The rest of the world, though, might be wishing that travel could return to the way it was before the pandemic took hold.
Until it does, here’s what you need to know about tourism industry news, international reopenings and more.
1. Broadway is back
The cast of “Hadestown” celebrated their first post-shutdown performance on September 2.
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New York City has continued its road to reopening, but the big news was tempered when Hurricane Ida hit, flooding subways, streets and homes across the city.
Many shows are opting to condense or shorten their run times to avoid having intermissions as well.
Another sign that the city is waking up? The iconic red-and-white TKTS line, where theatergoers can stand in Times Square to score last-minute Broadway and off-Broadway tickets, will reopen on September 14 at 3 p.m.
2. … and that goes for the waterways, too
Manhattan’s cruise ship terminal, which is on the Hudson River, will reopen in late September.
Norwegian Cruise Line and Crystal Cruises are reportedly vying to have the honor of being the first line to return to the New York City terminal.
3. Universal has landed in China
Some of Universal’s most popular attractions, like the Wizarding World of Harry Potter, Minion Land and Transformers Metrobase are here, and there’s also a Kung Fu Panda Land of Awesomeness that’s exclusive to the Beijing park. In addition to rides, there’s a Mr. Ping’s Noodle House that looks just like the one from the movies.
While China’s borders are almost entirely closed to travelers, within the country tourism is mostly open.
4. CDC advises against going to Saint Lucia and Switzerland
Oman shares land borders with Saudi Arabia. Yemen and the United Arab Emirates.
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In its latest round of travel advisories, the CDC has updated its Covid risk lists once again. Seven new destinations, including Saint Lucia, Puerto Rico and Switzerland, were added to the level four “very high risk” category.
While the designation is not a ban, the CDC advises that anyone traveling to a level four spot be fully vaccinated first.
And speaking of Oman…
5. Oman is now welcoming travelers
The Gulf nation has reopened its land, air and sea borders to vaccinated travelers as of September 1. Visitors must be at least 14 days past their second dose of an approved vaccine (or the sole dose, if they got the Johnson & Johnson vaccine) and be from a country that allows Omani