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All eyes are on the spreading coronvirus, COVID-19. Here you can follow the development and the impact of the coronavirus on the Hospitality Industry. Visit the WHO | World Health Organization for more information about the virus.

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How COVID-19 Has Changed Hotel and Restaurant Design, According to Experts

The COVID-19 pandemic has had far-reaching economic effects in addition to the tragic loss of life over the past year. The hospitality industry has been hit particularly hard, with airlines cutting flights and flying half-empty planes, restaurants closing or barely staying afloat on take-out business, and hotels adjusting to fewer guests while at the same time investing in making guestrooms and public areas safe for visitors.

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Ghost Kitchens Find a Home in Empty Hotels

Richard Zaro always wanted to open a chicken cutlet joint inspired by the deli sandwiches served across northern New Jersey, but the challenge was coming up with the required capital. The pandemic finally gave him an opportunity.

So You Want to Open a Hotel? Now?

Before the pandemic began, the second location of The June Motel, a 24-room boutique hotel in Sauble Beach, Ontario, was set to open late last spring. To be fully ramped up for Lake Huron's 2020 beach season was the goal.

The Rise Of The Five-Star Hotel Quarantine

Although leisure travel is currently a pretty lousy idea in most of the world, there are still times when people really need to travel. (Covid isn't the only emergency in the world right now.) And with hotels struggling to stay afloat, it makes sense that some of them are turning to a new way to delivery hospitality—to take care of their guests.

What 'vaccine passports' mean for your summer vacation

The words "vaccine passport" have a reassuring ring to them, perhaps conjuring up the image of a sleek, embossed document with watermarked pages and official stamps of approval. Flourished at border controls, it would open travel doors that, for so many of us, have been closed by COVID-19.

What vaccines mean for the return of travel

AT THE END of December 2020, hope returned to the world, including hope for restarting travel, as countries began approving the Pfizer/BioNTech, Moderna, and Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccines. Sometime in 2021, when enough people are vaccinated against—and immune from—COVID-19, this could mean a return to globetrotting (or at least less-risky domestic vacations).

Has COVID-19 affected Brits’ and Americans’ love of travel?

A new year brings the reality of a COVID-19 vaccine closer and those dreaming of travel may soon be able to take the trips they plan for in 2021. Given the disruption to the travel industry brought on by the pandemic - leading to reductions in the amount of traveling done last year - what has happened to travel interest among Brits and Americans during that time? Throughout the course of 2020, despite restrictions and lockdowns, more than two in five Brits said they were still interested in travel (43%).

Why Bill Gates is wrong and business travel won’t die in 2021

The COVID‐19 pandemic will no doubt drastically change the way business gets done moving forward, especially when it comes to travel. Microsoft co‐founder Bill Gates has even predicted that over 50% of business travel will go away permanently now that remote work and virtual meetings have become the norm.

Rethinking travel in a post-pandemic world

In 2018, social scientist Roger Tyers pledged to stop flying for work and leisure. Soon afterwards, he won a research fellowship that included fieldwork in China. So he decided to take the train from Southampton to Shanghai, a journey of almost two weeks.

The Future Of Business Travel

One of the defining features of the coronavirus pandemic for working professionals has been the huge growth in communication via platforms such as Zoom. Where previously workers would meet face-to-face, the shutdown in travel and of workplaces has forced so many of us to converse virtually instead.

2020 was a lost year for hotel developers

It's been a memorable year for hotel developers, though most would rather forget it. Bereft of financing and severely lacking in clarity over the industry's trajectory, new hotel projects came to a sudden halt in the U.

If you want to travel next year, you may need a vaccine passport

Now that coronavirus vaccines are starting to roll out in the US and abroad, many people may be dreaming of the day when they can travel, shop and go to the movies again. But in order to do those activities, you may eventually need something in addition to the vaccine: a vaccine passport application.

5 Predictions For 2021

After the events of 2020, quite a bit of the near-term hotel industry outlook is decidedly better, which is not hard to imagine. But just like with all recoveries, the outlook varies by class, location and customer type.

Should Companies Require Employees to Take the Vaccine?

Depending on the poll you read, 40 to 50 percent of Americans say they will not get a coronavirus vaccine when it first becomes available to them. In a survey of firefighters in New York City, who are essential workers at high risk of infection, 55 percent said they do not intend to take a vaccine if offered by their departments.

The Travel Industry Is Up Against a Psychological Make-or-Break

As the head of travel and tourism for Boston Consulting Group, Jason Guggenheim is used to troubleshooting on behalf of airlines and hotel companies when the road gets bumpy. Typically that means rethinking operations and carrying out restructuring efforts for sprawling resorts, cruise lines, online travel agencies, or big names in air travel.

