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Florida Launches Tourism Initiative

Politicians in Government have become significantly concerned with their tourism industry, as it’s the primary source of revenue for this state. It’s prompted these politicians to reopen the Tourism & Hospitality Industry considerably earlier than anticipated. Residents of Florida are being informed about taking local vacations, believing it’s better to avoid travelling state-to-state or internationally. Additional recommendations, including businesses holding all meetings in local convention centres to boost revenues.

These recommendations follow after Florida’s most notable industry crashed in March, with Hotels and Theme Parks respectively closing within several day periods. It’s prompted for more than $1.6 billion to be lost throughout the last six weeks. Notable statistics also revealed that Domestic Air Travel to Florida dropped by 65%, with International dropping by 80%. It’s the most significant drops for the state since 9/11 in 2001. Challenges more significant than the 9/11 Terrorist Event will follow after the COVID-19 pandemic. It’s expected that Florida won’t recover for two years.

The Cost of Life

The Committee responsible for implementing these recommendations will provide tutorials on how travellers can visit crowded facilities by adopting simple practices. These individuals believe that by wearing minimal protection, the virus can be stopped. Medical advice from the world’s most influential experts would suggest otherwise. However, these politicians aren’t willing to lose another $1.6 Billion over six weeks. That means their local population is less valuable than the finances they bring into local economies. Unfortunately, Florida civilians have approved of these measures and expressed through social media their excitement to return to the new normal.

This Committee mentioned it’s the job of all civilians and themselves to ease out the coronavirus from their state correctly. PR Representatives noted that their advertising campaigns would initially apply to Florida residents for two weeks, then move towards a national level. International packages won’t be supported until each respective country lifts their travel restrictions. This level of human engagement will skyrocket the rate of infections throughout Florida. It should be noted that Committee Members believe Florida Pride is most important moving forward, not Florida life. Members include the Governor and City Mayors.

Central American Tourism Battling Covid-19

Tourism throughout the Central American Regions has taken drastic downward spirals in profit. This includes nations like Costa Rica, Mexico, the Caribbean Islands, the Dominican Republic, Tobago and Guadalupe. These respective countries have implemented self-isolation measures before Covid-19 becomes a potential pandemic throughout their beaches, bars, restaurants and hotels.

When it applies to Costa Rica, their Manuel Antonio National Park is typically overfilled with tourists. The infamous beach destination sees young individuals retired citizens and honeymooners to the same area for pristine white sands. Behind those sands is a tropical rainforest, which creates a stunning element of nature that cannot be ignored. The Manuel Antonio National Park Beach is currently closed, which followed after the government announced restriction measures on all tourist activity. There is implemented bans on mass gatherings, meaning all beaches across Costa Rica are shut down. Hazard tape and local law enforcement are ensuring that residing tourists don’t enter these locations.

Central America’s Declining Revenue

The Covid-19 Pandemic has affected the global tourism industry, forcing thousands of travellers to return home unexpectedly and countless others to terminate their reservations. Billions have already been lost throughout the Caribbean and Central America regions, with each respective nation having to shut down their borders. Additional cancellations extend towards airports, with some countries accounting for 50% of yearly gross income from tourism.

The country of Panama has closed its borders, which isn’t surprising since their connected to Costa Rica. This influential nation has seen 245+ cases of Covid-19, with Costa Rica having 117 cases. Both countries are expecting to lose upwards of $600m from lost tourism. The only remaining border opened in Panama is their canal, which if closed, would cause detrimental effects to economies globally.

When it applies to the Caribbean, they’ve already begun anticipating an economic crash from the lost tourism activity. This is because the Caribbean is starting to see an influx of reported cases, with nations like Trinidad and the Dominican Republic reporting double-digits. This extends towards Guadeloupe and Tobago. Mexico expects 50% of its activity tourism valuations to plummet as well. This entire region could enter an economic crash.

