The future of business travel is cloudy, spelling trouble for hotels

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  • Companies are evaluating whether business travel will be worth it once the pandemic ends.
  • After a year of working remotely, some think that Zoom and Slack can replace in-person meetings.
  • But, hotel companies rely on business travelers for a large portion of their revenue.
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The question of whether working professionals will once again travel for business after the COVID-19 pandemic subsides has been one of intense debate in recent months.

And while cutting costs and working more efficiently may be top of mind for corporations, the uncertain future of business travel

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Playa Resorts Honors Top Travel Advisors at VIP Event in Puerto Vallarta

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Playa Hotels & Resorts is not holding back when it comes to supporting the travel advisor community. The company just wrapped up another successful event, this time honoring top agents at a VIP FAM trip in beautiful Puerto Vallarta, Mexico. The three-night event was held at Hyatt Ziva Puerto Vallarta.

“We have these events to keep showing them all the new changes and what’s going on with Playa Hotels & Resorts, and we feel that their personal experience of being here is the best way for them to get out and sell it,” said Andrea Wright, Vice President of Travel

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An Upcountry Maui Road Trip Through the Heart of the Island

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Malu Manu is arguably Maui’s most magnificent lookout. At this 1920s log cabin rental, set 4,000 feet up on the west-facing slopes of the Haleakala volcano, guests can gaze down upon the island’s northern and western coasts, as well as the craggy ridges of the West Maui Mountains. On my first night there, the weather was chilly enough to warrant putting on a puffy jacket and throwing kiawe wood in the cabin’s stone fireplace. That evening, a welcome book revealed that the name, malu manu, means “sanctuary of birds” in the Hawaiian language. The moniker rang true the next morning

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Canceled flights due to covid-19: How to use travel vouchers

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Would-be travelers who canceled flights last year may still be waiting for safer conditions before they return to the skies. They shouldn’t assume their flight vouchers will be doing the same.

After travel shut down last spring, the number of people flying plunged in the United States, sometimes falling by millions in a single day. According to the U.S. Department of Transportation, those who no longer planned to fly were entitled to a refund only if the airline canceled their flight or changed it significantly.

That left masses of travelers with some kind of voucher or credit for future travel,

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Japan travel campaign to remain suspended even after emergency lifted

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Japan will continue to suspend its subsidy program aimed at promoting domestic tourism after the government fully lifts the coronavirus state of emergency on March 7, officials said Sunday.

The resumption of the “Go To Travel” campaign, which some experts believe caused the novel coronavirus to spread nationwide, would come only after thorough preventive measures are taken, the officials said, adding the government will carefully consider whether to restart the program in March in areas where the infection situation is under control.

Photo taken at a shopping street in Tokyo’s Asakusa area on Dec. 19, 2020, shows a signboard promoting

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The world’s 20 best soups

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(CNN) — If a steaming bowl of soup strikes you as the ultimate in old-fashioned comfort, you’ve got plenty of company. Soup is one of the world’s oldest and most universal foods, said Janet Clarkson, author of the book “Soup: A Global History.”

“Every culture has some kind of soup,” she said. “It’s got very ancient roots.” Early people simmered everything from turtle shells to lengths of bamboo in soup, she writes in the book, turning out metal soup pots starting in the Bronze Age.

Boiling food made it possible to subsist on stable grains, with herbs and other ingredients

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Certifiably A Chance To Change Travel

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The Covid-19 pandemic has not changed anything in travel; all it has done is accelerate everything.   It is an interesting thought experiment to ask what that might mean for aviation and for tourism more generally. The path the entire travel and tourism industry was heading down leads inexorably to commoditisation. Price is everything –

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Hawaii lawmakers consider standardized pandemic travel rules

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Hawaii lawmakers are considering a bill that would standardize the state’s pandemic travel restrictions across the islands, a departure from the current system, which allows individual counties to create their own modified safety measures.

Members of the House Finance Committee heard testimony on the bill Thursday.

Currently, island counties have the option to opt out of the state’s “Safe Travels” program, which requires a single negative COVID-19 test before departure for Hawaii to avoid a mandatory quarantine. Counties can either require people to quarantine for 10 days, implement additional screening requirements such as secondary testing or create modified quarantines.

Any

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Expert Advice For Baby Boomers Traveling In 2021 And 2022

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Traveling in 2021 and 2022 is taking on a new look. With airlines and destinations clamoring for your travel business, the intrepid traveler can explore more places for less money. The days of hordes of tourists packed together to gaze upon the Sistine Chapel or march shoulder to shoulder down Bourbon Street for Mardi Gras are gone for now. We are entering a new era of exploration, and we have a deeper appreciation of our ability to travel and see the world

Travel is becoming a more personal adventure, more about exploring the possibilities. With mobile offices, tourists are more

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Vermonters Share Their Hopes For Travel When Pandemic Is Over

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People who have been vaccinated for COVID-19 can now leave Vermont and see friends and family without quarantining. As the vaccine rollout continues, more and more people can look forward to traveling and seeing loved ones they haven’t seen in months.

Vreni Gust got pregnant last January, when most Americans thought COVID-19 was just a rumor about a nasty virus that might end up in the United States.

Due to the pandemic, her pregnancy and the eventual birth of her first child did not exactly go as planned.

“When we pictured what having this baby was going to be like,

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