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Mexico's 7 most glamorous vacation spots

By The Hub team

Well, the temps are dropping and the days are shortening, which means we've got one thing on our mind: a warm-weather getaway. And when it comes to planning yours, don't underestimate our close and fabulous neighbor Mexico. Here, seven glamorous Mexican resort towns that don't require sacrificing a whole vacation day for travel time.

Nizuc Resort and Spa in Cancun, Mexico Nizuc Resort and Spa | Facebook

Cancun

Yes, Cancun has that pesky spring-break reputation. But if you seek out one of the many tranquil resorts, you'll feel worlds away from the crowds. Home to a major airport, Cancun is an easily accessible locale for a quick winter trip or long-weekend getaway.

Where to stay: Nizuc Resort and Spa

The Fairmont Hotel in Riviera Maya, Mexico Fairmont

The Riviera Maya

This stretch of crystal-clear blue Caribbean coastline (just south of Cancun) is home to dozens of luxurious resorts. And its abundance of outdoor adventure makes it a popular destination for families. For example, you can take a day trip to visit the Mayan ruins of Chichén Itzá and swim in a limestone cenote (a water-filled sinkhole). If you want to stay close to the beach, hit up the lively neighboring town of Playa del Carmen and its pedestrian Fifth Avenue, which is lined with alfresco restaurants, bars and shops.

Where to stay: Fairmont Mayakoba

Jashita Hotel in Tulum, Mexico Jashita Hotel | acebook

Tulum

A decade ago, Tulum was a bohemian hideaway with no electricity or traffic lights. Today, the secret's out. This town (which is also technically on the Riviera Maya) now attracts Insta-bloggers and celebs alike to its gorgeous beaches that boast jade-green water and snow-white sand framed by Mayan ruins. It's also home to a sophisticated culinary scene, including the world-renowned Hartwood restaurant.

Where to stay: Jashita Hotel

The Resort at Padregal, Los Cabos, Mexico The Resort at Padregal

Los Cabos

On the Gulf of California are the sister cities of Cabo San Lucas and San José del Cabo, located just 20 minutes apart on the southern tip of the Baja California Peninsula. While the former is known for luxurious resorts and nightlife, the latter has a sophisticated art scene with galleries and open-air plazas.

Where to stay: The Resort at Pedregal

Casa Dos Chicos in Sayulita, Mexico Casa Dos Chicos

Sayulita

For those who love Puerto Vallarta, Sayulita is a sleepy little surf town not too far away. Colorful and laid-back, the Pacific Coast town is filled with vibrant Huichol arts and crafts, surf shops, taco stands and tequila bars. Along the beaches you'll find seaside casitas and welcoming guesthouses.

Where to stay: Casa Dos Chicos

La Casa Que Canta in Zihuatanejo, Mexico La Casa Que Canta

Zihuatanejo

Once a small fishing village, this town in the state of Guerrero is now a trendy destination known for its laid-back vibe and upscale boutique hotels (meaning it's not as overcrowded as nearby Acapulco). Just three hours from Los Angeles on the Pacific Coast, Zihuatanejo's main beach is a tranquil bay protected by rocky cliffs. For adventure seekers, the resort town also offers fishing, snorkeling, nature preserves and public markets ripe for exploring.

Where to stay: La Casa Que Canta

Belmond Casa de Sierra Nevada in San Miguel del Allende, Mexico Belmond Casa de Sierra Nevada | Facebook

San Miguel de Allende

You won't find sand or waves in the enchanting Guanajuato mountain city of San Miguel de Allende. But you will find lots of culture among the 16th-century colonial Spanish architecture, lush gardens, incredible restaurants and flourishing art scene, from interior design studios to shops selling hand-painted pottery.

Where to stay: Belmond Casa de Sierra Nevada

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United Cargo and logistics partners keep critical medical shipments moving

By The Hub team, July 02, 2020

By working together and strengthening partnerships during these unprecedented times, our global community has overcome challenges and created solutions to keep the global supply chain moving. As COVID-19 continues to disrupt the shipping landscape, United and our industry partners have increasingly demonstrated our commitment to the mission of delivering critical medical supplies across the world.

United Cargo has partnered with DSV Air and Sea, a leading global logistics company, to transport important pharmaceutical materials to places all over the world. One of the items most critical during the current crisis is blood plasma.

Plasma is a fragile product that requires very careful handling. Frozen blood plasma must be kept at a very low, stable temperature of negative 20 degrees Celsius or less – no easy task considering it must be transported between trucks, warehouses and airplanes, all while moving through the climates of different countries. Fortunately, along with our well-developed operational procedures and oversight, temperature-controlled shipping containers from partners like va-Q-tec can help protect these sensitive blood plasma shipments from temperature changes.

A single TWINx shipping container from va-Q-tec can accommodate over 1,750 pounds of temperature-sensitive cargo. Every week, DSV delivers 20 TWINx containers, each one filled to capacity with human blood plasma, for loading onto a Boeing 787-9 for transport. The joint effort to move thousands of pounds of blood plasma demonstrates that despite the distance, challenges in moving temperature-sensitive cargo and COVID-19 obstacles, we continue to find creative solutions with the help of our strong partnerships.

