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American Cuts Service Due to Record-Low Customer Demand

American Airlines announced Friday the record-low customer demand caused by the ongoing coronavirus outbreak had forced the carrier to continuing cutting capacity in April and May.

Due to social distancing and travel restrictions, officials from American revealed it would suspend 60 percent of its capacity in April and up to 80 percent of its capacity in May, both compared to the same periods in 2019.

In addition, the airline’s international flights have now been cut by 80-90 percent for April and May, with April’s new service schedule available for booking Sunday and May’s being loaded by April 5.

Federal Aviation Administration officials recently granted carriers additional flexibility in slot-use policies at U.S. airports, allowing American to “better align capacity with demand in light of adjustments to the flight schedule.”

The most significant change for the airline is its service to Hawaii, with flights into Kona, Lihue and Maui all being suspended. American will continue to operate one daily flight from Los Angeles to Honolulu.

As a result of the altered flight schedule, the carrier is extending its offer to waive change fees for customers who purchase tickets through April 15.

In a report from ABCNews.com, American CEO Doug Parker says the company is eligible for about $12 billion of the $50 billion in grants and loans set aside for airlines in the $2 trillion stimulus bill.

The bill also includes assistance for travel advisors and agents impacted by the coronavirus outbreak.

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Cruises

Hertz Providing Free Vehicle Rentals to NYC Healthcare Workers

To help the efforts to stop the spread of the coronavirus, Hertz announced it would provide free vehicle rentals to New York City healthcare workers through April 30.

Starting Wednesday, healthcare workers can reserve a vehicle at one of the 19 New York City-area Hertz locations to keep providing critical care to the community. The car rental company is also working with Mount Sinai Health System to make vehicles immediately available to its employees.

“Mount Sinai Health System and our community of physicians, nurses, trainees, students and other health care professionals are working tirelessly to prevent and reduce the spread of COVID-19 and save lives,” Mount Sinai Health System President Kenneth L. Davis, MD said in a statement. “We thank Hertz and the growing number of community and business organizations who have pledged their support during this critical time.”

Hertz is also supplying free cargo van rentals to medical facilities to transport ventilators and other medical supplies to aid in the fight against the viral outbreak. The official website of the car rental company has more information for qualifying healthcare workers in NYC.

“With New York City having the highest number of confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the country, healthcare workers are dealing with extremely challenging circumstances,” Hertz President and CEO Kathryn Marinello said. “It’s vital that healthcare workers have safe and reliable transportation during this time, and we are eager to help.”

“The dramatic decrease in travel means we have more vehicles to serve the most critical needs of the community,” Marinello continued. “We’re starting in New York City with healthcare workers and we’ll continue to see how we can help during this crisis. It gives all of us at Hertz a sense of purpose and pride to lend our support as much as we can during this very difficult time.”

In addition, Hertz is providing vehicles to disaster response organization, Team Rubicon, which is providing assistance through delivery services for food-insecure populations and coordinating support for those in temporary quarantine.

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Destinations

Health Officials Say Cancun, Riviera Maya Free From Virus

At a time when airlines and cruises are cutting back or outright canceling flights due to the coronavirus, thus affecting destinations, Cancun and the Riviera Maya in Mexico want vacationers to know something.

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It isn’t here.

Mexican state health authorities confirm that the state of Quintana Roo, including the resort destinations of Cancun and Riviera Maya, is free from the virus plaguing a good portion of the world.

This follows reports that a Canadian tourist to Playa del Carmen showed symptoms of what is now being called COVID-19.

“Two suspected cases were identified in Quintana Roo and were negative to the tests performed at the State Public Health Laboratory,” said Alejandra Aguirre Crespo, of the Secretaría Estatal de Salud (SESA).

Dr. Homero León Pérez, head of the Jurisdicción Sanitaria 2 de Quintana Roo, confirmed there are no cases of the virus reported in the state or the municipality of Solidaridad.

