6 Wisconsin hotels voted among the best in the country by Conde Nast Traveler readers in 2020

Six Wisconsin hotels and resorts, including three in the Milwaukee area, have won 2020 Readers’ Choice Awards from Condé Nast Traveler magazine.

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Expert panel faults Austrian government on botched ski resort quarantines

VIENNA (Reuters) – Crowds of possibly infected people fleeing ski resorts during Austria’s worst coronavirus outbreak was the result of poor preparation by Chancellor Sebastian Kurz’s government before he announced a quarantine there, a panel of experts said on Monday.

In an attempt to contain Austria’s biggest cluster to date, at the ski resort of Ischgl, and another at the resort of St Anton, Kurz announced an immediate quarantine at both on March 13, but his government had not informed the local authorities that had to implement the measures.

“The Austrian chancellor announced the imposition of the quarantines unexpectedly, without immediate authority and without substantive preparations,” Ronald Rohrer, head of a panel of experts appointed by the province of Tyrol to look into its handling of the epidemic, told a news conference.

The panel’s report, published on Monday, said the federal government had failed to communicate properly with the authorities

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Cruises to nowhere: More than 6,000 bookings in five days, Singapore News & Top Stories

Phones have been ringing off the hook at the offices of Genting Cruise Lines, with the company receiving more than 6,000 bookings for its “cruises to nowhere” in just five days.

Each of these bookings is likely for at least two people. A total of 23 Genting Cruise Lines sailings, each with a maximum capacity of 1,700 passengers, are scheduled for next month and December.

The Singapore Tourism Board (STB) announced last Thursday that round-trip cruises without ports of call will take place under a pilot programme.

Under it, only two cruise lines – Genting Cruise Lines and Royal Caribbean International – can take to the seas.

Without disclosing specific numbers, Royal Caribbean International also said that the demand has “exceeded expectations”.

A spokesman said bookings are up 500 per cent compared with the past two weeks. Its first sailing on Dec 1, which is capped at about 1,000 guests,

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A new Hawaii tourism chief steps in at a critical time for the Aloha State: Travel Weekly

John De Fries took the reins of the Hawaii Tourism Authority (HTA) one month, almost to the day, before this week’s planned launch of a pretravel program that is crucial to the state’s tourism reboot.

“It’s a vertical learning curve,” De Fries said. “Not only for me, frankly, but for the entire industry.”

The program, which would enable visitors to bypass a strict 14-day quarantine if they test negative for coronavirus within 72 hours of arrival, would be the state’s first major step toward reviving its economy. Among U.S. states, only Nevada is more dependent on tourism, but Hawaii’s isolation has become a factor, as well. Nevada’s biggest feeder market is the California drive market, but the Islands depend on long-haul flights to deliver visitors.

De Fries, the first Native Hawaiian to be named CEO of the HTA, grew up in Waikiki and was previously director of the Native Hawaiian

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Airlines Offering ‘Flights to Nowhere’ Amid COVID-19 Travel Restrictions

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How are people who love travel coping during a pandemic that has left a lot of us stuck at home, a lot of borders closed. Right? Well, they are coping not well. Some airlines in Asia are trying to offer a solution – flights to nowhere. Seriously, these flights start and end at the exact same airport. A skeptical Michael Sullivan investigated.


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MICHAEL SULLIVAN, BYLINE: It’s late afternoon, and I’m standing in Bangkok’s Don Mueang Airport waiting to board my flight home to Chiang Rai. It’s about an hour north. The airport is about half full. The Thai government still isn’t allowing foreign flights in due to COVID, but people here can get where they need to go in Thailand as long as they wear masks. And if the weather’s good,

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P&O Cruises Accepts Delivery of Delayed Iona from Meyer Werft

Iona on her sea trials – courtesy Meyer Werft


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P&O Cruises accepted delivery of its newest cruise ship, the Iona, on October 9 after a long pause due to the global pandemic. Built at Meyer Werft in Germany, the Iona is one of the first LNG-powered cruise ships in the world and also the largest ever built for the U.K. market.

The Iona had been due for delivery in the spring of 2020 with her maiden voyage planned for May. As the pandemic spread across Europe, Meyer Werft arranged for the ship to complete its conveyance on the Ems River from Papenburg to Bremerhaven before the increased restrictions due to the virus. While work was slowed in March by precautions related to the health and safety of the shipyard workers and contractions completing the outfitting,

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Future Travel: Drawn to the Edge in the Western Balkans

A forward-thinking cross-border collaboration between Bosnia and Herzegovina and Montenegro shines a light on one of Europe’s most beautiful regions.


The bordering municipalities of Foca and Plužine are in different countries—Bosnia and Herzegovina, and Montenegro respectively. That’s about where the differences end. What they share is one mountain-, lake- and river-strewn landscape, an ancient culture, and a combined reputation as the up-and-coming adventure-travel star here in the heart of Southeastern Europe’s Western Balkans.

To solidify that commonality, the two municipalities have launched an historic collaboration. The Tourism, Adrenalin, and Rafting Adventure project (T.A.R.A)—a responsible tourism partnership supported financially by the European Union—shines a spotlight on this border-straddling adventure hub. In doing so, it promotes the communities and strengths of each municipality while working to increase the overall success of both.

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These kinds of partnerships are uncommon in

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All About the Resort Where S16 of The Bachelorette Was Filmed – E! Online

Fact: There are several elephants in the room when it comes to season 16 of The Bachelorette.

Longtime host Chris Harrison has teased an “explosive” premiere unlike any other. And as Bachelor Nation fanatics already know, Tayshia Adams, 30, is expected to swoop in and replace Clare Crawley, 39, as the star at some point. When, why, and how? We don’t exactly know for sure. 

But one thing’s clear: Clare and the lineup of men cast as her suitors will not be seen roaming about the Bachelor Mansion, Villa de la Vina, when it’s time to kick off the lovefest. Though production for The Bachelorette was initially scheduled to begin in March, the coronavirus pandemic seriously delayed filming to July, where the task of finding Clare the one was flipped entirely on its head. 

So what’s the replacement for Villa de la Vina? This season was filmed at

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Carnival Cruise Line cancels cruises through November


Cruisers disembark from the Carnival Sensation at PortMiami on Monday, March 9, 2020, one day after the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention advised all Americans to avoid cruise ships because they are exceptionally dangerous for COVID-19 spread.


Less than two weeks after Carnival Cruise Line said it would begin to restart cruises from PortMiami and Port Canaveral on Nov. 1, on Monday the company canceled all cruises through the end of November.

Cruises are currently banned in the U.S. through Oct. 31 after the White House blocked the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention from extending its “no-sail” order until February 2021 as it had planned. The industry first shut down passenger cruises in mid-March amid COVID-19 outbreaks on several ships.

Carnival Cruise Line was the only major cruise company that said it intended to restart limited cruising Nov. 1. All others previously canceled

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The Best Keurig Deals You Can Shop Before Prime Day 2020

Coffee makers are great options for presents, especially for an older child about to set off on their own for the first time. Keurig offers great Prime Day deals, but if you don’t want to wait until Tuesday to start shopping, here are three fantastic Keurig deals you can take advantage of now.

Keurig K-Mini Coffee Maker — $70, was $80

The Keurig K-Mini Coffee Maker has been discounted by $10 to a final price of $70. This is a fantastic option for smaller homes or cramped kitchens. The base is less than 5 inches wide, but it can fit travel mugs up to seven inches tall. The base can hold an entire cup of coffee in case you brew one by accident and helps make cleanup easy. The K-Mini is compatible with the My K Cup universal reusable filter, too, so you aren’t limited to just using K-Cups.


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