A 22-year-old woman who was on a cross-country road trip with her boyfriend has disappeared, her parents said. It was unclear if her boyfriend was also missing.

Gabrielle Petito was last known to be in Grand Teton National Park in Wyoming in late August when she stopped communicating with her family, police said. She was reported missing Saturday.

Petito had been traveling in a van with her boyfriend, Brian Laundrie, and documenting their travels on YouTube under the moniker “Nomadic Statik.”

The vehicle, a white 2012 Ford Transit van with a Florida license plate, was recovered in the city of North Port, south of Tampa, the police department there said.

“We currently have no definitive information that a crime took place here in North Port,” police said in a statement. “With that said, the circumstances are odd. The vehicle she was traveling in was located here in North Port. So, we are actively gathering local details and any evidence to assist in finding needed answers.”

Police have not identified Laundrie as a suspect, nor have they associated him with Petito’s disappearance. He could not be reached for this story.

Petito is described as 5 feet 5 inches tall and weighing 110 pounds. She has blonde hair and blue eyes. She also has several tattoos, including one on her forearm that reads, “let it be.”

Her mother, Nichole Schmidt, told NBC affiliate KSL that her daughter left with her boyfriend of two years from Blue Point, New York, on July 2.

“She wanted to cross the country in the camper van and live the van life and live free. This was her dream,” Schmidt said.

Gabrielle Petito went missing while traveling in Wyoming. (Suffolk County Police Department)

According to her mother, Petito extensively documented her journey across the states with her boyfriend on social media, but those posts slowed down toward the end of August.

Schmidt said the couple left Salt Lake City for Grand Teton National Park around Aug. 24, which was when she said she last spoke to her daughter on a FaceTime call. She added she received texts sent from her daughter’s phone until Aug. 30, but wasn’t sure whether her daughter sent them.

Suffolk County police did not immediately respond to questions Monday about her boyfriend’s whereabouts or where her vehicle was found. Efforts to reach her parents were unsuccessful Monday.

She last posted a photo to her Instagram account Aug. 25. In the video, Petito and Laundrie can be seen driving, hiking and camping at different roads, parks and beaches across the country.

Police are asking anyone with information about her whereabouts to call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-220-TIPS.

After nearly eight years of a strained and periodically hostile relationship between the mayor of New York City and its business community, the city’s likely next mayor on Monday delivered a clear message: He wants a reset.

“New York will no longer be anti-business,” declared Eric Adams, the Democratic mayoral nominee who is almost certain to win November’s election, in a speech at a business conference in Manhattan. “This is going to be a place where we welcome business and not turn into the dysfunctional city that we have been for so many years.”

In many ways, Mr. Adams and Mayor Bill de Blasio have found political common ground, and Mr. de Blasio was thought to favor Mr. Adams during this year’s primary. But Mr. Adams’s brief remarks on Monday underscored what may be one of the most consequential differences between the de Blasio administration and an Adams mayoralty: a significant shift, in tone and approach, when it comes to dealing with the city’s big-business community.

Mr. de Blasio has, at times, fostered close ties to the real estate community, but he based his campaign on addressing the city’s widening inequity, saying that New York had become a “tale of two cities.” He has also downplayed the need to bring back wealthy New Yorkers who fled during the pandemic.

Mr. Adams also ran on a message of combating inequality and was embraced by key labor unions. But his main focus was on combating crime, which also happened to be a primary concern of the city’s business elite. And he took a far warmer approach to engaging the business community, becoming a favorite of New York’s donor class, with whom he has spent much of the summer, while earning skepticism from the left. Publicly and privately, he has pledged to travel to Florida to bring erstwhile New Yorkers home.

His remarks on Monday, focused on fostering deeper partnerships between New York City and the business community, came at the SALT Conference, held at the Javits Center and overseen by Anthony Scaramucci, the onetime Trump White House communications director. The schedule promised appearances from two hedge fund billionaires who were principal backers of a super PAC supporting Mr. Adams’s candidacy: Daniel S. Loeb, a prominent charter school supporter, and Steven A. Cohen, the owner of the Mets.

Mr. Scaramucci, a Wall Street veteran, donated $2,000 to Mr. Adams’s mayoral campaign. Over the weekend, former Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg, who got on poorly with Mr. de Blasio, released a direct-to-camera video noting his support of Mr. Adams, who is facing off against Curtis Sliwa, the Republican candidate, in the general election.

“As a candidate, Eric Adams has shown ambition and political courage,” Mr. Bloomberg said in the video.

