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The Myriad Ways One Hotel Manager's Job Has Gotten Tougher Since Covid-19

By Pauline Frommer

Posted on 08/03/2020, 11:00 AM

August 3, 2020 Add hotel manager to the list of jobs that have gotten exponentially more arduous since March. Not only are hotels being tasked with keeping travelers safe under circumstances that would challenge an MIT epidemiologist, but most hotels are also scrambling just to stay in business, thanks to the sharp downturn in travel. Recently, I had an unusually candid conversation with ...

Buyer Beware: Theme Parks Are Cutting Experiences but Not Prices

By Jason Cochran

Posted on 07/31/2020, 3:00 PM

Despite headlines declaring that major theme parks have "reopened," that doesn't mean everything inside them has. We get it—some people would rather eat glass slippers than step foot in Cinderella Castle during a pandemic, even if the much shorter lines at the parks have an appeal.  But for those other people who might be thinking that stepping through the turnstiles will be like returning t...

Add Estonia to the List of Countries That Accept Americans As Digital Nomads

By Pauline Frommer

Posted on 07/29/2020, 9:00 AM

It seems like a lot of our readers are eager to live somewhere other than the United States for a while. We've posted about several countries that are currently accepting American digital nomads—as governments seek ways to replace tourism income, the number of nations offering this option is steadily growing. The latest addition: Estonia. Starting August 1, the Eastern European country will rol...

WATCH: Pauline Frommer's Road Trip Tips on Good Morning America

By Frommer's Staff

Posted on 07/29/2020, 6:00 AM

Our own Pauline Frommer was on ABC's iconic show Good Morning America to help viewers plan the perfect road trip for summer 2020.  She has suggestions for smart planning websites, for how to map out the best route, and what to expect at attractions such as national parks.  Watch her GMA appearance right here: ...

Pauline Frommer: If Casinos Go Touchless, More People May Suffer

By Pauline Frommer

Posted on 07/28/2020, 3:00 PM

Like many people who work in the travel industry, I start my day looking at the daily stories sent out by Travel Weekly, a top source for news. Today's edition featured an in-depth piece on the ways tech firms are working with the major casinos of Las Vegas and other cities to make the gambling experience more safe in our coronavirus era. And all I could think was: Once Covid-19 passes, these i...

Does This Look Fun to You? Vloggers Show What Travel Is Like Now

By Jason Cochran

Posted on 07/24/2020, 5:00 PM

What's travel like these days? Now that things are reopening elsewhere in the world, are you missing out on the fun? You don't have to wonder. YouTube has the answer. The first travelers are trickling back to post-shutdown destinations and posting their experiences online as video blogs. The world they're showing us is, in a word, different.  Here's Dhruv Rathee, who has amassed 4 million...

Lawsuit: Hertz Customers Jailed After False Accusations of Stealing Rental Cars

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 07/24/2020, 2:00 PM

Rent a car from Hertz and your road trip could end in unjustified jail time, or so a lawsuit filed in Delaware on behalf of nearly two dozen plaintiffs alleges.   The accusers—all former Hertz customers—say they were arrested and in some cases thrown in jail because Hertz falsely reported them to the police for stealing rental cars.  Among those suing the financially troubled company are Jul...

New Yorkers Can Have Global Entry Again (Because Homeland Security Lied About It)

By Jason Cochran

Posted on 07/24/2020, 10:00 AM

After six months, residents of New York State are again allowed to apply for Trusted Traveler Programs, including Global Entry. Why? Because the Department of Homeland Security made false statements to justify the ban. The DHS previously insisted that it had to block New Yorkers from obtaining Global Entry memberships because the state prohibits the federal government from using records from...

Disney and Hotel Chains Are Enforcing Mask Rules—Why Can't the Government?

By Pauline Frommer

Posted on 07/22/2020, 5:00 PM

As government leaders at the state and federal levels continue to send mixed and misleading messages about mask usage—we’re looking at you (but not only you), Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp—scientists are finding a surprising ally in the battle to contain Covid-19: corporate America. A number of large companies, particularly those in the travel industry, have evidently given up on ever getting clear g...

Hawaii Extends Quarantine—What Will That Mean for Tourism Businesses?

By Pauline Frommer

Posted on 07/14/2020, 2:00 PM

In response to an uptick in coronavirus cases in Hawaii, along with surging infection rates on the mainland and testing shortages, Hawaii Governor David Ige announced late yesterday that the state will extend its quarantine requirement through the end of August. Toward the end of June, Ige had stated that the requirement would be in place only until August 1; after that point visitors would be ...

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