The six advisors and suppliers at the Luxury Travel Advisor roundtable in January have their sights set on summer, when they expect restrictions to loosen. People are booking for later in the year or 2022 and many are planning long excursions to bucket-list destinations.
Many people are turning to hotels or short-term vacation rentals when unable to quarantine at home after an exposure to COVID-19, but it's important to adhere to self-isolation policies and remain transparent about why you are booking a stay. Airbnb does not allow guests to quarantine in their properties, while VRBO and many hotels have more flexible guidelines.
Travel companies are asking Congress for help for the industry and sent a letter to legislators representing Florida. The coalition proposed relief plans that were in line with the American Society of Travel Agents, reminding the lawmakers that 98% of US travel agencies are small businesses and 66% are owned by women.
Lufthansa is adding more than 30 new destinations, including Greece, the Canary Islands and the Caribbean, in anticipation of an uptick in travel this summer. The German airline, which received an $11 billion state bailout last year, expects hygiene protocols will remain in place.
Global airline industry body IATA estimates the industry could lose as much as $95 billion this year. To aid in the recovery, IATA is launching a travel pass in March that will digitize COVID-19 tests and vaccines to facilitate travel.
Some river cruises are marketing excursions for millennials with a lineup of activities like yoga and circuit training, with some offering connected cabins for groups. Some offer on-shore classes in painting, pottery making and wine tasting.
Travel advisors believe multi-generational family trips will continue to grow over the next few years. "I expect the demand for villa vacations to increase as families save money on long haul airfare and invest savings into a longer stay in one house for the entire family," said David Hartman of Fantastic Endeavors.
Internova CEO J.D. O'Hara says clients are telling travel advisors they are ready to take the trip of a lifetime. As the largest travel advisor organization in the US, with 50,000 advisors, he says they will play a critical role helping travelers plan trips around health and safety issues, rising prices and the changing landscape of providers.
The defunct cruise excursion-seller ShoreTrips will be sold to Hornblower Group for $1.8 million after a Wisconsin judge approved the transaction. Secured creditors will be compensated but travelers whose excursions were canceled will not receive a full refund.
The oldest hotel in Capri is being transformed into an upscale destination in the first partnership between the Reuben Brothers, its billionaire owners, and German hotel management company Oetker Collection. The Hotel La Palma, a property founded 200 years ago, is scheduled to reopen in April 2022
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