News Bulletin 6/04/2020


Insider Report

Welcome to another edition of the weekly National Travel newsletter!  You are receiving this because you have traveled with us in the past and we want to provide valuable updates on how travel can continue in the future!  In this edition, we go over some of the hotel changes that are being put in place to battle the Covid-19 virus and also talk about an amazing firefly festival that takes place in the Great Smokey Mountains of Tennessee!    Wishing you all a safe and happy weekend and hope to assist in your travels again soon!

Covid-19 and the Hospitality Industry

Our partners in the hospitality industry are continuing to increase their efforts to provide safe accommodations for their guests with the implementation of new sanitization and safety procedures.  The American Hotels and Lodging Association has developed an industry-wide set of guidelines to help hotels confidently provide safe and clean services to their guests.  The AHLA’s Stay Safe Advisory Council is made up of leaders in the hospitality industry, including Hilton, Hyatt, Omni, and most of your favorite hotel chains.

The guidelines, which are updated frequently, include enhanced standards for cleaning and social interactions. To learn more about these guidelines and what hotel chains are doing to protect you during your stay, see the full guide here.  

Many major hotel chains have also begun to partner with companies such as Clorox and Lysol, to help combat the spread of illness in their properties.  Drury Hotels has announced a partnership with Ecolab, Inc, a leader in hygiene solutions for the hospitality industry, and will be using their products to ramp up their sanitization efforts in all of their 150 properties.  In addition to this partnership, Drury has developed their “Travel Happy Again, Clean + Safe” Initiative.  The initiative includes heightened sanitization practices, daily health screenings for all of their employees and more.  More concentrated efforts will be focused on common areas such as pools, fitness centers, and business centers, as they reopen per individual state guidelines.  Fitness centers and pools may also now require advance reservations, which can be made at check-in, to promote social distancing practices.  Guests will notice reduced-contact check-in procedures, and modified breakfast services at Drury hotels, as well at most major hotel chain properties for the foreseeable future.  

How will the US Hotel Experience change post Covid-19?  Click here to read thoughts from the experts! 

Synchronous Firefly Event

Every year around this time, The Great Smoky Mountains National Park is usually preparing for their annual synchronous firefly event.  Patrons gather from all over to watch thousands of fireflies, including 19 species, fill the park with their light.   Due to concerns over the spread of COVID-19, the event was canceled, but spectators were instead invited to watch this event live online.  On Monday, June 1st, the virtual event included a brief presentation, followed by stunning images and video of the fireflies dancing across the screen.  The footage is set to the soothing sounds of nature and is a great way to take a break and relax for a brief moment during your busy day.  

To watch the event at any time, check out the magical presentation here!  
Fun Fact of the Week!
The busiest airport in the world is the Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport in Atlanta Georgia. 

More than 107 million passengers flew through Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport last year, making it the busiest passenger airport in the world for the 21st year in a row.

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 At National Travel, we too feel that these current conditions are only temporary, and we will be here for you when you are ready to take to the skies again!  

Editor: Kelsey Morgan