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Trip.com Group’s “LIVE for Trip” month-long campaign to further boost travel recovery

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SINGAPORE, Oct. 22, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — From 10 October to 11 November 2020, leading online travel services provider Trip.com Group is launching “LIVE for Trip” as a part of its “Travel On” initiative to bolster the recovery of the global travel industry and coincide with the company’s 21st anniversary.

The LIVE for Trip series will feature livestreaming events from leading industry representatives and KOLs who will host travel product shows and offer over 150 million USD in travel discounts and giveaways on exciting new travel products.

Every day from 10 October to 11 November, Trip.com Group platforms will host livestreams focused on different travel products and destinations. Trip.com Group regular BOSS live and Trip.com LIVE broadcasts will be joined by airline, hotel, vacation, destination and store exploration programs that showcase the newest travel packages and products on offer. Over 2,500 products tailored for the post-COVID traveler will be shared with customers, featuring over 100 hotel and airline brands, including Inter Continental, Accor, Hyatt, Shimao, Shangri-La and more.

LIVE for Trip will launch over 150 million USD in discounts for customers and funds for industry partners, helping to build on the hundreds of millions of dollars in financial assistance already invested into the industry by Trip.com Group as part of the Travel On initiative.

On 28 October, Trip.com Group platforms will host a marathon livestream broadcast with a primetime BOSS live show in Chengdu, China, a key event marking the 21st anniversary of Trip.com Group. The following day, 29 October, Trip.com Group is holding its Global Partner Summit in Chengdu, a platform to connect our industry partners, share the latest on the industry and promote the revitalization of travel.

On 29 October, Trip.com LIVE shows featuring top tourism KOLs and industry representatives will be hosted in Hong Kong, Japan and Singapore, boosting local markets. Regional travelers will have the choice of incredible pre-sales products that come with flexibooking options and health and safety guarantees, giving customers the confidence they need to travel on.

“Cherished memories of our previous trips have given us strength throughout this difficult time, and now, as travel is on track for recovery, we’re working with our partners to give users the confidence, inspiration and freedom to travel on,” said Trip.com Group’s co-founder and executive chairman James Liang.

“Travel is such an important force for good. It’s what brings us together, and breaks down barriers between us, and what the world needs most right now is the freedom to travel on safely,” said Trip.com Group CEO Jane Sun. “With innovation and industry unity there are amazing deals and exciting new products on offer, that moment is now. There’s never been a better time to start planning that next trip, and to travel on.”

Throughout this year Trip.com Group has employed innovative solutions to meet the challenges presented by COVID-19 and push forward

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Trump Campaign Confirms Election Night Party to be Held at His Washington D.C. Hotel

On Election Night, the campaign to re-elect Republican President Donald Trump will be holding a party at the Trump International Hotel in Washington D.C., just blocks away from the White House, according to a campaign fundraising email.

“I’ve arranged with my team to fly one of my BEST SUPPORTERS to Washington, DC to join Team Trump at the Election Night Party in my favorite hotel,” the email read.

The non-partisan ethics watchdog organization Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW) found out that rooms in the hotel are completely booked for November 2 and 3, the day before Election Day and the day of.

CREW has said the hotel is the most common venue for Trump’s political events, raising $3.2 million from political groups since Trump announced his intention to run for president in 2015. The president himself has made appearances at the hotel 27 times during his presidency.

“The campaign complies with all campaign finance laws and FEC regulations,” the Trump campaign told Forbes in August. “The campaign pays fair market value under negotiated rental agreements and other service agreements in compliance with the law. The campaign works closely with campaign counsel to ensure strict compliance in this regard.”

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The re-election campaign for Republican President Donald Trump has revealed that it will hold its election night party in Washington DC. In this November 8, 2016 photo, Trump gives a speech during election night at the New York Hilton Midtown in New York.
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The Biden campaign has yet to announce where they’ll be spending Election Night.

Regardless, it’s unclear whether either party will be celebrating a victory on November 3 seeing as numerous states may require additional days to count their mail-in and absentee ballots, especially swing states that could decide the election.

“It could easily be ‘election week’ rather than election day,” John Lapinski, the director of elections at NBC News, told the Tampa Bay Times.

