Whether you are a traveler or in the travel industry, check out the following tourism industry news items for information and inspiration.
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CN Traveler: Will the U.S. Lift Restrictions on International Air Travel this Summer? These are experts’ best estimates on when air travel will open back up.
Simpe Flying: UK Staycation Summer? London City Poised To Resume Domestic Flights
Cruise Industry News
Travel Market Report: Cruise Lines Extend Cancellations Through June 30
Amtrack: Amtrak’s vision to grow rail service and connect new city pairs across America rises to the urgent challenges of our time, and will provide new and improved train service to millions of additional passengers
CN Traveler: Amtrak’s Roomette Fares are 2-for-1 for Summer Travel
Hyatt: Hyatt Plans to Utilize Mobile Health Passport, VeriFLY, for Meetings, Events and More
Lodging: Accommodating the Rise in Last Minute Wedding Bookings
Food & Drink Hospitality News
Big Hospitality UK: UK restaurateurs offering nationwide meal kit deliveries are losing thousands of pounds because of courier services failing to deliver the perishable products by the intended target dates.
Business Travel, Meetings & Conferences
CN Traveler: 10 Remote Work Hotel Packages Too Good to Pass Up
Lodging: Hotel Brands Roll Out Hybrid Meeting Options
Travel Pulse: Study Finds Covid Vaccine Key to Recovery of Business Travel
Travel Market Report: Thanks to a robust vaccination program (one of the fastest in the world), the Israel Ministry of Tourism is hopeful that the country will be able to welcome back tourists from the U.S. and Canada soon.
Tourism Inspiration & Experiences
CN Traveler: The Rise of the Adult Gap Year. A mid-career sabbatical to see the world is more feasible than you might think.
CN Traveler: 8 Waterfalls in the US Worth Traveling For
Travel Weekly: Wellness getaways have made a robust comeback since the early pandemic shutdown, as people look to connect with others — and disconnect from the daily stresses of the Covid era.
The Business of Tourism
Travel Market Report: A growing number of travel advisors are adding fees and urging clients to buy insurance to protect their vacation investments, as part of the wide-ranging impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the travel industry.
Lodging: Summer 2021 Set to Outperform 2019 in Latin America
AFAR: From banning large cruise ships to regulating Airbnb rentals, responsible tourism advocates see a new path forward for Venice postpandemic
Tourism and the Pandemic
UNWTO: The World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) has again convened its Global Tourism Crisis Committee to lead the sector in harmonizing travel and health protocols and securing vital financing for businesses struggling to survive an historic crisis.
UNWTO: Start-Up Competition Seeks Ideas to Accelerate Rural Development Through Tourism
NY State: New York State has established the Excelsior Pass to provide a free, fast and secure way to present digital proof of COVID-19 vaccination or negative test results.
Travel Pulse: In part, stimulus payments were designed to provide taxpayers with funds to stimulate the economy – and that’s what some of those checks are doing for the travel industry, said several travel advisors.
Travel Pulse: Study Finds Vaccinated Travelers More Likely to Book Overnight Trips (also see original article https://www.ibm.com/thought-leadership/institute-business-value/report/vaccine-consumer-behavior research highlights how COVID-19 vaccines will change how we travel, work, socialize, and shop)
CN Traveler: Vaccinated People Can Travel Domestically and Internationally, Says CDC
Lodging: Hotel Industry Leaders Urge Local Government to Use New Federal Funding to Support Hospitality