MAY 25, 2022

Experts say that the majority of travel this Memorial Day holiday weekend will be done on the road and it’s beneficial to plan ahead, reports USA Today. Bob Pishue, an analyst for transportation data company INRIX, stated that more than eight times the number of people who will travel this weekend will do so by car, as opposed to air, train, and other types of travel. Similarly, automotive solutions provider released survey results stating 82% of this holiday’s travel will be done by car. Thursday is predicted to be the busiest travel day overall, including such cities as Atlanta, Boston, Chicago, Houston, New York, San Francisco, Seattle, and Washington, DC. Friday is predicted to be the busiest day for such cities as Detroit and Los Angeles; for both days, the most congested times are from 1:00-9:00 pm. Pishue stated that travel times are predicted to increase by 50% nationwide and drivers should plan for the extra congestion accordingly.

Spain has relaxed its entry requirements for international travelers originating from outside of the European Union (EU) and associated Schengen Area, including from the US and UK, reports Travel Pulse. As of May 21, travelers who aren’t fully vaccinated against COVID-19 can now enter the country by providing negative test results – either a PCR test taken within 72 hours of a person’s departure or an antigen test taken within 24 hours of departure. Previously, unvaccinated travelers from outside the EU could only gain entry by producing proof of their recent recovery from COVID-19; fully vaccinated travelers will continue to be able to present proof of vaccination for entry. Spanish Minister of Industry, Commerce and Tourism, María Reyes Maroto, stated, “Spain is emerging as one of the most desired destinations in the world […] and this measure will speed up the recovery of the sector by facilitating the entry of international travelers.”

Delta Air Lines has launched its inaugural commercial flight of the Airbus A321neo narrowbody aircraft, featuring a newly designed first-class cabin, reports Business Travel News. The new first-class cabin has 20 seats that are 21 inches wide with 37 inches of pitch, complete with memory foam. Each seat is outfitted with 10-inch screens, a fixed headrest, a tray table with 25 percent more workspace, three times the storage for electronic devices, an in-arm water-bottle storage space, and large overhead bins. The new design also features an electronic outlet panel flush with each seat, eliminating the potential for cords to be in the way of passenger access to the aisle. In discussing the design, Delta VP of brand experience Mauricio Parise stated, "We really spent time with customers starting five years ago to understand what the needs are of a five- to six-hour flight in a domestic plane."

United Airlines has announced it will make several upgrades to its food and beverage offerings as it retires some pandemic-era procedures, reports Travel Weekly. As of June 1, United will reintroduce trayed meals in domestic first class on all flights that are longer than 800 miles. For mainline flights, the meals will include hot entrée choices, while cold plates will be offered on regional flights, replacing the packaged sandwich it has been serving during the pandemic. Additionally, United will resume coursed meal offerings in the Polaris business class of long-haul international flights on June 1; this includes a pre-meal snack and table linen service, followed by a plated entrée and dessert. With this announcement, United will join American Airlines and Delta Air Lines, which have also resumed domestic hot-meal service.

The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has added five countries to its ‘Level 3: High’ COVID-19 risk category warning list for travelers, reports Travel Pulse. As of Monday, the Bahamas, Montserrat, and St. Vincent and the Grenadines in the Caribbean; the Central American nation of Belize; and the southern African nation of Eswatini are categorized as having over 100 new cases of COVID-19 per 100,000 people over the past 28 days. In April, the CDC overhauled its Travel Health Notice system for foreign destinations. In terms of generalized risk of contracting COVID-19, Level 3 is now the highest label outside of special circumstances. Previously, Level 4 represented ‘Very High Risk’ for COVID-19; that label is now reserved for ‘Special Circumstances/Do Not Travel’ warnings. There are now approximately 115 of the world’s nations included under the CDC’s ‘Level 3: High’ warning, which recommends that individuals are up to date on COVID-19 vaccinations before travel to the destination.
Fairmont Copley Plaza is pleased to feature Ovation as a preferred Company of the Quarter. Travelers will experience a priority welcome, one level room upgrade at check in (based on availability), welcome beverage in OAK Long Bar + Kitchen, welcome gift delivered to the traveler’s room, complimentary newspaper – print or digital, complimentary high-speed Wi-Fi, complimentary local calls, and invitation to enroll in the loyalty program Accor Live Limitless (ALL). Valid for stays until June 30th, 2022.