Running a global hospitality business in a pandemic

Minor International is a hospitality industry powerhouse. Based in Bangkok, Minor operates more than 530 hotels in 56 countries, with a large presence in Asia (where it operates chains across the region, including the Anantara luxury hotel brand), Europe (where it runs the NH chain of hotels), and Africa.

Booking.com boss on why Brussels is hampering Europe's tech ambitions

It would be easy to assume that 2020 couldn't get much worse for Glenn Fogel. In February, the boss of Booking Holdings was already scrambling to keep up with waves of cancellations. Millions were pulling their travel plans over fears of Covid-19, and the sector was bracing for a severe downturn as holidaymakers were told they would need to self-isolate.

Travel is no longer a privilege, but a right: Prof Dev

While speaking at the FICCI webinar on 'Future of Travel, Hospitality and Tourism Industry and the Way Forward', Professor Chekitan S Dev, School of Hotel Administration, Cornell SC Johnson College of Business, suggests that viewing the Covid-19 crisis as an opportunity will help the travel and hospitality industry learn new ways to survive and thrive in a 'better normal' world.

What Does A Biden Presidency Mean For Travel?

The global pandemic has canceled or delayed most travel plans for 2020. Now that we're in the waning weeks of the current calendar year, all eyes are looking to 2021. Specifically, many are wondering how a Biden presidency will impact their travel plans and the travel industry.

How Covid-19 May Permanently Shrink The Business Travel Market

When Covid-19 shut down economies around the world last spring, it also stopped all those trips business executives make to customers, suppliers, conventions, trade shows, and their company offices. Almost overnight, millions of people globally began working from home and using video-conferencing technology to transport themselves to meetings and negotiate deals.

CEOs hope for a strong 2021 as crisis continues

With vaccines and more efficient testing on the horizon, the coronavirus might not go away completely, but it can be handled and business will come back, hotel industry CEOs said on a panel as part of the online NYU International Hospitality Industry Investment Conference.

Can AI-driven tech help bring back tourism travel?

The global restrictions imposed since March this year due to Covid-19 has brought international travel to a screeching halt. It has caused a 22% fall in international tourist arrivals during the first quarter of 2020 and could further decline by 60-80% over the whole year.

Bookingcom President and CEO Glenn Fogel discusses Pandemic Impact

Since the pandemic started, I understand bookings on your travel platforms have plunged more than 80 percent. You've already suspended share buybacks and you've already raised some $4 billion in debts from investors, give us an idea of the cash position you're in right now, and how long a runway does it give you? GF: Yes, in the second quarter, we did our earnings announcement and we are absolutely fine.

The Future of Airbnb

In the travel wreckage caused by the pandemic, home-sharing has emerged as battered, but with a steady pulse, as rental houses became social-distancing refuges for the travel-starved.

World Tourism Day: How digital skills can support recovery

After months of isolation while living in quarantine, travel is the leisure activity that I miss the most. And I'm not alone. Our research, conducted with the Boston Consulting Group, shows that 31 percent of people hope to plan leisure travel once they feel safe enough to do so.

The future of travel

The future of travel used to be flying cars and faster-than-sound jets but Covid-19 has changed all that. Today the travel industry would simply settle for a resumption of some normality.

Most U.S. Airlines Are Getting Rid of Change Fees for Good

In its latest move to offer more flexibility to fliers during COVID-19, most major U.S. airlines have put an end to ticket change fees for good. United Airlines kicked off the trend, announcing on August 30 that going forward, it would no longer be charging change fees for all standard economy and premium cabin tickets for travel within the U.

Cvent Trends: Smaller Meeting Sizes, Lower ADRs, Chain Scale Shift

Many meetings since March have been canceled, postponed or moved to virtual platforms because of the Covid-19 pandemic, but about $2 billion worth of meeting requests for proposals during the second quarter of 2020 were sourced through meetings management company Cvent's network, Cvent senior director of analytics Jeffrey Emenecker said during the recent Cvent Connect virtual conference.

Lessons from COVID-19: teaching hospitality during a pandemic

By Ian Millar

We spoke to Ian Millar, who teaches at the prestigious Ecole Hôtelière de Lausanne as a Senior Lecturer in Hospitality Technology and manager of the Institute of Business Creativity (IBC). Ian specializes in hospitality technology and is expertly placed to engage with students about new developments and where the industry will develop.

Why new hotels are opening amid the pandemic

To say that Covid-19 has hurt the hotel industry, along with travel as a whole, is something of an understatement.According to Hotel News Now, the news division of hotel research company STR, the sector has seen a loss of 5 million jobs since February in the United States alone.

