Taiwan’s Taitung braces for tourism explosion during Mid-Autumn Festival

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — Hotel bookings in Taiwan’s southeastern county of Taitung for the Mid-Autumn Festival have reached 90-percent of capacity and are expected to be full within days. ...

Number of furloughed workers in Taiwan edges up

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — The number of furloughed workers in Taiwan has increased slightly over the past seven days due mainly to border restrictions put in place by governments around the world i...

The Latest: Chinese students begin full return to school

BEIJING — Chinese students on Tuesday began a full return to regular classes following two weeks without new cases of local transmission in the country. About 75% of students had alr...

Alcohol rules again loosen as Dubai seeks economic recovery

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Dubai again has loosened laws governing alcohol sales and possession of liquor as the sheikhdom tries to claw its way out of an economic depression worsened by the c...

Urban Commons Issues Notice of Breaches to Eagle Hospitality Trust

Eagle Hospitality Trust receives Notice of Breaches (Legal Notice) Urban Commons has directly contributed approximately US$10 million more to Eagle Hospitality Trust than hotel-level generated inc...

Hotels criticized for taking virus money face investigation

DALLAS (AP) — A group of hotels that took, and later returned, tens of millions of dollars in federal virus-bailout money are under investigation by securities regulators for related-party transaction...

A troubling pandemic thought: Are THESE the good old days?

HOPE VALLEY, R.I. (AP) — News articles don’t carry Hollywood-style viewer ratings or trigger warnings. Maybe this one should. But consider this: What if THESE are the good old days? ...

South African police disperse protesters over lockdown pain

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — South African police officers used water cannon to disperse protesters marching Friday outside Parliament over the plight of the hospitality industry during the coronavirus pandemi...

Let the good times ... hold. Virus recloses New Orleans bars

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — It's a fresh taste of bitter medicine for New Orleans: A sharp increase in COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations is forcing bars in the good-time-loving, tourist-dependent city to shu...

As beach towns open, businesses are short foreign workers

BOSTON (AP) — At this time of the year, The Friendly Fisherman on Cape Cod is usually bustling with foreign students clearing tables and helping prepare orders of clam strips or fish and chips. ...

English pubs are reopening — they won't be the same

LONDON (AP) — Asking people in English pubs to keep their distance is going to be tough after they’ve had a few of their favorite tipples. Pub managers will have to be resourceful co...

British company launches NT$18 million recovery fund to help bars, restaurants in Taiwan

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — Diageo Taiwan on Monday (June 29) announced Raising the Bar, an NT$18 million (US$610,542) program committed to supporting local bars, pubs, and restaurants as they welcom...

Bar owners worry as virus surges in their workplaces

HOUSTON (AP) — The din of conversation and music that normally fills The Cottonmouth Club in downtown Houston fell silent last Friday when the owners shut it down for a second time during the coronavi...

Tariffs hit American whiskey producers hard in Europe

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — American whiskey distillers have watched more than $300 million in export revenues evaporate in the two years since becoming entangled in a trade dispute between the Trump admin...

The Latest: South Korea has 25 new cases in small outbreaks

The Latest on the coronavirus pandemic. The new coronavirus causes mild or moderate symptoms for most people. For some, especially older adults and people with existing health problems, it can cause m...