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A 2020 event that will overshadow the pandemic
2020-11-23

Health professionals like to use the metaphor of Swiss cheese when explaining how to build a defense against a virus, said former Utah governor Mike Leavitt during a Phocuswright panel on Monday. Leavitt, also a former Secretary of Health and Human Services, is co-chair of the Healthy Sail Panel, which came up with 74 recommendations […]

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Where Can Americans Travel Right Now?
2020-11-23

More than 50 countries currently allow U.S. citizens to visit, but some restrictions apply. THE CURRENT GLOBAL pandemic has many Americans rethinking the way they travel. Road trips and camping vacations have grown in popularity, as many Americans have discovered the country has more than its fair share of stunning natural landscapes, from the Grand Canyon to Acadia National Park. […]

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What Will Happen to My Elite Status and Points Because of the Coronavirus?
2020-11-09

Limited travel due to the coronavirus prompts airline and hotel rewards programs to make policy changes. THE FALLOUT FROM THE coronavirus continues to leave its mark on the travel industry. While frequent travelers were initially stressed about canceled flights, now they must also worry about maintaining their status and accruals in hotel and airline rewards […]

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Cruising Can Thrive Today
2020-11-09

Cruising has a unique opportunity to throw a life-line to covid weary, travel-hungry individuals. Even those elusive new to cruise consumers. Required is bold, correctly packaged messaging. Properly executed, cruise can not only survive but thrive, too. Any individual ocean or river cruise brand can take this approach, but an industry wide initiative will be […]

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What sustains a traveler in 2020
2020-10-27

When mapping the human genome, researchers investigated the properties of a gene labeled DRD4, which influences the way rewards are perceived and processed in the brain. It is, in plain language, the novelty-seeking gene. Those who possess it are happiest when stimulated by something new and different. It’s associated with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, but […]

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Where Can Americans Travel Right Now?
2020-10-26

More than 50 countries currently allow U.S. citizens to visit, but some restrictions apply. THE CURRENT GLOBAL pandemic has many Americans rethinking the way they travel. Road trips and camping vacations have grown in popularity, as many Americans have discovered the country has more than its fair share of stunning natural landscapes, from the Grand […]

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As travel restructures, leave room for inspiration
2020-10-12

Perhaps it’s not surprising that a side effect of the pandemic is introspection. That may be particularly true for those in the travel industry, an extroverted industry if ever there was one. But I’ve gotten the sense that some of the time that would have been spent on the road or at events and conferences […]

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Is it Safe to Travel? How to Vacation Safely During the COVID-19 Pandemic
2020-10-12

Experts weigh in and offer tips on how (and where) to travel. SEVERAL MONTHS INTO THE pandemic and many of the guidelines issued by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to stop the spread of COVID-19 haven’t changed much: Wear masks, socially distance, wash your hands and stay home as much as possible. However, […]

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We Control Our Destiny
2020-10-09

Covid has disabled the travel industry. What’s it like to live with a disability, and how do you excel despite it? The travel industry’s challenge today is more significant than most for obvious reasons and will be in the back of the line to recover. We bring joy to people after they’ve had their financial […]

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How to be effectively desperate
2020-09-28

Our situation may be worrisome, but we have to be measured and creative with how and when we show that. Consider how five desperate travel industry components — hospitality, European destinations, cruise lines, airlines and U.S. destinations — behaved this month. Half the members of the American Hotel and Lodging Association (AHLA) are in danger […]

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