Marriott, Hyatt or Holiday Inn Express: Comparing hotels’ covid protocols

Until last week, the last time I stayed at a hotel was back in March. Since the pandemic began, I spent months locked down alone in my D.C. apartment, then with family in Upstate New York. I took bike trips and road trips to go camping, but I avoided hotels completely.

In the meantime, hotels, like the rest of the travel industry, were suffering. According to the American Hotel & Lodging Association, hotels are facing a debt crisis and a historic wave of foreclosures as the pandemic’s economic impact on the industry is estimated to be nine times greater than that of 9/11. As a result, they’ve been doing everything they can to attract business.

For some, that means promoting packages for remote workers or encouraging families to take remote-school vacations. For most, it means amplifying their new coronavirus precautions so that customers feel safe booking (and staying at) hotels

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44% of Americans Plan to Apply for Store Credit Card This Holiday Season; Big Jump From 2019

CHARLOTTE, N.C., Oct. 12, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — A lot more Americans say they’re likely to apply for a store credit card this holiday season than did in either of the previous two years, according to a new report from CompareCards by LendingTree.

That’s despite the fact that more than half (56%) of people who say they’ve had a store credit card say they’ve regretted getting one.

Full report: https://www.comparecards.com/blog/2020-store-card-report/ 

Key findings:

  • Big jump in interest in store cards: 44% of Americans say they’re at least somewhat likely to apply for a store card during the holiday shopping season. That’s up from 32% in 2019 and 24% in 2018.
  • Store card APRs fall: The average APR for a new store credit card is 24.24%, down from 25.41% in 2019, thanks largely to Federal Reserve interest rate cuts.
  • More regrets: More than half (56%) of those who have had a
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Ways small shops shifting holiday sales amid COVID-19

Watty Brooks Hall, the owner of the Brooks Collection, plans to keep her iPhone charged and ready for more FaceTime calls this holiday season.

Her Collierville, Tennessee gift shop introduced virtual shopping for consumers who don’t feel comfortable coming inside but want to see the pottery, gifts and home goods up close. Hall also plans to post more photos on Instagram and Facebook where engagement has been up since the pandemic.

Texas-based Stag Provisions also is engaging more with shoppers on social media. It will also stock more comfortable clothes such as t-shirts and sweatpants this holiday season as people continue to spend a lot of time at home. 

And Gibson’s Bookstore, New Hampshire’s oldest independent book shop established in 1898, hopes to drive online sales with its new curbside pickup option.

Small retailers across the country have had to get creative to keep the lights on after dealing with

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Zilker Bark Returns To Help Austin Pet Lovers Make Holiday Cards

AUSTIN, TX — Zilker Bark — Austin’s favorite dog photographer — on Monday announced the return of Holiday Mini-sessions starting later this month, yielding opportunities for pet lovers to create holiday cards or keepsakes of their furry BFFs.

Starting Oct. 24, Austin-based Wondercide will partner with Zilker Bark to offer session guests a special holiday bonus gift that gives back, officials said in an advisory. With each purchase of a mini session, guests will receive a limited-edition Wondercide sampler box featuring its signature Flea & Tick Pet + Home sprays in all four fresh scents (Cedarwood, Lemongrass, Rosemary, and Peppermint).

Proceeds from these sampler boxes will be donated to Dog is My Copilot, a non-profit that has saved more than 16,000 pets by flying at-risk animals from overcrowded shelters to adoption centers in other parts of the country where loving families are waiting to give them forever homes. Wondercide is

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Your CARES Act Benefits Experts, Magellan Jets, Offers Tax Holiday Strategy Consulting on Private Jet Travel in 2021 & Beyond

Leading Private Aviation Solution Provider Advises Guests & Businesses on Utilizing the CARES Act Tax Exemption for Private Jet Travel

As we enter the final few months of 2020, your private aviation consultants at Magellan Jets are thrilled to provide their expertise on tax holiday benefits for individuals and organizations, so they can better understand the Coronavirus Aid Relief and Economic Security Act (CARES Act) and its impact on their private jet travel.

