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Travel down over 70 percent at airports across New England during Thanksgiving week

“Around the holidays people tend to travel more, so we expect numbers to increase during those weekends,” said Daniel Velez, a TSA spokesman. Travel numbers are predicted to remain lower than those in 2019 due to the pandemic, he said.

The highest number of single-day travelers during Thanksgiving week in New England so far — 27,761 people — was seen on Saturday, Nov. 21, according to the TSA. Last year, Friday, Nov. 22, was the busiest travel day with just under 93,000 people.

At Logan International Airport, the number of passengers has consistently been down about 80 percent “for several months now,” according to Jennifer Mehigan, a spokeswoman for the Massachusetts Port Authority.

Before the pandemic, the airport regularly saw between 120,000 and 140,000 total travelers a day. Because there have been fewer passengers throughout the year, the airport staff was ready for the influx in passengers during Thanksgiving week, Mehigan said.

“Typically, the Thanksgiving holiday does tend to be a busy time at the airport, though nothing has been normal in this pandemic,” she said.

Data on the number of travelers during the holiday week at specific airports was not provided.

The risk of being on a plane isn’t what worries health experts, according to Dr. Shira Doron, an infectious disease physician and hospital epidemiologist at Tufts Medical Center.

Compared to the number of flights since the pandemic, there have been “relatively few” transmission events, she said.

“It’s the fact that people are moving around the country,” Doron said.

With different rates of infection in communities across the United States, Doron’s primary concern is that people who travel to areas where the virus is more prevalent may contract it and bring it back.

The same goes for people from Massachusetts who travel to areas where the virus is less prevalent, such as Vermont, putting those communities at risk.

“To me, that’s the main reason not to travel,” Doron said.

In the week leading up to Thanksgiving, Doron said she was concerned to see long lines at testing facilities — “longer than we’ve ever seen before” — suggesting that people may be getting tested to meet travel restrictions or attend gatherings.

“Right now, we are looking at the real possibility of a second wave that could overwhelm our healthcare system,” Doron said.

Unlike the first wave of the virus in March and April, when many hospitals struggled to provide care for the surge in coronavirus patients, a second larger wave could prove too much for hospitals to handle.

“At this time, travel is not advised,” she said, emphasizing that travel outside of the state is discouraged “because we just don’t want to move that virus around more than we have to.”

Despite higher travel volumes during the holiday season, the overall decline in travel was expected among transportation officials, Velez said.

As predicted, however, Thanksgiving week proved to be the busiest of the year nationwide — by far.

“We have hit the 1 million passenger mark three times within the

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Thanksgiving Air Travel Down 60 Percent From Last Year, as Officials Tell People to Stay Home

In a sign that many people are heeding officials’ request to stay home for Thanksgiving, airplane travel in the days leading up to Thanksgiving is down about 60 percent from the same time last year.

a group of people wearing costumes: Holiday travelers pass through Los Angeles international Airport on Thanksgiving eve as the COVID-19 spike worsens and stay-at-home restrictions are increased on Wednesday in West Hollywood, California. Holiday plane travel is down dramatically from last year, but for the first time since March, more than 1 million people passed through TSA checkpoints in one day.

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Holiday travelers pass through Los Angeles international Airport on Thanksgiving eve as the COVID-19 spike worsens and stay-at-home restrictions are increased on Wednesday in West Hollywood, California. Holiday plane travel is down dramatically from last year, but for the first time since March, more than 1 million people passed through TSA checkpoints in one day.

Cases of a new coronavirus in the United States have now surpassed 12 million. With spikes in cases occurring across the country, deaths on Tuesday were higher than they’ve been in six months. Officials urged people to stay home and imposed quarantine requirements for out-of-state visitors. While more people are traveling than health experts would like, there’s been a significant decrease from the usual holiday influx via plane travel.

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Historically, more people travel around Thanksgiving than any other time of the year, and the Wednesday before the turkey-centric holiday is the busiest travel day of the year. However, as has been the case since the pandemic started, the outbreak stunted travel around the holiday. About 1.52 million fewer people traveled on Tuesday than on the Tuesday before last year’s Thanksgiving.

