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EU wants test-free travel for vaccinated residents

raveling around Europe may be about to get less complicated for fully vaccinated travelers from countries within the European Union.The EU is recommending that vaccinated residents should not be required to undergo testing or quarantine measures when entering member states.

Ovolo Steps Up and Once Again Takes Quarantine To New Levels With Quarantine Concierge 3.0

Ovolo Hotels’ new refined quarantine offering places physical and mental health at the forefront. Mind and body are sure to feel well-loved with Ovolo’s Quarantine MasterClass. This three-part program features daily complimentary classes from different local businesses, access to personally contact the partners to arrange 1-on-1 classes, and amazing post-quarantine offers.

“Travel Restrictions Don’t Work”: UNWTO Adds Its Voice To WHO Statement

Citing new evidence on the rise and spread of the Omicron variant of COVID-19, WHO has noted that restrictions on travel are not only ineffective but also counter-productive. Echoing UNWTO’s recuring warning against the use of blanket restrictions, the 10th meeting of the WHO’s International Health Regulations Emergency Committee (Geneva, 19 January) concluded that such measures have done little to stop the spread of new variants and instead have caused social and economic harm, most notably in developing states.

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Market Recovery Monitor - 15 January 2022

U.S. hotel performance continued to meander with occupancy remaining below 50% for a second straight week during 9-15 January. At 48.8%, occupancy was in the bottom third of comparable weeks going back to 2000.

HVS Market Pulse: Arlington, Virginia

The COVID-19 pandemic has had a severe impact on the Arlington, Virginia, and greater Washington, D.C. region’s lodging markets. Although a substantial amount of leisure demand was present in 2021, Arlington’s lodging market has remained depressed overall for nearly two years given the limited commercial, government, and group demand.

Long-Term Global Business Travel Outlook Remains Strong But Omicron Variant Dampens Near-Term Momentum

New variant developments, government restrictions, and international policy inconsistencies are currently hindering a more accelerated return for global business travel. However, the industry continues to reflect progress and optimism in its long-view expectations for 2022, according to the latest poll from the Global Business Travel Association (GBTA), the world’s largest business travel association and leader in education, research, networking and advocacy.

Tunisia Hotels Aim To Maintain Stability During The COVID-19 Pandemic

By Rachel Mammen

Tunisia had more than 9 million international tourists prior to the pandemic and saw a sharp increase in tourists since 2016. Kevin Dyck is the owner of Mosaic North Africa and North Africa Tours Director and according to his interview regarding the impact of Covid-19 on South Africa/ Other African nations he mentioned that "We work in Morocco, Algeria, Tunisia, and recently we have private tours to Egypt.

Understanding new traveler needs this holiday season

By Siji Elza George

Last month, while looking for a leisure vacation to nearby countries, I was somewhat nonplussed – some countries had 14-day quarantines, some lacked affordable flight and accommodation options, some were just closed for the travelers and some were simply too far away.

Market Recovery Monitor - 8 January 2022

The first week of 2022 (2-8 January) was somewhat typical for a first week in January. U.S. hotel industry occupancy dipped to 45.4%, which was eight percentage points lower than what it was in the comparable week of 2019 but eight percentage points higher than a year ago.

It’s 2022, but the Same Problems Persist for Hotels

By Rayna Katz

If you thought 2021 was topsy-turvy, wait until you see 2022. Though the calendar has changed, the world remains saddled with many of the same issues faced last year. And now, with the advent of the Omicron strain, which some experts predict will infect everyone, the scenario is becoming clearer by the day: things have a way to go before we are back to business as usual.

Travel Program Communication During COVID-19 and Beyond: What Business Travelers Want to Know and How They Want to Hear It

As business travel resumes amid an ongoing pandemic, keeping connected with business travelers has taken on renewed urgency for companies and their travel managers. It’s critical for travelling employees to stay on top of changes and it has accelerated the need for travel managers to communicate often complex, fast-changing information while not only deciding what to communicate, but also how to communicate most effectively.

How flying will change in 2022

During almost any other year, a look ahead to what the future holds for aviation would almost certainly be centered on exciting things like new airplanes, airlines and airports.But it would be impossible to discuss any developments in the industry for 2022 without making reference to Covid-19 variants, restrictions and challenges to airlines.

Market Recovery Monitor - 1 January 2022

“I’ll be home for Christmas” rang true this year in the U.S. as Christmas Day hotel occupancy (47.3%) was the highest ever recorded by STR. The previous Christmas peak was reached in 2015 (47.0%). The remainder of the holidays were strong as well, but not record-setting in terms of occupancy.

