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October Tourism Authority Report: Maui County Vacation Rentals at 21% and Hotels at 14.2% Occupancy | Maui Now


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The Hawaiʻi Tourism Authority (HTA) released its Hawaiʻi Vacation Rental Performance Report for October. It shows Maui County had the largest vacation rental supply of all four counties with 138,500 available unit nights, which was a decrease of 53.5 percent compared to a year ago.

Unit demand was 29,051 unit nights (-87.6%), resulting in 21 percent occupancy (-57.6 percentage points) with an average daily rate (ADR) of $227 (-36.2%). Maui County hotels were 14.2 percent occupied with an ADR of $226.

For the entire state, the total monthly supply of statewide vacation rentals was 373,600 unit nights (-57.0%) and monthly demand was 85,000 unit nights (-86.4%), resulting in an average monthly unit occupancy of 22.7 percent (-49.1 percentage points). Hawaiʻi’s hotels had an average occupancy rate of 19.7 percent.

It is important to note that unlike hotels, condominium hotels, timeshare resorts and vacation rental units are not necessarily available year-round or each day of the month and often accommodate a larger number of guests than traditional hotel rooms. The unit average daily rate (ADR) for vacation rental units statewide in October was $208, which was higher than the ADR for hotels ($174), according to the report.

The state’s pre-travel testing program started on Oct. 15, allowing passengers arriving from out-of-state and traveling inter-county to bypass the mandatory 14-day self-quarantine with a valid negative COVID-19 test result from a trusted partner. All other transpacific travelers continued to be subject to the 14-day self-quarantine. The counties of Kauaʻi, Hawaiʻi, Maui and Kalawao (Molokai) also had a partial quarantine in place in October.

For Maui County, travelers awaiting their pre-travel test results were allowed to stay at a vacation rental as their place of quarantine. On Hawaiʻi Island and Kauaʻi, legal short-term rentals were allowed to operate as long as they were not being used as a quarantine location.

On Oahu, short-term rentals (rented for less than 30 days) were not allowed to operate at the beginning of October. However, when Oahu moved to Tier 2 of its Reopening Plan on Oct. 22, legal short-term rentals were allowed to reopen.

Other Island Highlights:

Oahu vacation rental supply was 96,500 available unit nights (-59.4%) in October. Unit demand was 26,300 unit nights (-84.6%), resulting in 27.2 percent occupancy (-44.3 percentage points) and an ADR of $173 (-32.7%). Oahu hotels were 22 percent occupied with an ADR of $158.

The Big Island vacation rental supply was 80,000 available unit nights (-61.7%) in October. Unit demand was 17,416 unit nights (-86.7%), resulting in 21.8 percent occupancy (-40.8 percentage points) with an ADR of $192 (-26.3%). Big Island hotels were 19.8 percent occupied with an ADR of $140.

Kauaʻi had the fewest number of available unit nights in October at 58,500 (-52.5%). Unit demand was 12,300 unit nights (-86.1%), resulting in 21.0 percent occupancy (-50.6 percentage points) with an ADR of $261 (-34.2%). Kauaʻi hotels were 21.3 percent occupied with an ADR of $212.

The entire report is available by clicking here.

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Rudy Giuliani Claims Controversy Over Borat Hotel Room Scene (Filmed in July) Is ‘Hit Job’ Payback for Hunter Biden Story (Released in October)

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President Donald Trump’s personal lawyer and campaign fixer, Rudy Giuliani, is now claiming that the eyebrow-raising scene from the new Borat movie where he gets very comfortable with a young actress in a hotel suite is retaliation for his role in leaking alleged emails of Hunter Biden.

The scene in the movie was filmed back in July, months before Giuliani leaked the contents of Biden’s purported laptop to New York Post last week.

According to The Daily Beast, Giuliani calls the Borat controversy a “hit job” and implied it was part of a damage control conspiracy between the Bidens and Hollywood — and not an effort to drum up publicity for a movie that is, in fact, due to be released in two days.

