Fake reviews on travel sites will affect $4.1 billion in consumer spending, says a new study by the University of Baltimore and CHEQ. The reviews, which are sometimes written by bots, are hurting consumer confidence in online travel sites and reinforce the value of using a travel advisor.
Wyndham Hotels & Resorts spent the pandemic replenishing its pipeline to roughly 90% of the previous year's level, making nearly 100 deals across the US. Wyndham's performance between April 2020 and last March brings its new-build pipeline to 950 hotels, with more than 260 now under construction.
The CDC has approved cruises for fully vaccinated people and recommended they be tested before and after their trips. In recent days, two passengers aboard a Royal Caribbean cruise and crew members aboard another ship have tested positive.
About 8,000 homeless people who were placed in 60 New York City hotels to shield them from the coronavirus will be moved to shelters so the hotels can resume welcoming the public, Mayor Bill de Blasio announced Wednesday. State approval is needed, and a spokesman for Gov. Andrew Cuomo indicated it would be granted provided all shelter residents wear masks.
A 250-room luxury hotel and 100 condominium homes are envisioned for a Dallas tower that Boston and local developers seek to build at a cost estimated at $750 million. The proposed Four Seasons Turtle Creek would be "a game-changer for the city," says Richard Friedman, CEO of Carpenter & Co., which is partnering with Dallas' Perot family.
Blackpool Council has received a planning application for the proposed Blackpool Central project in England. The $417 million project, which will include a theme park and a 200-room hotel, will open in phases, with a full opening expected in the second quarter of 2029.
The UK's travel restrictions couldn't keep Premier Inn owner Whitbread PLC from enjoying a rise in bookings and share value headed toward summer, and the firm is exuding optimism about full recovery -- provided the lockdown ends. The company opened 10 new hotels in the UK during the quarter and says 98% of its properties were open.
Airlines for America join others around the nation in the celebration of the significance and importance of Juneteenth. The new national holiday, also known as "Freedom Day" or "Emancipation Day," is the annual commemoration of the end of slavery in the US.
Southwest Airlines, the airline that debuted with about 1,000 employees and a dozen planes alongside print ads featuring hot pants and go-go boots, celebrates its 50th birthday today. Today, Southwest employs about 60,000 and flies 750 planes. The airline might have died in its infancy if not for a regulatory loophole that allowed it to cut prices and an administrative oversight that made it possible to base operations from Dallas Love Field.
Points of Light has included Delta Air Lines and UPS among its "Civic 50" for 2021, honoring them for corporate citizenship and "social impact" programs. "Connecting the world by giving back to the communities where we live, work and serve is core to Delta's culture, and we are honored to be named to the Points of Light Civic 50 for the fourth year in a row, but especially in a year where volunteering and service took on a whole new meaning during the COVID-19 pandemic," said Tad Hutcheson, the airline's managing director for community engagement.
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