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  • Corporate business shows signs of return at UAE hotels
  • RLHC officially appoints John Russell as CEO
  • Malta gives residents vouchers to help tourism industry
  • Disney World shares changes to its hotels
  • Travel shows signs of returning in summer

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Corporate business shows signs of return at UAE hotels: Hotels in the United Arab Emirates are showing signs of corporate business returning, with speakers on a recent webinar stating they are confident business travel will return to the region in tandem with leisure travel, writes Hotel News Now’s Terence Baker.

Speaking at the 1 June Arabian Travel Market virtual conference, sources said the emirates are helped by having two of the worlds most connected airlines, Emirates and Etihad. Guy Hutchinson, president and CEO of Rotana Hotels, said “guests will judge markets on the holistic nature of all of its offerings, and once they trust the entire landscape, they will return quickly.”

RLHC officially appoints John Russell as CEO: RLH Corporation has appointed John Russell as CEO, according to a news release. Russell had been serving as the company's’ interim CEO since 3 December 2019.

“We are very pleased to be appointing John as Red Lion’s permanent CEO,” said Board Chairman Carter Pate in the news release. “Since joining RLHC, John has helped refocus the company on supporting its franchisee relationships and cultivating franchise growth. He also has helped effectively navigate through this incredibly difficult period and the related challenges due to the pandemic. We are fortunate to have someone with the depth of experience that John brings to lead the RLHC team and support our commitment to improving shareholder value.”

Malta gives residents vouchers to help tourism industry: Following the recent announcement by Cyprus that it would pay vacation expenses for anyone who catches COVID-19 while visiting the island, another Mediterranean nation, Malta, has decided to give residents five €20 ($22.62) vouchers to use in hotels, restaurants, bars and other hospitality offerings, Reuters reports.

Tourism makes up a quarter of Malta’s gross domestic product, but flights to the island stopped in mid-March as the coronavirus pandemic spread. Every resident over the age of 16 will receive these vouchers, the article states. Residents must use four out of five of the vouchers at hotels or restaurants.

Disney World shares changes to its hotels: Disney World will reopen this month and has shared the new requirements being put in place for guests at its hotels, Spectrum News 13 reports.

Among the changes are requirements that guests ages 2 and older wear masks in all public areas at any Disney Resort Hotel, with exceptions for swimming and dining, the article states. Guests may undergo additional screening. To help with social distancing, Disney recommends guests check in online, and all guests will be automatically checked out.

The hotel rooms will have extra linens and towels as well as double-cased pillows and individually wrapped glassware, the article states. Housekeepers will clean guests’ rooms every other day during their stay.


Travel shows signs of returning in summer: Airlines in the U.S. are getting ready for a “limited rebound” this summer as Americans look to visit vacation spots in places such as Florida, the mountains and national parks, The New York Times reports.

The number of travelers and airline and airport employees going through TSA checkpoints has climbed since hitting a low on 14 April when security screened fewer than 90,000 people, the article states. That number has grown to more than 440,000 screened on 7 June, the most screened since March.

The Fontainebleau Miami Beach resort was one-third full this past weekend after local officials lifted a coronavirus shutdown order last week, the article states. Phil Goldfarb, president and COO of hospitality at Fontainebleau, told the newspaper the hotel is usually full with Florida residents, but now bookings are coming in from across the country.


Compiled by Terence Baker and Bryan Wroten.

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