JUNE 16, 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 European Union (EU) has decided to add the United States to its safe travel list, after the 27 EU ambassadors recommended that the region allow nonessential travelers from eight new countries and territories, reports CNBC. The recommendation is non-binding, and national governments have authority to require test results or vaccination records and to set other entry conditions; however, this decision makes it possible for American travelers to visit with only needing to provide a negative COVID-19 test while avoiding quarantine. It is now up to the individual EU countries to decide how they will implement the guidelines and allow tourists to enter, and travelers should confirm the rules on their intended destination before flying. Several EU countries have already begun using the system, including Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Denmark, Germany, Greece, Italy, Poland, Portugal, Spain, and the Czech Republic. The recommendations are expected to be formalized by the end of this week, with the rest of the EU nations implementing the system by the beginning of next month.

Now that the EU has agreed to an easing of travel restrictions, airlines have renewed their calls on Britain to restart international travel, reports Reuters. The airlines are pleading with the government to allow people vaccinated against COVID-19 to travel freely with the peak summer season just weeks away and Europe beginning to open up. "The UK will get left behind because I do see Europe actually moving at a quicker pace to open up," British Airways Chief Executive Sean Doyle said at an online conference. "We should be acknowledging that vaccinated travelers have an inherently lower risk when they travel than those who don't," he said. "It's crazy not to try and reap that dividend." The US and EU countries are currently on Britain's amber list, which means if people visit they still have to self-isolate upon their return, even if they have been fully vaccinated.

As travel continues to open up for Americans, the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) said it screened 2.02 million travelers on Friday at US airports, the highest number since March 2020, reports Skift. “The growing number of travelers demonstrates this country’s resilience and the high level of confidence in COVID-19 counter measures, to include ready access to vaccines,” said Darby LaJoye, a senior TSA official, in a statement. Still, Friday’s demand is still just 74% of pre-pandemic air travel on the equivalent day in June 2019, when 2.7 million travelers were screened. US air travel demand has been rising steadily for months as more Americans get vaccinated, and it should continue to see an upward trend now that the EU has added the US to its safe travel list and the Biden administration continues to work with UK, Canada, and Mexico to relax travel restrictions.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) will no longer require fully vaccinated travelers to wear a face mask in outdoor areas of transportation conveyances like a ferry deck or on an open-air trolley or while they're outdoors at transportation hubs such as airports, train stations, and bus terminals, reports Travel Pulse. The new guidance comes one month after the CDC announced that people who have been fully vaccinated against COVID-19 no longer need to wear masks or practice social distancing indoors or outdoors in many cases. Travelers, regardless of vaccination status, are still required to wear face masks while on public transportation, including airplanes traveling into, within or out of the United States and US territories and while indoors at airports, as the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) has extended the federal mask mandate until September.

Travelers will once again be able to access airport lounges, as many domestic lounges gradually reopen over the summer as travel restrictions ease, reports Travel Weekly. Among the big three US carriers, Delta has reopened the most lounges, with 47 of 52 Sky Clubs allowing travelers back in. American is operating 27 of its 42 domestic network Admirals Club lounges across 21 cities and has also reopened lounges in Mexico City and Sao Paulo, while United has 11 United Club lounges open, including at least one in each of its eight hubs of Chicago O'Hare, Newark, Washington Dulles, Houston Bush, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Denver, and Guam, plus the Honolulu United Club. Lounges throughout the US are still required to enforce the federal mask mandate for airports except when customers are eating and drinking. Service protocols have also been altered, as many lounges are moving away from traditional services such as buffets and print media and now offering table service via QR codes and digital access to newspapers and magazines.
The Fairmont Chicago, Millennium Park offers sophisticated, modern luxury in the heart of downtown Chicago. Overlooking Lake Michigan, Grant and Millennium Parks, and the legendary skyline, the Fairmont Chicago is the perfect backdrop for an urban escape. The Fairmont Chicago, Millennium Park boasts some of the city’s most spacious and impeccably appointed guest rooms. This hotel features 687 guest rooms and suites, including hypoallergenic, allergy-friendly Fairmont PURE rooms.
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. Indulge in Hyatt’s commitment to wellness in Hotel Kabuki’s oversized gymnasium (named by Shape magazine as a of Best Hotel Gym), Mind-Body Studio, outdoor meditation garden, koi pond, or even with a Hulu or Netflix binge watching session.
Capturing the spirit of their vibrant Center City neighborhood, Kimpton Hotel Palomar Philadelphia invites guests to experience this refined urban retreat. Here, the high-energy hustle and bustle is a bit more mellow at the moment, inviting guests to enjoy a serene side of the city. As travelers settle in, connect, and unwind in this stylish, Art Deco-inspired boutique hotel. The ambience is sophisticated with a mix of sleek textures and contemporary design details that can be found alongside interesting artistic flourishes. As soon as guests step inside the doors, they'll discover these clever contrasts together with spacious guest rooms, exceptional amenities, personalized service, and Kimpton's "Approach to Clean" which make for an unforgettable and safe stay. Whatever the reason for a visit, guests will be welcomed home with Kimpton panache that is equally as irresistible as the City of Brotherly Love.
Precinct Kitchen + Bar, located in Loews Boston Hotel, serves beloved New England cuisine and classic cocktails with a contemporary, chef-driven approach. The menu features regional products from artisan purveyors in a casual atmosphere, complete with a large furnished patio and indoor fireplace. Chef Travis Cintron makes food that brings people together, in an environment where everyone is welcome at the table. Housed in the historic Police Headquarters on Berkeley Street, the restaurant is a true celebration of Boston's past and culinary future. Loews Boston Hotel is a premier choice near Copley Square, offering an unforgettable blend of historic charm, sophistication, and authentic New England hospitality.
Novotel Miami Brickell combines design and convenience to provide a welcoming and relaxing environment where travelers can truly unwind. With a modern, lifestyle approach that blurs the line between business and pleasure, a stay at this modern Miami hotel promises to be as productive and relaxing as travelers desire.

With a terrific location in Downtown Miami, guests will discover easy access to the very best of the city. Business travelers will enjoy modern business amenities and spacious suites, perfect for completing business in an efficient, yet relaxing manner. With a relaxing pool, chic bar and restaurant, and attentive, efficient service, Novotel Miami Brickell is an ideal hotel for business and leisure travel in Florida.
The perfect marriage of substance and style awaits clients of Ovation at Park Hyatt Washington, DC. Conveniently located within walking distance of K Street, Georgetown, and the White House/Downtown corridor, Park Hyatt Washington, DC is also home to the world-class restaurant, Blue Duck Tavern. Guests will easily segue from office to business dinners before retiring to upgraded accommodations.
The Grand Dame of SoHo knows about being first. They were the first boutique hotel in downtown New York and their design has always paid tribute to the elegance of SoHo. Being first is grand but staying in the lead is what makes Soho Grand. Just as SoHo has evolved into a sophisticated, internationally known destination, the hotel has elevated with the times and the needs of their guests. Guest rooms continue the narrative of SoHo and its rich history, blending design elements from the turn of the century to late seventies.
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