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2 Canadian insurance companies stop covering coronavirus-related trip cancellations
Two major Canadian travel insurance providers — Manulife and TuGo — will no longer cover new customers who need to cancel their trips due to the coronavirus outbreak.Travellers with regular trip cancellation insurance typically have been able to get reimbursed if, after booking their trip, Ottawa issued a coronavirus-related advisory to avoid non-essential travel to their destination.
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There’s no denying that the coronavirus outbreak has changed, and will continue to change, how we travel. But even in light of the bleakest news—like the potential loss of 4.6 million travel-related jobs, according to a recent estimate by the—the industry has banded together to aid in the fight.
While tourism has come to a halt, hotels and other travel companies are supporting front-line response efforts as well as their own employees. They've jumped in to donate food and supplies, aid medical personnel, lend empty real estate and other physical assets, and establish employee funds. Here are several ways the travel and hospitality industry is giving back amid the crisis.
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Rideshare and delivery drivers fear they lack a safety net if they face a sick customer or get sick themselves. "We are almost always an afterthought."
Food and supply donations
has converted its lobby into a pickup location for an organization that collects food from restaurants and overstock from suppliers. Hospitality workers who have lost their jobs due to the coronavirus can pick up free bags of groceries throughout the day.
Ocean House Management—which operates, , and in Rhode Island and in Massachusetts—has opened a thrice-weekly food truck in Westerly, Rhode Island, to serve free lunch to area school children 16 and under.
the three-Michelin-starred Relais & Chateaux restaurant-inn in Healdsburg, California, is working with to produce 200 meals a day for local families. Across the pond, is serving free breakfast and lunch to healthcare and emergency workers, service industry employees, and local residents.
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Report: NFL teams changing scouting travel plans due to coronavirusThose clubs include the Pittsburgh Steelers, who are "limiting commercial flights for coaches and scouts until further notice," Pelissero reports.
Thein Louisville, Kentucky, has stocked a makeshift pantry with produce, soup, milk, and household essentials like toilet paper, diapers, and sanitary products; hourly workers who may be experiencing a shift reduction can access it on weekdays from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Following the shelter-in-place order issued in the San Francisco Bay Area,in San Martin, California, established an ongoing care-package program; out-of-work staffers can pick up bundles of eggs, milk, toilet paper, and other essentials at the resort’s front gate. Rosewood also donated its unused food to area restaurants for use in takeout orders.
Efforts from the Hyatt universe:, in Shanghai, donated 1,000 shower caps (for use as self-protection) to local volunteers. And after temporarily closing, bundled more than 200 packages of food and supplies for employees impacted as a result; gave all unused food, including bread, produce, milk, and other products, to staffers and their families; and the set up an assembly line-style food-distribution system to serve more than 600 staffers.
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Global News consumer reporter Sean O’Shea says only one type of travel insurance will guarantee your money back. “Insurance kicks in when a circumstance arises where it’s beyond your control; if you’re sick, you can’t fly, you can’t return,” O’Shea told hosts on The Morning Show.“But it doesn’t kick in if you just say, ‘I feel afraid of going.’ There’s only one kind of insurance that does that: cover for any reason.”READ MORE: Air Canada extends China flight cancellations to April 10 over COVID-19 outbreakO’Shea said there is no difference between cancelling one week or one month before a scheduled flight.
Inwhich pulled in more than $50 billion from tourism last year, major resort brands (including MGM, and others) have donated more than 400,000 pounds of food to local charities. has donated 12,000 pounds of food to the Food Bank of Western Massachusetts, Open Pantry Community Services, and Friends of the Homeless.
After closing its hotels in Mexico and Jamaica,, which counts the all-inclusive among its portfolio, tapped its philanthropic arm to donate unused food to locals whose livelihoods rely on tourism.
Certain hotels are now doubling as TaskRabbit centers. Staff at, in London, will make grocery, pharmacy, and post office runs for those who need help; just send a or email email@example.com. Harold’s restaurant at Arlo SoHo in lower Manhattan will deliver meals to elderly or disabled folks who may not have access to fresh groceries; the public is encouraged to alert the restaurant if they sense that a neighbor needs an extra hand.
Coronavirus: London, Ont., mayor to self-isolate upon return from U.S.
London Mayor Ed Holder's office said he has cut short a family trip and is set to self-isolate for 14 days starting Monday.A statement from Ed Holder's office said the mayor has cut a stateside family reunion short and has secured "the first available flight back to London.
