Hotel executives and their travel industry counterparts agree that the massive corporate share of their business lost to the pandemic won't be fully recouped, and a 15% permanent loss is considered optimistic by some. Corporate bookings are not part of the current modest recovery in travel, and analysts cite the embrace of remote meeting technology by major companies as a dire omen for the future.
A chill on business meetings and continuation of work-from-home trends on the part of major companies are hindering the hotel industry's arduous but steady recovery, Marriott International CEO Arne Sorenson maintains. "While we all need to make decisions to protect our people and make sure that we're not putting people out in risky environments, there's absolutely no reason for us to be making decisions about what offices look like or what travel looks like in the second quarter of 2021," Sorenson said.
United Airlines will add three new destinations from Denver International Airport in October: Sioux City, Iowa; and Alamosa and Rochester, Minn. The airline is also adding service between Houston and Abilene, Texas.
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Touchless tech may soon be incorporated in every aspect of an airplane bathroom, ranging from sensors that open the lavatory door to automated wastebasket lids. Other features in development that may help to reduce germ transmission include antimicrobial LED lighting, special toilets that eliminate splashing and a toilet seat that raises and lowers on its own.
Las Vegas hotel rooms are being marketed as white-collar workspaces, in a new effort to revive business devastated by the pandemic. MGM Resorts' Viva Las Office package features nightly room rates as low as $100, discounted jet service and even executive assistants.