Travel Talk: Airlines & Hotel Industry Respond to Coronavirus

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Travel Talk: Airlines & Hotel Industry Respond to Coronavirus

This week, we’re bringing back our weekly ‘Travel Talk’ segment with a glimpse at how airlines and the hotel industry are reacting to the Coronavirus.

Read on for the top travel news stories regarding the Coronavirus and more from around the web this week.


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Hotel Industry Releases Their Top 5 Requirements to Avoid Coronavirus: Leaders Express Commitment to Travel Safety

The hotel industry is aware that travelers are eager to venture out, but worried. They want to ease your mind as well as increase your safety so you feel comfortable staying in hotels again.

The American Hotel & Lodging Association (AHLA) released the “Safe Stay Guest Checklist” for guests on how to travel safely while also creating a standardized safety experience nationwide.

This checklist is part of AHLA’s Safe Stay guidelines, an industry-wide, enhanced set of health and safety protocols designed to provide a safe and clean environment for all hotel guests and employees. Click here to read more about the Safe Stay Guest Checklist and what it entails.



Airlines Push for Coronavirus Testing to Restore US-Europe Travel

Airlines rely heavily on transatlantic flights to remain profitable. For many US and European airlines, they have little hope of any recovery until the transatlantic market recovers. A group of major airlines has written a letter to US and European Union leaders asking for a US-EU testing program to allow travel to resume between the two regions. Read more here.



What Countries Can Americans Travel To? Here’s Your July Update

July is an exciting month for international travel as more countries open their borders to foreign travelers. Airlines are offering more domestic and international flight options than in the last few months. Most Americans’ travel plans will stay within the Western Hemisphere this summer. Mexico is one of the first countries welcoming American tourists.

If you don’t go to Mexico, many Caribbean Islands are opening to flight arrivals. However, cruise ship arrivals may need to wait until this fall or even 2021 to dock. Each island has its own entry requirements.

Click here for a list of all the places American can travel to right now.


15 Black Travel Writers to Read Now

The allure of travel remains strong and the desire to explore foreign lands isn’t going away anytime soon. As a result, the need for reliable voices in the travel industry is more critical than ever. These writers not only help us stay informed on the latest coronavirus-related updates but also keep our curiosity and wanderlust alive during endless days of self-isolation.

In addition, the Black Lives Matter movement continues to illustrate powerfully the need for increased representation throughout American culture—not only in the political and societal fabric of our lives, but in the stories we read, and the content we consume. Click here to read interviews from 15 Black travel writers who are at the absolute top of their game in the travel industry.



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