No Reason Given for Trump Cutting Short His Florida Vacation | Political News

By DARLENE SUPERVILLE, Associated Press

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) — President Donald Trump is cutting short his Florida vacation and returning to Washington on Thursday, one day earlier than expected for reasons the White House didn’t explain.

The White House announced the abrupt change in the president’s schedule late Wednesday, hours after Sen. Josh Hawley, R-Mo., said he will raise objections when Congress meets on Jan. 6 to affirm President-elect Joe Biden’s victory in the November election.

The Republican challenge is a futile attempt intended to keep Trump in power, and a path the president has pursued after his

How tourist destinations can rebuild after coronavirus

Tourism has virtually stopped thanks to the COVID-19 lockdowns. This is hitting many cities hard—see this report about New York galleries and museums losing millions of dollars, for example. Many tourist businesses are now contemplating a future without lucrative international visitors, having to rely instead on those closer to home.


In Scotland, where I am based, the chief executive of the Association of Scottish Visitor Attractions believes that 80% of the country’s attractions may not survive the next 12 months. He thinks many will not be viable if you combine a massive drop in international numbers with the current rules

Maine State Parks crush records for recreation visits in 2020; camping reservations for 2021 open Feb. 1

Despite pandemic-related spring closures and season-long capacity limitations, a total of 3,067,112 people visited Maine State Parks.

AUGUSTA, Maine — Did the COVID-19 pandemic motivate you to pursue more of Maine’s outdoor opportunities? If so, you’re not alone.

The Maine Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry’s (DACF) Bureau of Parks and Lands (BPL) has compiled its year-end Maine State Park visitation statistics and, as expected, 2020 activity broke all records for recreation visits, which includes day-use and camping. 

Despite pandemic-related spring closures and season-long capacity limitations, a total of 3,067,112 people visited Maine State Parks in 2020.

The BPL welcomed

Tourists describe ruined L.A. vacations as police work to thwart Bay Area car burglars

Shannon FitzPatrick was excited to show her husband and two children her grandfather’s star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame when the family traveled to Los Angeles in July for a wedding.

But while shopping in the Melrose District, the vacation turned into an ordeal that still haunts FitzPatrick. Someone had smashed the back window of the family’s rented SUV and stolen suitcases, backpacks and valuables worth more than $4,000.

“It was frustrating, heartbreaking and seriously scary for the kids, but thankfully no one was injured,” said FitzPatrick, a Florida realtor who grew up in Southern California. “One of the

Tourism in Tagaytay, Taal-affected areas suffers ‘tremendous setback’

Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, January 14) — Tagaytay City, a popular tourist destination known for its cool breeze and scenic views, is suffering a “tremendous setback” from Taal Volcano’s unrest.

The Department of Tourism (DOT) on Tuesday said this is also the case for other areas in the CALABARZON region, whhich includes the provinces of Cavite, Laguna, Batangas, Rizal, and Quezon, which all have their share of tourist-friendly places.

“At this point in time, the DOT’s foremost concern is public safety including foreign and local tourists affected by this fortuitous event,” the DOT said in a statement.

But it said