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There will be 20 games split between our men and women’s first teams, Elite Development (EDS) and Under-18s in what is shaping up to be a busy September in which we’ll get under way in the Champions League, the Carabao Cup, the FA Women’s Super League (FAWSL), the UEFA Youth League and the Under-18 Premier League Cup.

So, to ensure you don’t miss a kick, here are the key dates you need to look out for over the next 30 days.

Key dates

Saturday 4th

Wednesday 8th

Saturday 11th

Sunday 12th

  • City v Spurs, 12:45 (UK). Taylor’s side welcome Tottenham to the Academy Stadium for the first home game of the league season. Tickets are on sale now and, for those fans who can’t make it, the game will be available to watch on Sky Sports.

Wednesday 15th

  • City v Leipzig, 20:00 (UK). Champions League football returns as Guardiola’s men’s group stage campaign begins. You can register your interest for tickets now and, if you can’t attend, the game will be shown live on BT Sport in the UK.
  • EDS v Leipzig, Kick-off time TBC. The return of the Champions League means the return of the UEFA Youth League, with our Under-19s’ fixtures set to mirror the first team. You can follow live updates on Twitter: @ManCityAcademy.

Saturday 18th

  • City v Southampton, 15:00 (UK). The first team welcome the Saints to the Etihad Stadium in the Premier League on a busy Saturday at the Etihad Campus.
  • EDS v Crystal Palace, 15:00 (UK). Brian Barry-Murphy’s side entertain Palace at the Academy Stadium.
  • U18s v Aston Villa, 12:00 (UK). Our Academy outfit host Villa at the City Football Academy in the Premier League Cup group stage, a competition we last won in 2020.

Tuesday 21st

  • City v Wycombe Wanderers, 19:45 (UK). We kick-off the defence of the Carabao Cup in the third round at home to League One outfit, Wycombe, in what is the first meeting between the two teams since 1999.
  • Doncaster Rovers v EDS, 19:00 (UK). Our EDS’ Papa John’s Trophy group stage schedule continues at Doncaster and you can follow live updates on Twitter: @ManCityAcademy.

Saturday 25th

  • Chelsea v City, 12:30 (UK). City travel to Stamford Bridge in a repeat of last season’s Champions League final. Ticket information will be released in due course and, if you can’t attend, you can watch it live on BT Sport in the UK.
  • EDS v Arsenal, 15:00 (UK). Barry-Murphy’s youngsters welcome the Gunners to the Academy Stadium, which you can follow live on Twitter: @ManCityAcademy.
  • U18s v Middlesbrough, 12:00 (UK). Our Academy outfit host Middlesbrough at the Academy Stadium and you can also follow that game on @ManCityAcademy.
English Premier League

May 19, 2021

NEW YORK—Mayor Bill de Blasio today signed an Executive Order eliminating the 5.875% hotel room occupancy tax rate for a three-month period, from June 1, 2021 to August 31, 2021. The relief provided by the tax rate reduction is designed to help accelerate the recovery of the hotel industry, which has been particularly hit hard by the pandemic. This executive action will help hotels keep their doors open, retain jobs, and gain a more stable footing as the city continues its path toward a full recovery.  

“As our COVID rates continue to plummet and we continue to drive a recovery for all of us, tourists will be coming back to New York City in droves. We’re ready for them,” said Mayor Bill de Blasio. “By eliminating the hotel room occupancy tax for this summer, we’re accelerating our economic recovery, saving jobs and providing relief for one of our hardest-hit industries.”

The dramatic decrease in tourism and business travel due to the pandemic has had a significant impact on the hotel industry. The stresses on the industry are evident in a number of key indicators, including substantial decreases in jobs, inventory, and occupancy rates. Revenue from the hotel room occupancy tax is down approximately 89% as compared with Fiscal Year 2020, further demonstrating the pandemic’s impact on the industry.

This Executive Order comes on the heels of NYC & Company’s $30 million “NYC Reawakens” marketing campaign, which seeks to highlight the vast attractions in New York City and bring back the tourism industry. NYC & Company forecasts 36 million visitors to New York City in 2021 and the tax rate reduction will complement the multi-faceted effort underway for a successful restoration of the leisure and hospitality sector, which has suffered the loss of approximately 257,000 jobs from March through December 2020. By eliminating the 5.875% hotel room occupancy tax, hotels could lower the cost of their rooms, which will increase demand and recapture some of the lost ground on room occupancy.

“It is undeniable that New York City’s hotel industry, which welcomed tens of millions of tourists and business travelers before the pandemic, suffered tremendously as travel halted. As the City’s Recovery for All continues to gain momentum, this targeted and temporary tax reduction will provide wind at the backs of the hotel industry, helping put more New Yorkers to work as they roll out the red carpet for all who seek accommodations, whether for leisure or business,” said Department of Finance Commissioner Sherif Soliman.

“COVID-19 has devastated the hotel industry. It is critical that we lend a helping hand to help an industry that is very dependent on tourism, and eliminating the hotel room occupancy for the summer season is a good step. I want to thank the Hotel Trades Council and the Hotel Association of New York for their advocacy on this issue,” said Council Speaker Corey Johnson

“Every action that will set up New York City to come back stronger represents more

Tessa Peterson has become accustomed to working at the front desk at The Hoxton over the last year, balancing that role with her job as the Portland hotel’s general manager. Its restaurant manager has similarly stepped in to wait tables at Tope, the only restaurant at the Old Town hotel currently open.

They’ve had to fill in ever since the hotel laid off more than 70% of its staff as restaurants closed and tourism plummeted early in the coronavirus pandemic.

Leisure travel has slowly started to rebound and the hotel is planning to hire back staff in anticipation of increased travel this summer. But only about 50% to 70% of the hotel’s rooms are filled on weekends, and the occupancy rate can drop as low as 10% during the week.

Before the pandemic, The Hoxton typically filled 9 out of every 10 rooms. Peterson believes it will take years for occupancy to rebound to pre-pandemic levels, especially if business travel is slow to return.

And even as tourism picks up, she and other hoteliers worry that travelers may avoid the central city if officials don’t act quickly to clean up downtown and repair the reputational damage that Portland suffered in the aftermath of last summer’s civil rights protests.

“I’m optimistic when I’m looking at 2021 compared to 2020,” Peterson said. “There’s hope. It’s not all doom and gloom, which is the first time in probably 12 months I’ve felt that way. … But I think there’s still a lot of trepidation about whether downtown is a safe place to be and I think that’s going to impact tourism.”

Tourists slow to return to Portland

The number of people seeking hotel rooms in Oregon plummeted in the early days of the pandemic. That nosedive was particularly acute in Portland where occupancy plunged by more than 80%.

Tourism has rebounded significantly in much of the state, especially in areas close to Oregon’s outdoor attractions.

During the last week of February, hotel occupancy in Southern Oregon was actually up 29% from the same period a year ago — just before the pandemic hit — according to data from Travel Oregon. Occupancy was up 8.6% on the Oregon coast for the same week in February.

In Portland, though, travelers have been slow to return.

Portland hotels averaged 35% occupancy in February, down 47% from the year prior, according to Travel Portland, which promotes the city’s tourism industry.

Downtown Portland and the surrounding area continued to suffer the most with hotels in the central city averaging 25.5% occupancy, down nearly 63% from the year prior. Occupancy rates in the central city increased only slightly in March, according to preliminary estimates.

Those occupancy rates don’t take into account hotels that remain closed. There were 15% fewer hotel rooms available citywide and nearly 23% fewer rooms available in downtown Portland in February as compared to a year prior.

Those that were open were making significantly less per room with the city’s average daily room rate down