Resorts are getting into the schoolcation market, offering family specials complete with onsite tutors, study hall and field trips. Most schoolcation packages are seven to 21 days and can include such amenities as sports training, after-school activities and tutoring.
The Centers for the Disease Control and Prevention's no-sail order has been extended until Oct. 31, even though the director wanted it enforced until February, McClatchy reports. Cruise lines, which have had major losses and layoffs during the pandemic, have pressured the CDC to lift the ban and said they can be ready to sail Nov. 1.
Widespread hotel mortgage foreclosures are not likely even though nearly one-quarter of US properties were delinquent at summer's end, experts say. The consensus of observers is that lenders are wont to take on a large number of hotels that they are unlikely to revive on their own under the stress of the pandemic.
Wyndham and Barclays have added several new credit cards that include higher travel perks and rewards bonuses. Several of the cards include points for gas purchases while air travel is down.
Alaska Airlines will offer COVID-19 testing to passengers bound for Hawaii, partnering with Carbon Health to provide the service at pop-up clinics, starting in Seattle and eventually rolling out in other West Coast cities. Lt. Gov. Josh Green said the Hawaiian government is working with Alaska Airlines, United Airlines, Hawaiian Airlines, CVS, American Airlines and Kaiser Permanente to iron out the details of testing arrangements for travelers seeking to meet the state's quarantine rules.
As Hawaii prepares to reopen its borders to tourists Oct. 15, Hawaiian Airlines is resuming service from Honolulu to Las Vegas, with Oakland and San Jose, Calif., and Phoenix following Nov. 1. The airline, which is providing COVID-19 testing for passengers in San Francisco and Los Angeles, will also increase service from those cities as well as Portland, Ore.; Sacramento, Calif.; Seattle and San Diego.
Domestic business travel may begin to pick up once employees start returning to in-person offices in early 2021, although an international travel rebound is expected to take longer due to worldwide restrictions in place, says Andrew Nocella, executive vice president and chief commercial officer of United Airlines. Nocella says smaller businesses currently are more eager to travel, while companies of all sizes will require a vaccine and rapid COVID-19 testing before they are comfortable resuming normal business travel plans.
In 2014, Amazon jumped in and then jumped out of the hotel booking business, but even veterans of the industry like Booking.com find booking individual vacation rentals challenging. Now the industry is watching Airbnb's proposed initial public offering even as it reports $1 billion in losses.
The Omni Viking Lakes Hotel was scheduled to open today as part of the Minnesota Vikings' new complex in Eagan, Minn., overcoming worries about timing in light of the pandemic. "I don't think we're naive enough to think we're going to fill up anytime fast, but we thought it was important to get open and build momentum," said Brent Glashan, general manager of the 14-story Nordic-themed hotel.
Shanghai has provided coronavirus guidelines to hotels ahead of the China International Import Expo, which will be held Nov. 5-10. The tourism board listed 1,151 hotels that have met safety criteria to host guests.
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