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Hiring Crisis Explained

July 19, 2021

According to a recent survey conducted by Joblist among 13,000 job seekers, more than half of U.S. hospitality workers would not go back to their old jobs, and over one-third aren’t even considering reentering the industry at all. This is regardless of potential pay increases or other incentives that employers could offer. These former hospitality…

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Average U.S. Disposable Income Decreases, Spending Increases

July 15, 2021

According to estimates recently released by the Bureau of Economic Analysis, disposable personal income (DPI) decreased $436.3 billion (nearly -$1,300 per person or -2.3%) in May, while personal consumption expenditures (PCE) increased $2.9 billion (nearly $9 per person or +0.1%). The decrease in DPI primarily reflected a decrease in government social benefits and unemployment insurance,…

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Vacasa Releases 2021 Vacation Rental Insights

July 14, 2021

Vacasa recently released its 2021 Vacation Rental Search Report, highlighting 15 findings about travelers’ browsing and purchase behavior these past 12 months. Here are 5 of those findings: Planning ahead. The median booking window has increased from 20-30 days to 35-40 days, a signal that travelers are becoming more comfortable with making long-term plans. Twice…

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How Gas Shortages & Prices Are Impacting Summer Travel

July 13, 2021

Prior to Memorial Day, gas shortages and 7-year high prices were thought to be a reaction to travel surges, not a trend that would consume the summer. However, we are post-Independence Day, and this trend appears to be sticking. According to GasBuddy’s annual summer travel survey, 46% of summer travelers indicated that high gas prices…

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Staffing Shortages Result in Numerous Flight Cancellations

July 6, 2021

American Airlines revealed that it has had to cancel hundreds of flights due to staffing shortages, maintenance and weather-related issues as travel demand begins to ramp back up towards pre-pandemic levels. Airlines are scrambling to keep up with the spike in air travel demand as governments lift pandemic-related restrictions and allow more attractions from concerts…

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Independence Day Travel Expected to Near Pre-Pandemic Levels

June 30, 2021

According to AAA, more than 47.7 million Americans plan to travel over the Independence Day holiday this year (July 1-5). This will be the second-highest Independence Day travel volume on record, trailing only 2019, and by just 2.5%. Despite the highest gas prices in seven years, more than 91% of this holiday travel will be…

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Disneyland to Replace Annual Pass with “Superfan” Membership Program

June 23, 2021

While the months following Disneyland’s announcement regarding the sunsetting of its annual pass program has left many park goers fretting about the loss, we now know what’s next: a membership program. Deadline confirmed the news last week after Josh D’Amaro, chairman of Disney Parks, Experiences and Products told the Los Angeles Times a replacement membership…

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One-Third of U.S. Businesses Engaging in Travel

June 23, 2021

According to the U.S. Travel Association, about 35% of U.S. businesses are currently engaged in any business-related travel. Additionally, a new projection from Tourism Economics shows business travel not recovering to 2019 levels of either spend or number of trips until 2024. “The [Tourism Economics] analysis shows that business travel could be bleak if we…

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National Park Visitation Surges

June 22, 2021

Since the start of the pandemic, H2R has seen a significant increase in interest and visitation to national parks and other outdoor activities. Keep reading to see the impact this trend has had on park wait times, satisfaction and more. Many national parks are reporting massive surges in visitors, resulting in long lines or even…

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Domestic Travel Booking Nearing Full Recovery

June 16, 2021

New data from American Express found spending on domestic travel bookings was already nearing a full recovery. According to CEO Steve Squeri, bookings in May were 95% of what they were in May of 2019, signaling that COVID-19 recovery and lifted restrictions are elevating traveler confidence. “We also believe that by the end of the…

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