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Dollywood Makes Shift Toward Mask-Optional Outdoor Areas

April 23, 2021

Dollywood recently adjusted their safety protocols due to updated CDC guidelines on safe outdoor activities. The biggest adjustment was making mask-wearing optional within the park’s outdoor areas where social distancing can be maintained. However, masks are still mandatory at all ticketing areas, park entry, on rides and trams, in queues, all indoor areas and any…

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Consumer Prices Jump, Biggest Gain in Nine Years

April 22, 2021

U.S. consumer prices increased a sharp 0.6% in March, the biggest uptick since 2012, while inflation over the past year jumped 2.6%. In March alone, energy prices increased a sharp 5% led by a 9.1% jump in gasoline prices. Food prices edged up 0.1% and are 3.5% higher than a year ago. Reports also showed…

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Four Things That Will Never be the Same Post-Pandemic

April 22, 2021

IBM’s Institute for Business Value recently polled more than 15,000 adults worldwide to gather opinions on everything from the workplace of the future, social trends, shopping and travel in a post-vaccine world. The report, An Injection of Hope: Life After the COVID-19 Vaccine, reveals that the world will be in a new normal, never the…

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Tampa International Airport Debuts Online Parking System

April 22, 2021

Last year, the Hillsborough County Aviation Authority Board of Directors approved a $2 price hike at its parking facilities. However, Tampa International Airport recently debuted a new booking system that offers discounted rates and contact-free payments. The system also allows travelers to book their parking online for up to a year ahead of their flights.…

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Emerging 2021 Summer Travel Trends

April 21, 2021

Squaremouth, a travel insurance comparison site, recently released a breakout of emerging 2021 travel trends. Squaremouth Analytics conducted a comparison of thousands of travel insurance policies purchased by customers both before and after the pandemic to detect changes in consumer behavior, as well as shifts in insurance coverage as the world heads into the second…

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UK Plans to Test Non-Distanced Music Festival With 5,000 People

April 21, 2021

People are eager to get back to “normal” after over a year of COVID-19 restrictions, but some activities will require some extra testing to make sure they’re safe. In the UK, music promoter Festival Republic, in collaboration with the British government and Culture Liverpool, will be testing out a non-social distanced, outdoor music festival at…

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Alaska Offers Vaccines to Boost Tourism

April 19, 2021

In an effort to boost visitors and help struggling businesses, the state of Alaska has rolled out a tourism aid package that includes a unique incentive—COVID-19 vaccines. Alaska has been particularly devastated by the pandemic due to the continued delay from the CDC on approving cruises, so the state will happily vaccinate tourists arriving at…

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In-Person Events Are Out, But Hybrid Is Around the Corner

April 16, 2021

Northstar Meetings Group recently conducted research to study the future of events. According to the study, more than half of the meeting planners surveyed identified hotel closures and staffing reductions as their top concern for the future of in-person or hybrid events (59%), followed by the impact of the pandemic on airline service, routes and…

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Amusement Park Market Has Potential to Grow

April 15, 2021

According to UK-based market research reports company Technavio, the global amusement and theme park market will grow by US$19.84 billion by 2024, progressing at a compound annual growth rate of almost 7% during this time. The company suggests that increasing investments in international tourism will offer immense growth opportunities for leading international companies in the…

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Globus Announces Return to International Travel

April 15, 2021

The Globus collection of brands will begin international operations for the first time since March 2020 this June, beginning in Costa Rica, Ecuador and Iceland. Guests can enjoy small-group tours, with a maximum of 24 individuals. Globus brands offer the Peace of Mind Travel Plan, which waives fees for cancellations or changes to trips. It…

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