Forced to trim or rotate staff to meet reduced bookings, Hiltons around the country have launched individual relief efforts. Hilton Columbus Downtown, with the support of its ownership group, Franklin County Convention Facilities Authority, provides curbside meals, plus access to an onsite pantry, to hotel and Greater Columbus Convention Center employees. Embassy Suites by Hilton Tampa Downtown Convention Center and Hilton Tampa Downtown donated 300 pounds of food to Metropolitan Ministries, a homelessness nonprofit.donated about 900 pounds of food to Rethink Food NYC, and Hampton Inn by Hilton Fort Stockton, in Texas, provides free bagged breakfasts to local children.
, which runs small luxury ships, donated seven pallets (worth about $8,000) of fresh produce and dairy to Feeding South Florida, a Miami-area hunger-relief non-profit in the network. The company also donated a pallet of milk and butter (from a cancelled Australia cruise) to the Los Angeles Regional Food Bank.
Working alongside Feeding America,will for every bag sold to families in need across the United States. The Denver-based company, which designs stylish travel backpacks, ordinarily provides 25 meals per bag.
Alberta's chief medical health officer in self-isolation, gets coronavirus test
EDMONTON — A doctor who has become the face of Alberta's medical response to the novel coronavirus outbreak is in self-isolation. Government sources say Dr. Deena Hinshaw, the province's chief medical health officer, is experiencing symptoms of a cold and is waiting for results of her test for the virus. Government sources say Dr. Deena Hinshaw, the province's chief medical health officer, is experiencing symptoms of a cold and is waiting for results of her test for the virus.
Housing and hospital facility support
, which is temporarily closed, will house doctors, nurses, and other medical workers for free. New York Governor Andrew Cuomo : “The first of many hotels we hope will make their rooms available,” he wrote.
Several folks who bridge the soccer-hotel worlds are reaching out to help COVID-19 workers in England. Manchester United legends–turned–hoteliers Gary Neville and Ryan Giggs have closed their two properties—, their brand-new Relais & Chateaux hotel, and —in order to free up some 150 beds for doctors and nurses. Similarly, Roman Abramovich, the billionaire owner of Chelsea F.C., is housing medical personnel at at Chelsea Football Club. In Brighton, the Grand Hotel announced it will close its doors to customers in order to provide free rooms to National Health Service staff.
With a countrywide order to close all hotels in Spain, the Gran Hotel Colon and the Marriott Auditorium, both inare now housing mild-case coronavirus patients. The Room Mate Mario and the Room Mate Laura, also in the Spanish capital, are both housing healthcare workers.
InterContinental Hotels Group, which launched a range of relief initiatives, also partnered with the London Mayor Sadiq Khan to convert two London hotels into.
Withuntil mid-April, Carnival Corporation, the parent company of , , and , has offered to work with governments and health authorities to convert its fleet into temporary hospitals for non-COVID patients. Ships would remain docked near land, with crew members overseeing food, cleaning, and other upkeep.
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Across the globe, airlines are grounding their international fleets, restricting domestic routes, and bracing for the worst crisis ever in the aviation industry, due to the coronavirus. "Most of the 800 or so airlines in the world are going to fold if they have no income for three or four moths," said Peter Harbison, the chairman of the Centre for Asia-Pacific Aviation, a consulting firm based in Australia. "It's a no brainer." Air Canada is suspending all but six of its international routes, down from 101, by the end of the month, and shaving 40 of its 53 routes to the U.S.
Airbnb has joined up with, an Italy-based home rentals site, to offer up to two months of free accommodations to doctors and nurses fighting the coronavirus outbreak. Through Airbnb for Doctors and Nurses, the new initiative, medical professionals can to be matched with housing.
Domio, an apart-hotels company,up to five nights of free housing to medical professionals and first responders in , , and .
JetBlue, which40 percent of its flights, will use its empty planes to shuttle incoming medical volunteers to New York State for free. (The announcement garnered from Governor Cuomo.)
Financial and employment aid
Columbia Hospitality, which managesin Kirkland, Washington, and some 25 other hotels in the West, launched a to help current, laid-off, and furloughed employees pay for housing, medical expenses, and groceries. Seeding came from company executives who took a pay cut.
Hyatt is establishing an employee fund seeded by the C-suite. President Mark Hoplamazian and chairman Tom Pritzker are forgoing 100 percent of their salaries, and the company’s senior leadership team is taking a 50 percent salary cut through the end of May. MGM Resorts established a $1 million emergency relief fund for full-time, on-call, laid-off, or furloughed employees.
Yelpto independent businesses impacted by the coronavirus. Relief will come in the form of waived ad fees, a $100 advertising credit for restaurants that offer takeout and delivery, and more.
The, the visitors bureau for Loudoun, Virginia—a popular —started a relief fund for tourism businesses and employees impacted by the coronavirus.
In an effort to help employees displaced by its closed hotels, Hilton has partnered with CVS, Amazon, and other companies that are actively hiring right now toto some 350,000 short-term jobs.
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