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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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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.

UNWTO Brings Tourism Sector Together to Plan for the Future

The World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) has once again brought leaders from across the sector together for high-level talks aimed at strengthening cooperation between the public and private sectors. The 42nd Plenary Session of the United Nations specialized agency's Affiliate Members focused both on immediate priorities for tourism's vital restart and on the longer-term task of ensuring the sector continues to be a key pillar of sustainable development.

COVID Impacts Expected to Force Hotel Sales in 2021

HAMA's (Hospitality Asset Managers Association) member survey of the region's hotel Ownership was just completed, and results confirm what many industry watchers have been whispering for months. Eric Levy, MD of Tourism Solutions International viewed the results of this survey and commented "In my 30 years in the region, we have had many crises, this one is different.

New International Code To Provide Greater Legal Protection For Tourists

Tourists are to be given greater legal protection as consumers under new plans being advanced by the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO). With restoring confidence a key priority for the sector, the International Code for the Protection of Tourists advanced by UNWTO with the support of almost 100 Member States so far, will make the support available to tourists affected by emergency situations clearer and more consistent globally.

US tourism recovery may be hindered if President Trump wins second term, says GlobalData

With President Trump's surprise victory in 2016 likely being a contributing factor to a 2.1-percentage-point slowdown in the compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of international tourism in the US*, a second term for the Trump administration - combined with the ongoing impact of COVID-19 - does not provide the US tourism sector with a great deal of optimism, says GlobalData, a leading data and analytics company.

Hard Rock Hotels & Casinos® Introduces MEET SAFE + SOUND

Hard Rock International is delighted to announce Meet SAFE + SOUND, expanding the international hospitality brand's industry-leading SAFE + SOUND program into conference and event spaces. As in-person meetings and events begin to re-emerge, event planners and attendees can be assured that touchpoints at all properties are SAFE + SOUND.

Airbnb's Update on Trust

Almost one year ago, our CEO and co-founder, Brian, shared a note outlining significant steps we'd take in designing for trust on our platform. We made commitments to, among other things, introduce a guest guarantee, launch a neighborhood hotline, expand our risk assessment tools and verify the accuracy and quality standards of properties listed on the Airbnb platform.

The New Era of ‘Safety First’ Travelers

Coronavirus (COVID-19) has affected nearly every aspect of our lives. As travelers start to rediscover the world again, it's not surprising that the majority (79%) are planning to take more health and safety related precautions when traveling in the future with over half (59%) opting to avoid certain destinations altogether due to safety concerns.

Overwhelming Call for Rapid Testing Pre-Departure

76% of respondents believe that rapid testing prior to departure, and waiving quarantining requirements for those who test negative, to be the best way to open up international travel according to the latest Global Business Travel Association (GBTA) poll.

Hospitality Industry’s “Buy One, Give One” Campaign Jumpstarted Recovery Efforts With Over 65,000 Room Nights Purchased And Gave Back To Frontline Healthcare Workers

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic and its devastating effect on travel, the hospitality industry banded together to launch Buy One, Give One, a "vacay layaway" program. The initiative resulted in the purchase of more than 65,000 room nights for future stays, providing immediate revenue for participating hotel partners, who then donated room nights to frontline healthcare workers as a well-deserved "thank you.

Dusit partners with Pixel One to provide safe, dynamic and affordable solutions for hybrid meetings in Thailand

Dusit International, one of Thailand's leading hotel and property development companies, has teamed up with innovative Bangkok-based event management company Pixel One Production Co., Ltd, which specialises in audio-visual production solutions for MICE business, to deliver new services for virtual and hybrid meetings at Dusit Hotels and Resorts throughout Thailand.

HVS Asia Pacific Hospitality Newsletter - Week Ending 16 October 2020

Swansea Hotel Acquired by Hunter Group in Lake Macquarie, Australia, Singapore and Hong Kong Enters into In-Principal Agreement to Establish Bilateral Air Travel Bubble for Leisure Travel Without Need for Quarantine, Singapore and Indonesia Established Reciprocal Green Lane, Western Australia Premier Mark McGowan Announced 50,000 Affordable Airfares.

