Travel News: February 26, 2020

Innsbruck Austria

Coronavirus Could Cancel 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games
Travel Pulse
The longest-serving member of the International Olympic Committee says the 2020 Summer Games in Tokyo in July could be canceled if the coronavirus outbreak shows no sign of dissipating.
Former Canadian swimming champion Dick Pound, who has been on the IOC since 1978, says organizers have a three-month window – or less – to make a decision about the fate of the Games.

Disney CEO Bob Iger steps down in surprise announcement
Travel Weekly
Disney CEO Bob Iger, who steered the company’s absorption of Star Wars, Pixar, Marvel and Fox’s entertainment businesses and the launch of a Netflix challenger, is stepping down immediately, the company said in a surprise announcement Tuesday.
The Walt Disney Co. named as his replacement Bob Chapek, most recently chairman of Disney’s parks, experiences and products business.

Air New Zealand unveils economy-class sleeping pods
There are people who can sleep anywhere, any time, in any position — including upright in an economy-class airplane seat.
And then there are the rest of us. Neck pillows just don’t cut it. Reclining a few inches does nothing. We need to lie flat, which is what makes Air New Zealand’s prototype sleep pods so exciting.
On February 26, the airline filed patent and trademark applications for the “Economy Skynest” — the result of three years of research, development and testing based on input from more than 200 customers at a hanger in Auckland.

A second hotel is under lockdown as Europe tries to contain the spread of coronavirus
Business Insider
Austrian authorities have placed a hotel in the popular Alpine tourist region on lockdown, after a receptionist was one of two people in the country to test positive for the new COVID-19 virus, Reuters reported.
It is still unclear how many people are under lockdown in the Grand Hotel Europa in Innsbruck but the hotel has 108 rooms. 

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