Will Airline Service Cuts Turn Parts of USA Into No-Go Zones?

By Pauline Frommer

Posted on 06/01/2020, 10:00 AM

Like our nation's highway system, airlines play a vital role in knitting together the country, allowing for commerce as well as travel between the states. That's why the federal government's airline bailout was contingent on the carriers promising to maintain service to American airports big and small. But there was a loophole: Airlines were given the right to petition the government to drop...

Frontier Airlines Is Now Checking Temperatures—Will It Matter Much?

By Jason Cochran

Posted on 06/01/2020, 12:00 AM

Nearly a month ago, Frontier Airlines announced that it would be the first U.S. airline to screen passengers for high temperatures. Several weeks have gone by, but on June 1, the budget airline's policy finally goes into effect. Now customers will be scanned with a touchless thermometer, and anyone whose body temperature exceeds 100.7°F (38.1°C) will not be permitted to board. Checking tempe...

There's More Room at the Inns of the National Parks This Summer. Here's Why

By Pauline Frommer

Posted on 05/29/2020, 11:00 AM

Americans who visited a U.S. national park in recent years might have learned something surprising: Though the parks are America’s greatest treasures, it is foreign visitors who seem to treasure them most. At the Grand Canyon, Acadia, Yosemite, Bryce Canyon, or one of the other top parks, you were as likely to overhear conversations in German, French, or Mandarin as in English. For obvious r...

Cyprus Takes a Humane and Ethical Approach to Reopening to Tourism

By Pauline Frommer

Posted on 05/28/2020, 11:00 AM

If you've visited Cyprus, you know that it's the local custom for some Cypriots to greet everyone, whether they know them or not, with a friendly smile and a "Ya Su." Though that's usually translated as "hello," the real meaning is, "I wish you good health." So it shouldn't come as a surprise that the Republic of Cyprus is trying to kick-start its tourism industry by promising to work for the h...

Japan Wants to Pay for Part of Domestic Travel To Boost Tourism

By Jason Cochran

Posted on 05/26/2020, 3:00 PM

Hiroshi Tabata, chief of the Japanese Tourism Agency, announced in a press conference his intention to help revive visitation to his country by discounting vacations there. Tokyo's Summer Olympic Games won't happen in 2020 and may not even be realized in 2021, so Japan is mounting a lavish plan to stimulate tourism through other means. Details are still being sketched out and there is no start ...

Portugal Reopens to Tourism June 6, but with an Odd Twist

By Pauline Frommer

Posted on 05/19/2020, 2:00 PM

Update, June 30: Portugal has updated its policy to conform to recommendations by the European Union. Americans are no longer welcomed. For complete information, see our feature about the rules of entry for most European countries.  Like many countries in Europe, Portugal will reopen to nonessential travel (i.e., tourism) soon. But unlike its neighbors, Portugal is basing its decisions about w...

Las Vegas Casinos Planning to Reopen—But They Won't Be the Same

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 05/15/2020, 3:00 PM

There is still no reopening date for the Las Vegas Strip.  The casinos along that normally overbusy thoroughfare are waiting for the go-ahead from Nevada Gov. Steve Sisolak and the Nevada Gaming Control Board.  But in the meantime, nearly three dozen Strip properties have taken a very on-brand gamble by opening reservations for as soon as May 22, the Friday before Memorial Day.  Among the...

Pauline Frommer: Social Distancing Inspires Creativity at Restaurants

By Pauline Frommer

Posted on 05/15/2020, 1:00 PM

What's the new specialty at some of the world's restaurants? Extreme theatricality. In an attempt to shield customers from the buzzkill of social distancing, restaurateurs are getting mighty creative. Earlier this week, Frommer's wrote about a Swedish farm-turned-eatery and its nightly solo dinner service. That's just the beginning of a worldwide trend in innovation. At Cafe & Kondito...

If Americans Want to Travel Again, They'll Fight for On-Demand Testing

By Jason Cochran

Posted on 05/14/2020, 12:00 PM

Countries around the world are making plans for welcoming international tourists again. Austria: Tourists must quarantine for two weeks—unless they can show recent proof of a negative Covid-19 test. Iceland: Tourists must quarantine for two weeks—unless they can show recent proof of a negative Covid-19 test. Greece: Tourists must present proof of a clean bill of health for entry. As th...

Despite What They Say, Airlines Are Not Enforcing Mask Use

By Jason Cochran

Posted on 05/13/2020, 4:00 PM

This spring, news about U.S. airlines has followed a familiar pattern. First, the airlines trumpet a new safety measure that the news media repeats, generating a round of praise. Then someone exposes the announcement as a sham. Airlines tell customers they can cancel flight reservations—only to refuse to issue cash refunds. Airlines announce they will leave middle seats open—only to renege o...

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