Postcards from the Galapagos Islands: Do the fittest really survive?

By Peter Varga

When thinking of the Galapagos Islands the first images that we may conjure up are of giant tortoises, marine iguanas, sharks, beautiful tropical beaches, and a laid-back lifestyle where troubles of the outside world are non-existent and one’s daily ‘responsibility’ is to swim with the dolphins.

2022 Hotel Forecasts Optimistic For Now

The calendar year has changed, but many of the same factors weighing on hotel forecasts persist — specifically, the outlook for business transient and group travel, how inflation will play into travel demand, leisure travel’s endurance and the emergence of the COVID-19 omicron variant.

Ghost Kitchens and The Hotel Industry: A Tall Order?

By Norman Van Aken

One of the many changes to everyday living brought along by Covid-19 has been the meteoric ascension of food delivery, not only to homes and offices, but increasingly also to hotel guests. The trend really took off during the early stages of lockdown de-escalation, when a lot of hotels couldn’t feed their guests due to staffing shortages.

The Changing Hotel Legal Environment: Being Aware and Prepared

By Robert O’Halloran

The legal environment of the hospitality industry is forever evolving and changing. Given specific hospitality industry events and circumstances, industry professionals need to view the law, policies and regulationswith particular attention to social, political, environmental, and human needs and their responsibilities and obligations.

Meetings & Events: Eight lessons from a global pandemic

By Liz Quinton

The COVID-19 pandemic has had an enormous impact across the events industry. Almost all live meetings and events were cancelled or postponed in 2020 and 2021. In an ever-changing situation, with different restrictions at country levels, we quickly adapted our procedures to protect our clients and provide suggestions based on our experience and knowledge of the industry, with many lessons learned.

The Indian Hotel Sector – 2021 in Review

The year 2021 has been nothing short of a roller coaster ride for the Indian hotel sector. All through the year, the sector has shown resilience by navigating through uncertainty, adapting to an ever-changing environment, and persevering through the ups and downs on the rocky path to recovery.

12 Skift Research Charts Explaining Covid’s Impact on Travel in 2021

Skift Research has been tracking the recovery of the flight, hotel, short-term rental, and car rental sectors in 22 countries since the start of the pandemic. One continuing truth is that recovery is extremely unequal, with the latest November 2021 data showing that North and Latin America are close to full recovery, while Asia Pacific lingers around 50 percent of pre-pandemic performance levels.

The Winners and Losers in the Pandemic? It Came Down to This.

By David Eisen

Location ... location ... location. It’s a constant refrain in real estate and, by extension, the hotel industry. The turn of phrase took on a whole new meaning in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic. Depending on orientation, some hotels thrived, some survived, some shuttered and some didn’t survive.

Omicron v/s Travel – Holiday Trends from United States to Help the Industry Stay Ahead

By Alan Young

If we were to ask you what word described 2020 and 2021, the term “unprecedented” might come to mind. Over the last 24 months, after all, we’ve been berated with mention of the “unprecedented times” and “the new normal” that followed in wake of the COVID-19 pandemic after it first made headlines in early 2020.

Market Recovery Monitor - 11 December 2021

For the first time in 85 weeks, New York City led the nation in occupancy (81%) as visitors returned to partake in the city’s holiday traditions and attractions. The market reported the nation’s highest weekday occupancy (79%) and the second highest weekend level (89%)—Bergen/Passaic, NJ edged out NYC for the top weekend spot.

CBRE Expects Lodging Revenue Per Available Room Recovery by Mid-2023

Average daily rate (ADR) gains and a 35.1% year-over-year increase in hotel occupancy in Q3 showed demand for U.S. hotel stays endured in the face of the Delta variant. Continued improvement in domestic travel and the rollback of many international travel restrictions have led CBRE to revise its forecast significantly upward in the near- and medium-term.

ITB 2022 to be virtual-only

Developments surrounding the coronavirus pandemic prevent making reliable plans for a large in-person event – ITB Berlin is focusing on a livestreamed convention and Digital Business Day in March 2022 as well as in-person ITB Berlin satellite events during 2022 – Resilience, digitisation and sustainability are key themes – Single website itb.

The Sleeping Giant

By Jonathan Morales

During the last several months, we have seen a lot of change in all types of industries. Hospitality, travel, and tourism got hit very hard.

Market Recovery Monitor - 4 December 2021

In a somewhat typical post-Thanksgiving week (28 November-4 December), U.S. hotel occupancy rose from the previous week to 54.8%. Occupancy indexed to 2019 was 91, which was good but lower than the previous three weeks.