“Now let me tell you why I know this is a hit job that happens because, it’s not an accident that it happens that I turn in all this evidence on their prince and darling Joe Biden ,” Giuliani said to The Daily Beast. “I have the courage to say that I’m the target.”

Giuliani also addressed the fact that, in the scene in question, he is filmed putting his hand down his pants after the actress removes his microphone pack and he asks for her phone number and pats her lower back/buttocks. The movie’s eponymous lead character, played by Sacha Baron Cohen, bursts into the room moments later.

“The Borat video is a complete fabrication,” he said in a post on Twitter. “I was tucking in my shirt after taking off the record equipment.”

Giuliani noted in a subsequent tweet that he reported the incident to the police right after it occurred.

“I only later realized it must have been Sacha Baron Cohen,” Giuliani said at the time of the prank, which was more than three months before he leaked purported emails from Biden. “I thought about all the people he previously fooled and I felt good about myself because he didn’t get me.”

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Recreation clubs in Dakshina Kannada to reopen for members from October 19 | Mangaluru News

MANGALURU: Recreation clubs in Dakshina Kannada district are all set to reopen their doors to members from October 19.
The 50-odd recreation clubs under the aegis of Kudla Recreation Club Members Association will follow all Covid-19 unlock 5.0 guidelines issued by the state government on October 1. Clubs have initiated the process of renewing membership with the department of cooperation, association office bearers, said here on Saturday.
The clubs through both indoor and outdoor activities are catering exclusively to the recreation needs of members, Mohan Das Rai, legal advisor of the association, told reporters. The department has permitted clubs to restart activities and imposed certain conditions that include adherence to Covid-19 guidelines. No gambling activities will be permitted in any of the clubs that will function in accordance with their bylaws, he noted.
The city police commissioner vide order (COP/MAG/350/2014-15) dated October 29, 2014 under the Licensing and controlling of Places of Public Entertainment and Public Amusement (Mangalore City) order, 2014 has done away with the need for registered clubs to obtain separate permission. The clubs too have filed a writ petition before the High Court seeking directions to the police not to interfere in any legal indoor recreation activities at the clubs.
There are a few clubs that have not legally registered themselves and are indulging in illegal activities. Police in their crackdown on such entities, are directing legally registered clubs to shut down their activities, he said. In view of these developments, the association recently met Praveen B Nayak, deputy registrar of cooperative societies and has obtained permission to restart clubs. Prakash Chandra Rai, president of the association was present.

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Covid-19 Saliva Tests, Flu Shots To Be Administered At Hackensack Recreation Department on Monday, October 19

HACKENSACK, N.J. — The Hackensack Recreation Department is slated to hold free Covid-19 saliva tests and flu shots on Monday, October 19 from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at the site located at 116 Holt Street in Hackensack, Bergen County Executive Jim Tedesco has announced.

The mobile testing is made possible via the Bergen County Regional Community Testing Program, which is available to all county residents thanks to a partnership between the County of Bergen and the Bergen New Bridge Medical Center. Monday’s mobile testing site includes community partners South Hackensack, Moonachie, Teterboro, Rochelle Park, Maywood, River Edge, Bogota, Little Ferry and Lodi. Priority hour for public school staff will be from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m.

Residents can pre-register for their test at a Regional Community Mobile Testing site through an online portal to receive priority processing. To pre-register visit BergenCOVIDTesting.com. Residents who choose to pre-register for testing must bring their mobile device for check-in.

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For the COVID-19 saliva test, residents are asked not to eat, drink, smoke, or chew gum 30 minutes prior to arrival. Identification is necessary; credentials including a driver’s license/ID card, school identification card, social security card, passport, or birth certificate are required. Proof of Bergen County residency is required.

Monday’s testing will be subject to change due to weather conditions. For updates, go to co.bergen.nj.us or County Executive Jim Tedesco’s Facebook page.