In his speech, Mr. Adams, the Brooklyn borough president, urged employers to collaborate with the city on a common job application, part of a suite of proposals aimed at boosting the city’s economy and combating unemployment and underemployment.

“I’m proposing an unprecedented partnership between city

New York and Illinois are among the states that have lost the highest percentage of hotel jobs due to the coronavirus pandemic and are still hurting even as travel starts to return to normal levels across the country, according to a new report.

The data released this week by the American Hotel & Lodging Association shows that projections for the industry remain “well below pre-pandemic levels,” according to a news release. The association notes that more than 1 in 5 direct hotel operations jobs lost during the pandemic – about 500,000 total – will not return by the end of 2021, and the lost room revenue will amount to $44 billion compared to 2019.

In percentage terms compared to 2019, New York (37.9%), Illinois (35.2%), Massachusetts (30.2%) and Hawaii (28.8%) are the states that are seeing the biggest hotel job losses expected by the end of 2021, according to the association’s state-by-state breakdown. The hotel industry in Washington, D.C. – also covered in the report – has been hit even harder, with job losses at 43.1%. COVID-19-induced hotel job losses for the country as a whole are nearly 21%, and 19 states have losses higher than the national average.

“Despite an uptick in leisure travel, midway through 2021 we’re still seeing that the road to a full recovery for America’s hotels is long and uneven,” said Chip Rogers, the association’s president and CEO, in a statement.

Travel and tourism is coming back in the U.S. as restrictions lift, but Jennifer Myers, AHLA’s senior director of government affairs communications, tells U.S. News via email that the recovery is happening “unevenly” with business travel lagging the recovery in leisure.

“While the recent uptick in leisure travel for summer is encouraging, business and group travel, the industry’s largest source of revenue, will take significantly longer to recover,” Myers says. “Business travel is down and not expected to return to 2019 levels until at least 2023 or 2024. Major events, conventions and business meetings have also already been canceled or postponed until at least 2022.”

Photos: America’s Pandemic Toll

Registered traveling nurse Patricia Carrete, of El Paso, Texas, walks down the hallways during a night shift at a field hospital set up to handle a surge of COVID-19 patients, Wednesday, Feb. 10, 2021, in Cranston, R.I. Rhode Island's infection rate has come down since it was the highest in the world two months ago, and many of the field hospital's 335 beds are now empty. On quiet days, the medical staff wishes they could do more. (AP Photo/David Goldman)

Myers notes that Illinois, Massachusetts and New York – three states where hotel jobs have been hurt the most – “are all examples of markets that are heavily reliant on business travel, which has been nearly nonexistent during the pandemic.”

Hawaii, on the other hand, is “heavily dependent” on tourism in general, she adds. The industry contributed to 16% of the state’s gross domestic product in 2019, which was the second-largest share among all sectors, according to Hawaii government data.

Predictably, the pandemic hit tourism hard in the islands: Preliminary statistics show that visitor arrivals decreased by nearly 75% in 2020 and hotel room tax revenues dropped by almost 91% between April and October 2020, according to Eugene Tian, Hawaii’s chief state economist. Tian notes, however, that the return of inbound tourism has accelerated since March as restrictions start lifting in Hawaii, with visitor counts for July – as of July 20

Some popular travel destinations are packed this summer due to school breaks and vaccines being readily available. Learning how to travel during the busy season is necessary for a stress-free trip, experts say.

“I always fly nonstop out of Tampa whenever possible, even if it’s a little bit more expensive. Once you change planes or connect somewhere in the United States. Things get much more complicated,” explained Greg Tepper, local travel expert.

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Luggage could be lost during transfers and delays could ruin a vacation. Also, he suggests packing light to decrease the chances of luggage issues.

“Keep in mind that the airlines are really struggling to rehire staff,” added Tepper.

Patience is key, especially when traveling by plane nowadays.

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Theme parks are crowded and national parks are hard to get into with increased demand, he warned. There are still fun places with low crowds that you may miss when planning your next vacation. Trying a staycation is something to think about.

“So I tell people, you know, stay local. If you can find something in here, in the state of Florida, that’s interesting to you, a nearby state,” said Tepper.

Car rentals are very hard to find and expensive. Rental companies let go of cars, so there’s not enough to go around for everyone.

Ironically, big cities should also be on your mind when looking for deals. 

“A city like New York, we have a lot of nonstop flights going up to New York. You can get there easily,” shared Tepper. “The whole city is open. I was just there a few days ago. All the restaurants are open, the hotels are offering some very good deals.”