UNWTO Calls Against Blanket Travel Restrictions

The World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) of the United Nations calls out against the introduction of blanket restrictions on travel, as witnessed in recent days. This call echoes the concerns raised by UNWTO Members during the 24th UNWTO General Assembly (30 November–3 December).

WTTC responds to the latest testing measures

Julia Simpson, WTTC President & CEO said: “If the government insists on testing individuals two days before arrival in the UK, it makes no sense to ban entry from whole countries. The World Health Organisation has said closing frontiers does not stop the virus but it does cause real economic harm.

Hoteliers Must Adapt to Change and Innovate, Hears Webinar

The pandemic has prompted faster change and the hotel sector must be part of that, according to speakers at the 14th hotel webinar, held this week [1st December], organised by consultancy HVS, legal expert Bird & Bird, publishing group EP Business in Hospitality and restructuring advisory firm AlixPartners.

Hoteliers Who Renege on Pay, Work Conditions Risk Second-Wave Labor Crisis

Right now, to lure employees, hoteliers are probably offering more pay than they would have pre-pandemic, and definitely more than they're comfortable with. Depending on the position and the requirements of the job, there's a high likelihood they're also offering some concessions in work conditions that aren't aligned with how the hotel or company historically operates.

HVS Monday Musings: Corporate Travel is Bouncing Back, but Omicron is a Threat to Recovery

Corporate travel has been gathering up steam globally, albeit slowly, as after several months of virtual meetings and video conferencing, in-person meetings are finally making a comeback. According to a recent report by World Travel & Tourism Council, global business travel spending is expected to rise 26% in 2021 and 34% in 2022, bringing it to two-thirds of pre-pandemic levels by the end of 2022.

Market Recovery Monitor - 27 November 2021

Thanksgiving week for the U.S. hotel industry was record-breaking by all measures. Weekly occupancy topped 53%, which was 2.3 percentage points higher than the holiday week in 2019 and nearly a point higher than the previous record achieved in 2018.

'Cannes' we do it? Yes we can!

The days and weeks leading up to an event can sometimes be a little stressful. Even though everything has been planned down to the last detail, you always have to be prepared for the unexpected. Last-minute hiccups are almost inevitable.

Increasing COVID-19 cases dent consumer travel sentiment

As COVID-19 cases rise in many parts of the world, especially Europe, the travel industry may be set for another period of disruption as winter encroaches and traveler sentiment worsens. Uncertainty in recent days has mounted further as the new Omicron variant has spread quickly, leading to many countries reimposing COVID restrictions.

Lodging Market Overview: Bend, Oregon

In a 2019 article, we highlighted the foundations of the Bend, Oregon, market. As a recap, Bend is a drive-to destination situated east of the Cascade mountain range in Central Oregon that enjoys nearly 300 days of sunshine per year, making it an attractive leisure destination for Portland and Seattle residents.

Omicron Threatens Hotel Performance Recovery

By David Eisen

It’s all Greek to me. The COVID-19 pandemic has so thoroughly dominated everyday life that we have all got an education in the Greek alphabet. From Alpha and Beta to Gamma and Delta, each new strain is a grim reminder of the coronavirus’ intractability.

Talking Tough with Ted Teng

By L. Aruna Dhir

“The Corona virus Pandemic is far from over,” screams the most recent Deutsche Welle (DW) headline. In a report that follows, and one that is updated every Friday, the publication tells us that while there are 87 countries where there are “fewer new cases”; there are 16 countries in the red zone with “twice as many new cases” and 52 countries with “more new cases.

Hotel Operations Platforms Now Enable ‘Utility Players’

By Larry Mogelonsky

Venturing down to HITEC in Dallas near the end of September, it was a tradeshow fraught with obstacles that hindered it from achieving the highs of its antecovidian outings. It competed for attendees with the Lodging Conference held concurrently over in Phoenix; there were still lingering fears over the Delta Variant spiking in Texas; and perhaps the greatest concern is that many technology vendors, much like the hotels they are serve, are operating on lean budgets with just-in-time delivery of new features and sales through one-off video calls that defeat the purpose of a maintaining an expensive booth presence.

Delta variant slows lodging recovery

Following strong demand growth in Q2 resulting from increasing vaccination rates, the lodging industry’s recovery has slowed given the prevalence of the Delta variant. The recovery continues to favor leisure and resort destinations, with urban markets gradually seeing green shoots in performance.