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Westwood Recreation Commission Will Meet On October 19

October 15, 2020

Recreation Commission Meeting

  • Date: 10/19/2020 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM





Westwood Recreation Commission

MEETING PUBLIC HEARING (Please circle appropriately)

TIME: 7:00 PM

LOCATION: Via Remote Participation

PURPOSE: Meeting

REQUESTED BY: Richard Adams, Interim Recreation Director

NOTE: Notices and agendas are to be posted at least 48 hours in advance of the meetings excluding Saturdays, Sundays, and legal holidays. Please keep in mind the Town Clerk’s business hours of operation and make the necessary arrangements to be sure this notice is received and stamped in the adequate amount of time.


(For updates to this notice, please see www.townhall.westwood.ma.us)

Pursuant to Governor Baker’s March 12, 2020 Order suspending Certain Provisions of the Open Meeting Law MGL C. 30A, §18 and the Governor’s March 23, 2020 Emergency Order imposing strict limitations on the number of people that may gather in one place, the October 19, 2020 Recreation Commission meeting will be conducted via remote participation by the Commission.

The public is encouraged to join via Zoom webinar as instructed below. The public will be allowed to make comments, if they wish to do so, during the portions of the meeting designated for public comment.

Every effort will be made to ensure that the public can adequately access the proceedings, via technological means. In the event that we are unable to do so, despite our best efforts, we will post on the town website, www.townhall.westwood.ma.us, an audio or video recording, or transcript, as soon as practicable after the meeting.

Also, Westwood Media Center will be posting a recording of the meeting on its YouTube channel, within a few days after the meeting.

To join the Recreation Commission Meeting via Zoom Webinar:


Please click the link below to join the webinar:


Passcode: 305415

Or Telephone:

Dial (for higher quality, dial a number based on your current location):

877 853 5257 (Toll Free) or 888 475 4499 (Toll Free)

Webinar ID: 827 7086 1556

  1. Call to order: 7:00 PM
  2. Public Comment
  3. Consent Agenda
  4. Approval of August 24, 2020 Minutes
  5. Monthly Report – August and September
  1. Commission Member reports
  • Comprehensive master plan
  • Director/Staff report
  • Staffing Update
  • Fall Programing update
  • Winter Programming update
  • Halloween Event
  • NYE Fireworks
  • Facilities Updates
  • Other items not reasonably anticipated by the Chairman 48 hours in advance of the meeting
  • Adjourn

Per changes to Open Meeting Law, effective July 1, 2010, notice of any meeting of public body shall include “A listing of topics that the chair reasonably anticipates will be discussed at the meeting”. Topics must give enough specificity so that the public understands what will be discussed, but not necessarily all items that may come up. Please list those topics above.

This press release was produced by the Town of Westwood. The views expressed here are the author’s own.

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Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa Announces Return Of Land-Based Poker October 21

East Coast’s premier Poker Room will welcome back guests with 30 seven-handed tables

ATLANTIC CITY, N.J., Oct. 15, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa – an MGM Resorts International (NYSE: MGM) (“MGM Resorts“) luxury resort and casino – will reopen The Poker Room at 10am on Wednesday, Oct. 21 following its closure earlier this year amidst the coronavirus crisis. Borgata Poker will return with 30 socially distanced tables following the company’s comprehensive health and safety protocols designed to protect employees and customers.

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“We are happy to welcome back our loyal players as we reopen Atlantic City’s market-leading East Coast poker destination,” said Melonie Johnson, President & Chief Operating Officer of Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa. “We have made some changes to enhance our guest’s experience and are excited to reintroduce live poker and the Borgata Poker brand more safely.”

All poker play will be live cash games on seven-handed tables with polycarbonate barriers. Borgata’s Bad Beat Jackpot will immediately initiate, giving players the opportunity to lose their hand but win a prize of $100,000. Hand sanitizing dispensers will be accessible throughout The Poker Room, with frequent disinfecting of high touch points. Masks are required in all public areas and spectators will not be permitted in The Poker Room.  

