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UgoVirtual Transforms Onsight Event Into A Completely Digital Experience

UgoVirtual, a travel and hospitality virtual solutions company, is collaborating with Hospitality Technology Next Generation (HTNG) to rework the annual TechOvation competition into an online event through virtual conference and event technology. The TechOvation competition, formerly onsite, is held during HT-NEXT: a hospitality technology industry forum.

Air Passenger Traffic In Mexico, U.S. And Colombia Down 35.8%

Grupo Aeroportuario del Sureste (ASUR), a leading international airport group with operations in Mexico, the U.S. and Colombia, today announced that total passenger traffic for March 2020 decreased 35.9 percent when compared to March 2019. Passenger traffic decreased 35.8 percent in Mexico, 35.9 percent in Puerto Rico and 36.2 percent in Colombia, reflecting the effect of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Stats: More Than 70 Percent of Americans Have Stopped All Business Travel

COVID-19, nearing its peak, has ended most business travel, at least temporarily. To find out what is going on, ENGINE survey 1,000 adults three different times in March; the latest findings were discovered from March 27-28, 2020.

Note: The results are also weighted to U.S. Census data to be demographically representative. 

Here are some critical findings (March 27-28): 

Global Meetings Industry Day Postponed: Meetings Mean Business Coalition Calls For Virtual Unity on April 14

Global Meetings Industry Day, a person-to-person event in more than 50 countries, has been postponed. In response, the Meetings Mean Business Coalition is calling for virtual unity on April 14. 

Meetings Mean Business Coalition (MMBC) leaders in the United States, Canada and India have issued the following statement. 

Sonesta International Hotels Corporations Introduces Flexible Cancellation Policies

In the wake of COVID-19, Sonesta International Hotels Corporation, a global hospitality brand with more than 80 properties in seven countries, is introducing flexible cancellation policies for group meetings, events and individual reservations. As this unprecedented situation is ever evolving, Sonesta wants to give its guests confidence in making reservations without penalty.

Coronavirus Rattles Entire Global Travel Industry; Travel Comes To A Halt

The coronavirus continues to rattle the global business travel industry. That is according to the latest research conducted by the Global Business Travel Association. To understand the effects of coronavirus on business travel, GBTA conducted its fourth lightning poll among membership on March 18-21, 2020. It received responses from more than 1,155 member companies throughout the world. View the entire poll results here.