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Visit Sicily Before December 2021 and the Island Will Pay For Some of Your Holiday

What we’d do to be nibbling aperitivi in a Sicilian piazza right now. Your own country’s travel restrictions allowing, the Italian island is offering a major incentive for all those who visit in the coming months. In a move to reboot its tourism sector, the regional government has confirmed that it will cover a third (one in three nights) of visitor’s hotel expenses, as well as entry to attractions on the island. 

Sicily has lost upwards of €1 billion in tourism-related revenue since Italy shut down on March 10, and, as a reaction, island authorities are to offer discounts on hotel stays, as well as free tickets to all its many museums and archaeological sites. The discounts will also apply to ‘non-hotel accommodation facilities, agriturismi (farm stays), travel agencies, tour operators [and] registered tour guides’, according to The Local. The ‘See Sicily’ voucher scheme is costing the island a fair amount, which it hopes to recoup quickly as tourists book cheap post-lockdown breaks.

‘€75 million has been allocated for the advance purchase by the region of vouchers and cards to be distributed, for promotional purposes, to tourists, once the health emergency has ceased,’ the island’s local authority has said. 

Originally, the scheme was slated to only apply to travellers visiting Sicily in autumn 2020, but authorities are now saying it ‘could run until December 2021’. It was also originally said to cover flights to the Italian destination too, though that is no longer part of the plan. 

The vouchers

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7 ways to visit America’s national parks for less

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There are few travel experiences more distinctly American than a visit to a national park. Generations of families have piled into the station wagon (and now its modern cousin, the SUV) to road trip through iconic destinations such as the Grand Canyon, Yellowstone, Yosemite and the Great Smoky Mountains.

National parks in the United States can be some of the most rewarding destinations for travelers to visit. Whether you have a toddler or a teen, or are looking for a rewarding solo trip, national parks offer a wide variety of travel experiences — from the educational to the more adventurous. It’s no wonder the parks are often called “America’s best idea.”

a canyon with Zion National Park in the background: One of the nation’s most popular parks, Zion National Park in Utah. Image by Leslie Harvey.

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One of the nation’s most popular parks, Zion National Park in Utah. Image by Leslie Harvey.

This country’s national parks can also be fairly inexpensive destinations. Of course, their growing popularity has raised prices, along with increasing crowds, especially during peak season. In fact, national and state parks have never been in higher demand than now, with travelers everywhere escaping to the great outdoors and wide-open spaces.

Fortunately, there are many ways to make a national park vacation more budget-friendly. Don’t worry, I’m not going to say you need to sleep in a tent to save money — although camping can

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Bank Holiday warning issued to UK ‘staycationers’ planning to visit hotspots

A warning has been issued to UK holidaymakers to avoid staycation hotspots this bank holiday weekend.

Thousands of visitors are expected to flock to popular holiday destinations over the next three days – despite the weather set to be a washout.

Tourists are therefore being told to stay away from Devon and Cornwall as police say people flocking to the area has already led to an unprecedented strain on its resources.

They are also warning people to behave and respect the local community.

Tourism bosses stating the region is already at full capacity, and anyone without a confirmed booking is being urged to stay away.

Police say the message to visitors is book ahead and plan your trip, expect delays on the roads and act responsibly when they arrive.

Assistant Chief Constable of Devon and Cornwall Police, Glen Mayhew, said: “We know that for much of our tourism economy the Bank Holiday brings opportunity to try and make up for revenue lost during lockdown earlier this year.

“We are working to support this and hope everyone can enjoy our towns, beaches and moors in a safe and respectable manner.

“Demand on police and all emergency services, including HM Coastguard, has been enormous during August.

“We had undertaken significant planning for a busy summer and I’m immensely proud of how all the agencies have responded to this challenge.

“The levels of ASB and public order offences are entirely unacceptable. Drink related issues have been particularly prevalent but are avoidable if people

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3 new local hotels you should visit in 2020, according to Forbes Travel Guide

No matter how you feel about hotel stays this year due to the coronavirus pandemic, three new hotels in New England should be on your radar, according to Forbes Travel Guide.

The publication recently released its list of 16 new hotels to visit in 2020, and three New England hotels made the cut: Back Bay’s The Newbury Boston as well as Hammetts Hotel and Brenton Hotel, which are both in Newport, R.I.

“Whether you bookmark these destinations for a future trip or book a stay now to be among the first guests, our list of 16 brand-new hotels to visit this year (or beyond) will give you some travel inspiration,” the publication wrote.

Here’s what Forbes wrote about The Newbury Boston:

“The former Taj Boston will be reborn as The Newbury, a boutique hotel that will be unveiled later in 2020. There will be some noticeable differences in the made-over hotel, including a retractable glass-rooftop Northern Italian restaurant from Major Food Group (whose other eateries include NYC’s Carbone) and contemporary, sophisticated spaces with handcrafted wood and marble accents from designer Alexandra Champalimaud.”

Forbes wrote the following about Hammett’s Hotel:

“This downtown Newport hotel opened in June, just in time to offer a slice of the Commercial Wharf and a terrace overlooking Newport Marina to summer travelers. The 84-room boutique hotel melds nautical and industrial influences for a thoroughly modern vibe. Watch for the August debut of Giusto restaurant, which will have an alfresco bar and spacious patio overlooking

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