OCTOBER 20, 2021

The US government has confirmed November 8 as the official date that it will lift travel restrictions on fully vaccinated international travelers, reports CNN. The change applies to both land and air travel. Under the new policy, travelers will need to show proof of vaccination prior to boarding a flight to the US as well as negative results from a COVID-19 test taken within three days of departure. A White House official also stated that further guidance on "very limited exceptions" to the requirements, along with other operational details, will be announced in advance of the November 8 date. "CDC has already informed airlines that all FDA approved and authorized vaccines, as well as all vaccines that have an Emergency Use Listing (EUL) from the WHO will be accepted for air travel. We anticipate the same will be true at the land border," the official said.

The new US travel policy easing restrictions for foreign nationals does not accept those who have recovered from COVID-19 and received one dose of a two-dose vaccine series, a standard that France and the European Commission consider fully vaccinated, reports Bloomberg. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) detailed that the new travel policy would include “any combination of two doses” from two-shot vaccines authorized by the World Health Organization (WHO). A CDC spokeswoman confirmed that people with just one dose would be excluded, regardless of whether they’ve also recovered from COVID-19. This distinction could impact travelers from countries such as France, Greece, and Norway, where recovery from COVID-19, plus one-dose of a vaccine, is defined as fully vaccinated. That standard is also an eligible scenario for the European Union digital COVID-19 certificate, the bloc’s widely accepted vaccine passport.

Hawaiian Governor David Ige has announced the state will reopen to fully vaccinated domestic travelers for non-essential travel beginning on November 1, reports Travel Pulse. Governor Ige previously advised against travel to Hawaii through October, as confirmed cases of COVID-19 surged during the summer. State officials said COVID-19 numbers have declined, while vaccination rates have climbed. “I think we are all encouraged by what we’ve seen over the last several weeks with the continuing trend of lower case counts,” Governor Ige said. “Our hospitals are doing better, and we have fewer COVID patients in them.” Hawaii Lodging and Tourism Association CEO Mufi Hannemann said officials from tourism, restaurants, retail, ground and air transportation, labor unions, and chambers of commerce all worked together to advocate for and develop a reopening plan.

Delta Air Lines has announced that it will increase its capacity out of New York City by 25 percent this fall compared with the summer, with 100 additional daily departures out of John F. Kennedy International Airport JFK and LaGuardia Airport. The additional capacity is meant "to meet the significant demand for business and international travel going into next year," stated Joe Esposito, Delta SVP of network planning. This includes "meaningful boosts" in frequencies to Boston, Charlotte and Raleigh-Durham in North Carolina, and Washington's Reagan National Airport. International capacity will additionally increase in the coming months, with frequencies to London and Paris each doubled to twice a day and service to Dublin increased to daily, starting on December 6. Delta will also resume direct service to Lagos three times per week starting December 7, resume nonstop service to Frankfurt on December 13, and increase service to two daily flights to Tel Aviv on December 18.

United Airlines has announced the largest transatlantic expansion in its history, including 10 new flights and five new destinations. The new routes will be between New York/Newark and Amman, Jordan; Bergen, Norway; Azores, Portugal; Palma de Mallorca, Spain; and Tenerife in the Spanish Canary Islands; all are set to begin in Spring 2022 and are not served by any other North American carrier. "Given our big expectations for a rebound in travel to Europe for summer, this is the right time to leverage our leading global network in new, exciting ways," said Patrick Quayle, senior vice president of international network and alliances. Additionally in 2022, United will add new flights to Berlin, Dublin, Milan, Munich, and Rome. They will also relaunch seven routes that were interrupted due to COVID-19: Bangalore, Frankfurt, Tokyo's Haneda Airport, Nice, and Zurich. Click “Read More” for additional details in United’s press release.
Overlooking the River Thames and just minutes from Trafalgar Square and St James’ Park, the hotel stands proudly between The City’s Financial center and the vibrant West End.

The teams are ready to make sure that travelers’ experiences go beyond expectations and that their every need is taken care of so travelers can do business in a safe, secure, and comfortable environment.
Understanding the importance of guest wellbeing, the 283 fully air-conditioned rooms and suites range from 485 square feet to 5,000 square feet, making them one of London’s most spacious accommodation. With windows that open to view of picturesque courtyard or historic building views, guests will be able to soak in London in all its glory.
Completely reinvented, Fairmont The Queen Elizabeth offers a renewed hotel experience. Conveniently overlooking the downtown core, making the most of its spectacular views and reflects the city’s joie de vivre. It reasserts itself as an urban social hub where local and international clienteles can connect.

Fairmont The Queen Elizabeth brings modern hospitality to new heights with completely redesigned public spaces, innovative food and beverage outlets; Nacarat: a signature cocktail bar; Kréma: a cozy coffee lounge; Rosélys: a lively bistro; Marché Artisan: a unique urban market; Wellness Center with indoor pool and Jacuzzi; Moment Spa: a most inviting and welcoming downtown spa.

