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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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Why direct selling is experiencing its sweetest moment

Direct selling, both telephone and website, has gained a large share of sales during the pandemic, demonstrating its great sales capacity and resilience. This huge increase has meant that many hoteliers have changed their passive or neutral attitudes towards direct sales to considering it a strategic pillar in their distribution.

E.U. Set to Let Vaccinated U.S. Tourists Visit This Summer

American tourists who have been fully vaccinated against Covid-19 will be able to visit the European Union over the summer, the head of the bloc's executive body said in an interview with The New York Times on Sunday, more than a year after shutting down nonessential travel from most countries to limit the spread of the coronavirus.

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Did The Pandemic Sabotage Hotel Sustainability Trends?

The pandemic forced hotels to alter how they operate, pushing health security to the forefront of the hospitality community's consciousness. But given these safety measures came with the onset of disposable goods that range from masks to menus, experts worried was that this new focus would derail the burgeoning industry trend to make your next stay more sustainable.

Pack Your Bag. Business Trips Are Coming Back

This isn't a widely shared opinion at the moment. Corporate road warriors have largely stayed away from airports during the pandemic, even as cooped-up Americans have taken advantage of the vaccine rollout to plan getaways and visits with family.

Business travel may never fully recover from COVID-19, analysts warn

With more than a billion vaccinations already administered against COVID-19, there's the tantalizing sense that we might soon return to our former traveling lives. In just the past few days, Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis has said that his country would soon reopen for tourists, including Americans, and French President Emmanuel Macron told CBS News that France would allow vaccinated Americans into the country during the summer tourist season—"with a special pass, I would say.

IBM report: Four things that will never be the same post-pandemic

After more than a year of quarantines and social distancing, the world is on the verge of opening back up since hundreds of millions of people around the globe have received a COVID-19 vaccine. IBM's Institute for Business Value polled more than 15,000 adults worldwide in February to gather opinions on everything from the workplace of the future, social trends, shopping and travel in a post-vaccine world.

For Hotels the Future Is Branded. Or Is It?

In the U.S., 72% of hotels are affiliated with a brand. Ever since Kemmons Wilson started his first Holiday Inn in Memphis, Tennessee, in 1952, the makeup of the hospitality industry has become more and more heavily focused on brands.

Is This the End of Business Travel As We Know It?

As America hurtles toward a post-pandemic future, some pre-2020 customs won't survive the transition. Chief among those up for re-evaluation: business travel. On the latest Pivot podcast, Scott Galloway and Kara Swisher discuss whether the corporate-funded journeys of the past make sense anymore.

Catch-22 Of Health Passports

AS borders around the world continue to flip-flop in the face of the pandemic, the travel & tourism industry is putting its collective force behind health passports in a bid to revive travel. Simply put, health passports would allow the industry to assess travelers based on their recently uploaded health and vaccination status, particularly pertaining to COVID-19.

What Will We Want When We Can Travel Again?

Pity the travel influencer (or don't; it's easy not to). Before COVID-19, the art of stoking wanderlust was defined by selling a fantasy—the promise not only of a perfect vacation, but of a self somehow fortified and made special by going to the same bleached beaches and blue-domed Greek villages as everyone else.

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.

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.

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