Yearly Archives: 2020

Virtual meetings are a dud –

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  This fall I have attended several virtual meetings and conventions. Quite frankly, they were a dud. Oh, the sponsors of these virtual conventions said they were smashing hits with great sales and results, but the reality is nothing is as compelling as a live meeting. I miss the interactions with other attendees. That is where I […]


November will be the travel industry’s “Darkest hour before the dawn” –

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This COVID -19 virus has been a tsunami for the travel industry as millions have been laid off and airlines, hotels, car rental companies, entertainment venues, restaurants, and bars have gone into a depression never seen before in my lifetime. It appears the month of November is seeing, even more, shutdowns across the world to […]


Hello from Rochester, MN –

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  This is about as exotic as it gets for my travel this year. I have several meetings here, so I decided to drive the six hours rather than jump into an airplane. I think a lot of people have decided to drive to meetings that are in the 400-500 mile range that last year […]


All good things must come to an end as Southwest starts filling middle seats on December 1st –

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One of the few good things to come from this nasty pandemic for travelers willing to travel has been empty middle seats on Southwest, Alaska Air, and Delta Air Lines. Last week we found out that Southwest will no longer block the middle seats on their flights beginning December 1. Delta and Alaska Air are […]


Warning! Americans traveling to China are at risk of being taken “hostage” by the Chinese government –

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  I was shocked to read the Wallstreet Journal this weekend and see that the Chinese government has issued a blunt message suggesting U.S. nationals in China are at risk of becoming ‘hostages’ in a Chinese diplomatic tactic. It is important that if you are traveling to China you are aware of the possible risks […]


Travel industry pushing for governments to move from quarantine to testing using a new digital health passport to open up travel – 

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Travel industry pushing for governments to move from quarantine to testing using a new digital health passport to open up travel – Some of the travel industry heavyweights are pushing a new testing program called CommonPass that they hope governments will use in place of what is a 14-day quarantine requirement today. Testing using CommonPass allows […]


Take it to the bank! – Here is my crystal ball timeline of when and how travel will come back in the next 6 months:

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  October – Business travel to the end of the year is a lost cause –Business travel is down over 80% and will stay that way for the rest of the year. Almost all meetings and conventions for the remainder of 2020 have all been cancelled or moved to a virtual format. We do see […]


Is this the year that hotels end the dreaded resort fees?

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  The pandemic has put hotels in a tailspin and they are dreaming up ways to fill rooms and generate revenue. One of the very few positive things to come out of this COVID mess has been that almost all hotels have suspended charging resort fees. Prior to this year many hotels and resorts charged […]


Here are two COVID-19 maps you need to keep handy if you plan to travel –

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  There is so much confusion surrounding the questions of where, when, who, and how people can travel today. We found two maps that can help answer many questions for both the domestic travelers and the international traveler. The first map is provided by United Airlines and is a domestic map of the U.S.A. that […]


Airlines are hemorrhaging cash and may go belly up if Congress does not throw them a second financial lifeline –

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   This morning I was shocked to see that Delta Air Lines announced they were losing $27 million a day. That means they are losing $810 million a month. Multiply that times 6 months and you see Delta losing almost $5 billion dollars before they swing into the possible uptick of the spring selling season […]


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