Pet-friendly travel grows, and hotels open doors to dogs, cats and more: Travel Weekly

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The Covid-19 pandemic boosted an already growing trend of dog owners traveling with their pooches, and hotels are stepping up with lenient policies and extra amenities to entice guests who don’t want to part with their canines.

The pandemic stirred up just the right recipe to spur increased travel with pets, according to Jason Halliburton of pet travel and lifestyle website BringFido.com, starting with the puppy adoption boom during the initial weeks of lockdowns and stay-at-home orders in spring 2020. An ASPCA survey released this May found one in five respondents had acquired a dog or cat during the

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A Hotel del Coronado refresh preserves an illustrious past: Travel Weekly

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The Hotel del Coronado is updating a 133-year-old icon for a modern audience.

Renovations wrapping up this month will reshape arrivals at the San Diego-area property, a National Historic Landmark topped with red-roofed turrets overlooking the Pacific Ocean. The resort, known simply as “the Del” to many, opened in 1888, when room rates started at $2.50 per day and single women entered through a separate stairway. 

That rebuilt staircase and front porch are the latest components of a $400 million, propertywide overhaul underway since 2018. This summer, teams also restored intricate wooden railings, beams and floors in the late-1800s lobby.

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NYC to require vaccines or weekly testing for city workers

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A health care worker inoculates Evelyn Pereira, right, of Brooklyn, with the first dose of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine as her daughter Soile Reyes, 12, looks on, Thursday, July 22, 2021, at the American Museum of Natural History in New York. The museum moved their vaccination site from the Hall of Ocean Life where the famous 94-foot-long model of a blue whale is hanging from the ceiling to a smaller adjacent gallery. New York City is closing the big vaccination sites to focus on areas with low vaccination rates. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)

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Luxury private jet vacation packages still in vogue: Travel Weekly

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When travelers began returning to the skies post-pandemic, an overarching emphasis in the luxury sector was on over-the-top adventures and private jet travel.

They are trends that, judging by the continued rollout and expansion of packages offering those options, show no signs of abating.

Citing soaring demand for its 2022 private jet journeys, Abercrombie & Kent this month said it would launch a second departure of its Cultural Treasures: Around the World by Private Jet itinerary aboard the company’s Boeing 757.

The trip takes 48 guests around the world in 23 days and includes stops in Samarkand, Uzbekistan;

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Waikiki’s White Sands Hotel reopens with a retro refit: Travel Weekly

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What’s old is new again at the White Sands Hotel, a Waikiki property wrapping up an extensive renovation that included reimagined rooms, updated public spaces, and new food and beverage concepts.

The hotel on Nohonani Street off Kuhio Avenue opened in 1957, when the dawn of the jet age was greatly expanding access to the Aloha State, and the refurbishment firmly embraces 1960s and ’70s Honolulu aesthetic with modern twists on vintage elements.

The hotel is managed by Springboard Hospitality, and president and CEO Ben Rafter formed an investment group that purchased the property in 2016. Renovations on

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NYC eliminating hotel room occupancy tax rate for three months starting in June: Travel Weekly

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As part of New York’s efforts to jump-start tourism, New York mayor Bill de Blasio has announced that the city’s 5.875% hotel room occupancy tax rate will be temporarily eliminated for a three-month period, starting June 1.

According to a press release from New York’s City Hall, the move is intended to allow hotels to potentially lower the cost of their rooms, which could in turn lead to increased demand and occupancy.

The city reports that revenue from the hotel room occupancy tax is currently down approximately 89% on fiscal 2020, with New York’s leisure and hospitality sector losing an

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