Other parts of the travel industry are also helping
Many corners of the travel industry are looking for a way to end the pandemic.
More than a dozen U.S. airports including Chicago O’Hare and Chicago Midway, Los Angeles International, Tampa, Newark, and Minneapolis-St. Paul. XpresSpa is in many terminals has panned from offering airport massages and manicures to quick coronavirus tests.
Monterey Bay Aquarium Monterey, California, has been closed to guests since March; in December, they loaned one of their ultra-cold freezers to a hospital in nearby Salinas; The special freezer can maintain temperatures of minus 94 degrees Fahrenheit, which is necessary for the safe storage of some coronavirus vaccines.
In the first few weeks of the pandemic, the West Virginia State Fair signed an agreement with the Greenbrier County Health Department to use their facilities for testing, vaccinations, and even a hospital for surges if necessary. The site, which was closed in 2020, has since been the location for three free drive-through testing clinics and is currently operated as a vaccination center for residents.
Many of Orange County’s residents who receive their vaccination puffs at Disneyland have tested themselves for the coronavirus Anaheim Convention Centerwhich, like convention centers across the country, stalled in March. Jay Burress, President and CEO of Visit Anaheim, estimates the freeze cost the city $ 1.9 billion in lost revenue. He responded by donating unused supplies to local nonprofits. In July the parking lot of the congress center was converted into a mass test area.
“How do we safely open again? That has been our goal all along, ”said Mr. Burress. “Marketing our goal, either as a vacation destination or as a convention destination when hotels aren’t even open for vacation travel, is turning your wheels.”
Sharon Decker is the President of North Carolina Tryon ResortThe hotel has 250 rooms and an equestrian center as well as a 300,000 square meter indoor arena on 1,600 acres at the foot of the Blue Ridge Mountains. She wasn’t surprised in October when officials from Polk County, NC asked if she would be willing to donate this arena as a vaccination site, even though she knew doing so would pose logistical challenges. The site opened in mid-December.
“We have built a real partnership with public health officials,” she said. “It had to be a real public-private partnership to make this happen. But if you have common goals for a healthy economy and healthy business, this is the way to find out. “