The openings of the Fairmont Banff Springs, Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise, Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge and Fairmont Chateau Whistler will include golf courses and some food and beverage venues as well as limited spa services.
Wide-open spaces. Exclusivity. Nature. An opportunity to give back to a destination. Suppliers see these as major selling points when travel returns, and they believe the continent has those qualities in abundance.
Jack Anderson, a consultant and former sales executive with Crystal Cruises, Seabourn and Holland America Line, said that for the upscale cruise lines, keeping agencies afloat is considered a matter of survival.
While European river cruise operators remain largely in wait-and-see mode about when the Covid-19 pandemic will ease enough to open their season to international travelers, domestic cruise lines are preparing to resume sailing in June.
Unlike cruise ships that were stuck at sea with coronavirus outbreaks, the Azamara Pursuit’s saga has stayed under the radar. Still, the crew, led by Capt. Carl Smith, was resourceful and creative in caring for guests.
The travel shutdown has exposed the delicate balance of the travel ecosystem, with many suppliers struggling or just declining to offer customers refunds on trips that the companies have been forced to cancel.
The unprecedented shutdown in travel from the Covid-19 pandemic has created confusion and, in some cases, tension between advisors and suppliers over commission payments for canceled and postponed travel.