NOVEMBER 24, 2021

The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) screened more than 2.24 million travelers on Friday, November 19, the highest number screened in a single day since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, reports Travel + Leisure. The last time the TSA screened this many travelers on a single day was February 28, 2020, when the US saw more than 2.35 million people travel through its airports. In total, more than 8.5 million travelers flew from Thursday to Sunday, including four straight days when there were more than 2 million travelers each, according to TSA data. The record number comes ahead of the Thanksgiving holiday, during which experts anticipate overall travel numbers will be within 5% of what they were in 2019. Last week, the TSA said it expects to screen about 20 million travelers during the busy Thanksgiving travel period, which lasts from Friday, November 19, to Sunday, November 28.

Amtrak has announced that it has implemented measures to help travelers reach their destinations safely and comfortably during the busiest travel week of the year. “With more than 500 destinations nationwide, Amtrak customers can avoid traffic, and enjoy free Wi-Fi on most trains, an easy boarding process, plenty of leg room and no middle seat as they travel to celebrate the holiday,” Amtrak CEO Bill Flynn said. “We want to ensure our customers feel a renewed sense of confidence when they travel with us this holiday season.” Amtrak is also helping travelers stay safe through its extensive safety measures implemented under the guidance of a medical director and partnership with George Washington University Milken Institute School of Public Health. These include mandatory facial coverings, onboard air filtration systems, real-time seat availability, no change fees through January 4, 2022, and touch-free options through the Amtrak app.

A recent study found that global business travel spending is expected to make a full return in 2024, when the sector is anticipated to return to pre-pandemic totals, reports Travel Pulse. According to a report from the Global Business Travel Association (GBTA), business travel industry spending reached $754 billion in 2021, a 14 percent increase over 2020, when spending declined by 53.8 percent to $661 billion. While 2021 saw the restart process begin, GBTA is predicting a year-over-year surge of 38 percent and an increase in business travel spending to around $1 trillion. In 2023, officials said global spending is expected to rise 23 percent year-over-year. Finally in 2024, GBTA forecasts global business travel making a full recovery and ending the year at $1.48 trillion, or just above the 2019 pre-pandemic spend of $1.4 trillion. The industry will follow the success up with a forecasted $1.5 trillion in spending for 2025.

US Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg believes there are better ways to combat the spread of COVID-19 than requiring vaccine mandates for domestic commercial flights, reports The Washington Post. During an interview Sunday on NBC's "Meet the Press," Buttigieg said strategies such as requiring masks and vaccinating travel industry workers are “highly effective.” "Between the masking and the other mitigations, we’re very confident in the safety of air travel and travel generally in this country,” he said. Buttigieg also noted that international visitors need to show proof of vaccination “because different countries have different standards.” The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) has extended the federal mask mandate for airports, planes, trains, and other mass transportation through January 18, 2022.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has moved Denmark and Germany to its highest-risk category for travel, reports CNN. The countries were given a Level 4 warning, which means the CDC is recommending that Americans avoid traveling there, even if vaccinated. Previously, the two destinations had been listed in the Level 3 category of "COVID-19 High" risk. In all, about 75 destinations are currently at Level 4, including Austria, Belgium, British Virgin Islands, Costa Rica, Czech Republic, Netherlands, Singapore, Turkey, and the United Kingdom. Countries and territories in this group have an infection incidence rate of more than 500 new cases per 100,000 people over the past 28 days (or, in places with fewer than 100,000 residents, more than 500 cases cumulatively over the past 28 days). In addition, the State Department also moved Denmark and Germany to its own "Level 4: Do Not Travel" list, along with Iraq and Burundi. The State Department warnings include other threats in addition to COVID-19, such as terrorism, civil unrest, crime, and natural disasters.
Just as Brookline is a pleasant departure from the Boston scene, the newly renovated hotel is a delightful break from standard hotel experiences. Cohesive rooms with well-made finishes look out over historic Beacon and St. Paul streets, inviting guests to unwind at night and get some work done in the morning. Bar 1200 is a neighborhood spot to grab a drink and a bite with friends before exploring the city.
Conrad New York Downtown is a 463 all-suite luxury hotel situated alongside the Hudson River. A true Urban Oasis - the hotel is just minutes from the city’s most historic neighborhoods, including Tribeca and Wall Street. Conrad New York Downtown is also walking distance to a list of acclaimed attractions such as the World Trade Center, Statue of Liberty, Brookfield Place, and more. The hotel is a bold leader in sustainable luxury offering an impressive series of green initiatives. Additionally, Hilton has collaborated with the makers of Lysol® to create Hilton CleanStay. Ensuring they deliver an even cleaner stay, Hilton CleanStay builds on already rigorous cleaning standards to provide complete peace of mind when staying at Conrad New York Downtown.
Here at the Kimpton Lorien Hotel & Spa, the hotel is always in a Saturday state of mind. The hotel understands that life is a balance of work and play, productivity, and pampering, revving up and slowing down. The hotel's proximity to Washington, DC, means that guests can easily access the capital buzz, but their status as the only hotel and spa in Alexandria defines them as a coveted urban retreat. In addition to a tantalizing menu of treatments at the soothing hotel spa, there are two exceptional restaurants, charming alfresco spaces, and a West Coast feel that's both elegant and laid-back. Around here, where it feels like the weekend all week long, there's one goal in mind - helping guests retreat, relax, reboot...and hopefully return.
The London West Hollywood invites guests to enjoy Los Angeles’ ideal fall weather from one of the hotel’s impeccable outdoor spaces. Whether joining an early morning conference call over breakfast on the balcony, entertaining on one of the hotel’s three private roof top venues, or taking the afternoon to rejuvenate on the 10th floor pool terrace, The London West Hollywood is the hotel at which to enjoy the outdoors. For the food and drink lover, Boxwood Restaurant and London Bar have crafted a new menu of seasonal cocktails and British-inspired California Cuisine to delight guests, in addition to the daily complimentary breakfast menu included with all overnight accommodations. Travelers should book their next stay with The London West Hollywood to experience why the hotel was named in Travel+Leisure’s top 10 Los Angeles Hotels for the fourth year running.
Stay in the heart of the city that never sleeps at the New York Hilton Midtown, located opposite the Museum of Modern Art, five blocks from Central Park, and two blocks from Radio City Music Hall. Guests can catch a glimpse of New York City and discover the heartbeat of Manhattan when they stay at New York Hilton Midtown.

