The owner of the Dallas Stars professional hockey team has presented plans for a six-story luxury hotel to Irving, Texas, city leaders. Tom Gaglardi's Sandman Signature Hotel would be part of a mixed-use development by Blue Star Land, headed by Dallas Cowboys football team owner Jerry Jones.
A nonprofit hotel in Tulsa, Okla., has been providing both shelter and future hope to homeless people who are deemed vulnerable to coronavirus infection. Of the 65 guests taken in over the past two months by City Lights Hotel, 15 have made the transition to permanent housing.
Mayors in the Rio Grande Valley of Texas are scouting out hotels that might provide relief to hospitals stressed by coronavirus cases. "People that are recovering in hospital beds, where people that are coming down with worse symptoms, there ought to be some sort of accommodation if we have space already," McAllen Mayor Jim Darling said.
Southwest Airlines no longer accepts cash payments for flights, upgrades or extra luggage at US airports as of July 1, as is the trend in the airline industry. Southwest will still accept cash at international ticket counters.
American Airlines has promoted Jessica Tyler, to president of cargo and vice president of airport excellence, tying together two areas of its cargo operation. Tyler assumes the position from Rick Elieson, who was named vice president of loyalty.
Alaska Airlines will join the global Oneworld alliance by the end of the year, accelerating the plan by six months. Meanwhile, Oneworld has launched an online information portal to keep passengers informed about the health and safety initiatives of member airlines, which include American Airlines.
Lesa Kauffman, co-owner of Le'Chelle Hair Studio in Waynesboro, Pa., says the layoff due to the coronavirus pandemic has been hard, but clients are "thrilled" to be returning. "It's been wonderful to be able to open up again; it's very rewarding," she said.
Acqualina Spa by ESPA at the Acqualina Resort & Residences in Sunny Isles, Fla., has reopened following its closure due to the coronavirus pandemic. Cleaning procedures have been updated and the facility is practicing social distancing.
Construction of the Aqua Spa Float Center & Wellness Boutique in Oswego, N.Y., is nearing completion with an opening planned for this fall. "We couldn't be more thrilled to see the sanctuary in its home stretch," owner Gary McGuire said.