The governing body for U.S. college athletics is reviewing bids to host events through spring 2022, including 133 from North Carolina cities and universities, said Scott Dupree, executive director of the Greater Raleigh Sports Alliance. The law known as House Bill 2, which bars transgender people from using government-run restrooms that match their gender identity and limits local nondiscrimination protections, will doom the state's chances, Dupree wrote in a letter. "Our contacts at cheap flights to Paris from calgary the NCAA tell us that, due to their stance on HB 2, all North Carolina bids will be pulled from the review process and removed from consideration," said Dupree, adding he was sharing the information on behalf of the North Carolina Sports Association. Asked for comment, the NCAA said it expects to announce its site selections for upcoming seasons in April. The organization in September moved championship events, including two rounds of the prominent Division I men's basketball tournament, from the hoops-loving state for the current academic year in protest at the measure. "In a matter of days, our states sports tourism industry will suffer crushing, long-term losses and will essentially close its doors to NCAA business," Dupree said. "Our window to act is closing rapidly." Adopted last March by North Carolina's Republican-controlled legislature, the law prompted legal challenges, boycotts by corporations and entertainers, and the relocation of the National Basketball Association's 2017 All-Star Game. Supporters of the statute cite traditional values and a need for public safety, while opponents deem it discriminatory to lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people. A repeal bid failed during a one-day special legislative session in December. Dupree's letter prompted a new call on Monday by advocacy groups and Democratic lawmakers for an immediate repeal to avoid further economic damage.
To help celebrate its new Hawai'iflights, Virgin America teamed up with the world's leading community-driven hospitality company, Airbnb, to encourage travelers to "Work Hard, Hawai'i Hard" by experiencing all that the Aloha state has to offer including the option to affordable flights to San Francisco from edmonton stay at a range of unique properties from waterfront estates to beach bungalows. The two brands will co-host a festive send-off for the first Hawai'i flight today and an oceanfront sunset event this evening at an Airbnb estate on O'ahu. On Dec. 3, the airline's Hawai'i schedule grows again with daily nonstop flights from SFO to Maui's Kahului Airport (OGG). Virgin America is also marking the launch of these new flights by offering SFO-Honolulu and SFO-Maui fares from $199* (taxes and fees included, restrictions applying) or 8558 Elevate frequent flyer points (plus fees). "Our loyal Bay Area travelers, and especially our Elevate frequent flyers, have been asking for an island escape for some time, and as of today they have a fresh option for their Hawai'i travels," said Virgin America President and Chief Executive Officer David Cush. "We are thrilled to be bringing our unique service to Honolulu and next month Maui, and we look forward to building lasting community ties with the state and people of Hawai'i." As the only San Francisco-based airline, Virgin America offers an upscale new option to Hawai'i with a product uniquely suited to longer-haul flights. Hawai'i is the number one tourism destination from the West Coast, with over 3.3 million visitors in 20141 and the 'most wanted' destination by members of the airline's Elevate loyalty program. Known for its innovative and comfortable service, Virgin America has been named the best domestic airline in both Conde Nast Traveler'sReaders' Choice Awards and in Travel + Leisure'sWorld's Best Awards for the past eight years in a row. "We are thrilled to welcome Virgin America to the Hawaiian Islands," said Hawai'i Governor David Ige. "We are pleased to see Virgin America giving our guests the broadest service options possible between the West Coast and Hawai'i, boosting airline competition, adding seats, increasing accessibility to the islands and adding new jobs to our tourism industry. The Hawai'i Tourism Authority estimates Virgin America's new flights will generate $138.6 million in visitor spending and $14.8 million in tax revenue for the Aloha State each year." Today, Virgin America and Airbnb announce an expanded partnership program the first partnership program of its kind for Airbnb. The airline's Elevate program now offers travelers the opportunity to earn Elevate points for every Airbnb reservation they make.
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