July 29, 2021
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UK expected to reopen to US tourists
UK Parliament (Pixabay)
The UK is expected to reopen its borders to tourists from the US and European Union who have been fully vaccinated. The government has been under pressure from the tourist industry to lift restrictions, and the new rules could go into effect as early as next week.
Full Story: Skift (tiered subscription model) (7/27) 
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United Airlines will allow all passengers on some longer flights, not just those in the premium cabin, to order inflight food and drinks in advance. The service will be available first on flights from Chicago to Honolulu and three California cities, and the carrier plans to expand the option by fall to all flights over 1,500 miles.
Full Story: The Verge (7/28),  BNN Bloomberg (Canada) (7/28) 
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The deadline to submit a nomination for SmartBrief's Innovation Awards for the Business Traveler has been extended to Aug. 13. The awards will spotlight products that have improved the travel industry in the categories of business intelligence solutions, travel management systems, rideshare technologies and customer service technologies.
Full Story: SmartBrief/Food & Travel (7/29) 
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The Smarter Traveler
Delta Air Lines will allow basic economy passengers to make complimentary itinerary changes online through Dec. 31. The airline is also extending current elite status for premium frequent flyers to Jan. 31, 2023.
Full Story: Delta News Hub (7/27),  The Points Guy (7/27),  The Atlanta Journal-Constitution (7/27) 
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Refuel and Refresh
New IHG promo aims to fetch pet lovers
(Franck Prevel/Getty Images)
IHG Hotels & Resorts is reaching out to the growing ranks of traveling pet owners with a dual promotion at hundreds of US locations. The Pets Points Package features 3,000 IHG Rewards program points along with a discounted rate for animal companions.
Full Story: Travel + Leisure online (7/26) 
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The Revitalized Health Optimization Program at Four Seasons Resort Maui at Wailea; the Six Pillars of Healthy Living program at California's Cavallo Point and the Maldives' soon-to-open Joali Being resort showcase the focus on wellness in the hotel sector.
Full Story: Robb Report (7/27) 
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Travel Pulse
Do you agree with the US decision to keep existing COVID-related travel restrictions in place?
Yes
 60.27%
No
 36.31%
No opinion
 3.42%
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civil rights activist, educator
1935-2021
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