Hospitality and leisure industry

FILE - The Seattle Mariners play the Texas Rangers in the first inning of a baseball game at Globe Life Field in Arlington, Texas, Monday, Aug. 10, 2020. The World Series will be played entirely at the Texas Rangers’ new ballpark in Arlington, Texas, as part of a bubble agreement between Major League Baseball and the players’ association, the first time the sport’s championship will be played entirely at one site since 1944. As part of an agreement finalized Tuesday, Sept. 15, 2020, the Division Series, League Championship Series and World Series will be part of a bubble designed to minimize exposure to the coronavirus. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez, File)
September 15, 2020 - 5:59 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — The World Series will be played entirely at the Texas Rangers’ new ballpark in Arlington, Texas, and Major League Baseball hopes fans can attend. The Division Series, League Championship Series and World Series all will be part of a bubble designed to minimize exposure to the...
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In this photo made on Saturday, Aug. 29, 2020, visitors ride the Wave Swinger in the "Lost Kennywood" section of Kennywood Park in West Mifflin, Pa. Visitors have been slow to return to U.S. theme parks that saw their seasons interrupted by the coronavirus crisis, causing some parks to reduce their operating days, slash ticket prices and close early for the year. (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic)
September 07, 2020 - 8:25 am
TOLEDO, Ohio (AP) — Theme park operators who spent months installing hand sanitizing stations, figuring out how to disinfect roller coasters seats and checking the temperatures of guests at their gates so they'd come back in the midst of the pandemic are finding many reluctant to return. Some parks...
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In this photo released by Xinhua News Agency, Chinese President Xi Jinping addresses the Global Trade in Services Summit of the 2020 China International Fair for Trade in Services (CIFTIS) via video in Beijing, China on Friday, Sept. 4, 2020. Chinese President Xi Jinping said China will further open to the outside world at the opening ceremony of a massive trade fair in Beijing, the first this large scale trade event integrating online and offline exchanges since the coronavirus outbreak. (Li Tao/Xinhua via AP)
September 04, 2020 - 11:19 pm
BEIJING (AP) — President Xi Jinping pledged to open China’s service industries wider to foreign competitors as its first in-person trade fair since the coronavirus outbreak opened under intensive anti-disease controls. Xi gave no details in his speech Friday night, but Chinese leaders are...
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FILE - In this June 30, 2020, file photo Federal Reserve Board Chairman Jerome Powell, reflected in the sneeze guard set up between himself and members of the House Committee on Financial Services, speaks during a hearing on oversight of the Treasury Department and Federal Reserve pandemic response on Capitol Hill in Washington. With the economy still in the pandemic’s grip, the Federal Reserve is facing a decision on whether to stretch an emergency lending program in a way that could bring more risk for the government and taxpayers. Lawmakers are pressing the central bank to deliver more aid to struggling small and mid-sized businesses. (Bill O'Leary/The Washington Post via AP, Pool)
August 29, 2020 - 12:09 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — With the economy still in the pandemic’s grip, the Federal Reserve is facing a decision on whether to stretch an emergency lending program in a way that could bring more risk for the government and taxpayers. Lawmakers are pressing the central bank to deliver more aid to...
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FILE - In this Aug. 3, 2015, file photo, a man rides his bike past the MGM Grand hotel and casino in Las Vegas. MGM Resorts plans to lay off 18,000 workers as the casino company struggles with the fallout from the pandemic. The Las Vegas-based parent of the Bellagio said in a letter to employees that furloughed employees will keep health benefits until Sept. 30, 2020 according to a report in The Wall Street Journal. (AP Photo/John Locher, File)
August 28, 2020 - 2:20 pm
MGM Resorts is laying off 18,000 people as an unchecked pandemic leaves economic scars across a broad swath of U.S. industries, particularly those that rely on healthy crowds of people. The layoffs at MGM, which amount to about a quarter of its U.S staff of about 70,000, caps a wave of job cuts and...
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FILE - In this Wednesday, Aug. 5, 2020 file photo woman walks, wearing a face mask to protect against coronavirus, near the beach, in Saint Jean de Luz, southwestern France. The World Health Organization’s top official in Europe, Dr. Hans Kluge warned Thursday Aug. 27, 2020, that the coronavirus is a “tornado with a long tail” saying rising case counts among young people could ultimately spread the virus, and WHO issued advice to hotels as cases across Europe have increased amid the summer holiday season. (AP Photo/Bob Edme, File)
August 27, 2020 - 4:11 pm
GENEVA (AP) — The World Health Organization said Thursday that countries should actively test people to find coronavirus cases even if they don’t show symptoms — a stance that comes after the U.S. health agency switched its policy to say that asymptomatic contacts of infected people don’t need to...
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Passengers arriving in Rome from four Mediterranean countries receive instructions by airport staff, right, as they line up with their suitcases at Rome's Leonardo da Vinci airport to be immediately tested for COVID-19, Sunday, Aug.16, 2020. Italy's health minister issued an ordinance requiring the tests for all travelers arriving in Italy from Croatia, Greece, Malta or Spain. (AP Photo/Andrew Medichini)
August 16, 2020 - 4:20 pm
ROME (AP) — Cruise ship passengers had their temperatures checked and took COVID-19 tests Sunday so they could set sail on what is being billed as the first Mediterranean cruise after Italy's pandemic lockdown. The cruise ship company MSC has made the procedures, for crew as well as passengers,...
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FILE - In this Tuesday, April 30, 2013, file photo, a man works on a new Marriott sign in front of the former Peabody Hotel in Little Rock, Ark. Marriott says its business is steadily improving, Monday, Aug. 10, 2020, with 91% of its hotels now reopen and business travel reemerging in China. (AP Photo/Danny Johnston, File)
August 10, 2020 - 3:21 pm
On land and sea, the travel industry is hurting but holding out hope for a recovery. Marriott said Monday it has reopened most of its hotels around the world, helped by a rebound in business travel in China. The average occupancy at its hotels is also improving, although still at depressed levels...
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People wearing face masks to protect against the coronavirus ride scooters during a rainfall in Beijing, Wednesday, Aug. 5, 2020. Measures to contain the spread on a COVID-19 outbreak in China's northwestern region of Xinjiang, including locking down some communities and limiting public transport, appear to have been effective and reported case numbers have gradually fallen. (AP Photo/Mark Schiefelbein)
August 05, 2020 - 10:14 pm
BEIJING — New COVID-19 cases in China’s northwestern city of Urumqi have shown a slight rise, with 27 reported Thursday, five more than the day before. The uptick in the Xinjiang region shows authorities are still battling to end country’s latest major outbreak that appeared around three weeks ago...
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The cruise ship SeaDream 1 at the quay in Bodoe, Norway, Wednesday Aug. 5, 2020. The cruise ship with 123 passengers on board and a crew of 85 has docked in the Norwegian harbor of Bodoe but no one can disembark after a former passenger from Denmark tested positive for the coronavirus upon returning home. (Sondre Skjelvik/NTB Scanpix via AP)
August 05, 2020 - 1:36 pm
With new coronavirus clusters sprouting aboard ships overseas, the U.S. cruise industry is extending its suspension of operations through October. The Cruise Lines International Association, which represents more than 50 companies and 95% of ocean-going cruise capacity, said Wednesday that if...
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