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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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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).

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67% of Business Travelers to Reduce Trips Amid Rising COVID-19 Cases

U.S. business travelers are scaling back travel plans amid rising COVID-19 cases, with 67% planning to take fewer trips, 52% likely to cancel existing travel plans without rescheduling, and 60% planning to postpone existing travel plans, according to a new national survey conducted by Morning Consult on behalf of the American Hotel & Lodging Association (AHLA).

Deloitte Report: Return to a world transformed - How the pandemic is reshaping corporate travel

Corporate travel, which took a big hit during the pandemic, is showing green shoots again. But will it approach prepandemic levels any time soon? How will the shift toward remote work affect the return of internal meetings, client visits, and conferences? The answers to these questions will determine how businesses and travel providers pivot to function in the new normal.

Cornell Webinar Recap: Preparing for the Return of Business Meetings, Conferences and Travel: Is High-Tech the New High-Touch?

On June 15th, four hospitality and technology industry experts joined School of Hotel Administration (SHA) Professor Chekitan Dev to discuss the post-pandemic outlook for business travel in a keynote webinar titled Your Itinerary: Preparing for the Comeback of Business Meetings, Conferences, and Travel, presented by the Center for Hospitality Research (CHR) and eCornell.

LHW Travel White Paper: Marketing During the Covid-19 Pandemic

Explore the evolution of the marketing campaign during the Covid-19 pandemic and the impact of the crisis on the travel and hospitality industry. The white paper includes insights and analysis from The Leading Hotels of the World’s Chief Marketing Officer Phil Koserowski and the author of Corporate Agility’s Michael Wong.

HVS Asia Pacific Hospitality Newsletter - Week Ending 30 July 2021

Partners Group, GIC and Salter Brothers Acquire Australia’s Travelodge Hotels for AUD620 Million, Thailand-based Minor International Sold Two Hotels in Algarve, Portugal, Clark International Airport’s New Passenger Terminal Completes Construction, Samui Plus Model Expected to Generate THB180 Million in the First Month.

Supporting The Local Community And Protecting The Children: The Focus Of RIU’s Social Responsibility Work During The COVID Era

The RIU chain is presenting its new Sustainability Report for 2020 — a year marked by the challenges facing the tourism sector as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, but in which it strengthened CSR with 30 social and environmental actions worldwide to support the local community and protect children, that directly or indirectly benefited 13.

The West End Is Ready To Roar Again

Westminster’s 3,700 bars, restaurants and pubs, 56 theatres, 21 LGBTQI+ night time venues and world-class retail and cultural offerings are ready to jump back to life. The hotel industry will be playing a vital part in contributing to the safe and successful reopening this summer.

IATA Warns Governments On High Cost Of Testing

The International Air Transport Association (IATA) called on governments to take action to address the high cost of COVID-19 tests in many jurisdictions and urged flexibility in permitting the use of cost-effective antigen tests as an alternative to more expensive PCR tests.

Preparing For The Return Of Business Meetings, Conferences And Travel: Is High-Tech The New High-Touch?

On June 15th, four hospitality and technology industry experts joined School of Hotel Administration (SHA) Professor Chekitan Dev to discuss the post-pandemic outlook for business travel in a keynote webinar titled Your Itinerary: Preparing for the Comeback of Business Meetings, Conferences, and Travel, presented by the Center for Hospitality Research (CHR) and eCornell.

Gartner Says Marketing Budgets Have Plummeted to 6.4% of Overall Company Revenue in 2021

Marketing budgets have fallen to their lowest recorded level, dropping to 6.4% of company revenue in 2021 from 11% in 2020, according to Gartner, Inc. In the annual Gartner CMO Spend Survey, Gartner surveyed 400 CMO and marketing leaders in North America, the UK, France and Germany from March 2021 through May 2021, tracking the critical areas marketers are investing in and where cuts are being made from people, programs and technologies.

UK’s Status As Most Visited Destination For US Tourists In Europe Is Threatened By Mandatory Quarantine, Says GlobalData

The UK’s status as the most visited destination for US tourists in Europe is threatened by the mandatory quarantine on arrival. The list of European destinations now allowing US tourists to travel without quarantine is growing, meaning other European hotspots could prove to be more desirable in the short term, says GlobalData, a leading data and analytics company.

Red Roof® Announces An Accelerated Partnership With Leuva Patidar Samaj Of USA To Assist Families In India Impacted By Covid

Red Roof®, the leader in economy lodging, has announced the launch of a month-long fundraising campaign to accelerate its support for the work of Leuva Patidar Samaj of USA (LPS) and its Leuva Patidar Samaj of USA COVID Relief India Project 2021, as the organization works to provide support for hospitals in Gujarat, India province which have been impacted by the devastating effects of the COVID pandemic.

