AUGUST 25, 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.

With new vaccine mandates in place -- and more possibly on the way -- individuals planning on visiting public buildings, bars, restaurants, entertainment venues, and certain travel destinations may need to prove that they have been vaccinated against COVID-19 upon entry. For individuals who don't feel comfortable carrying around their paper vaccination card, there are many alternative options available. Digital vaccination records may be the most convenient way to prove vaccination status going forward, and while the US hasn't adopted an official "vaccine pass," there are currently a variety of options available. CNN has provided a guide on some of the best ways to store vaccination records including: scanning the card to a mobile device; storing vaccine information on a trusted app such as CLEAR, CommonPass, and VeriFly; and utilizing a state-approved digital vaccination pass. Click "Read More" to view the comprehensive guide as assembled by CNN.

American Airlines has announced that it plans to begin reopening its Flagship lounges in September and will continue the process throughout the fall. American will begin with the first location opening September 14, at New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK). The carrier said the reopened lounges would boast new menus from James Beard Foundation chefs, more ways to access the lounges, and recognizable touches from the inflight experience. Later in fall, locations at Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) Terminal 4, Dallas Fort Worth International Airport (DFW) Terminal D, and Chicago O’Hare International Airport (ORD) Terminal 3 will reopen.

The US government has extended the ban on nonessential travel along the land borders with Canada and Mexico through at least September 21 in order to help slow the spread of COVID-19, reports ABC News. The decision to extend border closures comes weeks after Canada reopened to fully vaccinated Americans and permanent US residents on August 9. The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) said it is working with public health and medical experts to determine how to “safely and sustainably resume normal travel.” The travel restrictions have been in place since March 2020 and have been repeatedly extended while allowing commercial traffic and essential crossings to continue.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has added six more destinations to its COVID-19 Level 4 travel alert, which designates countries as having “Very High” COVID-19 levels, reports Travel Pulse. The six new destinations included are the Bahamas, Haiti, Kosovo, Lebanon, Morocco, and Sint Maarten. According to the CDC's guidance, travelers should avoid travel to those destinations, but those who must travel should make sure they are fully vaccinated. The CDC recommends all travelers (regardless of vaccination status) wear masks, self-monitor for COVID-19 symptoms, and get tested three to five days after they travel.

Boom Supersonic, an aerospace startup, plans to revive supersonic commercial air travel across the Atlantic, reports Reuters. The Boom Overture is expected to fly 65 passengers from New York to London in just over three and a half hours, Newark to Frankfurt in four hours, and eventually, San Francisco to Tokyo in six hours. Boom is building a 1/3 scale prototype of the aircraft and hopes to begin test flights next year. It also plans to break ground for a factory for the Overture in 2022, with planes rolling off the assembly line in 2025, followed by the first passenger flights in 2029. Blake Scholl, chief executive and founder of Boom, said the plane will run on 100% sustainable aviation fuel, built from carbon that has been removed from the atmosphere. Supersonic commercial air travel has not been used since the 1970s, when the SST Concorde was flown by British Airways and Air France.
Fairmont Austin, a Forbes Travel Guide Four-Star property, offers luxury in downtown Austin accommodations. The 37-story luxury hotel features 1,048 richly appointed guest rooms and suites. Experience resort-style amenities within a sophisticated city center hotel. Fairmont Austin’s service professionals await the opportunity to ensure guest expectations are exceeded and their time in the Texas Hill Country is unforgettable. Guests experience personalized service, unique views, five restaurant and bar offerings, seasonally heated swimming pool on the 7th floor and an award-winning spa.
Welcome to the Kimpton Monaco Denver where guests will find avenues to their adventures of the great state of Colorado. From access to nearly 20 hiking trails located near the property to means of entry to the world’s greatest ski towns, travelers will truly find themselves at the crossroads of Colorado’s natural wonders. As the first bona fide boutique hotel of Downtown Denver, the hotel prides themselves on being the original maverick in town of the lifestyle brand. Step into an oasis that leads to all that Denver has to offer from music, art, theatre, museums all the way to the thriving food scene and national renowned breweries.
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.
An unbeatable location and convenience to transit makes this 569-room property the perfect home base for business and leisure travelers alike. The hotel is located in the heart of the Financial District, directly across from the World Trade Center Campus and within one block of 12 subway lines and PATH trains to New Jersey. Wall Street, City Hall, the Brooklyn Bridge, and ferries to the Statue of Liberty are also within walking distance, as are some of the city’s best shopping and dining institutions.

Guestrooms and suites boast some of the most unique and photo-worthy views of any accommodation in The Big Apple: high-rise vantages of downtown Manhattan and Brooklyn, the Hudson River and East Rivers, and One World Trade, the Oculus, and 9/11 Memorial & Museum. On-site amenities include a fitness and business center, lobby bar, and valet parking.
Housed in an Art Deco landmark in the heart of the Financial District, Mint House at 70 Pine offers unparalleled space and modern design in The City That Never Sleeps. With suites three times the space of traditional New York hotel rooms, the hotel offers guests a one-stop-shop in Lower Manhattan, complete with Michelin-starred restaurant Crown Shy, an Australian-style coffee shop, a gourmet grocer, a state-of-the-art two-floor fitness center, golf simulators, and a bowling alley.

In-suite, guests have fully equipped kitchens and unique amenities, like local coffee from Brooklyn-based Sey, record players with curated vinyl selection, custom-designed furniture and accents, smart TVs, and pre-stay grocery stocking. The hotel also provides laundromat services in the building.
Riggs Washington, DC is located in the historic former Riggs National Bank building on the corner of 9th and F Street.

Paying homage to the building's legacy, each of their 181 guest rooms and suites is reminiscent of a private safety deposit box, while serendipitous details throughout the hotel draw on a narrative inspired by the golden age of banking. The heart and soul of the hotel is Café Riggs – a modern, all-occasion restaurant in the tradition of the grand brasseries of Europe – as well as a lower-level bar housed in the original bank vault from the internationally-acclaimed Mr. Lyan team.

Riggs offers over 5,000 square feet of versatile event space. From the extensive rooftop and terrace with views of Downtown DC and the Capitol, to the finely appointed Riggs Suite, Riggs' offers a variety of options to conduct a strategy session, intimate dinner, or celebration.
The Darcy is an eclectic, 226-room boutique hotel in Washington, DC, providing chic accommodations, distinctive dining, and over 7,000 square feet of meeting and event space. Classically American but with a European sensibility, The Darcy offers an authentic, original, and local experience that allows guests to immerse themselves in community.

Discover the Nation's Capital with the help of thoughtful amenities. Cruise from Georgetown to Capitol Hill with courtesy bike and scooter rentals and relax after a day of sightseeing with complimentary daily cocktail hour featuring local products or enjoy an in-room crafted cocktail from talented mixologists. Be prepared for any occasion with the Haberdashery - a guest wardrobing suitcase of high-end men’s accessories for borrow or purchase, get the right fit with custom tailoring, and grab that last minute gift for someone special in the semimonthly pop-up flower shop.
The Peninsula New York provides the perfect respite!

Sun kissed perfection awaits at the stunning Sun Terrace, replete with rich saffron and russet-hued fabrics. Keep wellness and fitness top of mind, on the 23rd Floor Fitness Center with Indoor Swimming Pool, and newly added Peloton Bikes and the MIRROR to re-energize workouts.

Across the brand, The Peninsula Hotels offers unmatched wellness offerings and unique outdoor spaces.
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