Tag: Hotels and Travel Lodgings

Forget Spas and Bars. Hotels Tout Housekeeping to Lure Back Travelers.

When Beau Phillips checked into a hotel near Toledo recently, a table in front of the counter barricaded him from getting too close to the clerk, who wore a mask and stood behind a plastic window. “The key is gently tossed at you from three feet away,” said Mr. Phillips, a public affairs executive who […]

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A Better Year for Trump’s Family Business (Last Year, That Is)

Before the coronavirus ripped through the country, upending President Trump’s family business and the broader hospitality industry, the company last year showed modest gains, according to Mr. Trump’s annual financial disclosure report released late Friday. The disclosure report, which offers the only official public detailing of the president’s personal finances, had been delayed for months […]

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Hotels Are Promoting the Nostalgia of the Family Road Trip

As the United States slowly, haltingly reopens, hotels are trying to persuade Americans to make this the summer of the road trip. Although some hotels have kept a trickle of guests coming through the doors by catering to essential workers, people seeking a change in scenery and willing to drive to a vacation spot are […]

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5 New Yorkers Escaped the City for Fresh Air and Space. Was It Worth It?

For the past 100-plus days it’s been just me, and all of my personalities, living in my Manhattan apartment. I knew I was in trouble when a pigeon landed on my windowsill and I seriously considered letting it in. “Finally, some company,” I said to no one. Like many New Yorkers, I’ve been desperate to […]

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Hotels Nix Mints and Breakfast Buffets. Hand Sanitizer, Anyone?

Those hotel amenities you took for granted, like throw pillows, turndown service and free coffee in the lobby? They’re gone. Housekeeping is by request or eliminated during your stay. And don’t even think of finding a self-serve breakfast buffet. The coronavirus pandemic “shellshocked” hotels, said Chekitan Dev, a professor of marketing at Cornell’s School of […]

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With Tourists Gone, Bali Workers Return to Farms and Fishing

LALANGLINGGAH VILLAGE, Indonesia — Ni Nyoman Ayu Sutaryani, a mother of three, made a steady living for two decades working as a masseuse and yoga instructor at Bali’s luxury hotels and spas. Now at 37 she finds herself back on the farm of her childhood village here, standing precariously at the top of a tall […]

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Special Interests Mobilize to Get Piece of Next Virus Relief Package

WASHINGTON — Airlines, hotels and restaurants. Military contractors and banks. Even Broadway actors. These are just a few of the special interests already maneuvering to get a piece of the next coronavirus relief package about to be taken up by Congress. The House has already signaled that it wants $3 trillion in aid, the Senate […]

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Southern Europe Opens Its Doors to Tourists. Not Many Are Coming.

ADEJE, Spain — Music blared from a beachfront cafe along the normally bustling southwestern coast of Tenerife, the largest of Spain’s Canary Islands. But several tables sat empty, a month after a Covid-19 lockdown had ended, and the doors to many resorts remained shut. Though tourism is returning to southern Europe — stretching from Portugal […]

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Voices From Travel’s Front Lines: ‘We Walk in Fear, We Work in Fear’

Over the past six weeks, countries across the globe have gradually begun to reopen to travelers, both domestic and foreign. But the travel world, still mired in an unyielding pandemic, is drastically altered. This is especially so for workers in the tourism industry. Their workplaces are now filled with restrictions and health measures, uncertainty and […]

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New Twists on Home-Sharing: 4 Airbnb Alternatives

In 2017, Victoria O’Connell rented her London apartment via a home-sharing site to a man who looted and wrecked the place during a party that drew the police. He disappeared, but left her a review on the platform, saying, “Great host.” The violation convinced her there had to be a more secure way to share […]

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Best Guess on When Business Travel Will Recover? It Could be Years

While business travel evaporated in a flash when the coronavirus hit, it may take two to three years for it to fully recover — far longer than many travel experts initially predicted. Even that timeline, said Henry Harteveldt, president of Atmosphere Research Group, a travel market research firm in San Francisco, depends on “the broader […]

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Help! I’m Owed a Refund, But the Hotel Owner Refuses to Budge

Dear Tripped Up, My wife and I were supposed to attend a wedding in Sonoma this spring, but the affair was obviously canceled. I canceled our Best Western reservation well before the 24 hours required by the company’s new coronavirus cancellation policy, but was told that the only option is to postpone our stay for […]

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