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2021 Travel Trends - Rise In Travel Causes Staffing Shortages

Summer Travel Expected to ReboundWith a steady rise in vaccinations across the US and regularly updated CDC guidance indicateing domestic travel is safe post-vaccination, it is clear that the US demand for leisure travel is accelerating beginning with the very strong expectations for Memorial Day weekend vs. this time last year. According to a Harris Poll conducted recently for the Let’s Go There coalition...

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2021 Travel Trends - Shortage of Rental Cars

Overview - The Rental Car ShortageThe COVID-19 pandemic has severly impacted the rental car industry. Major companies responded to the sudden and signficant drop in travelers have downsized their fleets considerably. As travel resumes, there is now a shortage of vehicles and many travelers who had been used to affordable cars that were easy to source now feel price gouged. In many place people cannot...

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2021 Travel Trends - Summer Vaxications

Summer of Travel VaxicationsAfter a year of lockdowns due to the pandemic, an increase in relaxed restrictions and vaccinated US citizens is leading to a surge in "vaxications." According to the US Travel Association, more than half of Americans are set to take a trip in the next three months. As more and more get vaccinated, summer travel is feeling more feasible and this means that the time to plan...

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2021 Travel Trends - Activity Picks Up in April

There are some interesting indicators of growth in travel now that vaccinations are proliferating nationwide and the CDC is providing encouraging guidance on travel. Transportation Security Administration (TSA)TSA is seeing significant growth in airport traffic with 1.5M+ million travelers going through security checkpoints at airports on April 8th vs. 105K at this time last year. The number of travelers...

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2021 Travel Trend - National Plan for Vacation Day

National Plan for Vacation DayThe OverviewNational Plan for Vacation Day is celebrated on the last Tuesday of January to encourage Americans to plan all of their days off for the year at the beginning of the year. Historically, National Plan for Vacation Day has been intended to help address the problem of Americans not using all of their earned time off each year. This trend unfortunately continues...

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2021 Travel Trend - Short Weeks and Slow Travel

Short Weeks (vs. Long Weekends) Trips that might have been two or three nights last year now feel too brief — not worth all the hoops, not quite enough time away.Think about how (much more) stressful travel can sound these days - health declarations, COVID tests, potential quarantine rules in both directions, rising infection rates, hotel/airline policies etc. Layer in the fact that remote work and...

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2021 Travel Trend - Buying Out a Hotel

Booking An Entire HotelWhile potentially an expensive option, although relative depending on the hotel itself, buyouts of entire hotels or resorts are becoming a trend - offering both the amenities and services of a hotel with the privacy and control of a vacation rental. In this arrangement, one group pays for having full access to and free reign over an entire hotel or resort. Gathering safelyThis...

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2021 Travel Trends - Luxury Travel Heading Into 2021

Trends in Luxury TravelLuxury Travel Becomes More PersonalGuests want to define their experiences and have choices, both on and off property. Affluent customers are still traveling and have the means to do so in a way that makes them feel safe. Personalized, intimate, unique opportunities and experiences for guests is the luxury story right now. Redirection of Spend to Accomodations- Still Traveling...

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2021 Travel Trends - Industry Trends Heading Into 2021

Here are some of our key travel trends going into the new year! Citations within. Good luck and safe travels. Enhanced Health and HygieneWhile the hospitality industry spent 2020 implementing elevated safety and hygiene procedures during the COVID-19 pandemic era, companies are likely to continue building on and improving their healthy stay programs and partnerships in the new year as they look to...

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Biden For Travel

Let's outline some of the many ways a President Biden can positively impact travel recovery: Biden-Harris Transition PrioritiesThe transition team has identified four priorities—COVID-19, economic recovery, racial justice, and climate change, each of which plays a key role in the future of travel.Defeating COVIDBiden and Harris immediately brought together a COVID-19 advisory board made up of public...

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Travel Industry Sees Increase in Transformative Transactions

Over the past year, the travel industry has seen a growth of transformative transactions - both in size in scope. From strategic investments to mergers & acqusitions, this increased activity highlights the trend to grow thoughtfully in a rapidly innovating environment. Below we highlight 5 interesting transactions (recognizing there are others out there): 1) Accor Acquires Onefinestay In April 2016...