DragonSlayer app for travel advisors is now available in mobile and desktop versions that will be updated monthly with the latest information about travel markets. The app gives travel advisors instant access to travel conditions and restrictions in all 50 states and 124 countries and has a customizable feature that ranks destinations for their travel-ability.
Consumers are favoring last-minute ticket buys, one-way flights and domestic travel, the air travel booking site Skyscanner reported. However, the site is also seeing an uptick in searches for future international travel, such as from the UK to New York and Orlando, Fla.
The Healthy Sail Panel has submitted coronavirus protocols to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in anticipation of the expiration of the no-sail order on Sept. 30. The Royal Caribbean Group and Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings established the panel this summer to develop best practice recommendations for the cruise industry during the pandemic.
The Resort at Paws Up in Montana, Rwanda's Singita Kwitonda and Serenity at Coconut Bay in St. Lucia are among global hotels that are offering in-room spa services amid the coronavirus pandemic. The Resort at Paws Up offers massages, facials and other treatments.
A one-bedroom, 500-square-foot house in the Montana woods will appeal to the kid-at-heart looking for a glamping adventure. The double-decker tree house comes with all the amenities, Wi-Fi, two decks on 5 acres with trails and a campfire ring.
Los Angeles County has begun phasing out a program to use hotels to house homeless people deemed especially vulnerable to the coronavirus, citing uncertainty over the federal funding that has covered most of the cost. Project Roomkey has accommodated about 4,300 people, or 30% of its goal, and housing is being sought for them, officials say.
Select-service hotels dominated new construction at the end of 2019 and the sector is attracting lifestyle-oriented investors who seek to liven up their utilitarian character. Economy remains a strong selling point, with select-service properties operating at as little as half the staff of full-service hotels.
The Sun Palace in Cancun has reopened after a $40 million renovation that extended to all aspects of the upscale adults-only resort. Natural elements and local flavor permeate the makeover, whose exterior was designed by Palace Resorts' in-house architects and interiors by a Claudia Ferreiro-led team.
CEOs from American Airlines, United Airlines and JetBlue joined with labor leaders in a joint media event at the Capitol to plead for an extension of the Payroll Support Program in order to avoid involuntary furloughs and service reductions on Oct. 1. "It'd be a very, very horrific event I think if that happens, given all the support," American Airlines Chairman and CEO Doug Parker said. United CEO Scott Kirby emphasized the need to protect jobs to enable economic recovery, saying: "We need to do more to keep those professionals employed and to keep their support for the economy intact because it's not just about the tens of thousands of people whose jobs are at risk. That's important, but it's also about the indirect jobs that all of them support." JetBlue CEO Robin Hayes reiterated the call for Congress to take meaningful action.
US airlines remain in "critical condition" with passenger volume "well below its pre-Covid levels," and "another government intervention may be the only way to forestall widespread bankruptcies and preserve the domestic airline industry," writes former US Treasury senior economist Ike Brannon. Despite significant self-help measures and federal assistance back in March, airlines remain in a dire situation and face a long road to recovery, necessitating further federal aid, he writes.
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