Like most of the world, however, Mexico as a whole is not completely free of the virus. Confirmed cases in Mexico City and Sinaloa were confirmed last week.

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Destinations

New GM announced for Wyndham Resort Denarau Island ·

New GM announced for Wyndham Resort Denarau Island

Wyndham Destinations Asia Pacific is pleased to announce the appointment of Kaydee George to the role of General Manager at its flagship Fiji resort, Club Wyndham Denarau Island.

The multi-award winning 201-apartment beachfront property is one of the largest and most popular resorts in Club Wyndham South Pacific – the region’s largest timeshare club with close to 60,000 members.

Ms George joins Club Wyndham Denarau Island after almost eight years tenure with Wyndham, most recently as Area General Manager Gold Coast, based at Wyndham Surfers Paradise.

Wyndham’s Vice President of Operations, Warren Cullum, said Ms George had proven herself as a natural leader with a positive, motivating attitude.

“During her time at Wyndham Surfers Paradise, Kaydee was instrumental in building a can-do culture and leading a motivated, results-driven team,” Mr Cullum said.

“In 2019, the team at Wyndham Surfers Paradise managed to achieve significant growth in both customer satisfaction and financial performance, which is testament to the time Kaydee spent developing the business and the people around her. I have no doubt she will bring the same energy and commitment to our flagship Fiji property.”

Ms George joined Wyndham in 2012 as a Conference and Events Manager in Dunsborough, Western Australia, before being promoted to various resort management roles in Australia and New Zealand. She is part of the Queensland Government’s Young Tourism Leaders program, which provides influential and inspiring role models to encourage young people to consider a career in the tourism industry.

Ideally located just 15 minutes from Nadi Airport, Club Wyndham Denarau Island features a host of facilities including Mamacita Restaurant & Bar, The Beach Shack café and bar, a mobile coffee cart and swim up-pool bars at the lagoon-style swimming pool and adults’ only pool. The resort also boasts a children’s pool, day spa, gym, beach club, games room and 24-hour reception.

 

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New GM announced for Wyndham Resort Denarau Island ·

New GM announced for Wyndham Resort Denarau Island

Wyndham Destinations Asia Pacific is pleased to announce the appointment of Kaydee George to the role of General Manager at its flagship Fiji resort, Club Wyndham Denarau Island.

The multi-award winning 201-apartment beachfront property is one of the largest and most popular resorts in Club Wyndham South Pacific – the region’s largest timeshare club with close to 60,000 members.

Ms George joins Club Wyndham Denarau Island after almost eight years tenure with Wyndham, most recently as Area General Manager Gold Coast, based at Wyndham Surfers Paradise.

Wyndham’s Vice President of Operations, Warren Cullum, said Ms George had proven herself as a natural leader with a positive, motivating attitude.

“During her time at Wyndham Surfers Paradise, Kaydee was instrumental in building a can-do culture and leading a motivated, results-driven team,” Mr Cullum said.

“In 2019, the team at Wyndham Surfers Paradise managed to achieve significant growth in both customer satisfaction and financial performance, which is testament to the time Kaydee spent developing the business and the people around her. I have no doubt she will bring the same energy and commitment to our flagship Fiji property.”

Ms George joined Wyndham in 2012 as a Conference and Events Manager in Dunsborough, Western Australia, before being promoted to various resort management roles in Australia and New Zealand. She is part of the Queensland Government’s Young Tourism Leaders program, which provides influential and inspiring role models to encourage young people to consider a career in the tourism industry.

Ideally located just 15 minutes from Nadi Airport, Club Wyndham Denarau Island features a host of facilities including Mamacita Restaurant & Bar, The Beach Shack café and bar, a mobile coffee cart and swim up-pool bars at the lagoon-style swimming pool and adults’ only pool. The resort also boasts a children’s pool, day spa, gym, beach club, games room and 24-hour reception.

 

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