Veteran luxury travel executive Becky Powell of Protravel International believes the industry -- including the cruise segment -- will bounce back, and some travel advisors are booking fall and winter vacations now. While travelers are leery of the Mediterranean, Alaska and other port-heavy areas for the near-term, high-end resorts in domestic locations such as Park City, Utah, and Montana are on their radar.
Several casino operators in the past few years have jumped on the real estate investment trust train, selling their properties and leasing them back. "That gave them a liability they never had before: rent," Christopher Palmeri writes.
Hotels are finding novel ways to join the fight against coronavirus, such as Alaska's Hotel Captain Cook donating rollaway beds and toiletries to the nearby Covenant House Alaska shelter for homeless youths. Several other hotels around the country that had shuttered to regular guests have opened their doors to health care workers and noncritical hospital patients.
Whether a hotel is still open during the coronavirus pandemic or hoteliers are looking for ways to kickstart business once lockdowns are lifted, Larry Mogelonsky suggests "a laser-focus on local leisure" to capitalize on potential guests who want to avoid airports but still want a vacation. He discusses how small-scale events, specific packages and data utilization play a role.
Kids, pets and spouses aren't always conducive to work-from-home lockdowns, so hotels such as Hilton Sacramento Arden West in California and the Red Roof chain are opening their doors with affordable day rates for those who want a regular getaway space, some deadline peace and quiet or interruption-free conference calls.
Southwest Airlines is offering complimentary cargo transportation to support coronavirus relief efforts and providing transportation to hospitals in its Medical Transportation Grant Program. To kick off National Volunteer Month, the airline is sponsoring a nationwide "virtual volunteerism effort," supporting staff in finding "ways we can put our Heart in Action."
Macao's casino revenue plunged 80% year over year in March with just $664 million, about five times less than March 2019's numbers. Analysts had expected a dive of 70% given that the casinos reopened in mid-February after a two-week coronavirus-related closure.
Winston Churchill led Britain through World War II by making tough decisions, projecting a sense of confidence to the country and being personally affectionate even as he was often severe about the work, writes Steve McKee. "He could get very emotional, but after bitterly criticizing you he had a habit of touching you, of putting his hand on your hand -- like that -- as if to say that his real feelings for you were not changed," British wartime official Lord Beaverbrook said of Churchill.
Alaska Airlines is offering 22 digital backgrounds for Zoom meetings representing some of its destinations. Desk chair travelers can download the backgrounds and appear to be participating in meetings from a Colorado ski slope, a Mexican resort or an Alaska flight.
Approximately 15,000 US hotels have registered to serve as medical and social services venues in response to the coronavirus outbreak, the American Hotel & Lodging Association reports. An undetermined amount of government compensation will be forthcoming for some participants in the AHLA's Hospitality for Hope Initiative.
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