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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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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.

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​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).

Remington Hotels Leads First Hybrid Meetings Education Forum

On January 13, Remington Hotels hosted its first virtual "Hybrid Meetings Education Forum" attended by over 200 attendees. The event, co-hosted by several of Remington's leading partners in the meetings and event space, showcased Remington's updated processes and best practices, while also reinforcing its commitment to helping meeting planners navigate hosting events in response to the new normal.

U.S. Travel Reacts to CDC Int’l Travel Testing Mandate

U.S. Travel Association Executive Vice President of Public Affairs and Policy Tori Emerson Barnes issued the following statement on the announcement that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention will issue an order requiring a negative COVID-19 test before boarding an international flight to the U.

Centara Helps to Safely Restart International Tourism in Asia

Centara Hotels & Resorts, Thailand's leading hotel operator, is playing a key role in helping to restart the Asian tourism industry, after its popular beachfront retreat on Sri Lanka's stunning southwest coast was selected to take part in an innovative new initiative to safely reopen the island to inbound visitors.

Sunstone Hotel Investors Improves Financial Flexibility And Enhances Balance Sheet Strength

Sunstone Hotel Investors, Inc. (the "Company" or "Sunstone") (NYSE: SHO), the owner of Long-Term Relevant Real Estate® in the hospitality sector, announced today that it has completed a series of balance sheet enhancing transactions that include: extending the waiver period of the financial covenant tests on the Company's $500 million undrawn revolving credit facility, $185 million of funded term loan facilities and $205 million of outstanding private placement senior notes ("Unsecured Debt Facilities"); addressing its remaining near-term maturities; providing resolution with the special servicer on the mortgage loan secured by the Hilton Times Square; and, reducing the Company's monthly cash burn.

Statement By The Global Tourism Crisis Committee

Meeting on the occasion of the Global Tourism Crisis Committee, virtually from Lisbon, Portugal, on 9 December 2020, to accelerate the coordination of international cross-border travel principles and protocols in view of a safe and seamless restart of tourism.

Staycations and Hybrid Meetings

In what now feels like a distant time, when business travelers were jet-setting around the world to attend meetings and events, some would tack on a couple of extra days to explore and enjoy the destination - a phenomenon that (for better or worse) has been dubbed "bleisure travel.

WTTC Says Closing Countries Are Counterproductive And Will Seriously Delay The Economic Recovery

Gloria Guevara, WTTC President & CEO, said: "While protecting public health is paramount, blanket travel bans cannot be the answer. They have not worked in the past and they will not work now. If a comprehensive and quick turnaround testing regime were in place at airports across the country to test all travellers before they depart, it would ensure only those infected with COVID-19 are isolated and are prevented from travelling.

Marriott International Announces COVID-19 Testing Availability and Optional Health Protocols for Groups In Expansion of Connect with Confidence Initiative

As part of ongoing steps to help instill confidence and provide exceptional experiences and solutions for meeting professionals and attendees, Marriott International has identified health protocol options, including COVID-19 testing, which meeting professionals may select for group meetings at certain Marriott branded hotels in the United States beginning in January 2021.

Travel in 2021: Safe, Slower, Soulful, Secluded, Sustainable

The pandemic has fundamentally changed the way we think and act, leading us to reflect on the motives and pursuits that continue to inspire us to see the world. Following a tumultuous year in tourism, our latest trend report delves into rapidly accelerating trends and forecasts the movements that will define international travel in the years to come—from slow holidays and emerging regenerative destinations, to the latest technologies employed by operators and airports.

Survey: Nearly 70% Of Americans Will Not Travel For Christmas

A recent national survey commissioned by the American Hotel & Lodging Association (AHLA) shows that nearly two-thirds (69%) of Americans will not travel for Christmas. With a new surge in COVID-19 cases, the CDC recommending that Americans do not travel over the holiday season and new stay-at-home orders in place in states across the country, the holiday season will compound the challenges already facing the hotel industry during this public health crisis.

UNWTO and CNN Partner for Global #RestartTourism Campaign

After partnering back in May for a campaign asking the world to be patient, responsible and "travel tomorrow", the World Tourism Organization and CNN International Commercial (CNNIC) have teamed up again to celebrate the transformative power being unleased as the restart of tourism gets underway.

Video: Travel expert Samantha Brown on How to Plan for Future Travel

With would-be travelers grounded by a global pandemic, 2020 has ushered in a new era of amateur bakers and whipped coffee enthusiasts. Yet every day, the desire to travel continues to grow. A recent survey, commissioned by Hilton, found that 95% of Americans said they are missing travel and 90% of respondents believe the country is experiencing a "Travel Memory Deficit" brought on by this lack of travel.

Portugal Hosts UNWTO Crisis Committee On Harmonization Of Cross-Border Travel Procedures

The Global Tourism Crisis Committee has met for the last time in 2020, to continue advancing coordination and cooperation among all parts of the sector. The virtual meeting of the Committee, established by the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) at the start of the pandemic, was hosted by Portugal ahead of its Presidency of the Council of the European Union, beginning in January.

WTM London Proclaims Manifesto for Safer, Smarter and Greener Travel and Tourism

WTM London publishes a manifesto to guide policy-makers with concrete solutions to our present and future challenges The document had the support from UNWTO and WTTC, plus more than 200 international leaders (public and private sector) from the tourism industry who took part in the process through a Delphi method WTM London has declared its mission to work with governments and the private sector around the world to create a safer, smarter and greener travel and tourism industry.

Covid-19 And How It’s Changing The Event Industry

Reed Exhibitions today released its first 'COVID-19 and How it's Changing the Event Industry' White Paper, highlighting findings from its COVID-19 Customer Needs and Mindset Barometer, the largest and most ambitious research project ever undertaken by the company.

What A Vaccine Means For Duty Of Care

The COVID-19 pandemic has forced all organizations to take a closer look at their travel risk policies. Protecting the health and safety of travelers highlights the increasing importance of having a Duty of Care plan.

COVID-19: 5 Steps To Prep For Another Wave

In many countries globally, we are seeing second waves and there may be more to follow. We are beginning to see light at the end of the tunnel with the highly-promising emergence of vaccines with but there may be insufficient supply, at least initially, of a single vaccine.

Singapore’s ‘Travel Revive’ could be demonstrable example for MICE tourism recovery, says GlobalData

Singapore will not be able to rely on domestic tourism as only 176,000 domestic trips took place in 2019 when compared to 14.5 million international arrivals. Therefore, the country hosted the first physical travel trade show (Travel Revive) in Asia since the COVID-19 outbreak to boost inbound Meetings, Incentives, Conferences, Exhibitions (MICE) tourism.

Roadmap To Rebuild The Hospitality Sector

HOTREC, the European umbrella association of Hotels, Restaurants and Cafés, and its trade union counterpart EFFAT, the European Federation of Food, Agriculture and Tourism Trade Unions, call upon the EU and Member States to follow a range of proposed measures to put the hospitality sector back on track.

Update on Our Work to Support Frontline Workers

Airbnb Co-Founder and CEO Brian Chesky today announced a new commitment to support charitable and philanthropic organizations that are fighting COVID-19. Chesky intends to personally donate $10 million to non-profit organizations that support frontline workers who are responding to the COVID-19 crisis.

Survey: 7 Out Of 10 Americans Unlikely To Travel For Holidays

A new national survey commissioned by the American Hotel & Lodging Association (AHLA) shows that many Americans are not expected to travel this holiday seasons. Results show that 72% of Americans are unlikely to travel for Thanksgiving and 69% are unlikely to travel for Christmas, compounding the challenges for the hotel industry during this public health crisis.

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