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Is Vegas a Secret Superspreader? Study Shows Alarming Reach of City's Visitors

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 08/19/2020, 3:00 AM

It has been about two and a half months since Las Vegas began reopening its casinos and resorts on June 4, following this spring's pandemic lockdown.  How have things been going since visitors started coming back? Not great. Nevada's confirmed coronavirus cases skyrocketed in July, and, while the numbers have improved in recent days, NPR reports that the state still has one of the highest in...

Ghouls of the Road: Drive-Through Haunts Are a Frightful Halloween Trend

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 08/17/2020, 2:00 PM

Given the still-raging pandemic and the looming U.S. presidential election, there's plenty to fear this fall, even with the cancellation of haunted houses and other Halloween attractions (such as the spooky festivities at Universal and Disney theme parks) due to social distancing concerns.  But if you still crave manufactured scares, some horror mavens are soldiering on with new, drive-in and d...

Airlines Are Cutting Smaller Cities: Aren't We Tired of Having Two Americas?

By Jason Cochran

Posted on 08/17/2020, 9:00 AM

American Airlines is threatening to cut flights to dozens of small and medium-sized American cities after September 30, when the conditions of the recent federal aid package expire. Delta Air Lines did something similar back in May, consolidating service from clusters of neighboring cities into the largest airport among them. So did JetBlue, for the summer, as a way to balance the books. Whe...

What Are Your Chances of Catching Coronavirus on Planes? MIT Study Has Answers

By Pauline Frommer

Posted on 08/10/2020, 9:00 AM

Not long ago, a dear friend reached out to me for advice. His aunt was dying of cancer, and his mother wanted to fly across country to be at the deathbed. My friend was trying to dissuade his mother from going, as he was terrified at the prospect of her flying. She's in her seventies, and he felt the risk was too great. A study newly released by the Sloan School of Management at the Massachuset...

U.S. State Dept. Lifts Warning Against International Travel: So What?

By Pauline Frommer

Posted on 08/06/2020, 12:00 PM

Let us flag this moment. Today, the U.S. State Department announced that, in partnership with the Centers for Disease Control, it was lifting its blanket travel warning against all international travel. Just read what the government's press release said: "With health and safety conditions improving in some countries and potentially deteriorating in others, the Department is returning to our ...

Advice from an Airline Pilot About Flying Safely in 2020

By Pauline Frommer

Posted on 08/04/2020, 10:00 AM

Like me, my friend Andrea Eldridge, a pilot with a major airline, has been barraged by questions from family and friends about the wisdom of flying right now. In response, she posted a pithy list of tips on Facebook and gave me permission to reprint the list here at Frommers.com. I think her tips are sensible and based on direct experience. Since she didn't write them for widespread publication...

Cruising Is Back! It's Been a Disaster: Crew on Three Lines Test Positive

By Jason Cochran

Posted on 08/03/2020, 3:00 PM

It's no secret that many countries are doing better than the United States when it comes to containing Covid-19 infections. A few of those places thought they might be able to extend their successes to the seas and bring back cruising in a safer, modified form, at least for smaller ships. They were wrong. The safety systems they put in place did not prevent infections from being discovered on b...

Is This The World's Safest Airport in the Battle Against Coronavirus?

By Pauline Frommer

Posted on 08/03/2020, 12:00 PM

When I'm in Dubai International Airport (DXB), I'm impressed not only by the fact that it has camel's milk chocolate bars for sale—gamy, but tasty—but also by the of-the-moment design of the place, which features international brands such as Shake Shack, lots of tinted glass, and shiny metal columns. Today, what's impressing me the most about DXB, which handled 89 million passengers last year, ...

The Myriad Ways One Hotel Manager's Job Has Gotten Tougher Since Covid-19

By Pauline Frommer

Posted on 08/03/2020, 11:00 AM

August 3, 2020 Add hotel manager to the list of jobs that have gotten exponentially more arduous since March. Not only are hotels being tasked with keeping travelers safe under circumstances that would challenge an MIT epidemiologist, but most hotels are also scrambling just to stay in business, thanks to the sharp downturn in travel. Recently, I had an unusually candid conversation with ...

Buyer Beware: Theme Parks Are Cutting Experiences but Not Prices

By Jason Cochran

Posted on 07/31/2020, 3:00 PM

Despite headlines declaring that major theme parks have "reopened," that doesn't mean everything inside them has. We get it—some people would rather eat glass slippers than step foot in Cinderella Castle during a pandemic, even if the much shorter lines at the parks have an appeal.  But for those other people who might be thinking that stepping through the turnstiles will be like returning t...

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