Accor Successfully Implements ALLSAFE Throughout Its Hotels And Resorts Worldwide

Accor today announced its continued action to lead the hospitality industry with the most stringent cleaning standards and operational procedures concentrated on guest safety. Following operational disruptions stemming from COVID-19, Accor has successfully reopened most of its hotels with 95% of them having already adopted the Group's trusted ALLSAFE cleanliness and hygiene protocols jointly developed with Bureau Veritas.

Survey: 9 In 10 Voters Support Congress Passing Another COVID Relief Bill To Help Distressed Businesses

Americans are concerned about the impact of the coronavirus pandemic on all aspects of the economy, and 90 percent support Congress passing another economic stimulus bill to help distressed small businesses and employees, according to a new survey of registered voters conducted by Morning Consult and commissioned by the American Hotel & Lodging Association (AHLA).

Airbnb's Commitment to Safer Travel: New Health and Safety Mandate

As people continue to find new ways to travel and host safely, in line with guidance and rules issued by local governments and health authorities, cleanliness remains a priority. Today, we announced hosts and guests must agree to follow Airbnb's COVID-19 Safety Practices, which include wearing a mask, practicing social distancing, and, for hosts and their teams, abiding by our five-step enhanced cleaning process.

G20 Tourism Leaders Commit to Intensify Efforts towards a Sustainable Recovery

Tourism Ministers of the G20 nations have committed to stepping up their efforts to place sustainability and inclusion at the heart of tourism recovery and future growth. The implementation of the World Tourism Organization AlUla Framework for Inclusive Community Development Through Tourism, presented on the occasion of the Ministerial Meeting, was welcomed by the G20 Tourism Ministers as a tool for achieving a fairer and more inclusive sector.

COVID Relief Now Coalition Releases New Ad

The COVID RELIEF NOW Coalition, comprised of more than 230 public and private sector groups, today released a new ad called "No Recess without Relief," imploring Congress to not leave town for the 2020 elections without passing additional COVID economic relief.

COVID Relief Now Statement

Last week's discouraging jobs report is further evidence that our economy will continue to struggle without comprehensive federal assistance, and if it does not happen now a full recovery will likely be delayed for years.

New Coalition Of Public And Private Sector Leaders Call On Congress To Act On COVID Relief Before Election

COVID RELIEF NOW, a new coalition of nearly 200 major public and private sector groups across the U.S., today called for "No Recess without Relief," imploring Congress to not leave town for the 2020 elections without passing additional COVID economic relief - stating millions of jobs and survival of small businesses as well as vital government services are on the line.

FINN Partners’ Travel Practice releases ‘Domestic Tourism – Recovery Starts at Home’ report

Ahead of World Tourism Day (27 September), FINN Partners' Travel Practice has released its report - 'Domestic Tourism - Recovery Starts at Home'. The report highlights 25 of the world's most innovative and creative domestic tourism campaigns that are being rolled out globally as examples of how domestic tourism is helping destinations recover while safeguarding jobs and protecting livelihoods until international travel returns.

Second Wave Brings Uncertainty to Business Travel Recovery

The majority of Global Business Travel Association (GBTA) companies expect their employees to return to in-person events in 2021. Almost half (45%) expect attendance to resume in the first half of the year, according to the latest poll conducted between September 15-19, 2020, by GBTA, with an additional 25% expecting a return to in-person events in the second half of 2021.

UNWTO Launches Comprehensive Tourism Recovery Tracker

As growing numbers of countries around the world ease restrictions on travel, the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) has launched a new Tourism Recovery Tracker to support global tourism. This represents the latest concrete action undertaken by the United Nations specialized agency as it leads the response of global tourism and guides recovery.

WTTC Announces International Coordinated Plan to Save the Travel & Tourism Sector

Following various meetings with governments around the world and a letter signed by 120 CEOs of private companies, addressed to the Heads of State of the G7, the World Travel and Tourism Council (WTTC, for its acronym in English) hopes to finalize an international plan to save the travel and tourism industry from the worst threat in its history, due to the negative effects of the COVID-19 pandemic.

