Day: October 27, 2020

NY discourages travel to Massachusetts, adds CA to advisory

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — New York’s governor on Tuesday urged residents to avoid nonessential travel to neighboring Massachusetts, and added California to the state’s COVID-19 advisory list.

Residents from states on New York’s list must self-quarantine for 14 days.

Only seven states, including New York, have reported an average of fewer than 10 new cases per 100,000 residents over the past seven days.

The rest of the nation exceeds that threshold and qualifies for inclusion on New York’s travel advisory, which started as a joint effort this summer with Connecticut and New Jersey.

Massachusetts is the latest of New York’s neighbors to exceed the threshold, joining New Jersey, Connecticut and Pennsylvania. Massachusetts’ average has reached 15.1.

But New York is not adding neighboring states to its official advisory list. Gov. Andrew Cuomo is instead urging New Yorkers to avoid traveling to the states for now, and says it’s not practical to enforce quarantine rules given the region’s interconnected nature.

New York has averaged 8.9 new cases per 100,000 residents over the last 7 days, according to the state’s online data dashboard.

New York reported nearly 2,000 positive cases Monday, for a total of more than 38,600 positives so far this month. That’s up from about 24,500 new positives in September and 19,700 in August.

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Vacation Ownership (Timeshare) Market Growth Outlook 2020 to 2023

Harrisburg, NC — (SBWIRE) — 10/27/2020 — The Market Insights Reports has added a new statistical market report to its repository titled as, The US Vacation Ownership (Timeshare) Market. It provides the industry overview with market growth analysis with a historical & futuristic perspective for the following parameters; cost, revenue, demands, and supply data (as applicable). Furthermore, the report also sheds light on recent developments and technological platforms, in addition to distinctive tools, and methodologies that will help to propel the performance of industries. The report also presents forecasts for the US Vacation Ownership (Timeshare) investments from 2020 to 2023.

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Top Key Players in The US Vacation Ownership (Timeshare) Market: Wyndham Destinations (Formerly Wyndham Worldwide Corporation), Marriott International, Apollo Global Management (Diamond Resorts International), Hilton Grand Vacation Company, and Other.

Executive Summary:

The US vacation Ownership (timeshare) market witnessed an upsurge at a significant CAGR during the years spanning 2014-2018 and estimations are made that the market would rise through the forecast period 2019-2023.

The vacation ownership market is the major segment of the travel and tourism market, which can be segmented on the basis of the type of the timeshare properties into timeshare resorts and other timeshare units, which includes, privately-owned vacation homes, villas, cottages, apartments, condominiums and etc. Although, other timeshare units account the largest market share, timeshare resorts are gaining the momentum.

The major growth drivers for the US vacation ownership market are, increasing prominence of point based vacation ownerships, timeshare sales metrics, property purchasing preferences, perception, travel and tourism industry and high net worth individual population and wealth. Despite the market is governed by various growth drivers, there are certain challenges faced by the market such as, threat from third party internet travel intermediaries, seasonality, dream vacation barriers, highly competitive environment and technical issues.

Some of the recent trends in the market include the scope of virtual and augmented reality in the timeshare industry, the rise in the vacation ownership households, inventory levels and next generation of timeshare prospects. 

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– Detailed overview of Market
– Changing market dynamics of the industry
– In-depth market segmentation by Type, Application etc
– Historical, current and projected market size in terms of volume and value
– Recent industry trends and developments
– Competitive landscape of Vacation Ownership (Timeshare) Market
– Strategies of key players and product offerings
– Potential and niche segments/regions exhibiting promising growth.

Finally, the Vacation Ownership (Timeshare) market report offers a complete and detailed study of The US Vacation Ownership (Timeshare) market by using numerous analytical tools and models such as SWOT analysis, investment return analysis, and porter’s five forces analysis which are useful for beginners to access the upcoming opportunities. After exploring the market insights through primary and secondary research methodologies, if anything is required except than this, market insight reports will provide customization as per

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Halifax travel agency seeking to extend Atlantic bubble to Cuban resort this winter

HALIFAX — A Halifax travel agency is offering two weeklong trips to Cuba reserved exclusively for residents of the Atlantic Canada bubble.

