Europeans wanting to travel to the United States for vacation or business opportunities will find themselves delayed for a prolonged period. This follows after President Donald Trump implemented travel restrictions on twenty-six nations across the European Union, with this being part of the American COVID-19 Contingency Plan. It should be noted that these travel restrictions apply to Non-Americans, who won’t be provided entrance into the United States for fourteen business days.
Individuals from the Republic of Ireland and the United Kingdom are exempt from these restrictions, with this extending to Americans within Europe trying to return home. Donald Trump made this decision after declaring a national emergency, with 2000+ confirmed cases of the coronavirus. This extends to forty-three deaths, prompting Trump to offer $50 billion in relief aid. Washington analysts claim that the substantial financial assistance follows after nation-wide criticism towards Trump’s failure with available testing kits throughout hospitals. Considering that Americans pay for their health care, this was inexcusable.
March 14th COVID-19 Developments
Every day new updates are being provided with the coronavirus. It’s become drastically challenging for global citizens to absorb the influx of information being thrown at them. We have compiled the most notable headlines from March 14th regarding this global pandemic.
New Zealand’s Prime Minister confirmed that individuals entering their country would be admitted into self-isolation for fourteen days, with that level of isolation being home-based or hospital-based, depending on the symptoms being shown. Exempt from this temporary legislation are individuals living on the South Pacific Islands. This decision follows after the Australian Government confirmed their number of COVID-19 cases jumped to two hundred.
The Chinese Government noted that thirteen deaths from the novel coronavirus occurred on March 14th, with an additional eleven cases of the infection being confirmed. The South Koreans noted that 200+ infections were recorded on the 14th. This figure was seen two-days back-to-back for the South Koreans. They’ve had the highest rate of infections next to Italy and China. It should be noted that the number of daily diseases throughout China have begun slowing by drastic percentages, which as promoted Europe into the epicentre of this pandemic. North America is expected to become the next epicentre, with the virus dying out after its global terrorization in Summer.
Tourism across the world is beginning to dwindle at rapid rates. These declines come after the outbreak of the coronavirus, which initially started throughout the region of Wuhan in China. With everyone being concerned for their health, it’s prompted for numerous corporations to receive booking cancellations. One of the most affected regions worldwide is Nara, a city located in Japan. It’s forty-five-minutes aware from their capital city of Kyoto and is infamous for having 1000+ deer greet tourists, with them requesting treats in the process. This story has become similar throughout the entire world, with even locations like New York City and Chicago receiving an influx of cancellations. Additional nations that have seen increased cancellations on vacations include Egypt, which has 25+ confirmed cases of the coronavirus.
Chinese tourists are the most influential benefactors towards the European Union Tourism Industry, with financial analysts now anticipating that there’ll be a $1.1 billion monthly deficit on tourism. Considering that locations like Italy and Amsterdam rely on tourism for their national economies, coronavirus exposure is causing millions to lose their regular finances.
The Italian Outbreak
The most troubled nation with the coronavirus isn’t the United States of America, but instead Italy. They’ve had a soaring rate of exposure, which is prompting for numerous locations across Rome and Venice to become ghost towns. Financial analysts throughout Italy anticipate that if this virus isn’t solved before the end of May, upwards of $12.5 billion can be lost. This follows after multiple venues in Italy have been terminated, which includes the Milan Fashion Show and Venice Carnival. Postponements include the Architecture Biennale Exposition, which was slated to begin in May but won’t start until August 2020.
Scientific minds know that the chances of being exposed to the coronavirus are less than winning the lottery. For individuals of this nature, it’s the perfect time to book a vacation and visit these destinations. You’ll receive the highest level of accommodations, with prices being drastically lower and various global destinations being unspoiled by the lack of countless tourists. Considering that this open timeframe is available for the next four to six months, we recommend that precautious individuals that know the scientific defences for the coronavirus, book a vacation immediately.
It was revealed this week that a women from America
entering Malaysia who disembarked from a cruise ship docked in Cambodia was
diagnosed with the Coronavirus on Saturday.
A statement released by the Malaysian Health Ministry and
Hisham Abdullah, its Health director-general Noor. said the patient is 83 years
of age. It read; “The Cambodian government allowed all passengers and crew
members to return to their home countries after announcing that health
screening had been carried out on them.”
The cruise ship in question, owed by Westerdam had been
denied entry and debarking by several different countries but accepted in
Cambodia where its passengers disembarked finally. In total, there was 145
passengers from the cruise that then boarded flights to Malaysia on Friday.
Upon arrival, both the women infected and her husband were found to have
symptoms of the coronavirus at Kuala Lumpur International Airport and were then
transferred for additional testing at the Sungai Buloh Hospital.
