled to find enough workers to catch up with a rapidly strengthening economic rebound. ...

Pandemic rules to loosen at amusement parks, road races

May. 07, 2021 17:22 PM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — Fans of amusement parks and road races in Massachusetts are among those who can begin enjoying loosened pandemic restrictions starting Monday. Under the relaxed restrictions, amusement parks, theme parks and outdoor water parks will be permitted to operate...

UK to ease holiday travel ban yet keeps most quarantines

May. 07, 2021 13:32 PM EDT

LONDON (AP) — Britain announced a “first tentative step” Friday toward resuming international travel, saying U.K. citizens will be able to travel to countries including Portugal, Iceland and Israel later this month without having to quarantine upon their return. ...

Opposition grows to 4th cruise ship dock in Mexico's Cozumel

May. 06, 2021 22:44 PM EDT

MEXICO CITY (AP) — With tourism shattered by the pandemic, critics say yet another cruise ship dock is the last thing that Mexico’s Caribbean island of Cozumel needs. Cozumel already has three such docks, and before the pandemic it ranked as the world’s busiest...

Yellowstone, Grand Teton parks to resume bus operations

May. 06, 2021 20:53 PM EDT

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — Yellowstone and Grand Teton national parks have resumed large group tours with safety measures intended to limit the spread of COVID-19, including wearing masks and being tested with 72 hours before the trip or showing proof of vaccination. ...

Illinois further eases coronavirus restrictions as cases dip

May. 06, 2021 19:14 PM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — Illinois will further ease coronavirus pandemic restrictions next week including increasing capacity limits at museums, events and gyms, Gov. J.B. Pritzker said Thursday. As COVID-19 cases continue to fall, Pritzker said Illinois will open the final...

New York City aims to offer virus vaccinations to tourists

May. 06, 2021 18:07 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — See the sights — and get a shot. New York City hopes to begin offering coronavirus inoculations to tourists by stationing vaccination vans at Times Square and other attractions, Mayor Bill de Blasio said Thursday. The city needs...