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Absolute Travel Specialists says it will charter two Air Canada flights — one in February and another in March — for Atlantic Canadians who want to get some sun in the winter and stay safe from COVID-19.


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“People are really anxious about getting out,” Fred Mack, company co-owner and vice-president, said in an interview Tuesday. “It’s amazing.” He said about 75 out of 146 seats have already been sold for the first of two vacation packages.

Mack said the hotel in Cayo Coco will be reserved exclusively for Atlantic Canadians during their stay. Travellers, he added, will need to remain in the Atlantic region for 21 days before they fly.

Mack said the reason his trips are exclusive to Atlantic Canadians is to preserve the travel bubble. Since July, residents of Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, Newfoundland and Labrador and Prince Edward Island have been permitted to travel within the Atlantic region while access has been restricted to everyone else.

But Mack isn’t fully recreating the bubble with the chartered flights to Cuba — anyone returning from the Caribbean will need to isolate for 14 days upon their return home. He said he’s hoping, however, that a pilot project at Calgary’s airport will help spur officials to change the rules by the time the first plane is scheduled to leave in February.

Starting in November, foreign travellers arriving at the Calgary International Airport or through Coutts land border crossing will be administered a rapid COVID-19 test before they begin their quarantine. If they test negative, they will be allowed to end their isolation after taking a second test a week later.

Mack said officials at Halifax’s airport authority told him they were “looking forward” to his company’s two flights to Cuba. “It gives them an incentive to push the federal government into trying to get possible rapid testing into Halifax, trying to open up the market,” he said.

Halifax airport spokesperson Tiffany Chase said Tuesday in a statement that Mack’s idea for Atlantic Canadian travellers is “creative.” She said the airport authority hasn’t heard from the federal or provincial government’s about a rapid COVID-19 testing project, but she said it was open to it. 

A spokesperson for Global Affairs Canada said in an email that if Atlantic Canadians choose to ignore the country’s travel advisories — which warn against non-essential travel outside the country — they may have limited access to consular services. 

Prince Edward Island’s chief public health officer, Dr. Heather Morrison, told a news conference Tuesday that the planned trips to Cuba are “not realistic.”

“Islanders who leave here for outside the country, for outside the bubble, will have to isolate for 14 days when they return,” she said.

The cost of the all-inclusive package ranges from about $1,500 per person to about $1,700 per person.

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10 Overlooked Tax Deductions on Vacation Rentals

Short-term rental marketplaces such as Airbnb, HomeAway, and VRBO have made it easy for homeowners and property managers to market their rental property. Experienced operators know that in order to succeed, they need to treat their short-term rental like a business. Luckily, the IRS agrees, so if your rental-property owning clients already operate like a business, they also get businesslike deductions when income tax time comes.

It does pay to do a little research to make sure clients aren’t missing out on the deductions they could claim. Homeowners and property managers should especially pay attention to the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA) deductions, which went into effect starting with the 2018 tax year.

Income Taxes vs. Lodging Taxes

Keep in mind that these deductions relate to federal income tax. It’s important that your clients understand the difference between income tax — which is paid to the government based on income — vs. lodging taxes, a tax guests pay on the cost of renting short-term accommodations.

The host doesn’t actually pay lodging taxes, but is responsible for collecting the tax and passing it on to the appropriate state and local tax authorities. There are no deductions to can claim for lodging taxes.

The 14-Day Rule

To maximize your tax deductions, a home must be classified as a full-time rental business. That means it’s used for personal stays of less than 14 days or 10 percent or less of total annual rental days, whichever is greater. Keep in mind that the days primarily spent repairing or maintaining the property won’t count toward personal use days.

