Coronavirus – Disney to shed 28,000 staff!

Today the Disney Corporation announced that it is having to shed up to 28,000 staff. The losses will be mostly at it’s US theme parks. It will also affect Disney Experiences and Product Segment at all levels. Disney’s parks in California were due to reopen in July but due to the strict restrictions applied by the Californian Government because of the Coronavirus Pandemic the parks … Continue reading Coronavirus – Disney to shed 28,000 staff!

Coronavirus – More Bad News for Shoppers

The Coronavirus continues in it’s quest to cause as much disruption as possible. Two giants of a New York Shopping Weekend have had to throw in the white towel. Admittedly one of these well known names was going to out of some folks budget but the other was almost an attraction of New York in it’s own right. Lord & Taylor of 5th Avenue closed … Continue reading Coronavirus – More Bad News for Shoppers

Coronavirus – Impact on US Economy from Abroad

The World Travel & Tourism Council’s (WTTC) latest research indicates that, with this year’s COVID-induced collapse of international tourism, the U.S. economy is set to lose $155 billion in 2020. This catastrophic upset to the American economy is tantamount to a shortfall of $425 million a day, or almost $3 billion per week. International travel spending in the U.S. during 2019 reached $195.1 billion, accounting for … Continue reading Coronavirus – Impact on US Economy from Abroad

Fall Foliage – Leaf Peepers at the Ready

As the world continues to battle Coronavirus there are some things that are naturally unaffected by the problems faced by humanity. The glories of ‘The Fall’ is one of those natural seasons that thousands of Americans and International visitors flock to annually. Have a look at this 2020 Foliage Map produced by Smoky Mountain National Park. It really is comprehensive and explains the science of … Continue reading Fall Foliage – Leaf Peepers at the Ready

Cheers Bar in Boston closes – Covid Pandemic blamed

For those of you who were fans of the popular and long running show Cheers the original exterior of the pub that was featured is actually called ‘The Bull and Finch’. Located on Beacon Street opposite the Public Gardens it is one of Boston’s most visited attractions. So when I saw reports that Cheers, Boston was closing due to the Coronavirus Pandemic I was surprised. … Continue reading Cheers Bar in Boston closes – Covid Pandemic blamed

Coronavirus – Get Virus Tested to visit Alaska & Hawaii

As the world continues to struggle massively with the impact of Covid-19 the decisions to travel remain a difficult choice to make. In America most states require you to self quarantine for 14 days before you can step out at your own expense. Alaska have taken a positive approach to entice tourists back to enjoy the small summer window left before the season changes. If … Continue reading Coronavirus – Get Virus Tested to visit Alaska & Hawaii

Coronavirus – Still Causing Problems

USA, Canada and Mexico have all kept their borders closed to travellers, visitors and non essential traffic. The closure to all border crossings has been extended until at least the end of August 2020. A recent IPSOS poll in Canada shows that the majority of Canadians are in favour of the borders remaining closed until the end of 2020 at the least. The epicentre of … Continue reading Coronavirus – Still Causing Problems

Coronavirus – TUI cancels all Florida programmes until at least December 2020

TUI, Britain’s largest surviving tour operator has just announced that their Florida programme is to be grounded until the end of November 2020. Due to the impact of the Coronavirus Pandemic and the stresses on International Travel the company has decided to suspend all operations to the Sunshine State. Even with Disneyworld continuing to slowly re-open TUI thinks that the measures will have a negative … Continue reading Coronavirus – TUI cancels all Florida programmes until at least December 2020

Coronavirus – Covid surcharge tax being added to restaurant bills

For those contemplating a visit to America post Coronavirus I just discovered that rather than increase menu prices some restaurants are adding a Covid surcharge to patrons’ bills and then charging tax on the total. It has been reported that some of the more upscale restaurants in Las Vegas Casinos are adding between 4 and 5%. Apparently you can ask for this to be removed … Continue reading Coronavirus – Covid surcharge tax being added to restaurant bills