61,450 Manhattan hotel rooms remain closed - 58% of Room Inventory - PwC Reports

The COVID-19 pandemic continued to severely impair Manhattan hotels in the second quarter, as travel restrictions and business closures remained the new normal. With over 60,000 hotel rooms currently closed, widespread cancellation of group travel, and heightened economic uncertainty, second quarter revenue per available room ("RevPAR") experienced a year-over-year decline of 81.

UNWTO: More Than 50% of Global Destinations Are Easing Travel Restrictions - But Caution Remains

A majority of destinations around the world (53%) have now started easing travel restrictions introduced in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Though many remain cautious in view of the development of the pandemic, the seventh edition of the UNWTO "COVID-19 Related Travel Restrictions: A Global Review for Tourism" confirms the ongoing trend towards the gradual restart of tourism.

HSMAI ROAD TO RECOVERY 2020: Learn. Connect. Lead.

The Hospitality Sales and Marketing Association International (HSMAI) is setting the stage for industry recovery through the newly developed HSMAI Road to Recovery 2020 fall education plan. Focused on revenue, relevance, and recovery, the plan is designed to connect hospitality colleagues in a meaningful way while offering affordable programs and tools for hotel sales, marketing, and revenue optimization professionals.

Survey: Frequent Travelers Cite Priorities For Hotel Stays

A new national survey commissioned by the American Hotel & Lodging Association (AHLA) conducted by Morning Consult shows that a number of improvements to health and sanitation protocol at U.S. hotels would have considerable impact on guests' comfort levels staying there, with the top three including face coverings for employees (87% a lot/some impact) and guests (85%), suspending daily housekeeping of rooms (86%), and utilizing technology to reduce direct contact (85%), are the top priorities among frequent travelers to staying in hotels during this pandemic.

Hilton Named ‘Most Socially Responsible Hotel Management Group of China’

SHANGHAI - Hilton was recently named the "Most Socially Responsible Hotel Management Group of China," at the 15th China Hotel Starlight Awards. Hilton won additional accolades at the property level, with Waldorf Astoria Beijing and Waldorf Astoria Shanghai on the Bund named among the "Best Luxurious Hotels of China," and Hilton Shenzhen Futian and Hilton Guangzhou Baiyun recognized as one of the "Top 10 MICE Hotels of China".

UN Secretary-General: “It Is Imperative That We Rebuild The Tourism Sector In A Safe, Equitable And Climate Friendly Manner”

As part of the wider UN response to COVID-19, the UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres released today a thematic brief on the impact the pandemic has had on tourism. Drawing on the latest data from the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO), the lead author of the publication, it warns that as many as 100 million direct tourism jobs are at risk, and the massive drop in export revenues from tourism could reduce global GDP by as much as 2.

HVS Asia Pacific Hospitality Newsletter - Week Ending 21 August 2020

Vantone Acquired Queen's Hotel in Sai Ying Pun for HKD310 Million at 30% Discount, Singapore Announced Additional SGD8 Billion Covid-19 Support Measures and Another SGD320 Million to Boost Tourism Sector, Indonesia to Establish Travel Corridor for Essential Business and Diplomatic Trips with South Korea, India Announces USD500 Million Assistance for Major Connectivity Project in Maldives.

6 Hospitality Trends For Rebuilding Consumer Trust As Hotels Reopen

After what has been a dire time for hotels around the world, the industry is slowly rekindling its operations as lockdown is incrementally loosened. Alas, all is not as it once was. Increased health and safety concerns teamed with a heightened awareness for all things hygiene and social distancing mean hotels will first have to reassure their clientele that going on holiday is both safe and desirable.

GBTA Urges For Enhanced Transatlantic Cooperation To Restore Safe Travels

GBTA, the Global Business Travel Association, reiterates the importance of cooperation between the EU, Canada and the US to restore safe travels and reboot the economy. GBTA is urging the European Commission, EU governments, Ottawa, and the White House to pursue talks to find a resolution for transatlantic travel, based on reciprocity, proportionality, and the latest scientific advice.

