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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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AAA Predicting Massive Travel Spike for Memorial Day Holiday

May 19, 2021

Data from AAA Travel estimates that nearly 37 million travelers will hit the road for vacations at least 50 miles from home during the Memorial Day holiday weekend (+60% from 2020, but -13% from 2019), with more than 90% of those travelers opting to drive to their destinations. “As more people get the COVID-19 vaccine…

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How Looser Restrictions Might Affect Theme Parks

May 18, 2021

Many theme parks across the country have begun rolling back their COVID-19 protections as more and more individuals become vaccinated. Most recently, it was Walt Disney World reducing is distancing rules. However, how far is too far? Despite the protection brought about by the vaccine, Theme Park Insider editor Robert Niles urges attractions to not…

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The Latest Housing Market Forecast

May 14, 2021

Core Logic recently released its Home Price Insights Report, a comprehensive and current home price trends source. The report notes that strong demand and short supply are continuing to push housing prices higher (+11.3% year over year and +2% month over month). The report also reveals that Millennials are leading the homebuying charge, with older…

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Many Hospitality Workers May Not be Returning to the Industry

May 13, 2021

Florida Atlantic University (FAU) recently conducted a study on the effects of COVID-19 on the hospitality and tourism industry. The study surveyed more than 4,000 industry workers, 70% of whom felt that the pandemic would have a negative long-term impact on the industry, while 65% said that they felt the industry did not protect its…

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Vegas Begins Tourism Rebound

May 7, 2021

Las Vegas recently reopened or lessened restrictions on its hotels and attractions, and their tourism economy is rebounding as a result. More than 2.2 million visitors were in Las Vegas in March alone, up 45% from February. Hotel occupancy ramped up to 55.5%, a 13.5% month over increase, making for more than 2.5 million room…

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IAAPA Conducts Mask Evaluation

May 6, 2021

The International Association of Amusement Parks (IAAPA) recently funded a study to learn more about masks and their ability to safely reduce social distancing. The study, titled Experimental and Numerical Evaluations of Masks and their Ability to Safely Reduce Social Distancing, found that three feet of physical distancing with face coverings is more effective at…

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U.S. Cruises Restarting This Summer, What That Means For Cruisers

May 5, 2021

Cruises could start sailing from U.S. ports this summer, according to a letter from the CDC to the cruise industry obtained by USA TODAY. While the letter somewhat clarified the murky time frame for cruises to resume stateside – potentially by mid-July, pending cruise lines, ships and ports meeting certain requirements – it leaves plenty…

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