London Marathon 2020 – What Was It Like Inside the Bubble?

The easy option was to quit, to throw this year’s London Marathon into the garbage, and start looking ahead to 2021. It’s what most World Marathon Majors did—and who could blame them, given the global pandemic?

Seven months ago, the Tokyo Marathon hosted an elite-only race on March 1. Ten days after that race, the World Health Organization declared COVID-19 a pandemic. For many months, the world’s best marathoners saw few competitive lights on the horizon.

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Staging an event of this magnitude long seemed an impossible dream. For athletes, agents, and organizers, there were so many hoops to jump through, so many headaches to deal with.

And even if the marathon existed, who would be willing to travel?

The London Marathon organizers decided to find out. In June and July, they reached out to agents

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“You Can’t Make This Stuff Up”

In a video message to travel partners, Royal Caribbean’s CEO Richard Fain’s reaction to the latest cruise industry developments summed the situation up perfectly: “You can’t make this stuff up!”

The “stuff” in question was the fact that President Trump was last week diagnosed with the very illness that has shut down the cruise industry since March.

The president’s diagnosis, of course, led to the cancellation of a scheduled meeting between cruise line representatives, the Centers for Disease Control and White House officials.

“There Are Wonderful Glimpses of the Other Side”

While in no way making light of the President’s diagnosis, Fain acknowledged that it was a situation no one could have predicted.

“Just when we all thought that 2020 had run out of surprises,” he sighed. Despite this shocking development, Fain went on to say that, “Even though we’re not through this just yet, we are getting close enough

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Holiday travel tips: How to stay safe during covid-19

The holiday season is historically the busiest travel period in the United States. Between Thanksgiving and Christmas, millions of Americans routinely board planes, hop on trains or hit the road to see family.

But what will the season look like in a pandemic year?

While travel numbers are slowly recovering from coronavirus lows — Transportation Security Administration records show that the number of people flying is climbing daily, although the rate is still below half of what it was in 2019 — many Americans remain unsure about their holiday travel plans.

Mark Crossey, the director of sales at travel search engine Skyscanner, says that with many states lifting restrictions and people longing to be reunited with family, searches and bookings for the holiday season are climbing. According to a survey conducted by travel booking app Hopper, 39 percent of Americans surveyed plan to travel during the holidays this year, while

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Holiday travel cancellation policy: Marriott, Airbnb, and more

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The holiday travel season is going to look very different in 2020.

Many people will be weighing whether they should go anywhere at all, not just because of safety, but because of social responsibility.

And while some will stay home, others will still plan to travel by plane, train, or car to see loved ones after months of separation, or to take a long-anticipated vacation. After all, exceptionally low prices are being promoted right now on everything from flights to hotels and vacation packages, adding serious temptation. 

“In normal years, the holidays are one of the most expensive times of year to travel,” explains Scott’s Cheap Flights founder Scott Keyes. “That’s because it’s such a popular time not only to see family, but for many students, teachers, and families with kids, it

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Hotels in Kullu-Manali Welcome Guests Once Again After a Long Six Months

a bedroom with a bed and a window: Hotels in Kullu-Manali (Picture Courtesy: Instagram)

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If staying home for the past nine months has taken a toll on your nerves and you wish to venture out, going on a Kullu-Manali trip is the best idea. Don’t worry about your stay! Hotels are now welcoming the guests in the cities. The Hoteliers Association Kullu-Manali recently decided to reopen the hotels in Kullu and Manali after a long 6 months. This step was taken after the Himachal Pradesh government relaxed the travel ban and allowed tourists to visit the state. During the past 6 months, certain measures that were essential during the pandemic were taken. A significant number of COVID-19 testing centers were created to reduce the visitors’ and natives’ risk of contracting the virus. According to information shared by the president of Hoteliers Association Kullu-Manali, Anup Thakur to a news website, over 50
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‘Read it with the lights on’

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Jenna Bush Hager has chosen “Leave the World Behind” by Rumaan Alam for the Read With Jenna book club to read this October.

The story begins in New York with Amanda, a type-A working mom, her cigarette-sneaking husband, Clay, and their two teenage children, Rose and Archie. They embark on a picturesque vacation away from their busy Brooklyn-based lives and to the Hamptons on Long Island. Everything is going well at the secluded property they rented, until a mysterious knock at the door in the middle of the night disrupts their peace and quiet.