Las Vegas Shutdown Amidst Coronavirus

It’s been almost 72-Hours since emergency measures were implemented throughout Las Vegas. All casinos on the Las Vegas Strip and non-essential businesses were informed to shut down operations amidst the coronavirus immediately. These actions are being implemented to ensure the limited spread of the coronavirus, which has killed 11+ thousand worldwide and infected far more. When traversing down the Las Vegas Strip, there’s an overwhelming sense of emptiness. The Bellagio Fountains are shut down, escalators on the strips are turned off, and windows for casinos have been boarded up. Las Vegas hasn’t been seen in this condition since in decades.

Multiple individuals living in the suburbs of Las Vegas have begun photographing this historic moment in Las Vegas. Social media audiences have received photographic evidence that all travellers have been halted into Las Vegas, meaning that millions are being lost daily in financial revenue. Thousands of individuals within this region are without their jobs and haven’t been provided funds to ensure their safety.

Multiple casinos have refused to pay infected or self-isolated employed amidst the Covid-19 pandemic. The long-lasting adverse effects that’ll be seen with the coronavirus for Las Vegas will be immense. Casinos could potentially shut down, and an economic crash could be seen for this region. It should be mentioned that Las Vegas is a city that runs entirely on tourism, with one month or longer causing un-reversible issues.

The People Left in Las Vegas

There are multiple individuals throughout Las Vegas that are using the lack of travelling tourists to their advantage. Flight attendants locked into the Las Vegas region during this pandemic were photographed near the Bellagio. Police officers have been pictured patrolling specialized zones near casinos, ensuring that the remaining vacationers are told to return to private locations until their departing flights. Individuals still having to work in las Vegas could be seen boarding up Mall Windows, Casino Doors, and deadbolting their respective businesses.

Other individuals used the Las Vegas Strip as a tranquil location, which hasn’t been possible for 7+ decades. Individuals closing shop near the Las Vegas Strip Mall was seen jogging down this infamous street, taking in the sites without anybody to hinder their run. However, multiple citizens in Las Vegas expressed that it’s eerie with the limited number of people around. It’s suspected that things won’t return to normal until June or July.

M&M Retail Store coming to MOA

Few shopping centres acquire specialized storefronts in the United States other than the Mall of America. This was once again proven with the announcement that the Mars Retail Group will launch an M&M Retail Store, marking their 5th location worldwide. Additional areas include Shanghai, Las Vegas, New York and London. However, a further four locations will open worldwide. Those will include Orlando, Germany, Berlin and Florida.

That’ll bring the total number to nine retail locations, with the Mall of America storefront anticipated to be more than 24,000-square-feet. It’ll be located in the East Marker Neighbourhood in MOA and will open Q4 2020. There’ll be two levels available for consumers to explore, with the Mars Retail Group confirming that this location will honour the Midwestern & Minnesota cultures. These announcements follow after the Mars Retail Group confirmed they’d expand the M&M brand throughout 2020.

The Director of Global Retail for the Mars Group confirmed this storefront on February 1st. He noted that the Mall of America is the perfect location to expand their immersive experiences for consumers, making them a natural partner to fully realize their strategic vision. Maintaining sites in all other jurisdictions in America, entering the Minnesota/Midwestern environment will cover all four corners of the United States. Individuals that cannot wait the potential eleven months for the grand opening can visit the NYC or Las Vegas location today.

New Hotels Opens by Mall of America

Another significant announcement was made regarding the Mall of America. Baywood Hotels confirmed they’d be launching their latest hotel under the Home2 Suites brand. Operated by the Hilton Corporation, this new location will be adjacent to the shopping centre and require less than five months of travelling time to enter various facilities. Those wanting to rent from this hotel chain will experience enhanced amenities, communal areas, and modern suites. There’ll also be an indoor pool, 24-hour fitness centre and outdoor fire pit. Hilton Corp confirmed that this location would also support specialized lobbies and exclusive dining options.

The Home2 Suites – Mall of America location, will be supported with four stories. It’ll be operated and owned under the Baywood Hotels Company, confirming that the Hilton Corporation and Baywood have begun an exclusive partnership. There’ll be 182 rooms available and has plans to gain Metro Blue Line access, which would make travelling to the Mall of America less than two minutes. Those wanting to stay with this hotel chain can start booking by February 11th.