AHLA Urges Swift Passage Of Bipartisan Senate Per Diem Bill

American Hotel & Lodging Association (AHLA) President and CEO Chip Rogers released the below statement after Senators Jerry Moran (R-KS) and Tim Kaine (D-VA) introduced S.2160, the “Restored, Equitable, Coronavirus Adjusted Lodging (RECAL) Act,” a bipartisan bill that would require the General Services Administration (GSA) to calculate federal per diem rates for fiscal years 2022 and 2023 using data from 2018 and 2019, prior to the pandemic wiping out 10 years of job growth in the hotel industry.

McKinsey’s Describes The eight trends that will define 2021–and beyond

Crises tend to give rise to remarkable innovations and insights. Today is just such a moment, raising challenges to many long-held beliefs about how companies should operate. In this episode of the Inside the Strategy Room podcast, McKinsey’s global leader Kevin Sneader talks with senior partner Celia Huber about the eight trends that will shape the post-COVID-19 economy, which he writes about in his recent article.

Qmin Delivers 1 Million Meals To Healthcare Providers In 12 Cities Across 10 States

The founder of the Tata Group, Jamsetji Tata, said, “In a free enterprise, the community is not just another stakeholder in business, but is in fact the very purpose of its existence.” In line with this ethos, Indian Hotels Company (IHCL), South Asia’s largest hospitality company, today announced that it had crossed the milestone of over 1 million meals delivered by its culinary platform – Qmin to healthcare providers battling the fierce second wave of the pandemic.

Apptopia, Braze, And Skyscanner Release Trends And Predictions For Travel And Hospitality Industry

Braze, a comprehensive customer engagement platform, today revealed findings from its newest data report, Ready for Takeoff: 2021 Travel Industry Trends, Insights, and Strategies . The research includes findings from a survey of 9,500 consumers across 13 global markets conducted by Wakefield Research, which explored COVID-19’s impact on consumer behaviour, expectations, and sentiment around travel.

Tourist Numbers Down 83% But Confidence Slowly Rising

Between January and March 2021 destinations around the world welcomed 180 million fewer international arrivals compared to the first quarter of last year. Asia and the Pacific continued to suffer the lowest levels of activity with a 94% drop in international arrivals over the three-month period.

The Pandemic Strengthens RIU’s Commitment To Its CSR Allies

The worst crisis to have hit the tourism industry and in the history of the RIU hotel chain has not put the brakes on the company’s social commitment to its allies from the third sector. From 2020 to the present day, RIU Hotels has dedicated 1,593,017 euros to social investment as part of its Corporate Social Responsibility strategy, a department led by the CEO, Carmen Riu, whose work is focused on supporting health and development programmes in the local communities near the company’s hotels.

UNWTO Hosts Tourism Leaders In Madrid

To celebrate the return of the FITUR International Tourism Fair, UNWTO united leaders from the public and private sectors to send out a strong message that tourism is ready to return. Secretary-General Zurab Pololikashvili welcomed distinguished guests to the Royal Theatre in Madrid, among them the newest UNWTO Ambassadors, including the manager of Atlético de Madrid football club Diego Simeone and model and entrepreneur, Valeria Mazza.

Future of Corporate Events According to GBTA Research Study

The Global Business Travel Association (GBTA) – the world’s largest business travel association and worldwide leader in education, research, networking, and advocacy for the industry, today publishes the findings from a study into organizations corporate meetings and events strategy as a result of the pandemic.

Health Care Workers Are Among The Largest Share Of US Hosts

Just over one year since the World Health Organization declared COVID-19 a pandemic, we are still reminded on a daily basis of the heroism of our health care workers. From continuing to care for those sick with COVID-19 to administering life saving vaccines, health care workers are the keystone of our communities, putting their own wellbeing at risk to serve others.

Wyndham Releases 2021 Environmental, Social And Governance (ESG) Report, Highlighting Commitment To Operate In A Socially, Ethically And Environmentally Responsible Way

Wyndham Hotels & Resorts (NYSE: WH) – the world's largest hotel franchising company with over 8,900 hotels across nearly 95 countries and territories – today released its Environmental, Social, and Governance (ESG) Report highlighting its commitment to operate in a way that is socially, ethically and environmentally responsible.

​Life Science Spotlight: 5 Trends Impacting Corporate Travel Programs

The pandemic has impacted the corporate travel programs of almost every industry across the globe. The Life Science industry - comprising pharmaceuticals, biotechnology, medical devices, and biomedical technologies companies – will be more in the spotlight than ever in 2021 as we continue to navigate the first major global pandemic of this scale since the emergence of modern life sciences.

U.S. Travel Reacts To Latest Job Figures

The U.S. Leisure & Hospitality sector gained 280,000 jobs in March and the industry's unemployment rate now stands at 13.0%—compared with 916,000 jobs gained and a 6.0% unemployment rate for the overall economy, according to the monthly employment report released Friday by the Department of Labor.

