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Taco Bell Is Opening A Resort In Palm Springs And People Have Some Serious And Valid Questions

One of Taco Bell’s most famous slogan’s (aside from “Yo Quiero Taco Bell”) was “Make A Run For the Border.” Now it looks as if Taco Bell is asking their customers to make a run for Palm Springs. Honestly, who wouldn’t want to make a run for Palm Springs, especially when we get to stay at a Taco Bell resort.

Taco Bell is opening a resort hotel in Palm Springs, California.

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On August 9, Taco Bell will open, for a limited time, The Bell: A Taco Bell Hotel in Palm Springs.

“The Bell stands to be the biggest expression of the Taco Bell lifestyle to date. It will be fun, colorful, flavorful and filled with more than what our fans might expect,” Taco Bell’s Chief Global Brand Officer Marisa Thalberg said in a press release statement. “Also, just like some of our most sought-after food innovation, this hotel brings something entirely new for lucky fans to experience and enjoy.”

What will it look like? Like a gorgeous Palm Springs resort but with Taco Bell everywhere.

Here’s the vision for this hot hotel: “From check-in to check-out, The Bell: A Taco Bell Hotel and Resort reimagines what a hotel stay can be, unveiling a destination inspired by tacos and fueled by fans. Everything from guest rooms to breakfast and poolside cocktails will be infused with a Taco Bell twist.”

Here’s how people are handling this insane news.

Yeah, we’re sort of wondering who the clientele will be. We assume there will be a lot of influencers but Taco Bell fanatics will likely be there to get the most out of their obsession.

Taco Bell room service 24/7?

How much Taco Bell can one person endure in a weekend? That’s a trick question because there is no limit to the amount of Taco Bell a person can eat.

Some people are taking this news a little too far.

Taco Bell clothes? That might be going a bit too far.

Makeup guru, Jeffree Star is totally hyped.

So perhaps it will be a fabulous place.

We honestly hope the plumbling will be ready.

People will be in these bathrooms more than any other place they stay. that is just a fact.

A Taco Bell eaters dream stay for sure.

What else will people do besides eat and watch TV? There is nothing else to dow when you stay at the Taco Bell resort.

People are seriously excited.

 Reservations will open in June, click here for more information.

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Taco Bell Is Dumping Your Favorite Menu Items Because Of COVID, So RIP 7-Layer Burrito

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Taco Bell Is Dumping Your Favorite Menu Items Because Of COVID, So RIP 7-Layer Burrito

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Heads up! If you’ve been a steadfast lover of Taco Bell menu classics such as the Spicy Potato Soft Taco or Cheesy Fiesta Potatoes you better hit up one of the chains ASAP. In a heartbreaking announcement, the fast-food restaurant revealed that they will officially be eighty-sixing the beloved menu items starting in August.

Last week, Taco Bell announced its intentions to “simplify” its menu by putting 11 of its items into retirement.

“This evolved menu approach comes after months of analyzing the new way we are running our restaurants,” the company said in a statement. “We want to ensure an easy and fast ordering experience for our guests and team members.” Starting August 13, you’ll no longer be able to order the Grilled Steak Soft Taco, 7-Layer Burrito, Nachos Supreme, Beefy Fritos Burrito, Spicy Tostada, Triple Layer Nachos, Spicy Potato Soft Taco, Cheesy Fiesta Potatoes, Loaded Grillers (Cheesy Potato, Beefy Nacho), Chips & Dips and the Mini Skillet Bowl.

The Quesarito will remain on the men but will not be featured on the menu boards. Customers can order the item digitally through the Taco Bell website or app.

According to the statement it appears the changes are part of a strategy in responding to COVID -19 and its effects on the chain’s employees and customers. “Since the start of COVID, we’ve made changes at the restaurant level with the safety of our Team Members and guests as our top priority, but we didn’t just stop there. Our new normal has also transformed the way we look at innovation and product testing at our global headquarters. What was once an ‘all hands on deck’ approach in our famous test kitchen has switched to virtual brainstorms and kitchen simulations. Our teams have shifted from in-person focus groups to contactless drive-thru tastings. We’ve learned to adapt to ensure Taco Bell’s long history of innovation never stops.”

Fortunately, while Taco Bell is canceling items on its menu, they’re also adding to it.

