SEPTEMBER 29, 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.

A group of business leaders and travel industry experts came together to make the case for the return of business travel, meetings, exhibitions, and events, reports Travel Pulse. The group cited dozens of events and exhibitions that have been safely conducted during the pandemic and noted tools and practices that helped these events take place. Scientific modeling by the Exhibitions & Conferences Alliance (ECA) and Epistemix has shown in-person professional meetings and events pose a near-zero (0.001%) risk of COVID-19 transmission to attendees, even for large events, due to the layered approach to mitigation strategies. The group also provided evidence for the safety of air travel and presented research that showed business travelers were also more likely to be vaccinated. According to Destination Analysts, 78 percent of Americans who have traveled for business in the last two years have been vaccinated, compared to 72 percent of American travelers overall.

Canada's national carrier, Air Canada, will begin offering Aeroplan status matches to eligible US-based frequent flyers who already hold status with Alaska Airlines, American Airlines, Delta Airlines, Hawaiian Airlines, JetBlue, or Southwest Airlines, as the country steps up efforts to increase air travel from the United States after recently opening its borders to vaccinated travelers, reports Forbes. “This is super-focused in terms of our ability to reach frequent fliers,” said Gloria Loree, Destination Canada’s chief marketing officer ahead of the launch. Eligible US frequent flyers who book and travel to Canada on an Air Canada flight before January 15, 2022, will keep their status with the carrier for all of 2022, she said. Loree also stated that boosting cross-border travel will help both countries, and that the goal is to restore routes from the US, while trying to attract travelers who will return to Canada.

The Scottish government is relaxing its rules for international travelers visiting Scotland, stating that fully vaccinated travelers will no longer have to take pre-departure COVID-19 tests, reports Travel Pulse. The change will benefit Scots returning home from abroad and international travelers from non-red list countries. In addition, Scotland will also align with the UK post-arrival testing regime, but details still must be worked out. The only stipulation now for fully vaccinated travelers is that they must have been vaccinated in a country that meets "recognized standards of certifications.”

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) is planning the rollout of a software system that will be used to reduce airline taxi times and delays while making the national airspace system more efficient, reports Travel Weekly. The Advanced Technology Demonstration 2 (ATD-2) system is a predictive software solution that integrates ongoing flight arrivals at airports with airline departure plans and the real-time situation in the skies. It enables aircraft to depart the gate later and then move directly from the tarmac to the runway for takeoff without long wait times, thereby saving fuel. "This technology cuts delays by all kinds of hours and the aircraft engines run all kinds of fewer hours," NASA administrator Bill Nelson said during a teleconference on September 28. "What does that mean? That means less maintenance and fewer engines. This is obviously good for the environment. It's good for our economy. It's good for customers." The FAA plans to roll out the system gradually at 27 large airports in the US over the next 10 years. Successful trials have already been undertaken at Charlotte, Dallas/Fort Worth, and Dallas Love Field airports.

United Airlines has announced that it is making it easier for travelers to find and use their travel credits by automatically displaying them as a payment option during the checkout process. This functionality will be available for MileagePlus® members first and the airline is working to roll it out to all travelers in the near future. Travelers will also have ability to combine multiple travel credits and use them on partner airlines. For travelers who have travel credits issued on or before August 31, 2021, United is also allowing a one-time opportunity to share these credits with friends and family. This plan represents the continuation of United's customer experience transformation, as the carrier continues to invest in ways to enhance the travel experience, including introducing new policies to encourage and make it simple for travelers to return to travel.
Centrally located just blocks from the US Capitol, Union Station and walkable to the National Mall, the entirety of DC is at the hotel’s doorstop. Experience the only Capitol Hill hotel offering expansive views of the US Capitol, 20,000 sq. ft. of renovated meeting space, three on-site dining offerings, and upscale amenities.
Hyatt Centric Times Square New York puts guests in the heart of one of the world's most vibrant cities. An uncomplicated travel experience providing inspiration to the contemporary traveler. Guests can Immerse themselves in the culture of the Big Apple by staying steps away from Bryant Park, Rockefeller Center, and 6th Avenue Business District. After taking it all in, they can settle into this stylish full-service Times Square hotel complete with modern guestrooms and globally inspired culinary spaces.
Explore San Francisco’s vibrant culture and natural beauty from this waterfront hotel. Located near the city’s most celebrated hot spots and steps away from the iconic Embarcadero, the Ferry Building, and Union Square. Guests can enjoy sweeping views of the San Francisco Bay or the Embarcadero district from many of the 821 rooms—including 45 suites. Select a Water View room for premium views of the waterfront and Ferry Building.
The Kimpton Hotel Monaco Washington, DC is excited to welcome guests back this fall with a special rate of $369 plus tax plus 1000 Bonus IHG Points per night for stays from September 6 – December 31, 2021 (must book Ovation Rate).