Mall of America Releases Waterpark Details

The Mall of America is continuously upgrading their services, working night and day to appeal towards new consumers. One of the latest ventures to acquire new guests is with the development of an enormous water park, which is being built directly against the gigantic mall. The building plans and zoning laws were approved by the Bloomington City Council, who will now allow for a 330 thousand square foot waterpark to be designed beside Lindau Lane. There will be an adjoining bridge between the mall and this new waterpark, with the total cost expected to range around $250 million. Once it’s completed, it’ll be the largest waterpark built in North America.

Now that this waterpark has been approved, large-scale efforts must be undertaken to renovate individual sections of MOA. The massive park lot located by Lindau Lane on the northside of the mall will be redesigned for the waterpark. This means that new parking facilities will be built underground, with significant parking ramp being modelled for the east side of the waterpark. Subsequently, more than 1700 new parking spaces will be available. Included in these parking facilities will be VIP Locations, where an employee will park your vehicle and take luggage to hotel suites located in the waterpark.

The Bloomington City Council worked a contracting deal with the Mall of America, which enabled the approval to be fast-tracked. The Provident Resources Group is crafting this new waterpark facility. Their located in Louisiana and work as a not-for-profit organization. Tax-Exempt Bonds are being maintained by the Arizona Industrial Development Authority, who will fund the Louisiana-located construction company. The city council provided financial details to reporters, which was surprising.

Taxpayers Wronged

Citizens were shocked that the city council didn’t want property taxes to be paid on this new 330 thousand square feet facility. It suggests that individuals in the committee received a payout from the Mall of America. However, the committee came to their defence by saying that when this facility begins to turn a profit, a 1% tax will be maintained on all funds being earned from the waterpark. Most don’t realize that this could be worth millions in the coming years.

Another way that voters and taxpayers in the City of Bloomington were wronged was with the announcement of the parking ramp and sky bridge connection. Citizens were told that the city would spend $55 million to create these two facilities, with financing coming from the Bloomington Port Authority.

Las Vegas’s Allegiant Stadium

It’s been years since the announcement that the Oakland Raiders would move to Las Vegas. However, it wasn’t known when they would arrive for their first season in Sin City. It was revealed on December 13th that the Raiders would begin their stint with Las Vegas in 2021. The upsetting things for fans are knowing that 2020 is their last official season in Oakland and that the team most likely won’t ever return to their home state. However, that doesn’t mean that Raiders fans don’t have exciting things coming next season.

Their new home season has been in development for two years, and it’s slated to be the most modern facility in the National Football League. This stadium was subtly named the Death Star, with its official title coming as the Allegiant Stadium.

Allegiant Stadium

This new stadium received its official title with the partnership of Allegiant Airlines, a corporation based out of Las Vegas. Raiders fans will receive specialized treatment when travelling with the airline for an Allegiant Stadium matchup. Considering the popularity of this tourist destination, it makes sense that the Oakland Raiders would select a partner that can assist with travelling for home state fans. This deal was additionally the largest ever made within the National Football League.

Local citizens from Las Vegas are concerned with the new stadium, claiming that the increase of tourists in residential areas will prompt tailgating. This new facility will host 65,000 fans per game, with more than 2500 parking spaces. Subsequently, numerous fans will begin drinking and cooking by their vehicles. Allegiant Stadium could, unfortunately, become the new reason for increased crime in Las Vegas, which Raiders Owners hope won’t be the case.

The Allegiant Stadium will be completed by July 31st, 2020. It’s slated that the Raiders won’t begin playing at their new home-base until 2021. However, there is always the chance that delays in the project could make the completion date later than anticipated. Don Webb, the Chief Operating Officer for Allegiant Stadium, noted that there hadn’t been any delays in construction since it began in late 2017.

Six Flag’s Holiday Festivities

The Holiday Seasons are beginning with December 1st right around the corner. This season brings plenty of entertainment opportunities for families across the United States of America. One such place is Six Flags, who decorates the entirety of their park to immerse visitors in an enchanting wonderland based around the Christmas Holiday. All parks located in America operate the Holiday in the Park annual festivities, giving everyone from Buffalo to Florida something to enjoy.

