JUNE 8, 2022

The travel industry spoke out ahead of a June 7 hearing from the Senate Commerce, Science, and Transportation subcommittee on “Reviving Conventions & Tourism Through International Travel," reports Travel Pulse. Ahead of the hearing, the American Society of Travel Advisors (ASTA) president and CEO Zane Kerby issued a statement on the importance of eliminating pre-departure testing for inbound US travel. “We want to highlight the number-one barrier to our industry’s recovery – the inbound testing order. This order has little to no impact on COVID rates at home, while the economic damage it causes grows by the day,” Kerby stated. He also noted that the November 2021 shortening of the testing window from 72 hours to one day prior to travel has created additional challenges for travelers. "In fact, according to a recent survey of ASTA members, 83 percent of trip cancelations are occurring because of the US COVID-19 testing requirement.” Tori Emerson Barnes, US Travel Association executive vice president, public affairs, and policy, and the Global Business Travel Association (GBTA) made related statements, noting that other countries have discontinued similar policies and that inbound testing requirements have hindered the return of international travelers to the US.

British Airways has announced that it will fly direct between 26 US cities and London this summer, reports Business Travel News. On June 3, service started between London Heathrow and Portland, Oregon, and Pittsburgh, and will launch service to San Jose, California on June 13. The Portland route is new and will operate five times a week; according to the carrier, it is the only direct route to London from the city. On June 6, the carrier launched a new daily flight from Newark to London Heathrow to support the return of business travel. It departs at 7:55 am and arrives in the evening; it is the carrier's third daily flight between the cities. Beginning last week, British Airways also returned Airbus 380 service to such North American cities as Chicago and Vancouver, with service to Dallas-Fort Worth beginning July 1. The aircraft offers Club World, First, World Traveler, and World Traveler Plus cabins.

American Airlines and Qatar Airways are expanding their strategic alliance with a new codeshare agreement, allowing American’s customers to book travel on Qatar flights to and from 16 new countries via Doha. Pending any required government approvals, travelers will be able to book travel beyond Qatar to Ethiopia, Indonesia, Jordan, Kenya, Malaysia, Maldives, Oman, Pakistan, Seychelles, Singapore, Sri Lanka, Tanzania, Thailand, Uganda, Zambia, and Zimbabwe. American’s CEO Robert Isom stated, “Our global partnerships expand upon American’s comprehensive network, providing access to numerous destinations for our customers who are ready to travel around the world.” Additionally, on June 4, American launched service from New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK) to Doha’s Hamad International Airport (DOH), voted World’s Best Airport in the 2021 Skytrax World Airport Awards.

Italy has lifted its remaining pandemic-era entry restrictions, making it easier for foreign travelers to visit the country as the summer travel season begins, reports The Washington Post. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation announced, “As of June 1, 2022 a Green Pass or equivalent certificate is no longer needed to enter Italy.” Prior to that, travelers were required to present proof of COVID-19 vaccination and a negative test result or proof of recent recovery, in order to avoid a five-day quarantine. While the European Union (EU) dropped its mask mandate for air travel in May, Italy is keeping mask requirements in place for multiple transportation settings, including commercial airplanes, trains, and buses, until June 15. Masking is also mandatory at indoor events such as theaters, cinemas, and concert halls. This change comes amidst a decrease in COVID-19 cases; daily cases in Italy have dropped 19 percent over the past seven days, with 212 new cases per 100,000 people.

New York Governor Kathy Hochul on June 1 helped Delta Air Lines unveil a new, modern terminal at LaGuardia Airport, reports Travel and Leisure. The multibillion-dollar terminal, which opened to travelers on June 4, has 36 full-service check-in counters, 49 self-service kiosks, 16 bag-drop counters, and 11 Transportation Security Administration (TSA) screening lanes. It will also serve as the hub of Delta's operations at LaGuardia, consolidating terminals C and D, with accessibility from one main check-in area. The terminal features local restaurants and modern conveniences such as chargers and plentiful seating, and also includes a Delta Sky Club with 34,000 square feet and seating for 600 guests. The club features wireless charging pads, touchless bathroom entry, and several phone booths. Governor Hochel stated, "Every person who travels out of this airport will have an extraordinary experience, unthinkable just a few years ago." Delta CEO Ed Bastian similarly stated that the terminal is "something that we're all going to be very proud to operate and we look forward to finishing the last pieces of the concourses over the next couple of years."
Arizona Biltmore, A Waldorf Astoria Resort is pleased to announce the expansion of its robust wellness offerings with the debut of the new Sol Garden at Tierra Luna Spa. The new Sol Garden offers an abundance of thoughtful rituals and healing journeys to complement Tierra Luna Spa’s unique menu.