If a client uses their rental home for personal use for more than 14 days a year, they’re only allowed to make deductions in proportion to the amount of time the property is being rented by guests. If they only rent out part of the property, they’ll only be able to deduct expenses in proportion to how much of the property they rent out.

A benefit of using a property as a full-time rental business is that you may be able to deduct up to $25,000 in losses each year, depending on your income. If a property is only a part-time rental business, you won’t be able to deduct a loss when you spend more on the property than you earn in rental income.

On the other hand, if the client offers their property for short-term rental for only 14 days or less during the year, and uses the property for themselves 14 days or more — or at least 10 percent of the total days they rent it out — then they do not need to pay income tax on that rental income.

10 Income Tax Deductions Clients May Miss

1. Pass-through business tax deduction

Under the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, residential landlords who own their rental property through “pass-through” entities — including sole proprietorships (meaning they own the property individually), limited liability companies, or partnerships — may be eligible to deduct an amount

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NJ Expands COVID-19 Travel Quarantine List To 41 States

NEW JERSEY – Gov. Phil Murphy has expanded the quarantine travel advisory list to its largest ever, now demanding travelers from 41 states and territories to quarantine for two weeks after returning – even if their travel route started in New Jersey.

Nonessential travel from Connecticut, Pennsylvania and Delaware also is highly discouraged, although none of the states are on the travel advisory list. New York and Connecticut are also discouraging nonessential travel to and from the Garden State, but they are not mandating that travelers quarantine.

Delaware, Connecticut and Pennsylvania meet the criteria for New Jersey’s travel advisory, but they were left off the list due to the interconnected nature of the region, Murphy said. A 14-day quarantine for travelers from these states is “not reasonable,” Murphy said.

Murphy did add two states this week to the quarantine list – California and Massachusetts.

Anybody traveling south will still have to find a circuitous route since Maryland is on the quarantine list. In fact, traveling to many parts of the southern U.S. will be difficult without having to isolate upon return (see full list of states on the quarantine list below).

The travel advisory is issued for states with a positive test rate higher than 10 per 100,000 residents or a state with a 10 percent or higher positive rate over a 7-day rolling average.

Anyone returning from the designated states on the advisory list should self-quarantine at their home, hotel or other temporary lodging, Murphy said, and only leave for medical care or essential items.

“Cases have continued to increase at alarming rates, in our state and across the country and it is imperative that we keep the spread of COVID-19 under control.” said Murphy. “It remains our top priority to ensure the safety of New Jersey residents, and we ask individuals arriving from these 41 states to get tested for COVID-19 and self-quarantine for 14 days.”

Here is the latest list:

  • Alabama

  • Alaska

  • Arizona

  • Arkansas

  • California

  • Colorado

  • Florida

  • Georgia

  • Guam

  • Idaho

  • Illinois

  • Indiana

  • Iowa

  • Kansas

  • Kentucky

  • Louisiana

  • Maryland

  • Massachusetts

  • Michigan

  • Minnesota

  • Mississippi

  • Missouri

  • Montana

  • Nebraska

  • Nevada

  • New Mexico

  • North Carolina

  • North Dakota

  • Ohio

  • Oklahoma

  • Puerto Rico

  • Rhode Island

  • South Carolina

  • South Dakota

  • Tennessee

  • Texas

  • Utah

  • Virginia

  • West Virginia

  • Wisconsin

  • Wyoming

Travelers and those residents who are returning from impacted states should self-quarantine at their home, hotel, or other temporary lodging. Individuals should leave the place of self-quarantine only to seek medical care/treatment or to obtain food and other essential items.

It is expected that individuals will follow the public health advisory to self-quarantine. The list of states will be updated on a rolling basis and is accessible here.

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Pauline Frommer: A Worthy Vacation Rental Search Aggregator Has Arrived

Fewer travelers may be hitting the road right now, but among those still traveling, the top accommodation choices have shifted dramatically from a year ago.

