Hawaii’s Royal Kona Resort to reopen after 7-month closure

KAILUA-KONA, Hawaii (AP) — The Royal Kona Resort on Hawaii island plans to reopen to guests following a seven-month closure amid the coronavirus pandemic and a multi-million dollar renovation.

The three-tower resort overlooking Kailua Bay on the western side of the Big Island expects to open Thursday, West Hawaii Today reported Tuesday.

The Royal Kona is the only property in the area expected to reopen on the same day the state launches a program enabling travelers to avoid a 14-day quarantine by taking COVID-19 tests before arriving in Hawaii.

Since the implementation of the quarantine mandated by Democratic Gov. David Ige in March, visitor arrivals to the Big Island have dropped 97% and hotel occupancy has hovered at around 30%, the newspaper reported.

Royal Kona Resort General Manager Jay Rubenstein said there have been “quite a few” reservations already at the 428-room property owned by Honolulu-based Hogan Hospitality Group.


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You Can Actually Stay At The Resort Where This Season Of The Bachelorette Was Filmed

This year, pretty much everything has changed, and most of that change has been extremely stressful. So when news broke that season 16 of The Bachelorette would not be filming at the same mansion Bachelor Nation has been virtually visiting for years, it may well have been an anxiety breaking point. Fans should not fear this particular change though, because the dramatic new season was shot at a breathtaking locale that you can actually visit.

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La Quinta Resort & Club will serve as the backdrop for the entire upcoming season of The Bachelorette, which premieres tonight on ABC. La Quinta is a Waldorf Astoria resort located in Greater Palm Springs, surrounded by the Santa Rosa Mountains. According to a La Quinta spokesperson, since opening in 1926, the property has become known as the “original desert hideaway” for the Hollywood elite — from stars like Greta 

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Where Was ‘The Bachelorette’ Filmed? How to Book a Stay at the California Resort

This season of The Bachelorette looks a lot different from those past, mainly because of the location. Clare Crawley and suitors didn’t spend any time at the Bachelor Mansion due to COVID. Instead, they bunked up at a glamorous resort, which you can definitely visit—when it’s safe to travel again, of course.

Clare Crawley meets Riley on night one of "The Bachelorette" Season 16.

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Clare Crawley meets Riley on night one of “The Bachelorette” Season 16.

Instead of the cast traveling the world, or even throughout the California area, all of the Bachelorette filming took place at the La Quinta Resort and Club, a Waldorf Astoria Resort. It’s located in La Quinta, California, which is super-close to Indio, where Coachella usually takes place. So, next time you’re headed to the music festival (whenever it resumes, post-COVID), you might want to check it out, to get a slice of that Bachelorette lifestyle. Why exactly producers of The Bachelorette chose to

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Weekend getaway: Escape to a luxury ranch resort 3 hours from Austin – Entertainment & Life – Austin American-Statesman

It’s not every day you lead a horse to water. The phrase rolls across my mind, making me smile, as I ride a dappled Appaloosa named Van Gogh straight into the middle of a pond. Saddled atop Van Gogh, cowgirl-boot deep in the cool water, my smile breaks into laughter watching this gentle giant gleefully stomp and splash beneath the blazing Texas sun.

I’ll admit I have absolutely no idea what I am doing, but I feel confident under the adept guidance of equine expert Jon Joseph, who leads the one-of-a-kind equestrian experiences that unfold at The JL Bar Ranch, Resort & Spa. Joseph assures me, shouting from the shoreline, that Van Gogh is relishing his refreshing dip — an impromptu diversion on our hot and dusty, cactus-riddled trail ride. And truth be told, I am, too.

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Thai Resort Offers to Drop Lawsuit Against Jailed American Guest if He Apologizes for Bad Reviews

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Thailand’s Sea View Koh Chang resort says it will drop the criminal defamation suit it filed against an American guest, as long as he apologizes for the negative reviews and makes amends.

Over the weekend, the Associated Press reported that the hotel, located on the island of Koh Chang, emailed them a statement saying they “would be pleased to conclude the complaint under conditions that Mr. Barnes shows his sincerity and takes full responsibility for what had happened and remedy the situation.”

Last month, Wesley Barnes, a U.S. citizen who lives in the Asian country, posted a series of Tripadvisor reviews slamming the Sea View Koh Chang resort, prompting the hotel to take legal action against him. The resort issued a complaint to local police citing Thailand’s defamation laws.