On Saturday, the elderly women returned a positive test for COVID-19 and based on reports from Dr Noor Hisham, is in stable condition. However, her husband’s test results came back negative, but for safety precautions, is being closely monitored. Malaysia has not to 22 confirmed cases of the virus.
Non-Travelling American diagnosed with Coronavirus
Officials with the CDC confirmed on the evening of Wednesday that a patient from California has contracted the coronavirus. The report indicated that the infected patient had no recent travel exposure nor contact with any other infected patients. This makes it the first known case like it in the United States. In an official statement from the CDC, it stated; “It’s also possible, however, that the patient may have been exposed to a returned traveller who was infected.”
The CDC stated an investigation into the infections source will continue. This diagnosis increases the total number of Americans infected with the virus to 60. However, the majority of those are resultant from those who were aboard the Diamond Princess Cruise ship that Japan had quarantined. Donald Trump, in a White House news conference, announced that he has put Vice President Mike Pence in charge of how the U.S will respond to the coronavirus. Pence, who has absolutely zero training in the medical field, stated: “The threat to the American public remains low.”
Whenever you travel, you unintentionally impose yourself to numerous risks. This was proven for one American Tourist, who was murdered in Costa Rica at an Airbnb by the respective security guard. Her name was Carla Stefaniak, who has decided to take a birthday vacation to Costa Rica at the age of thirty-six. She was slated to return home on November 28th, 2018 but never check-in for her flight or board the plane. This caused immediate concern for Carla’s sister-in-law, who had texted with Miss Stefaniak the day prior. She noted that the conditions at the Villa Buena Vista Resort were pretty sketchy. This resort is located in San Jose, Escazu Suburb, Costa Rica.
This unidentified sister-in-law, for safety, contacted local authorities regarding Carla’s potential disappearance. It didn’t take long for law enforcement to locate Carla Stefaniak’s body in a wooded area near this resort. This security guard covered her body in plastic bags, with the autopsy report indicating that she’d been murdered from multiple head injuries and stab wounds to the neck. Law enforcement and Autopsy Experts believe this attack was sexually motivated, with it being committed by Bismarck Espinoza Martinez. Working as the security guard for the Villa Buena Vista Resort, it took law enforcement less than forty-eight hours to arrest him in connection to Carla’s death.
After more than 15+ months, the courts have ruled that Bismarck Espinoza Martinez is guilty of committing this murder. He’ll now spend the next sixteen years of his life in a Costa Rican prison, where imprisonment is considered some of the worst worldwide. The General Director of Costa Rica’s Investigation Department expressed that he’d become a suspect four hours after finding Carla’s body. He’d mistakenly changed his stories multiple times, leading this 32-year-old security guard to remain in prison until 48.
Always Travel Safely
We’re recommending that our readers don’t travel to Costa Rica, with it often being considered a violent location with criminal entities. Those wanting to go to this tropical location are recommended to research their respective resort and its neighbourhood in length. Determine the level of crime relating to murder, sex trafficking and stolen goods. There are numerous neighbourhoods throughout Costa Rica that have safely governed resorts, with their costs being higher than the average price associated with travelling to this nation. Travellers staying with an Airbnb service can also select a personalized security force, which costs a substantial fee.
Hawaiian citizens are concerned for their safety after it was announced that a Japanese woman and her husband were diagnosed with the coronavirus. This followed after the woman had returned to Japan, with her visit to Oahu and Maui lasting between January 28th to February 7th. Health officials at these two Hawaiian islands completed a full assessment to determine who came into contact with these individuals. The Department of Health notified that 58 locals are being monitored, with one being placed into quarantine. Concerns relate to those 58 people and the countless individuals they came into contact with, as this could be the 1st instance of the coronavirus having an outbreak outside of China. All information regarding this potential outbreak was provided through a News Conference on February 14th.
The Department of Health notified the Hawaiian people that both the male and female symptoms hadn’t exhibited symptoms for the coronavirus. However, cold-like symptoms arose while they visited Oahu. This couple stayed with the Grand Waikikian Resort with Hilton Grand Vacations. Individuals that stayed at this resort between the announced timeframe are urged to seek medical attention to assess their conditions. The Hawaiian State Department of Health expressed that citizens shouldn’t be alarmed, that the rate of infection is minimal.
Protocols in Effect
This statement was provided before the initial assessment was completed, causing minimal relief to the Hawaiian people during the week. February 17th will see procedures for the coronavirus outbreak in Hawaii be implemented on a minimum scale. This will allow the Health Department to cleanse the Waikikian Resort, which could be contaminated with the coronavirus. It’s expected that the West and South Wings will be their target location, with the majority of infected from this resort originating from these sections.
