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Disney Begins Testing Park Entry Using Facial Recognition

April 14, 2021

Disney is using the month of April to test a new way for visitors to enter Magic Kingdom—through facial recognition. The technology being tested is designed to capture an image of a guest’s face and convert it into a unique number, which is then associated with the form of admission used for entry. Those who…

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American Airlines Are Pulling All Planes From Storage

April 14, 2021

As they say in sports, numbers don’t lie. Based on what has been seen so far in the last six weeks between spring break and the Easter holiday, and the number of bookings for the upcoming summer travel season, American Airlines is pulling all its planes out of storage. American Airlines’ Chief Information Officer Maya…

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Springfield, MO Launches Initiative That Rewards Tourists

April 13, 2021

One year has passed since the pandemic shut down most travel, and cities have hurt from losing millions of tourism-related dollars over that year. In an attempt to boost tourism, Springfield, MO recently launched their “One Night On Us” initiative, a promotion that rewards people for visiting the city. The city will pick up the…

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Philadelphia Launches Economic Restoration Initiative

April 12, 2021

Ready.Set.Philly!—a year-long, collaborative initiative from the city of Philadelphia, the Chamber of Commerce for Greater Philadelphia and a coalition of businesses and organizations—has recently launched with the aim to restore the area’s economic and cultural vibrancy by providing information that will encourage, support and promote safely brining people back to the city. If workers and…

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CDC Says It’s Safe For Fully Vaccinated Individuals to Travel

April 9, 2021

The CDC recently stated that Americans who are fully vaccinated against COVID-19 can resume travel at low risk to themselves, but the agency is still not necessarily recommending travel given rising case counts. Vaccinated individuals who do choose to travel domestically no longer have to follow the CDC’s recommendations to get a COVID-19 test before…

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U.S. Economy Adds 916,000 Jobs in March Alone

April 9, 2021

The U.S. economy’s recovery from the pandemic strengthened in March as employers added 916,000 jobs—the biggest gain since August, according to the Labor Department. The huge jump in jobs was up from the 468,000 increase in jobs reported for February, which itself was revised by nearly +100,000 jobs from its initial reading. Some of the…

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California Plans to End Tier System Mid-June

April 8, 2021

California governor Gavin Newsome recently announced that the state will end its pandemic tier system and remove most restrictions on businesses on June 15. This decision was influenced by more than 20 million doses of the COVID-19 vaccine being administered to that state’s 32 million eligible citizens, and will be contingent upon vaccinations remaining available…

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Ottumwa CVB Undergoes Rebranding

April 7, 2021

The Greater Ottumwa Convention & Visitors Bureau is now Meet Ottumwa. The rebranding is an effort to emphasize Ottumwa as a destination for groups and gatherings, including meetings, conferences, weddings, reunions and sporting events. The new tagline, “Where Iowa Meets the World,” is reflective of Ottumwa’s cultural diversity and is a mirror of where Ottumwa…

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International COVID-19 Vaccination Tracker

April 1, 2021

More than 564 million vaccine doses have been administered worldwide. Check out the New York Times’ interactive, international COVID-19 vaccination tracker here.

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Universal Studios Hollywood Sets Reopening Date

April 1, 2021

Universal Studios Hollywood recently announced that it will reopen to the public on Friday, April 16, and that tickets will be available online starting Thursday, April 8. The county is getting ready to enter the state’s Orange tier, meaning that the park will be able to open at 25% capacity.  

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