OCTOBER 13, 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.

As part of the plan to ease travel restrictions for fully vaccinated international travelers, a spokesperson for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has announced that the US will allow international travelers to enter the country with proof of a COVID-19 vaccination authorized by the World Health Organization (WHO). US-approved vaccines currently include Johnson & Johnson, Moderna, and Pfizer-BioNTech, and WHO has granted approval for those three as well as the Oxford-AstraZeneca/Covishield, Sinopharm, and Sinovac vaccines. This decision comes several weeks after the White House announced that it would be introducing a new international air travel system in "early November" that would open travel for vaccinated foreign nationals. The initial announcement did not say which vaccines would be accepted, although health officials had previously said the CDC would likely allow those approved by the WHO.

The new COVID-19 vaccine requirements will now apply to nearly all foreign nationals flying to the US, including those not subject to the prior restrictions. However, officials have yet to announce when restrictions will officially lift. The CDC must still finalize and publish new contact tracing rules for international visitors, which it sent to the White House for review on September 15. The CDC must also detail rules for exceptions, which include children not yet eligible for shots, as well as for visitors from countries where vaccines are not widely available. Additionally, the administration must decide whether to admit visitors that are participating in COVID-19 clinical trials or have recently contracted COVID-19 and are not yet eligible for vaccination. Click "Read More" for additional details as published in Reuters.

The US will lift travel restrictions at the borders with Canada and Mexico starting in November, allowing fully vaccinated foreign nationals to cross its land borders for non-essential purposes such as tourism or visiting friends and family, reports USA Today. The change would allow foreign travelers to enter the US through land or ferry ports for the first time since March 2020. Government officials have not yet announced a date for the policy change but said it will take place in "early November," in tandem with its new procedures to ease travel restrictions for fully vaccinated international travelers. The new land border procedures will be broken into two phases, both of which introduce vaccine mandates:
  • Phase 1: The first phase will go into effect in "early November" and allows fully vaccinated travelers to enter the US for nonessential reasons. Unvaccinated travelers can only travel to the US for essential purposes in this phase.
  • Phase 2: The second phase will begin in "early January" and will only allow travelers to cross the land border for both essential and nonessential reasons if they have been fully vaccinated. There will be no testing requirements in either phase.

"This phased approach will provide ample time for essential travelers such as truckers and others to get vaccinated, enabling a smooth transition to this new system," senior administration officials said. The current travel restrictions, which are set to end on October 21, will be extended until the new policy goes into effect. Currently, US land borders are only open to "essential travel" such as work and trade.

The UK Government has removed 47 countries from its red list, reducing the number of countries it considers to have the highest risk for COVID-19 to seven, reports The New York Times. The countries remaining on the list are Colombia, the Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Haiti, Panama, Peru, and Venezuela. “We’re making it easier for families and loved ones to reunite, by significantly cutting the number of destinations on the red list, thanks in part to the increased vaccination efforts around the globe,” UK Transport Secretary Grant Shapps said in a statement. Fully vaccinated travelers arriving from countries not on the red list will no longer be required to take a COVID-19 test before traveling to the UK, although they must still pay for a test on the second day after their arrival. Unvaccinated travelers from non-red listed destinations will still have to take a pre-departure test, plus tests on their second and eighth days after arriving, and will still be required to isolate for 10 days.

Enterprise Holdings, the parent company of Enterprise Rent-A-Car and National Car Rental, has announced that it is further extending loyalty program benefits for its car rental brands. Members of National’s Emerald Club Executive and Executive Elite, and Enterprise Plus Silver, Gold, and Platinum elite tiers, whose tier statuses were set to expire on February 28, 2022, will now be extended through February 28, 2023. In addition, Emerald Club Program Free Days, previously set to expire on December 31, 2021, will roll over through December 31, 2022. This is the latest in a series of loyalty extensions from Enterprise and National. "We recognize the plans of many travelers continue to be impacted during these dynamic times and that many of our loyalty members may have not had the chance to use their hard-earned benefits," said Randal Narike, Executive Vice President, Global Mobility and Customer Experience at Enterprise Holdings. "These extensions are a way to provide some added flexibility and to thank our most loyal customers." Last year, both Enterprise Plus and Emerald Club were first in the industry to announce extensions to elite tiers for a full year.

With the increase in demand for private air travel during COVID-19 pandemic, now is the perfect time to book charter flights for 2022. Ovation provides clients access to private air providers at any time and provides flexible booking, with no minimum hour commitment, on meticulously cleaned aircraft of all sizes that are parked at private air facilities. Ovation only works with the most reputable charter operators to ensure travelers enjoy the highest levels of safety, privacy and comfort, and our portfolio of private jet partners includes more than 1,000 safety-vetted and verified partner aircraft ranging from Light and Midsize to Super-Mid and Large-Cabin categories. Click "Read More" to get started with Ovation on planning charter flights for 2022.
Make business pleasurable at 1 Hotel South Beach. This ocean-front hotel offers not only pristine views but also the perfect setting to a calming work environment. The Hive Business Center is open 24/7 and is located on the second floor near the conference spaces, designed for a quiet sanctuary providing complimentary Wi-Fi so guests can work with ease. If guests need to step out for a break or a business run, the Audi E-tron is available from 9:00am until 8:30pm daily on a first-come, first-serve basis to take guests anywhere within a 3-mile radius from the hotel.
Andaz London Liverpool Street’s new Fitness Rooms are the ultimate option for avid gym goers who want to maintain their fitness levels while travelling, ideal for busy business and leisure travelers who aim to maintain their fitness routines while in London.