Mail-in ballots often require polling officials to take extra steps for verification purposes. To verify a voter’s identity, officials must compare signatures, check ballots for any errors and schedule extra time for opening envelopes, sorting ballots and manually entering them into a ballot tabulating machine.

On October 12, the website Politico wrote that while Biden could conceivably declare victory on Election Night with enough electoral votes in his favor, polling suggests that Trump might have to wait until after Election Night to see if several swing states tabulate mail-in ballots in his favor.

On September 27, Politico wrote that the Trump campaign had hired dozens of lawyers from three major law firms and recruited thousands of volunteer attorneys ready to contest election results in 17 key states considered vital to Trump’s re-election.

In response, Biden campaign spokesperson Michael Gwin told Politico, “The Biden campaign has assembled the biggest voter protection program in history to ensure the election runs smoothly and to combat any attempt by Donald Trump to create fear and confusion with our voting system, or interfere in

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Trump campaign to hold Thursday fundraiser at downtown Nashville hotel ahead of debate

Nashville health officials have approved a fundraiser for President Donald Trump ahead of Thursday evening’s debate, an event that will take place as the city has imposed restrictions on most large gatherings.

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Kamala Harris suspends campaign travel after aide, crew member test positive for coronavirus

WASHINGTON — California Sen. Kamala Harris has suspended her campaign travel through Sunday after two members of her staff and crew tested positive for the coronavirus, her campaign said Thursday.

The Democratic vice presidential nominee’s communications director, Liz Allen, and a member of her campaign flight crew tested positive, the campaign said in a statement. Neither has been in close contact with Harris in recent days, the campaign said. The statement did not give the condition of either person.

Harris’ husband, Doug Emhoff, also canceled travel Thursday, but plans to resume his schedule Friday, as he has had no contact with either Allen or the unnamed crew member, the campaign said.

Harris has been off the campaign trail this week for the Supreme Court confirmation hearings for Judge Amy Coney Barrett. Harris opted to participate remotely from her Senate office for the Judiciary Committee hearings after two Republican members of the panel tested positive for the virus.

Harris and Emhoff both tested negative Thursday, the campaign said. Allen and the crew member both tested positive late Wednesday.

Harris, 55, last flew with the two on Oct. 8, the day after she debated Vice President Mike Pence in Salt Lake City. All wore N95 masks on the flight, her campaign said. Harris intends to resume campaign travel Monday.

Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden, at 77, is at higher risk for serious complications from the coronavirus, and the campaign has implemented rigorous testing and precautionary procedures. Those were amplified after President Trump reported a little over 48 hours after the first presidential debate Sept. 29 that he had tested positive. Several people who work in the White House or were in proximity to the president also tested positive.

The White House has been uncommunicative about what kind of contact tracing it has done. The Biden campaign said it would conduct contact tracing for Allen and the crew member.

Tal Kopan is The San Francisco Chronicle’s Washington correspondent. Email: tal.kopan@sfchronicle.com Twitter: @talkopan

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Harris suspends campaign travel after aide, crew member test positive for coronavirus

WASHINGTON — California Sen. Kamala Harris has suspended her campaign travel through Sunday after two members of her staff and crew tested positive for the coronavirus, her campaign said Thursday.



a person taking a selfie: Democratic vice presidential nominee Sen. Kamala Harris, D-Calif., exits a plane last month in Raleigh, N.C.


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Democratic vice presidential nominee Sen. Kamala Harris, D-Calif., exits a plane last month in Raleigh, N.C.


The Democratic vice presidential nominee’s communications director, Liz Allen, and a member of her campaign flight crew tested positive, the campaign said in a statement. Neither has been in close contact with Harris in recent days, the campaign said. The statement did not give the condition of either person.

Harris’ husband, Doug Emhoff, also canceled travel Thursday, but plans to resume his schedule Friday, as he has had no contact with either Allen or the unnamed crew member, the campaign said.

Harris has been off the campaign trail this week for the Supreme Court confirmation hearings for Judge Amy Coney Barrett. Harris opted to participate remotely from her Senate office for the Judiciary Committee hearings after two Republican members of the panel tested positive for the virus.

Harris and Emhoff both tested negative Thursday, the campaign said. Allen and the crew member both tested positive late Wednesday.

Harris, 55, last flew with the two on Oct. 8, the day after she debated Vice President Mike Pence in Salt Lake City. All wore N95 masks on the flight, her campaign said. Harris intends to resume campaign travel Monday.

Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden, at 77, is at higher risk for serious complications from the coronavirus, and the campaign has implemented rigorous testing and precautionary procedures. Those were amplified after President Trump reported a little over 48 hours after the first presidential debate Sept. 29 that he had tested positive. Several people who work in the White House or were in proximity to the president also tested positive.

The White House has been uncommunicative about what kind of contact tracing it has done. The Biden campaign said it would conduct contact tracing for Allen and the crew member.

Tal Kopan is The San Francisco Chronicle’s Washington correspondent. Email: tal.kopan@sfchronicle.com Twitter: @talkopan

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Kamala Harris suspends travel after two associated with campaign test positive for COVID-19

WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) — Kamala Harris, the Democratic vice presidential nominee, will suspend in-person events until Monday after two people associated with the campaign tested positive for the coronavirus.

Joe Biden’s presidential campaign said Thursday that Biden had no exposure, though he and Harris spent several hours campaigning together in Arizona on Oct. 8, when the two people were on a flight with Harris. Both candidates have tested negative for COVID-19 multiple times since then, and Biden’s campaign said he tested negative again on Thursday.

It’s the Biden campaign’s first major coronavirus scare, after months of careful health procedures that brought mockery from President Donald Trump, even after a White House virus outbreak that included the president and first lady Melania Trump. The Democratic campaign’s cautious reaction underscores again the differences in how the rival camps have approached the pandemic, both in terms of preferred government response and the candidates’ personal protocols.

The travel suspension interrupts the Biden campaign’s aggressive push across a wide battleground map, including North Carolina and Ohio, the next two states Harris was scheduled to visit.

The campaign sees Harris, the first Black woman on a major party presidential ticket, as a key part of its outreach in North Carolina, where increasing Black turnout is key to the Democrats’ hopes of flipping the state. She had been scheduled to travel to the state Thursday for events encouraging voters to cast early ballots.

Her Friday trip to Cleveland would have been her first to Ohio as the vice presidential nominee and would have taken her into the metropolitan area with the state’s largest concentration of Black voters.

The senator’s brief hiatus from the trail comes as Trump ramps up his own travel again after he, the first lady and several White House staffers contracted the virus.

The Biden campaign told reporters Thursday morning that Harris’ communications director, Liz Allen, and a flight crew member tested positive after the recent campaign trip to the southwest. Campaign manager Jen O’Malley Dillon said both tested negative before and after Harris’ travels. Their positive results came in subsequent tests.

“Neither of these individuals had any contact with Vice President Biden, with Sen. Harris or any other staff member since testing positive or in the 48-hour period prior to their positive test results,” O’Malley Dillon said, adding that under CDC guidelines there was no need for quarantining.

But O’Malley Dillon said Harris would suspend travel for several days “out of an abundance of caution.”

The campaign also is canceling upcoming travel for Doug Emhoff, Harris’ husband.

Harris followed up in a statement saying that “both the crew member and the staff member were wearing N95 masks at all points they were near me, and our doctors believe that we were not exposed under CDC guidelines.”

She also pledged to be “transparent with you about any test results that I do receive. In the meantime, remember: wear a mask, practice social distancing, and wash your hands regularly. It is possible to stop the

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Harris cancels travel after 2 connected to campaign test positive for coronavirus

Former vice president Joe Biden, the Democratic presidential nominee, also has not been in contact with those affected, according to a statement from campaign manager Jen O’Malley Dillon. There were no indications that his travel schedule would change.

The announcement was the latest jolt to an already unprecedented campaign, as the Democratic running mate now joins President Trump in having been sidelined from the campaign trail for at least a short period during the final stretch of the race.

The results could muddy the Biden campaign’s message that Trump’s recent coronavirus infection, along with that of several people in his close orbit, is a direct result of his reckless disregard for public health recommendations.

But the Biden campaign was at pains Thursday to draw a distinction between its behavior and that of Trump and his team. The Biden campaign immediately revealed who tested positive and when, disclosed details of Harris’s last negative test, and quickly announced that it was conducting contact tracing — all at variance from the approach of the White House after Trump’s diagnosis.

”This is the sort of conduct we have continuously modeled in this campaign,” O’Malley Dillon said, regarding the suspension of Harris’s travel.

