State Dept. lifts blanket international travel advisory | Canopy by Hilton comes to Philadelphia, NYC area | CLIA no-sail rule continues; seeks advisor comment cards
August 7, 2020
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With the plethora of restrictions and rules involved in travel right now, luxury vacation planner Richard Turen worries that "freedom-loving" Americans may balk if travel advisors don't intervene. He recommends offering a menu of choices to let them customize their trips so they feel they have more control.
Full Story: Travel Weekly (8/5) 
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State Dept. lifts blanket international travel advisory
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The US State Department has ended its 5-month-old advisory against international travel and is returning to its 1 through 4 rating on, which gives a higher level of detail for each location. "We continue to recommend US citizens exercise caution when traveling abroad due to the unpredictable nature of the pandemic," the department says.
Full Story: USA Today (8/6) 
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Canopy by Hilton comes to Philadelphia, NYC area
Jersey City, N.J. (Timothy A. Clary/AFP via Getty Images)
Philadelphia and the New York City area each have welcomed their first Canopy by Hilton hotel. East Market is the location of the 236-room Canopy by Hilton Philadelphia Center City, and New Jersey's Canopy by Hilton Jersey City Arts District features 211 rooms.
Full Story: Hospitality Design (8/4),  TravelPulse (8/5) 
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