“Leave the World Behind” by Rumaan Alam

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COVID has been a blessing to the internet economy in India says MakeMyTrip Deep Kalra in the opening session of TiECON Chennai 2020 | India Education,Education News India,Education News

Chennai: Sharing an optimistic view on the evolving entrepreneurial landscape in India amidst a pandemic, Deep Kalra, Founder & Group Executive Chairman, MakeMyTrip kick-started this year’s TiECON Chennai 2020 with an intriguing fire-side chat. In his conversation with Mahavir Pratap Sharma, Founder and Owner of Oscar Expo Design LLP and Swishin Events LLP as well as the Chairman of TiE Global Board of Trustees, Deep Kalra shared his experience as a first time entrepreneur who set out to revolutionize the Indian hospitality industry and the many challenges he had to overcome along the journey of building MakeMyTrip.

Embracing the new order of life, this year’s TiECON was conducted virtually with over 1000 delegates participating in the first day of the conference. Dwelling deep into the several impacts of COVID on the entrepreneurial ecosystem, Deep Kalra shared insights on how the situation has opened plethora of opportunities while also uplifting the

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Coronavirus death rate in Bali could mean no Australian tourists

A sudden spike in COVID-19 deaths in Bali has sparked fears the holiday island will be among the last destinations Australians can travel to.

The typically-bustling resort area of Kuta is now a ghost town, with virus cases soaring after domestic tourism was opened back up on July 31.    

At the point Bali’s active coronavirus cases sat at 1,914 before climbing to 3,671 in September. 

Meanwhile deaths increased six-fold with 207 last month.

In July, Bali’s active coronavirus cases sat at 1914 before soaring to 3671 in September

The typically-bustling resort area of Kuta now resembles a ghost town, while the virus continues to spread due to domestic tourism starting back up

The typically-bustling resort area of Kuta now resembles a ghost town, while the virus continues to spread due to domestic tourism starting back up

Confirmed cases are believed to be only a fraction of actual COVID-19 infections, with Indonesia’s testing rate among the lowest in the world. 

‘We don’t know where is the virus actually, how to control it,’ local epidemiologist Professor

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Who is Nate Paul? Linked to Paxton complaint, Austin businessman is known for real estate empire, legal woes

a man wearing glasses and looking at the camera: Nate Paul is the founder of Austin-based World Class Property, which has grown quickly since its creation in 2007 but more recently has been entangled in various legal battles. [CONTRIBUTED PHOTO]

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Nate Paul is the founder of Austin-based World Class Property, which has grown quickly since its creation in 2007 but more recently has been entangled in various legal battles. [CONTRIBUTED PHOTO]

Austin businessman Nate Paul and his company, World Class Property, have generated headlines for years, first for a meteoric rise in the real estate industry but more recently for a spate of bankruptcies, legal skirmishes and a search of Paul’s downtown headquarters by federal agents in August 2019.

Paul, who is still in his early 30s, has amassed a portfolio of high-profile holdings in the Austin area and elsewhere since founding World Class in 2007, growing the company into one of the nation’s largest privately owned real estate firms. World Class Property has offices in Austin, Dallas, New York and Los Angeles and counts the 156-acre former 3M campus in far Northwest Austin and

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Will cruises resume in 2021? Here’s what the industry is doing to sail safely | Sandy Fenton

It seems like forever since I last wrote a travel column for PennLive. The truth is I haven’t had a lot to say. There has been so many changes within the industry, sometimes weekly, often daily, and always confusing.

So here I am now, celebrating 28 years of broadcasting “Let’s Talk Travel with AAA” on iHeartRadio/WHP580, and I do have some thoughts to share. And positive thoughts at that.

For one thing, the cruise industry is ready to get back to work. Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings CEO Frank Del Rio recently stated to the press, “Enough is enough,” and with a several billion dollar market cap drop from the three largest cruise lines, the CEOs are telling the CDC and government officials the industry must return to service in the United States.

Cruise lines from the U.S. have put together new plans to ensure a healthy return to cruising as

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