From Thursday until Tuesday, the biggest drop in travelers was on Friday when 1.53 million fewer people went through TSA checkpoints than the same day of the week last year. Since Friday, about 6.9 million fewer people have passed through TSA checkpoints, a 58 percent decline from 2019, according to data from the agency.

Despite the significant decrease in travelers from last year, the number of people making their way through airports is higher than it’s been since the pandemic started.

Before mid-March, it was common to have a million people or more passing through TSA checkpoints. But daily travelers dropped below a million on March 17 and hadn’t surpassed the benchmark for eight months. That changed on Friday when 1,019,836 people passed through TSA checkpoints.

Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), acknowledged during a Wednesday interview with Good Morning America that it’s difficult not to gather for Thanksgiving because it’s filled with beautiful traditions. However, he said sacrificing now would prevent a rise in infections and deaths, a message officials have been touting since the start of the pandemic.

This time around, Fauci said the end is in sight because of the development of three effective vaccines. The first doses of the vaccines could be administered within 24 hours of the drug companies receiving an Emergency Use Authorization from the Food and Drug Administration (FDA)—according to General Gustave Perna, who is heading “Operation Warp Speed,” the Trump administration’s plan to produce 300 million doses of a vaccine before the end

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Almost 20 Percent of Travelers Think It is OK to Travel Now, Less Than That Are Waiting for a Vaccine According to Oliver Wyman

NEW YORK, Nov. 9, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — News about COVID vaccines are promising, but most consumers surveyed are not waiting for a vaccine to travel and an increasing number of travelers say it OK to travel now according to a new report from Oliver Wyman.

Almost 20 Percent of Travelers Think It is OK to Travel Now, Less Than That Are Waiting for a Vaccine According to Oliver Wyman

“Vaccines are important but personal judgement is still the leading factor for deciding to travel, ahead of government restrictions and advice from the World Health Organization,” said Bruce Spear, a partner with Oliver Wyman. “This means the travel industry must focus on measures that increase individual customer safety such as mandatory masks, cleaning and rapid testing and not wait for governments to issue directives.”

The report, Anticipating the Travel Recovery, found several other changes in traveler behavior since the first survey was originally conducted in late April/early May.  For example:

  • Leisure Travel — Interest in leisure travel remains strong and has grown since May, with 63 percent of respondents expecting to travel the same amount or more post-pandemic. While most travelers in the US, Spain, Italy, China, and Australia are planning domestic trips, travelers in Canada, UK, France, and Germany are planning international locations mostly in their home region for their next leisure trip post-COVID. The number one driver for these leisure trips globally is to visit friends and family. More than 55 percent of US respondents are more likely to visit friends and family compared to before COVID, showing pent up demand for Thanksgiving and holiday travel.
  • Business Travel — Forty-three percent of all respondents who travel for business plan to travel less in the future, a 16-point increase from May. Business travelers have gotten more comfortable with teleconferencing, but only 53 percent agree that they can develop new relationships via teleconferencing. This drops to 47 percent for business travelers under 30. While half of business travelers expect no change in trip duration, 30 percent expect to shorten their trips when possible, which will impact hotel stays.
  • Modes of TransportOverall respondents are more comfortable with various transportation options than they were in May. Half are now comfortable taking a flight and almost 60 percent are comfortable staying at a hotel. However, less than a third are comfortable using public transportation or ride sharing. In the US, over 40 percent of respondents are still uncomfortable using public transportation or rideshare.
  • Cruises – Back in May, the cruise industry was still reeling from news of passengers quarantined at sea. Since then, the gap between cruises and other experiences involving significant interaction with others has closed. Respondents now feel as comfortable taking a cruise as attending a convention or going to a concert or sporting event. Past cruisers are more comfortable than first timers.