Those that participate in the holiday festivities with Six Flags will see the entire amusement park transform into an atmosphere that compiles millions of dazzling lights and Christmas events. While on rollercoasters, decorations like a snowman or large Christmas trees will be on display. These exciting events began on November 24th and will continue until December 31st, 2019. One of the newest attractions appearing for the Holiday in the Park festivities is the Riverview Carousel, which sees more than ninety thousand illuminated lights appear over 1,350 feet of garland. Attached to this garland are more than 1000 ornaments and 200 illuminated candles. This created a visual experience, unlike any other holiday theme-park nationwide.

Additional Attractions

When arriving at an American theme park, there’s an immediate sense of adventure, especially during the holidays. Another attraction being displayed in various Six Flags across America includes the Pandemonium, which sees a massive swing take players through dangling Christmas lights. It should be noted that this attraction is exclusives to adults and is considered to be the most dangerous ride maintained with Six Flags.

Stepping into the main gate at any six flags across America will see visitors hit with a wave of holiday canopies and lights throughout Main Street. It’s estimated that every park manages more than 100,000 lights throughout the main street. This extends to two million park-wide and multiple Christmas trees throughout the facility. The biggest of which is twenty feet in the centre of Main Street.

Those acquiring some delicious treats while exploring the Six Flags Holiday in the Park festivities can traverse to the Peppermint Plaza. This designated area will provide visitors with dozens of Christmas and Holiday-themed food/threats. After the children have been fed, they can be taken to the North Pole and tell Santa Claus precisely what they want for Christmas. There is even the Santa Soup Kitchen, where children can help Mrs Claus with all her cooking duties. Anyone wishing to experience these events can expect to pay anywhere from $250.00 to $2,000.00 depending on your length of stay.

Resort World Las Vegas Delays Opening

The Las Vegas Strip has continuously changed since the entertainment mecca became famous at the dawn of the 19th century. Now more than a hundred years later, the strip is changing again with the development of a new mega-resort. The Resort World Las Vegas is the next upcoming multibillion-dollar hotel, resort and casino arriving in the Nevada Desert city. However, it was announced today that the development schedule for the new mega-resort has been delayed by several months. This information comes after the Genting Group, a Malaysian-based corporation, revealed upgraded plans for Resort World. These new plans include increasing the capacity, redesigning the property and having a larger budget.

Resort World Las Vegas selected the prior location of Stardust Hotel on the North Strip for their new site. The new hotel has been under construction for more than two years, with original estimations costing the Genting Group $4 billion for the new property. However, with the upgraded plans, that figure has been increased to $4.3 billion. Genting guarantees that Resort World will be the most luxurious and expensive property built in Las Vegas. Additionally, the property is being managed by Scott Sibella. He was the former President and Chief Operating Officer for MGM Grand Hotel, Resort & Casino. He now takes on the role of International Executive and President for Resorts World. This will more than likely bring major fights to the mega-resort, meaning that MGM could be dethroned as the Boxing and UFC hosts in Vegas.

New Upgrades

Scott has also assisted with the development of Resorts World Las Vegas since he joined the team in November. Several noticeable changes are happening to the mega-resort going forward. The first is that the Asian and Chinese theme for the resort will be axed, allowing for Sibella to create a more modern and contemporary theme. This will be similar to the Aria, which is the most popular hotel in Vegas for 2019. Additional changes include the resort building a 5,000-Seat Theatre that could host performances and fights regularly. It’s rumoured that Scott has already begun setting up matches for Resorts World Las Vegas when it opens in late 2020.

There will also be a new nightclub being built for the property, which will be more than 77 thousand square feet. This is meant to appeal to the younger audiences that are beginning to come to Las Vegas. Subsequently, all these upgrades will cost the Genting Group more than $300 million.

Walt Disney World Starts Christmas Festivities

It’s one of the most exciting times of the year for regular attendees of the Walt Disney World. The Wonderful Holiday Wishes Festivities have begun at the Magic Kingdom. This event starts with numerous Christmas-themed fireworks, which can last upwards of thirty minutes. Afterwards, all rides and amenities are opened to the public for the After-Hours Event. These festivities go for twenty-three nights, with the park shutting down for a short period during the holiday season. Those who can’t attend the performances in person can live stream the event from their home.

