This is the year that changed travel forever.
It’s difficult to understate the devastation of COVID-19. A recent study by the U.S. Travel Association projected a 45% decline in industry revenues. That translates into a $519 billion loss for the year – roughly nine times the impact of 9/11 on travel revenue.
“2020 has been a year like no other,” says Roger Block, president of Travel Leaders Network. “The pandemic has put a halt on all types of international travel, changing the face and the mindset of travelers. Travelers are now more cautious, aware of cleanliness standards and practices which have forced airlines and hotels to impose new sanitation protocols.”
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Is there a surefire way to protect your next vacation? Travelers like Dean Kato want to know.
He’s optimistic about his 2021 vacation. Kato is planning a Danube river cruise through Germany, Austria and Hungary in August. But he’s also realistic — and thinking of new ways to protect a potentially risky adventure.
“I guess a river cruise will be safe by then,” says Kato, a business consultant from Kirkland, Wash., “as long as there’s a vaccine.”
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Want to plan a trip for the holidays? Prepare yourself — because this holiday travel season will be like none other in recent memory.
Might as well throw out the rulebook for your Thanksgiving, Christmas, or New Year’s getaways, because you won’t need it.
“The coming holidays will bring unprecedented challenges,” says Mahmood Khan, a professor at Virginia Tech who directs the business school’s program in hospitality and tourism management. “Be prepared for the unexpected.”
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Your car knows more than you think. Like when you’re about to rear-end the vehicle in front of you. Or when you’re close to colliding with another car in the parking lot. Or when you’re too tired to drive.
Yes, too tired.
On a recent road trip, my Volvo XC-90 calmly informed me I was too fatigued to continue driving. It even suggested a hotel where I could stop for the night. How thoughtful.
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Expectations are high for the upcoming holiday travel season. But given the pandemic health concerns, people are also trying to find the best way to protect their holiday vacation trip.
It’s not easy. A new report by American Express finds travelers are cautiously optimistic about traveling in the next six months. Just over half (55%) of consumers who typically travel domestically anticipate feeling “comfortable” traveling to a domestic destination between now and February.
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