Hotels: The world’s most expensive hotels – would you work 943 days for one night here?

While the travel world is currently on pause, that doesn’t mean you can’t plan and dream about your next holiday. With breath-taking views, lavish suites, A-list guests and 24-hour butlers, these hotels are worth their eye-watering price tags. So, how long would you have to work to be able to stay for a single night?

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Official-canada-eta.com, ESTA Visa Waiver processors, have analysed data on the most expensive hotel suites and standard rooms at top hotels in the world.

The results revealed the cost of staying at an expensive suite in a top-notch hotel compared with the average UK salary and how that compares with a standard room at the same hotel.

Palms Casino Resort, Las Vegas

This hotel costs £78,433 per night which is 943 days of the average person’s salary in the UK.

The Empathy Suite includes commissioned artwork, two sharks suspended in liquid, an outdoor pool and a 13-seater bar overlooking the Las Vegas strip.

The added extras include butlers, a chauffeured car, and $10,000 (£7,840) to spend around the resort.

But a standard room at the same hotel costs just £153 a night which is two days of work on the average UK salary.

Hotel President Wilson, Lake Geneva, Switzerland

With guests like Rihanna, Matt Damon and Céline Dion, this hotel has the largest and most expensive suite in Europe.

At £66,800 a night, it would take 803 days of work on the typical UK salary to rent the suite.

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However, the suite includes Stunning views of the lake, one of the world’s largest TV screens, a grand piano and a wrap around terrace.

The property is over 5,500 foot and includes bullet-proof windows.

The cost of a standard room is £518 a night which is six days of work.

Or, you can find 23 guests to take with you and share a 12-bed suite which will only set you back £2,800 per person.

BVLGARI Resort and Residences, Dubai

This hotel has created a private island with a bridge that connects you to mainland Dubai.

It costs £33,573 per night or over 400 days’ work which gets you a Turkish Spa, a private beach, home cinema and private security.

The stunning hotel oozes sophistication, comfort and security – what more could you want?

But if that’s a little out of your price range, you can stay in one of the hotel’s standard rooms which costs a reasonable £368 for just four days’ work.

Jayne Forrester, Director of International Development at Official-canada-eta.com said of the data: “The luxuries these hotel rooms provide really make them a once in a lifetime experience for the typical person.

“With lavish celebrity lifestyles shared across social media, you do wonder how much some evenings cost. Comparing these hotel room prices to salaries is really interesting, and can help you appreciate great deals on your holidays and accommodation.

“While most people could only afford one of these suites with a lottery win, they represent the luxury hotspots that you may still be able to experience at a lower price point.

“Split between several people for special occasions, these hotel experiences could be more within reach than they first appear.”

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US airlines refuse to collect data that could help trace coronavirus victims

US airlines are continuing to refuse to collect passenger data that would aid in tracing and contacting those who may have contracted coronavirus.

The US government has been attempting to make carriers provide travellers’ information for 15 years, ever since health officials assessed the weak spots in their response to the Sars outbreak.

The Centre for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has been warning since 2005 that a lack of passenger information hampers its ability to track cases of illness and contact those who may have also become infected, reports The New York Times.

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At present, it only has access to data on around half of all travellers per flight, as anyone who has booked through a third-party website such as an online travel agent does not have personal information available on the flight manifest.

This means that, during an outbreak, it’s tough for the CDC to get in touch with every passenger who may have come into contact with a disease carrier.

This was true of the Ebola outbreak in 2014, and the authorities are now facing similar challenges in tracing those who may have been affected by Covid-19.

The CDC said it needed just five bits of information on each traveller: name, phone number, email address, address where they’d be staying in the United States and emergency contact information.

However, airlines have continued to lobby strongly against collecting more passenger data when people check-in for flights, arguing that they would need to overhaul entire computer systems – a task they claim would cost hundreds of millions of dollars and at least a year to undertake.

Instead, after the first coronavirus case was confirmed in the States and the CDC insisted airlines provide information to help them trace its spread, airline officials and lobbyists proposed two alternatives: airlines could hand out paper forms for passengers to fill in (which they’d pass onto the government, who would have to sort out the data entry side of things); or an app into which passengers would have to input their details to enter the country.