Each of the especially equipped Andaz King guestrooms are fitted with gym equipment including the guests’ weight preference of dumbbells and kettlebells, yoga mats, and the guest’s very own Peloton bike, of which they will have full and exclusive use of throughout their stay.

Fitness Room guests are able to dine in-room to a specially curated power breakfast menu and these Andaz London wellness stays are complete with a complimentary in-room healthy mini bar featuring nutritious snacks, protein bars, shakes, and fruit smoothies.
Located in the heart of Manhattan, the all-suite, luxury Conrad New York Midtown offers discerning travelers a uniquely spacious and innately residential retreat. Conrad New York Midtown’s 54 floors encompass 562 luxury suites, striking views, a curated art program, a 1,500 square foot fitness center, and 6,000 square feet of flexible function space. Set on a quiet side street just steps away from Central Park, the hotel is surrounded by the best of New York City including Rockefeller Center, MoMA, and the Theater District.
Experience the re-emergence of Los Angeles’ icon, Fairmont Century Plaza. The Fairmont Century Plaza is pleased to offer Ovation clients a complimentary room upgrade, subject to availability. Valid for stays until December 30, 2021:
  • Must book the Ovation Preferred Rates to receive complimentary room upgrade.
  • Upgrade assigned at the time of check-in & subject to availability. Excludes Fairmont Gold unless Gold is confirmed at the time of booking.
Great Scotland Yard is one of London’s most historic and cherished buildings, where tradition meets modern luxury. From its beginnings as the London residence of Scottish Royalty to the Metropolitan Police Headquarters, there are plenty of secrets to unlock. Stay in an 1820’s Grade II listed building with Edwardian and Victorian architecture, featuring 152 rooms and suites, including a five-story two-bedroom townhouse. Enjoy a unique twist on a British classic, with stunning Mary Poppins views of London. The ground floor at Great Scotland Yard Hotel provides a beckoning trove of dining options. Guests can take their seat at the heart of the action at multi award-winning Michelin starred chef Niklas Ekstedt’s first restaurant outside of Stockholm, Ekstedt at The Yard, roll up their sleeves and get social at The 40 Elephants Bar, indulge in Afternoon Tea with a twist at The Parlour, or enjoy great whisky with good company in Sibin Bar.
New York City is back and better than ever. Ink 48 Hotel is excited to welcome guest back to the hotel for the Autumn and holiday season. This 4-star/4-diamond hotel is conveniently located in Midtown West Manhattan, New York City. Oversized King rooms start at 275 square feet and soaring ceilings resemble spacious loft apartments rather than standard hotel rooms. The hotel’s award-winning rooftop bar, The Press Lounge, is the perfect spot for entertaining clients or grabbing an after-work drink surrounded by panoramic views of Midtown`s Skyline. The privileged location is close enough to restaurants and nightlife and only 10 minutes walking to Times Square, Javits Center, and famous Hudson Yards.
Welcome to a haven in the city. Pan Pacific London takes innovation and understated luxury to new heights. In the heart of the City of London, the hotel is the city’s new landmark tower just across from Liverpool Street Station.

With a seamless blend of Asian hospitality and contemporary British elegance, the 237-bedroomed hotel will house a signature restaurant, two destination bars, a lounge serving afternoon tea, a patisserie, two private dining rooms, and a dedicated wellbeing floor and 18.5 meter infinity pool.

Starting from 398 square feet, all accommodations have floor-to-ceiling windows with views across The City. Diptyque amenities, Dyson hairdryers, Nespresso coffee machines, and a hot and cold minibar are just a few of the touches which ensure guests’ comfort. For ultimate wellbeing, an innovative ChiliSleep™ Ooler Sleep Cooling System to aid better sleep via temperature regulation is available upon request, and rooms come complete with yoga mats and on demand virtual yoga sessions, as well as health-benefitting botanical planting.
The perfect marriage of substance and style awaits clients of Ovation at Park Hyatt Washington, DC. Conveniently located within walking distance of K Street, Georgetown, and the White House/Downtown corridor, Park Hyatt Washington, DC is also home to the world-class restaurant, Blue Duck Tavern. Guests will easily segue from office to business dinners before retiring to upgraded accommodations.
The ART, A Hotel offers the perfect blend of refined comfort and intimate service. Contemporary design, high-touch amenities and original works of art that grace two galleries, spill into the hallways and adorn every guest room, combine seamlessly to provide guests a highly experiential stay.

Modern presentation. Classic technique. Refined flavors conjured from fresh, local ingredients. This is the artistic vision behind FIRE Restaurant, Lounge and Terrace. Guests can mingle with colleagues or meet special someone for a meal, cocktails, or after-dinner drinks on the terrace, gathered around a mesmerizing fire pit feature.

The ART, A Hotel offers the perfect setting to make memories.
YOTEL Boston is known for its high-tech, low-touch experience and adaptable design including self-check-in kiosks. Located in Boston’s Seaport next to the Financial District, the hotel features modern cabins and social spaces for both co-working and socializing. Guests can enjoy dinner and a view with regionally inspired cuisine at Deck 12, an indoor/outdoor rooftop space boasting panoramic views, or street-side at Komyuniti restaurant. The technology-forward hotel utilizes robots, YO2D2 for contactless concierge delivery and Vi-YO-Let, offering complimentary UVD-grade sanitization.
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