AHLA Applauds President Donald Trump for Signing Executive Orders Extending Unemployment Benefits

The American Hotel & Lodging Association (AHLA) today applauded President Donald Trump for supporting Americans by signing Executive Orders that extend unemployment benefits and support those impacted by COVID 19, while urging Congress to come together swiftly and pass meaningful, bipartisan legislation that helps support the hotel industry and the millions of employees we support.

Hyatt Announces Face Coverings Requirement for Guests at Hotels in the Americas

At Hyatt, the safety and security of our colleagues and guests is always a top priority. Guided by our purpose - to care for people so they can be their best - and following medical expert guidance to help reduce the spread of COVID-19, all Hyatt hotels in the Americas will require face coverings within indoor public areas, which include meetings and events spaces, restaurants and bars, and fitness centers.

The New Reality For F&B: Pop-Ups, Drive-Throughs & Ghost Kitchens

With vast numbers of food and beverage outlets having to temporarily close their doors to keep the COVID-19 pandemic at bay, restaurants, bars and cafés alike have had to adapt to survive. In response to the abrupt loss of dine-in guests, the more fortunate F&B businesses have succeeded in demonstrating agility and resilience.

AHLA Statement On Executive Orders

The American Hotel & Lodging Association (AHLA) today applauded President Donald Trump for supporting Americans by signing Executive Orders that extend unemployment benefits and support those impacted by COVID-19, while urging Congress to come together swiftly and pass meaningful, bipartisan legislation that helps support the hotel industry and the millions of employees we support.

UNWTO, ONCE Foundation And ENAT Call For The Reopening Of Tourism Destinations To Cater For The Needs Of People With Disabilities

The World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) is calling on destinations to recognize the needs of travellers with disabilities or specific access requirements as they open up to visitors again. In partnership with the ONCE Foundation of Spain and the European Network for Accessible Tourism (ENAT), the United Nations specialized agency has released new guideline to ensure accessibility and inclusivity as the responsible restart of tourism gets underway.

GBTA Calls on Congress to Take Action on Expanded Relief for Distressed Business Travel Industry

Alexandria, VA - As the U.S. Congress negotiates a new coronavirus relief package for individuals and businesses, the Global Business Travel Association (GBTA) - the leading voice of business travel worldwide - has called on Congressional leadership to enact measures to renew business travelers' confidence and to curb the devastating impact of the pandemic on this vital sector of the global economy.

SAHIC 2020 To Be Held Virtually

SAHIC, the Hotel & Tourism Investment Conference for Latin American and the Caribbean community, has announced its Virtual Conference for next October 5-6 th. Due to global travel restrictions and health authorities' recommendations to keep safe distancing measures, the annual event will be held on an online platform.

Statement on Face Coverings

The health and safety of guests and hotel team members is our top priority, which is why, effective August 10, 2020, face coverings will be required for guests and staff in indoor public spaces at Wyndham Hotels & Resorts properties in the U.

Marriott, Hilton, and IHG Continue to Dominate the U.S. Hotel Construction Pipeline at Q2’20 Close*

In the recently released quarterly United States Construction Pipeline Trend Report from Lodging Econometrics (LE), the franchise companies with the largest construction pipelines at the end of the second quarter of 2020 are Marriott International with 1,487 projects/195,952 rooms, followed by Hilton Worldwide with 1,395 projects/160,078 rooms, and InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG) with 920 projects/94,499 rooms.

Tourism Restarts: 40% Of Destinations Have Now Eased Travel Restrictions

The responsible restart of tourism is underway around the world as growing numbers of destinations ease COVID-19 related travel restrictions and adapt to the new reality. According to the latest analysis from the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO), 40% of all destinations worldwide have now eased the restrictions they placed on international tourism in response to COVID-19.

For the Fourth Consecutive Quarter, Los Angeles Leads the U.S. Hotel Construction Pipeline at the Close of Q2’ 20*

In the recent report released by Lodging Econometrics (LE), at the close of the second quarter of 2020, the top five U.S. markets with the largest total hotel construction pipelines are Los Angeles, leading for the fourth consecutive quarter, with 163 projects/27,415 rooms; followed by Dallas with 158 projects/19,314 rooms; New York City with 151 projects/26,302 rooms; Atlanta with 135 projects/18,634 rooms; and Houston with 122 projects/12,486 rooms.