It should be noted that both the wife and husband from Japan were diagnosed with the coronavirus immediately after returning from Hawaii. This was on February 8th, where both emitted fevers ranging from 102 to 105 degrees. Reporters questioned the Hawaiian Governor on the seriousness of this situation, with him expressing that medical advisories will be posted through Oahu starting on the 17th. When it applies to the island of Maui, they’ve been cleared with minimal risk to the coronavirus. From the 58 exposed to these Japanese nationals, only twenty were located from Maui. Medical care providers throughout Oahu will be provided with drugs and medicines that can defeat the coronavirus, with most unaware that a cure has been located from scientists in Argentina.
Those wanting to immigrate to the United States of America face countless hurdles under the Trump Administration. After what millions worldwide believed would be the impeachment of Donald Trump, he was cleared of actions that previous governments would’ve deemed illegal. This immediately prompted an increase in legislation against those wanting to immigrate or travel to the USA. Donald Trump quickly put travelling bans on all Asian travellers, which then extended to new law relating to Visas. Individuals who are pregnant and applying to visas will immediately be declined, as Donald Trump believes this is an immediate effort to birth the child in America. Subsequently, the parents wouldn’t be a legal citizen, but their child would. Birth Tourism is one of the most significant platforms relating to Donald Trump’s re-election campaign, which is riddled with racism and violent undertones.
The Criminal Actions of Donald Trump
It should be noted that Donald Trump implored an entire crowd to assault an African America during his previous rallies. He worked with the Russian Government, created an economic war with China and prompted illegal investigations into Joe Biden to ensure his future second term as president. This plus countless other illegal actions were deemed reasonable by the United States Senate, indicating that all future politicians can commit atrocious behaviour and never be vindicated for their actions.
Immediately after the new legislation was put into place, Federal Agents supporting these laws broke into an apartment complex in California. They swarmed pregnant woman and returned them to their respective countries, with the apartment complex receiving a $50,000.00 fine for every individual illegal immigrant. These actions follow the racist behaviours of the Trump Administration, who previously created legalized Concentration Camps. Children were separated from parents and married couples separated from each other, with all respective parties being forced to work.
Neither the United Nations nor the United States Senate deemed these actions to be illegal. An entire world war was started 80 years ago when the Nazis used Concentration Camps to kill Jewish people. Multiple individuals that stand for the liberal mindset have implored with legislators to enforce strong actions onto Donald Trump. All of these have failed through and resulted in the continued destruction of America. This man isn’t a president for democracy but more similar to a communist leader, who needs to be stopped immediately.
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.
Reports regarding global tourism have begun to indicate that travellers are spending large percentages of cash at local retailers. This has extended to Times Square in New York City, with multiple merchants struggling to earn previous profits from a decade ago. Those retailers include the Gap, Cover Girl, Old Navy, American Eagle, Toys r’ Us and Coty Inc. This follows an increase in rent payments have occurred yearly, and tourists have begun to dwindle. Analysts have determined that limited retail shopping follows with the increasing presence of online retailers like Amazon and Etsy. It’s prompting retail locations to shutdown in Times Square, with real estate brokers working tediously to acquire new tenants. This has proven to be a challenging task for the highest-rated brokers in NYC.
Locations available for purchase include 1530 Broadway Street, which maintained a large-scale GAP. This extends to 1532 Broadway Street, which held a discounted Old Navy brick-and-mortar location. Additional venues available for purchase include 30 Times Square Blvd, which saw one of the fastest turnovers in Times Square history. Cover Girl opened their first flagship retail store, with it shutting down less than twelve months later. There’s also rumours that American Eagle Outfitters will shutdown their flagship times square location at 1551 Broadway Street.
Times Square hasn’t been remotely affected by the same levels that nearby retail neighbourhoods have experienced. The Manhattan District has seen rent prices drastically increase since 2010, with multiple retailers shutting down their doors and being replaced with office space. This included Toys “R” Us, which saw a nationwide shutdown in North America. Most of the contracts relating to these shutdown locations are in effect until 2023; this included both stores operated by Gap Incorporated. It’s estimated that this corporation in Times Square operates 80 thousand square feet. The Cover Girl location faces a similar decision of what to do, with them operation 10 thousand square feet until 2021. All companies are expected to re-invest their retail locations and re-approach the Times Square market by Q4 2020.
It’s not surprising that Gap Incorporated has shutdown both retail locations in Times Square. The company has faced significant setbacks in recent months, with their CEO being terminated in November 2019. Multiple locations in North America have been shut down, with executives working to revitalize the brand. However, it should be noted that their subsidiary of Old Navy, has performed better than anticipated throughout the last fifteen months. There could be hope for the Gap brand to become modernized and fashionable throughout the 2020s.
