Austin hotel association hosts food drive for industry employees

AUSTIN (KXAN) — A food drive to help employees of hotels — who have been hit hard during the COVID-19 pandemic — was held Tuesday afternoon.

The Austin Hotel & Lodging Association and the Austin Concierge & Guest Services Association held a drive-thru food drive for hotel industry employees Tuesday (KXAN/Frank Martinez)

The drive was held at the Omni Southpark Hotel located at 4140 Governors Row as part of its

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Meet the changemakers shaping the future of the travel industry

Beth Santos, CEO and Founder of Wanderful; Karisma Shackelford, Director of Wanderful Creators

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Left: Beth Santos; Right: Karisma Shackelford.

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Initiative: Wanderful’s “Moving Forward: An Anti-Racism Townhall for the Travel Industry” series

Over the past 11 years, Beth Santos has grown Wanderful from a blog dedicated to helping women travel safely into a global community that hosts events for over 45,000 female travelers, travel influencers,

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The Presidential Election Is Also Tanking the Travel Industry

(Bloomberg) — Ten years ago, Dan Sherman could have told you that tourism was going to take a big dip in 2020. But Sherman isn’t an epidemiologist with a crystal ball. He’s a travel industry veteran who’s been watching booking trends for long enough to know that economic downturns happen in predictable, four-year cycles. The fiscal uncertainty surrounding presidential elections, it turns out, can knock sales down by more than

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Airline industry official defends response to pandemic

The airline industry has been shaken to its core by the pandemic, pushing some foreign carriers into bankruptcy and driving a few small U.S. ones out of business.

Leaders of the large airlines were stunned when the CEO of Boeing predicted during a nationally televised interview that some of them would fail too.

Nicholas Calio is adamant that won’t happen. Calio is a longtime Washington hand who served in two

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Dr Blood’s Old Travelling Show hits the road tonight to raise funds for theatre industry | Theatre | Entertainment

Dr Blood’s Old Travelling Show will perform at some of the country’s most prestigious theatres for a run of socially distanced outdoor performances. And all ticket sale proceeds are being donated to the venues as a “thank you” by show producers Imitating The Dog.

The first performance of the bone-chilling new production will be staged to a standing audience of 100 outside Leeds Playhouse tonight and the three-week tour will

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Opinion: Rapid tests must be implemented to save travel industry

Simply wishing that COVID-19 will go away by summer of 2021 will not make it so. No vaccine, even if soon developed and found to be safe and effective, will have been widely enough administered in time. Continued reluctance of the public to travel by air may well devastate the industry, sending some carriers into bankruptcy.

The Transportation Security Administration reports that air travel remains only one-quarter of same-day travel

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Australia budget to bolster supply chains, domestic industry post-coronavirus and amid China turmoil

Australia’s new budget commits funding to help diversify supply chains and support domestic manufacturing as disruptions stemming from the coronavirus outbreak and continued trade frictions with China have reinforced the need for self-sufficiency.

The Australian government will spend A$107.2 million (US$76.7 million) on a Supply Chain Resilience Initiative that will map out existing vulnerabilities and offer solutions to strengthen them, Canberra announced on Tuesday.

The scheme is paired with a

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No standalone aid for airline industry without bigger stimulus deal

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said Thursday there could be no action on a stand-alone bill to aid airlines or any other sector of the economy without an agreement with the White House and Republicans on a broader economic stimulus package.

Pelosi’s remarks at a news conference at the Capitol suggested that there would be no quick resolution of the standoff over aid to the U.S. economy even as there are

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How the events industry benefits from the budget

Spice News caught up with AACB CEO Andrew Hiebl to hear his thoughts on this year’s budget.

The CEO of the Association of Australian Convention Bureaux (AACB) has welcomed the 2020-2021 Federal Budget, saying it includes the “biggest announcement our industry has ever received” in the previously confirmed $50 million business events fund.

Announced on Tuesday 6 October, the budget included a number of funding initiatives to support tourism, business

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US Travel Industry Ad Budgets Plummet in Historically Bad Year

We previously estimated 19.3% growth for travel digital ad spending, a relatively healthy figure in line with trends across nearly all verticals. No industry had digital ad spending grow at below double-digit rates at any point over the past three years.

Travel will now account for just 2.4% of digital ad spending, and its dramatic decline has had a cascading effect on the digital ad world. Earlier this year, we

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One proxy stock for the travel industry could signal more downside

Travel stocks head into the new week on two different tracks.

