In The Know - STM July 2022 News



CABMA CONVENTION 2022



STM was "ALL IN" this June at the 2022 CABMA convention in Las Vegas. We were excited to sponsor the Welcome Social & Doug Beard Golf Tournament at Top Golf and several Mentor Me events during the conference. STM's own, Nick Gylllin was honored to be asked to give a ground transportation industry update and share his industry knowledge during the round table discussions.

With the pandemic interrupting the event for the last couple years, the STM team was thrilled to connect with attendees in person again and see so many familiar faces.



Passport, face mask and a CDC-issued COVID-19 vaccination card with details of initial vaccines and booster shots. (photo via iStock/Getty Images Plus/Bill Oxford)

US Extends COVID-19 Public Emergency - What It Means for Travel

The Biden Administration has decided to extend the public emergency in the United States for another three months until at least October 13.

Xavier Becerra, Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services, made the announcement on Friday. The decision came in the wake of a rise in positive cases of the BA.5 variant of the COVID-19 virus.

"The Public Health Emergency declaration continues to provide us with tools and authorities needed to respond to the highly transmissible COVID-19 subvariants that are currently circulating around the country," a Biden administration official told CNN. "The PHE provides essential capabilities and flexibilities to hospitals to better care for patients, particularly if we were to see a significant increase in hospitalizations in the coming weeks."...read more


 

2 years into COVID-19 pandemic: If it’s still gone from hotels, is it ever coming back?

The COVID-19 pandemic has been going on for two years now, and the realization is slowly sinking in that many of the perks and amenities at hotels that were cut “due to coronavirus” may not be coming back.

Among the items cut from many hotels are breakfast, housekeeping, restaurants, lounges, pools, spas, gyms, kids clubs, room service and even concierges.

Some people report pens, notepads and “Do Not Disturb” signs seem to have also gone the way of the dodo bird at some properties...read more


 

Delta to ‘soon’ make good on promise of free inflight Wi-Fi

Before the pandemic, Delta CEO Ed Bastian shared some lofty goals for inflight connectivity.

Bastian promised in early 2019 that Delta’s goal was to “make Wi-Fi free with high-speed quality.” And now, just over three years later, the carrier is well on its way to delivering on that promise, even if it comes a few months after the initial timeline of one to two years...read more


 


Alaska Airlines Will Introduce Electronic Bag Tags

By year's end, Alaska Airlines plans to become the first U.S. airline to implement electronic bag tags.

The program will begin slowly, with 2,500 hand-picked frequent Alaska customers. Sometime next year, all Alaska Mileage Plan members will have the option to purchase the electronic devices.

In a blog entry about the program, Alaska didn't say how much the bag tags would cost. But the airline said they'll be easy to use and will allow flyers to skip the step of printing paper bag tags at the airport. ..read more


 

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Here are the Signs of Travel Dehydration You Shouldn’t Ignore

This summer airline travel is back in a big way.

AAA estimated that 3.6 million Americans traveled through airports over the July 4 weekend.

It’s been more than two years since people have traveled at this volume, and while many of us are excited to get back to travel, we may be a little bit rusty on some of the basics. Staying hydrated, for example, is one of the challenges we face while traveling, and especially considering the summer heat, you may want to bookmark these tips on beating dehydration...read more








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