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February News Quiz: Test Your Knowledge of the Past Month’s Headlines

How up-to-date are you with travel and aviation news from the past month? Take our travel news quiz of 2021 and you could win a piece of airline and travel history including items from Pan Am, Cunard, and TWA.
In last month’s quiz, the question asking which which aircraft was allowed to return to service in the United States at month’s end after a ban of almost two years (the answer …

IHG to Open First Kimpton Hotel in France

IHG to Open First Kimpton Hotel in France

InterContinental Hotels Group announced plans to open the Kimpton St Honoré Paris, the first Kimpton-branded hotel in France.
The hotel will be located on the Boulevard des Capucines in the Opéra district of the city of Paris. It will occupy the previous location of the luxury department store Samaritaine de Luxe.
The façade of the building will be restored, keeping its original Art Nouveau style. Interior decorator Charles Zana is charged with …

Nine Things You Need to Know About Coronavirus Testing and New U.S. Entry Requirements

The United States is introducing new requirements for entry into the country for international travelers that go into effect on Tuesday in accordance with President Joseph Biden’s executive order.
In concert with that, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released a new set of regulations that travelers must abide by before arriving into the United States.
Here are nine key points that individuals need to be aware of before traveling or …

Origin Hotel Collection to Partner with Wyndham

Origin Hotel Collection to Partner with Wyndham

Wyndham Hotels and Resorts announced plans to enter into a partnership with the Thrash Group, a hotel development company. As part of the deal, the two have signed franchise agreements for seven properties, including five hotels from the Thrash Group’s Origin Hotel Collection.
The seven hotels are located in six different states, including Colorado, where there are two; Kentucky; Mississippi; North Carolina; Texas; and West Virginia.
In a statement, Wyndham said it …

Two Storms to Bring Snow, Rain, Damaging Winds Across the U.S.

Two Storms to Bring Snow, Rain, Damaging Winds Across the U.S.

Two powerful storms are moving across the United States, threatening a significant portion of the population with heavy snowfall and severe weather conditions.
Half of the country, from California to Kansas to New York to New England, is facing winter weather watches and advisories for heavy snow.
One of the storms is moving from the Southern Plains to the Northeast and is expected to bring a large amount of snow and ice …

Meliá Hotels to Offer Guests Free Covid-19 Testing

Meliá Hotels to Offer Guests Free Covid-19 Testing

Meliá Hotels International announced it will offer free, on-site Covid-19 antigen testing at all ten of its hotels in Mexico and the Dominican Republic.
The testing program will be available to guests who require documented proof of a negative test prior to returning to their country of residence.
Guests must stay a minimum of three nights in order to be eligible for the free coronavirus testing. They will be required to take …

Alaska Air Appoints Former FAA Administrator to Board of Directors

Alaska Air Appoints Former FAA Administrator to Board of Directors

Alaska Air Group announced the appointment of Daniel Elwell to the company’s board of directors. He will also be a member of the boards of its subsidiaries, Alaska Airlines and Horizon Air Industries.
Mr. Elwell, a former military pilot, was also a commercial pilot at American Airlines for 16 years and served as managing director of international and government affairs for the company during this time. Prior to his appointment to …