The CDC has said there are flaws in both options, claiming that the paper forms would be too cumbersome and slow a solution, and that the app might be impacted by the unreliable nature of inflight wifi, coupled with the fact that not all people travelling have smart phones.

Health officials attempted to make passenger data collection a mandatory requirement as a part of the historic bailout bill that gave the airline industry $60bn in taxpayer funds in order to stay afloat.

However, President Trump signed the bill on Friday 27 March with no such stipulation attached.

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Coronavirus: How covid-19 will change the future of travel

Covid-19 has left a lot of people wondering whether they will ever take a holiday again. With cruise lines suspending their schedules and airlines cancelling flights most days, many people have put their holiday plans on hold. While the Government is hoping for the coronavirus, and therefore lockdown, to be over in a matter of months, the likelihood of that is getting slimmer each day.

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Today, the UK experienced its highest rise in deaths in a single day, taking the death toll to 2,352.

With cases and death tolls rising all over the world, and travel companies seeking financial help, what does the future of the travel industry look like?

Less everyday travel

If remote collaboration and communication has proven to be more effective then people won’t travel as much.

The long-term impacts on businesses cannot be predicted but if isolation has led to more effective work and is better for the environment, then it is possible that people will continue working at home and travel less.

Simon Hayes of NEC Display Solutions Europe said that remote collaboration and communication cuts back travel time by 25 percent on average.

He said in AV Magazine’s blog: “Some people may still travel to the office but realise it need not be every day.

“Others, living further away perhaps, will be able to connect without wasting hours of travel time and its associated risks and frustrations.

“Imagine a Monday morning without the gridlock because 25 percent of regular commuters have chosen to connect remotely for the 9am briefing.”

He added that a one-hour meeting in the office can take 15 minutes less time by using video.

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He added: “Time is precious, so let’s hope people reward themselves more often by claiming some of it for themselves. It will certainly make for a happier workforce so let’s embrace that.”

Less international travel

A key analysts has lowered Expedia’s profitability estimates again as people wonder whether travel companies in the future will have a business at all.

On Monday, RBC Capital Markets lowered Expedia’s profitability, estimating that they will incur a $57million (£45.8million) loss.

Last year, in the same quarter, they made a profit of $176million (£141.6million).

The analysts wrote: “We continue to believe EXPE is one of the most at-risk names in terms of exposure to COVID-19 and view the extent and duration of this risk as an unknowable.”

Egencia President Rob Greyber, whose corporate travel company is owned by Expedia Group said he is optimistic.

He said: “I think what’s driven business travel is going to still be true as we emerge from this, but I don’t think it’s going to be a dramatic recovery overnight. But I do think travel recovers within a pretty close range of where it’s been. And I think it will continue to grow from there.”

The World Travel and Tourism Council projects that up to 75million travel and tourism jobs are at risk due to coronavirus.

The US Travel Association and Tourism Economics estimates a loss of 5.9million travel-related jobs in America by the end of April.

Microsoft’s global director of travel Eric Bailey said he thinks the way the travel sector works will shift after coronavirus.

He said: “It doesn’t mean that people stop travelling, necessarily, but it does mean that they they change the way that they travel. They don’t necessarily need to be face to face for a lot of things.”

He added: “I don’t think it’s going be about the dollars — it’s about the time.”

More holidays

However, others are more positive and think that the public will book more holidays.

A spokesman from ABTA, a travel association told Express.co.uk: “The coronavirus pandemic has placed the travel industry under immense financial and practical strain.

“The Great British public love their holidays and once we get back to normal there will be pent up demand for a much deserved break.

“It is essential that the government does everything in its power to support the travel industry to ensure businesses make it through to cater for this demand.

“This support will also safeguard the jobs of tens of thousands of workers and their families who depend on them.”

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Cruises: Voyages to Guernsey cancelled until May as island records first covid-19 death

It comes as last week, all cruise ships to Guernsey had been cancelled until the end of April at the earliest due to the latest coronavirus travel measures. But now the cancellations have been extended until May 11.

