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April 8, 2021

Industry News – Click on the title to read the full article. Many of the sources below require a free registration to gain access to the article. If a paid registration is required, the individual source will be noted.

Airlines

American Marks AAdvantage Anniversary With a Month of Prizes (Source: The Points Guy)
American Airlines is celebrating the 40th anniversary of its AAdvantage program with a month of daily games that allow frequent flyer members to win prizes. The prizes include miles, Admirals Club memberships and day passes, MasterCard gift cards, seat upgrades and partner offers such as hotel discounts.

US Airlines Develop Digital Solutions to Facilitate Travel (Source: The Points Guy)
American, United and Delta are all rolling out digital tools that allow passengers to upload health data and track travel requirements, presaging the industry’s technological adaptation to a world of varied rules and mandates. Airline solutions are moving faster than governmental health passports but are designed to adapt to them.

General Interest

UK Still Hopeful For May 17 International Travel Restart (Source: Reuters)
British Prime Minister Boris Johnson said he hasn’t abandoned May 17 as the start date for foreign travel but said he wants to be prudent by considering both the coronavirus case and vaccination rates. British Airlines and Virgin Atlantic said they are optimistic and want the government to see the importance of a fast recovery.

CDC: Vaccinated People Can Now Travel Without Testing or Quarantining (Source: Travel Market Report)
The travel industry applauded the new Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidance issued Friday that will substantially relax the guidance on travel for individuals who have been fully vaccinated against COVID. The agency said fully vaccinated travelers with an FDA-authorized vaccine can travel safely within the United States and do not need to get tested before or after travel unless their destination requires it and do not need to self-quarantine.

Corporate Travel Prepares For Post-Vaccine Realities (Source: Business Travel News)
Widespread availability of Covid-19 vaccines could be a matter of weeks away in the United States, which will be a key component of corporate travel industry recovery but also is presenting new policy, technology and ethical considerations with which corporate travel programs must grapple.

Hotels

Connecticut Hotel to Make History With Energy Self-Sufficiency (Source: Forbes)
Hilton Hotels & Resorts has taken sustainability to a new level with its plans for Hotel Marcel, which is tapped to be the first hotel in the US to go all-electric with 100% self-generation. Rooftop solar panels and solar parking canopies will provide the energy for the Connecticut hotel designed by Bruce Becker.

Marriott, Accor Begin Contactless Tech Efforts (Source: Business Travel News)
Marriott International is testing contactless arrival kiosks at several select-service properties and contactless grab-and-go marketplaces at two Fairfield by Marriott hotels, the company announced this week. Both concepts build upon ongoing measures to boost traveler confidence while reinforcing Marriott’s Commitment to Clean program, according to the company.

Hilton: Pandemic-Related Safety Measures Are Here To Stay (Source: TravelPulse)
Contactless service, hybrid meeting spaces and lobbies that allow the option not to socialize are among seven pandemic-wrought hospitality changes that are here to stay, Hilton Hotels & Resorts executives assert. Hygiene will remain a preeminent consumer demand and the enhancement of loyalty programs that arose during hard times will continue, they add.

Ground Transportation

Hertz Progresses Toward June Chapter 11 Exit (Source: Business Travel News)
Hertz Global Holdings plans to exit Chapter 11 bankruptcy in June 2021 and has completed all required court filings to do so, the company announced this week. Hertz filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy in May 2020. In its most recent earnings call, Hertz officials said the company’s goal was to exit bankruptcy by mid-to-late summer.

Airports

Iowa Airport Begins $21M Taxiway Upgrade (Source: The Gazette)
Construction is underway on a $21 million project that will relocate two taxiways at Eastern Iowa Airport in Cedar Rapids, improving safety margins. “This allows us to accommodate those larger aircraft and do it much more efficiently and safely on the apron,” said Airport Director Marty Lenss.

Leisure Travel

Toy Story Hotel to Rise at Tokyo Disney Resort in Japan (Source: TravelPulse)
Additional details about the new Toy Story Hotel opening at Tokyo Disney Resort in Japan have been revealed. The 595-room hotel will feature design and life-sized toys based on the film “Toy Story.” Meanwhile, new attractions inspired by “Peter Pan,” “Tangled” and “Frozen” movies are coming to Tokyo DisneySea next year as part of a $2.3 billion expansion project called “Fantasy Springs.”

CDC: U.S. Cruises Could Resume By Mid-Summer With Restrictions (Source: Travel Market Report)
Other industry groups, including ASTA, as well as major cruise lines pushed the CDC to allow cruise lines to restart this summer, as cruise lines looked outside of the United States to restart sailings.

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