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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...

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...

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...

4 California lives changed by coronavirus pandemic

Jun. 14, 2021 16:59 PM EDT

California fully reopens on Tuesday, a watershed event that will underscore how far the state has come since the start of the year when the coronavirus was at its deadliest. The pandemic's toll on the nation's most populous state is knee-buckling: nearly 3.8 million confirmed cases and more...

Vaccinated visitors soon can take off masks at Disney World

Jun. 14, 2021 13:42 PM EDT

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — Walt Disney World in Florida is making it easier to see smiles again, but guests still can't hug the characters. Starting Tuesday, face masks will be optional for visitors to the theme park resort who are vaccinated, though Disney workers won't...

Thai capital to lift more restrictions against virus spread

Jun. 12, 2021 12:12 PM EDT

BANGKOK (AP) — Some restrictions to protect against the spread of COVID-19 will be lifted in the Thai capital of Bangkok beginning early next week, the country's prime minister announced Sunday. Enterprises allowed to reopen Monday are museums and historical sites,...

Summer tourism proves lucrative for winter mountain resorts

Jun. 12, 2021 03:02 AM EDT

SEVEN SPRINGS, Pa. (AP) — While mountain resorts are primarily known for picturesque skiing and snowboarding during winter months, summer tourism can be just as lucrative for business. For more than 20 years, Seven Springs Mountain Resort in Somerset County has offered...

Raptors, twists and drops on Universal's new Jurassic ride

Jun. 09, 2021 17:47 PM EDT

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — The creators of the Jurassic World VelociCoaster roller coaster at Universal Orlando Resort had more to contend with than just encounters with rabid raptors. They faced a global pandemic that shut down the theme park resort for weeks last year and kept visitors at bay...

Florida judge favors pre-dawn partying in rowdy South Beach

Jun. 08, 2021 09:28 AM EDT

MIAMI (AP) — A South Florida judge has sided with the Clevelander hotel in a lawsuit over a new Miami Beach law that sets a 2 a.m. closing time in the South Beach entertainment district. Miami-Dade Circuit Judge Circuit Judge Beatrice Butchko said in a hearing on Monday...

Tourism industry in Wisconsin expects big year

Jun. 02, 2021 14:58 PM EDT

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — As the 2021 summer travel season kicks off, there is hope, optimism and even predictions of a big rebound for the tourism industry, clobbered by the COVID-19 pandemic last year. “I think this summer is currently poised to be record breaking,”...