The CEO of the American Hotel and Lodging Association has offered the incoming Biden administration the enlistment of member properties in COVID-19 vaccine distribution. More than 20,000 hotels in AHLA's "Hospitality for Hope" program are well equipped to aid providers, Chip Rogers said in a letter to Biden COVID-19 response coordinator Jeffrey Zients.
The parent company of OneTravel and CheapOair, Fareportal, is suing JetBlue after it quit posting on the websites, a move that could signal a broader shift away from travel sites. The airline also dropped Vayama in 2017, in an apparent pivot away from budget fares.
Travel advisors who book one of 139 voyages with Silverseas Cruise can earn $200 bonus commissions as a show of appreciation. The company also is offering new training modules, Virtual Visits and marketing resources on its platform.
The economic stress caused by the pandemic has prompted Norwegian Air to cut its long-haul routes, while other European airlines may require financial assistance as the coronavirus continues. Citi analyst Mark Manduca says European airlines are "primed for disappointment," as vaccination distribution is taking longer than expected and governments resist making pre-flight testing mandatory.
Adventures by Disney is putting Antarctica and the Galapagos Islands on the itinerary for late 2021. Five 12-day voyages with three routes are planned for the expedition cruises with four-day side trips available to the Galapagos and Buenos Aires.
The World Travel & Tourism Council has released new mental health and wellness guidelines to help the industry recover from the coronavirus pandemic. Polls show that employees say the pandemic is affecting their work performance.
National Guard members are filling some of the gap left by canceled hotel reservations in Washington, D.C., ahead of next week's presidential inauguration. Bookings have plummeted with the virtual presentation of the event and requests to locals and prospective visitors to stay home.
Davidson Hotels has created a resorts division, stocked with eight properties it owns and listing two on the drawing board. Davidson Hotels president Thom Geshay projects revenues of $450 million to $500 million for the 10 assets by 2022, with high-end additions to the portfolio on tap.
The Best Western Hotel near London has repurposed itself as a recovery site for COVID-19 patients as the first step in a program that may eventually enlist many of England's hotels. Hoteliers are urging the National Health Service to send hundreds of patients their way as hospitals endure the greatest demand of the pandemic.
Smaller cities and more family time will gain favor over global tourism permanently in the wake of the pandemic, Airbnb CEO Brian Chesky predicts. "They're not yearning to see Times Square" after months of isolation from normal life, he observes.
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