Will travelers trash or treasure the planet after the pandemic?

Let's journey back to a different time. One that feels far away. Early January 2020.Travelers were gearing up for another boominfrom visits to Japan for the Olympics to cruises galore. But while we aimed for another year of far-flung trips, environmental activists continued their warnings about a growing climate catastrophe and the role travelers were playing.

Meliá Hotels Uses Local Influencers to Drive COVID-19 Awareness

Brochures and signage are easy to overlook, but social media influencers are harder to miss. As they work to bring back guests during the Covid-19 pandemic, a number of hotel chains are relying on partnerships with social media influencers to educate guests on the new safety protocols they've put in place.

What Today's Travelers Want In Their Accommodations

Here at Expedia Group Media Solutions, our continued mission is to support our advertising partners as they navigate the COVID-19 crisis, including sharing best practices, data, and insights. As we look toward recovery, we're working to understand how travelers are thinking about leisure travel in the time of COVID-19—their preferences, expectations of travel brands, and behaviors.

Will You Need an 'Immunity Passport' to Travel

The global economy has been severely disrupted by COVID-19, with the virus wreaking particular devastation on the travel industry. While international travel will eventually return, either as governments start to bring infection rates under control or with the development of a vaccine, it's a waiting game that many airlines, tour operators and hotels aren't willing to play.

Cruise trips are back. This is what they look like now

Boarding in the Italian port of Genoa for a seven-day Mediterranean cruise on August 16, travel agent Valeria Belardi prepared herself for a voyage like no other.Belardi was one of some 3,000 pioneering cruisers on board MSC Grandiosa, the first cruise liner to return to the Mediterranean following the global shut down of the multi billion-dollar cruise industry in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic.

How to Be a Mindful Hotel Guest During a Pandemic

With travel as one of the pandemic's hardest-hit industries, independently owned hotels have had a rough few months. Now that travelers around the world are slowly taking their first post-lockdown trips again, the things we once took for granted during a hotel stay (like twice-daily housekeeping and long restaurant menus) have become much harder to keep up due to new safety regulations and tighter budgets.

Meet the next-normal consumer

As the world begins its slow pivot from managing the COVID-19 crisis to recovery and the reopening of economies, it's clear that the lockdown has had a profound impact on how people live. The period of contagion, self-isolation, and economic uncertainty will change the way consumers behave, in some cases for years to come.

For corporate travel, a long recovery ahead

When the COVID-19 pandemic halted travel around the globe, business travelers had to pivot quickly from in-person meetings and events to virtual platforms. As the pandemic continues and travel-industry players look ahead for a rebound, our research shows that the postcrisis return will take years and that business travel will return at a slower pace than leisure travel.

Adapting to a new world - PwC on facing the challenges of the post-COVID-19 landscape

At PwC, we have been thinking about how to approach these issues holistically. In 2017, we identified a set of urgent, interdependent, and accelerating challenges confronting the world. We dubbed it the ADAPT framework — describing a world in which asymmetry, disruption, age, polarization, and trust were fundamentally changing the way millions of people live and work.

August 2020 Update On Coronavirus Travel Restrictions

It's hard to believe that we're almost three-quarters of a year into pandemic-related travel restrictions. August is typically the month for last-minute trips before a brand new school year. These are the closing weeks of the peak summer travel season before Labor Day weekend.

Reimagining the $9 trillion tourism economy—what will it take?

Tourism made up 10 percent of global GDP in 2019 and was worth almost $9 trillion, making the sector nearly three times larger than agriculture. However, the tourism value chain of suppliers and intermediaries has always been fragmented, with limited coordination among the small and medium-size enterprises (SMEs) that make up a large portion of the sector.

This Type Of Mask Is Now Banned From Delta Flights

Delta is tightening regulations for mask-wearing on its flights and released a statement this week that masks with exhaust valves are no longer allowed on their aircrafts. "Any mask with an exhaust valve is not approved as an acceptable face mask for customers traveling on any Delta operated flight," the Delta website now states.

Can Big Brands Disrupt The Disruptors?

COVID-19 has potentially changed everything—ushering in the possibility for brands to disrupt the disruptors. Predictable and boring amenities and designs shared by brands ushered in independent boutique hotels, allowing for unique experiences and celebrations of local culture and art.

Meet America's Best Employers For Women 2020

Companies have made considerable progress in their quest for gender parity over the years, enacting strong hiring and retention practices that directly benefit female employees and offering family-friendly policies that place women at the center of these efforts.

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