On Friday, Lufthansa launched capabilities for travelers on select, long-haul flights to have the advance option of sending their COVID-19 test certificates and digital entry application confirmations to a specially created Lufthansa Group Health Entry Support Center. Travelers can do so as early as 72 hours before departure via a contact form. The option started on routes from Newark (EWR) to Frankfurt (FRA) and Munich (MUC), and from Frankfurt to Istanbul (IST). SWISS customers can use the service on flights from Newark to Zürich (ZRH).
Passengers receive advance notification and a link to a portal where relevant data can be stored. The service center checks the documents, after which the customer receives a confirmation by email as to whether the certificates meet entry requirements or if the documents were insufficient. Original certificates must still be on hand during travel.
With this offering, check-in and boarding are faster. It’s a step toward integrating COVID-19 test results into a digital travel chain, streamlining the travel process during the time of a pandemic. Plans to roll out the test certificates for all flights depend on the findings of this initial offering. Digital health passports will also be integrated in the future.
Family gatherings are extra special this year and we chose to celebrate a milestone birthday in New Orleans. The JW Marriott New Orleans, across the street from the historic French Quarter, is ideally situated for exploring the city. Streetcars roll in front of the property and are especially fun for first-time visitors. Within a ¾-mile radius, we could walk to the National WWII Museum, Ogden Museum of Southern Art, Sazerac House, Harrah’s Casino, the Shops of Canal Place and numerous restaurants.
As more travelers return to the skies, American is here every step of the way to ensure an elevated and seamless journey. Experience flying freedom with AirPass, American’s all-inclusive, pre-paid travel membership program.
For the third year in a row, Regent Seven Seas Cruises broke the company’s world cruise opening day booking record. The 2024 World Cruise sold out around 11 a.m. on July 14, after going on sale that morning at 8:30 a.m. Fares started at $73,499 per guest for a deluxe veranda suite, up to $199,999 per guest for a master suite.
Aqua-Aston Hospitality, with hotels in Hawai’i, Florida and Costa Rica, introduced an intelligent text messaging platform at its hotels and resorts, streamlining real-time communication with guests. Since the mobile technology has been implemented, the platform has been successfully used to answer guest questions, manage check-in, deliver amenities, quickly communicate updates on services, send alerts and enable contact-less check-out.
You probably didn’t know you needed to visit the Dominican Republic until you learned about the new, beautiful, modern, all-inclusive resort in Punta Cana.
Hilton announced the signing of three managed resorts in Mexico — Hilton Vallarta Riviera All-Inclusive Resort, Hilton Tulum All-Inclusive Resort and Conrad Tulum — furthering the company’s all-inclusive and luxury expansion plans. Hilton has more than 70 hotels open and more than 30 in the development pipeline in Mexico.
Four Seasons Los Angeles at Beverly Hills created a Wellness Floor for health-focused guests. In a partnership with Delos Living, the fourth floor transformed into a wellness oasis boasting 10 Wellness Rooms, one Wellness Studio Suite, three Wellness Suites, a Private Fitness Suite and a Well Office. The spa, Cabana restaurant, pool deck and fitness center are also located on this floor. One of the hotel’s meeting and event spaces has also been converted into an innovative, wellness-focused event space.
The biggest names in the Middle East sporting community will gather for the Sports Industry Awards as the event returns for its eighth edition. SPIA recognizes the achievements of individuals, organizations, facilities and campaigns that contributed to the development of sport in the region.
Air France’s Ready to Fly pre-travel health document verification service offers customers the certainty of knowing they have all the health documents required for their destination before they arrive at the airport. Air France has worked to assist its customers throughout the pandemic by enabling them to easily check the health documents required by the authorities of their destination with information updated in real time on the airfrance.traveldoc.aero website. Air France’s Ready to Fly takes this one step further.