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How Staffing & Supply Shortages Are Impacting Travel

June 16, 2021

After coming to a standstill during certain points in 2020, the travel and hospitality industry has come full circle – but they may not be able to handle the demand due to a lack of staff and other various supplies. As restrictions ease and bookings soar, companies are scrambling to fill all the necessary staffing…

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How Hospitality Industry is Luring Workers

June 9, 2021

First-time unemployment claims recently dropped to 406,000 – the lowest level since the pandemic began but much higher than pre-pandemic levels. And yet, a lot of employers say that they are still having a hard time hiring. Those complaints are especially prominent in the hospitality industry, and business owners are going to great lengths to…

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Post-Pandemic Boom Will Have a Sequel in 2022

June 9, 2021

Economic data from the past couple of months suggests higher inflation and less economic growth in the short-term. This is likely due to supply-chain bottlenecks and product outages that companies are scrambling to fix. While this is frustrating to consumers and companies alike right now, there is a silver lining: it’s brightening the outlook for…

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Truth Behind American Labor Shortage

June 2, 2021

As the demand for traveling and visiting attractions begins to boom, an American labor shortage has become very apparent. While there are plenty of employment opportunities available, workers have no desire to go back to the way things were before the pandemic and are hoping that the labor shortage is viewed as the chance for…

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Global Tourism Industry Looks For Swift Rebound

June 2, 2021

The rollout of COVID-19 vaccines is giving many government officials across the world a new confidence to reopen borders and welcome visitors in order to revive their tourism-reliant economies. The World Travel & Tourism Council estimates that the sector lost nearly $4.5 trillion and 62 million jobs worldwide last year alone, so many countries are…

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Summer Travel Forecast: Pack a Little Patience

June 2, 2021

After a year of lockdowns and stringent COVID-19 restrictions, many travelers are filling their calendars with vacations this summer. However, a severe worker shortage brings about a warning for travelers: expect delays and pack a little patience. While Americans are more than ready to venture out and return to normal summer fun, staffing issues threaten to…

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Disneyland to Reopen to Out-of-State Visitors

June 2, 2021

Come mid-June, Disneyland fans won’t need a California address to be able to visit. Both Disneyland and Disney California Adventure will begin welcoming out-of-state visitors beginning June 15. The state of California does not require that all guests be fully vaccinated or obtain a negative COVID-19 test before visiting, but does require face coverings be…

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American Airlines Debuts Vaccine Passport Feature

May 26, 2021

American Airlines recently took proof of vaccination into their own hands, adding a vaccine passport feature into the mobile app they have been employing since November. This feature will allow flyers to securely upload their CDC vaccination card before a trip to a destination requiring vaccination, where it will then verify and process the card…

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Paper Cards, Honor System Won’t Work Much Longer

May 26, 2021

“No shirt, no shoes, no vaccine – no service.” Many travel and tourism related businesses want to enforce this saying, but the “how” is still up in the air. Proof of a vaccine is currently in the form of a paper card, which can be easily faked and is difficult to store and preserve. And…

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STR, Tourism Economics Updates U.S. Hotel Forecast

May 19, 2021

STR and Tourism Economics recently updated their latest 2021 U.S. hotel forecast due to better-than-expected demand in the first quarter. However, full demand recovery is still is projected for 2023, while revenue per available room is expected to be close to a full recovery in 2024. “An effective vaccine rollout and generous fiscal stimulus will…

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