Hotel Industry Honors Star Employees After Devastating Year

The American Hotel & Lodging Association (AHLA) and the American Hotel & Lodging Foundation (AHLA Foundation) today honored the women and men across the country who selflessly led their teams and supported their communities during a year unlike any other with the 2021 Stars of the Industry Awards Ceremony.

Kempinski Hotel Frankfurt Offers Mobile Rapid Coronavirus Testing Station For Business And Event Guests

Added safety for conferences: Anyone holding a meeting, conference, trade fair or even a wedding at Kempinski Hotel Frankfurt can book rapid antigen tests for participants. "We have set up a mobile rapid testing station in the treatment rooms of our Country Club & Spa, where guests can be tested directly before an event or a meeting to determine whether they are infected with the coronavirus," reports Hotel Director Karina Ansos.

Free COVID-19 Self-Tests For Staff

Deutsche Hospitality is the first major hotel company in Germany to instigate free rapid testing for all its front-line staff. The project will be launched over the next two weeks. A weekly nasal swab or saliva specimen test will be made available to around 3,500 staff who work for the group's brands that are represented in Germany - Steigenberger Hotels & Resorts, MAXX by Steigenberger, Jaz in the City and IntercityHotel.

Un Agencies Partner For Guide To Help Women In Tourism Recover From Crisis

As the sector enters the second year of an unprecedented crisis, the impact this has had on women in tourism has been made clear. According to the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO), the pandemic, and the unprecedented drop in international tourist arrivals, risks rolling back progress made towards achieving gender equality and efforts to empower women and girls.

AAHOA Launches Industry Initiative to Promote Hotelier and Employee Vaccinations

AAHOA, the nation's largest hotel owners association, announced a new initiative that encourages hoteliers to proactively promote COVID-19 vaccinations for their employees. In launching the "Pledge to Protect Our Guests, Employees, and Businesses" initiative, AAHOA is asking the nation's hotel owners not only to educate their employees about the benefits of the COVID-19 vaccine but also to provide them with the resources they need to get vaccinated.

Tightened Travel Restrictions Underline Current Challenges For Tourism

One in three destinations worldwide are now completely closed to international tourism. According to the latest data from the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO), the emergence of new variants of the COVID-19 virus has prompted many governments to reverse efforts to ease restrictions on travel, with total closures to tourists most prevalent in Asia and the Pacific and Europe.

U.S. Travel Reacts to Latest Job Figures

The U.S. Leisure & Hospitality sector gained 355,000 jobs in February and the industry's unemployment rate now stands at 13.5% — compared with 379,000 jobs gained and a 6.2% unemployment rate for the overall economy, according to the monthly employment report released Friday by the Department of Labor.

Travel Tech USA & Canada Virtual Conference Will Teach North American Hoteliers How Travel Tech Can Help Them Reach Recovery Faster

WHAT: Travel Tech - the largest travel technology education event worldwide - is proud to announce the first event of the 2021 season, Travel Tech USA & Canada, which was created to teach North American hoteliers about the significant benefits in investing in operational technology today, to establish a strong foundation for a better financial future, tomorrow.

Eight In Ten Americans Working From Home Due To Covid-19 Say They Miss In-Person Meetings And Conventions

A new survey by APCO Insight affirms that Americans working from home are eager to return to in-person meetings and conventions. The survey finds that even after adapting to the new digital workplace, 81% of professionals who attended in-person meetings and conventions before the pandemic miss doing so and would be just as likely - if not more likely - to attend in-person conferences, conventions, trade shows and other business events in the future.

Trends shaping the future of travel and working life

Where were you around this time twelve months ago? Most of us remember it vividly. Travel freezes and work-from-home directives swept over the world. In response, CWT released a new messaging product with a single-click cancellation button within 48 hours and set up thousands of counselors to work from home using a VPN-based home kit that allowed them to do the right thing for travelers at a tough time; safely.

Hotel Investment Outlook 2021

Uncertainty and cautiousness plagued hotel investor interest in 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic, however, the global lodging industry is eager to move forward. According to JLL Hotels & Hospitality's annual Hotel Investment Outlook, the industry's resilience has shaped new experiences and demand from consumers.

​Are Your Employees Ready To Travel?

For most of us it has been an age since we hopped on a plane to go to a meeting. It's still hard to fathom that a whole year has passed since the COVID pandemic hit us. Local restrictions, health and safety, and quarantine measures are not making it easy for us to get back to travel anytime soon.

The UK Prime Minister’s roadmap is a very welcome sign that good progress has been made in tackling the COVID-19 pandemic and for society to start planning a return to a more ‘normal life’.