The Biden campaign said Thursday that he had tested negative the previous day.

Trump told Fox Business on Thursday that he is not being tested for the virus daily, contradicting previous White House suggestions that he was. ”I’m tested — not every day, but I’m tested a lot,” he told host Stuart Varney.

At a news briefing in late July, White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany said of the president, ”He’s tested more than anyone, multiple times a day.”

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Obama has harsh words for Trump

As former president Barack Obama prepares to hit the campaign trail to boost Joe Biden’s bid for the White House, he lashed out at President Trump on Wednesday.

In an interview on the liberal ”Pod Save America” podcast, Obama particularly blasted his successor for continuing to spread misinformation.

”Trump is a symptom of [misinformation] and an accelerant to it,” Obama said. ”When you look at insane conspiracy theories like QAnon seeping into the mainstream of the Republican Party, what that tells you is that there are no more guardrails within that media ecosystem.”

The interview comes as Obama reportedly plots a swing through key battleground states like Florida and Wisconsin to make a closing argument for his former vice president less than three weeks away from the election. It also represents the latest instance of him upping his rhetoric against Trump. Where Obama was once reticent to verbally spar with the president, in recent months he’s issued dire warnings about his leadership in a fiery Democratic National Convention speech and slammed Trump in campaign ads.

A theme of Obama’s interview was his frustration with Trump continuing to push unfounded conspiracy theories — and his anger at Republicans for not distancing themselves from those claims. Speaking with his former aides Jon Favreau and Tommy Vietor, Obama

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Biden campaign finds 3rd virus link; Harris suspends travel

WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) — At least three people connected to Joe Biden’s presidential campaign have tested positive for the coronavirus, leading the campaign to suspend in-person events for vice presidential nominee Kamala Harris through Monday.

Biden is not altering his public schedule, his campaign said Thursday, because he had no direct exposure to the individuals who tested positive, as defined by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

It’s the Biden campaign’s first major coronavirus scare, after months of safety precautions that drew mockery from President Donald Trump, even after he, first lady Melania Trump and others contracted the virus themselves. The Democratic campaign’s cautious reaction underscores the differences in how the rival camps have approached the pandemic, both in terms of preferred government response and in the candidates’ personal protocols.

Biden’s campaign announced two positive cases Thursday morning, identifying Harris’ communications director Liz Allen and an unnamed member of the flight crew for one of Harris’ recent campaign trips. The campaign announced a third case Thursday afternoon as part of its contact tracing efforts from the first two cases.

The third individual is an aviation company employee who was on Biden’s plane for trips to Ohio and Florida earlier this week but who entered the back of the plane and sat far away from Biden, according to the campaign.


Harris and Biden, meanwhile, spent several hours campaigning together in Arizona on Oct. 8, when the first two people who tested positive were on a flight with Harris. Both candidates have tested negative for the coronavirus multiple times since then, including on Thursday. Everyone on the Biden campaign plane is required to wear a mask.

Trump, speaking without a mask at a crowded outdoor rally in North Carolina on Thursday afternoon, offered his best wishes to Harris and reiterated his skepticism of wearing masks.

“We worry about her. I’m very concerned about her,” he said, later adding: “Masks, no masks, everything, you can do all you want, but you know, you still need help.”

The travel suspension interrupts the Biden campaign’s aggressive push across a wide battleground map, including North Carolina and Ohio, with less than three weeks to go until Election Day.

Harris was set to encourage early voting Thursday in North Carolina. Her Friday trip to Cleveland would have been her first to Ohio as the vice presidential nominee and would have taken her into the metropolitan area with the state’s largest concentration of Black voters.

Harris will continue virtual campaigning, including fundraisers previously scheduled for Thursday, Friday and Saturday.

The senator’s brief hiatus from the trail comes as Trump ramps up his own travel after he, the first lady, his campaign manager and several White House staffers contracted the virus.

Biden campaign manager Jen O’Malley Dillon told reporters Thursday morning that under CDC guidelines, there was no need for the candidates to quarantine, although she said Harris and her husband, Doug Emhoff, would suspend travel for several days “out of an abundance of caution.”

