US hotel occupancy will drop to about 38% this year, but 2021 figures are expected to bring a strong bounce-back, STR and Tourism Economics predict. A nongrowth year already was forecast before the coronavirus pandemic sidetracked tourism, STR's Jan Freitag says.
The travel industry fallout from the coronavirus pandemic is coming harder and faster, with the US Travel Association now estimating a $910 billion hit -- seven times worse than the economic woes from 9/11. Jobless forecasts in the sector have jumped to 6 million by April's end, and no one is sure whether many of the jobs will ever come back.
Out-of-state people flocking to the resort town of Sun Valley, Idaho, to avoid the coronavirus are inadvertently flooding the area with the illness, making it a hot spot for the pandemic. "No one should come here," emergency room doctor Brent Russell told NPR, noting that those who ignore the requests are putting their own lives -- and the lives of others -- at risk.
Midscale and upscale lifestyle hotel developer Leva Hotels & Resorts of Dubai is adding two properties in Oman and Uganda and is eyeing development in several other African, Middle Eastern and European countries. "Despite the challenges, it is important to focus on long-term strategies to proactively target recovery in the hospitality sector," founder and CEO J.S. Anand says.
Sale plans for the lease to the Trump Organization's flagship hotel in Washington, D.C., have been shelved temporarily as the coronavirus outbreak has battered commercial real estate trading. A January deadline was set for bids on the federally owned property, but little information on suitors is available.
Salons across Arkansas have been ordered to close their doors due to the coronavirus pandemic, prompting creative solutions such as curbside pickup of products and how-to videos for clients to do treatments at home. "We just wanted to feel like we could take care of our clients even from afar," said Melissa Thompson, co-owner of PHD Day Spa.
North Carolina's Spa Retreat Cary is hosting an American Red Cross blood drive as a way to support the community while all spas in the state are closed for business due to government measures related to the coronavirus pandemic. The spa has teamed up with a local wedding venue to host the blood drive.
Perfected Body Laser Med Spa in Pearland, Texas, is taking its skin care consultations digital in response to the coronavirus pandemic. Spa services include facials and skin treatment in addition to med spa procedures such as laser hair removal and body sculpting.
Dame Salon Spa in De Pere, Wis., is offering clients the option of picking up their products curbside as a way to keep sales going during the coronavirus pandemic. "Great products are a awesome way to maintain your hair when you can't get in for a service," owner Maggie Dame said.
Skinlosophy takes traditional Asian herbal ingredients and uses modern science to create skin care products. The result is products that "are dry-touch, do not clog pores, and feel nonexistent on the skin," co-founder Do Duy Khanh said.
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