So much is missing from travel, it’s hard to know where to start.
Consider what was absent from Andrew Selepak’s recent family vacation in St. Augustine, Fla.
When the Selepaks checked into their hotel, they weren’t greeted by an employee with a warm smile. Instead, a masked worker behind a thick plastic shield issued them a sanitized key card. The remote controls in their rooms were covered in plastic.
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If you’re thinking of traveling during the second wave of the coronavirus outbreak, you might be wondering: Is there a list of the safest hotels during the COVID-19 crisis?
There is. The Safe Travel Barometer, a startup that ranks travel companies based on their cleaning and sanitation practices, shared the list exclusively with me. It’s a handy guide for anyone interested in staying somewhere that takes safety seriously.
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Mark Donohue has been kicked off Airbnb. But the company won’t tell him why. Can an advocate make the company talk?
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Has the government done enough to protect airline passengers during the pandemic? It depends on which numbers you look at.
Here’s one the Department of Transportation (DOT) wants you to see: 62,780. That’s how many complaints from air travelers it handled from March through June of this year, a 1,103 percent increase from the same period in 2019.
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This is the year that changed travel forever.
It’s difficult to understate the devastation of COVID-19. A recent study by the U.S. Travel Association projected a 45% decline in industry revenues. That translates into a $519 billion loss for the year – roughly nine times the impact of 9/11 on travel revenue.
“2020 has been a year like no other,” says Roger Block, president of Travel Leaders Network. “The pandemic has put a halt on all types of international travel, changing the face and the mindset of travelers. Travelers are now more cautious, aware of cleanliness standards and practices which have forced airlines and hotels to impose new sanitation protocols.”
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