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Of Americans who plan to put 2021 holiday travel expenses on a credit card, the average they plan to charge is $1,471, a September 2021 NerdWallet survey found. That’s a lot…

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Tourism businesses that were just finding their footing after nearly two years of devastation wrought by the COVID-19 pandemic are being rattled again as countries throw up new barriers to travel in an effort to contain the omicron variant.

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GENEVA (AP) — The U.N. migration agency says the coronavirus pandemic appears to have accelerated “hostile rhetoric” against migrants in the world and “radically altered” mobility, projecting in a new report that travel and other COVID-19-fighting restrictions could dampen migration worldwide as long as they remain.

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WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — Fiji welcomed back its first tourists in more than 600 days on Wednesday after pushing ahead with reopening plans despite the threat posed by the newly detected omicron variant of the coronavirus.

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The Biden administration is moving to toughen testing requirements for international travelers to the U.S., including both vaccinated and unvaccinated people, amid the spread of the new omicron variant of the coronavirus.

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ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Several dozen ancient alligator juniper trees have been illegally cut down at El Malpais National Monument in western New Mexico and authorities with the National Park Service are trying to find out who's responsible.

Consumers enjoyed what is at least a small win last week. In response to a petition brought by the Pennsylvania attorney general, Marriott International agreed not to misrepresent room rates, mandatory fees, or total price in its advertising. Basically, Marriott agreed not to engage in deceptively featuring low-ball room rates, with mandatory fees added later. Although this agreement at least nudges a major hotel away from an ongoing deceptive practice, its effect on the widespread industry practice is yet to be determined — and will likely be small.

An executive producer and co-creator of “Chicago Party Aunt,” Katie Rich described the raunchy Netflix animated series as an homage to her hometown, where she still resides. “I was in the middle of relocating to Los Angeles and then there was a global pandemic, so I'm currently in Chicago,” said Rich. Thanks to her travels with the Second City improv troupe, Rich said she feels at ease meeting strangers. “No matter who I meet, I know a little something about where they are from, even if it's from a place like Salmon, Idaho,” said Rich, who also was a writer for “Saturday Night Live.”

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MIAMI BEACH (AP) — Cooped-up tourists eager for a taste of Florida's sandy beaches, swaying palm trees and warmer climates are visiting the Sunshine State in droves, topping pre-pandemic levels in recent months.

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