Health & SafetyEarlier this year, Borgata implemented the MGM Resorts’ “Seven-Point Safety Plan,” a multi-layered set of protocols and procedures designed in conjunction with medical and scientific experts. The plan balances the high level of customer service guests expect from Borgata with policies that continually evolve based on data, science, and public health guidelines. Key initiatives from the plan include:

  • Employee screening, temperature checks and COVID-19 specific training.
  • Masks required in all public areas for both employees and guests (and provided free of charge).
  • Guest screening and temperature checks with limited casino entrance points.
  • A physical distancing policy with floor guides serving as reminders.
  • For areas where physical distancing presents challenges, polycarbonate barriers will be installed, or other measures will be used to reduce risks.
  • Standalone handwashing stations designed by MGM Resorts conveniently located on the casino floor.
  • Guestroom Attendants will wear masks and gloves while cleaning each room and will change gloves between guestrooms.
  • In addition to increased and enhanced routine cleaning of guestrooms and public spaces based on CDC guidance, electrostatic sprayers will be utilized in many large public spaces so that disinfectant is applied efficiently.
  • MGM has compiled its own internal team and processes to respond if a guest or employee tests positive for COVID-19. We ask that if a guest tests positive after visiting one of our properties, they alert us through a special email address ([email protected]). We will immediately report any positive test results to the local health department and assist with contact tracing to support the health department investigators.

ABOUT BORGATA HOTEL CASINO & SPA:Located in Atlantic City’s Marina District, Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa features 2,000 guest rooms and suites; 106,000 square feet of

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The Latest Information On October COVID-19 Travel Restrictions

October is here, and we must continue to carefully choose where we travel. As is the trend in 2020, nearby trips are possible, but long-distance travel is off-limits for most tourist destinations. However, travel restrictions are easing in some instances, including visiting Hawaii.

Hawaii Re-Opens For Tourism

Many people have been eagerly waiting for Hawaii to open for tourism again. Since the onset of the pandemic, anyone flying to Hawaii has had to observe a 14-day quarantine.

Starting October 15, 2020, visitors can participate in Hawaii’s pre-travel testing program. Testing negative from a valid PCR test within 72 hours of departure lets you waive the state’s mandatory 14-day quarantine. You can continue to opt-out of the test but must self-quarantine for 14 days or the duration of your stay, whichever is shorter.

Some airlines offer rapid testing programs for their Hawaii-bound routes that might roll out to include more destinations. A same-day test at the airport costs up to $250 per person. You can also request a self-administered test that you can take at home and mail-in or drop off for approximately $80.

New York “Tri-States” Travel Restrictions

New England and, in particular, the Tri-State New York/New Jersey/Connecticut travel restrictions have the greatest effect on domestic travel.

Tri-States residents and travelers arriving from most U.S. states and territories must quarantine for up to 14 days and complete a health advisory form stating your travel and lodging details. The airline will provide the form if flying into a Tri-States airport.

Below are the current states subject to the Tri-States quarantine (as of October 14, 2020):

  • Alabama
  • Alaska
  • Arkansas
  • Colorado
  • Delaware
  • Florida
  • Georgia
  • Guam
  • Idaho
  • Illinois
  • Indiana
  • Iowa
  • Kansas
  • Kentucky
  • Louisiana
  • 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

This list is ever-changing as state infection rates fluctuate. New York bases their numbers on the seven-day rolling average of positive tests exceeding 10% or at least ten positive cases per 100,000 residents.


If you’re going to spend time in Chicago, there’s a chance that you may have to quarantine for 14 days. Over 20 states and Puerto Rico are subject to a 14-day quarantine, including the neighboring states of Indiana, Iowa, Missouri and Wisconsin.

Wisconsin and Indiana residents only coming to Chicago for work do not have to quarantine.

This emergency travel order has been in effect since July 6, 2020, yet it doesn’t restrict travel to the rest of Illinois. However, you should self-quarantine if you experience symptoms or come into contact with an infected person.

Kentucky And Ohio

If heading to Kentucky or Ohio, a 14-day quarantine is mandatory if coming from a state with a minimum 15% positivity rate, per Johns Hopkins University. As of October 14,

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