The travel industry is among the hardest hit due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The Global Business Travel Association conducted a poll of its members regarding COVID-19’s effect on business travel. The poll was conducted March 18–21 and more than 1,150 of its member companies responded.
Members report companies have canceled or suspended all or most business trips to China (99 percent), Hong Kong (99 percent), Taiwan (98 percent), other Asia Pacific countries (97 percent) and Europe (97 percent). Ninety-six percent of all companies reported canceling or suspending all or most international business travel regardless of the location.
Work from home policies have been instituted in 86 percent of companies polled. Virtual meetings are 75 percent more frequent since the COVID-19 pandemic began. Seventy-one percent of companies instituted new trip approval policies.
Other key findings include:
- 73 percent report significant impact from COVID-19 on company revenue
- 40 percent expect to see business travel resume to those affected countries within the next three months
- 85 percent have canceled scheduled meetings, events and conferences due to COVID-19
- 70 percent of companies modified travel safety and security policies
The small colonial town of Valladolid in the center of the Yucatan peninsula is easy to see in a day or two, but when you’re not roaming the streets, snapping photos of the brightly colored houses and buildings, swimming in the nearby cenote or admiring the architecture of the 16th-century convent of San Bernardino de Siena, consider passing time in the multipurpose Hostería del Marqués, a hotel that offers more than just lodging.
Finding a beachfront Punta Cana all-inclusive resort for all ages can be daunting when you want to take home great memories with loved ones but also experience a sophisticated escape. Now, you can have both thanks to a new resort: Finest Punta Cana.
Munich Airport is prepared for increased air traffic and passenger numbers with an extensive package of measures to protect against infection. The new rules of conduct will be made known through regular announcements, posters, video screens and an increased staff presence. Cleaning frequency will also increase and in areas where passengers linger. Hand sanitizer dispensers will be placed throughout the airport and passengers and employees will be required to wear masks.
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.
HIKING ALONG A PATH THROUGH THE FOREST, the only sounds I heard were the wind rustling through the leaves, the flow of a distant waterfall and, from time to time, the soft sounds of chatter from the others in my group. Missing were the sounds of traffic rushing by, car horns and the din of the everyday world in which most of us live. On this part of the Japan Hiking – Kumano Kodo & Nakasendo trip with REI Adventures, just the eight of us were on the trail, not another human in sight. An eco-adventure at its best, and it was glorious.
The city took its name from Athena, goddess of wisdom, strategy and war, and protector of the city. The financial, political and administrative center of the country and an all-powerful city-state in antiquity, Athens is a major center of culture. A visit to the first-ever museum dedicated to Byzantium, a stroll around the National Garden and a trip to the Olympeion archaeological site will take you back through time.
Iceland’s otherworldly landscape made the perfect backdrop for the beloved Game of Thrones, which did some filming here. Iceland’s angry volcanoes, unbridled seas, ubiquitous rainbows, explosive geysers, waterfalls, glaciers, lava fields and jaw-dropping Northern Lights make it like no destination on earth.