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.
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."
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.
Owning equity stakes in US airlines is not a part of the US government's job, a Wall Street Journal editorial says. While the CARES Act authorizes Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin to take airline equity as a part of the terms of the $50 billion relief for airlines, the White House should articulate that "it will dispose of this stake at the earliest convenience." The desire to reap a return risks long-term nationalization, which is not the answer.
Flight attendant unions have unified to plead with the US Treasury Department not to jeopardize their jobs by demanding equity in exchange for payroll grants. Should the government take airline equity, the result would render "the payroll grants a poison pill that will cost us our jobs and push us onto taxpayer-funded unemployment insurance — the opposite of what this bipartisan agreement intended," the unions said.
Atlas Air has operated two flights as a part of Project Airbridge, a medical supplies airlift organized by the Federal Emergency Management Agency. The relief flights will deliver medical equipment and supplies critical to combating coronavirus. FEMA has contracted 19 cargo flights so far in the effort to connect health care providers responding to the coronavirus crisis with equipment suppliers.
You may not be traveling now, but there's plenty to do in the meantime to prepare for your next business trip, such as checking that passports and other travel documents haven't expired. Other recommendations include researching future conferences to attend, revising resumes and LinkedIn profiles and reviewing loyalty reward policies to make sure benefits aren't lost during a travel lull.
Marriott International has experienced the second data breach in less than 18 months after two franchise employee logins were used to access 5.2 million guest records beginning in January. Contact details, airline loyalty program account numbers, birth dates and more were collected -- but likely not Bonvoy loyalty account numbers, PINs or payment information.
Extended families that have had enough togetherness during coronavirus lockdowns may be yearning for a little separation on their first post-pandemic vacation. Barcelo Hotels & Resorts in Riviera Maya, Mexico, has a spa and an adults-only section ideal for grandparents or other tagalongs, while activities abound on the property for all age groups.
Travel industry representatives from several companies, such as Ray Snisky of Apple Leisure Group, have released videos aimed at reassuring travel advisors and explaining ways they're helping during the coronavirus. "Working together I'm very confident that we'll continue to deliver great vacations to millions of people," Carnival Corp.'s Micky Arison said.
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