FEBRUARY 17, 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.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is not recommending a COVID-19 testing requirement before domestic air travel, reports CNN. "At this time, CDC is not recommending required point of departure testing for domestic travel," according to a CDC statement sent to CNN Friday night. "As part of our close monitoring of the pandemic, in particular the continued spread of variants, we will continue to review public health options for containing and mitigating spread of COVID-19 in the travel space." The guidance comes after Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg said in a recent interview with Axios on HBO that the Department of Transportation (DOT) and the CDC were considering requiring a negative COVID-19 test for any travelers on domestic flights.

The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) recorded checkpoint throughput numbers exceeding 1 million travelers per day for two days in a row over the holiday weekend, the first time since January 4th, reports The Washington Post. The traffic numbers are a significant increase after TSA reported a milestone slump last month. TSA spokesperson Lisa Farbstein said those numbers were actually reduced by winter storms, which upset many travel plans. Nearly 4,000 Sunday and Monday flights within, into and out of the US were canceled because of a major winter storm. “We saw so many flights impacted by weather, which may have resulted in cancellations,” Farbstein said. “It could have been higher.”

The rollout of COVID-19 vaccines has inspired many travelers to start planning trips for the upcoming year. Although many individuals have already begun getting vaccinated, it will still take a good amount of time before enough of the world’s population is vaccinated to make much difference in terms of restarting global travel and tourism, but there are some countries that are already making provisions to allow fully-immunized visitors. A number of destinations are choosing to either drop border restrictions for travelers who've been fully vaccinated, or ease them significantly. Click "Read More" below for a comprehensive list of the international destinations allowing vaccinated travelers as assembled by Travel Pulse.

United Airlines is partnering with air mobility company Archer to develop and eventually use aircraft with electric motors that would serve as "air taxis" in urban markets, reports Business Travel News. Per the agreement, United is providing "expertise in airspace management" as Archer develops battery-powered, short-haul aircraft with vertical takeoff and landing capabilities. Once the aircraft are operational and meet United's standards, the carrier and Mesa Airlines, a regional carrier among those operating United Express flights, will acquire up to 200 of those aircraft. Current technology would enable Archer's aircraft to travel distances of up to 60 miles at speeds of up to 150 miles per hour, and the company is working to increase both speed and distance capabilities, according to United. They could provide faster commutes with a smaller carbon footprint to and from airports in large cities. For example, the aircraft would cut carbon emissions by 47 percent per passenger on a trip between Hollywood and Los Angeles International Airport, one of Archer's first target markets, compared with driving, according to United. United expects it could be using the aircraft within five years.

In his latest LinkedIn Influencer article, CEO Paul Metselaar discusses “How to Sell a Business in the Middle of a Pandemic” and the essential roles his three partners played in building Ovation over 36 plus years and creating the value that American Express Global Business Travel recognized.
Located in the heart of DC’s newest business district, the Conrad is perfectly situated between the White House and the US Capitol. As part of CityCenterDC, the Conrad sits adjacent to the city’s most exciting neighborhood, featuring luxury retail shopping and award-winning dining options. The Hotel offers 360 beautifully appointed guest rooms with floor-to-ceiling windows and exquisite, naturally lit meeting space. A plethora of delicious on-property dining options include the exclusive Sakura Club high up on the 10th floor, which features freshly made breakfast and dinner, as well as access to the private club space with sprawling views of Downtown DC. All of these unique advantages make Conrad the perfect choice for business travelers - from associates in need of extended stay accommodations, to executives in town for a board meeting. The hotel looks forward to welcoming travelers during their next visit to the Nation’s Capital.
Destination peace of mind. Exceeding expectations in today’s travel climate, Hotel Kabuki fuses a globally inspired retreat with cutting edge technology all tucked within the epicenter of San Francisco’s Japantown.

A boutique hotel stay like never before, Hotel Kabuki welcomes guests to spacious rooms with expansive floor-to-ceiling windows, refreshing open-air balconies, luxurious walk-in showers and plush linens. Travelers can indulge in Hyatt’s commitment to wellness in Hotel Kabuki’s oversized gymnasium (named by Shape magazine as a Best Hotel Gym), Mind-Body Studio, outdoor meditation garden, koi pond or even with a Hulu or Netflix binge watching session.

Hotel Kabuki’s cool brand of cozy is a harmonious blend of quirky California, where retro meets an industrialized Eastern vibe. From the individual to the collective, Hotel Kabuki's unparalleled level of service beckons the traveler who wants more during their stay. Plus, guests can rest assured that as part of the Hyatt family they will experience world-class enhanced cleanliness and wellbeing measures.
Bold and inviting, stylish but warm, Kimpton Hotel Monaco Denver delivers signature Kimpton service, luxury amenities, a convenient downtown location and richly renovated guest rooms. Whether guests are hitting the slopes, doing business or checking out Denver’s dynamic, up-and-coming neighborhoods, guests will find the ideal retreat to recharge and prepare for their next adventure. Travelers will be enchanted by the spectacular living-room lobby and authentic Italian cuisine from Panzano. In chic, newly updated guest rooms, guests will relax in style and the friendly staff will have them feeling perfectly at home. Travelers will want for nothing and have the best of Denver right at their fingertips.
Manchester Grand Hyatt San Diego is located on the waterfront in the heart of downtown San Diego, 3 miles from San Diego International Airport and steps from the city’s top attractions and restaurants. Guests can take in panoramic Pacific Ocean and city views from every guestroom while enjoying premium amenities including two rooftop pools, onsite dining options and complimentary Wi-Fi. Safety is the property’s top priority so guests can enjoy a safe and sanitary environment at this GBAC STAR certified hotel.
Thompson Hollywood lies in the heart of the Vinyl District, an avant-garde development project that is breathing new life into Hollywood. Thompson Hollywood brings the musical roots and vibrancy of its historical neighborhood indoors through a world-class culinary, nightlife and entertainment offering.

Set to unveil in 2021, this urban luxury hotel will boast 190 guest rooms with 24 suites and an exquisite ensemble of guest amenities. The hotel features two immersive dining restaurants, a 15,000 square foot meeting and events space, a state-of-the-art fitness experience, plus stunning views from the rooftop pool deck and lounge, rivaled only by the attentive service and welcoming hospitality of its staff.
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