Barnes was taken into custody and stayed behind bars for a weekend as he was

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Henderson resort sued over 2019 fatal shooting of armed man

LAS VEGAS (AP) — The family of an armed man shot and killed by security guards in a suburban Las Vegas casino-resort last year is suing.

The Las Vegas Review-Journal reported Tuesday that the son of 53-year-old Shannon Howell filed a wrongful death lawsuit last week in Clark County District Court.

Green Valley Ranch Resort in Henderson and four employees are named in the complaint.

Authorities say Howell was walking through the resort on the afternoon of New Year’s Day 2019 when others told security he was carrying a handgun. Police say three security guards confronted Howell, and he drew his weapon. Two of the guards then shot him. Howell received medical care at the casino but later died.

According to the complaint, Dalton Howell says security guards shot his father a combined 23 times but “had no lawful authority to issue commands to Howell.” Furthermore, Dalton Howell alleges his

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Looking for a second home? Investor buys lots on Lake Whitney resort with D-FW buyers in mind

White Bluff Resort is 70 miles south of Fort Worth.

A Chicago-based real estate investment company has acquired all remaining undeveloped lots in the White Bluff Resort on Lake Whitney and is rolling out a plan to target Dallas-Fort Worth buyers of second homes.

Conlon & Co., which founder and celebrity home flipper Sean Conlon describes as a global real estate merchant bank, bought the 719 lots from Dallas-based Double Diamond Resorts, Conlon said in an interview with the Dallas Business Journal.

The purchase price was not disclosed.

Conlon said he hopes to provide a new burst of energy with new investments in the resort, which has a history of bad blood between its property owners and Double Diamond, the original developer of White Bluff.

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“They had a colorful history with the homeowners association out there,” Conlon said. “I guess everybody

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Hall of Fame Resort & Entertainment Company Introduces the Hall Of Fantasy League, the First Community-Backed National Fantasy League

Formerly known as The Crown League, the platform allows fans to become shared stakeholders in season-long fantasy teams and have access to the football & fantasy legends that control them

Hall of Fame Resort & Entertainment Company (“HOFV” or the “Company”) (NASDAQ: HOFV, HOFVW), the only resort, entertainment and media company centered around the power of professional football and owner of the Hall of Fame Village powered by Johnson Controls in Canton, Ohio, today announced The Crown League has rebranded to the Hall Of Fantasy League (HOFL) and restructured its offering to provide a new format, features, and talent. Leveraging the professional sports league model, the HOFL aims to unify the large and fragmented fantasy football market into one national league with 10 regionally based franchises.

This press release features multimedia. View the full release here: https://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20201013005379/en/

The HOFL is the first digital platform that will enable millions of fantasy

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Austrian ski resort made ‘momentous miscalculations’ which helped speed spread of Covid, report finds

“Momentous miscalculations” were made at an Austrian ski resort which helped speed up the spread of coronavirus earlier this year, an independent commission has found.

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Having investigated how the resort of Ischgl in the Tirol region responded to the virus in March, the commission identified individual failings that helped contribute to thousands of holidaymakers catching Covid while staying there.

The report concluded that authorities should have shut down apres-ski bars, restaurants, ski lifts and all non-essential bus services on 9 March, the day after they had been informed that a local barman had tested positive for Covid-19.

Eleven of his colleagues had also experienced flu-like symptoms the previous week – but had continued to work and serve tourists.

However, the decision was not made to shut bars and restaurants until 10 March, and authorities waited a further two days before proclaiming the ski season was

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‘Momentous’ errors in ski resort Covid outbreak

a group of people skiing down a snow covered slope: An outbreak in the Ischgl ski village was linked to cases in 45 different countries

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An outbreak in the Ischgl ski village was linked to cases in 45 different countries

One of Europe’s first coronavirus outbreaks could have been contained by the Austrian authorities, an official investigation has found.

Outbreaks at two popular ski resorts in March led to thousands of new cases and were worsened by “momentous miscalculations”, the report said.

One resort, Ischgl, was linked to cases in 45 countries after skiers brought the virus home with them.

Authorities have said they acted based on what was known at the time.

“There were errors of judgement that had consequences,” Ronald Rohrer, the head of the commission that led the investigation, told a press conference on Monday.

“They reacted too late,” he added.

What did the report find?

Investigators said authorities were too slow to close the resorts in Ischgl and nearby St Anton when the outbreaks became clear.

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