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All cruise liners scheduled to visit the island in April were cancelled in mid March.

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This means that several are cruise ships will no longer be able to dock in Guernsey because of the deadly virus.

The first cruise ship of the season was the Fridtjof Nansen which was meant to have arrived on March 20.

It was cancelled earlier in the month following the advice from Guernsey’s Public Health.

The decision was then made to stop all cruise ships to the island for the whole of April.

The largest vessel set to visit in April was the P&O Britannia which was chatting more than 4,000 people.

But P&O also lengthened the suspension of operations due to the coronavirus pandemic this week.

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President of the company Paul Ludlow said in a statement that it was “not feasible” to return to sailing at this moment in time.

The largest marina facility in the British Isles, Guernsey Harbours said in a previous statement: “Due to the global outbreak of Covid-19, travel restrictions imposed by the States of Guernsey require all persons arriving in the Bailiwick from anywhere else in the world to self-isolate for 14 days on arrival.”

Guernsey Harbours has been contacted for further comment.

The island expects that all persons arriving in Guernsey from anywhere in the world must isolate for 14 days on arrival.

This is now a legal requirement that has been imposed by Guernsey’s Medical Officer of Health.

The measures include all travel by any means including private vessels and includes travel between the Bailiwicks of Guernsey and Jersey.

Travel advice for the Bailiwick includes, like the UK, no non-essential travel.

An individual planning to leave the island for essential reasons must take into account the fact they will have to self-isolate on their return.

It comes as Guernsey witnessed its first death from the coronavirus this week as the deadly disease spreads across the Channel Islands.

An individual who was known to be 80 years old passed away from covid-19 at the Princess Elizabeth Hospital on March 30.

Guernsey’s Director of Public Health Nicola Brink said in a statement: “I offer my sincere condolences to their family and friends and ask that their privacy is respected at this extremely sad time.”

Three patients at a nursing home in Guernsey have also been confirmed as having coronavirus.

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Colorado State Patrol to crack down on illegal parking in Loveland, Berthoud passes after viral video

Colorado State Patrol will crack down on illegal parking on Loveland and Berthoud passes, the agency said Thursday, days after a video showing scores of cars parked back-to-back along the road went viral amid concerns that the drivers were failing to appropriately social distance.

The areas have seen a “high influx” of skiers and hikers in recent days and that’s led to dangerous parking conditions, Trooper Josh Lewis said in a statement. Loveland Pass is a designated HAZMAT route and is critical for delivering supplies during the COVID-19 pandemic, he said, and vehicles that are parked alongside the road, or partially in the road, can obstruct that critical path.

“Vehicles that park anywhere other than designated parking areas are subject to citations or being towed,” Lewis said in the statement.

U.S. 40 and U.S. 6 also are used by large commercial vehicles that must navigate tight turns and limited visibility, Lewis said. Those conditions are exacerbated when vehicles park on the shoulders.

“Additionally, last weekend, many people were seen walking in the roadway with their backs to traffic; not only improper but highly dangerous,” the release said.

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Arizona congressman calls for closing Grand Canyon immediately; worker tests positive for COVID-19


Arizona Rep. Raúl Grijalva is calling on the National Park Service to close the Grand Canyon to visitors immediately because of concerns of spreading the coronavirus. The tourist destination has also seen its first case of the coronavirus in a hospitality worker.

a person wearing a hat talking on a cell phone: A tourist wears an N-95 mask at Mather Point at Grand Canyon National Park in Arizona on March 18, 2020.

On Friday, the Democratic Arizona congressman said the park agency has blocked requests from him, the Navajo Nation, Coconino County officials and the park’s chief. 

Grijalva is the chairman of the House Natural Resources Committee, which has oversight of the National Park Service.

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The agency could not be immediately reached for comment. Its website noted a Friday afternoon update that said: “Precautions are being taken due to the novel (new) coronavirus.”

It was unclear what the new precautions were.

The worker who tested positive for COVID-19 lived at a dorm within the park and worked at one of the lodges, said Glen White, a spokesman for park concessionaire Delaware North.

