According to the National Parks Organization, more than 500 million straws are used each year worldwide, taking as long as 100 years to degrade. In light of this, the travel industry began shifting practices to more be eco-friendly.
Recently announced, Breezes Resort & Spa in the Bahamas, Hyatt Ziva and Zilara and Panama Jack Resorts all joined the #SkipTheStraw and #StopUsingStraws social media movements. The hashtags began in hopes of shedding light on the clean beaches initiative to preserve local wildlife and ecosystems from the harms of plastic waste.
Other accommodations joining on the plastic ban include boutique hotel One Aldwych in London. One Aldwych has done so far as to ban all plastic straws from restaurants including the Lobby Bar, Eneko Basque Kitchen & Bar, Indigo and private dining and room service. The Lobby Bar replaced plastic with glass straws and olive pokes with bamboo sticks.
Even airlines synonymous with laid-back cocktails and island vibes jumped on the cause with Thai Airways banning all plastic straws from flights, with a few exceptions. Guests with handicaps or children and elderly travelers requiring a straw to eat or drink will have the option. Fiji Airways is working on a similar program.
United Airlines is making its MileagePlus program more flexible for its frequent-flyer customers in response to the ongoing COVID-19 crisis and global travel restrictions.
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.
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.
Hamilton Hotel, in downtown Washington, D.C., offers its rooms for use as home offices for people who need safe, clean work environments outside of their home. Guests can make booking by calling the hotel directly at 202.682.0111.
While we wait patiently for the go-ahead to travel, Crystal Cruises offers some home-bound programming with [email protected]. The virtual cruise experience was created to appease the wandering traveler’s eye and inspire future vacation plans, all from the comfort of home — a growing theme in the industry, but a novel idea in the cruising world.
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.
A new report shows the country’s most miserable airports: Newark (EWR), Chicago O’Hare (ORD) and LaGuardia (LGA) rank near the top of the list.