Only 2% of tour operators report no new bookings in the past 60 days according to a new survey by the US Tour Operator Association, with 69% reporting bookings for the third quarter of 2021 and 79% reporting bookings for the fourth quarter. And 80% of tour operators said they will rely on travel advisors for business next year.
Hawaii's pandemic-battered hotel industry is unlikely to return to the break-even point before 2022, a new analysis by STR projects. About 75% of hotels are operating now that the state's pre-arrival testing program has loosened severe visitor restrictions, but occupancy is not expected to reach the 50% mark in 2021.
Some hotels in Italian cities like Rome and Milan have been opening their doors to people who tested positive for the coronavirus but don't require a hospital stay and can't quarantine at home. "Right now, the resources are limited -- inside the hospitals there are not enough beds, so we are giving a hand by adding some more," said Bernabo Bocca of the Federalberghi hotel federation.
French hotel giant Accor is joining with the owner of the Hoxton hotel chain to form a $1 billion company in the lifestyle sector that will encompass one-fourth of Accor's brands. Also this week, Accor took over SBE's asset-light hotel business in a $300 million deal.
Government and airline sources say the White House is considering lifting entry barriers for most non-US citizens who recently were in Brazil or 28 European nations. Lifting the pandemic-prompted ban reportedly has wide support in the administration but has not been approved by President Donald Trump.
The 265-room luxury Hotel Contessa on San Antonio's River Walk has a new owner, New England-based Wheelock Street Capital. The company is planning to renovate the property's ground-floor restaurant and bar.
"The problem is not being on the airplane," Southwest Airlines CEO Gary Kelly said in an interview, explaining the multiple layers of protection airlines have put in place to protect travelers. "What we want to do is provide the opportunity for people to travel as they choose, but to make sure that it is as safe as we can possibly make it," Kelly said.
Delta Air Lines has equipped a domestic security checkpoint at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport with computed tomography-automated screening lane systems, which allow travelers to keep electronics and approved liquids in their carry-on bags and reduced wait times by 20% in tests. "Our partnership with TSA and the Atlanta airport allows us to improve the security experience by making it faster and more seamless, which is something we know is important to our customers," said Senior Vice President Eric Phillips.
Alaska Airlines' first flight using special bags to carry cargo on passenger seats moved nearly 30,000 pounds of freight from Seattle to Southeast Alaska. The seat bags can hold 13,500 pounds and were primarily filled with mail.
UPS has invested in portable, ultra-low temperature freezers and machines that produce 1,200 pounds per hour of the dry ice they require, as one of the leading COVID-19 vaccines requires that kind of specialty storage. FedEx has also bought ultra-cold freezers.
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