As I wrote last week, more people are choosing vacation rentals over hotels. The change has made Airbnbs more expensive than hotels in most North American markets.

We’ve also seen a huge uptick in the percentage of travelers choosing RVs, tents, farm stays, houseboats, and other forms of lodging where social distancing is easier to control.

Enter, a new website that made a debut in August as soft as summer rain. Almost no one heard about it, which I suppose isn’t surprising in this period of significantly diminished travel.

Although the timing of its introduction was difficult, VacationHomeRents has an advantage. It searches for travel that suits our needs in 2020.

As an aggregator (also known as a metasearch engine), is a super-searcher that collects results from lots of other accommodation search sites.

It doesn’t stop at hotels and vacation rentals, like much of the competition. With one search, it’s possible to find a wide range of novel possibilities, including floating options, four-wheeled housing, high-end specialty selections like manor houses and chateaux, plus the usual condos and hotel rooms.

The site manages to gather its unusually long list of options by gathering results from Vrbo,, Outdoorsy, Airbnb, and several other major, but wildly varied, sites.

And the results from VacationHomeRents are solid.

A search for San Diego, for example, took me to listings for “Sunset Dream Houseboats” ($399/night), a few hostels ($29/night on average), a range of apartments (from $89 to $875 a night for a “compound”), and a spectrum of hotels from $59 to $289 a night. Those prices hold up well against what I found on other search engines for San Diego for the same time period.

When I looked for vacations in the vicinity of Yellowstone National Park, I was able to cut my costs almost in half by engaging the site’s “Type of Place” filter to look for recreational vehicles. Those results started at $79/night for a stationary RV serving as base camp for me to explore the park with a rental car.

I found similarly impressive and varied options when I searched for beds in New York City; Pittsfield, Massachusetts; and Puerto Plata, in the Dominican Republic.

At my request, the company did an analysis of its bookings in the past two weeks. I learned that some 75% of users were planning travel for October and November—in effect, last-minute bookings. About 44% of those users sought lodgings for stays within two weeks. (This matches trends I’ve heard reported by other booking engines, too.)

The site’s most popular destinations are not the ones we would have seen in 2019 (New York City, Orlando, and Las Vegas). Instead, travelers are heading to rural destinations. The top five right now are Big Bear Lake, California; Gatlinburg, Tennessee; Yosemite National Park, California; Ellicottville in western New York; and Truckee, California,

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L.A City Council drops plans to consider subsidy for Koreatown hotel project

The Los Angeles City Council dropped a plan Tuesday for exploring taxpayer aid for a hotel developer whose company was sued by the city over unpaid taxes a decade ago.

a car driving through a city: The Los Angeles City Council voted Tuesday to rescind a plan for exploring financial aid for a 192-room hotel planned in Koreatown. (Dania Maxwell / Los Angeles Times)

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The Los Angeles City Council voted Tuesday to rescind a plan for exploring financial aid for a 192-room hotel planned in Koreatown. (Dania Maxwell / Los Angeles Times)

In a 12-0 vote, council members rescinded their plan to have a consulting firm determine whether developer Leo Y. Lee’s proposed 192-room hotel in Koreatown warranted financial help from the city.

Council members voted in February to hire the consultant, saying Lee’s project could provide more hotel rooms for the city’s Convention Center. After The Times inquired about a previous legal dispute between the city and one of Lee’s companies, City Atty. Mike Feuer announced his opposition to the subsidy plan.

Councilmen Herb Wesson and Curren Price, who first proposed the idea of financial help last year, quickly backtracked and recommended that their colleagues rescind the consulting arrangement.

Los Angeles sued Lee’s company in 2010 over unpaid taxes on a hotel he owned on Wilshire Boulevard, securing a $3.5 million judgment. At one point, the city sent sheriff’s deputies to the property to collect a portion of the funds.

