Several smaller cruise ships are operating in Europe with health and sanitation protocols, with SeaDream Yacht Club operating in Norway as the first cruise company that reopened. Another company, Katarina Line, resumed operations in Croatia with ships that accommodate a maximum of 36 guests.
Corporate travel managers are hoping business travel will soon be allowed again and awaiting "Return to Travel" documents laying out what procedures to follow. Travel managers want to get the ball rolling in order to rebuild confidence and get traveling started up by fall.
HotelAVE, an advisory firm that works with major hotel chains, is focusing on many aspects of cruise ships in hotels due to the coronavirus, like reserving pool chairs and gym sessions, streamlining luggage handling and scheduling meals. CEO Michelle Russo said that before, clients focused on cleaning up messes instead of preventing them, noting that now "all of our clients are employing [these ideas] in some form."
The Summit Hotel in Madisonville, a Cincinnati neighborhood, is one of the locations for Netflix's new "Say I Do" series. "One of the highest honors we have in the hotel business is to help a couple celebrate their love with an extraordinary wedding," said the hotel's vice president of operations, Martin Pittman.
Kamala Cummings, Courtnie Nichols and Nik Morales share their experiences as Black travel advisors and how they set their clients up for success. Morales stresses the importance of racial diversity in the workplace to combat stereotypes and work for a better experience for their clients.
Hawaiian Airlines plans to restore much of its North American flight schedule in August, when its home state will ease its travel restrictions and quarantine requirements. "We look forward to welcoming onboard guests who support and observe the protocols in place for responsible travel, including our visitors and kama'aina reconnecting with family and friends on the US mainland," President and CEO Peter Ingram said.
Airlines for America applauded the decision of the Governing Council of the International Civil Aviation Organization to use verified 2019 CO2 emissions data in calculating the baseline for the 2021-2023 "pilot phase" of ICAO's Carbon Offsetting and Reduction Scheme for International Aviation. The use of data from 2019 will ensure that international aviation emissions are capped at aggressive level that countries intended when entering the CORSIA agreement in 2016. US airlines have improved fuel efficiency by 40% since 2000 and continue to lead in the fight against climate change. Read more from the A4A newsroom.
Delta Air Lines CEO Ed Bastian shared about the numerous layers of protection the airline has implemented in his latest message to customers. He emphasized the airline's commitment to safety, including its partnership with the Mayo Clinic and face covering requirement. Additionally, Delta is recalling more customer service agents, expanding training and enhancing self service options to make flight changes.
UPS' Chief Sustainability Officer Suzanne Lindsay-Walker reflects on her first year in the position and how the company continues to explore sustainable methods of delivery and alternative fuel and technology across its operations. Lindsay-Walker highlights that UPS has planted 15 million trees and its commitment continues to make a difference. She notes that sustainability is an ongoing goal even with the progress achieved.
Richmond International Airport will receive more than $3 million for improvements through grants distributed by the Federal Aviation Administration. The funds will be used for taxiway rehabilitation, a deicing pad and an airport apron expansion.
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