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3/27/2020

Alaska Airlines shared tips to ensure travelers are keeping a safe distance from each other during the entire travel process, such as asking a gate agent to move the traveler's seat. The airline also has capped the number of passengers in first class to ensure adequate space between passengers and has enhanced cleaning procedures between flights.

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Alaska Airlines Blog
3/27/2020

United Airlines will operate 21 repatriation flights this week to bring nearly 2,500 Americans home from Panama, Ecuador, Peru and Honduras. Air Canada has been operating special flights to repatriate Canadians from Morocco, Spain, Peru and Ecuador.

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United Airlines
3/27/2020

Southwest Airlines CEO Gary Kelly and American Airlines CEO Doug Parker have provided updates about how their carriers are responding to the coronavirus pandemic and lauding the federal stimulus package that will bolster airlines and protect the jobs of crew members. "Essentially, the US government is providing funds to motivate airlines to continue air service and not involuntarily furlough any team members through a period of incredibly low demand for air travel," Parker said.

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Southwest Airlines
3/27/2020

Columbus, Ohio's hotel market plans to continue its surge once the coronavirus pandemic has passed, following in February's footsteps of 2,286 rooms in 20 hotels under construction and 18 in the pipeline, including everything from lifestyle to luxury hotels. The city recently has been attracting key conferences, helping to boost its profile in the market.

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Hotel News Now
3/27/2020

Most of the hotels in the beachfront cities of the Dominican Republic's north coast have closed this week by government order due to the coronavirus. This order, along with stay-at-home mandates for residents, are expected to be in effect until June.

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TravelPulse
3/27/2020

Not only are mandated closures hitting Japan's hotels during its typical thriving spring season, but the yearlong postponement of the Summer Olympics is dousing the sector's enthusiasm and casting a pall on many properties' sustainability.

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Reuters
3/27/2020

Gaming is legal in Zimbabwe, but no rules allow or disallow online gaming. A more regulated industry would have many pluses, including putting more profit into domestic businesses' pockets.

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Newsday (Zimbabwe)
3/27/2020

The Arkansas Racing Commission must reconsider the application of Gulfside Casino Partnership of Mississippi after a judge ruled that its reason for rejecting it violated the state's Constitution. The commission denied applications from Gulfside and four others because the local officials who endorsed them weren't in office at the time.

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The Associated Press
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Arkansas Racing Commission
3/26/2020

Travel advisors have managed miracles for clients from hospital beds, airplanes and their offices, navigating the ever-changing reactions over the coronavirus. They've managed to stay one step ahead of border closings with alternative arrangements, all thanks to building stellar relationships around the world.

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TravelPulse
3/26/2020

PokerStars founder Isai Scheinberg faces up to five years in prison after pleading guilty to charges of illegal gaming. He is one of 11 online poker room executives charged with illegal gaming, money laundering and bank fraud stemming from April 2011's "Black Friday."

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