The hotel is excited to announce the reopening of Fairmont Gold, its exclusive lifestyle executive floor, which offers a level of service and recognition that ensures each stay is nothing short of unforgettable. This includes a private check-in, dedicated staff and concierge, and complimentary access to the exclusive Lounge and its perks, like daily breakfast and evening hors d’oeuvres.
Ideally located on 5th Avenue and Marion Street, Lotte Seattle has become a destination-worthy fixture of Seattle’s downtown business district, close to the Seattle Courthouse, Columbia Center, and the city’s major attractions. As the only hotel in Seattle offering five-star luxury service and South Korean hospitality, Lotte Seattle was recently named “Top 10 Hotels in the Pacific Northwest” in Condé Nast Traveler’s Reader’s Choice Awards. The new hotel features 189 modern and spacious guestrooms designed by Philippe Starck, a signature restaurant located on the highest floor of the hotel boasting a spectacular view of the Pacific Northwest, cocktail lounge, 15 unique meeting and event spaces, an award-winning spa, steam room, sauna, fitness studio, and a business center. The hotel also houses The Sanctuary, the nation’s oldest Beaux-Art style architectural building founded in 1908, beautifully restored and repurposed into one of the largest and most unique venues in Seattle.
Experience the suite life at Oceana Santa Monica, nestled on quiet Santa Monica streets within steps of world-class attractions and the Pacific Ocean. Toast to breathtaking views from the rooftop lounge and discover culinary artistry at the guests-only dining room.

Ovation clients can make life a little suite-r and receive 20% off all premium suites at Oceana through 6/30/22.
Travelers can experience the invigorating charm and rich history of Rittenhouse Square, one of Philadelphia’s most beloved destinations. The Rittenhouse Hotel is a standout among luxury hotels in Philadelphia’s Center City, offering visitors a Forbes Four-Star experience with well-appointed rooms and suites, world-class service, and the most desirable location in town. This Rittenhouse Square luxury hotel offers personalized experiences and provides the perfect balance of sophistication and relaxation. Welcome to the Rittenhouse Hotel, a true gem among Center City, Philadelphia hotels.
With beautifully refreshed spaces, sleek social lounges, and tasteful modern guest rooms, suites, and lofts, Sonesta Columbus offers recently renovated guest rooms, a well-equipped Business Center, complimentary Wi-Fi, and onsite dining. Sonesta Columbus Downtown is proud to provide a comfortable and convenient hotel stay in the city’s Arena District. Whether it’s business or leisure that brings guests to the hotel’s doorstep, guests can enjoy the varied menu at the restaurant, Vine + Forge. Sonesta Columbus Downtown offers guests American cuisine and cocktails highlighting traditional flavors and tastes. Just because guests are traveling, there’s no need to sacrifice their workout. The state-of-the-art fitness center, featuring two Peloton Bikes and The Mirror, helping guests stay on top of their game.
Welcome to an urban resort in the heart of London which opened in September 2021. Individual and intimate, yet staggering in scale, The Londoner is the world’s first super boutique hotel. The hotel is a perfectly engineered collection of spaces, tastes and textures brought to life over 16 stories on London’s legendary Leicester Square and is walking distance to Soho, Covent Garden, St. James, and Mayfair.
Guests enjoy 24-hour access to three beautifully designed interconnecting spaces, reserved exclusively for hotel residents to work, unwind, relax, and enjoy the art of British hospitality.

Ovation clients will receive a complimentary upgrade for stays through May 2022.
The Madison Washington D.C., a Hilton Hotel, is a refined heritage hotel in the heart of Washington DC, only steps away from the White House, the National Mall, and the Smithsonian Museums. Boutique in feel, The Madison draws visitors, families, and locals alike for meals and meetings, overnights, and nightcaps, providing the perfect place to help guests experience DC, whether they’re seeing the city or governing the country. Take sanctuary from the hustle and bustle of the district in the sophisticated guestrooms and suites with extra space to spread out. Select luxurious penthouse suites feature wall-to-wall terraces with sweeping views of the skyline. The Madison’s distinguished and personalized amenities are designed with travelers in mind to offer a one-of-a-kind stay with all of the comforts of home.
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