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A travel group report says flying is safe. The doctor whose research it cited says not so fast.

The International Air Transport Association (IATA), a global airline trade group representing 290 carriers in 120 countries, published a report this month aiming to reassure grounded travelers about the future of flying. The group collected medical journal data on in-flight coronavirus cases and used it to declare that commercial flights have a “low incidence of inflight COVID-19 transmission” when masks are worn.



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Following an abundance of new research, the report says, only 44 cases of coronavirus have been linked to a flight, during a period when 1.2 billion passengers traveled.

But a doctor whose work was cited in the report says that the group is misrepresenting his findings by only counting proven flight-linked cases that were published in medical journals.

“IATA is taking it to an extreme saying there’s ‘little’ risk in flying,” says David Freedman, an infectious-disease specialist at the University of Alabama whose February 2020 study is cited in the IATA report. “What they want is to throw this number on the risk of flying … and we don’t know what that risk is yet. I’m not saying the risk is high, but there is some risk. It just looks like masks help a lot.”

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The bottom line, Freedman says, is that cases linked to air travel are very difficult to scientifically prove because passengers are not usually monitored after flying and therefore are not tallied if they become sick. It’s also nearly impossible to determine whether sick passengers picked up the virus on a plane as opposed to in an airport or on the way there, he says. “And if you can’t prove it, it doesn’t end up in a journal.”

A more recent study of Freedman’s, published in September 2020, says “the absence of large numbers of published in-flight transmissions of SARS-CoV-2 is not definitive evidence of safety.”

While an abundance of in-flight research on covid-19 has recently come to light, Freedman is not alone in his assessment that it’s unclear if flying is a low-risk endeavor amid the pandemic.

Brad Pollock, the associate dean of public health sciences at the University of California at Davis, agrees with Freedman’s assessment of IATA’s report, calling it an “overreach.” Studies do not account for unpredictable passengers who board planes every day, he says.

“There’s movement in the cabin to consider, but also so many people improperly wear a mask below their nostrils,” Pollock says. “That’s more of an issue than what kind of mask they’re wearing. If everyone wears their mask properly on the plane, we’re going to be much better off.”

In September, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimated that nearly 11,000 people have been potentially exposed to the coronavirus on flights. The CDC told The Washington Post that of those in-flight exposures, “an absence of cases identified or reported is not evidence that there were no cases.” On Monday, it

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Holiday Inn hotel group sees revenue fall as Covid-19 keeps people at home

The owner of the Holiday Inn, InterContinental Hotels Group, suffered a sharp drop in revenue in the third quarter as fresh Covid-19 restrictions kept travellers at home.



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The company, which also owns the Crowne Plaza, Regent and InterContinental chains, reported a 53.4% fall in revenue per available room (RevPAR) in the third quarter.

Around 3% or 199 of IHG’s hotels were still closed at the end of September. The company operates more than 5,900 hotels in about 100 countries.

While the fall in revenue was smaller than the 75% decrease in the second quarter, it is the latest sign that the travel and hospitality industry is still struggling, as a second wave of coronavirus cases this autumn led to fresh restrictions on travel and gatherings.

“As government-mandated closures and travel restrictions partially eased, leisure-related demand led to the rate of RevPAR decline improving in July and August, before weakening in September,” IHG said in its earnings update.

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Europe was one of the group’s worst-performing regions, with per-room revenue tumbling 72% in the three months to September. That was compared to a 23% drop in China, where occupancy rates have improved to 57% from 32% in the second quarter and less than 10% in February.



the tower of the city: A Holiday Inn in Southampton that was closed in April due to the coronavirus restrictions.


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A Holiday Inn in Southampton that was closed in April due to the coronavirus restrictions.

IHG and rivals including Premier Inn-owner Whitbread have already been forced to slash costs as a result of lockdown measures imposed earlier this year. IHG is aiming to reduce costs by around $150m by the end of 2020.

However, the chief executive, Keith Barr, reported a slight improvement in overall occupancy levels, which was 44% compared to 25% in the second quarter – thanks in part to domestic travel. “Domestic mainstream travel remains the most resilient, and our industry-leading Holiday Inn brand family positions us well to meet that demand as it slowly returns,” he said.

The company also continued to add new hotels, adding 82 sites and 11,000 rooms to its portfolio. But Barr said he did not expect a quick recovery from the crisis: “A full industry recovery will take time, and uncertainty remains regarding the potential for further improvement in the short term, but we take confidence from the steps taken to protect and support our owners and drive demand back to our hotels as guests feel safe to travel.”

IHG shares were down 2.2% in afternoon trading.

Susannah Streeter, senior investment and markets analyst at Hargreaves Lansdown, said IHG had fared better than many of its rivals, given that it does not own many of its hotels outright, and usually licences brands to hotel owners.