The Six Flags Entertainment Corporation had their shares drop by 19% on Friday, January 17, 2020. This follows after the amusement park confirmed that they’d face revenue declines in the third and fourth quarter of 2020. It’s anticipated that they’ll lose upwards of $10 million in profits, bringing the year-end earnings to $25 million maximum. This is considerably lower than profits earned by SFEC in years past, which follows after North American theme parks continue to experience lower attendance volumes. Seasons pass percentages have been the weakest since 2001.
Six Flags Entertainment Corporation has suffered from unforeseen circumstances. The corporation focused on growing its international investments, specifically in China. Unfortunately, their partnership in china defaulted on its obligations for payment. This caused for Riverside Investment to be sued profusely by Six Flags Entertainment Corporation, with their Chinese parks going into bankruptcy.
Representatives from Six Flags confirmed that the 2019 fourth quarter wouldn’t see any profits or revenue from their Chinese subsidiaries, with international agreements being broken. It’s anticipated that $1 million will be lost from these prior agreements, which they’d hope to offset with increased sales in America. There will also be a dismissal charge of $10 million from the Chinese government, which will avoid any potential litigation moving forward. Recovering from the $11 million lost and lower revenues in America is prompting Six Flags to reformat themselves company-wide.
The growth of international programs was supposed to be the catalyst that saw Six Flags become a multi-billion dollar corporation. That is still possible with new deals in place for Saudi Arabia and Dubai, which would be two locations that could see substantial profits rank in for SFEC. However, Six Flags cannot provide the associated costs for development or license. This extends to the management costs, which will require six flags to inquire additional investors. Subsequently, revenues will become lower. It now becomes a question of brand growth over financial growth for the Six Flags Entertainment Corporation.
Six Flags History
This first iteration of the Six Flags Theme Park began in Arlington, Texas. The pack started construction in 1957 ad opened their doors during 1961. Since that first year, SFEC has seen continued expansion across America, with twenty-six parks maintained in the United States. Collectively, there are more than nine-hundred rides offered by SFEC. To date, their highest rate of revenue was $1.5 billion, with more than fifty thousand employees. It should be noted that throughout the 2000s, this corporation suffered from declining profits but was able to re-invent themselves. It’s expected they’ll do the same thing for a second time.
One of the first questions individuals ask themselves when considering a vacation to Disney World is, which hotel should I stay with? That answer can be challenging with more than twenty-five properties available. This includes notable titles like the Art of Animation Resort, Grand Floridian and The Riviera Resort. Unfortunately, some people maintain a smaller budget and must locate the more affordable hotels. When it applies to affordable hotels, there’s one that’s becoming famous for being the worst. That location is the All-Star Sports Hotel. It features the convenience of a Disney World hotel, with basic amenities and inferior room quality. It’s become hated by visitors, with all the reviews indicating a negative experience.
The All-Star Sports Hotel is located in the Animal Kingdom, with the average nightly price ranging for $160.00 to $200.00. This is an overvalued price-point with the condition of this hotel, which opened in May 1994. Since then there haven’t been any renovations to the lounge areas or its 1900+ rooms throughout ten buildings. Those that attend this hotel receive rooms themed around different sports, ranging from Basketball to Hockey. It seems like something from an 80’s film, with conditions similar to a Motel 6.
One of the most significant shortcomings with the All-Star Sports Hotel is the lack of restaurants. There’s a competent court offered, with cooking conditions being incredibly outdated. Basic food like Pizza, Cheeseburgers and Chicken Tenders are available. When it applies to the bedroom, the only amenities include a bathroom and bed-set. Televisions are outdated from the early 2000s, making them incredibly difficult to use for guests. Overall, the standard experience of this location is considered the worst in Disney World.
The Experience Gets Worse!
Those thinking that this would be bad enough are wrong. The experience with All-Star Sports becomes worse, with travelling times being the longest for Disney World. Guests share a singular bus, which travels between two other resorts under the All-Star classification. This means that wait times for busses average 30+ minutes, with the buss being overcrowded and often exceeding weight limits. It should be noted that All-Star Sports in the furthest hotel from Disney Worlds various theme parks, with it being more than five miles from the Magic Kingdom.
Additionally, the All-Star Busses don’t offer priority access. This means that travelling from the resort to Disney’s kingdoms must be traversed on regularly designated roads. Expect long travelling times, upwards of one hour or more. Subsequently, this means that using the All-Star Sports transportation could take one to two hours to arrive at various destinations. This is in a space less than ten miles.