Today is National Wisconsin Day – February 15, 2022
National Wisconsin Day on February 15 celebrates the state of Wisconsin, its history, and its hard-working people. Wisconsin was the 30th state to be accepted into the union of the U.S. With cheeses, beers, copper, and so much more, Wisconsin is a state that keeps on giving and we’re here to celebrate it.
GTO Coach and Go! Tuesday, February 15 at 2:00 EST – Join Jim and Kory as they preview the Company Manager application in GTO. This is where you can update your logo, company information, terms and conditions, and other legal language. Join live on YouTube or LinkedIn
Check out the Business Class podcast from The Tourism Academy sponsored by GTO
The Business Class podcast is where you go to meet people who have built fulfilling careers. People with successful businesses. People who create sustainable local economies in tourism!
GTO System Updates
SYSTEM WIDE ALERT
On Saturday, February 19th, from 9AM-noon EST, GTO will undergo a system update. During that time, all users will be able to work as normal in the system BUT you will not be able to generate any documents. This will include, but is not limited to, Proposals, Invoices, Itineraries, Contracts and Cost Sheets. Plan ahead to create these documents before or after this time.
Please check out our Coach and Go from last Thursday where we went through enhanced rooming list creation for group leaders. It is a helpful feature that has been launched in GTO.
Dave & Buster’s – all locations – has confirmed their 2021 pricing is valid through April 2022 now. They are expecting new pricing and packages to be approved the beginning of Q2 (May 2022)
Fogo De Chao – all locations – have been updated with 2022 student group lunch and dinner pricing. Adult group Amethyst package has also been added to each location.
Pacific Park on the Santa Monica Pier 2022 pricing now available
San Diego Zoo 2022 pricing now available
Ben’s Chili Bowl U Street – The Original 2022 pricing available
Carmine’s DC 2022 pricing available
Washington National Cathedral 2022 season pricing available.
GTO has added the Union Station Redevelopment Corporation (USRC). They provide guided tours of Union Station. 2022 pricing now available.
Andy Williams Moon River Theatre 2022 shows and pricings now available
Carmine’s Times Square 2022 pricing now available
The Warther Museum and Gardens 2022 pricing has been added
Adams County Winery Tour & Tasting pricing has been added
Discover Park of America 2022 pricing now available
Helpful Information and Blogs
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Washington, DC Situational Update – Feb. 14, 2022
Destination DC, the official destination marketing organization for Washington, DC, is working in coordination with local officials, industry partners including the government of the District of Columbia, the U.S. Travel Association, Events DC, the Hotel Association of Washington, DC and Restaurant Association Metropolitan Washington, in line with guidance from the CDC, to communicate current information and health guidance.
Indoor Mask Requirement
- From Feb. 14-28, an indoor mask mandate is in effect that says all people, regardless of vaccination status, must wear a mask indoors in public settings.
- On March 1, 2022, the requirement will be lifted. Masks will remain required on public transit and at schools, childcare facilities, libraries, congregate settings and healthcare facilities. Private businesses may implement their own guidelines.
Additional city guidance
- There is a public emergency in effect through March 17, 2022 that allows Mayor Bowser the flexibility to respond to the pandemic.
- DC Health has released updated guidance for those who test positive for Covid-19, which includes requiring a negative test prior to ending isolation.
DC Travel & Testing Requirements – Updated December 2021
Fully Vaccinated Visitors (or visitors who tested positive for COVID-19 in the previous 90 days) may:
- Travel to DC from domestic locations without testing or quarantining unless showing symptoms of COVID-19.
- If traveling from an international location, visitors and residents must show a negative test before boarding a flight to the U.S.
Unvaccinated or Partially Vaccinated Visitors
- General travel requirements include:
- Get a COVID-19 test 1-3 days before visiting DC
- Get a COVID-19 test 3-5 days after returning home from their trip
- Self-quarantine for 7 days after returning home (regardless of results).
- You don’t need a COVID-19 test if traveling from Maryland and Virginia or in DC less than 24 hours.
- Private institutions and local government officials may ask for proof of a negative test.
For more information, visit: https://washington.org/dc-information/coronavirus-event-attraction-information#
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Universal Orlando Eliminates Mask Mandate for Vaccinated Guests – Travel Pulse