Industry watchers say now may be the right time for air travelers to buy tickets for holiday travel, as ticket costs may rise as travel rebounds. "Big economic factors could ultimately influence the price of a plane ticket, and so it wouldn't hurt to lock in something now, especially if you're talking about traveling for Thanksgiving or Christmas or New Year's," says Kyle Potter of ThriftyTraveler.com.
The pandemic only accelerated a well-established trend in hospitality toward replacing employees with technology, business columnist Bernhard Schroeder writes, and boutique hoteliers in particular mustn't wait to adapt. The younger generation of travelers prefers the ubiquitous smartphone to traditional staff service, he asserts.
The Biden administration announced today that the new policy easing travel restrictions for fully vaccinated international travelers entering the US will go into effect on Nov. 8. Airlines for America applauded the reopening of international travel, which is critical to reviving economies around the globe, reinvigorating communities and supporting millions of jobs in the US and abroad. "A4A passenger carriers will continue to work closely with the Administration to implement this new system over the coming weeks in a way that prioritizes the wellbeing of all travelers," said A4A President and CEO Nicholas Calio.
Delta Air Lines CEO Ed Bastian said the airline has been planning for the upcoming holiday travel period as more travelers are expected to take to the skies. "We've got over 4,000 people we've added on to our airport staff, and we're absolutely ready," Bastian said. "We can't wait to welcome people back to the skies."
United Airlines recently completed a test flight using 100% sustainable aviation fuel to power one of its Boeing 737 Max 8 aircraft. The aircraft circled George Bush Intercontinental Airport for 90 minutes to demonstrate the feasibility of the alternative fuel.
A new luxury tour operator, IWorld of Travel, founded by Ady Gelber's son Michael, is following in the senior Gelber's footsteps by working closely with travel advisors. Gelber, who canceled his 2021 offerings, is now booking yacht charters for 2022 with commissions paid within 72 hours of deposit.
The White House announced today that it will end travel restrictions for fully vaccinated foreign individuals beginning Nov. 8 for air travel, land borders and ferry crossings. Unvaccinated visitors will still be barred from entering the US from Canada or Mexico.
Hotel buyers in 2022 could confront a 10% to 15% higher price rate than this year, forecaster Bjorn Hanson concludes in his annual analysis. Rebounding hotel services, toughened responses by sellers to financial troubles and improved business and group demand are key factors, according to the scholar with New York University's Jonathan M. Tisch Center of Hospitality.
Genting Malaysia will pour another $150 million into Empire Resorts Inc., raising to $524.4 million the sum the casino operator has invested in its US-based holding. Empire owes $365 million but has emerged with vigor from a crippling pandemic and hopes to expand in the New York area, Genting said.
Construction on the Blackpool Central leisure development in England will start in early 2022 after the $210 million project secured full planning approval from the council's planning committee. Plans for the project include a 200-room hotel, the Heritage Quarter, an outdoor entertainment space, three indoor theme parks, restaurants and bars.
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