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Europe is also a great option for travel. The continent is open to Americans, while many travelers from other countries are still not permitted entry. 

“Their hotels are offering some great deals. Airfare going to Europe is about half of what they were in 2019, both in economy class and business class. So you also have to keep in mind that there are almost no cruise ships going into Europe,” explained Tepper.

Finding a travel agent is helpful. Navigating on your own can be difficult especially right now. 

“Daily COVID rules are changing on a daily basis,” said Tepper. “So you don’t want to navigate this on your own. You’re overseas. You need somebody back home to help you navigate any of the issues. And the travel experts going to point out some destinations that you might not have thought about.”

LINK: For more helpful tips

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Wages grew strongly in June as employers tried to attract employees by paying more, a new U.S. jobs report showed Friday, the latest evidence that workers have the power to demand more in the reopening economy.

Average hourly earnings climbed by 3.6 percent in the year through June and 0.3 percent over the month, matching what economists in a Bloomberg survey had expected.

Yearly wage gains have been affected by the shifting labor force makeup since the start of the pandemic, effects that are waning. But the monthly gain shows that employers are competing for workers as they rush to rehire after the pandemic downturn, especially because the figures followed solid gains in April and May.

Companies are scrambling to hire to meet customer demand, which has surged back as the economy reopens and consumers enjoy restaurant meals, take delayed vacations and spend money saved in the pandemic on other goods and services. At the same time, many would-be employees are lingering on the job market’s sidelines as child care disruptions, health concerns and government support give them reasons to stay home. Other workers are seizing the moment to switch to more attractive positions.

It also takes workers time to shuffle into new jobs, especially after months out of the labor market, during which employees may have reconsidered their prospects. Continued job hopping could keep pressure on employers in coming months.

Policymakers generally see the pickup in wages as good news, but it could create inflation risks if it persists. Higher pay would cost employers more, and they may pass that along to customers as steeper prices. Wage increases in the sectors that have seen strong gains in recent months — like leisure and hospitality, where hourly workers saw their pay jump a striking 2.3 percent from May to June — may affect prices more readily.

“Sectors that use low-wage labor intensively appear to pass most of their labor costs on to prices,” economists at Goldman Sachs wrote in a recent analysis. They expect millions of workers to return to work by September as various pandemic unemployment benefit programs end, releasing pressure by adding to the labor supply.

If that cooling doesn’t happen, it could matter for the Federal Reserve, which is closely watching to see signs that a recent jump in prices could turn into more lasting move higher in inflation.

“What would be troubling would be very wide, across the economy wages at unsustainable levels without high inflation,” Jerome H. Powell, the Federal Reserve’s chair, said in a June news conference. “That’s one of the old formulas for having high inflation. We don’t see anything like that now.”

There is plenty of evidence beyond wage growth that workers have the upper hand. The Conference Board’s index showing that jobs are “plentiful” has soared higher in recent months,

Originally set to debut in 2020 but put on hold due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Legoland New York will finally fully open to guests on July 9. 

The theme park had been open to visitors in a limited capacity and at a discounted price since late May as finishing touches were put on some of the park’s rides and attractions.

Legoland New York Resort is composed not only of a theme park, but also the Legoland New York Hotel, set to open for reservations beginning August 6. 

Legoland New York is located in Goshen, in New York’s Hudson Valley, about 60 miles northwest of New York City. Currently occupying 150 acres, but with potential to expand to 500 acres, Legoland New York is the biggest of their worldwide parks.

Legoland New York Theme Park Filled With Attractions For Families

With seven themed lands, from Lego Castle and Lego Ninjago World to Bricktopia and Miniland, the New York theme park offers rides, attractions, dining, and shopping for young and old alike, though it’s geared toward families with children ages 2 to 12.

The park’s website has an interactive page where guests can enter the height of the guest to learn which rides are open to the smallest visitors. Age minimums are also spelled out. 

For example, a gentle train ride on the Duplo Express is open to all-sized visitors, but guests under 34 inches tall must be accompanied by an adult. The Dragon roller coaster is available to guests who are at least four years old and 42 inches tall.

Legoland fans might recognize some rides and attractions that are similar to or also found at Legoland California and Legoland Florida, such as Driving School, where children can earn their own special driver’s license, and Fire Academy, where guests race to put out a “burning building” with giant water guns. 

Miniland is a Lego replica of several different locations across the United States, so guests will recognize famous landmarks and buildings from New York City, Las Vegas, and even the local town of Goshen. It is composed of more than 22 million Lego bricks. 