Whilst we appreciate the need to be careful about when and how the hospitality industry, and specifically the accommodation sector, reopens, we also need to make sure that no business is disadvantaged in the meantime and that we work together to make 2021 a year to make up as much of the lost ground caused by the pandemic as we can.

Update on Hotels in CMBS Special Servicing: What’s Next in Round Two

The Global Hospitality Group® just hosted a very timely webinar discussing the state of the hotel and CMBS industries. Our program featured senior representatives from Argentic, Greystone, and Situs - three of the largest CMBS special servicers with the most distressed hotel debt - as well as leading data and analytics firm Trepp, HREC's runway capital program, Manhattan Hospitality for hotel industry perspectives, and our own hospitality workouts and receivership expert to break down the current state of the distressed hotels market and CMBS special servicing.

GBTA Poll: Vaccine a Game-Changer for a Return to Travel

The Global Business Travel Association (GBTA), the world's largest business travel association, finds most GBTA members and stakeholders (79%) would be "very comfortable" or "comfortable" traveling for business after receiving the COVID-19 vaccination, and almost half support mandatory testing prior to travel to ensure the safety of customers and clients when meeting face-to-face.

Statistics to Guide Restart of Tourism in the Caribbean

From the need for enhanced political engagement to developing relevant expertise, the World Tourism Organization, jointly with the Caribbean Tourism Organization, have united their Members in the Caribbean to address the key challenges they face in making effective use of statistics to drive the restart of their tourism sectors.

How are Hotels Adapting and Innovating During COVID-19?

Covid-19 has hit businesses of just about every shape and size hard, but few have felt the effects quite as strongly as those in the hospitality industry. Bars, restaurants and hotels in many parts of the world have been forced to close as restrictions to limit the spread of the Coronavirus have taken hold.

Is togetherness the next destination for travel?

For generations, travel has inspired storytelling in books and songs and fueled the growth of cultures and civilizations. But over the last year, the world went on a different kind of journey, swapping passports for puzzles and beaches for binge-watching.

Prolonged travel restrictions during February half-term spells trouble for Europe’s ski resorts, says GlobalData

Prolonged travel restrictions could be the final nail in the coffin for resort operators in some European ski resorts as they depend solely on the winter season to survive. Even though snow coverage may not be at its prime towards the end of the season in mid-February, the February school half-term is an important income source as families seek to get away while children are not in school, says GlobalData, a leading data and analytics company.

Airbnb Announces Health Safety Attestation to Support Responsible Travel

We are announcing the development of Airbnb's Health Safety Attestation, a program to support our community as part of our continued work to prioritize health and safety during the ongoing pandemic. This voluntary tool will enable hosts to request that guests attest they are clear of common COVID-19 symptoms and have not knowingly been recently exposed to COVID-19, helping to empower hosts with information about health and safety that may be relevant for their preferences and needs.

Club Med Ushers In 2021 By Embracing A New Era Of Travel

An unprecedented 2020 was challenging for the travel industry, and also provided valuable insight into travel trends for the year ahead and beyond. Club Med, the pioneer of the all-inclusive resort concept, lends its expertise by sharing insights from the previous year and predictions for travel trends in 2021.

WTTC Responds To Latest Move By Canadian Government

Gloria Guevara, WTTC President & CEO, said: "The Canadian government's decision to suspend all flights to Mexico and the Caribbean until April 30, and impose hotel quarantines for all arriving passengers, will cause even further damage to its Travel & Tourism industry, which is already in a fight for survival due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

These Four Walls : 5 Ways To Make Quarantining At A Hotel Easier

The prospect of an extended stay at a hotel rarely has negative connotations. What is a hotel if not a magical place where you can tuck swimming pool-pruned fingers into room service fries, cloaked in a fluffy robe, on a bouncy-castle bed? As arduous as business travel can sometimes be, extending your hotel stay after the work element of your trip has ended is an indulgence.

Aimbridge Hospitality Achieves WELL Health-Safety Rating at Hotels Across North America

The global leader in third-party hotel management has achieved the WELL Health-Safety Rating at nearly 100 North American hotels, with 200 additional properties enrolled(PLANO, Texas - January 25, 2021) - Aimbridge Hospitality, the leading, global, third-party hotel management company, has earned the WELL Health-Safety Rating for Facility Operations and Maintenance at an initial 96 hotels across North America.

Gartner Survey Shows 73% of CMOs Will Fall Back on Low Risk, Low Return Strategies for 2021

Seventy-three percent of chief marketing officers (CMOs) report they will rely on existing customers to fuel growth in 2021, rather than looking to develop new markets, according to Gartner, Inc. The inaugural Gartner CMO Strategic Priorities Survey 2021 shows that 39% of CMOs plan to increase sales of existing products to existing customers, while 34% will introduce new products to existing customers in 2021 (see Figure 1).

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