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At nearly 100 years old, Lord Baltimore hotel finds new life as city’s free coronavirus quarantine center

BALTIMORE — Around this time of year, the Lord Baltimore Hotel would usually be filled with guests: convention visitors, football fans and even ghost hunters seeking to commune with the spirits that they say haunt its corridors.

Today, the hotel’s ballroom has been converted into a COVID-19 command center. Beneath three grand chandeliers, city employees and workers from the University of Maryland Medical System take calls from coronavirus-positive residents who need a place to quarantine or health care facilities with patients, some of them homeless, who need a place to stay.

Across the globe, hotels are being used for isolating people suspected of having COVID-19. Travelers to Singapore, Australia and Taiwan head straight from the airport to inns and hotels for 14 days to prevent transmission of the virus. Sometimes, guests pay for part or all of the stay. But that’s not the case at the Lord Baltimore Hotel, which is now the city’s Triage, Respite, and Isolation (TRI) Center. Since May, more than 600 people have come through its doors, and all of them have stayed for free.

The project, which is a partnership between the city and the University of Maryland Medical System, is funded through the $103 million Baltimore received from the federal government in CARES Act funding. While those dollars expire in December, city officials plan to seek funding from FEMA to keep it open longer.

“Our commitment is to be here as long as it’s needed,” said Chuck Callahan of the University of Maryland Medical Center, who splits his time between the hotel and the convention center, which is also a testing facility and facility.

Among the guests are Leon Love, a 68-year-old Baltimore resident who stayed at the hotel last month. He tested positive for COVID-19 last month after attending the viewing of a friend; he noticed the inability to taste while he was eating bean soup. Rather than risk infecting his family, who he was living with, he checked in to the Lord Baltimore. He credits the good care he received there with helping him make a full recovery from the illness.

“Talk about not wanting to leave,” he said.

Early on in the pandemic, Baltimore leaders realized that people living in homeless shelters and other group settings would need a place to isolate if they tested positive for COVID-19 or were exposed to the virus. A motel set aside for that purpose quickly filled up to capacity. Organizers needed someplace bigger, centrally located — and better equipped to deal with sick people. So they approached the University of Maryland Medical System for help.

Callahan, vice president of population health at the University of Maryland Medical Center, said the medical system had approached the Lord Baltimore’s owners earlier in the pandemic to secure overflow beds should the hospital run out of room. But that ended up not happening; so it instead became a place for homeless and COVID-19-positive residents.

It’s not the first time the city has operated a quarantine facility. For centuries,

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Corporate travel won’t recover for years following coronavirus

  • A new Bank of America analysis found that business trips produced $334 billion in revenue in 2019 and won’t rebound until “late 2023 or in 2024.”
  • Other experts like travel managers and airline executives don’t expect corporate travel to recover for years either.
  • One hotelier has essentially written off the potential return of corporate travel, going as far as to modify his hotels to appeal to leisure travelers rather than business travelers.
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The hotel industry brings in $170 billion annually, and half of that comes from just one sector: corporate travel.

However, new Bank of America research shows that business trips disappearing overnight could cost hotels somewhere between $8 billion and $23 billion this year.

Americans went on over 400 million business trips in 2019. Those business trips contributed $334 billion to the entire travel industry’s $1.1 trillion in revenue last year, according to Bank of America researchers. Then the coronavirus pandemic hit and left the travel industry reeling.

According to analysts, it could be years before the industry rebounds.

The Bank of America analysis found that 75% of companies expect to be back in the office by mid-2021, and 83% of business travelers expect to travel at some point in 2021. But others — like hoteliers, airline executives, and travel managers — don’t believe corporate travel will snap right back to normal.

Industry revenues, Bank of America estimated, won’t fully recover until “late 2023 or in 2024,” even though the bank also estimated business trips could resume as soon as six months from now. The timeline hinges on the creation of a vaccine.

Judy Emma, senior manager of global travel at Twitter, anticipates corporate travel resuming at some level within the year.

“We started off in March thinking, by September, we’ll be back,” Emma told Skift recently. “Now we’re looking into next year, maybe by the middle of next year.” Twitter currently has a global travel ban, and Emma told Skift that the company return to travel depends on a vaccine.

United Airlines CEO Scott Kirby echoed Emma’s sentiment. He does not expect air travel to spike until there is a vaccine, and he estimates that corporate travel will not return to pre-pandemic levels until 2024.

