Tag: Tourism

South Dakota braces for ‘almost non-existent’ 2020 tourism season due to COVID-19 | Local News

The COVID-19 pandemic has almost completely shut down tourism in South Dakota, one of the state’s largest industries.

The loss of visitors now and potentially into the summer tourism season threatens to cut off a vital economic lifeline for businesses and their employees and eliminate a major source of sales tax revenues that fund operations of cities and state government.

Gov. Kristi Noem has said the pandemic and efforts to slow the spread of the COVID-19 virus, such as social distancing and foreign travel restrictions, would likely continue through May, when infections are expected to peak in South Dakota. The

Can this old rail yard become a tourism spot in Kentucky?

IRVINE, Ky. — Trains and railways are a part of Eastern Kentucky’s heritage that has been slowly slipping away, but “The Yard,” an economic development project, plans to make them a key part of the region’s future.

Backers hope The Yard, a 40-acre former railroad property in Irvine, will someday feature a 75-year-old steam locomotive, a rail rehab facility, a machine shop, an interactive museum, a restaurant and a pavilion to spur revitalization of Eastern Kentucky’s economy.

The Estill County project is led by Kentucky Steam, a non-profit with a goal of restoring historic rail equipment and bolstering economic development

Israel to set up ‘tourism islands’ in desert where hotels and attractions can reopen

Israel is setting up so-called tourism islands in the desert resort town of Eilat, where hotels and some attractions will reopen and visitors will be required to take regular Covid-19 tests.

The plans were approved by the Knesset, the Israeli parliament, on Wednesday and are part of the government’s efforts to slowly and carefully scale back a second nationwide lockdown imposed in September. 

Under the proposals, holiday makers must pass a coronavirus test 72 hours before arriving and must then take subsequent tests each week. 

The measures will only apply to the remote town of Eilat and the Dead Sea

Manikkal village, actor Thilakan’s birthplace, turns tourism spot

Mundakkayam East: Till recently, the main centre of Manikkal, a village near Peruvanthanam in Kerala, comprised a trijunction, an iron bridge to cross the stream flowing nearby and a temporary shop under a huge banyan tree. However, the village has undergone an amazing transformation into a tourism spot and is attracting several visitors. 

Now, at the same place are a new check-dam, bridge and a large water body. The check-dam was built by spending Rs 60 lakh under the employment guarantee scheme of the Peruvanthanam Panchayat. Named ‘Park and lake’, the tourism centre offers two pedal boats and a coracle

North-west Queensland tourism attractions on private property can confuse tourists

From grey nomads to Instagram influencers, many tourists to the outback want to find that picturesque secret spot.

But many of north-west Queensland landmarks are located on private property, which can leave tourists in a predicament as to whether they are sightseeing or trespassing.

Mount Isa in Queensland’s north-west is known for its rodeos and as the last major pit-stop for travellers heading to the Northern Territory.

However with the rodeo cancelled this year due to the pandemic, the city’s tourism has fallen back on simpler activities.

But main tourist attractions like waterholes perfect for swimming and waterfalls,