Is It Safe? A Key Question on Hotel Guests’ Minds

By Larry Mogelonsky

The 1976 movie “Marathon Man” has an unforgettably tense scene where Dr. Christian Szell (played by Sir Laurence Olivier) torturously drills a restrained Dustin Hoffman’s teeth amidst an ongoing interrogation, repeatedly asking, “Is it safe?” If you have not seen this classic, be prepared to avoid the dentist for a little while thereafter.

How has COVID-19 impacted the Swiss hospitality sector?

By Darren Burke

Even as the world continues to ease its COVID-19 restrictions, for those of us who are restaurant owners, suppliers, and hospitality staff, we are not expecting a return to “business as usual.” In fact, after 20 months of navigating government restrictions set to combat the virus, many of us in hospitality are beginning to reevaluate our business models altogether.

PwC: US Average daily rate expected to drive RevPAR next year to 93% of 2019 levels

The US lodging industry continued to benefit from an outsized improvement in leisure demand through the summer months. As kids headed back to school, individual business travel and group demand that historically replaces summer leisure business post Labor Day has yet to surface, with office re openings pushed later into 2021 or early 2022 as a result of the delta variant of the virus.

U.S. Market Recovery Monitor - 13 November 2021

The U.S. hotel industry saw its largest week-over-week demand gain since early October with 704,000 more room nights sold for the week ending 13 November 2021. Weekly demand has increased in 21 of the past 33 weeks and the most recent week’s gain was the 10th largest in that span.

Understanding the Pandemic-Era Business Traveler

The Covid-19 pandemic has baked more scrutiny but also more purpose into the decision to travel for business. The shift to remote work, which catapulted brick-and-mortar offices into the future in a too-quick-for-comfort scramble, has now become the preferred environment for a majority of the knowledge-based workforce, according to professional network Blind.

Sense of Arrival Back at the Forefront

By Larry Mogelonsky

A key word to keep in mind in this post-coronavirus era of travel is ‘friction’. While vaccine statuses will soon become ubiquitously digitized via uploads to a mobile wallet or shared amongst governmental databases referenced at each passport swipe, it’s the COVID-19 tests that present far greater an obstacle, in turn broadly impeding the hotel industry from reattaining 2019 occupancy figures.

The World Around Us: The Outlook for Sales

Dr. Lalia Rach, executive managing director at Associated Luxury Hotels International (AHLI) has worked for three decades to guide leadership development, advance strategy, and help leaders understand the forces impacting the hospitality industry.

How Covid changed the hospitality industry

I’m eavesdropping on the pre-service line-up at Davies and Brook in Claridge’s, a huddle of 20 or so staff led by general manager Anneka Brooks. Usually, line-ups are a chance to catch up on new dishes or prep for VIP guests.

In the Battle for Recovery, Choice is KING!

By Michael Heflin

Although we appear to be moving past the worst of the COVID-19 pandemic, the hospitality market seems to be recovering by fits and starts. By July 2021 for example, Daily TSA Passenger Throughput 一 a common proxy to measure travel volume 一 reached approximately 80% of pre-pandemic levels.

Hotels Ponder a Puzzling Future

As travel picks up amid signs the pandemic is waning, the hotel industry hopes its fortunes will rise too. But so far, it’s not clear when that moment will arrive — or whether some of the changes they have had to make will become permanent.

AHLA Statement on White House Travel Announcement

American Hotel & Lodging Association (AHLA) President and CEO Chip Rogers released the below statement following a White House announcement that it will lift travel restrictions for foreign visitors who are fully vaccinated against COVID-19 beginning Nov.

Statement from the Global Business Travel Association

Last week, the Biden Administration announced its new travel policy that beginning November 8 foreign national air travelers can enter the United States with the requirement that they be fully vaccinated and provide proof of their vaccination status to fly to the U.

Report: 2022 Negotiated U.S. Hotel Rates Could Rise 15 Percent

Much like the 2021 hotel request-for-proposals cycle, this year's negotiation season differs greatly from pre-pandemic ones. Many hotel companies have offered to roll over 2020 rates for a second year, and some buyers—though seemingly not as many as last year—are taking them up on it, with 2021 volume only nominally higher than 2020, and recovery still nascent.

HVS Seminar replay: Resetting the Balance Sheet to be Fit for Recovery

The theme of the latest in the series of seminars hosted by HVS together with legal expert Bird & Bird, publishing group EP Business in Hospitality and restructuring advisory firm AlixPartners was resetting the hotel balance sheet to be fit for the recovery, and fittingly was the first in the series to be held as a hybrid event, with some 60 participants gathering in person in central London, while an international audience watched and asked questions over zoom.

