On March 26, The Department of Homeland Security announced a one-year REAL ID enforcement delay — the U.S. Travel Association praised the decision, but advised a longer extension may be necessary. The implementation must be calculated and cautious, as to prevent any further travel disruptions and subsequent crash of the American travel economy, already devastated by the coronavirus crisis.
U.S. Travel and Longwoods International compiled market research, claiming if REAL ID were implemented today, an estimated 67,400 travelers would be turned away by airport security on the first day, and more than 471,800 in the first week.
In a letter to acting Homeland Security Secretary Chad Wolf, the U.S. Travel Association cited data stating the United States had yet to make significant moves toward enforcing REAL ID before COVID-19.
“As the administration considers a new enforcement date, the travel industry encourages you to ensure that enforcement would not negatively impact the travel and tourism industry,” the letter read. “The current growth in the compliance rate coupled with historical recovery rate after significant economic decline indicates even the most optimistic scenario would take at least two years for Americans and the economy to adequately handle enforcement.”
The latest REAL ID compliance figures have not changed substantially from data released in September by U.S. Travel — despite positive steps made by the Department of Homeland Security in an effort to increase flexibility in the REAL ID application process and broaden public knowledge.
“The already difficult task of bringing the country closer to REAL ID compliance is now clearly impossible due to the coronavirus crisis,” said Roger Dow, CEO and President, U.S. Travel. “Over the next 18 months people will be focused on building their lives back, not going to the DMV. The economic damage of coronavirus is already massive, and as we move toward a recovery phase it would be awful if the REAL ID deadline hits and creates yet another obstacle to people traveling.”
One of Barcelona’s newest luxury hotels is located at the corner of modernity and tradition. As the name indicates, The Corner Hotel is situated on a flat corner in Barcelona’s L’Eixample neighborhood, a vast area of the city full of Modernist buildings and grid-like avenues.
United Airlines’ environmentally friendly efforts lessen the impact on local U.S. communities.
LATAM Airlines Group S.A. and its affiliates in Chile, Peru, Colombia, Ecuador and the United States initiated a reorganization and restricting of debt under Chapter 11 protection in the United States, in light of the disruption caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. The reorganization provides LATAM the ability to reduce debt, access new sources of financing and continue operations.
Parma, Italy, was set to take center stage in 2020 as the Italian Capital of Culture, but COVID-19 interrupted those plans. Last week, the Italian government announced that, as a result of the global pandemic, Parma’s designation will continue through 2021.
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A first of its kind in the region, The Department of Culture and Tourism – Abu Dhabi launched a safe and clean certification program. The program seeks to uplift and standardize cleanliness and hygiene levels across all businesses and organizations in the tourism sector, including hotels, malls and other attractions. DCT Abu Dhabi will offer certifications that ensure compliance of standardized hygiene levels, and the program will roll out in phases, with the first dedicated to hotels.
Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts announced a collaboration with John Hopkins Medicine International on its Lead With Care global health and safety program. John Hopkins Medicine experts will review and validate the Lead With Care program, which will then be implemented at Four Seasons properties around the world.
According to the U.S. Small Business Administration’s Office of Advocacy, small businesses create two-thirds of net new jobs and account for nearly 48 percent of the U.S. private sector workforce. And small- and medium-sized businesses outpace all other sectors as one of the fastest-growing in the United States. InterContinental® Hotels Group (IHG) goes above and beyond to create opportunities for this segment with its IHG® Business Edge program, voted Best Small- to Mid-Sized Business Program in Global Traveler’s 2019 GT Tested Reader Survey awards.
Saint Lucia announced a phased plan to reopen island tourism responsibly, beginning June 4. Phase One includes welcoming international flights at Hewanorra International Airport from the United States only. In preparation, 1,500 hotel rooms are being prepared to open. The approach to reopening continues through July 31.