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Airfare Set To Drop This Fall

September 20, 2021

As the summer comes to a close and leisure travelers hibernate for the fall, airlines are facing a shortage of business travelers that would normally help fill the gap until the Thanksgiving or Christmas travel season. Airfares this season, as a result, are expected to be lower than fall 2019 levels as airlines entice leisure…

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Job Openings Hit Record High

September 20, 2021

At the end of July, the number of job openings hit a record high of 10.9 million. Additionally, the number of people leaving their jobs is also at record levels (2.7%). Learn more.

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Covid-Related Restrictions Cost the U.S. Millions Daily

September 17, 2021

A new study found that the current Covid-related restrictions along the borders of the United States are causing a potential daily loss of nearly $198 million. According to data from the World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC), less than 50% of the top 20 most important markets in terms of inbound tourism spending have been…

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Yellowstone Sets Monthly Tourism Record

September 17, 2021

Nearly 1 million people visited Yellowstone National Park in August, setting a new record for that month (+4.5% from 2020). Officials believe that the summer surge in travel – combined now with more travelers planning outdoor trips and activities because of the rise of the delta variant of the COVID-19 virus – led to the record visitation,…

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Consumer Spending Shifts Towards Services

September 8, 2021

Retail sales fell this summer, reflecting a steady shift in spending from retail purchases to services such as restaurants. This is likely an indication that consumers are growing more price conscious as inflation picks up. Additionally, a recent report from the University of Michigan shows that buying conditions deteriorated to the lowest point since April…

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What The Shipping Crisis Means For The Holidays

September 8, 2021

The vast network of ports, container vessels and trucking companies that moves goods around the world is badly tangled, and the cost of shipping is skyrocketing. Unresolved snags, and the emergence of new problems including the Delta variant, mean shoppers are likely to face higher prices and fewer choices this holiday season. In fact, many…

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Southwest Trims Flight Schedule

September 8, 2021

Due to staffing shortages and inclement weather that led to high numbers of delayed or even cancelled flights this summer, Southwest has announced a plan to trim its flight schedule to combat these issues. The company plans to cut its September schedule by 27 flights per day (<1%) and its October schedule by 162 flights…

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New York Introduces Vaccine Passport System

August 26, 2021

New York is the first major U.S. city to launch a vaccine passport system, now requiring all employees and customers at indoor restaurants, bars, gyms and entertainment venues to provide proof that they have received at least one dose of a Covid-19 vaccine. Enforcement of the passport won’t begin until mid-September, allowing businesses a chance…

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2021 U.S. Hotel Forecast Improves

August 26, 2021

STR and Tourism Economics recently upgraded their U.S. hotel forecast for 2021 amid a surge in demand and soaring room rates. However, the companies lessened growth projections for 2022, as business travel remains down and is unlikely to propel the industry as summer leisure demand drops off. Currently, 2021 U.S. hotel occupancy is projected at…

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Labor Day Travel to Exceed July 4th Numbers

August 26, 2021

A new study published by The Vacationer expects Labor Day weekend to have the highest rates of travel so far this year, exceeding the number of travelers who took advantage of the Fourth of July weekend to travel. The Vacationer’s survey suggests that 137 million Americans (53%) plan to travel over the Labor Day holiday,…

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