The man worked only one day during the past three weeks, White said, but at a time before guest services were suspended at Yavapai Lodge. The lodge and the dorm were being cleaned Tuesday, and any employees who came into contact with the man were offered temporary housing elsewhere, White said.

The man has been in isolation for several days.

Seven employees have tested positive for COVID-19 across the National Park Service, the agency said. It is not releasing the names of the parks to protect the employees’ privacy.

Grijalva said federal parks continue to attract “hundreds” of people, running afoul of official guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and President Donald Trump’s coronavirus task force to limit gatherings to fewer than 10 people.

“It’s not something we can mandate. But my preference is always just closing,” Grijalva told The Arizona Republic, part of the USA TODAY Network.

He added: “It’s a public issue as well. The concession is closed. There’s no amenities at the park and no guided tours. Nothing’s going on. At some point, you know, in deference to the health of the people that work there and the public itself … it just becomes something where you’re asking the staff to do too much.”

Grijalva called on the Park Service to prevent large gatherings anywhere in the park, despite the administration’s “desire to maintain a sense of normalcy.”

“It’s time for a more serious federal response,” he said. “Grand Canyon National Park is a federal facility and federal guidelines need to be enforced, whether it makes some government officials uncomfortable or not.”

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Easyjet flights: When will Easyjet fly again

British airline group EasyJet grounded every single one of its 330 aircraft on Monday. All flights with Easyjet have been cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic – but will they be flying again any time soon? Express.co.uk has the answers.

The low-cost airline explained the move was necessary due to “unprecedented travel restrictions” placed on them by governments globally.

Most flights had already been cancelled, except for flights bound to rescue Brits stranded abroad.

The airline has rescued around 45,000 people so far.

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Why has Easyjet cancelled its flights?

The global coronavirus pandemic has had a devastating impact on all travel, and airlines in particular.

Scottish airline Loganair CEO Jonathan Hinkles told the BBC that any airline saying it could survive without financial help from the government “would probably be lying”.

When will Easyjet fly again?

The airline hasn’t given an indication of when flights will resume.

This depends entirely on how the pandemic plays out, since Brits and many other citizens of the world are currently advised against all but essential travel abroad.

Staff have been given a two-month leave of absence, so Easyjet will remain inactive until June earliest.

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Google Maps: Is this proof of the afterlife? Street view captures line of spooky vehicles

Google Maps Street view is often used by people who wish to take a glimpse of the world from their own homes. It’s especially useful for those who can’t go abroad and want to look at some of the world’s most famous landmarks. However, sometimes Street View is used by eagle-eyed users hoping to spot something hilarious or creepy to share with the world in the hopes it will go viral.

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Some users often spot people pulling hilarious gestures or carrying bizarre objects.

Google’s massive camera lens captures both the weird and the wonderful.

And in fact, the most unusual scenes often do go viral.

This may be the case for one strange scene which was spotted by a Reddit user recently.

If you have ever needed proof that the afterlife exists, this may be the proof that you need.

The eagle-eyed user posted the photo with a haunting caption which said: “A line of ghost cars.”

And that it what appears to be in the photo – a line of ghostly cars blurring into one.

The first car appears to be red with another burgundy car floating on top of it.

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The other cars further down the line are white and seem to blur into one.

Further down the line there are black cars that almost look like one big long car.

Is it proof that the afterlife exists or just a glitch from the Google Street View camera?

While it would be spooky if this was proof that the afterlife did exist, it is more likely that the Google lens managed to blur the cars together so they almost look like a ghost train.

It could be that the Google Street View car was stuck in traffic and ended up blurring all the cars together as they moved.

There aren’t any people in the photo except for a person wearing a red top in the distance.

The scene shows a sunny summer day with blue skies and white clouds.

The bizarre image was taken outside a hairdressers in Prague, the Czech Republic.

It comes as one man was spotted holding a very strange object in California recently.

The object was as large as the man holding it and looks heavy even though he is holding it with one hand.

The man was seen carrying a giant spatula that was far too big for being used for cooking.

He is also with a friend who is wearing shorts and a t-shirt who is also carrying a huge stuffed dog that looks a bit like a bulldog.

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