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The survey also asked people about actual travel they have done during the pandemic. Overall, 31 percent have traveled by air and 24 percent by train (more than 2 hours) since March.  Sixty percent of these trips were primarily

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Ninety-Five Percent of People Want to Travel Within Next 15 Months According to Vacation Survey Hosted by Dream Vacations

1,500 people surveyed across the United States from July to August 2020

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (PRWEB) October 22, 2020

The recent Vacation Survey conducted by leading travel agency franchise Dream Vacations revealed that there is an incredible pent up demand for travel, as a result of COVID-19, with nearly 95 percent of those surveyed planning on taking a vacation in 2020 or 2021. Approximately 1,500 people participated in the survey which took place in July and August 2020.

Key findings of people surveyed include:

  • 95% want to take a vacation in 2020 or 2021
  • 60% feel confident with the enhanced health and safety protocols proposed by the cruise lines
  • 70% know and trust the value a travel agent provides
  • 78% realize that travel agents provide additional exclusive perks in addition to the promotions offered by cruise lines and resorts
  • 50% will go on a cruise for their next vacation, 18% will stay at a resort, and the remaining 32 percent have other plans
  • 37% hope to go to the Caribbean; 21% plan on staying in the U.S.; and 15% are going to Europe for their next vacation, while the remaining 27% selected different destinations.

“As a travel agency, we conducted this survey to gain a better understanding of how COVID-19 has impacted consumers plans to take vacations going forward,” said Drew Daly, senior vice president and general manager of Dream Vacations. “Now more than ever before people are recognizing the value and expertise that working with a travel agent affords and our agents are prepared to best serve clients when the surge of travel resumes.”

Dream Vacations travel agents serve as advocates for their clients and educate them on what the new vacation experience entails as it relates to health and safety protocols, documents needed and more. They provide their professional expertise and personalized service to match the best vacation that will meet their client’s budgets yet exceed their expectations. In addition to selling cruise, all-inclusive resorts and tour vacations, Dream Vacations agents also have access to thousands of private villas around the world through a partnership with Villas of Distinction®.

For more information or to book a dream vacation, please visit http://www.DreamVacations.com or call 800-278-4736.

About Dream Vacations

Travel agents with the top-ranked home-based travel agency franchise Dream Vacations have the resources to plan and create seamless vacation experiences for their customers while offering the best value. A member of the International Franchise Association, Dream Vacations is part of World Travel Holdings and has received franchise partner of the year, a top-ranking status, by all the major cruise lines as well as national recognition for its support of military veterans. For more information about Dream Vacations, visit http://www.DreamVacations.com and follow on Facebook at http://www.Facebook.com/OfficialDreamVacations.


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Maui vacation rental occupancy logs in at 9.8 percent for month of August | News, Sports, Jobs

Maui County vacation rentals logged 9.8 percent occupancy in August, which was close to the hotel rate of 8.6 percent for the month, the Hawaii Tourism Authority reported Thursday.

Maui continued to have the largest vacation rental supply of all four counties with 123,129 available unit nights — which was down 57.9 percent from a year ago. The report notes that unlike hotels and timeshare units, vacation rentals are not necessarily available year-round and often accommodate larger number of guests than traditional hotels.

Wailea-Kihei logged an occupancy rate of 12.7 percent with $206.17 daily rate. The west side logged a higher daily rate at $313.62 but lower occupancy of 5.9 percent.

The average daily rate for Maui County was $229, down 38.2 percent.

Statewide, occupancy was 13.6 percent for August, down 60.7 percentage points. Supply was down 60 percent. The daily rate was $191.28.

On Oahu, short-term rentals, defined as rented for less than 30 days, were not allowed to operate in August, due to the sharp rise in new COVID-19 cases. In Maui County, legal short-term rentals were allowed to operate as long as they were not being used as a quarantine location, the Tourism Authority said.

The report utilizes data from Transparent Intelligence and excludes units in hotel and timeshare reports. A vacation rental is defined as the use of a rental house, condo unit, private room, private home or shared room/space in a private home. The report does not differentiate between permitted and unpermitted vacation rentals.

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72 percent of Houston hotel loans are in danger during pandemic

Houston’s hotels are floundering during the pandemic. Seventy-two percent of securitized lodging loans in the area are delinquent, according to securities data company Trepp, compared to 23 percent across the nation.

a tall building in a city: The majority of Houston securitized hotel debt is delinquent as the pandemic and energy bust empty hotel rooms, according to securities data company Trepp.