With companies across the country eager to get back to business again, the CARES Act incentivizes organizations to utilize the safety of private aviation by suspending certain excise taxes on private jet travel booked through December 31, 2020. The tax exemption also extends to any jet card or membership purchases made before the end of the year, even if they aren’t used to fly until 2021 or beyond.

In response to the tax holiday, Magellan Jets is

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China Golden Week holiday sees millions of tourists, boon to economy

The Associated Press
Published 7:02 a.m. ET Oct. 9, 2020 | Updated 8:49 a.m. ET Oct. 9, 2020

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HONG KONG (AP) — Some 637 million Chinese traveled inside their country during the recent eight-day Golden Week holiday, spending tens of billions of dollars at a time when China hopes to get consumers to spend more and perk up the economy.

More than 45% of China’s 1.4 billion people traveled during the holiday, which began Oct. 1. They spent 466.6 billion yuan ($69.5 billion), according to data from China’s Ministry of Culture and Tourism.

That’s 21% fewer trips and 30% less spending, but the numbers still show consumption is beginning to bounce back following the battering it took earlier in the year from the coronavirus pandemic.

The

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China Golden Week holiday pumps up tourism, boon to economy

HONG KONG (AP) — Some 637 million Chinese tourists took domestic trips during the eight-day Golden Week holiday, spending the equivalent of tens of billions of dollars at a time when China is seeking to boost consumer spending to stimulate the economy.

The holiday, which began Oct. 1, saw more than 45% of China’s population take trips within the country and spend 466.6 billion yuan ($69.5 billion), according to data from China’s Ministry of Culture and Tourism. That marked a decline of 21% for domestic tourists from last year’s Golden Week and a 30% decline for spending.

Still the numbers show consumption is beginning to bounce back following the battering it took earlier in the year from the coronavirus pandemic.


Travel within the country, and sometimes even within cities, was restricted beginning with the Lunar New Year in January as China fought the spread of the coronavirus that emerged in

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Dick’s Sporting Goods to hire 9,000 holiday season workers, eyeing surge in online orders

By Richa Naidu

CHICAGO (Reuters) – Dick’s Sporting Goods said on Thursday it will hire up to 9,000 workers to cover the key holiday season in its stores, 1,000 more than last year, expecting a jump in online orders for curbside or in-store pickups amid the coronavirus pandemic.

Retailers have struggled this year, with mall traffic declining across the United States as stores in states like California continue to operate under severe restrictions to combat the spread of COVID-19.

The number of people visiting Dick’s outlets declined nearly 54% in May, according to data firm Placer.ai. While this has since improved, traffic is still about 9% lower than last year, the data shows.

Pennsylvania-based Dick’s expects in-store foot traffic to improve from earlier this year, with demand for products like kayaks, golf clubs and bicycles up as many people turn to non-contact sports. Still, online sales are surging: second-quarter e-commerce

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Why Chase Freedom Flex is the best credit card for holiday shopping

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  • The Chase Freedom Flex℠ is part of Chase’s quarterly 5% cash-back bonus program.
  • From now through the end of the year, cardholders can earn 5% cash back on PayPal and Walmart purchases, on up to $1,500 in spending once activated.
  • The vast majority of major retailers will let you check out with PayPal online, which means many of your holiday shopping purchases will qualify for the bonus.
  • If you max out the bonus, you’ll get $75 back. If you’re a new cardholder, you can also get $200 back after you
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3 Things Small Businesses Should Do Now to Prepare for the Holiday Season

Many of us have barely settled into pumpkin spice season and the rhythms of a pandemic school year. Thinking about the holidays might seem premature. But not if you’re a small business with an online presence, according to Google. 

In a recent blog post, Kim Spalding, the search giant’s director of product management, small business ads, insisted small businesses need to start seasonal preparations before they start carving pumpkins. and even if it feels like there’s no point planning for much of anything in the middle of the chaos that is 2020. 

In fact, because of all the pandemic related disruption, fully 71 percent of American adults plan to do more than half of their shopping online this year, Spalding points out. And 66 percent plan to shop at more small businesses. That makes it even more important to get your online presence is sorted out well ahead of peak

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