Tag Archives: travel

Marriott To Require Masks In Lobbies, Public Spaces

USA Today reports: Marriott hotels will require guests to wear masks in lobbies and other public spaces starting July 27. The Bethesda, Maryland-based hotel giant — which has more than 7,300 hotels worldwide — has been requiring employees to wear masks for several months. But in a video message released Monday, CEO Arne Sorenson said the mandate is being extended …

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Cruise Lines: No Travel From US Ports Until Sept 15th

From the Cruise Lines International Association: “Due to the ongoing situation within the U.S. related to COVID-19, CLIA member cruise lines have decided to voluntarily extend the period of suspended passenger operations. The current No Sail Order issued by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) will expire on 24 July, and although we had hoped that cruise …

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Hertz Declares Bankruptcy In US And Canada [VIDEO]

Yahoo Finance reports: Global car rental company Hertz became the latest economic casualty of the coronavirus pandemic Friday, filing for bankruptcy in the US and Canada after more than a century in business. “The impact of COVID-19 on travel demand was sudden and dramatic, causing an abrupt decline in the Company’s revenue and future bookings,” Hertz said in a press …

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Hertz Shares Plunge On News Of Imminent Bankruptcy

MarketWatch reports: Shares of Hertz Global Holdings Inc. fell more than 30% in the extended session Friday after The Wall Street Journal reported the car-rental company’s bankruptcy could come as early as Friday night. Hertz has failed to reach a deal with top lenders, the newspaper reported, citing people familiar with the matter. Nationwide restrictions on travel put in place …

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Amtrak: Masks Required On Trains And In Stations

NPR reports: Amtrak is the latest transportation provider to require all passengers to wear facial coverings or masks to help prevent the spread of the coronavirus, beginning Monday. The intercity passenger rail agency joins most of the nation’s passenger airlines and many public transit systems in requiring coverings or face masks on passengers. Customers will have to “wear a facial …

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Hertz Granted Two Week Reprieve On Bankruptcy

Yahoo Finance reports: Lenders granted Hertz Global Holdings Inc. an eleventh-hour reprieve from a potential bankruptcy, giving the struggling rental-car company more time to work out a rescue plan after it missed debt payments. The forbearances and waivers give Hertz until May 22 to “develop a financing strategy and structure that better reflects the economic impact of the Covid-19 global …

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China Bans Entry By Foreign Nationals Effective Today

Via press release from China’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs: In view of the rapid spread of COVID-19 across the world, China has decided to temporarily suspend the entry into China by foreign nationals holding visas or residence permits still valid to the time of this announcement, effective from 0 a.m., 28 march 2020. Entry by foreign nationals with APEC Business …

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US To Citizens Abroad: Come Home Now If You Can

Here’s the official warning I reported was coming: The Department of State advises U.S. citizens to avoid all international travel due to the global impact of COVID-19. In countries where commercial departure options remain available, U.S. citizens who live in the United States should arrange for immediate return to the United States, unless they are prepared to remain abroad for …

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Trudeau Closes Canada’s Borders To All But Americans

Global News reports: Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced on Monday that Canada will be closing its borders to foreign travellers in an attempt to limit the spread of the novel coronavirus. Speaking to reporters from Rideau Cottage in Ottawa, Trudeau said Canada is taking “increasingly aggressive steps” and will be closing its borders to people who are not Canadian citizens …

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Cruise Industry Floats Restrictions On Those Over 70

CBNC reports: The cruise industry has submitted a proposal to the White House that would impose restrictions on travelers over the age of 70 as well as those with chronic medical conditions as the coronavirus spreads, two sources familiar with the matter told CNBC. The proposal would restrict people over the age of 70 from getting on a ship unless …

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Thousands To Disembark Cruise Ship Hit By Virus

The Associated Press reports: Federal and state officials in California were preparing Monday to receive thousands of people from a cruise ship that has been idling off the coast of San Francisco with at least 21 people aboard infected with the coronavirus. Fences were being installed at an 11-acre site at the Port of Oakland, as authorities readied flights and …

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Struggling British Carrier Goes Under Due To Virus

The Associated Press reports: The struggling British airline Flybe collapsed Thursday amid drops in demand caused by the new coronavirus, leaving passengers stranded and threatening the viability of regional airports across the country. Flybe’s fall highlights the damage that the virus outbreak has had on the airline industry, which has cut back on flights around the world as people avoid …

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Another Cruise Ship Held In Virus Quarantine [VIDEO]

USA Today reports: A cruise ship was being held off the coast of San Francisco on Thursday amid fears that more than 3,500 passengers and crew may have been exposed. Gov. Gavin Newsom said the Grand Princess was sailing with 62 passengers who had been on the ship’s previous voyage with a 71-year-old man who eventually died from the virus. …

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United Airlines Cuts Flights Due To Slowing Demand

CNBC reports: United Airlines announced deep cuts to its schedule next month amid the global coronavirus outbreak and slowing demand. The airline will cut international flights by 20% and domestic flights by 10%. Some wide-body planes will be parked, the company said Wednesday. United shares fell after its announcement but later recovered from the lows of the day, and were …

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Dominican Republic Turns Away Cruise Ship Over Virus

The Associated Press reports: A cruise ship heading to the Dominican Republic to disembark hundreds of passengers after a 14-day tour was turned away on Thursday because officials feared eight of those aboard showed potential symptoms of the COVID-19 virus, officials announced. A joint statement by the Public Health Ministry and Port Authority said that the captain of the Braemar …

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Delta CEO: Ask Before Reclining Your Seat [VIDEO]

NBC News reports: The CEO of Delta Air Lines, Ed Bastian, weighed in Friday on the debate sparked by a viral video of a passenger on another airline repeatedly punching the seat of a woman in front of him after she reclined it. Bastian said passengers “have the right to recline,” but that they should ask the person behind them …

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Virus Update: Cruise Ship Line Bans All Chinese Citizens

Reuters reports: Royal Caribbean Cruises issued a statement on Friday saying: “Any guest or crewmen traveling from, to, or through mainland China, Hong Kong or Macau less than 15 days prior to their sailing will be unable to board any of our ships.” But it did not stop there. It also said, “Any guests holding a Chinese, Hong Kong or …

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Virus: Dozens Sick On Quarantined Cruise Ship [VIDEO]

CNN reports: The Diamond Princess cruise ship has been quarantined off the coast of Yokohama, near Tokyo, since Tuesday, after a former passenger tested positive for the coronavirus. There are more than 3,700 people on board, including 2,600 passengers, of whom 428 are American. So far, 61 passengers have tested positive for the virus, and the quarantine is expected to …

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ITALY: 6000 Held On Cruise Ship Over Virus Fears

ABC News reports: About 6,000 people are being held on an Italian cruise ship after a woman on board fell ill amid fears of the deadly new coronavirus outbreak that originated in China. The Costa Smeralda Vessel is currently being held off the coast, 35 miles north of Rome. The 54-year-old woman, who reportedly came down with a fever, and …

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Feds Slam Southwest Airlines On Maintenance Records

The Wall Street Journal report: A government report to be released in coming days says Southwest Airlines Co. failed to prioritize safety and the airline’s regulator, the Federal Aviation Administration, hasn’t done enough about it. Southwest pilots flew more than 17 million people on aircraft with unconfirmed maintenance records over a two-year period, according to a U.S. Department of Transportation …

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