“While it’s offered support to its franchisees through the crisis, not being on the hook for hotel running costs has certainly

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UPDATE 1-Hotel group Accor’s recovery hit by new curbs, slow leisure travel

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    Oct 22 (Reuters) - Europe's biggest hotel group Accor
          reported a slump in third-quarter revenue on Thursday,
saying the downturn in leisure customers and the introduction of
new COVID-19 restrictions slowed its recovery toward the end of
the period.
     Accor, which runs high-end chains such as Raffles and
Sofitel as well as budget brands such as Ibis, reported revenue
of 329 million euros ($388.91 million) in the July to September
period, down 63.7% compared to a year earlier on a like-for-like
basis.
    Accor said it saw activity improve during the summer holiday
season, especially in Europe, though new curbs pushed the
recovery back down in September and the group expects only China
to swiftly recover to pre-crisis levels.
    The French group, which operates more than 5,000 hotels in
111 countries, said 90% of its hotels were now open, compared
with 81% in August.             
    "The worst of the crisis is now behind us, but our main
markets are still substantially affected by the measures rolled
out to combat the health crisis," Chief Executive Sebastien
Bazin said in a statement.
    A global surge in new COVID-19 infections has forced
countries to introduce new travel curbs, another hit for hotels
that have been running at a reduced capacity since lockdowns
were introduced in Europe in March.
    French Prime Minister Jean Castex said on Thursday the
government would extend a curfew already imposed in Paris and
eight other big cities to 38 more departments, starting from
Friday at midnight.             

 (Reporting by Milla Nissi and Charles Regnier in Gdansk
Editing by Susan Fenton)
  

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Artyzen Hospitality Group Presents A New Lifestyle Hotel – YaTi by Artyzen in Shanghai Hongqiao

SHANGHAI, Oct. 19, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — YaTi by Artyzen is Artyzen Hospitality Group’s latest lifestyle inspiration in the fast growing Hongqiao area in Shanghai. The hotel is conveniently connected with direct access to another design-led brand under Artyzen, Artyzen Habitat, that was officially launched a year ago.

Smartly designed guest room for business and leisure travellers.

 

The Living Room and Bar for working, relaxing and social gatherings.

 

The Bar at night provides a variety of drinks, cocktails, snacks and hot food.

 

Stylish meeting rooms for meetings, networking, collaboration and achievement.

 

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“Embracing the group’s philosophy of ‘Art, Culture and Emotional Wisdom’, and catering to today’s modern traveler’s evolving lifestyle, YaTi by Artyzen represents a simplified but diverse lifestyle of creativity, vitality and passion. We believe YaTi is more than a place to stay, it is a living room for those youthful travellers who seek today’s social, art and culture scenes wherever they go,” said Peter Wynne, newly appointed Senior Vice President of Artyzen Hospitality Group. “YaTi by Artyzen Hongqiao Shanghai is strategically positioned as a select service hotel that provides essentials without fanfare and complications. In conjunction with the adjacent Artyzen Habitat hotel, guests enjoy the unique benefit of direct access to the added facilities in Artyzen Habitat, such as a fully equipped gym, Utility Hub with self-serviced laundry, a bistro and café, an amphitheater and events studios. Together, the two hotels create a smart business model and added value for guests that cannot be found in other comparable select service hotels.”  

Located in the greater Hongqiao area, the hotel is an integral part of the multi-faceted Shanghai MixC complex with a few steps from the Ziteng Road Metro Station on Line 10 and a short drive to the Hongqiao Railway Station and the Hongqiao International Airport. Guests can easily get to entertainment hotspots including Xintiandi, Yu Garden, Nanjing Road and nearby shopping malls.

YaTi by Artyzen Hongqiao Shanghai has 303 guest rooms that are efficiently decorated for a clutter free experience. It is smartly designed with business and leisure travelers in mind. The 2×2 meters over-sized bed with huggable pillows, tent-size duvets and fluffy bedding offer quality restorative sleep. The full-length window for superior outlook of the city view or a fully pressurized rain shower after a long day brings true relief while travelling. The Living Room and Bar are contemporary and socially designed for working and relaxing, as well as social and casual gatherings. Surrounded by a specially commissioned art collection, there are hot desks for co-working, computer desks equipped with Apple desktop computers, and sofa areas with big screen TVs. A bar located centrally in the Living Room, provides all-day beverages and a simple menu with localized cuisine offerings. It is a food pantry by day and a bar by night. Guests can also try out the mixology by well trained, multitasking baristas-slash-bartenders at the designer-furnished outdoor patio to unwind after an exciting day in the city. On the second floor, there are 8 one-of-a-kind stylish meeting rooms for meetings, networking, collaboration and achievement. Each room is equipped with up to date technologies, filled with art pieces and colorful furniture with whiteboard and chalkboard wall where brilliant ideas can be jotted down.

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Viceroy Hotel Group | Viceroy Hotels & Resorts

With provocative design, intuitive service and imaginative art encounters, each Viceroy hotel is a reflection of the local culture and a uniquely authentic experience. With sought-after destinations around the world, we inspire travelers to create their own singular journey and remember to live.  

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Two Monkeys Travel Group – Luxury & Adventure Travel Blog

ABOUT KACH & JONATHAN

We are a married couple who have been traveling the world together since 2013. We met while backpacking in Laos and quickly decided to start a life of adventure together and already visited over 80 countries on every continent, including Antarctica. Kach is from Laguna, Philippines while Jonathan is from Stroud, United Kingdom.

After four years of adventure travel, followed by two years sailing the Caribbean on our own sailboat, we have moved and bought a Stonehouse Villa in Herceg Novi, Montenegro to start our new Expat Life.

Aside from writing about our adventures, Kach has been blogging about traveling around the world based on her experience of visiting 143 countries using her Philippines Passport.

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