New York Times: Struggling Hotel Owners, Some With Trump Ties, Seek Federal Bailout

New York Times: Struggling Hotel Owners, Some With Trump Ties, Seek Federal Bailout. “The precarious financial position that some friends of Mr. Trump and other hotel executives are now in has fueled an intense lobbying campaign aimed at persuading the Trump administration, the Federal Reserve and Congress to rescue hundreds of hotel industry players that relied on riskier Wall Street debt to finance their lodging empires before the virus hit.”

Bloomberg: The Carnival Cruise Ship That Spread Coronavirus Around the World

Bloomberg: The Carnival Cruise Ship That Spread Coronavirus Around the World. “Although multiple cruise ships recorded large numbers of Covid-19 cases in the early stages of the pandemic, the Ruby was unique, and not simply because 28 people died of the illness, the most of any voyage. Two other notorious Carnival ships—the Diamond Princess, which was sealed off for weeks on a Japanese pier, and the Zaandam, which sailed up the entire west coast of South America looking for a country that would allow it to dock—were vessels that guests couldn’t leave. The Ruby was the opposite, the incubator of a devastating outbreak discovered only after passengers were on dry land.”

Lonely Planet: This website aims to find the top places for wildlife spotting in Africa

Lonely Planet: This website aims to find the top places for wildlife spotting in Africa. “Whether you want to tick the Big Five off your African safari bucket list or seek out specific species, a new website from Expert Africa is making it easier than ever to decide which country and even which lodges offer the best chances for wildlife sightings. The data, sourced from more than 700 traveler surveys compiled by the tour operator over two years, has morphed into a huge ‘citizen science’ project and represents nearly 30,000 observations of 26 animal species.”

Exclusive: White House orders end to COVID-19 airport screenings for international travelers (Yahoo News)

Yahoo News: Exclusive: White House orders end to COVID-19 airport screenings for international travelers. “The U.S. government on Monday will stop conducting enhanced screening of passengers on inbound international flights for COVID-19, Yahoo News has learned. The screening operations have been held at select airports since January, when the first cases of the disease began to emerge from Wuhan, China. Since March, incoming international flights from select high-risk countries, including much of Europe, China and Iran, among other regions, have been funneled through 15 designated airports in the United States.”

Travel Weekly: Thousands Of Stranded Aussies Map Their Stories On ‘Remove The Cap’ Website

Travel Weekly: Thousands Of Stranded Aussies Map Their Stories On ‘Remove The Cap’ Website. “According to the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT), at least 23,000 Australians have registered with the Commonwealth saying they want to come home. The Board of Airline Representatives of Australia estimates the real figure is closer to 100,000. Up to now, the pleas of travellers stranded outside the country have appeared merely as numbers. But a new website founded by an Australian citizen trapped overseas visually conveys the difficulties and delays Aussies are facing in their attempts to return home.”

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: Cruise lines are already canceling sailings into 2021

Washington Post: Cruise lines are already canceling sailings into 2021. “Princess Cruises announced Tuesday that it’s canceling sailings in early 2021 ‘due to limitations with border and port access.’ The company also cited the “uncertainty of airline travel” as a reason for the cancellations, which will impact 29 sailings on two ships.”

Input Magazine: ‘Airplane Mode’ simulates a 6-hour flight in coach because that’s how grim reality is now

Input Magazine: ‘Airplane Mode’ simulates a 6-hour flight in coach because that’s how grim reality is now. “Microsoft Flight Simulator 2020 is having such a moment right now that people are apparently buying up all the supply of flight stick controllers, leaving plebes to use a keyboard and mouse or — *gasp* — gamepad like some kind of monster. Screw that hoity-toity front-of-the-plane-you’re-a-captain simulation because Airplane Mode is clearly the more realistic flying experience. The One True Flight Simulator.”

Condé Nast Traveler: This New Map Is Digitizing LGBTQ+ Travel Guides from the ’60s and Beyond

Condé Nast Traveler, with a thanks to Esther S.: This New Map Is Digitizing LGBTQ+ Travel Guides from the ’60s and Beyond. “In 1964, California businessman Bob Damron was filling a void. A frequent traveler himself, he began publishing his guides annually as a way to help queer individuals, particularly gay men, navigate both their hometowns and unfamiliar spaces (similar to the earlier Negro Motorist Green Book, which aided Black travelers). Damron’s guides, colorful and discreet, listed known queer haunts across the U.S., as well as their defining features. Now, [historian Eric] Gonzaba and co-primary investigator Amanda Regan are using Damron’s 1965-1980 books to map historical queer spaces, moving state by state in an effort to understand the trajectory of queer communities and place them in context. Their archival project, titled ‘Mapping the Gay Guides,’ is a collection of digital maps, each covering a year of Damron’s guides.”

Washington Post: The new rules for packing a bag during the pandemic

Washington Post: The new rules for packing a bag during the pandemic. “Before the pandemic, packing for a flight had a lot to do with your travel style and destination. A carry-on bag for a beach vacation might include a sun hat and a beach read. You could count on business travelers to wear noise-canceling headphones and pull out laptops right after takeoff. Now, packing considerations should start with coronavirus precautions.”

MSC Grandiosa: First Mediterranean cruise launches after five-month pause (BBC)

BBC: MSC Grandiosa: First Mediterranean cruise launches after five-month pause. “The first major cruise ship to set sail in the Mediterranean in almost five months has disembarked from the Italian city of Genoa. The MSC Grandiosa will stop at three Italian ports and the Maltese capital Valletta in a seven-day voyage. Operator MSC Cruises, say all passengers and crew have been tested for coronavirus

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.”

Neowin: Apple Maps now asks you to self-quarantine if you’ve recently traveled internationally

Neowin: Apple Maps now asks you to self-quarantine if you’ve recently traveled internationally. “If you have recently made a trip to other countries or states, Apple’s mapping app has a piece of advice for you. Apple Maps now reminds you to stay home and self-quarantine for 14 days when it detects you have traveled internationally.”

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.”