It’s Official: 2020 Was Hotels’ Worst Year Ever

The coronavirus pandemic has changed the way a lot of people live and function, and that’s extended to travel. Over the past year, many leisure trips were put on hold in the wake of safety concerns and quarantine mandates, while business travel came to a virtual standstill. In fact, new data from STR highlights just how brutal a hit the hotel industry took in 2020. The question is: Will hotels recover in 2021?

A disturbingly bad year

In 2020, U.S. hotels recorded the lowest occupancy rates on record. Hotel occupancy sat at just 44% for the year, down from 66%

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From Tokyo to Texas, Forbes Travel Guide’s New Five-Star Hotels For 2021

Travel came to a standstill when the pandemic struck last year. Airplanes, trains and cruise ships emptied. Crowds deserted tourist attractions like Venice’s canals, the Louvre and the Empire State Building. Most of the world hunkered down at home, waiting for conditions to improve.

The global Covid-19 vaccine rollout offers some hope for 2021, allowing stir-crazy, grounded travelers to start planning their next getaway. To help inspire those next adventures, Forbes Travel Guide presents its 2021 Star Awards for the world’s best luxury hotels, restaurants and spas.

The 63rd annual list features 283 Five-Star, 576 Four-Star and 438 Recommended

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Whistler hotels continue to advertise travel incentives

WHISTLER (CityNews) — Some hotels in Whistler are still advertising deals and discounts, even while cases spike in the resort municipality and all British Columbians have been told to stay home.

“Travelling to whistler? Stay for 3 nights, only pay for 2,” reads one sponsored ad on Facebook promoting a limited-time deal that’s available through April 31. Another hotel is offering 30 per cent discounts on extended stays. Another is offering seven days for $797 for bookings before April 24.

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5 Hotels To Book For Quarantine In Hong Kong

The best quarantine hotel packages available in Hong Kong. (Photo: The Landmark Mandarin Oriental Hong Kong)
By Annie Simpson

By Annie Simpson

February 03, 2021

Arriving back into Hong Kong and getting prepped for 21-days of quarantine? Here are the best Hong Kong hotels to book

A year into the Covid-19 pandemic, we’re more than used to what has now become known as “the new normal”. Zoom catch-ups, working from home, daily mask wearing and social distancing restrictions have become second nature, with life as we

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