Travel CEOs Urge Federal Action on COVID-19 Testing

Washington, Fourteen CEOs of America's most recognizable travel-related companies sent a letter to the president and congressional leaders Monday stating that more and better COVID-19 testing is an indispensable component of pursuing an economic recovery, and urging a stepped-up federal role in making effective testing more widely available.

Hilton CleanStay Brings New Standard of Cleanliness to Greater China

SHANGHAI, China - Today, Hilton announced that the company has implemented a new program to deliver an industry-defining standard of cleanliness and disinfection, across all its properties worldwide. Hilton CleanStay, created in collaboration with Dettol maker RB and Mayo Clinic, includes new procedures to help Hilton guests enjoy an even cleaner and safer stay.

HVS Asia Pacific Hospitality Newsletter - Week Ending 24 July 2020

Singapore Set Aside SGD45 Million to Boost Domestic Tourism, Myanmar Reveals Plans to Boost Domestic Tourism, Thailand Launched “We Travel Together” Stimulus Package to Drive Domestic Tourism, India Forms ‘Air Bubbles’ with the US, France and Germany, Six Senses Properties in Singapore to be Rebranded into Marriott’s Autograph Collection.

Tourism Sector To Continue Taking Action On Plastic Pollution

The ongoing pandemic has hit the tourism sector hard, putting more than 100 million jobs at risk. Now, as countries begin to recover and tourism restarts in a growing number of destinations, the Global Tourism Plastics Initiative, led by the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO), the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and in collaboration with the Ellen MacArthur Foundation, has provided a plan of action for both public and private sector stakeholders to address the root causes of plastic pollution in these challenging times.

Loews Hotels Launches “Welcoming You Like Family” Brand Campaign

Today, Loews Hotels draws on its core differentiator to affirm its position as one of the nation's leading hotel companies with "Welcoming You Like Family," a dynamic multi-channel brand campaign, utilizing video, photography, digital experience platforms and on-property touchpoints, which defines Loews as more than simply a collection of hotels, but a brand deeply rooted in welcoming and caring for guests like family.

Hotel Industry, Reeling From Covid-19 Economic Fallout, Lays Out Priorities for Covid 4.0

WASHINGTON - As lawmakers consider additional legislation to address the ongoing health crisis and economic fallout from COVID-19, the American Hotel & Lodging Association (AHLA) sent a letter to Congress calling for additional help in several areas, including extending the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) for severely impacted businesses and their employees, creating targeted lending facilities and liquidity measures to help hoteliers meet debt service, and passing tax reforms to benefit both hotel employees and employers.

Dorsett Hospitality International partners with Prenetics to provide government-recognised Covid-19 testing to combat the third wave

As part of Dorsett Hospitality International's ongoing commitment to the local community under #DorsettCares, the Hong Kong-based hospitality group is the first hotel group to partner with leading global genetic testing and digital health company Prenetics to offer the local community, associates and hotels guests in Hong Kong a peace of mind with 24/7 access to the Project Screen by Circle COVID-19 test, recommended by the World Health Organisation and officially recognised by the Hong Kong government, as we collectively fight to contain the city's third wave.

Hotels Sue SF To Protect Workers, Guests From Unsafe Cleaning Ordinance

The Hotel Council of San Francisco, the California Hotel and Lodging Association and the American Hotel & Lodging Association filed a lawsuit today to overturn the County of San Francisco's so-called "Healthy Buildings" ordinance that endangers hotel employees and guests and causes significant economic hardships by forcing many hotels to remain closed and permanently lay off thousands of workers.

Long haul travel preparations should be considered for eager UK millennials, says GlobalData

UK millennials are the most likely to book an international trip in 2020 - with 49% agreeing* that they would rebook in a survey by GlobalData. Short haul travel trips to European destinations have now come into play, but the government need to collaborate with the aviation industry in order to start considering how long-haul flight operations will operate to ensure a full recovery, says GlobalData, a Leading Data & Analytics company.

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