Vail Resorts opted to close all 37 resorts early in response to the current COVID-19 pandemic, but the mountain resort operator also wanted to give back to the community in the face of this adversity. The excess perishable food from the various properties was donated to 30 local food banks, schools and community organizations in the communities where Vail Resorts employees live, work and play. Fruit, vegetables, cheese, juice, granola bars and more went to mountain communities from Colorado and Vermont to British Columbia.
At Whistler Community Service Center, Whistler Blackcomb donated about 20 pallets of food, while a truck loaded to maximum capacity delivered food to Tahoe Truckee Unified School District in California to continue the student lunch program. Other benefitting organizations included Family & Intercultural Resource Center in Summit County, Colorado; The Leadville Community Food Bank and Vail Valley Salvation Army, also in Colorado; Christian Center of Park City in Utah; Lamoille Community Food Share, Black River Good Neighbors Food Bank and Vermont Foodbank, all in Vermont; New Hampshire’s Claremont Soup Kitchen; and Kaaterskill & East Jewett Food Pantry in Tannersville, New York.
Additionally, Vail Resorts CEO Rob Katz donated 2.5 million to provide immediate support for employees and mountain town communities. A donation of $1.5 million will fund immediate emergency relief grants benefitting more than 12 local organizations in Eagle, Summit and Gunnison, Colorado; Park City, Utah; Lake Tahoe, California; Whistler, B.C.; Vermont; Stevens Pass, Washington; and Jackson Hole, Wyoming. Another $1 million will be used to establish a new fund in the Vail Resorts’ EpicPromise Employee Foundation to help company employees respond to unpredictable setbacks, meeting the increased need for assistance due to COVID-19.
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.
United Airlines’ environmentally friendly efforts lessen the impact on local U.S. communities.
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.