Travelers will enjoy these top features:
  • Located on the high floors of the hotel, spacious and newly renovated executive suites have redefined the definition of luxury
  • Guests can take advantage of the hotel’s urban concept restaurant, Herb N’ Kitchen. The fresh, local, and bold signature favorites are perfect for any on the go traveler
  • Guests can experience one of New York City’s largest fitness centers. Overlooking midtown’s cityscape, the space is fully equipped with the latest equipment including brand new Peloton bikes
Located on Chicago’s famed Michigan Avenue, along the Magnificent Mile, the 4-diamond all-suite Omni Chicago Hotel puts guests in the heart of The Windy City. World-class shopping, stunning views, and premium culinary destinations are all steps away. Downtown Chicago landmarks like The Loop and Millennium Park, home of Cloud Gate, otherwise known as the Chicago “bean” are just a short walk. The comforts of the all-suite, city-inspired, luxurious accommodations provide the ultimate downtown retreat.
The Crawford Hotel is truly like nothing Colorado has seen before. Located inside Denver’s most iconic landmark, Denver Union Station, The Crawford provides the most modern experience within a historic setting. Travel to The Crawford is effortless with direct, high-speed rail to and from Denver International Airport. The Crawford’s 112 guest rooms and suites include amenities travelers would expect:
  • Courtesy transportation in the hotel’s Tesla Model X
  • High-speed Wi-Fi
  • 24-hour business center
  • 24-hour fitness center
  • 2 in-room bottled waters
  • In-room Nespresso maker

Travelers should see for themselves why The Crawford Hotel was named the #1 hotel on TripAdvisor on their next trip to Denver.
Stewart Hotel is located at 371 Seventh Avenue (between 30th and 31st Streets) in the heart of Midtown Manhattan. Opened in 1929 as the Governor Clinton Hotel, the Stewart Hotel boasts the best New York inspired lobby, stunning ballroom, designer event space and spacious suites. The hotel’s Midtown location is directly across from Penn Station and Madison Square Garden, and only steps from Hudson Square, Times Square, Chelsea, the Empire State Building, and New York City’s best attractions. Macy’s in Herald Square, plus all of Fifth Avenue’s famous retail offerings are within walking distance.
Visit the “new” DC at Thompson Washington, DC. Located in the heart of the city's rapidly developing Navy Yard area - steps from the Nationals baseball stadium, Audi stadium, and right by the Anacostia waterfront. There are over 50 restaurants within walking distance, including a waterfront winery and a Michelin star restaurant, so guests can enjoy DC’s best kept secret neighborhood. Bask in the hotel’s light and airy feel, with sleek and modern design.
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