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Ojai Valley Inn Reopens Following Major Renovation

Ojai Valley Inn Reopens Following Major Renovation

The Ojai Valley Inn announced its reopening following the completion of a $5 million renovation project.
The renovation work included what the hotel termed “a new, modern luxury inspired design” for Spa Ojai, the hotel’s spa.  The project included a complete redesign of the spa’s 24 treatment rooms and all public spaces.
The scope of the work included the addition of infrared saunas, new outdoor showers, and updates to the spa’s locker …

Coronavirus News Update – Feb. 26: New Mutation Worries Scientists as Global Deaths Cross 2.5 Million Mark

Coronavirus News Update – Feb. 26: New Mutation Worries Scientists as Global Deaths Cross 2.5 Million Mark

The world has recorded over 113.5 million coronavirus cases since the appearance of the virus in late 2019, while the death toll on Thursday crossed the 2.5 million mark. In the United States, over 29 million people have been infected, and the death toll there is over 520,000.
The death toll in California from the coronavirus hit the 50,000 mark Wednesday. The Golden State has lost more residents to the coronavirus than …

Airbnb Posts $3.89 Billion Q4 Loss

Airbnb Posts $3.89 Billion Q4 Loss

Airbnb announced financial results for fourth quarter of 2020, its first report as a public company.
The company, which had its IPO in December of last year, reported a loss of $3.89 billion on revenue, on revenue of $859 million in the quarter.  Revenue was down 22% year over year from $1.11 billion.
Fourth-quarter revenue was also down nearly 36% from $1.34 billion in the third quarter of 2020, and Q4 2020 …

Southwest Airlines to Add New Service to Bozeman and Northwest Florida

Southwest Airlines to Add New Service to Bozeman and Northwest Florida

Southwest Airlines announced multiple new routes to airports near Yellowstone National Park and northwest Florida.
The Dallas-based carrier is adding new routes to Bozeman Yellowstone International Airport in Montana from both Denver and Las Vegas.  In addition, it will add service linking Destin-Fort Walton Beach Airport with Baltimore/WashingtonInternational Thurgood Marshall, Chicago Midway, Dallas Love Field, and Nashville International airports.
“We’re adding another destination in the West, our first in Montana, and bringing …

Report: Pandemic Has Decimated New York City’s Arts and Culture Sector

Report: Pandemic Has Decimated New York City’s Arts and Culture Sector

Employment in New York City’s arts, culture, and recreation sectors has plummeted by 66% amidst the coronavirus pandemic-induced decline in travel and dining, according to a new report issued by the state’s Comptroller’s Office.
The sector, the report noted,is “a cornerstone of the city’s ability to attract businesses, residents and visitors alike.”
It further noted that “the sector relies on audiences who gather to take part in shared experiences, and this way …

European Leaders Consider Vaccine Passports but Plan No Change in Travel Restrictions

European Leaders Consider Vaccine Passports but Plan No Change in Travel Restrictions

EU leaders convened via videoconference Thursday to address the bloc’s lagging vaccination rollout and other pandemic-related concerns including the issue of vaccination passports.
The main issue the union of 27 countries faces is whether to ease current travel restrictions, especially given that the bloc is one of the hardest hit areas in the world.
“The epidemiological situation remains serious, and the new variants pose additional challenges,” European leaders will reportedly say, according …

United Airlines Appoints New Independent Board Member

United Airlines Appoints New Independent Board Member

United Airlines announced the appointment of Laysha Ward to the company’s board of directors.
Ms. Ward is executive vice president at Target, the eighth-largest retailer in the United States. She joined the company in 2008 and was promoted to executive vice president in 2015.  She is also the company’s chief engagement officer.
Expounding on the selection of Ms. Ward, United’s executive chairman, Oscar Munoz, explained that “we were focused on finding a leader …