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One Year Ago Today, the U.S. Recorded its First Case of the Coronavirus

One year ago today, we ran a story with the headline, “Officials Confirm First Case of Coronavirus in U.S.”
The story stated that health officials had confirmed that a man in Washington State was the first case of the mysterious coronavirus in the United States.
It went on to say that the disease – it didn’t have a name at that point – had begun to appear in Wuhan, China, in the …

Accor Plans to Open Multiple New Hotels in 2021

Accor Plans to Open Multiple New Hotels in 2021

French hotelier Accor announced plans to open a number of new hotels in 2021.
The hotel group said that it will add more than 50 new properties to its portfolio worldwide.
Among the new hotels that the chain will open are the Fairmont Century Plaza in Los Angeles, the Fairmont Windsor in England, the Fairmont Ambassador Seoul, the Banyan Tree Doha, and several new Sofitels in Adelaide, Hangzhou, and Seoul.
In addition, as …

Marriott to Open 100 Hotels in Asia-Pacific in 2021

Marriott to Open 100 Hotels in Asia-Pacific in 2021

Marriott International said it plans to open approximately 100 hotels in the Asia-Pacific region in 2021.
The hotelier will add hotels under multiple brands, including JW Marriott, W hotels, and the Ritz-Carlton Reserve.
“The strength of our pipeline is testament to the long-term growth prospects in Asia Pacific,” said Paul Foskey, the chain’s chief development officer for the Asia-Pacific region.
The opening of the Ritz-Carlton Reserve Jiuzhaigo this spring in China will make …

Hilton Opens Waldorf Astoria Xiamen, its 300th Hotel in China

Hilton Opens Waldorf Astoria Xiamen, its 300th Hotel in China

Hilton Worldwide announced the opening of the Waldorf Astoria Xiamen, the fourth Waldorf Astoria property in Asia and the hotelier’s 300th hotel in China.
The new Waldorf joins the Waldorf Astoria Maldives Ithaafushi, Waldorf Astoria Bangkok and Waldorf Astoria Beijing in Asia.  It is the sixth Waldorf Astoria to open in the Asia-Pacific region.
The 245-key property offers guests room with floor-to-ceiling windows and a choice of decors: the light design features …

Shanghai Dethrones London as World’s Most Connected City as Coronavirus Shakes Up International Travel

Shanghai Dethrones London as World’s Most Connected City as Coronavirus Shakes Up International Travel

Move over, London. The title of the world’s most connected city amidst the coronavirus pandemic is Shanghai, according to the International Air Transport Association.
A new report from IATA says that the number of cities connected directly by air service was 36% below pre-pandemic levels at the end of last month.
“The dramatic shift demonstrates the scale at which the world’s connectivity has been re-ordered over the last months,” said Sebastian Mikosz, a …

Coronavirus News Update – Nov. 25: CDC Updates Contact Tracing Guidance, United Could Fire Mask Policy Non-Compliant Employees

Coronavirus News Update – Nov. 25: CDC Updates Contact Tracing Guidance, United Could Fire Mask Policy Non-Compliant Employees

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released new guidance for contact tracing just as the U.S. added over one million new coronavirus cases each of the two past weeks.  The updated guidance calls for health departments to focus their efforts on individuals who have tested positive for the coronavirus within the previous six days. It also calls for a focus on individuals who are at the greatest risk of …

Coronavirus News Update – Nov. 16: U.S. Hospitalizations Reach New High, Germans Should Brace for ‘Severe Measures’ Until Easter

Coronavirus News Update – Nov. 16: U.S. Hospitalizations Reach New High, Germans Should Brace for ‘Severe Measures’ Until Easter

On Sunday, Bundeswirtschaftsminister or Economic Affairs Minister Peter Altmaier told the weekly Bild am Sonntag that Germans should brace for severe measures until Easter, another four to five months, in order to stem the spread of coronavirus infections.   Looking ahead to December, Altmaier said “What we can afford to do for Christmas depends entirely on how disciplined and successful we are in fighting the pandemic,” noting that the country reduced …