Policy flexibility and travel advisor incentives are at the top of the list of ways suppliers will be trying to lure travel professionals back to their products. Advisors should look for and ask about additional onboard cruise credits, extended travel dates, vouchers and 100% cancellation policies.
Luxury hotels are offering unique video features for adults and kids to entice guests to come when the coronavirus travel restrictions are gone. Bobby Hotels presents local Nashville musicians, Six Senses Spas' explains bedtime breathing and sleep programs, Miraval discusses positive relationships and Ireland's Dromoland Castle shows children how to build castles out of materials they have at home.
The Oberoi Bengaluru and many other luxury hotels across India are reaching out to potential customers during the virus-related lockdown by offering takeout and delivery service for their in-house restaurants' five-star meals. Many are partnering with third-party companies to broaden their delivery range.
When 2-year-old Juniper left her favorite toy behind at a Richmond, Va., hotel, the staff came to the rescue. Ruff Ruff the stuffed dog was returned along with a note and photos showing all the ways he worked at the hotel during his adventure.
The coronavirus outbreak is giving professional gamblers in Nevada a roll of the dice with unemployment insurance -- which they normally would not be allowed to apply for -- under independent contractor or self-employed status. "I'm going to give it a shot," professional poker player Chris Konvalinka says.
Most people (almost) jokingly refer to politics as a sport, but betting on political races only had one hour's activity in West Virginia before officials realized an obscure law from 1868 banned the practice.
The 28-suite Amanemu in Japan's Ise-Shima National Park, France's Les Sources De Caudalie with its grape-based treatments and Costa Rica's jungle-inspired Tabacon Thermal Resort & Spa are among resorts that feature their own hot springs.
Cookbook author Grace Young has created a YouTube series called "Coronavirus: Chinatown Stories" highlighting the plight of Chinatown businesses in Manhattan, New York. Meanwhile, Jennifer Tam and Victoria Lee have started a Welcome to Chinatown initiative that collects funds to buy bulk meal orders to be donated to essential workers as well as lists restaurants still offering delivery, takeout and gift cards during the pandemic.
The Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians gave up their push for a $250 million casino in Michigan after the Interior Department rejected the application. Two development partners, however, are suing the tribe for $124 million for breach of contract and repayment of lost investment and revenue.
While a vacation from vacation planning may sound tempting, travel pros recommend that advisors stay up to date to be ready the instant restrictions are lifted. Sharing photos with clients, rebooking future cruise credits and hosting a virtual cruise night are among other tips.
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