FX Excursions

FX Excursions offers the chance for once-in-a-lifetime experiences in destinations around the world.

Hotel Executives Meet with Government Officials in Midst of COVID-19

by Erich Martin

Mar 24, 2020

© Srki66 | Dreamstime.com

Daily

The COVID-19 novel coronavirus has had devastating impacts across the entire economy and on travel industries. Hotel leaders recently met with President Donald Trump and Vice President Mike Pence to explore potential aid options.

Last week, executives from Best Western Hotels, Hilton, Hyatt, Marriott and more joined the highest-ranking members of the executive branch to explore options that could help keep hotels in business in the face of a global pandemic.

The American Hotel and Lodging Association, present at the meeting, estimates 4 million jobs have already been lost in the industry or are on the verge of being lost in the next few weeks.

“The pandemic represents the single-largest decline in travel in modern times,” said Chip Rogers, president and CEO, AHLA. “The impact to our industry is already more severe than anything we’ve seen before, including September 11th and the great recession of 2008 combined.”

Actions taken by the federal government, Rogers said, could immediately help save countless jobs and provide relief for hospitality employees industry-wide.

The study Rogers referenced regarding 4 million jobs also said the hospitality industry results in a $180 billion hit to earned wages and $300 billion hit to the GDP.

The hotel industry supports more than 8.3 million jobs and pays nearly $100 billion in yearly wages. In addition to the big corporations, more than 33,000 hotels are small businesses.

“The coronavirus represents a global economic emergency as well as a global health emergency, and the impact it will have on the hospitality industry is unprecedented. Even as we’re currently managing this issue to keep our guests and colleagues safe, and hotel owners secure, we’re committed to doing everything we can to protect the future of the millions of Americans employed by the hotel industry and prepare to expedite a return to normal once this crisis passes,” said Elie Maalouf, CEO, Americas, InterContinental Hotels Group.

Do you think the government should take steps to bail out travel industries impacted by the coronavirus? Tell us. Email us at [email protected]. Please include your full name and location.

Introducing

FX Excursions

FX Excursions offers the chance for once-in-a-lifetime experiences in destinations around the world.

eFlyer Reviews
Jun 3, 2020

Sporthotel St. Anton Review

The Sporthotel in St. Anton offers comfortable accommodations just steps from the center of town. Easy access to cable cars makes it the perfect spot to stay if your only concern is hitting the slopes as soon as possible.

Earn and Redeem with oneworld

oneworld is an alliance of 13 world-leading airlines committed to providing the highest level of service and connecting you to more than 1,100 destinations around the world.

eFlyer News
Jun 3, 2020

The Bushcamp Company Announces Restoration of Secluded Safari Lodges

The Bushcamp Company is continuing extensive renovations on four of its eight wilderness properties within South Luangwa National Park in Zambia, including a complete rebuild of one. The refurbishments will be ready for the late 2020/2021 safari season.

eFlyer News
Jun 3, 2020

Seoul Enters “Distancing in Everyday Life” Phase of COVID-19 Countermeasures

Seoul and its 10 million residents entered the Distancing in Everyday Life phase of COVID-19 countermeasures. Residents will follow personal hygiene guidelines, including washing hands, wearing masks and maintaining a one-meter distance. Drive-through and walk-through screening centers are available.

Adventure of a Lifetime with Volvo

Looking for a truly unique travel experience and considering a new vehicle? The Volvo Overseas Delivery Program is the perfect solution to create your own adventure of a lifetime. Volvo allows you to custom order your new automobile tailored to fit your needs and desires. They will fly you to Sweden to pick up your Volvo so you can drive and explore Scandinavia and Europe on your terms for up to two weeks.

eFlyer News
Jun 3, 2020

Spain Removes Restrictions on Foreign Visitors Starting July 1

To guarantee the safe reopening of all activities in Spain, with restrictions on the arrival of foreign visitors lifting July 1, the Secretary of State for Tourism and the Ministry of Health prepared guidelines to reduce the spread of COVID-19 in the tourism sector, including service, cleaning/disinfection, maintenance and risk management.

eFlyer News
May 27, 2020

LATAM Becomes Latest Airline to File for Bankruptcy Amid COVID-19 Pandemic

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.

The Perfect Fit

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.

eFlyer News
May 27, 2020

Parma, Italy’s, 2020 Italian Capital of Culture Designation Extended to 2021

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.