PC Magazine: Amazon Steps Into Virtual Tourism With Amazon Explore Beta Program

PC Magazine: Amazon Steps Into Virtual Tourism With Amazon Explore Beta Program. “When you think of tourism, Amazon probably doesn’t come to mind. But the company is entering the virtual tourism space with a new service called Amazon Explore. On Tuesday, the company launched a public beta for Amazon Explore as the pandemic continues to stifle tourism and travel across the globe. The service is designed to offer 40-minute to one-hour sessions with hosts based in the country you’re seeking to explore.”

Yahoo News: Bali bans foreign tourists for rest of 2020 over virus

Yahoo News: Bali bans foreign tourists for rest of 2020 over virus. “The holiday hotspot re-opened beaches, temples and other tourism spots for domestic visitors at the end of July and had said it would let foreign tourists return on September 11. But the plan has now been cancelled over concerns about Indonesia’s mounting virus cases and with many foreign nationals subject to travel bans in their home countries.”

Washington Post: With American tourists banned from Italy, Amalfi Coast workers are sliding into poverty

Washington Post: With American tourists banned from Italy, Amalfi Coast workers are sliding into poverty. “For 15 years, he’d worked in the kitchen of a luxury resort, overseeing the dishwashers, keeping ingredients stocked, making sure the guests in 1,200 euro-a-night rooms could order seafood spaghetti at any hour. But this summer has brought only a trickle of guests. The hotel is operating with a skeleton staff. At his home five miles inland, Ninfo Falcone, 43, is contending with unemployment however he can: by dipping into his savings, building a small greenhouse, buying pigs and rabbits to raise, and occasionally taking a load of vegetables to sell in town.”

Mashable: Surreal photos of once-packed locations that are now empty due to the pandemic

Mashable: Surreal photos of once-packed locations that are now empty due to the pandemic. “With coronavirus cases surging in some parts of the United States, institutions like the NBA and Disney World are trying to figure out how to reopen as safely as possible. This often means allowing a fraction of the crowds that were allowed in the Before Times to assure social distancing — which makes for surreal photos of these usually-densely populated places. Here are photos of iconic spots as you’ve likely never seen them.”

Coronavirus: Spain races to save tourism as cases surge (BBC)

BBC: Coronavirus: Spain races to save tourism as cases surge. “Spain is fighting to save its embattled tourism industry after the UK government imposed a 14-day quarantine on all arrivals from the country. Government officials insist the virus is under control and want certain areas to be exempt from the UK self-isolation order, including the Balearic Islands.”

CNBC: What to expect from the world’s top attractions in the age of coronavirus

CNBC: What to expect from the world’s top attractions in the age of coronavirus. “New guidelines aim to strike a balance between providing attraction-goers with an experience to remember while keeping visitors and staff safe. Still, questions remain: Should you go? Is it safe? Will lines be short or unbearably long? Here’s what to expect from major attractions in the U.S., U.K., Italy, India and Dubai.”

Phys .org: Kenya wildlife reserves threatened as tourists stay away

Phys .org: Kenya wildlife reserves threatened as tourists stay away. “Even before the virus arrived in Kenya mid-March, tourism revenues had plummeted, with cancellations coming in from crucial markets such as China, Europe and the United States. According to the tourism ministry, the sector has lost $750 million this year—roughly half of the total revenue in 2019.”

Washington Post: A closed border, pandemic-weary tourists and a big bottleneck at Glacier National Park

Washington Post: A closed border, pandemic-weary tourists and a big bottleneck at Glacier National Park. “As Montana warily reopened last month to pandemic-weary tourists, an isolated community held firm with closures and stay-at-home orders. Few outsiders would have paid much attention but for one detail: The Blackfeet Nation borders Glacier National Park, and its decision blocked access to much of the vast wilderness there. The result this month has meant throngs of visitors crowding into a tiny corner of Glacier — a crown jewel of the park system — with long lines of cars at what is now the only entry point.”

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.”