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Marriott Reopens All Hotels in China

Marriott Reopens All Hotels in China

Marriott International said that it has reopened all of its hotels in China and that it is seeing a recovery in business travel.
The world’s largest hotel company has 350 properties across China.
The company’s CEO, Arne Sorenson, said that occupancy rates at its Chinese hotels is now at 40%, having dipped as low as 7% in January when China was at its peak of coronavirus cases.
Marriott said demand for hotel rooms …

Coronavirus News from Across the Globe: June 1, 2020 – Protests ‘Could Exacerbate’ Spread of Virus, Says Cuomo

Coronavirus News from Across the Globe: June 1, 2020 – Protests ‘Could Exacerbate’ Spread of Virus, Says Cuomo

Officials across the United States expressed concern that the large protests against police violence that took place in multiple cities could cause result in new outbreaks of the novel coronavirus.
“I’m extremely concerned we are seeing mass gatherings,” said Keisha Lance Bottoms, the mayor of Atlanta. “We’re going to see the other side of this in a couple of weeks.”  In New York City, Mayor Bill de Blasio said he was …

Great Moments in Travel History – June 2020

June, the month with the most daylight hours in the Northern Hemisphere, is the sixth month of the year, and is equivalent to December in the Southern Hemisphere. The start of meteorological summer, June derives its name from the Latin name for the Junius, which in turn comes from the ancient Roman goddess Juno, wife of Saturn and protector and special counselor of the state.
The month of June includes the …

Hilton Set to Reopen All Hotels in China

Hilton Set to Reopen All Hotels in China

Hilton Worldwide announced that it has reopened all of its hotels in China that had been shuttered as a result of the coronavirus pandemic.
“We are seeing demand gradually return to China starting with domestic travel,” said Alan Watts, president of the hotel chain’s Asia Pacific region.
The move is to be accompanied shortly by the rollout of its Hilton CleanStay initiative that, in partnership with the Mayo Clinic and the maker …

Coronavirus Update: New Cases and Deaths Fall in N.Y. and N.J., Johnson’s New Roadmap for U.K.

Coronavirus Update: New Cases and Deaths Fall in N.Y. and N.J., Johnson’s New Roadmap for U.K.

IN BRIEF
As the total number of coronavirus infections worldwide surpassed the four million mark and the death toll in the United States hit 80,000, the virus itself is spreading through the top ranks of the White House. Katie Miller, the vice president’s press secretary and a spokeswoman for the White House coronavirusefforts, tested positive for the virus, as did a valet to President Trump.
Two of the nation’s top public health …

Cleaner Air and Water Make Earth Day 2020 Bittersweet Amidst the Coronavirus Outbreak

The 50th anniversary of Earth Day was celebrated across the globe in a rather muted fashion, as many were confined to the great indoors amidst the coronavirus outbreak.
If your blood pressure is lower, your allergies less bothersome, and stars in the night sky more visible, it isn’t your imagination. Rather, it’s Mother Nature at work, taking advantage of the dramatic change in lifestyles that has taken place over the past …

Coronavirus Update: The ‘Great Lockdown,’ Cases Near 2 Million Mark, Governors Form Pacts for Reopening Economy

Coronavirus Update: The ‘Great Lockdown,’ Cases Near 2 Million Mark, Governors Form Pacts for Reopening Economy

IN BRIEF
Calling the coronavirus pandemic the “Great Lockdown,” the International Monetary Fund said that the global economy faces its worst downturn since the Great Depression as a result of the impact of the novel coronavirus that includes national lockdowns and shuttered workplaces and factories around the world.
Meanwhile, Governors from some of the largest East and West coast states formed two compacts that will provide a coordinated response to reopening the …