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The majority of Houston securitized hotel debt is delinquent as the pandemic and energy bust empty hotel rooms, according to securities data company Trepp.

Trepp has predicted a “wave of foreclosures” over the next several quarters.


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Social distancing measures meant to prevent the spread of COVID-19 have hit the hotel industry particularly hard. Former business travelers are meeting over Zoom instead of coffee; conventions, sporting events and festivals that once attracted visitors have been canceled; and though leisure travel has begun to return, many are opting to escape cities rather than visit them.

SHAKY DEBT: ‘Wave of foreclosures’ expected to hit commercial real estate market

Houston-area hotels are struggling more than its peer cities, including Dallas and Austin. While loan payments on $720 million of the $995 million in Houston-area hotel loans that have been packaged into commercial mortgage-backed securities and sold to investors are behind on their payments, only $248 million out of $1.48 billion (23 percent) is delinquent in the Dallas area and $310 million out of $886 million (35 percent) in Austin.

That’s because Houston’s hotel market is dealing not only with the pandemic but also an energy bust, according to commercial real estate firm CBRE. Houston is likely to take longer to recover than will the nation and other major Texas markets because of complications in energy-related industries, according to the company. It predicted Houston’s hotel market may not recover to pre-pandemic levels until 2024.

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Consumer Survey Finds 70 Percent of Travelers Plan to Vacation in 2021

NEW YORK, Oct. 16, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — An overwhelming majority of US and Canadian travelers (99 percent) are eager to travel again, with 70 percent stating that they plan to take a vacation in 2021, according to a Travel Leaders Group survey of nearly 3,000 frequent travelers. The survey was conducted in September in conjunction with the World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC), which represents the global Travel & Tourism private sector.

Travel Leaders Group survey of nearly 3,000 frequent travelers indicate that 45 percent of respondents have already made plans or are starting to make finite plans for their next vacation, while 54 percent say they are dreaming of when they can travel again.

A clear majority of US and Canadian travelers (70 percent) say they plan to take a vacation in 2021.

Results indicate that 45 percent of respondents have already made plans or are starting to make finite plans for their next vacation, while 54 percent say they are dreaming of when they can travel again.

“These are really strong numbers. The fact that 99 percent of travelers surveyed said they are planning a trip or looking forward to the time they can travel again indicates that as concerns about COVID-19 are addressed, leisure travelers will lead the recovery,” said John Lovell, President of Travel Leaders Group.

In the survey, 23 percent of respondents said they plan to travel by the end of 2020, 70 percent said they will travel in 2021 with just 18 percent saying they will resume traveling in 2022.

“Consumer uncertainty about the risk of exposure or concerns about being quarantined is a core problem,” said Gloria Guevara, WTTC President & CEO. “With rapid testing to replace quarantine requirements, enhanced contact tracing and industry-wide standards by sector that can be clearly communicated to the public, we can help alleviate many of those concerns.”

The willingness of Americans to travel can be seen in the slow, but steady, increase in the Transportation Security Administration’s (TSA) daily screening numbers, which fell below 90,000 a day in April and are now approaching 1 million a day at peak periods. In 2019, TSA daily traveler counts averaged between 2.3 and 2.7 million passengers a day.

More than half of travelers surveyed say they are concerned about the risk of being infected when traveling on a plane or cruise ship, getting stuck while away from home or being quarantined on a cruise ship or at a hotel. A lesser number named concerns about them or a family member contracting the virus while traveling, worries about getting a refund if the trip is cancelled, and concerns about family members with higher risk health conditions.

A majority of survey respondents said the following health and safety initiatives at airports, aboard aircraft and at resorts will make a big difference in their decision to travel in the future: mandatory masks, social distancing, enhanced cleaning, temperature checks and access to sanitizing gel. For resorts, contact-free services and customizable room cleaning were also cited.

“Our industry needs to do more to inform potential travelers about all of the health and safety protocols that have been implemented across the industry and continue to standardize those protocols to restore consumer confidence in travel,” said Lovell.

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