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Tourist charged with manslaughter in pal's Hawaii death

Apr. 08, 2021 20:44 PM EDT

HONOLULU (AP) — There is probable cause to charge a Pittsburgh tourist with manslaughter in the strangulation death of the college buddy he was vacationing with in Hawaii, a judge ruled Thursday. Benjamin Fleming was arrested last month after his first night out on the...

Pandemic impact may weigh on commercial real estate recovery

Apr. 08, 2021 11:22 AM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The distribution of COVID-19 vaccines is fueling optimism that Americans will increasingly return to the ways they used to shop, travel and work before the pandemic. That would be a welcome change for companies that own office buildings and hotels, or...

Hawaii vacation of 3 friends from East Coast ended in death

Apr. 08, 2021 02:25 AM EDT

HONOLULU (AP) — A Hawaii vacation for three tourists from the U.S. East Coast turned deadly after one of them became “psychotically” drunk, his friend testified Wednesday. Alexander Germany-Wald of Montclair, New Jersey, testified at a preliminary hearing for his...

At Disney World, smiles won't be hidden for much longer

Apr. 07, 2021 14:02 PM EDT

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — At Walt Disney World, the smiles won't have to be hidden for much longer. Starting Thursday, visitors to the theme park resort will be able to remove their masks temporarily for outdoor photos, the company said on its website. ...

Kauai rejoins Hawaii's Safe Travels program for visitors

Apr. 07, 2021 13:20 PM EDT

HONOLULU (AP) — The island of Kauai in Hawaii has rejoined the state's Safe Travels program, which means out-of-state visitors can skip quarantining if they test negative for the coronavirus up to 72 hours before their flight. As of Monday, travelers to Kauai were...

Union touts gains in negotiations with casino in New Orleans

Apr. 07, 2021 12:22 PM EDT

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A hospitality workers union says it has won important gains in recently completed contract negotiations with Harrah’s New Orleans Casino & Hotel. Leah Baily of the union “Unite Here” tells The Times-Picayune/The New Orleans Advocate that...

Hawaii vacation rental occupancy rates outperform hotels

Apr. 07, 2021 11:52 AM EDT

HONOLULU (AP) — Hawaii's vacation rental market has outperformed hotels in occupancy rates in every month since October. Vacation rental owners across the state have said the higher demand was prompted by pandemic-related attitude shifts that prioritize space and...

Visitors to Kauai in Hawaii get discount with 2nd virus test

Apr. 03, 2021 11:56 AM EDT

HONOLULU (AP) — Visitors to the Hawaiian island of Kauai will receive a discount card for local businesses if they voluntarily take a coronavirus test three days after arriving in addition to their required test before travel. The Kokua Kauai Card program will begin on...

Former resort being redeveloped in $140 million project

Apr. 03, 2021 10:44 AM EDT

ROBINSONVILLE, Miss. (AP) — A former resort in north Mississippi is being redeveloped into a $140 million complex to include a 20-acre water park, golf course, youth sports center, hotels and other amenities. Phase one of the redesign of Harrah’s Tunica Resort in...

At Don CeSar on St. Pete Beach, the 1920s meet 2020s

Apr. 03, 2021 03:04 AM EDT

ST. PETE BEACH, Fla. (AP) — The landmark Don CeSar Hotel has added a two-story pool bar and rooftop lookout to its sprawling beachfront property, completing a three-year renovation project aimed at connecting the Roaring ’20s to the 2020s. At the Beacon Pool Bar and Lookout, visitors can...