“We’re anxiously watching, for example, the occupancy rate of New York City skyscrapers,” Kirby said during the airline’s third quarter earnings call, according to The Points Guy. “When that number starts to go up, I think you’re going to see business travel start to rebound because there’s a reason to travel.”

New York City hotels that see a significant amount of corporate travel revenue seem to fall in line with Kirby’s assessment.

For instance, Amar Lalvani, CEO of the parent company behind The Standard boutique hotel chain, told the Financial Times that his Meatpacking District hotel would typically rake in half of its $100 million revenue from business travelers, but “that’s not happening now.”

Weekdays — which once saw a hotel constantly teeming with suits on

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Tokio Hotel Celebrates 15 Years With Synth-Pop Rendition of Global Mega-Hit ‘Monsoon’

Multi-award-winning band Tokio Hotel look back on 15 years of unparalleled success.

Tokio Hotel Celebrates 15 Years With Synth-Pop Rendition of Global Mega-Hit 'Monsoon'

Multi-award-winning band Tokio Hotel look back on 15 years of unparalleled success and remarkable growth, releasing a modern synth-pop rendition of their epic worldwide hit “Monsoon” in English via Epic / Sony Music Germany. “‘Monsoon’ means change. It’s the song that changed our lives completely.” explains Bill Kaulitz. “When we decided to make a new version of ‘Monsoon’ the idea we had was to make an acoustic record, let’s arrange it with an orchestra and do something nice with the 2020 version but it just felt boring. We had to do something special for 15 years of this track that started it all for us.” added Tom Kaulitz. While notably a sonic departure from their early alt-rock roots, “Monsoon 2020” maintains its profound lyricism over a driving beat, mellow guitars, lush vocals, and a melody both close enough and yet entirely different to the original – all of which makes the song a nostalgic tribute to the past and a gorgeous glance into the future.

Amassing rapid international fame, the band – comprised of twins Bill and Tom Kaulitz , Gustav Schäfer, and Georg Listing – stormed the charts upon their 2005 debut in Germany and later skyrocketed to the top with their first English-language record Scream which included “Monsoon” in 2007. Tokio Hotel went on to garner 110 international award nominations and win a wealth of high-profile awards including MTV’s ‘Best New Artist’ VMA in the USA (against Katy Perry, Miley Cryus, and Taylor Swift), 5 EMA’s, among many others. Scream surpassed 7 million physical albums sold globally, and went Platinum (70x) and Gold (120x) in 68 countries. To date the band has released six studio albums, including their latest LP titled Dream Machine in 2017, and continue to have millions of dedicated listeners all over the world.

A re-release and remake of “Monsoon” wasn’t originally intended. Just like many others in the music industry, Tokio Hotel’s touring plans came to halt with the COVID-19 pandemic. The band members, who were already on the road for their ‘Melancholic Paradise’ world tour, headed back home to both Los Angeles, CA, USA and Magdeburg, Germany. Why not use the forced hiatus to take a breath, look within and maybe even reminisce on some cherished memories? So Bill, Tom, Gustav, and Georg spent days and nights diving into their archives, rummaging forgotten pictures and videos, revisiting old schedules, and taking their Instagram followers on a nostalgic journey back in time. They reposted early band photos, backstage snapshots, and screenshots of the single charts from the release week of “Monsoon” in 2005 and 2007. Then they topped off their #timemachine-trip with the announcement of a new version of their iconic song which has brought Tokio Hotel fans together once more from border to border.

“Everything that happened to us throughout these last 15 years had started with that song,” Bill asserts. “‘Monsoon’ is not just about memories of 2005. It’s a

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At nearly 100 years old, Lord Baltimore hotel finds new life as city’s free coronavirus quarantine center

Around this time of year, the Lord Baltimore Hotel would usually be filled with guests: convention visitors, football fans and even ghost hunters seeking to commune with the spirits that they say haunt its corridors.



a made bed in a room: A sample of the room at the Lord Baltimore Hotel used to house isolated residents.


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A sample of the room at the Lord Baltimore Hotel used to house isolated residents.

Today, the hotel’s ballroom has been converted into a COVID-19 command center. Beneath three grand chandeliers, city employees and workers from the University of Maryland Medical System take calls from coronavirus-positive residents who need a place to quarantine or health care facilities with patients, some of them homeless, who need a place to stay.

