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June 1, 2021

In this edition of the Direct Travel News Brief… U.S. borders with Canada and Mexico will remain restricted through at least June 21, fully vaccinated travelers now able to enter EU countries without restrictions, Delta’s plan for upgrading WiFi, American adds vaccination verification to VeriFly, Breeze Airways joins TSA PreCheck, the rental car shortage continues, Extended Stay America launches new Premier Suites brand, adjustments to the U.S. mask regulations, masks are still required on trains and planes and while in airports, tips for hosting successful meetings and more!

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Top Takeaways from the New Traveler Journey

As the pace of vaccinations accelerate and destinations reopen, more and more businesses are returning to travel. Your organization may be ready to resume travel to reach key clients and markets, but do your road warriors have the information they need in order to stay safe and informed? Read More

How to Fuel a More Sustainable Future for Business Travel

The process for how we travel has changed as a result of COVID-19, but our modes and methods for getting around remain largely the same: planes, automobiles, and transportation systems reliant on fossil fuels. As travelers return to the road and businesses kick back into high gear, the conversation around sustainability is taking off with airlines leading the charge... Read More

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US Borders with Canada, Mexico Restricted Through June 21

USA Today — The Department of Homeland Security says the U.S. borders with Canada and Mexico will remain restricted through at least June 21, with only trade and essential travel allowed until then. Read More

Europe Easing Travel Restrictions for Vaccinated Tourists

Travel Market Report — North American tourists who are fully vaccinated are now able to travel to EU countries without restrictions. Read More

Concur Study: Business Travelers Are Willing to Hit the Road, But on Their Terms

Business Travel News — Among those respondents willing to travel over the next year, 54 percent were motivated by the desire to make personal connections with customers and colleagues...Read More

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Delta Air Lines Plans to Roll Out High Speed WiFi On Mainline Domestic Fleet

Simple Flying — Delta Air Lines aims to roll out best in class high-speed WiFi across the bulk of its mainline domestic fleet by the end of 2022. Read More

American Adds Vaccination Verification to VeriFly

Business Travel News — American Airlines has enabled Covid-19 vaccination record verification to the VeriFly health passport app. Read More

United Airlines Takes Big Step Toward Returning July Flying to Pre-pandemic Levels

Wheels Up Network — United Airlines is announcing more options for customers to take long-awaited summer vacations by adding more than 400 daily flights to its July schedule and increasing service to reopened European destinations. Read More

Air France-KLM Launches First Long-Haul Flight With Eco-Fuel

Northstar Meetings Group — The move toward using sustainable aviation fuel, or SAF, supports the dream of increasingly eco-responsible air travel...Read More

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TSA PreCheck vs. Clear vs. Global Entry: What’s the difference?

Travel Awaits — Long airport security lines may seem like a thing of the past, but they are coming back as more people begin to travel again. Read More

New Airline Begins Operations with TSA PreCheck — The Transportation Security Administration expanded the TSA PreCheck expedited screening program with the addition of Breeze Airways. Read More

Government Travel Warnings & Alerts

U.S. Department of State — Information on current government issued travel warnings and alerts. Read More

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That ‘Too Good to be True’ Rental Car Price You Saw is Probably a Scam

The Points Guy — As if this summer’s looming rental car shortage isn’t stressful enough for travelers eager to make plans, scammers are taking advantage of the situation, using fake customer service phone numbers and low rental prices that seem too good to be true — because they are. Read More

Rental Car Firms Face Shortage as Travel Demand Revs Back Up

Travel Weekly — As summer leisure travel ramps up, travel industry insiders predict the rental car shortage currently gripping the U.S. is likely to worsen before it gets better. Read More

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Extended Stay America Launches New Premier Suites Brand

Hospitality Net — Extended Stay America, Inc. has announced the launch of Extended Stay America Premier Suites. Read More

Hotels, States Adjust to Changing U.S. Mask Regulations

Business Travel News — One week after the U.S. CDC said people vaccinated against Covid-19 could gather indoors without face masks, several—but not all—hotel chains have dropped masking requirements for vaccinated guests. Read More

New York City Temporarily Drops Hotel Room Occupancy Tax

Travel Weekly — Mayor Bill de Blasio said the city will not collect its 5.875 percent occupancy tax for a three-month period, starting June 1…Read More

Construction Gets Underway on Omni PGA Frisco Resort

Northstar Meetings Group — The 501-room Texas hotel will feature seven four-bedroom golf villas and 127,000 square feet of event space. Read More

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How Do I Get a PCR Test in Time for My Flight?

Smarter Travel — We answer this question and ones on in-flight mask arguments, all-inclusive resorts, flight prices, and more in this month’s edition of our travel advice column. Read More

CDC Lifts Mandatory Mask, Social Distancing Mandates for Vaccinated Travelers

Travel Pulse — The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) announced people fully vaccinated against COVID-19 no longer need to wear masks or physically distance indoors or outdoors. Read More

CDC Still Requires Masks on Buses, Trains and Planes

Travel Pulse — The changes were announced after the CDC said masks would no longer be required indoors or outdoors. Read More

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Smart Planning for Safer Experiences: 25 High-Level Protocols

Creative Group — Creative Group currently maintains 25 high-level protocols for safer experiences — all in an effort to help you and your attendees feel safe and secure with each new event. We consider the most up-to-date Internal, Client and Destination protocols and use the strictest one required. Learn more about our protocols…Read More

How to Host an Effective Hybrid Event

Successful Meetings — Industry experts share 10 tips for creating a meeting that will wow both in-person and remote attendees. Read More

CDC OKs Indoor Gatherings for Fully Vaccinated Individuals

Business Travel News — Most fully vaccinated Americans can attend indoor gatherings of any size without masks or social distancing, though masks are still required for travel, according to updated guidance from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention issued on Thursday. The guidelines are unchanged for the unvaccinated, who should still mask and practice social distancing. Read More

Despite CDC News, Facemasks Are Still Required During Travel

Travel Market Report — Even with new CDC guidance, facemasks will still be required when traveling through airports. Read More

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