Exclusive to the New York property is the Lego Factory Adventure Ride, where visitors are “shrunk” to minifigure size and move through a pretend Lego factory on a trackless vehicle. 

Also available are the much-loved Legoland treat Granny’s Apple Fries — apple strips dusted with cinnamon sugar and served with a vanilla cream dipping sauce.

As of July 9, one-day admission tickets to the park are $79.99 for adults and $69.99 for children ages 3 to 12. Operating hours are 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily through Labor Day, with Tuesday and Wednesday closures and more limited hours beginning later in September through November.

New York’s Legoland Hotel Has Themed Rooms

The on-site, 250-room Legoland New York Hotel is just steps away from the theme park. Choose from themed rooms: Kingdom, Pirates, Lego Ninjago, or Lego Friends. Each room has a separate

“It’s gone from feeling super lonely and now it’s feeling pretty normal,” Mr. Gray added.

Wall Street and the banking sector are pillars of the city’s economy, and they have been among the most aggressive industries in prodding employees to go back to the office. James Gorman, the chief executive of Morgan Stanley, told investors and analysts this month that “if you want to get paid in New York, you need to be in New York.”

Many firms, including Blackstone and Morgan Stanley, have huge real estate holdings or loans to the industry, so there is more than civic pride in their push to get workers to return. Technology companies like Facebook and Google are increasingly important employers as well as major commercial tenants, and they have been increasing their office space. But they have been more flexible about letting employees continue to work remotely.

Google, which has 11,000 employees in New York and plans to add 3,000 in the next few years, intends to return to its offices in West Chelsea in September, but workers will only be required to come in three days a week. The company has also said up to 20 percent of its staff can apply to work remotely full time.

The decision by even a small slice of employees at Google and other companies to stay home part or all of the week could have a significant economic impact.

Even if just 10 percent of Manhattan office workers begin working remotely most of the time, that translates into more than 100,000 people a day not picking up a coffee and bagel on their way to work or a drink afterward, said James Parrott, an economist with the Center for New York City Affairs at the New School.

“I expect a lot of people will return, but not all of them,” he said. “We might lose some neighborhood businesses as a result.”

The absence of white-collar workers hurts people like Danuta Klosinski, 60, who had been cleaning office buildings in Manhattan for 20 years. She is one of more than about 3,000 office cleaners who remain out of work, according to Denis Johnston, a vice president of their union, Local 32BJ of the Service Employees International Union.

(CNN) — It’s been another huge week in travel news, and once again CNN Travel is here to help you keep track of the constantly changing world of global restrictions.

Come to these round-ups each week to learn about the countries relaxing entry rules, the attractions reopening the doors and the places that have shuttered because of Covid-19 outbreaks.

Latest from Europe

Good news for Americans! The European Union‘s governing body has recommended that the bloc lift restrictions on non-essential travel from 14 countries, including the US, a move that would allow visitors from these destinations to vacation in Europe far more easily.

The other countries to make the cut are: Albania, Australia, Israel, Japan, Lebanon, New Zealand, Republic of North Macedonia, Rwanda, Serbia, Singapore, South Korea, Thailand and China. Find out more here.

One country conspicuous by its absence is the UK, where things haven’t been going so well. Grand plans to lift the UK’s remaining Covid restrictions on June 21 have been delayed until July 19, due to rising cases of the Covid-19 Delta variant.

There’s also been a lot of confusion over the UK’s “traffic-light” system of travel regulations, but fear not — CNN Travel has put together these explainers for UK residents and for people wishing to travel into the UK.
Arrivals are allowed into Italy from most of Europe. Rome's Trevi Fountain iis pictured in June 2021.

Arrivals are allowed into Italy from most of Europe. Rome’s Trevi Fountain iis pictured in June 2021.

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It doesn’t stop there, though. We also have explainers with everything you need to know about travel into France, Greece, Italy and Spain. You’re going to want to bookmark those babies.
The island of Cyprus is open to vaccinated travelers from 65 countries, including the US and the UK. Slovenia has also reopened to tourism with its own traffic light system and testing requirements, which you can read about here.
The Netherlands is welcoming tourists from “safe countries with a low Covid-19 risk,” while Iceland, a member state of the European Economic Area, opened its borders to vaccinated travelers back in April. It’s going pretty well, too, judging by this CNN story from earlier this week.

Croatia is also welcoming vaccinated travelers, as well as those who present a negative PCR test or proof that they’ve recovered from Covid-19 within the past 180 days, and no less than 11 days before they arrive.