The hotel stay of the past has checked out

By Richard Turen

Just when you think you've heard it all, theror in this case, a great many potential wrinkles. Crisp new bedding may be a thing of the past, a memory associated with pre-pandemic times when housekeepers, often in crisp, white uniforms, would actually enter our hotel room twice a day.

Amadeus Research: What Will Drive Hotel Recovery In 2022?

Nearly two years after COVID-19 was first detected, the hospitality industry has yet to make a full recovery. Hotel occupancy rates and interest to travel have fluctuated from season to season and country to country, all impacted by government regulations, vaccine availability, and consumer confidence.

Rising costs, staffing shortages and multi-speed recovery play havoc with the UK hotel sector

By Russell Kett

A lively Q&A session, moderated by HVS chairman Russell Kett, addressed factors likely to hamper recovery progress. ‘The challenge around financial forecasting particularly if you have London hotels, as well as the pace of the change – when will it come back and how will it come back,’ was a key issue for Arron Taggart of Cheyne Capital, with travel restrictions, lack of airlift and scarcity of MICE business highlighted by Jan-Willem Terlouw of Westmont Group.

HSMAI: Why Hotel Revenue Leaders Are Feeling Optimistic

Brands are enjoying 2019 all over again — at least when it comes to leisure — while hotel management companies are more focused on cross-teams collaboration and how people work, according to participants at HSMAI’s Brand and HMC Chief Revenue Officer Executive Roundtables, held in Dallas on Sept.

The Lodging Conference – HVS Perspectives

By Rodney G. Clough

With nearly 2,000 registered, the Lodging Conference brought together members of the hospitality industry to discuss the recovery, challenges, and successes of the industry to date. The highlights of the event from those that attended from HVS are summarized here.

Silver Sponsor Maestro PMS Attends HITEC Virtually; Remodels its Booth to Serve as a Demo Scheduling, Mobile Device Charging, and Refreshment Hub

With Canada’s border still closed, Maestro PMS will be present virtually at HITEC Dallas 2021, to be held September 27 to 30 at the Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center. In the spirit of hospitality, the trusted long-time provider of Web-browser based cloud and on-premises property-management systems will open its expansive booth to all attendees looking for a sanitized space to relax and socially distance safely.

Low-Touch Hotels are Here to Stay

By Ross Beardsell

At the start of the pandemic, I implemented, when considered in retrospect, was an uncharacteristic experiment. For an entire day, I tried not to touch anything in a public space. After a few hours of what seemed like a long game of playground tag, I realised that it was impossible to shun much of our physical contact outside the home effectively.

Meetings: An Uncertain Future?

By Conor Kenny

People do not resist change, they resist loss. Loss of what is familiar, what they know and what does not frighten them. Losing that creates fear, fear of the unknown, fear of what could be and an unchosen, unseating of a daily norm.

How have Europe’s hotels fared during the pandemic?

In August 2021, Tranio joined forces with the International Hotel Investment Forum (IHIF) to conduct a joint survey on the impact the global COVID-19 pandemic has had on the hospitality sector since March 2020, and to zero in on what we can expect from the market going forward.

69% of Leisure Travelers to Reduce Trips Amid Rising COVID-19 Cases

U.S. leisure travelers plan to significantly pare back travel plans amid rising COVID-19 cases, with 69% planning to take fewer trips, 55% planning to postpone existing travel plans, and 42% likely to cancel existing plans without rescheduling, according to a new national survey conducted by Morning Consult on behalf of the American Hotel & Lodging Association (AHLA).

Marriott warns of ‘fight for talent’ as hotels struggle to find staff

Marriott’s chief executive has warned that the company is in a “fight for talent” as it tries to recruit 10,000 staff to its US hotels to keep pace with a sharp rebound in bookings. Tony Capuano, who took over after the death in February of his predecessor Arne Sorenson, said pandemic redundancies had “rattled” workers’ confidence in the travel and tourism sector, prompting acute staff shortages.

The Future of Hotels Post-Pandemic

By Youri Sawerschel

Creative Supply founder Youri Sawerschel and Frame Magazine’s Tracey Ingram sit down for the first in a series on space and branding, bringing together insights from Sawerschel’s realm of brand strategy and brand design, and Ingram’s role as editor at large for one of the world’s leading interior-design publications.

Recovery of Business Travel – ‘Everybody Talks but Nobody Knows’

By Jack B. Corgel

The media, when communicating about the prospects for airlines, aircraft manufactures, the hotels, and vendors that serve these sectors report on the return of business travel to pre-pandemic levels. But nobody knows! It’s reasonable to estimate an upcoming business travel recovery with an abstraction from what occurred after prior recessions, especially the post-financial crisis period.

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