Trading Nation: White House meeting with cruise lines canceled



Cruise line stocks ended last week under pressure after a White House meeting with cruise CEOs was postponed following President Donald Trump‘s positive Covid test.

Airline stocks ended higher after House Speaker Nancy Pelosi signaled additional government assistance for the beaten-down industry.

Craig Johnson,

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Updated: Travel industry slams Trump plan to halt stimulus negotiations: Travel Weekly

Industry associations on Tuesday panned President Trump’s announcement of an end to coronavirus relief negotiations until after the election, calling it “reprehensible” and “woefully shortsighted.”

“Against this backdrop of human suffering, extraordinary job loss and millions of small businesses closing, the administration deciding to abandon relief negotiations is reprehensible,” ASTA said in a statement.

However, Tuesday evening Trump appeared to edge back a bit from his call to end

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Travel industry rips lawmakers, still hopeful


President Donald Trump returned to the White House after three days at Walter Reed. He removed his mask on the steps of the balcony.


The travel industry offered mixed reactions as lawmakers and President Donald Trump failed to pass further relief measures to aid one of the country’s most beleaguered sectors. Thousands of airline workers have been furloughed during the coronavirus pandemic, and four out of 10

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Travel Industry Updates For Fall 2020 Business Travel

Planning business travel during the coronavirus pandemic is hard enough. With the winter months fast approaching, knowing what to look for may feel like an overwhelming task. If worried about traveling in the coming months, there are policies to be aware of before booking any reservations. 

Some destinations are open, some require a quarantine, and some are closed for most people, depending on where they are traveling from. On top

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What’s in it for tourism industry

Australia’s decimated tourism industry will be encouraged to switch focus to domestic visitors hungry for a holiday after months in lockdown.

In a move that suggests the government will take a cautious approach to opening up the borders to international visitors, Tourism Minister Simon Bermingham said new funding in the Budget was aimed at encouraging Aussies to visit tourist attractions in our own backyard, and pour local dollars into our

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How coronavirus has affected plastic use in the hotel industry

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“This way to beach” read a hotel lobby sign in Hurghada, Egypt. It was 2010 and, despite the area being a jumping-off point for thousands of scuba divers exploring the Red Sea’s marvellous marine life, this private stretch of beach was so thick with rubbish – from disposable nappies to plastic straws and ice-cream tubs – that I

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Baltimore City Council approves worker recall bill over law department, hotel industry objections

The Baltimore City Council on Monday passed legislation aimed at protecting hospitality workers’ jobs, despite objections from the city’s law department and the hotel industry.

The bill would require hospitality businesses to hire laid-off workers once they reopen. Thousands of housekeepers, banquet servers and other employees have lost their jobs as the industry suffers from the coronavirus pandemic and related shutdowns.

The council also passed a second, less-contested bill that

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Photos shows luxury cruise ships being broken up at a dock in Turkey as the coronavirus pandemic continues to wreck the industry

a boat sitting next to a body of water: A drone image shows decommissioned cruise ships being dismantled at Aliaga ship-breaking yard in the Aegean port city of Izmir, western Turkey, October 2, 2020. REUTERS/Umit Bektas

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A drone image shows decommissioned cruise ships being dismantled at Aliaga ship-breaking yard in the Aegean port city of Izmir, western Turkey, October 2, 2020. REUTERS/Umit Bektas

  • Photos show rows of deluxe cruise ships waiting to be dismantled in a sea dock in Turkey as the coronavirus pandemic continues to sink the industry. 
  • Around 2,500 scrapyard workers are currently working to pull apart five cruise ships for
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3 Signs That the Airlines Industry Is Still Ultra-High-Risk

Air Canada (TSX:AC) has recently been making headlines with COVID-19 testing booths at the Toronto Pearson airport and the new and improved Aeroplan loyalty program. The airline stock showed some positive movement by surging 15% towards the end of August. However, it has fallen 16.27% between September 17 and October 1, 2020.

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Are you considering buying the Air Canada stock? You

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Japan’s bullet trains struggle as Covid upends travel industry

These days, the section of Tokyo Station serving regional destinations is a shadow of its former self. Gone are the usual crowds and on a mid-week afternoon in late September, just a handful of commuters browsed bento-box stores.

“I see more cleaning staff getting off trains than passengers,” said Taro Aoki, who oversees 18 fast-food outlets in the capital’s main inter-city rail terminal. “People used to swiftly pick which bento

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