US hotel rooms under construction reached record levels of 215,000 in March and 220,000 in April while the industry suffered its worst downturn on record, STR reports. The pandemic will reverse the trend eventually, says STR's Jan Freitag, but the slowdown won't necessarily be drastic.
The Hilton Boston Logan Airport Hotel has tweaked its tradition of service to the East Boston YMCA by supplying a hot meal each week to the staff there. The donation through the hotel's restaurant, Connolly's Publik House, compensates for the pandemic-caused cancellation of the fundraising breakfast the Hilton hosts annually for the Y.
Visions Spa Salon in Novi, Mich., is eagerly awaiting an end of the current stay at home order, set to expire June 12. The spa is preparing for the reopening with social distancing markers in place and touchless temperature screening.
Luxury consumers will be seeking privacy in their travels and will strive to find deeper meaning with their trips rather than satisfy idle curiosity, various travel insiders say. Less-traveled and more natural destinations are likely to take center stage, as are expectations for sanctuary-style privacy and safe wellness offerings.
Keeping a healthy distance from other travelers is likely to be important to luxury travelers, some of whom are renting tricked-out RVs for solitary vacations. Others are turning to locations such as New Mexico's 550,000-acre Vermejo resort, which allows natural pursuits and easy social distancing, and Utah's 600-acre, ultra-luxe Amangiri, where not all of its 34 suites will be booked and where wellness staff can provide gloved, masked massages.
Ten nongaming hotels in Las Vegas stand ready to take in tourists who show signs of the coronavirus and are turned away by resorts. The state Gaming Control Board issued guidance regarding the move in conjunction with the University Medical Center in Las Vegas.
Statistics such as a 200% increase in late-summer bookings for Las Vegas fly in the face of recent travel predictions that consumers will stay away from large crowds. Carolyn Corda recommends analyzing various data points related to specific areas to get a better read on what actually may transpire.
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