The hotel offers well-appointed rooms and suites and three floors of luxurious Fairmont Gold guest rooms and executive suites. These floors grant guests access to a vast lounge with private check-in and a dedicated Concierge service to offer the most personalized experience.
Travelers can discover modern comfort in the heart of downtown Boston at Hilton Boston Downtown-Faneuil Hall. Located in a 1920's Art Deco skyscraper, this AAA Four Diamond hotel is just minutes from the area’s most popular attractions. Travelers will be staying in the heart of the Boston Financial District, one block from the waterfront and 10 minutes from Logan International Airport when they choose Hilton Boston Downtown-Faneuil Hall. After a busy day in the city, guests can retire to one of the hotel’s unique guest rooms or spacious suites.

Guests can also enjoy Fin Point Oyster Bar and Grille which features a full raw bar, New England classics, an elegant dining room and a bar area to create an inviting atmosphere in historic downtown Boston for power lunches, after work drinks, celebrations, and private events.
COMO Metropolitan London combines intuitive service, sophisticated design, and a vibrant Park Lane location. The city’s most refined neighborhoods — Mayfair, Knightsbridge, and Piccadilly — are each just a short walk away. Many rooms and suites overlook leafy Hyde Park, flooded with natural light. COMO’s iconic, contemporary style uses dark walnuts, fresh whites, and warm yellows, with oversized window seats in many of the rooms rendering a serene urban aesthetic. The world-renowned Japanese-Peruvian restaurant Nobu offers award-winning cuisine. Guests can retreat to COMO Shambhala Urban Escape, offering a full range of holistic Asian therapies, or work-out in the fully equipped gym. Each room includes a yoga mat and in-room yoga and meditation channels are available.

COMO Metropolitan London is offering Ovation clients a complimentary upgrade and early check-in and late check-out. Subject to availability. Offer available for bookings made 8 or more days in advance.
A modern version of old-world simplicity and stylish European glamour, Mr. C Coconut Grove is an oasis in bustling Miami, nestled in the charming village of Coconut Grove with breathtaking views of Biscayne Bay sprinkled with moored sailboats. The third hotel opened by the Cipriani brothers, after Beverly Hills and New York’s South Street Seaport, the hotel is a reflection of their Venice origins. The hotel’s interior features a nautical motif with a color scheme of nautical blue and white and features 100 luxury guest rooms and suites which have private outdoor terraces. The view of the sailboats can also be enjoyed from indoor and outdoor seating at Bellini, the hotel group’s Italian restaurant named after the peach juice and prosecco cocktail that is the trademark creation at the family’s iconic Venice restaurant Harry’s Bar. At any moment, guests could forget that they're not in Italy.
Ease into fall with Gerrard Street Kitchen, located inside of The Darcy Hotel. The Darcy Hotel announces the re-opening of Gerrard Street Kitchen. Gerrard Street Kitchen’s menu features a curated blend light fare where the complex flavors of Japan, Morocco, and South Asia sit side by side with British and Indian culinary tradition. Mixologists enhance the meals with seasonal creative craft cocktails, mocktails, and the bar offers a robust beer and wine selection. The restaurant, bar and patio are the perfect space to relax and unwind after long day of exploring or working in the nation’s capital. In addition to an expansive heated patio space, Gerrard Street Kitchen’s interior décor is a nod to the literary clubs and jazz hangouts of early 20th century London.
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, which premiered in September.

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.
Ideally located on Fifth Avenue and 55th Street in Midtown Manhattan, The Peninsula New York is in the heart of the city’s most prestigious shopping, entertainment, and cultural district. The hotel is within walking distance of Central Park, Rockefeller Center, Fifth Avenue shopping, excellent restaurants, historic museums, and exciting Broadway theatres. The Peninsula New York is honored to be the recipient of some of the most prestigious accolades in the hospitality industry, including the Forbes Five Star rating and the AAA Five Diamond awards. Recently announced by Forbes Travel Guide, The Peninsula Hotels are thrilled to be the only hotel brand to achieve the highest possible Five-Star status across all ten of its properties.
Along with being a legendary hotel, The Watergate has transformed into a unique, urban DC resort. Spacious rooms and suites, many with Potomac River views and private balconies, are available. Other hotel amenities include a heated indoor pool, sauna, whirlpool, luxury spa, and 24-hour fitness center.

The hotel’s Wine Spectator award-winning restaurant, Kingbird, has an exciting new culinary team and menu featuring some of the city’s finest dishes and wine pairings. The stylish dining room also features an outdoor terrace.

Walk or taxi to downtown offices, White House, National Mall, and more. Located in Foggy Bottom, next to the historic Georgetown center with popular restaurants, shopping, and waterfront.
Thompson Hollywood, now open, lies in the heart of the Vinyl District, an avant-garde development project that is breathing new life into Hollywood. Thompson Hollywood evokes the musical roots and vibrancy of its historical neighborhood indoors through a world-class culinary, nightlife, and entertainment offering experience.

The hotel boasts 190 guest rooms with 16 suites, and an exquisite ensemble of guest amenities. The hotel features two immersive restaurants, a state-of-the-art fitness center, and stunning views from the rooftop pool deck and lounge, complimented by the attentive service and welcoming hospitality of its staff.
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