Several smaller cruise ships are operating in Europe with health and sanitation protocols, with SeaDream Yacht Club operating in Norway as the first cruise company that reopened. Another company, Katarina Line, resumed operations in Croatia with ships that accommodate a maximum of 36 guests.
US-based hotel chains, especially the luxury sector, will feel the brunt of Europe's temporary ban on leisure travel by Americans, enacted because of the coronavirus surge here. Nearly 18 million Americans sojourned to Europe in 2018, the most recent year measured, while Marriott International says Americans booked more than 20% of its European room nights in 2019.
Corporate travel managers are hoping business travel will soon be allowed again and awaiting "Return to Travel" documents laying out what procedures to follow. Travel managers want to get the ball rolling in order to rebuild confidence and get traveling started up by fall.
HotelAVE, an advisory firm that works with major hotel chains, is focusing on many aspects of cruise ships in hotels due to the coronavirus, like reserving pool chairs and gym sessions, streamlining luggage handling and scheduling meals. CEO Michelle Russo said that before, clients focused on cleaning up messes instead of preventing them, noting that now "all of our clients are employing [these ideas] in some form."
The Summit Hotel in Madisonville, a Cincinnati neighborhood, is one of the locations for Netflix's new "Say I Do" series. "One of the highest honors we have in the hotel business is to help a couple celebrate their love with an extraordinary wedding," said the hotel's vice president of operations, Martin Pittman.
Kamala Cummings, Courtnie Nichols and Nik Morales share their experiences as Black travel advisors and how they set their clients up for success. Morales stresses the importance of racial diversity in the workplace to combat stereotypes and work for a better experience for their clients.
California has moved an estimated 14,200 homeless people into hotels and motels as protection against the coronavirus since April, according to Gov. Gavin Newsom. The 293 properties secured by the state are 85% filled with people identified as those not diagnosed with the coronavirus but susceptible to it.
Overnight trips are in the 2020 plans of 44% of Americans, with 68% of those expecting to stay in hotels, a new survey finds. "Travel is by no means back yet, but we are encouraged to see people begin to travel as their communities reopen, and we all learn to navigate this new normal," says Chip Rogers of the American Hotel & Lodging Association, for which the study was conducted.
Hawaiian Airlines plans to restore much of its North American flight schedule in August, when its home state will ease its travel restrictions and quarantine requirements. "We look forward to welcoming onboard guests who support and observe the protocols in place for responsible travel, including our visitors and kama'aina reconnecting with family and friends on the US mainland," President and CEO Peter Ingram said.
Airlines for America applauded the decision of the Governing Council of the International Civil Aviation Organization to use verified 2019 CO2 emissions data in calculating the baseline for the 2021-2023 "pilot phase" of ICAO's Carbon Offsetting and Reduction Scheme for International Aviation. The use of data from 2019 will ensure that international aviation emissions are capped at aggressive level that countries intended when entering the CORSIA agreement in 2016. US airlines have improved fuel efficiency by 40% since 2000 and continue to lead in the fight against climate change. Read more from the A4A newsroom.
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