Some passengers on United flights out of San Francisco will be part of a pilot of a biometric system done in partnership with IT solutions provider SITA. The 60-day project involves using photographs of passengers' faces as their boarding pass using special cameras at touchpoints throughout the airport.
About 200 Dutch tourists were chosen from 25,000 applicants for an eight-day quarantine at a Greek beach resort on the Aegean Sea. Dutch tour operator Sunweb arranged the trip that gave guests access to all the hotel's amenities and a view of the sea for $475.
Travel, hotel and restaurant leaders told a newly formed US Senate subcommittee on travel and tourism their industry could recover faster than generally projected if measures such as expedited vaccinations are put in place. "Notwithstanding these efforts, the travel and tourism industry and its workers have been hit disproportionately hard," Jorge Perez of MGM Resorts International said of federal relief packages.
Richard D'Ambrosio finds insight about how to attract clients by visiting travel chatrooms on social media, where people exchange tips about where to travel. The posts show that people are researching their next trip, and travel advisors can play an important role in their search.
Royal Caribbean and Carnival cruise ships are helping evacuate people from the island of St. Vincent's, where the La Soufriere volcano is erupting. About 100,000 people live near the volcano, which has shown seismic activity since November.
Meeting space provider Convene reduced its staff by about 80% but is expanding into the digital space with a virtual and hybrid conferencing platform, which has produced $2.5 million in revenue. The company is convinced that hybrid meetings will continue to be part of the planning options in the future.
Travelers on both sides of the Atlantic are hopeful that travel could resume this summer between the UK and US. Some UK restrictions are expected to be lifted by May 17 and the increasing vaccination rate in the US makes it likely that it will get a green light for UK tourists.
UK-based private membership club Soho House reportedly has entered a confidential IPO filing on the New York Stock Exchange, valuing itself at more than $3 billion. It is believed the IPO could raise as much as $4 billion, which has 27 properties in cities across the globe, including the US.
Hotel growth in the Asia-Pacific region, led by China, continues its brisk pace, with 2,639 properties in the pipeline and 820 of those expected to open this year, the analytics company TOPHOTELPROJECTS reports. China boasts 1,404 of the planned hotels, followed by Australia at 182.
Wyndham Hotels & Resorts plans to open 180 hotels in Asia and the Pacific this year after adding 125 properties in those regions during the pandemic. China will play host to about 100 of the new hotels, with Australia, New Zealand, South Korea, Taiwan, Thailand and Vietnam also in the mix.
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