Centrally located in Downtown DC – just steps from the White House, US Courts, and the National Mall. At Kimpton Hotel Monaco Washington, DC, life gets painted with a vibrant brush and a colorful palette. Nothing is ordinary in the grand downtown building, built in 1839 as the city's original General Post Office. It's since been beautifully modernized to flawlessly meld the old and the new. From the moment guests enter the welcoming living room, they'll find that the style is eclectic, bold, and playful, and the service highly personable.
Situated where the coast meets the city, Loews Santa Monica Beach Hotel is one of Los Angeles' most celebrated beachfront hotels offering impeccable views of picture-perfect sunsets and the historic Santa Monica Pier. This luxury, family-friendly hotel offers 347 guest rooms and suites that were inspired by its coastal location and the laidback Southern California lifestyle. Guests can soak up the sun or relax and unwind at the hotel’s award-winning pool deck, which features poolside bites and beverages by Blue Streak Restaurant, and 13 campfire-inspired fire pits with premier oceanfront views. The hotel also features a For Five Coffee Roasters shop for on-the-go meals and snacks as well as any sundry needs, an expansive fitness center, indoor and outdoor meeting and event spaces, a pop-up gift shop, and immediate proximity to Santa Monica's iconic attractions.
Welcome to a Haven in The City. Pan Pacific London takes innovation and understated luxury to new heights. In the heart of the City of London, the hotel is the city’s new landmark tower just across from Liverpool Street Station.

With a seamless blend of Asian hospitality and contemporary British elegance, the 237-bedroomed hotel will house a signature restaurant, two destination bars, a lounge serving afternoon tea, a patisserie, two private dining rooms, and a dedicated wellbeing floor and 18.5m infinity pool.

Starting from 398 square feet, all accommodations have floor-to-ceiling windows with views across The City. Diptyque amenities, Dyson hairdryers, Nespresso coffee machines, and a hot and cold minibar are just a few of the touches which ensure guests’ comfort. For ultimate wellbeing, an innovative ChiliSleep™ Ooler Sleep Cooling System to aid better sleep via temperature regulation is available upon request, and rooms come complete with yoga mats and on demand virtual yoga sessions, as well as health-benefitting botanical planting.
A new definition of lifestyle is coming to the south west corner of Leicester Square. Sixteen stories bring to life a considerately engineered collection of spaces, tastes, and textures: a first-of-its-kind super boutique luxury hotel in London.

Welcome to The Londoner. A staggering edifice on the south west corner of Leicester Square, it is a stage for drama and theatrics. A tribute to the artists, visionaries, and eccentrics of the city. Teeming with experiences, its striking spaces and intimate nooks play host to inimitable dining, performances, and exhibitions. This is a luxury London hotel, reimagined for the global citizen.
The May Fair, A Radisson Collection Hotel is set in the heart of one of the most sought-after addresses in the world.

Proud to be the Official Hotel to London Fashion Week, The May Fair enjoys some of the largest bedrooms in London, including an iconic collection of suites, world-class food and drink in Mediterranean-inspired restaurant, May Fair Kitchen, a vibrant bar, secluded terrace, stunning event spaces and tranquil spa.

Perfectly located close to Buckingham Palace, Bond Street’s exclusive boutiques and Berkeley Street’s famous restaurants, the hotel is moments from Green Park tube station, providing easy access to Canary Wharf.
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