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New In Domestic Travel Risk Assessments: Sobering Hospital Stats

On top of worries about contracting Covid, employees and employers can’t forget that car accidents, heart attacks and other emergencies happen during business travel. Hospital capacity wasn’t traditionally a factor that U.S. corporates needed to consider for domestic trips, but that’s all changed with intensive care units now at or near capacity in several states….

Op Ed: Lauren Aste On Travel’s Return Hinging On A Commitment To Global Public Health

CWT chief legal officer Lauren Aste discusses how humans have an innate impulse to help each other. She argues that the travel industry, governments and NGOs likewise must collaborate on opening borders and restarting travel, and assisting all countries in combating Covid — and the next threat to global public health. In the book “Humankind:…

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Reporter’s Notebook: Digital Health Credentials, Dynamic Hotel Pricing, TMC Relationships

Read on for the latest industry discussions about digital passports, dynamic hotel pricing and TMC relationships. Providers of so-called digital health passports continue to add partnerships with airlines, airports and other entities to ease international travel. Starting with verifiable, negative Covid test results, the systems now are working to add proof of vaccination. Air transport…

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Vaccine Passports, Covid’s Next Political Flashpoint

Max Fisher is a New York-based international reporter and columnist who has reported from five continents on conflict, diplomacy, social change and other topics. Matina Stevis-Gridneff contributed reporting from Brussels to his March 2 article, republished here with permission from The New York Times, as part of our licensing program. We welcome your comments below….

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Governments Pressed To Help Standardize Digital Health Documentation For Travel As Private Efforts Proliferate

The Travel and Tourism Advisory Board of the U.S. Commerce Department is attempting to collaborate with other U.S. federal agencies to spur development of standards and digital interoperability for traveler documentation of Covid-19 vaccinations and test results. On Wednesday, TTAB chair and CWT president and CEO Kurt Ekert outlined the effort’s goals and challenges during…

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New Certification Program For Drivers Pushes Ground Transport Hygiene

Ground transportation is getting a closer look as organizations and their travelers seek comfortable, convenient and hygienic options. A new training and certification program aims to bring some reassurance. Claiming a first, the organizers behind Safe Clean Ride created a curriculum for ride-hail, taxi, limo and bus drivers focused on “awareness of contagions, cleaning and…

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Movement For Quarantine-Free U.K.-U.S. Travel Faces Tests

Business travel is an important economic enabler and New York-London is a critical business travel route. If authorities on both sides can confirm negative Covid tests by incoming travelers and limit their stays, why not exempt them from quarantine rules? Organizers of a pilot program intend to find out starting this month. A Switzerland-based nonprofit…