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  • Writer's pictureRobin Gilmore

Miami: Hot & Clean During COVID

Art Walk at Wynwood Walls | Artist: Frank Shepard Fairey
Art Walk at Wynwood Walls | Artist: Frank Shepard Fairey

American Airlines, the Miami Tourism Board, and the Iberostar Berkeley Hotel collaborated to provide a FAM trip (or familiarization trip) for travel agents. Chima Travel agent Michelle headed down to Miami to see how American Airlines is treating and cleaning their planes, visit some of the area's best hotels, and explore the city.

Q. Where did you go and what dates were you there?

A. I flew from Akron to Miami, Florida on American Airlines and connected through Charlotte. The trip dates were October 28 - 30, 2020.

Iberostar Berkeley Shore Hotel
Room View from The Berkeley

Q. How was the weather?

A. It was very hot and humid. A little rain in the morning but moved out quickly.

Iberostar Berkeley Shore Hotel Pool
The Berkeley Pool

Q. Due to COVID-19 what was unique about your trip?

A. I was invited onboard an American Airlines Boeing 777-200 to see how they are treating their planes with SurfaceWise®2, a coating that provides protection by sustained killing of 99.9% of viruses, including coronaviruses, on surfaces. It was cool to get a firsthand view of this technique.

Q. What was the highlight of your trip?

A. Vizcaya Museum & Gardens was absolutely beautiful. We also got to do a culinary art walking tour of Wynwood. Such a cool area and great food! Our guide was very energetic and made it fun for us. I was happy to see much more of the Miami Beach area than just the beach. Though the beaches are pretty spectacular in themselves.

Vizcaya Museum & Gardens
Vizcaya Museum & Gardens

Q. Was there anything you would do differently next time or anything you wished you had seen but didn’t?

A. I would have liked to see the Eden Roc and Nobu hotels as well as The Fontainebleau. And of course, more beach time!

Iberostar Berkeley Shore Hotel
Room View of The Berkeley's Rooftop Pool

As travel increases Chima Travel agents are making sure we're up to date on the latest policies, procedures, and guidelines so we can help you vacation comfortably. If you have a destination in mind, whether international or domestic, let us know! We'll make sure you have everything you need for a fun and safe trip.

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