Travel bookings tick upward as omicron recedes

Feb 21, 2022
People also appear to be booking ahead more often, seen as a sign of renewed optimism.
Passengers wait at Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport in Virginia over Presidents Day weekend. The TSA screened more than 2 million people on Friday and Sunday.
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As omicron cancels festivals and other events, businesses that support them are reeling

Jan 6, 2022
The Sundance Film Festival, for example, just canceled in-person events two weeks before they were set to begin.
People pass a banner for the 2022 Sundance Film Festival on Thursday. The festival canceled its in-person program, a blow to local restaurants, bars and hotels.
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Travel industry uses lessons from past COVID waves to deal with omicron

Dec 27, 2021
Like how to reduce contact, reschedule flights and handle the unexpected.
Airlines canceled hundreds of flights over the holiday weekend as the omicron variant spread.
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California's Project Roomkey "has really worked for a lot of people"

Dec 13, 2021
A Bay Area nonprofit has helped nearly 400 people move from the program into stable housing.
A resident gathers her belongings in a motel room provided to people needing shelter through Project Roomkey.
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For hotels, leisure travel is roaring back

Nov 3, 2021
Pleasure travel has helped the hotel industry emerge from the depths of the pandemic. But business travel has been slower to bounce back.
The Marriott and Hilton hotel chains recently posted improved financial results, largely on a rebound in leisure travel. Health risks are among the issues still restraining business travel.
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Consumer prices jump, especially for cars, flights and other ways to get away

May 12, 2021
Inflation data shows that consumer prices went up 4.2% year over year — the most since 2008.
Car-rental prices have leaped, registering a 16% monthly increase in April. Consumer prices overall rose 4.2% year over year, outpacing forecasts.
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Hotels try to follow restaurants' lead and hook consumers on QR codes

May 6, 2021
Will the QR code stick around in the long run? Perhaps, if users find the information the codes deliver useful.
From marketing to menus, QR codes have gained traction since the beginning of the pandemic.
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Hotel operators forecast bleak prospects as COVID-19 surges

Nov 19, 2020
The holidays, usually a busy time for the hotel industry, won't help this year as many families stay at home.
A closed hotel is seen in April in New York City.
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The job market is still in recovery, but it's also still losing momentum

Nov 6, 2020
The decline in unemployment has slowed since an early rebound from the first wave of COVID-19 shutdowns.
The manufacturing and construction sectors have done pretty well throughout the pandemic, but But, jobs in travel, hotels and restaurants are still way down.
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With the slowdown in travel, many hotels are in a financial squeeze

Aug 20, 2020
Paying back debt is getting harder for hotel owners, according to research by Trepp.
Employees are ready to receive guests at a hotel in Las Vegas. The industry is struggling during the pandemic as many people have canceled travel plans.
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