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Cruise ship passengers desperately plead with Florida to allow them in


April 1, 2020, 6:58 AM CDT / Updated April 1, 2020, 11:29 AM CDT By Safia Samee Ali

When Andrea Anderson and her husband boarded the MS Zaandam cruise ship in Buenos Aires more than three weeks ago, they didn’t know that their trip of a lifetime would disastrously coincide with a global pandemic that would leave them shut out and stranded at sea.

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Marriott says new data breach affects 5.2 million guests


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FILE – This April 20, 2011 file photo shows Portland Marriott Downtown Waterfront in Portland, Ore. Marriott says guests’ names, loyalty account information and other personal details may have been accessed in the second major data breach to hit the company in less than two years. The world’s largest hotel company says on Tuesday, March 31, 2020, approximately 5.2 million guests may have been affected. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer, File)

Marriott says guests’ names, loyalty account information and other personal details may have been accessed in the second major data breach to hit the company in less than two years….Yahoo


Airbnb CEO Apologizes to Hosts With a $260 Million Relief Package

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Faced with a backlash over its unilateral decision to refund guest reservations and leave hosts empty-handed while competitors took a more balanced approach, Airbnb co-founder and CEO Brian Chesky apologized to hosts, and detailed a $260 million Airbnb relief package….Skift

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CDC issues travel advisory for three states as global COVID-19 death toll tops 30,000

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March 29, 2020, 7:53 AM CDT / Updated March 29, 2020, 12:15 PM CDTBy Yuliya Talmazan, Lidia Sirna and Hernan Muñoz Ratto

People in New York, New Jersey and Connecticut were urged to “refrain from non-essential domestic travel” for the next two weeks by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention as the number of people killed by the coronavirus pandemic around the world surpassed 30,000….NBC News

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Cruise-ship workers say they have so much sex that their ships are like college dorms

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  • Sex among cruise-ship workers is pervasive, current and former cruise-ship employees told Business Insider.
  • Some compared the hookup culture as being similar to, or even exceeding, that of a college dorm.
  • But the permissive sexual culture on cruise ships can also lead to aggressive or inappropriate behavior. 
  • Romantic relationships among employees develop and end much faster than on land, which, along with frequent turnover, can make long-term relationships difficult.
  • Do you work in the cruise industry? Do you have an opinion about how your company or the industry as a whole has handled the coronavirus? Email this reporter at mmatousek@businessinsider.com.

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How long can Las Vegas companies AND CASINOS survive a shutdown?


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Here’s a look at what Macquarie’s analysis found: 

  • Monarch Casino and Resort (Reno): 14.3 months, burning $300,000 a day.
  • Red Rock Resorts: 13.8 months, burning $1.7 million a day.
  • Golden Entertainment: 10.4 months, burning $1 million a day.
  • Boyd Gaming: 9.4 months, burning $3.2 million a day.
  • MGM Resorts International: 9 months, burning $14.4 million a day.
  • Penn National: 5.2 months, burning $6.4 million a day.

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U.S. Airlines Selling Cheap Flights Far in Advance to Fill Coffers


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U.S. Airlines Selling Cheap Flights Far in Advance to Fill Coffers

Brian Sumers, Skift Skift March 20, 2020, 3:30 PM CDT

During good times, airlines brag about revenue management systems, promising they can capture every bit of revenue by measuring each traveler’s willingness to pay. Often, humans become near bystanders, told to let the artificial intelligence work its magic….

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Delta, United, and other airlines sending their largest planes to the desert for storage as they drastically reduce operations due to coronavirus


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DELTA, UNITED, AND OTHER AIRLINES SENDING THEIR LARGEST PLANES TO THE DESERT FOR STORAGE AS THEY DRASTICALLY REDUCE OPERATIONS DUE TO CORONAVIRUS- Yahoo

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  • Pinal Air Park in Arizona is best known for being an aircraft boneyard where aging aircraft are stored and scrapped for parts.
  • Iconic airliners from yesteryear including the Boeing 747 and McDonnell Douglas DC-9 line the taxiways and parking areas of the isolated airfield. 
  • Delta Air Lines, among others, are now turning to the airfield for storage as the novel coronavirus con…..
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China’s online travel sites Qunar, Ctrip expect a surge in domestic tourism amid global shutdown


Back in business, China’s online travel sites Qunar, Ctrip expect a surge in domestic tourism amid global shutdown

  • Ctrip started selling travel packages and attraction tickets last week as the country accelerated the pace of reopening parks and tourist spots
  • Analysys is forecasting that the proportion of domestic tourism will increase to 60 per cent from 47 per cent last year
A view of Shanghai Disneyland, which was closed during the coronavirus health crisis. Ctrip started selling travel packages and attraction tickets on its app last week. Photo: Bloomberg