JUNE 30, 2021

At Ovation, we remain committed to providing excellent service to our valued clients throughout the COVID-19 global pandemic. Click the link below to view our travel resources guide which includes traveler health & safety information, interactive risk maps, client communications, travel management best practices, webinar recordings, and more regarding COVID-19.

In order to provide a safe travel environment for all passengers, Amtrak is now requiring that all travelers fill out a short pre-trip check within 24 hours of departure acknowledging that they don’t have any COVID-19 symptoms and that they’ll agree to wear a mask when traveling on Amtrak. According to Amtrak, an email is sent to the primary email address in the reservation within 24 hours of departure. If there is no email in the reservation, the traveler is contacted by the phone number in the reservation. If the traveler does not fill out the form before boarding, the conductor on board may ask them to complete it when the tickets are being collected. The pre-trip check can be found at Amtrak.com/covidcheckeml and in the Amtrak mobile app; it can also be filled out by a contact center or station agent.

The US Travel Association (USTA) has called on governments and business leaders to establish “consistent” standards for health and safety protocols so that business travel and professionally managed events can restart more rapidly, reports Travel Pulse. USTA CEO Roger Dow said the association has launched a “Let’s Meet There” campaign, whose objective is to bring back corporate events safely. He said there is now a “patchwork” of protocols from city to city and state to state with outdated restrictions in some places, and the association is urging the adoption of federal guidance that is clear and consistent—and that recognizes that health and safety measures can be more readily implemented at professionally managed events than at other forms of large gatherings.

The UK government has announced that it will begin to allow fully vaccinated travelers from the United States and other countries on the UK's "amber list" to avoid quarantine, reports Business Travel News. Additional measures will be introduced in phases beginning "later in the summer," according to the UK government, and will include removing the guidance that UK residents should not travel to amber countries. The government also said it would offer further details next month including how the rules will apply to those unable to be vaccinated. Transport secretary Grant Shapps said: "We're moving forward with efforts to safely reopen international travel this summer, and thanks to the success of our vaccination program, we're now able to consider removing the quarantine period for fully vaccinated UK arrivals from amber countries – showing a real sign of progress [...] It's right that we continue with this cautious approach, to protect public health and the vaccine rollout as our top priority, while ensuring that our route out of the international travel restrictions is sustainable."

As international travel restrictions continue to loosen and more countries reopen travel to Americans, Delta Air Lines has announced that it has added a new rapid at-home COVID-19 testing option via a partnership with home healthcare technology provider Azova. The in-home rapid antigen tests are single-packaged and can be shipped directly to a home address or picked up locally. Test results are available within minutes and can be synced directly to travelers' smartphones. “Even as the US achieves widespread immunity through vaccinations, many international countries lag behind the US in vaccination rates. Testing and proof of a negative test result within 72 hours of travel remain core components for entry to many international destinations as well as to return to the US during the global pandemic,” said Henry Ting – SVP & Chief Health Officer. “These new purchase and pack COVID-19 tests offer a convenient option to provide proof of a negative test result and enable a seamless experience for our customers.” The carrier also stated that additional in-home PCR testing options from other third-party testing providers continue to be available as well.

US airports are beginning to experiment with virtual queuing technologies at TSA security checkpoints, with trials currently underway at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport (SEA) and Boston's Logan International Airport (BOS), reports Travel Weekly. Airports, and the vendors partnering with them on the trials, say the deployments are geared toward making the airport experience less stressful for flyers, while reducing crowding as COVID-19 continues to be a concern. Travelers who choose to use virtual queuing scan a QR code with their phones at screens located near the airport entrance. Users are then taken to a web interface, where they make a reservation for the security line and are told how long it will be before they can present themselves at the line entrance. Subsequently, a countdown within the browser session will enable travelers to see their remaining wait time, and they will be notified when it's their turn to enter the line. At the line's entrance, airport staff scan the QR code on the flyer's phone to verify the reservation. Travelers have an approximate 15-minute window to honor their reservation. Thus far, the virtual queuing trials are not integrated with TSA PreCheck, meaning all users must remove their shoes and go through the full screening process.
Eaton Workshop, located in the heart of Washington, DC, is excited to welcome Ovation travelers. The hotel is currently offering complimentary breakfast and internet along with flexible check-in and check-out times for all guests through the end of the year.