Taco Bell announced that its new menu changes will include the addition of two new items. Taco Bell lovers can look forward to the addition of the $5 Grande Nachos Box: a concoction made up of layers of beef, refried beans, a cheese sauce, a three-cheese blend, pico de gallo, guacamole, and sour cream piled high onto a bed of tortilla chips. Taco Bell’s $1 Beef Burrito will also grace the menu as a permanent addition to the Cravings Value Menu.

As heartbreaking as saying goodbye to those Loaded Grillers may be, Taco Bell assures that the simplified menu will mean “a more efficient Taco Bell experience” and “will leave room for new fan favorites, continued progress in categories such as plant-based diets, and even opportunities for the return of some classics on a limited-time basis.”

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The U.S. Passport Was Once The World’s Strongest, It’s Fallen To 25th Place Thanks To Failed Leadership Amid Coronavirus

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The U.S. Passport Was Once The World’s Strongest, It’s Fallen To 25th Place Thanks To Failed Leadership Amid Coronavirus

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Not that we should be traveling right now, as the country’s Coronavirus pandemic continues to spiral out of control – but it’s worth noting that our international options are fewer than they were just months ago.

Historically, the U.S. passport has been seen as the golden ticket to travel with ease across the international community as it was once regarded as one of the strongest passports in the world. But that’s changing.

You can blame the drop in standing of the U.S. passport on our elected leaders who have massively failed to gain an upper hand on this health crisis. As other countries have demonstrated an ability to control Coronavirus within their borders, the U.S. has failed miserably. And that failure – in addition to more than 3 million infections and 130,000 deaths – has resulted in Americans simply being turned away from international destinations.

The U.S. passport dropped in visa-free access from 7th to 25th place as a result of our Coronavirus failures.

In what is a double whammy for the United States, the country recently crossed the three-million mark in terms of the number of registered COVID-19 cases, and more than 132,000 people have died from the disease. Now, its handling of the pandemic has drastically diminished power of its passport. 

Before the pandemic, the U.S. was regularly listed in the Top 10 on the Henley Passport Index, an annual ranking of the number of countries a passport gets you into without a visa. The ranking is based on data from the International Air Transport Association. The US usually comes in sixth or seventh and topped the list as recently as 2014. Before the coronavirus pandemic, a US passport would get you into 185 destinations around the world without the need for a visa at all or a visa on arrival.

According to the latest Henley Passport Index, U.S. passports now have access to only 158 countries, putting it on par with a Mexican passport, a significant decline from its previous top 10 ranking in 2014.

“We see an emergence of a new global hierarchy in terms of mobility, with countries that have effectively managed the pandemic taking the lead, and countries that have handled it poorly falling behind,” says Christian Kaelin, chairman of Henley & Partners, according to Forbes.

The biggest drop came as a result of the European Union banning entry to U.S. citizens.

Many countries across the globe are beginning to open back up as they get their Coronavirus outbreaks under control, and they are limiting or banning travel with countries where the virus is running rampant — including the United States. 

In fact, as Europe has slowly started to reopen its borders to international tourists, it’s specifically left off the U.S. Europe’s decision is responsible for the largest drop in the power of the U.S. passport.

Recently, five Americans who flew to Sardinia on a private jet were turned away and governors in Mexico are advocating for tighter border measures to prevent Americans from going into the country and spreading the virus. 

The U.S. passport is now equal in strength to that of Mexico and Uruguay.

It’s no secret that citizenship is the main factor behind preserving global inequalities today and that simply holding a U.S. passport can grant you access to so many more destinations. But now, Americans are getting to swee just how your government’s actions – or failures – can result in you being treated differently on the global level.

Thanks to America’s failure at combating the virus, U.S. citizens now hold passports that have around the same level of travel freedom as citizens of Mexico (#25 on Henley Passport Index, with a score of 159) and Uruguay (#28, with a score of 153).

Coronavirus continues to rage out of control across the U.S., so it should go without saying that an international trip is not a good idea right now.

Countries are closing their doors to Americans, as the outbreak in the US — the worst in the world — nears 3 million infections with over 131,000 deaths.

The US last week surpassed 50,000 new daily coronavirus cases, and that trend has been maintained this week with multiple states and cities recording record-high new infections, hospitalizations, or deaths. 

Another factor playing into travel restrictions – beyond the surging of cases in the U.S., is that America’s health care system is decentralized, unpredictable and unequal.

Tourism is essential for the economies of many destinations—and the livelihoods of individuals and families—and plays a role in reducing poverty. But right now is not the time for Americans to be traveling.

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