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CREST Releases ‘Case for Responsible Travel’ Report
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CREST Releases ‘Case for Responsible Travel’ Report

WASHINGTON, D.C.—The Center for Responsible Travel (CREST) has released its latest report: The Case for Responsible Travel: Trends & Statistics 2020, a special edition on lessons from COVID-19 for tourism in a changing climate. This annual meta-analysis comes at an unprecedented time due to the COVID-19 pandemic. COVID-19 has highlighted the immense need and value...

Survey: 74 Percent of Hotels Will Lay Off More Employees Without Further Aid
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Survey: 74 Percent of Hotels Will Lay Off More Employees Without Further Aid

WASHINGTON, D.C.—As devastated industries wait for Congress to pass another round of COVID-19 recovery legislation, a new survey of American Hotel & Lodging Association (AHLA) members shows that the hotel industry remains on the brink of collapse because of the pandemic. Results show 68 percent of hotels have less than half of their typical, pre-crisis...

New Study: Hand Dryers Equally Hygienic to Paper Towels for Drying Hands
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New Study: Hand Dryers Equally Hygienic to Paper Towels for Drying Hands

EAST LONGMEADOW, MASS.—After an exhaustive two-year process, a University of Arizona Health Sciences research team has announced the publication of their work, Comparison of electric hand dryers and paper towels for hand hygiene: a critical review of the literature. The review culled the current breadth of data, including published studies, news reports and online content,...

Outrigger Increases Room Donation to $500k for Hawaii State Nurses & Respiratory Therapists
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Outrigger Increases Room Donation to $500k for Hawaii State Nurses & Respiratory Therapists

PHUKET, THAILAND—Outrigger Hotels and Resorts is inviting up to 1,500 Hawaii nurses and respiratory therapists to enjoy a stress-free, cost-free stay in Waikiki as a way for the hospitality brand to show its appreciation for the frontline healthcare heroes. Eligible individuals must book by Sept. 30, 2020 to take advantage of this offer and stay...

Park MGM/NoMad to be Las Vegas Strip’s Only Smoke-Free Casino-Resort
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Park MGM/NoMad to be Las Vegas Strip’s Only Smoke-Free Casino-Resort

LAS VEGAS—MGM Resorts International announced that Park MGM and NoMad Las Vegas will open their doors on September 30, completing the reopening of all of its properties around the world following closures earlier this year amid the Covid-19 crisis. Upon reopening, Park MGM/NoMad will be The Strip’s first fully smoke-free casino resort. “Opening Park MGM...

United States Set to Lose $155 billion from Missing International Tourists & Visitors, says WTTC
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United States Set to Lose $155 billion from Missing International Tourists & Visitors, says WTTC

LONDON—A devastating $155 billion looks set to be lost from the U.S. economy due to the collapse of international travel during 2020, according to latest research conducted by the World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC). WTTC, which represents the global Travel & Tourism private sector, says the massive decline in the number of international travelers...

AHLA Named One of ‘100 Associations That Will Save the World’
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AHLA Named One of ‘100 Associations That Will Save the World’

WASHINGTON, D.C.—The American Hotel & Lodging Association (AHLA) was named to a national list of “100 Associations That Will Save the World” in recognition of the association’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic. The list, compiled by the American Society of Association Executives (ASAE), recognizes AHLA and 18 other associations as leaders in the “Coronavirus Response”...

Meliá Hotels in 100 Percent Compliance with Anti-COVID Standards and Measures
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Meliá Hotels in 100 Percent Compliance with Anti-COVID Standards and Measures

PALMA, SPAIN—Bureau Veritas, a market leader in inspection, certification and testing, has completed the certification of the Meliá Hotels International ‘Stay Safe with Meliá’ program of preventative measures to combat COVID-19 and has also confirmed a level of compliance of 100 percent in company hotels. At the launch of the program in May, Meliá announced...

Selection of Virus-Zapping Machines Utilizing UVC Light Keeps Growing
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Selection of Virus-Zapping Machines Utilizing UVC Light Keeps Growing

Xenex Disinfection Services NATIONAL REPORT—Earlier this year the Westin Houston Medical Center announced it was using LightStrike Germ-Zapping Robots to sanitize and disinfect its guestrooms and common areas to help combat the threat of coronavirus. The robots use intense germicidal UV light to disinfect rooms by quickly destroying microscopic bacteria and viruses that may be...

Report: State of Hotel Industry Six Months into COVID Pandemic
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Report: State of Hotel Industry Six Months into COVID Pandemic

WASHINGTON, D.C.—The American Hotel & Lodging Association (AHLA) released an analysis on the economic and human struggle  of the hotel industry six months into the COVID-19 pandemic, with millions of employees still furloughed or laid off and travel demand lagging far behind normal levels. Key findings of the report include: Four out of 10 hotel...