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Taiwan's first 'pretend to go abroad' tour takes off with fake flight

  • While most flights in Taiwan are still grounded because of the Covid-19 outbreak, Taipei Songshan Airport (also called Taipei International Airport) is offering locals a tiny taste of travel, dubbed "pretend to go abroad" airport tours.
  • Among these applications, 180 people -- or 60 passengers per flight -- were chosen randomly to join the half-day tour.
  • Taiwan carrier China Airlines operated the first "flight" on July 2, which took place onboard an A330.
  • Smaller in size and capacity than Taipei's Taoyuan International Airport, Songshan Airport is located on the outskirts of the city.
  • International tourism has been effectively stopped in much of the world as countries shut their borders to stem outbreaks of the coronavirus, which has already infected more than 7 million people globally.
  • Taiwan locked down its borders in March amid the growing coronavirus pandemic.

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Europe’s tourism-dependent economies risk reimporting the virus as they welcome back visitors

  • Del Rey’s hopes of reviving her flamenco tablao — one of the most illustrious in Madrid — are entwined with the fate of European tourism, an €800 billion industry in the fight of its life: to retrieve as much business as it can from the rest of the year.
  • Tourism accounts for 12 per cent of gross domestic product in Spain — perhaps the rich nation worst hit by the economic effects of the coronavirus crisis, which pushed the death rates up to among the highest in Europe and threatens to leave a fifth of people out of work until the end of 2021.
  • Despite fears over reimporting the virus the Spanish government has decided unilaterally to waive restrictions for travellers from the UK, even though Spain reports far fewer infections — below 300 a day, compared with more than 800 in Britain.

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Can Europe save its summer?

  • Ms Del Rey’s hopes of reviving her flamenco tablao — one of the most illustrious in Madrid — are entwined with the fate of European tourism, an €800 billion ($1.3 trillion) industry in the fight of its life: to retrieve as much business as it can from the rest of the year.
  • Tourism accounts for 12 per cent of gross domestic product in Spain — perhaps the rich nation worst hit by the economic effects of the coronavirus crisis, which pushed the death rates up to among the highest in Europe and threatens to leave a fifth of people out of work until the end of 2021.
  • Despite fears over re-importing the virus, the Spanish government has decided unilaterally to waive restrictions for travellers from the UK, even though Spain reports far fewer infections — below 300 a day, compared with more than 800 in Britain.

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Strap in -- a virtual Tour de France kicks off this weekend on the online racing platform Zwift

  • In fact, beginning this coming weekend, 23 top men’s teams and 17 women’s teams will participate in a virtual version of the event that’s being hosted by six-year-old Zwift, after it was chosen by the official race organizer of the real tour, Amaury Sport Organization (ASO), as its partner on the event.
  • Though Zwift has staged virtual races before —  including the Giro d’Italia, which is basically the Tour de France for Italy, and the Vuelta a Espana, an annual multi-stage race in Spain — it “doesn’t get any bigger than this,” said Min, who told us the idea was hatched six weeks ago with ASO and that Zwift has been working furiously to prepare for the race ever since.
  • It already has nearly two million accounts, and while subscribers ebb and flow, depending on the time of year, the virtual Tour is an opportunity for some of those riders to “reengage,” Min says, adding that Zwift has been growing 50 percent year over year, and has unsurprisingly seen pick-up accelerate throughout the pandemic.

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Chase Rice criticized for packed concert

  • Rice shared footage from his show, held Saturday on the grounds of the Brushy Mountain State Penitentiary in Petros, Tennessee, on Instagram stories, which disappears after 24 hours.
  • The video has since been shared on multiple other social media accounts.
  • Brushy Mountain is a former prison more than 130 miles east of Nashville that has been converted into a museum and concert venue.
  • The video showed a mostly mask-less crowd packed in together, singing and jumping as Rice, 34, urged them on from the stage.
  • Fellow country artist Kelsea Ballerini criticized Rice in a tweet for touring amid the Covid-19 pandemic.
  • Artists across the music industry have had to stop touring amid the health crisis as festivals, shows and events have been canceled or gone virtual.

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