Delta Air Lines has tested about half of its crew members for COVID-19 and hopes to approach 100% by the end of the month through a testing program that includes onsite testing in Atlanta, Minneapolis and New York, as well as an at-home testing option available to all Delta employees. "Providing COVID-19 testing for all of our people is an important action we can take to keep employees, their families and our customers safe, increasing confidence in travel while doing our part to slow and stop the spread of the virus," the airline's Joanne Smith said.
Private yacht charters are one way to help clients who are wary about cruising but really want to take to the sea. Companies offer many all-inclusive packages, and smaller groups -- such as a multigenerational family -- are ideal customers.
Jacqueline Dobson, head of the Barrhead Travel chain in the UK, is working with clients face to face or virtually, both via appointment. She's noticed brisk business in the UK storefronts she's reopened, saying it points to travelers seeking expert information from people they trust.
Hotelier Rod Bradley is enjoying heavy bookings and declares that good cheer prevails in the South Dakota city that's hosting motorcycle enthusiasts despite coronavirus fears. "It could be a catalyst for America as far as being able to hold events again," the owner of the Sturgis Hotel says of the 80th annual Sturgis Motorcycle Rally.
The 12 Paris palaces with a better-than-5-star status are struggling to survive the pandemic just like all the city's other lodgings. The 40-room La Reserve -- the smallest of the group -- is the only one that's been open since May, but even it is expecting a significantly worse season.
The Pavilions Hotels & Resorts, based in Hong Kong, will open its first Philippine hotel in early 2022 on Palawan Island. The El Nido Beach & Spa Resort will feature 96 plunge-pool villas with ocean views, a spa, restaurants and curated tour itineraries.
Bend, Ore., is home to the universe's last remaining Blockbuster video store, which for three nights in September will be offered as an Airbnb with an unlimited movie package. The price for the night's stay is just a penny more than the regular $3.99 rental rate for a single video.
Political scientist Dr. Melanye Price outlines how the selection of Kamala Harris as Joe Biden's vice-presidential running mate was made possible by the political labor of Black women who came before her and the grassroots movement of women in the Black community. "Ms. Harris' selection represents a major step forward in Black women's political ascendance and not a single victory," Dr. Price writes.
Charging late fees and hiring gig workers can bolster cash flow for businesses, consultant Serenity Gibbons writes. Other tips for low-friction cost cuts include joining a group purchasing organization and using grassroots marketing.
The pandemic has been less harsh to mid-market, nationally focused hotel chains than to their global luxury counterparts, as the chill on corporate business travel brings the latter's business model into question. Stock market analysis shows Hilton Worldwide faring better than Marriott International and, in Europe, InterContinental Hotels Group besting Accor.