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Union warns of 'labor disputes' if casino contracts expire

May. 20, 2022 09:26 AM EDT

ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) — For people and groups planning to stay in Atlantic City, the resort's main union for casino workers is warning that “labor disputes” could occur if the casinos don’t agree to new contracts by a May 31 deadline. The move comes at the start of what...

2022 is the year of all-inclusive travel, and here’s why

May. 19, 2022 13:05 PM EDT

For some travelers, all-inclusive hotels conjure up images of flavorless food served under a heat lamp in lush and vibrant destinations where guests never actually leave the resort grounds. Lower-tier liquor flows freely (the good stuff will cost you more), as the few overindulgers put a damper on...

2022 is the year of all-inclusive travel, and here’s why

May. 18, 2022 16:44 PM EDT

The hotel name Zoetry (in Zoetry Montego Bay Jamaica) has an umlaut mark over the letter “e.” For some travelers, all-inclusive hotels conjure up images of flavorless food served under a heat lamp in lush and vibrant destinations where guests never actually leave the resort...

US sues casino mogul Steve Wynn over relationship with China

May. 17, 2022 20:45 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Justice Department sued longtime Las Vegas casino mogul Steve Wynn on Tuesday to compel him to register as a foreign agent because of lobbying work it says he performed at the behest of the Chinese government during the Trump administration. The department...

Japan to allow limited foreign package tours as experiment

May. 17, 2022 07:21 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — Japan’s government announced Tuesday it will begin allowing small package tours from four countries later this month before gradually opening up to foreign tourism for the first time since it imposed tight border restrictions due to the coronavirus pandemic. ...

New Jersey casinos pass pre-pandemic revenue levels in April

May. 16, 2022 16:07 PM EDT

ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) — New Jersey’s casinos, horse tracks that offer sports betting and the online partners of both types of gambling outlets won $422 million from gamblers in April, up 20% from a year earlier, figures released Monday show. And the casinos’ core business,...

Obama, Airbnb's Brian Chesky launch $100M in scholarships

May. 16, 2022 13:24 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — The co-founder and CEO of Airbnb, Brian Chesky, has donated $100 million to the Obama Foundation to fund scholarships for students pursuing careers in public service and includes multiple stipends for travel. The Voyager Scholarship will grant $50,000 to rising...

Opening nears for Reno-Sparks' first new casino in 26 years

May. 15, 2022 12:42 PM EDT

SPARKS, Nev. (AP) — The operator of the world’s largest sportsbook in Las Vegas is expanding into northern Nevada this year as part of a collaboration with what will be the first new casino built in Reno-Sparks in more than a quarter century. Circa Sports secured a deal with...

Theme park to open 1st US attraction at gateway to Smokies

May. 15, 2022 00:07 AM EDT

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — In its quest to redefine tourism at the gateway to the Great Smoky Mountains, The Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians has inked a deal to bring an international entertainment company to the United States for the first time. Tribal Council and international...

Planned Ho-Chunk Nation casino in Beloit gets final approval

May. 13, 2022 19:09 PM EDT

BELOIT, Wis. (AP) — The Bureau of Indian Affairs on Friday approved the Ho-Chunk Nation's application for a casino in Beloit, more than two decades after the city residents voted in favor of the complex. The plan places 33 acres of land into trust for the project, which is expected...