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Vaccine "Passports" - An Overview

What is a vaccine passport? A "vaccine passport" is an electronic record showing verifiable proof of vaccination, likely displaying the information after a bar code or QR code is scanned, that is easily accessible through a smartphone or possibly stored on a device - i.e. this is essentially a mobile app technology that will allow Americans to prove they have been vaccinated for Covid-19. These digital...

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CDC Updates Travel Guidance For Vaccinated People

Summary - CDCThe Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) updated its travel guidance for fully vaccinated people recommending that fully vaccinated people can travel at low risk to themselves. Note: A person is considered fully vaccinated two weeks after receiving the last recommended dose of vaccine.Domestic Travel Guidance: - Fully vaccinated people can travel within the United States- Fully...

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2021 Travel Job Recovery: Hopeful But Significant Uncertainty

The Hope for a 2021 Jobs Recovery in travelThe World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC) believes that over 100M jobs could be revived in travel and tourism in 2021 as the world begins its hopeful recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic related declines. The WTTC’s latest economic forecast predicts a strong summer of travel is expected from late March onwards (thanks to major travel companies reporting a significant...

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The State of Travel - 2020

Let's go around the horn to some of the key industry and international groups reporting on the 2020 #travelfacts...IATA - International Air Transport Association- The International Air Transport Association (IATA) is the trade association for the world’s airlines- 2020 to be worse for airlines than any projection - IATA Annual General Meeting- Global airline industry expected to lose $119B in 2020...

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The State of Travel - 2019

The Global Headlines- Travel & Tourism experienced 3.5% growth in 2019, ahead of global growth of 2.5% for the 9th consecutive year.- Over the past five years, 1 in 4 new jobs were created by Travel & Tourism, making it the best partner for governments to generate employment- Travel & Tourism’s direct, indirect and induced impact accounted for: - $8.9T contribution to the world’s GDP - 10.3% of global...

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2021 Travel Remains Uncertain Even With a Vaccine

I came across this fascinating and sobering article in National Geographic about the prospects of travel in 2021. Below are my favorite excerpts and takeaways. What do COVID-19 vaccines mean for travel in the near and short term? how will attitudes toward them speed up (or slow down) the process of getting back to travel?Let's start with a National Geographic and Morning Consult Poll: After the COVID...

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Protecting Travel Plans in 2021

With the hopes of a coronavirus vaccine and a building desire to travel, travelers may be tempted to book future trips. However, the future is uncertain as to when you might be able to travel freely, given the frequency of virus surges, shifting quarantine requirements and border closures. Furthermore, travel is likely to be more expensive once everything reopens. So how can you protect your travel...

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National Park Service

In 2020, with international travel mostly on pause, Americans flocked to national parks. While overall visitor numbers are still down across most parks, the trend of discovering America's natural wonders—and in many cases, our own backyards—seems primed to continue well into 2021. National Park Service (NPS) is continuing its traditions, offering six free days for visitors across all 108 national parks...

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Travel Supports Mental Health

The World Health Organisation (WHO) describes mental health as “a state of well-being in which an individual realises his or her own abilities, can cope with the normal stresses of life, can work productively and can make a contribution to his or her community.Mental illnesses can range from less common conditions, like bipolar disorder, to more common ones like depression and anxiety. Mental illness...

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Airplane Cabin Air Safety

As travelers are more concerned about flying during the times of COVID-19, one of the key issues is determining how the air on planes can possibly spread infection.Before getting into the discussion, always keep in mind these key Considerations to stay as safe and healthy as possible on planes:1) If you’re concerned about aircraft cleanliness, try booking the earliest flight possible that day. And...

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Broad Economic Benefit of Travel

While many individuals may think about travel in the narrower context of our own personal or professional experiences, it is worth noting that our broader society also benefits from the travel industey and travel promotion – e.g. economic output and job creation etc. There are many important organizations dedicated to increasing travel and we spotlight three of them below with some relevant details...

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A Growing, Private Secure Identification Program: CLEAR

CLEAR is a New York-based privately-run company that allows vetted people to skip to the front of security lines in select US airports and event venues using fingerprints and iris scans to confirm a person’s identity. With the recent addition of some of the nation’s busiest airports – JFK, LGA and ATL with LAX on the way – and a strategic investment from Delta in 2016, we thought now would be an interesting...