Guests can enjoy a nice relaxing drink on their rooftop, Wild Days, or stop by their award-winning restaurant, American Son, for some amazing bites. Eaton would love to be a home away from home while in DC, so please do keep them in mind.
Welcome to the Kimpton Monaco Denver where guests will find avenues to their adventures of the great state of Colorado. From access to nearly 20 hiking trails located near the property to means of entry to the world’s greatest ski towns, travelers will truly find themselves at the crossroads of Colorado’s natural wonders. As the first bona fide boutique hotel of Downtown Denver, the hotel prides themselves on being the original maverick in town of the lifestyle brand. Step into an oasis that leads to all that Denver has to offer from music, art, theatre, museums all the way to the thriving food scene and national renowned breweries.
Loews Atlanta Hotel welcomes guests like family for a productive and pleasant business trip. Along with a walkable location to many offices and business resources, guests also find rest and relaxation at the hotel’s award-winning Exhale Fitness Spa, superb entrees, and light bites at the stunning lounge, plus room to get their blood pumping two blocks away at the famous Piedmont Park. Enjoy the exclusive Ovation preferred rate, which now includes a complimentary room upgrade (excluding suites) and late check-out for more time in Midtown.
Sitting atop Bunker Hill, Omni Los Angeles Hotel at California Plaza features luxurious accommodations and modern conveniences to exceed the desires of today’s business and leisure travelers. This hotel in downtown Los Angeles rises 17 stories and reflects the sophistication of downtown Los Angeles while offering an outdoor heated lap pool, spa services, fitness center, two restaurants, and an exclusive Executive Club Floor and Lounge. Iconic L.A. staples like Grand Central Market, The Broad Museum, and Angels Flight Railway are just a few steps from the hotel.
As the nation’s capital opens up, the Phoenix Park Hotel, where sophistication intersects with comfort, is ready to cater to all hospitality needs. In DC for business on the Hill? The Phoenix Park is just minutes away from the US Capitol buildings. Need a staycation? Or just looking for some awesome hospitality, then The Dubliner Irish Pub is the place to be, to eat good food and be in splendid company.
The Darcy is an eclectic, 226-room boutique hotel in Washington, DC, providing chic accommodations, distinctive dining, and over 7,000 square feet of meeting and event space. Classically American but with a European sensibility, The Darcy offers an authentic, original, and local experience that allows guests to immerse themselves in community.

Discover the Nation's Capital with the help of thoughtful amenities. Cruise from Georgetown to Capitol Hill with courtesy bike and scooter rentals and relax after a day of sightseeing with complimentary daily cocktail hour featuring local products, or enjoy an in-room crafted cocktail from talented mixologists. Be prepared for any occasion with the Haberdashery - a guest wardrobing suitcase of high-end men’s accessories for borrow or purchase, get the right fit with custom tailoring, and grab that last minute gift for someone special in the semimonthly pop-up flower shop.
Evoking the spectacular 1920s movie theater and the legendary ‘90s dance club, The Roxy is an electric destination for music, film, and art. On a prime cobblestone corner bordering SoHo and TriBeCa, The Roxy Hotel’s location is home to premier restaurants, wine bars, galleries, and shops. The Roxy Hotel’s 201 guest rooms and suites are meticulously designed to reflect the residential luxury of downtown New York.
Thompson Dallas is a luxury hotel located within The National, Dallas’ newest urban luxury mixed-use project. The 51-story tower has been curated by a team of award-winning designers and will showcase Thompson’s unrivaled level of personalized hospitality with an edge. Thompson Dallas, located downtown, will offer bespoke journeys centered around world-class culinary and nightlife offerings as well as refined art and entertainment in a way that only Thompson can curate.

The 219-room hotel includes 52 suites, two penthouse suites, and several world-class restaurants as well as two acres of indoor-outdoor space on the ninth floor that’s home to a full-service spa, a fitness and wellness center, and a resort-style pool with private cabanas. Other Thompson Dallas amenities include Tondeo Hair Lounge, a three-chair barbershop helmed by Derek Ortiz, as well as a floral design studio and workshop, The Botanical Mix, both located in the hotel’s lobby.
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