NBC News: European Union bars travelers from U.S. citing coronavirus concerns

NBC News: European Union bars travelers from U.S. citing coronavirus concerns. “Most travelers from the United States will be barred from entering the European Union after it reopens its borders Wednesday because the coronavirus is still far too prevalent in the U.S., European officials announced Tuesday.”

Colorado Travel Office: Colorado Tourism Office Spotlights State’s 26 Scenic And Historic Byways Through New Microsite

Colorado Travel Office: Colorado Tourism Office Spotlights State’s 26 Scenic And Historic Byways Through New Microsite. “Colorado has the most America’s Byways® – the highest designation a byway can receive – of any state in the nation. A newly-launched microsite developed by the CTO features each of the 26 byways with a collection of traveler resources including an overview video, travel itinerary, trip tips, side-trip recommendations and a photo slideshow.”

ABC News: Hawaii grapples with Great Depression-level unemployment as tourism plummets

ABC News: Hawaii grapples with Great Depression-level unemployment as tourism plummets. “Peter Yee has been furloughed from his job at a rental car company since late March, and now says he spends up to 12 hours a day, seven days a week answering questions and sharing advice in the Facebook group, ‘Hawaii Unemployment Updates and Support Group.’ In just a matter of weeks, the coronavirus pandemic has ravaged the economy of the picturesque town of Kahului on the island of Maui where Yee lives.”

Coronavirus: Island isolation over as Greece lets tourists back (BBC)

BBC: Coronavirus: Island isolation over as Greece lets tourists back. “Every morning Michael Ermogenis leaves his house in Oia, Santorini, to walk his dog. The picturesque island’s famous domed churches and sunset views helped draw more than two million overnight visitors last year. For months he has been able to wander the marble paths all day and barely see another person, as the coronavirus pandemic has stopped tourism. But on Monday that is all set to change, as Greece reopens its borders with the aim of kick-starting its tourist season.”

CNN: Disney CEO explains why it’s safe to go back to Disney World

CNN: Disney CEO explains why it’s safe to go back to Disney World. “The Disney resort located in Orlando, Florida plans to reopen on July 11 for its Magic Kingdom and Animal Kingdom parks and July 15 for EPCOT and Hollywood Studios, the company said on Wednesday. The resort, which closed in mid-March because of the coronavirus pandemic, will implement several health and safety measures to prevent the spread of the coronavirus during a phased reopening. [Bob] Chapek spoke with CNN Business about reopening the parks and how different they will look under the new health guidelines.”

The Next Web: This German town replicated itself in VR to keep its tourism alive

The Next Web: This German town replicated itself in VR to keep its tourism alive. “Tourists may soon be able to explore the picturesque cross-timbered houses and historic churches of Herrenberg via virtual reality (VR), thanks to a digital twin developed with the High-Performance Computing Center Stuttgart (HLRS).”

MENAFN: Discover Puerto Rico first to offer live guided tours through Google Earth

MENAFN: Discover Puerto Rico first to offer live guided tours through Google Earth. “Discover Puerto Rico is the first destination to offer live guided tours via Google Earth, transporting at-home wanderlusters to iconic locations on the Island such as Flamenco Beach in Culebra, Toro Verde in Orocovis and Domes Beach in Rincón (pictured left to right), during National Travel and Tourism Week (May 3-9).” Old story but an interesting idea.

Stars and Stripes Japan: If you can’t travel, here’s 11 virtual tours of Japan

Stars and Stripes Japan: If you can’t travel, here’s 11 virtual tours of Japan. “Let the power of technology, like virtual museum tours or live video feeds, decide where to visit on your next holiday—or help you pass your time during a spot of social distancing as coronavirus worries continue. Whether you’re already in Japan, scratching your head because of the closed attractions or still planning your next trip, these fantastic e-tours and live feeds will help you pass the time and maybe even add a few new places to your bucket list.”

Philippine Star: This is how some heritage sites are coping amid COVID-19 pandemic

Philippine Star: This is how some heritage sites are coping amid COVID-19 pandemic. “On National Heritage Month, some heritage sites shared how they are adapting amid the COVID-19 pandemic. The Department of Tourism last Thursday hosted its 16th webinar titled ‘Paraparaan: Redefining the Use of Heritage Places for Covid-19 Survival’ where participants discussed how the COVID-19’s impact would reshape tourism, sustainability and conservation programs at the country’s heritage sites under the so-called ‘new normal.'”

Beach Towns Ask: Will There Be Summer? (New York Times)

New York Times: Beach Towns Ask: Will There Be Summer?. “In summer resort towns across the United States, livelihoods for the year are built in the 15 weeks between Memorial Day and Labor Day. It is during those 15 weeks that tourists from around the country and the world arrive to bask on the beach and gather for festivals and weddings. And it is during those three months that tour operators, hoteliers, innkeepers, restaurant employees and others earn the bulk of their income. But this year, with Memorial Day — the kickoff for summer — approaching, there will be fewer guests to welcome and likely no sizable weddings or festivals to host.”

Coronavirus: Call for action over refunds for cancelled flights (BBC)

BBC: Coronavirus: Call for action over refunds for cancelled flights. “Like many others across the UK, Emily Liddle and George Ridley are struggling to secure a refund for a holiday which was cancelled amid the coronavirus pandemic. The couple, who lived in Edinburgh for years, were due to fly to Japan in March and spend three months travelling around Asia. They say they are about £2,000 out of pocket for flights from two airlines who have refused to refund in cash, instead offering vouchers for future flights.”

Coming to an SF street near you: A photo of what it looked like 100 years ago (SF Gate)

SF Gate: Coming to an SF street near you: A photo of what it looked like 100 years ago. “OpenSFHistory, an online archive of over 50,000 historic images of San Francisco and the Bay Area, recently launched a project to integrate modern-day S.F. with its historic past. With walking tours halted and most historic sites closed, the folks behind the site are hoping their ‘guerilla history posters’ will give residents a little entertainment and education.”

‘1st Time To See It Like This’: Petra Tourism Workers Long For Visitors To Return (NPR)

NPR: ‘1st Time To See It Like This’: Petra Tourism Workers Long For Visitors To Return. “In the ancient city of Petra, Jordan’s best-known tourist destination, bird song echoes against the multicolored rock and the elaborate monuments instead of the din of tour groups and souvenir sellers. The coronavirus pandemic has done what war did not — bring this Middle Eastern country’s vital tourism industry to a dramatic halt, and with it, the livelihoods of hundreds of thousands of workers.”