More than half of travel advisors polled in a TravelAge West Need to Know survey aren't ready to go on trips yet: Only about 20% have stayed in a hotel and 11% flown on a plane in the past three months. As traveling picks up again, 67% don't believe their clients would resist a mandatory coronavirus test before leaving town.
Eight European luxury hotel representatives express their emotions upon reopening. "The best part about reopening? Finally seeing our family of colleagues again, finally welcoming our guests again into that place you love. Finally feeling how the life comes back to this hotel, like it has always been there since 1876," Anton von Verschuer of Hotel Sacher in Vienna says.
Michael Crawford, once an executive at Walt Disney Co., has plans revolving around Canton, Ohio's Pro Football Hall of Fame, with a 2022 launch date he hopes coincides with the end of the coronavirus pandemic. The $300 million second phase of what he's dubbing the "Disneyland of football" will include hotels, a football-themed water park and retail space.
Technology is front and center at US hotels seeking to recover from the pandemic and assure guests they are focusing on cleanliness and safety. Hotels are using digital room keys, electrostatic cleaning techniques, voice-activated digital assistants and other technologies to win back guests.
The developer of the Pro Football Hall of Fame complex in Canton, Ohio, plans to begin demolition next week to prepare for the complex's next phase, which includes a retail promenade, two upscale hotels and an indoor waterpark.
Bryant Park Hotel at West 40th Street in New York City is allegedly being offered as boutique office space, with a total of 122,000 square feet available on 25 floors.
Management is banking on the return of University of Miami students to help carry the new Thesis Hotel in Coral Gables, Fla., through the perils of the pandemic. The 245-room property opened quietly Wednesday, with some amenities limited or unavailable because of state restrictions.
The William Vale is making a sales lure of New York's 14-day quarantine for many out-of-state visitors by offering an array of perks ranging from private transportation to virtual workout classes. Safety is paramount with the luxury Williamsburg hotel's Q with a View package that features contactless housekeeping and COVID-19 checks.
A New York Times reporter who observed the detailed cleaning process aboard a Delta Air Lines regional jet in New York shared the enhanced cleaning procedures that passengers can expect aboard aircraft. Delta, American, United, Southwest and JetBlue have all employed electrostatic sprayers as a part of cleaning procedures. Meanwhile, a Texas television station went behind the scenes of United's aircraft sanitation operation in Austin, Texas to highlight the increased measures to prioritize the health and well-being of passengers.
FedEx is building an expanded distribution center in Laredo, Texas, which "serves as the firm's U.S. freight gateway to Mexico's interior." Meanwhile, Plus One Robotics offered details on the sorting robots it developed for FedEx's hub in Memphis.