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July 7, 2022

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Holiday Weekend Travel Notches Pandemic-Era Record (Source: The Associated Press)
According to the Transportation Security Administration, more than 9 million people were screened at airport checkpoints over the holiday weekend, with the 2.49 million counted on July 1 setting a pandemic-era record.

Scandinavian Airlines SAS Files For Bankruptcy In U.S. (Source: eTurboNews)
The carrier’s move will definitely contribute to looming travel chaos across Europe as the summer vacation period begins.  Scandinavian Airlines today filed for bankruptcy in the United States, saying that a pilot strike announced on Monday had put the future of the airline in serious jeopardy.

Delta CEO Promises Ongoing Efforts To Fight Disruptions (Source: Reuters)
Delta Air Lines CEO Ed Bastian apologized for flight disruptions in a letter to customers and promised ongoing efforts to combat the problem, noting that Delta operated more than 96% of its scheduled flights in June and more than 80% arrived within 14 minutes of their scheduled time. “We’ve accelerated our hiring as well, bringing on around 15,000 new employees since the start of 2021,” Bastian said.

General Interest

Make International Travel Easier And Less Stressful With These Customs Agents’ Tips (Source: Travelers United)
U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) presents this list of holiday season tips. These tips can be found in the CBP “Know Before You Go” booklet. Knowing what CBP needs travelers to know before getting to passport control and customs stations will make all international travel easier, less stressful, and more enjoyable.

Australia Removes Pandemic Travel Restrictions (Source: TravelPulse)
Australia has lifted COVID-19 travel restrictions as of July 6. “Removing these requirements will not only reduce delays in our airports but will encourage more visitors and skilled workers to choose Australia as a destination,” said Minister for Home Affairs Clare O’Neil.

The 18 Germiest Places You Encounter While Traveling (Source: SmarterTravel)
Do you ever get sick when you travel? Chances are you’ve contracted something from one of the dirty offenders on this list of the germiest places. Fortunately, with a little knowledge and a lot of hand sanitizer, you can stay healthy on the road and in the air.  A new study from Lysol Pro Solutions measured contamination levels on surfaces in 10 planes, one airport, and 15 hotels across the U.S. to determine the germiest hotspots for travel.


FAA to Give Airports $1B For Terminals and Upgrades (Source: Northstar Meetings Group/The Associated Press)
Biden administration is giving nearly $1 billion to 85 airports to expand and upgrade terminals and other facilities, using money approved in last year’s huge infrastructure bill. Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg said the projects will help meet future demand for travel and make flying safer and more efficient.

Amsterdam’s Airport First In The World To Cap Flights To Limit Emissions (Source: euronews)
The Dutch government made a historic announcement that the number of flights arriving at Schiphol airport will be capped to bring down pollution. Schiphol, which is the third largest airport in Europe after London Heathrow and Charles de Gaulle in Paris, will be limited to 440,000 flights a year from 2023.


$100M-Plus Expansion in Works For Austin’s Hotel Ella (Source: KXAN-TV)
Austin, Texas’ historic Hotel Ella will see a quadrupling of its guest rooms in an expansion planned by owner Rex LLC with an estimated cost exceeding $100 million. A rooftop garden, extensive underground parking and a restaurant of “Paris-level quality” are in the offing, CEO Peter Rex says.

New Opening: Conrad Los Angeles, The First California Property From Conrad (Source: Travel Market Report)
Hilton’s Conrad brand finally has a foothold in the Golden State.  Conrad on Wednesday opened Conrad Los Angeles, the first California property for Conrad Hotels & Resorts.  “We are excited to expand Hilton’s West Coast presence with the debut of the first Conrad Hotels & Resorts property in California, one of our largest growing markets in the U.S.

Marriott Hit By Another Data Breach (Source: PhocusWire)
Marriott International has suffered a security breach potentially affecting up to 400 customers.  The breach, which was first made known here, involved a “threat actor” using social engineering – the process of gaining access to systems through human interactions – to get into an employee’s computer, but it did not gain access to Marriott’s core systems.

San Fran’s Mission Bay Gets Its First Hotel (Source: MeetingsNet)
Just south of the Oakland Bridge, the sports, technology, and medical hot spot is now home to Luma Hotel San Francisco. San Francisco’s up-and-coming Mission Bay neighborhood finally has a hotel to call its own. Luma Hotel San Francisco recently opened with 299 guest rooms and 7,250 square feet of meeting space.

Ground Transportation

$4.2B Cleared For California Central Valley High-Speed Rail (Source: SFist)
The portion of California’s high-speed rail project that runs through the Central Valley region is advancing with legislative approval of the final $4.2 billion needed to complete it. The new state budget also offers an additional $3.65 billion for other rail infrastructure work, which could include a Bay Area Rapid Transit link to San Jose.

Leisure Travel

A Study Found The Hotels With The Most Beautiful Views Around The World (Source: Matador Network)
There are lots of factors that go into choosing your next vacation destination. Maybe you’d enjoy the whimsy of staying in the Cartoon Network hotel or want to stay at an all-inclusive resort that actually has impressive food — or perhaps you’re intrigued by the idea of staying at a treehouse in the arctic or luxury accommodations near a national park.

How to Get Around Quebec City Like a Local (Source: Lonely Planet)
Québec City has an up-close-and-personal vibe to it, giving it the feel of a big village more than a grand metropolis. The city’s small-scale transport options reflect this mentality.  Weather plays a role in how locals navigate the city. In summer, the hilly streets and abundance of staircases make for good exercise. In winter, when the roads, sidewalks, and roofs fill with snow and ice, walking can feel like an obstacle course. Buses are a warm alternative, and a go-to choice for commuters throughout the year.

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