Spain to Follow Italy Into Lockdown, France Shutters Businesses

France ordered the closing of just about everything the rest of the world loves about it — the Eiffel Tower, the Louvre, the cafes, restaurants and cinema — and Spain drew up plans Saturday to lock down its 46 million citizens as governments took increasingly desperate measures to put more space between people and contain the coronavirus.

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Tourism Contracts

An appeals court in Florida reversed an order quashing subpoenas seeking a media company’s records showing its actual costs to produce celebrity chef Emeril Lagasse’s cooking show “Emeril’s Florida.” The information is sought as part of the Florida House of Representatives’ investigation into the integrity of certain tourism promotion contracts. 

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Time Shares

Washington state sued Reed Hein & Associates dba Timeshare Exit Team, Hein & Sons Industries, et al. in King County Court, claiming they “unfairly and deceptively contracted with more than 32,000 consumers looking to be rid of their unwanted timeshares and have collected millions of dollars in upfront fees from consumers in the process,” in which, despite their misrepresentations, they have no expertise.

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Chinese Virus Whacks Tourism Industry in the Wallet

This should have been a good year for global tourism, with trade tensions gradually easing, some economies growing and banner events like the Summer Olympics taking place in Tokyo. But the viral outbreak in China has thrown the travel industry into chaos, threatening billions in losses and keeping millions of would-be travelers at home.

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Emotional-Support Animals Could Be Barred From Planes

The days of passengers bringing their pets on airplanes as emotional-support animals could be ending. The U.S. Department of Transportation on Wednesday proposed that only specially trained dogs qualify as service animals, which must be allowed in the cabin at no charge.

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