Tripadvisor will accede to hotel chains' complaints and change its three-month-old subscription program from immediate discounts upon booking to cash back after check-in. Though Tripadvisor Plus drew tens of thousands of participating hotels, major players objected to its open display of discounted room rates that were below their published rates.
American Airlines has invested $100 million to become an "anchor partner" in Bill Gates' Breakthrough Energy program, which aims to boost research on clean energy technology, focusing on sustainable aviation fuel as well as direct air capture, green hydrogen and long-duration energy storage. "We have an ambitious vision of a low-carbon future for our airline and a plan to match, but we know our own efforts can only get us so far. By working in partnership with Catalyst, we're helping accelerate and scale our industry’s nascent solutions, said American CEO Doug Parker.
Caribbean nations are hopeful for a strong winter season, despite coronavirus eruptions, as they impose strict new health and safety regulations. Vaccination efforts are in the works for residents and tourism workers across the area.
A smattering of US hotels is experimenting with add-on fees for amenities such as pool use and early check-in, a move that's established with airlines but is being met with skepticism from consumers and industry players. Travel writer Kyle Potter, who questions the scheme, says the companies are "actually charging you the same amount, they're just giving you less than they once did."
Fleet Financial Group plans to break ground this month on a 25-story zero-carbon luxury hotel and condo complex in Queens, N.Y. Richard Xia's company is partnering with noted architect Mattia Santi and chef Shinichi Inoue, formerly with two Michelin-starred restaurants.
Vermont activists are asking the state to continue publicly-funded hotel stays for homeless people, hundreds of whom could be evicted Wednesday if the 30-day extension request is denied. The coalition of 27 organizations says permanent housing in unavailable to many recipients of the 84-day emergency vouchers.
Airlines Reporting Corp. said the travel agencies it accredits reported a 328% increase in air ticket sales in August, compared with sales during the depths of the pandemic a year earlier. August sales were down from $4 billion in July to $3.2 billion, which the organization attributes to "new mandates and border restrictions [that] began taking effect in July."
Travel agencies that are unable to pay vendors should try to avoid filing for Chapter 11 bankruptcy because it can permanently damage the business' reputation, writes attorney Mark Pestronk. Though they may threaten, vendors rarely sue, but agencies should renegotiate contracts or offer to settle accounts, Pestronk writes.
As it emerges from lockdown, officials are considering eliminating cars in certain centralized areas of the city to create a "15-Minute City." The move would improve air quality and make the area receptive to walkers, cyclists and public transportation.
The White House plans to implement individual risk-based measures for non-US citizens traveling to the US, providing a pathway for the safe reopening of international travel. Beginning in November, travelers will be required to provide proof of vaccination and a negative COVID-19 test taken within three days of their departure to the US. Airlines for America President and CEO Nicholas Calio applauded the step saying, "US airlines have been strong advocates for a stringent, consistent policy and are eager to safely reunite the countless families, friends and colleagues who have not seen each other in nearly two years, if not longer. Today's announcement marks a positive step in our nation's recovery, and we look forward to working with the Administration over the coming weeks to implement this new global system."
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