Lee’s hotel companies filed for bankruptcy and the hotel was sold. He and the city settled for $2.65 million in 2012.

Regarding the Koreatown project, Lee’s lawyer had warned that if the council failed to provide financial assistance, the hotel would not get built. He also said Lee had a valid disagreement with the city about the amount of taxes it was seeking to collect from the Wilshire Boulevard property and ultimately paid his financial obligations.

“He lost millions of dollars personally by funding hotel operations from his personal assets,” said attorney Victor Sahn. “Since that time, Mr. Lee has stayed in the real estate business and has returned to prosperity. He should be congratulated for what he has done.”

Since June 2016, Lee, his wife, his company and his business associates donated at least $67,400 to council members and their political committees, including $15,000 for Wesson’s current campaign for county supervisor. In 2017, Lee donated $25,000 to a committee that backed Price, who heads the City Council committee that reviews hotel subsidy requests.

Wesson was not present for Tuesday’s vote and none of his colleagues discussed the subsidy issue.

Activist Jed Parriott, who opposed the idea of a subsidy and has called for L.A. hotels to house homeless Angelenos, said the council should have researched the developer’s history from the beginning.

“They’re not doing their due diligence,” said Parriott, an organizer with the Services Not Sweeps Coalition. “They don’t care about the details. They just throw money around.”

This story originally appeared in Los Angeles Times.

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Nearly 200 airports in UK and Europe could go bust due to collapse in air travel

Nearly 200 airports across the UK and Europe are at risk of going bust within months due to the dramatic collapse in air travel caused by the coronavirus pandemic, the European airports trade body warned on Tuesday.

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Airports Council International Europe (ACI Europe), which represents airport operators, said it estimated that 193 out of Europe’s 740 commercial airports face “insolvency in the coming months if passenger traffic does not start to recover by the year-end”.

The trade body said the at risk airports employ 277,000 people and generate collective annual revenues of €12.4bn (£11.2bn).

Olivier Jankovec, director general of ACI Europe, said the figures “paint a dramatically bleak picture” for the future of the aviation industry, which has already suffered tens of thousands of job losses.

“Eight months into the crisis, all of Europe’s airports are burning through cash to remain open, with revenues far from covering the costs of operations, let alone capital costs,” Jankovec said. “Governments’ current imposition of quarantines rather than testing is bringing Europe’s airports closer to the brink with every day that passes.”

a man holding a sign: The CAA is reported to have warned Heathrow’s owners that it could be nationalised if it doesn’t get new funds.

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The CAA is reported to have warned Heathrow’s owners that it could be nationalised if it doesn’t get new funds.

“In the midst of a second wave, ensuring safe air travel continues to be our primary concern. It’s crucial that we reduce the risks of importation and dissemination as much as possible. But surely we can do a much better job of reducing those risks by testing air passengers rather than with quarantines that cannot be enforced.”

A spokeswoman for ACI Europe said the organisation would not name the airports at risk for fear of sparking panic among employees and travellers. However, she said most of the airports at greatest risk were small regional airports, which have seen the sharpest declines in passenger numbers. Airports across mainland Europe and all home nations in the UK are thought to be included on the list.

Passenger numbers at Europe’s airports in September fell by 75% compared to the same month year earlier. ACI Europe said total “lost passengers” since the pandemic began now stands at 1.3 billion.

While smaller airports are most at risk, ACI said “larger European airports and hubs are not immune from the critical financial risk”.

“They have cut costs to the bone and have resorted to the financial markets to shore up balance sheets and build emergency war chests. This sudden increase in debt – an additional €16bn for the top 20 European airports – is equivalent to nearly 60% of their revenues in a normal year. This, along with the fact that these airports had to make thousands of highly skilled workers redundant, clearly jeopardises their future.”

The UK’s aviation regulator is reported to have warned the owners of Heathrow that it could be nationalised if they do not provide fresh funding to help it weather the pandemic.

The Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) said that without emergency

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Clark County Parks & Recreation holding free drive-in movies

Clark County Parks & Recreation along with TruVision Cinema will continue the Mobile Drive-in Movie Series through the end of October.

Admission is free and doors open at 6 p.m. Space is based on availability and is first come, first served. Movies will begin screening at 7:45 p.m.

Parking spots are limited to every other space to maintain proper social distancing guidelines. Chairs are allowed but must be within the vehicles designated area.

The following is a schedule of movies and sites for the remainder of October:

– Oct. 28 “Monster House” Desert Breeze Community Center, 8275 Spring Mountain Rd., (702) 455-8334.

– Oct. 29, “Nightmare Before XMAS” Desert Breeze Community Center, 8275 Spring Mountain Rd., (702) 455-8334.

– Oct. 30, “Transylvania” Winchester Dondero Cultural Center, 3130 McLeod Dr., (702) 455-7340

In accordance with the governor’s directive, participants be required to wear face coverings and follow social distancing guidelines when outside of their cars.

People are also reminded to wash hands thoroughly and frequently, avoid large gatherings, wear a mask, stay home when sick and stay at least six feet away from others when out in public to help limit the spread of the coronavirus.

Those who do not follow these guidelines may be asked to leave.

For more information about the Mobile Drive-in Movie Series, please contact Special Events, Brian Saliba at (702) 455-8838 or visit Clark County Parks and Recreation’s website.

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Donald Trump plans election night party at his Trump International Hotel in Washington, D.C.

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump has his eye on hosting an election night party at his own hotel in the nation’s capital.

Over the weekend, the campaign pushed out fundraising emails in the president’s name offering donors the chance to enter a drawing “to join Team Trump at the Election Night Party in my favorite hotel,” in Washington, suggesting he will use his luxury hotel as the backdrop for reacting to election results.

“November 3rd will go down in history as the night we won FOUR MORE YEARS. It will be absolutely EPIC, and the only thing that could make it better is having YOU there,” Trump said in a fundraising solicitation.

For Trump, an election night party at his own hotel is symbolic for a businessman who leveraged his celebrity as a reality star and New York real estate magnate to win the nation’s highest office.

Critics see it as one more reminder of how the president has used his office to personally profit as foreign leaders, conservative supporters and administration officials use the lobby of Washington’s Trump International Hotel as an unofficial clubhouse for the Trump presidency.

Since 2017, the president and Republican National Committee have held several fundraisers at the president’s Washington hotel in the historic Old Post Office building, which the president’s company leases from the federal government.

Over the course of his presidency, the Trump campaign, the RNC and their joint-fundraising committees have spent over $7.4 million at Trump-branded properties.

The Washington hotel, which is blocks from the White House, has been sold out for weeks for Election Day as well as the days before and after Nov. 3. A basic room then is going for $1,200 a night, nearly triple the $476 room rate on Monday.

“Donald Trump has spent his entire presidency funneling taxpayer, campaign, special interest and foreign government money into the business that he still owns,” said Donald Sherman, deputy director of the nonprofit government watchdog group Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington. “In some ways, election night is going to be the pinnacle of his self dealing.”

The White House referred questions on the president’s election night plans to the Trump campaign, which did not respond to requests for comment.

It’s unclear how big Trump’s election night party will be. The District of Columbia, under coronavirus protocols, has capped mass gatherings at 50 people.

The president has sidestepped the district’s rules, which hold no weight on federal property, at other recent events. The president hosted hundreds of people on the White House grounds for an Independence Day weekend celebration, for his Republican National Convention speech in August and again at last month’s Rose Garden announcement of the nomination of Judge Amy Coney Barrett to the Supreme Court.

Several attendees, including Trump, tested positive for the coronavirus in the days following Barrett’s event. Few guests wore masks.

District of Columbia Mayor Muriel Bowser told reporters on Monday that she had heard of plans for an election night party and added,

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