This year there are four attractions in the Magic Kingdom that are receiving a holiday upgrade for children and parents. The Monsters Incorporated Laugh Floor, Mad Tea Party Ride, Space Mountain Rollercoaster and the Tomorrowland Speedway are the attractions receiving cosmetic updates for the Magic Kingdom. It should be noted that the Animal Kingdom is also changing things up for the holidays, showing a new rendition of the Tree of Life Awakenings Venue. Walt Disney World even announced a new show for the 2019 Season called “Merry Menagerie”. This show will see ten depicted animals in puppet form interact with children at Discovery Island.

Those wanting to vacation at the Walt Disney World for the holiday season can expect the return of Sunset Seasons Greetings. This turns the Hollywood Tower Hotel into the Jingle Bells Resort. Those staying with the Christmas-themed resort can anticipate additional fireworks, projected Christmas films from Disney and Christmas Carolers roaming the grounds. Toy Story Land at the Hollywood Tower Hotel is also redecorated with the most elegant Christmas decorations.

The West Coast

Individuals who want to participate in the Holiday Celebrations at Walt Disney World in Epcot, Florida, can attend the festivities on November 29th. The Festival of the Holidays finishes with the arrival of the Epcot International Food and Wine Festival, which begins on the 23rd and ends on the 30th. Parents staying till the 29th can experience some of the greatest wining and dining available worldwide. However, those who aren’t located on the East Coast can also visit Disneyland Resort. The tropical vacation destination has begun their Christmas and Holiday Festivities. Multiple attractions, hotels and venues at the Disneyland Resort have been cosmetically changed for the holiday season.

The best option for fans of Walk Disney Productions living outside of the United States of America is to watch their favourite Christmas films. Notable Disney films like the Santa Claus Series or A Christmas Carol will provide the same magical joy and wonder that Disney is famous for delivering.

Best Casinos in Vegas

For many years Las Vegas has held the idea of wonder and magic, sustained by being an independent state for legal gambling. Thus portraying an image to the world of curiosity and glamour, allure and excitement. It is the kind of place where anything is possible, and casinos are the places to be. Some casinos in this city have managed to create a reputation that is placing them above the rest. These are the best casinos which you would want to visit, and they are all waiting for you to join in the fun in the city set in a desert.

Caesars Palace

Inside the core of this world-famous casino, you will find a sport-lovers delight. This sportsbook section of the casino attracts massive crowds in the 15 580 square foot area during games. The city is equipped with an enormous 138-foot LED display area. This area enables sports betters to be able to follow many sports at the same time. After extensive scale renovations in the area in 2017, sports betters can sit in much more comfort and even order food via an app.

ARIA

ARIA is home to almost 2 000 slot machines set on one of the largest slot-machine floors available on the entire strip and is offering the most selected high-limit slot rooms in the whole state. Especially these high-limit slot rooms which were designed by Peter Marino, an architect from New York, are incredibly alluring. These slot machines have a minimum value of $5 000 per pull. The area also has private bathrooms, an entire staff of butlers ready to serve your every need and a particular area where slot tickets can be exchanged.

The Bellagio

Las Vegas is the city of dreams, and often these dreams get crushed when the harsh reality of life slips into the world of wonder and magic. Often new and upcoming casinos become nothing more than a fleeting memory when dreams are crushed, but one steadfast name which remains popular today still is the Bellagio. Food and drinks are always on hand and so too is ahead or neck massage if needed. The Bobby Room is the exquisite location named after the 1978 World Series Poker Champion, Bobby Baldwin and it is here where the highest stakes are placed.

Golden Nugget

The place where the most excellent variety of games are available is also known as the swankiest venue set in Downtown. At the Golden, Nugget players can indulge in many different options and regularly new additions are added to what is on offer. Often these games are also set-up outside around the pool areas where players can truly appreciate the buzz which is oozing from the streets, illuminated by the glow of the neon lights.