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Picnic in the Parks Program Supports Local Restaurants

May 12, 2021

Brookhaven, a destination near Atlanta, Georgia has launched a Picnic in the Parks program to support its local restaurants. The effort from Explore Brookhaven encourages takeout orders from local participating restaurants by rewarding those who make qualifying purchases with reusable picnic baskets. The picnic baskets are to help patrons better enjoy meals outdoors at one…

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MGM Resorts Gear Up For Vegas Tourism Boom

May 7, 2021

MGM Resorts, the global casino operator behind many Las Vegas properties as well as venues in China and across the U.S., is a good financial bellwether of how things are going in the gaming industry. While the company’s first quarter performance was significantly behind pre-pandemic levels, the company’s leaders see momentum in bookings and advance…

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Vegas Begins Tourism Rebound

May 7, 2021

Las Vegas recently reopened or lessened restrictions on its hotels and attractions, and their tourism economy is rebounding as a result. More than 2.2 million visitors were in Las Vegas in March alone, up 45% from February. Hotel occupancy ramped up to 55.5%, a 13.5% month over increase, making for more than 2.5 million room…

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IAAPA Conducts Mask Evaluation

May 6, 2021

The International Association of Amusement Parks (IAAPA) recently funded a study to learn more about masks and their ability to safely reduce social distancing. The study, titled Experimental and Numerical Evaluations of Masks and their Ability to Safely Reduce Social Distancing, found that three feet of physical distancing with face coverings is more effective at…

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U.S. Cruises Restarting This Summer, What That Means For Cruisers

May 5, 2021

Cruises could start sailing from U.S. ports this summer, according to a letter from the CDC to the cruise industry obtained by USA TODAY. While the letter somewhat clarified the murky time frame for cruises to resume stateside – potentially by mid-July, pending cruise lines, ships and ports meeting certain requirements – it leaves plenty…

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Cirque du Soleil Announces Vegas Comeback

May 5, 2021

Cirque du Soleil recently announced that it will relaunch its two longest-running live shows in Las Vegas – “Mystère” and “O” – in time for the July Fourth weekend. This return signals the company’s return to its biggest and most lucrative market and its first steps back onto the world stage since the COVID-19 pandemic…

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Americans Are Beginning to Come Out of Their Shells

May 4, 2021

Numerous polls have been conducted throughout the past year to measure varying consumer sentiment, but recent stats reveal that Americans are ready to return to their pre-pandemic pastimes. A recent poll conducted by Axios/Ipsos found that more than half of Americans reported seeing family or friends in late April (55%), while 45% reported going out…

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Resorts World Las Vegas Sets Opening Date

May 4, 2021

Resorts World Las Vegas is set to open on June 24, and reservations can now be booked across all three of the resort’s Hilton-flagged properties – Hilton Hotels & Resorts hotel (1,774 rooms), Conrad Hotels & Resorts property (1,496 rooms) and Crockfords Las Vegas (236 rooms). The development is also set to feature a 117,000-square-foot…

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NYC to Launch $30 Million Campaign to Bring Back Tourism

May 4, 2021

  New York City’s mayor, Bill de Blasio, recently announced a $30 million tourism marketing blitz to start in June. The campaign will be the city’s largest-ever campaign to recharge the industry that once employed 400,000 workers and injected $70 billion into the local economy. The campaign will be called “NYC Reawakens” and aims to…

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Post-Pandemic Spending Spree: 6 Things Americans Are Buying

May 3, 2021

With each day, more Americans are receiving their COVID-19 vaccinations, and spring temperatures are warming up many parts of the country. Consumers are booking plane trips, hitting the mall or watching a movie in a theater again. The post-pandemic shopping spree has officially begun, with shoppers directing money toward some of the same kinds of…

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