United Cargo is proud to keep the commercial air bridges open between the U.S. and the rest of the world. Since March 19, we have operated over 3,200 cargo-only flights between six U.S. hubs and over 20 cities in Asia, Australia, Europe, South America, India, the Caribbean and the Middle East.

Celebrating Juneteenth

By United Airlines, June 18, 2020

A message from UNITE, United Airlines Multicultural Business Resource Group

Fellow United team members –

Hello from the UNITE leadership team. While we communicate frequently with our 3,500 UNITE members, our platform doesn't typically extend to the entire United family, and we are grateful for the opportunity to share some of our thoughts with all of you.

Tomorrow is June 19. On this day in 1865, shortened long ago to "Juneteenth," Union soldiers arrived in Galveston, Texas, to announce that the Civil War had ended and all enslaved individuals were free. For many in the African-American community, particularly in the South, it is recognized as the official date slavery ended in the United States.

Still, despite the end of slavery, the Constitutional promise that "All men are created equal" would overlook the nation's Black citizens for decades to come. It wasn't until nearly a century later that the Civil Rights Act (1964) ended legal segregation and the Voting Rights Act (1965) protected voting rights for Black Americans. But while the nation has made progress, the killings of Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor and George Floyd have made it undeniably clear that we still have a lot of work to do to achieve racial parity and inclusion.

Two weeks ago, Scott and Brett hosted a virtual town hall and set an important example by taking a minute, as Brett said, "to lower my guard, take off my armor, and just talk to you. And talk to you straight from the heart."

Difficult conversations about race and equity are easy to avoid. But everyone needs to have these conversations – speaking honestly, listening patiently and understanding that others' experiences may be different from your own while still a valid reflection of some part of the American experience.

To support you as you consider these conversations, we wanted to share some resources from one of United's partners, The National Museum of African American History and Culture. The museum will host an all-day Virtual Juneteenth Celebration to recognize Juneteenth through presentations, stories, photographs and recipes. The museum also has a portal that United employees can access called Talking About Race, which provides tools and guidance for everyone to navigate conversations about race.

Our mission at UNITE is to foster an inclusive working environment for all of our employees. While we are hopeful and even encouraged by the widespread and diverse show of support for African Americans around the country – and at United - we encourage everyone to spend some time on Juneteenth reflecting on racial disparities that remain in our society and dedicating ourselves to the work that still must be done to fight systemic racism. By honoring how far we've come and honestly acknowledging how far we still must go, we believe United – and the incredible people who are the heart and soul of this airline - can play an important role in building a more fair and just world.

Thank you,

UNITE (United Airlines Multicultural Business Resource Group)

Leadership Team

Making every step of the travel journey safer for you

By United Airlines, May 20, 2020
United Clean Plus | Clorox

We remain passionate about connecting the world safely

United CleanPlus SM is our commitment to putting health and safety at the forefront of your journey, with the goal of delivering an industry-leading standard of cleanliness. We're teaming up with Clorox to redefine our cleaning and disinfection procedures, and over the coming months, we'll roll out Clorox products across our U.S. airports, starting in select locations, to help support a healthy and safe environment, and to provide transparency and choice throughout the travel journey.

At the airport

  • At check-in:

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    Implementing temperature checks for employees and flight attendants working at hub airports
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    Installing sneeze guards at check-in and gate podiums
  • 3
    Encouraging use of the United app for contactless travel assistance and more
  • 4
    Promoting social distancing with floor decals to help customers stand 6 feet apart
  • 5
    Rolling out touchless check-in for customers with bags
  • At the gate:

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    Disinfecting high-touch areas such as door handles, handrails, elevator buttons, telephones and computers
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    Providing hand sanitizer and
    disinfectant wipes
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    Allowing customers to self-scan boarding passes
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    Boarding fewer customers at a time and, after pre-boarding, boarding from the back of the plane to the front to promote social distancing
  • 10
    Rolling out Clorox Total 360 Electrostatic Sprayers to disinfect in the airport

On our aircraft

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    Providing individual hand sanitizer wipes for customers
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    Requiring all customers and employees to wear a face covering and providing disposable face coverings for customers who need them
  • 3
    Providing onboard items like pillows and blankets upon request
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    Disinfecting high-touch areas, like tray tables and armrests, before boarding
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    Reducing contact between flight attendants and customers during snack and beverage service
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    Ensuring aircraft cleaning standards meet or exceed CDC guidelines
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    Using electrostatic spraying to disinfect aircraft
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    Using state-of-the-art, hospital-grade, high-efficiency (HEPA) filters to circulate air and remove 99.97% of airborne particles
    • The cabin recirculated air is exchanged every 2-3 minutes

Cleveland Clinic We're working closely with the experts at Cleveland Clinic to advise us on enhancing our cleaning and disinfection protocols for the safety of our employees and customers. Visit Cleveland Clinic's website to learn more about COVID-19.

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