Across the globe, hotels are being used for isolating people suspected of having COVID-19. Travelers to Singapore, Australia and Taiwan head straight from the airport to inns and hotels for 14 days to prevent transmission of the virus. Sometimes, guests pay for part or all of the stay. But that’s not the case at the Lord Baltimore Hotel, which is now the city’s Triage, Respite, and Isolation (TRI) Center. Since May, more than 600 people have come through its doors, and all of them have stayed for free.

The project, which is a partnership between the city and the University of Maryland Medical System, is funded through the $103 million Baltimore received from the federal government in CARES Act funding. While those dollars expire in December, city officials plan to seek funding from FEMA to keep it open longer.

“Our commitment is to be here as long as it’s needed,” said Chuck Callahan of the University of Maryland Medical Center, who splits his time between the hotel and the convention center, which is also a testing facility and facility.

Among the guests are Leon Love, a 68-year-old Baltimore resident who stayed at the hotel last month. He tested positive for COVID-19 last month after attending the viewing of a friend; he noticed the inability to taste while he was eating bean soup. Rather than risk infecting his family, who he was living with, he checked in to the Lord Baltimore. He credits the good care he received there with helping him make a full recovery from the illness.

“Talk about not wanting to leave,” he said.

Early on in the pandemic, Baltimore leaders realized that people living in homeless shelters and other group settings would need a place to isolate if they tested positive for COVID-19 or were exposed to the virus. A motel set aside for that purpose quickly filled up to capacity. Organizers needed someplace bigger, centrally located — and better equipped to deal with sick people. So they approached the University of Maryland Medical System for help.

Callahan, vice president of population health at the University of Maryland Medical Center, said the medical system had approached the Lord Baltimore’s owners earlier in the pandemic to secure overflow beds should the hospital run out of room. But that ended up not happening; so it instead became a

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    My 25 Best Travel Tips After 10 Years of Traveling the World

    After over ten years of traveling the world, I’ve definitely learned my fair share of lessons. Like the time I was robbed on a train because I let my guard down or the time Scott and I showed up at the Bozeman Airport only to find that we no longer had a car rental.

    Some of these travel mishaps can be avoided and some of them are just a part of traveling. You simply cannot plan for everything. However, keeping a few important things in mind will make your travels much easier.

    I’ve gathered the best travel tips and tricks to help you save money, avoid mistakes, and travel like a pro!

     

    My 25 Best Travel Tips

     

    My 25 Best Travel Tips After 10 Years of Traveling the World

     

    Be Flexible

    We always plan for delays and try not to get upset when things inevitably go wrong. Patience is extremely important when traveling!

     

    Make a List

    About a week or so before each trip, I make a mental list of items I don’t want to forget — which I WILL forget if I don’t write them down. I’ve learned that when I think of something, I need to write it down.

    Packing lists are essential! Read more: The Ultimate Carry-On Packing Guide and our Road Trip Packing Guide.

     

    Learn Common Phrases of the Local Language

    A simple “Please,” “Thank you,” and “I’m sorry” in the local language goes a long way. I also like to learn the word for beer, but that’s just me.

     

    Don’t Forget an Extra Camera Battery (or Two)

    Have you ever gotten to that epic sunset photo spot and realized your camera battery is dead and you don’t have a back up? I try to bring at least three camera batteries on all of our trips so that we don’t miss out on that perfect shot.

     Read more: The Ultimate Packing Guide for Travel Photographers

     

    Always Bring a Sarong

    Sarongs can be used as a wrap when you are cold, a towel, a curtain, or a piece of clothing that can be worn dozens of different ways. Solid colors are great, but if you want something that stands out, I love this sarong.

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    Always Buy Travel Insurance

    A medical emergency can wipe out your savings — or even worse. We use and trust World Nomads for travel insurance.

     

    Make Photocopies of Important Documents

    In my early twenties, I was very good about keeping a copy of my passport in a separate bag from my actual passport. Then I got lazy.

    Recently, a friend of mine lost her passport at the airport. She was told that if she had brought a copy of it and extra passport photos they would have let her travel. Since she didn’t, she was forced to forfeit a $2,000 flight and a week in Europe. I now carry a copy with me.

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    Pack Extra Underwear

    Undies are small and it’s always a good idea to have a few extra pairs

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