The Isle of Man, a self-governing British Crown dependency in the Irish Sea, is reportedly on course to fully reopen its borders with the UK on June 28, having been closed to almost all non-residents since March 2020. That’s the same day as Switzerland hopes to reopen to vaccinated Americans.

Ireland, which has had one of Europe’s strictest lockdowns, will reopen to the EU, UK and US on July 19. Non-EU unvaccinated travelers will have to arrive with a negative test, then self-quarantine until they take a second

Chandigarh [India], June 7 (ANI/PRNewswire): World’s leading and renowned film school New York Film Academy (NYFA) today signed an academic MoU with Chandigarh University Gharuan.

As a part of agreement, Indian students can now pursue globally recognized Under-Graduate 3 years degree in Film Making from New York Film Academy by studying first year of the program at Chandigarh University while studying the remaining two years at the New York Academy, USA.

The official MoU signing ceremony took place today virtually where David Klein, Senior Executive, New York Film Academy and Dr RS Bawa, Pro-Chancellor, Chandigarh University along with other university officials exchanged the Memorandum of Understanding.

“NYFA is known for imparting hands-on practical learning to the students where they learn every minute aspect of film making. The students will undergo thousands of hours working and creating their own content and projects under the guidance from renowned film makers, technicians and experts from Hollywood,” said Prof Michael Young, President, New York Film Academy.

The students would be introduced to various career options in film making such as Direction, Script Writing, Sound Engineering, Visual Effects, Animation, Camera Handling, Lights and Camera Set-up and they are required to work as a team on small projects, Prof. Young added.

Prof Michael Young further said, “Eminent Hollywood directors like Steven Spielberg, Ron Howard, Mira Nair, Doung Liman are some of prominent guest faculty that the students who are joining the program would be interacting and have the chance to work with during their academic learning.” The students are exposed to learn and work on the latest technology and tools being used in the International film industry, so that they are experience ready when you move out of university and make a start in their career, he added.

“With digital platforms such as OTT, Social Media taking lead, the content has become a commodity and the students have to understand the art of developing quality content which is recognized and appreciated by global audience,” he further added.

“This year most of the Indian students might not able to travel abroad to study due to the prevalent COVID-19 pandemic situation. We at Chandigarh University are offering a unique opportunity to the students in India through our International Articulation programs where we are offering the global academic learning experience to them by studying one or two years in India and then move to respective Universities in USA, Australia, UK to complete their degree programs and by then the situation will improve for travelling. The other important aspects of the International Articulation Programs are that the students saves precious academic year and in addition the education cost as during the initial years of the academic program, the student will be required to pay fees per Indian fee structure and also in Indian Currency which saves atleast 33% cost incurred in comparison if you pursue the entire degree abroad,” said Dr RS Bawa, Pro-Chancellor, Chandigarh University.

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“NYFA is known for imparting hands-on practical learning to the students where they learn every minute aspect of film making. The students will undergo thousands of hours working and creating their own content and projects under the guidance from renowned film makers, technicians and experts from Hollywood,” said Prof. Michael Young, President, New York Film Academy. The students would be introduced to various career options in film making such as Direction, Script Writing, Sound Engineering, Visual Effects, Animation, Camera Handling, Lights and Camera Set-up and they are required to work as a team on small projects, Prof. Young added.

Prof. Michael Young further said, “Eminent Hollywood directors like Steven Spielberg, Ron Howard, Mira Nair, Doung Liman are some of prominent guest faculty that the students who are joining the program would be interacting and have the chance to work with during their academic learning.” The students are exposed to learn and work on the latest technology and tools being used in the International film industry, so that they are experience ready when you move out of university and make a start in their career, he added. He further said, “With digital platforms such as OTT, Social Media taking lead, the content has become a commodity and the students have to understand the art of developing quality content which is recognized and appreciated by global audience.” 

Dr. R.S Bawa, Pro-Chancellor, Chandigarh University said, “This year most of the Indian students might not able to travel abroad to study due to the prevalent COVID-19 pandemic situation. We at Chandigarh University are offering a unique opportunity to the students in India through our International Articulation programs where we are offering the global academic learning experience to them by studying one or two years in India and then move to respective Universities in USA, Australia, UK to complete their degree programs and by then the situation will improve for travelling. The other important aspects of the International Articulation Programs are that the students saves precious academic year and in addition the education cost as during the initial years of the academic program, the student will be required to pay fees per Indian fee structure and also in Indian Currency which saves atleast 33% cost incurred in comparison if you pursue the entire degree abroad.”

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