Hawaii visitors happy with trips despite virus restrictions

HONOLULU (AP) — A survey conducted by the Hawaii Tourism Authority has found that visitors to the islands between late December and early January were pleased despite limitations caused by the coronavirus pandemic.



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Waikiki (October 20, 2020)

A majority of visitors who traveled to Hawaii from the continental U.S. said their pre-travel testing through the Hawaii Safe Travels program went smoothly.

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Nearly 90% of visitors surveyed reported their visits were “excellent.”

The survey conducted between Dec. 21 and Jan. 4 gauged visitor experiences with the state-operated Safe Travels program and overall trip satisfaction.

Among those who said they were unhappy with their trips, 39% said their dissatisfaction was rooted in a lack of available activities in the midst of the pandemic.

Only 29% of respondents claimed they were able to do everything they hoped for during their trips, with the majority citing

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Covid: North Wales lockdown travel rules ‘disproportionate’

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Restrictions will be imposed across four different council areas in north Wales

Travel restrictions planned for north Wales are disproportionate, the region’s Tory MPs and Senedd members say.

They have urged Welsh ministers to reconsider lockdowns in four council areas, due to come into force at 18:00 on Thursday.

One MP, James Davies of Vale of Clwyd, said the changes were nonsensical and called for more targeted action.

The Welsh Government said the local restrictions will be kept under review.

Under the restrictions people will not be able to leave or enter Conwy, Denbighshire, Flintshire and Wrexham without a “reasonable excuse”.

That can include work, if you cannot work from home, and for education, but not tourism.

The restrictions are the same as those imposed in most of south Wales.

Earlier Flintshire’s council leader said people ignoring coronavirus rules by socialising in people’s homes

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Southwest adds service in Chicago, Houston, other seasonal locations

Southwest Airlines has its sights on Chicago and Houston.

Residents from these two cities will soon get extra opportunities to book flights with the commercial airline now that Southwest has announced its plans to expand travel routes.

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“We decided to see how our north side looks in Chicago and Houston,” Southwest wrote in a tweet on Monday. ”Keep your eyes here in the coming months for route specifics.”

The airports Southwest is adding service to include Chicago O’Hare International Airport and George Bush Intercontinental Airport, and will likely begin operation in the first half of 2021.

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Southwest already had established routes at the Midway International Airport in Chicago and the Houston Hobby International, which employ 4,800 and 4,000 people, respectively.

The airline noted that

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American booking full flights next week; Big Lots still busy

The outbreak of the coronavirus has dealt a shock to the global economy with unprecedented speed. Following are developments Friday related to the national and global response, the work place and the spread of the virus.

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RETAIL ROUNDUP:

— Big Lots is seeing the continuation of strong demand that started in mid-April, with second quarter-to-date comparable sales through fiscal June increasing well ahead of expectations.

The discount retailer now anticipates second-quarter comparable sales will be up by a mid-to-high twenties percentage. Big Lots said Friday that it is in a very strong liquidity position, with current cash and short-term investments of approximately $890 million, and no amounts drawn on its $700 million revolving credit facility.

— Shopping mall owner Intu Properties is scrambling to avoid bankruptcy after failing to strike a deal with its creditors. The London-based company is being hammered by lower rent payments from retail clients during

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