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

By Pauline Frommer

Posted on 07/14/2020, 10:00 AM

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 abl...

Flight Attendants Are Finding That Policing Mask Usage Is Near Impossible

By Pauline Frommer

Posted on 07/13/2020, 7:00 AM

By the contract of carriage of every major U.S. airline, face coverings are now required of all passengers while in the air (with the exceptions of children under the age of 2 and passengers with medical conditions that preclude mask wearing). The task of policing this new rule is falling to flight attendants, whose jobs were already tough but have now become among the most difficult in the natio...

Turkish Leader Re-Converts Hagia Sophia Into Mosque: Can Tourists Still Visit?

By Jason Cochran

Posted on 07/10/2020, 12:00 PM

A court has cleared the way for Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan to convert one of the world's most precious architectural and historic jewels, the Hagia Sophia, back into a working mosque. If you've never been lucky enough to see the Hagia Sophia (sometimes spelled "Ayasofya"), you should know it's one of the most magical places on the planet. It’s impossible to fully convey the cosmic sens...

Three Countries Where Americans Can Escape And Legally Work Digitally for Up to a Year

By Pauline Frommer

Posted on 07/09/2020, 6:00 AM

What’s one of the biggest lessons to come out of this pandemic? For many, it was a revelation that they didn't need an office and they could, in fact, work from anywhere. That good news, of course, was tempered by the fact that for Americans, travel to many countries is discouraged, if not impossible. But recently the island nation of Barbados (pictured above) announced that it could be working o...

What a Shrinking Airbnb Could Mean for the Future of Travel

By Pauline Frommer

Posted on 07/06/2020, 6:00 AM

Like every other travel company, Airbnb was hit hard by the pandemic. In May, CEO Brian Chesky admitted that the company’s future was in doubt this spring. Airbnb reacted by cutting 25% of its workforce, canceling $1 billion worth of marketing campaigns, and refocusing on rural properties that were away from traditional tourist hot spots and therefore better suited for social distancing. It seems...

Alarmed by U.S. Infection Rate, Caribbean Islands Tighten Entry Restrictions

By Jason Cochran

Posted on 07/01/2020, 10:00 AM

A month ago, when the Caribbean islands began laying plans for their reopening, welcoming travelers from the United States was the key concern because of the region's economic reliance on American tourists. Today, the situation is souring. Caribbean islands, many of which have successfully managed their Covid-19 infections, are scrambling to deal with the fact that the United States has not. Co...

Miss Broadway? You Can Still Perform Safety Theater at the Airport

By Pauline Frommer

Posted on 07/01/2020, 7:00 AM

On Sunday, a family emergency required me to fly from Nantucket, Massachusetts, to New York City. As I was heading out of the secure passenger area toward baggage claim at JFK International Airport, a laconic guard muttered as I passed by, "You gotta go to that table." I'm a rule follower, so I went where he pointed. What I encountered will likely become more and more common for air travelers in t...

Pauline Frommer: It's Tragic That Europe Bans Americans, But I Agree

By Pauline Frommer

Posted on 06/30/2020, 7:00 AM

It’s official: Americans are not welcome in Europe, at least not in the near future. That’s the decision that the European Union formally announced today with its list of nations that will be welcomed back come July 1. America isn't on it. Right now, the E.U. trusts 14 nations, including Rwanda, Algeria, Uruguay, New Zealand, Australia, and Tunisia, more than the United States. This move doesn’t...

American Queen River Cruises to Resume This Summer—But Are They Safe?

By Pauline Frommer

Posted on 06/30/2020, 6:00 AM

While most of the cruise industry has suspended sailings through the summer, American Queen Steamboat Company has announced that the paddle wheels on its river cruises will be turning again in mid-July. To make that happen, the Indiana–based company has introduced new safety protocols and regulations in partnership with nonprofit medical provider Ochsner Health. The new policies include frequent ...

American Airlines Will Now Book Flights to Full Capacity

By Jason Cochran

Posted on 06/26/2020, 11:00 AM

On Friday, June 26, the United States registered a new single-day record in coronavirus infections—more than 40,000, many of them in young people who exhibit no symptoms. Hours before, a U.S. government official said that the actual infection rate may be as much as 10 times higher than what we know. What a great day for American Airlines to announce that starting on Wednesday, July 1, flights wil...

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