“Neither of these

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Harris suspends campaign travel after aide tests positive for coronavirus

WASHINGTON — California Sen. Kamala Harris has suspended her campaign travel through Sunday after two members of her staff and crew tested positive for the coronavirus, her campaign said Thursday.



a person taking a selfie: Democratic vice presidential nominee Sen. Kamala Harris, D-Calif., exits a plane Sept. 28 in Raleigh, N.C.


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Democratic vice presidential nominee Sen. Kamala Harris, D-Calif., exits a plane Sept. 28 in Raleigh, N.C.


The Democratic vice presidential nominee’s communications director, Liz Allen, and a member of her campaign flight crew tested positive, the campaign said in a statement. Neither has been in close contact with Harris in recent days, the campaign said. The statement did not give the condition of either person.

Harris’ husband, Doug Emhoff, will also cancel travel Thursday, but will resume his schedule Friday, as he has had no contact with either Allen or the unnamed crew member, the campaign said.

Harris has been off the campaign trail this week for the Supreme Court confirmation hearings for Judge Amy Coney Barrett. Harris opted to participate remotely from her Senate office for the Judiciary Committee hearings after two Republican members of the panel tested positive for the virus.

Harris joined other Democrats in asking committee Chairman Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., to require testing for senators and staffers before lawmakers conducted the hearings in person. Graham refused.

Harris is not expected to return to her Senate office, a spokesman said. Campaign aides and Capitol Hill staffers are separate by law, and Harris’ Senate employees have been working remotely.

In its statement announcing the positive test results, the campaign detailed every negative test result Harris has had since Oct. 8. The most recent was Wednesday, the campaign said. Allen and the crew member both tested positive late Wednesday, the campaign said.

Harris last flew with Allen and the crew member on Oct. 8, the day after Harris debated Vice President Mike Pence in Salt Lake City. All wore N95 masks on the flight, her campaign said. Harris intends to resume campaign travel Monday.

Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden, at 77, is at higher risk for serious complications from the coronavirus, and the campaign has implemented rigorous testing and precautionary procedures. Those were amplified after President Trump reported a little over 48 hours after the first presidential debate Sept. 29 that he had tested positive. Trump, 74, was hospitalized for four days with COVID-19 but has since recovered. Several people who work in the White House or were in close proximity to the president also tested positive.

The White House has been uncommunicative about what kind of contact tracing it has done. The Biden campaign said it would conduct contact tracing for Allen and the crew member.

The Biden campaign’s level of disclosure and detail on the test results in Harris’ camp were in contrast with the approach taken by the White House, which has refused to say when Trump last tested negative before his positive result. The refusal makes it impossible to know whether Trump complied with the independent body that oversees presidential debates’ requirement that candidates test negative

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Sen. Kamala Harris Halts Campaign Travel After Staffer Tests Positive for COVID-19

Not today, Satan.

I see what you are trying to do and I rebuke you in the name of our Lord and savior, Robyn Rihanna Fenty.

California Sen. Kamala Harris, Joe Biden’s running mate to take down the beasts from Lovecraft Country that inhabit the White House, has halted campaign travel after two people—a flight crew member and Harris’ communications director, Liz Allen—tested positive for coronavirus.

CNN notes that Harris was not in close contact with either person but that doesn’t mean that she isn’t being cautious, and rightfully so. Not to overplay the importance of her election, but the fate of the world depends on Harris and Biden staying healthy enough to beat white nationalist Thanos. The movie doesn’t work if Tony Stark gets a fever and the chills and needs to lay down and self-isolate for 14 days. Harris was supposed to head to North Carolina on Thursday but that has been postponed, and she’s expected to stay off the travel trail until Monday.

“Neither of these people have had contact with Vice President Biden, Senator Harris or any other staffers since testing positive or in the 48 hours prior to their positive test results,” Biden campaign manager Jen O’Malley Dillon said in a statement.

“After being with Senator Harris, both individuals attended personal, non-campaign events in the past week. Under our campaign’s strict health protocols, both individuals had to be tested before returning to their work with the campaign from these personal events,” she said. “These protocols help protect the campaign, the staff, and anyone who they may have contact with; the importance of having such protocols—which include testing before resuming duties, regular testing while working in-person, isolation after time off, and masking and distancing while on campaign duties—have been illustrated once again.”

O’Malley Dillon also noted that since Oct. 8, Harris has taken two PCR tests for coronavirus and has tested negative.

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