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Now at the Boarding Gate: Coronavirus Tests

American Airlines said on Tuesday that it will offer coronavirus tests to passengers, joining United Airlines, Hawaiian Airlines and JetBlue Airways in offering tests to passengers. Tampa International Airport also said it will offer tests. The tests, which range from rapid tests at the airport that return results in minutes to tests that take a few days, allow travelers whose results are negative to skip or minimize quarantine restrictions in various destinations.The new tests come as the number of people flying both domestically and internationally continues to be at record lows (the Transportation Security Administration screened 568,688 people on Tuesday compared to 1,998,980 on the same date a year ago). Testing at airports, it is hoped, will assuage people who are worried about th...

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House Hunting in Chile: A Bright, Modern Villa in the Andes for $1.3 Million

(As of Sept. 29, Chile had reported 461,300 cases of Covid-19 — a much higher rate per capita than neighboring Bolivia and Argentina, and higher even than Brazil’s — and 12,725 deaths, according to The New York Times’s coronavirus map.)Santiago’s high-end market has been stable for decades, said Luis Novoa, the CEO of Chile Sotheby’s International Realty. He estimated the average asking price among properties with his agency is about $800,000, or $330 a square foot.The social unrest that erupted last fall initially led to an increase in supply of high-end properties, as affluent homeowners decided to sell vacation homes, but that trend has slowed, Mr. Novoa said. Now buyers are awaiting the results of a coming national referendum in October. Investors, though, have started to jump on pr...

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Collin takes up European leadership role with Preferred Hotels | News

Preferred Hotels & Resorts has promoted Brenda Collin to the role of senior vice president, Europe, effective immediately. In her new role, Collin will oversee a regional team to ensure the success and retention of more than 125 member properties based across an expanded region. “Over the past seven years, Brenda has achieved great success for our brand and our member hotels by tirelessly pursuing opportunities across all aspects of our business and continuously looking at the larger global picture,” said Lindsey Ueberroth, chief executive of Preferred Hotels & Resorts. “She is a valued and trusted leader who has demonstrated an unwavering passion for hospitality, a dedication to excellence, and an admirable resilience when promoting the strength of the Preferred brand abov...

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Mandarin Oriental signs Oberoi Group partnership | News

Mandarin Oriental Hotel Group and the Oberoi Group have announced a long-term strategic alliance that will see the two groups jointly collaborating across a range of initiatives. The partnership creates a platform for the two organisations to work more closely together while seeking to retain the unique heritage and identity of each. The alliance greatly increases the global reach of both groups, providing guests with increased choice in breadth across the globe as well as depth in India. “We are delighted to launch this innovative partnership with the Oberoi Group, setting the stage for us to push the boundaries of luxury hospitality. “The Oberoi Group has a long-established history and a wealth of expertise in providing exemplary service and I am confident that by working togethe...

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IATA further downgrades 2020 aviation expectations | News

The International Air Transport Association (IATA) has downgraded its traffic forecast for 2020 to reflect a weaker-than-expected recovery. The trade body pointed to a dismal end to the summer travel season in the northern hemisphere as a particular concern. IATA now expects full-year 2020 traffic to be down 66 per cent compared to 2019. The previous estimate was for a 63 per cent decline.  August passenger demand continued to be hugely depressed against normal levels, with revenue passenger kilometres down 75 per cent compared to August last year.This was only slightly improved compared to the 80 per cent annual contraction in July. Domestic markets continued to outperform international markets in terms of recovery, although most remained substantially down on a year ago. August ...

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TUI secures further €1.2bn in government support | News

TUI Group has taken steps toward securing a further €1.2 billion bailout from the Germany government. With bondholders having waived certain rights at the start of the month September, the German Economic Stabilisation Fund (WSF) has now subscribed to a warrant bond with a volume of €150 million. Both conditions had to be fulfilled by September 30th to unlock further federal support. With the proceeds from the bond with warrants and the increase in the KfW credit line of €1.05 billion, TUI Group will have a further €1.2 billion at its disposal. Including this second stabilisation package, TUI will have financial resources of around €2 billion the company said it a statement.Fritz Joussen, chief executive of the TUI Group, explained: “We continue to operate in a very volatile market ...

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American builds pre-fight Covid-19 testing regime | News

American Airlines is collaborating with several foreign governments to begin offering pre-fight Covid-19 testing for customers, starting with Jamaica and the Bahamas. The carrier plans to expand the program to additional markets in the weeks and months ahead. “The pandemic has changed our business in ways we never could have expected, but all the while, the entire American Airlines team has eagerly tackled the challenge of reimagining the way we deliver a safe, healthy and enjoyable travel experience for our customers,” said Robert Isom, president of American Airlines. “Our plan for this initial phase of pre-flight testing reflects the ingenuity and care our team is putting into rebuilding confidence in air travel, and we view this as an important step in our work to accelerate an e...

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AHIC 2020: Saudi welcomes private investors to develop hospitality sector | News

Leaders from the Saudi Arabia hospitality market have told delegates at AHIC on the Road that the country remains open to private investors seeking opportunities. Hammad Al Balawi, general manager of tourism investment, Saudi Arabia ministry of tourism, explained: “Saudi Arabia is new to the tourism sector globally, though we do trace a history of 1,400 years and play host to the two holy sites of Islam – Mecca and Medina – so we are no strangers to hospitality. “As part of Vision 2030, we have started to explore other areas of tourism, be that sports, entertainment or culture. “We have set out key goals to diversify our economy, and create a melting pot of cultures. “Since the beginning of last year, we have been working on a national tourism strategy, offering a balance of the gig...

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AHIC 2020: Aleph Hospitality to enter Dubai market | News

United Arab Emirates-based independent hotel management company Aleph Hospitality has announced its entry into the Middle East market with the signing of its first hotel in Dubai. The new was confirmed during AHIC on the Road, a revamped hospitality showcase taking place across the emirate this week. The 386-room five-star hotel, located on Sheikh Zayed Road adjacent to the Museum of the Future and minutes away from the Dubai World Trade Centre, is set to open in the second quarter of 2021 and will be internationally branded. The property has a full floor of meeting rooms as well as two restaurants, a pool and spa facilities. The news comes as Aleph Hospitality is experiencing significant growth across its target geographies in the Middle East and Africa. The company secured a number...

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AHIC 2020: Dubai Expo set to revitalise hospitality market | News

With the doors to Dubai Expo 2020 set to open a year tomorrow, Sumathi Ramanathan has said the show presents a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for hoteliers. Speaking during AHIC on the Road, the director of destination marketing for the event said its impact would be felt for many years. “Expo 2020 is the best branding exercise for the emirate – it will drive demand before, during and after the opening,” Ramanathan explained. “Delegations are beginning to arrive even now, along with technical and construction teams. “Performers will also be arriving to prepare the programme. “Obviously, during the event will are still expecting to welcome a huge number of guests from around the world.” She added: “As the world begins to recover from Covid-19, Dubai Expo 2020 will act a six-month bran...

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