CM Communications, a PR agency specializing in the travel and hospitality industry, recently polled travel journalists and social media influencers regarding post-COVID-19 travel. The survey polled more than 400 journalists, editors, bloggers and influencers across major markets nationwide.
Of those polled, 25 percent are willing to travel immediately, with 36 percent looking to travel in one or two months after restrictions lift. Twenty-eight percent would like to travel three–six months after stay-at-home orders end.
A beach or lakeside getaway ranked as the most desired travel experience, with 75 percent of respondents expressing interest. Other popular travel experiences include a countryside road trip (55 percent), spa retreat (47 percent), visiting museums or historic attractions (32 percent), urban vacations (32 percent) and an outdoor retreat (31 percent).
When travel resumes, safety and cleanliness precautions are key. Those surveyed are interested in additional safety measures from hotels and resorts. Ninety percent expect access to hand sanitizer on property. Rigorous cleaning techniques by hotel cleaning staff are important to 89 percent of those surveyed, though 64 percent would like daily housekeeping to be optional. Seventy-five percent believe in proper social distancing in common areas. Thirty-six percent would like a Plexiglass divider at the check-in area.
Read more about the full survey results.
My husband and I enjoyed outdoor dining with another couple at Suraya in Philadelphia. The Lebanese restaurant makes frequent appearances on many local and national Best Of lists, including being named Best Restaurant in Philadelphia by Philadelphia magazine.
Members of TAP Air Portugal’s TAP Miles&Go loyalty program now have new benefits with Miles4Extras. Mileage points can be used to purchase upgrades, extra baggage or sports equipment; access lounges; or FastTrack services. Customers who travel less frequently or haven’t accumulated enough miles to book flights are also able to choose benefits tailored to their miles.
Cordis Hangzhou, Sci-Tech City opened, joining sister properties in Shanghai, Beijing, Dongqian Lake, Hong Kong and Auckland. Located in Hangzhou Future Sci-Tech City, the luxury hotel features 186 rooms and suites, three restaurants and bar, a 24-hour gym and a range of meeting and event spaces. It is also nearby a subway station.
Custom order your Volvo through the Overseas Delivery Program and receive round-trip airfare, hotel accommodations, and a personalized delivery at the Volvo Factory Delivery Experience in Gothenburg, Sweden. Your experience begins in Sweden with insurance and registration included, enabling you to drive your new Volvo throughout Scandinavia and Europe. Create the adventure of a lifetime with the program named Best Overseas Delivery four years running, and return home with the ultimate souvenir.
The What Matters 2021 survey from Agoda found Americans most look forward to spending more quality time with loved ones in 2021, at 34 percent, while also committing to traveling differently this year. Agoda’s digital travel platform offers a global network of more than 2.4 million properties in more than 200 countries and territories worldwide; the survey’s sample size was 16,064 adults, carried out online Dec. 10–16, 2020.
Delta Air Lines recently finalized a partnership with Viasat and took steps to introduce a Delta-developed WiFi access portal to enhance how travelers interact with WiFi. Adding Viasat’s next-generation satellite technology, Ka-Band, will allow the airline to modernize the connection. The new technology is expected onboard in summer 2021 for more than 300 mainline narrow-body aircraft. The Ka-Band, satellite-powered technology includes faster, more consistent connections and an ability to stream all types of entertainment and content to any internet-ready device, gate to gate.
Though air travel slowed as airports temporarily closed and borders shuttered to stifle the spread of coronavirus, the airline industry — led by oneworld alliance member airlines — enacted enhanced protective measures to reduce risk and protect passengers.
Curaçao began 2021 on a high note, announcing on Jan. 1 that prior border restrictions have been lifted. U.S. residents from every state will be allowed entry and the 14-day quarantine is lifted as long as visitors adhere to all entry protocols. Every state will be classified as “medium risk” by Curaçao Tourist Board, the Ministry of Public Health, the Environment & Nature and the Ministry of Economic Development.