FEBRUARY 10, 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.

The Biden administration is considering a rule that would require travelers to provide negative COVID-19 test results for domestic air travel, reports CNN. In an interview with Axios on HBO, Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg said, "There's an active conversation with the CDC right now... What I can tell you is, it's going to be guided by data, by science, by medicine and by the input of the people who are actually going to have to carry this out." Dr. Rochelle Walensky, director of the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), said that screening US travelers for COVID-19 could be helpful. But she did not expand upon whether there are plans to test domestic travelers.

Delta Air Lines has announced that it will continue to block middle seats and limit capacity on all flights departing through April 30, 2021. The new date is a one-month extension of the carrier's previous update to the policy. “We want our customers to have complete confidence when traveling with Delta, and they continue to tell us that more space provides more peace of mind,” said Bill Lentsch, Chief Customer Experience Officer. “We’ll continue to reassess seat blocking in relation to case transmission and vaccination rates, while bringing back products and services in ways that instill trust in the health and safety of everyone on board – that will always be Delta’s priority.” Delta is the only major airline carrier to continue blocking the middle seat, as other major US carriers have either ended or begun phasing out the blocking of middle seats.

A recent survey conducted by Longwoods International, a tourism-focused market research consultancy, found that travel planning has increased significantly as vaccine rollout continues to increase across the country, reports Travel Pulse. The survey, supported by Miles Partnership, was fielded on February 3rd, using a national sample randomly drawn from a consumer panel of 1,000 adults, ages 18 and over. Longwoods research shows that 81 percent of respondents plan to travel in the next six months. This number has increased 16 percentage points since mid-January and it is the highest it has been since the beginning of the pandemic last March. Vaccines are a big driver behind the increase in travel planning. Two-thirds of respondents said the vaccine will impact their travel plans. More than one-third of travelers do not plan to travel until they are vaccinated, and a fifth of travelers do not plan to travel until a majority of Americans have received the vaccine. “The arrival of multiple coronavirus vaccines has reignited travel planning in the US,” said Amir Eylon, President and CEO of Longwoods International. “The travel industry recovery appears poised to track in synch with the success of the mass vaccination program now underway across America.”

American Airlines has added 10 new routes to its network for the spring and summer, including 8 new international routes, reports Business Insider. Miami (MIA) is the center of the expansion with more flights to Latin America, the Caribbean and Israel. American has announced two new international routes to Tel Aviv (TLV) and Paramaribo, Suriname (PBM), beginning this summer. The airline is also introducing two new domestic routes from the MIA hub to Little Rock, Arkansas (LIT) and Portland, Maine (PWM), operating from June 5 through Aug. 16. American has also added additional routes between its major hubs -- Charlotte (CLT), Dallas-Fort Worth (DFW) and Los Angeles (LAX) -- and Mexico and the Caribbean.

United Airlines has announced a new pre-clearance process for travel to Hawaii, allowing travelers to show a valid negative COVID-19 test result before boarding to save time and skip document screening lines upon arrival. United is also making it easier to get the right tests to avoid Hawaii's 10-day quarantine by making approved COVID-19 tests available to all travelers flying to the islands no matter where in the US their travel begins. To begin the pre-clearance program, travelers will enroll in Hawaii's Safe Travels program and complete Hawaii's COVID-19 questionnaire within 24 hours from departure. Next, travelers will use the Safe Travels website to upload their negative test results from one of Hawaii's trusted testing partners which must be taken within 72 hours of their departure. At the airport, travelers will see a United team member at the gate for their flight to Hawaii where they will receive a wristband if they qualify to bypass airport screening in Hawaii. Travelers who have been pre-cleared will be able to skip test screenings in Hawaii and begin their trip as soon as they land.
In an exclusive offer, Ovation clients will enjoy a complimentary third night when staying at participating IHG Hotels & Resorts. From secluded, peaceful beaches to vibrant cities waiting to be discovered, IHG’s participating hotels and resorts are sure to delight every traveler. Every stay is backed by IHG's Way of Clean promise to ensure travelers enjoy an enhanced experience of redefined cleanliness.

For additional information, please contact your account manager or your travel consultant to book this offer.

Trip must be booked by June 26, 2021. Valid for stays through June 30, 2021. Minimum length of stay of three nights, maximum length of stay of 14 nights. Terms & Conditions apply, promotion subject to change at any time.
Guests can take a break from their everyday routine to work remote and update their Zoom background with the beautiful scenery at the 1 Hotel South Beach. Complimentary valet and spacious guestrooms with high-speed internet will keep travelers’ minds at ease. Guests can stay focused and energized with a $35 in-room dining or Watr lunch credit and they can take a break and sweat it out with access to Anatomy. Furry friends are welcome and travelers can take advantage of a late check-out to make their stay a memorable working vacation.

Guest Benefits:
  • Guaranteed 8am early check-in and 5pm late checkout
  • $35 lunch credit to Watr or in-room dining
  • Reduced daily Resort Fee
  • Complimentary valet parking
  • Complimentary branded and refillable water bottle
  • Complimentary hi-speed internet
  • Complimentary in-room Nespresso coffee
Conrad New York Downtown is a 463 all-suite luxury hotel situated alongside the Hudson River. The hotel features ATRIO Wine Bar & Restaurant and the renowned Loopy Doopy Rooftop Bar (open spring and summer). 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 an even cleaner stay, Hilton CleanStay builds on already rigorous cleaning standards to provide complete peace of mind when staying at the Conrad New York Downtown.
Los Angeles’ luxury landmark, re-emerges this spring to center stage. Fairmont Century Plaza is completely reimagined to include 351 spacious guest rooms and 49 suites, all with private terraces, bringing guests the best the city has to offer. Travelers can revel in the 14,000 square-foot breathtaking Fairmont Spa, fully equipped Technogym and rooftop pool with unparalleled 360 degrees of the cityscape. Since opening its door in 1966, the Century Plaza has been where business meets Hollywood. From glamorous history to contemporary luxury, the Fairmont Century Plaza is truly at the center of it all. The hotel is at the core of a city within a city full of countless diversions, home to French brasserie, Lumière and within walking distance to chic boutiques in the Westside’s most walkable neighborhood.
Introducing the newly opened Grand Hyatt Nashville, voted America's 2020 Best New Hotel by USA Today. The 591 guestroom and 53 suite hotel is redefining what it means to be a downtown urban resort. Featuring seven culinary experiences including The Nashville Grange, a Tennessee to table restaurant offering locally sourced dishes as well as Lou/Na, Nashville's highest hotel rooftop bar. Guests are encouraged to take advantage of all the hotel's amenities which include the world-class spa of R+R Wellness and a state-of-the-art fitness center.
Situated between three of Boston’s hottest neighborhoods—Back Bay, South End and the Theater District—the historic Loews Boston Hotel is Boston’s badge of hospitality. Once home to the Boston Police Headquarters, the stately limestone building is a gateway to all that the city has to offer. Loews Boston delivers a stylish hotel experience featuring Julien Farel bath products and guestrooms and suites with city views. Beyond the hotel, travelers can take advantage of local attractions including shopping along the iconic Newbury Street, visiting the Boston Public Garden, Charles River Esplanade and more.
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