Signature Sol Garden offerings include the Alchemy Mud & Crystal Bar Experience, a uniquely healing treatment enriched by the power of the energizing Arizona sunshine. Available as a treatment add-on or standalone experience, guests begin by hand-selecting a luffa – naturally grown and dried – from a luffa wall, followed by a customized mud, chakra oil and crystal selection for their treatment.

Sol Garden features a variety of outdoor amenities to enhance the spa experience including a jacuzzi, cold plunge, shower, and expansive relaxation lounge, complete with a cozy fire pit. Guests can also sip on Sol Garden exclusive libations from the Well Bar.
Summer is the perfect time to visit Hotel Crescent Court in the heart of Uptown Dallas. Featuring 186 recently renovated guest rooms and 40 suites with custom Molton Brown bath amenities and floor-to-ceiling windows. On-site amenities include the luxurious 22,000 square foot Spa and Fitness Center. Hotel guests have access to the Spa’s sauna, hot & cold plunge, steam room and spa lounge, as well as the outdoor pool and complimentary group fitness classes. On-site dining options include world renowned Japanese restaurant Nobu, located right in the lobby, an on-site Starbucks and Beau Nash cocktail lounge featuring more than 30 world-class champagnes and sparkling wines by-the-glass. Hotel Crescent Court is minutes from Dallas Love Field and dozens of dining and entertainment options. Guests have access to complimentary house car transportation within a 5-mile radius.
Where DC days begin and end. Calm colors. Soft textures. Open, uncommonly spacious rooms. Comfortably modern and fresh with thoughtful details and an endearing, quirky sense of surprise and delight. Short walk to Dupont Circle, easy access to all the bucket list sights in downtown DC, 4.8 miles from DCA, 2.6 miles from Union Station, & 3-minute walk to Dupont Metro.

Complimentary cocktail half-hour daily for all guests. Lawyers Travel clients also receive a complimentary room upgrade based on availability.
Omni Boston Hotel at the Seaport is located in the center of the bustling Seaport District, across the street from the Boston Convention and Exhibition Center, steps away from downtown Boston and Boston Harbor and less than three miles from Boston’s Logan Airport. The hotel boasts 1,054 finely appointed guestrooms, including 52 suites, and 100,000 square feet of flexible function space. There are plenty of amenities at the hotel, including seven distinct dining experiences, a scenic rooftop pool, and chic Breve Spa. Whether guests are looking for a destination for a weekend getaway in Boston, a meeting room or an event space for a conference, Omni Boston Hotel at the Seaport is sure to meet the needs of the most discerning travelers.
Ideally located in Manhattan's historically significant and popular NoMad district, Royalton Park Avenue creates a truly relaxed destination while maintaining the cachet of Manhattan’s most iconic address. Royalton Park Avenue combines luxury and trendiness, in the center of the city’s most influential happenings. Boasting 249 oversized luxury guestrooms and 36 remarkable suites, most with lofty ceilings, floor to ceiling windows, Juliet balconies, and 5 fixture bathrooms – Royalton Park Avenue’s most desired hidden gem, 40-foot rooftop heated pool, open year-round and with direct views of the Empire State building. The property perched on the corner of 29th Street and Park Avenue could not be more ideal for a travelers next NYC stay, whether for leisure or business the hotel can accommodate all.
The renowned London hotel, with its distinctive charm and character, opened in 1865 as Europe's first grand hotel, and it has accommodated royalty, foreign dignitaries and celebrities in luxury for over 150 years.

Located at the top of Regent Street, the prestigious Langham offers an award-winning glamorous bar, Artesian, and a stylish restaurant, Roux at the Landau. Free WiFi is available and Oxford Circus tube station is just a 5-minute walk away. Numerous shops, theaters and restaurants are located in the local area.

The Langham’s bars and restaurants include the award-winning Palm Court, Artesian Bar and The Wigmore all overseen by culinary icon Michel Roux Jr. Guests can enjoy the property's Chuan Body + Soul Spa and Health Club, which features a 50 feet swimming pool, sauna, steam rooms, fully equipped gym, and treatment rooms.