RV rental sector booming, but it’s a bumpy road for agents: Travel Weekly

Bolstered by the summer’s surge in demand for domestic, drive-only vacations, the recreational vehicle travel sector is continuing to boom well into the fall.

According to peer-to-peer RV rental marketplace RVshare, RV bookings were up 95% year over year for Labor Day weekend and 123% for the autumn season on the whole.

The platform also reports that it recently doubled its seven-year booking total in just the past 13 months,

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Rules of the road when planning a recreational vehicle trip: Travel Weekly

Planning an RV road trip for the first time can be intimidating. From deciding which type of recreational vehicle best fits a client’s needs to figuring out plumbing systems, there’s plenty of room for error.

Zander Buteux, VacationRenter’s head of organic growth.

Zander Buteux, VacationRenter’s head of organic growth. Photo Credit: Courtesy of Zander Buteux

Still, according to Zander Buteux, head of organic growth for vacation home and RV rental listing aggregator VacationRenter, navigating those challenges can

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Assisted living facility takes residents on weekly virtual vacations

COLUMBIA, N.C. (WITN) – Cruise companies like the Royal Caribbean and Carnival have canceled cruises around the world. The travel industry has taken a big hit because of the coronavirus.

And since the Centers for Disease Control says seniors are one of the most vulnerable groups for the virus, one assisted living facility in the East decided to bring the vacation to them.

Columbia’s Tyrrell House has been getting a

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CommonPass hopes to become the testing standard that will kickstart travel: Travel Weekly

Trials are starting this week for CommonPass, a digital health screening tool that may eliminate the need for quarantines and provide confidence for governments to open borders that are now sealed by the pandemic.

It’s being developed by the nonprofit Commons Project Foundation and the World Economic Forum. Thirty-seven countries, along with the CDC and Customs and U.S. Border Protection, are participating in the project.

With CommonPass, travelers would take

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How to travel on a budget during the pandemic: Travel Weekly

Opportunities abound

As more destinations, tour companies and travel providers come back online, options, deals and unique opportunities are proliferating.

For the first time, HI USA has converted three properties — HI Point Montara Lighthouse, HI Pigeon Point Lighthouse and HI Point Reyes (all of which are in California) — into vacation rentals, with private units for groups or families. Larger groups can rent the entire hostel facility, including kitchen,

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Updated: Travel industry slams Trump plan to halt stimulus negotiations: Travel Weekly

Industry associations on Tuesday panned President Trump’s announcement of an end to coronavirus relief negotiations until after the election, calling it “reprehensible” and “woefully shortsighted.”

“Against this backdrop of human suffering, extraordinary job loss and millions of small businesses closing, the administration deciding to abandon relief negotiations is reprehensible,” ASTA said in a statement.

However, Tuesday evening Trump appeared to edge back a bit from his call to end
negotiations,

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G Adventure tests domestic day tours in Boston, Toronto: Travel Weekly

With most international and group travel largely on hold during the pandemic, global tour operator G Adventures is testing a new product: domestic day tours.

The company Friday announced a One Day in Boston: Sunrise to Sunset  small-group tour that starts with an early morning outdoor yoga session on the Common, includes a guided walk along the Black Heritage Trail, a bike tour into Cambridge, snacks and a history lesson

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UNWTO teams with IATA in effort to restore confidence in travel: Travel Weekly

The United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) has announced that it will work with IATA to help restart global tourism.

Under a new memorandum of understanding, The U.N.’s tourism arm will partner with IATA to focus on enhancing consumer confidence in travel while placing sustainability at the center of the recovery.

“UNWTO will use our expertise in innovation and our status as a connector of public and private sector leaders

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The conference has gone virtual. But who says attendees have to stay home?: Travel Weekly

Rachel Morrell, a Franklin, Tenn.-based travel advisor with Creation Vacation, has four children at home ranging in age from 9 to 17. The youngest is in third grade, and the oldest is a senior in high school. It’s a full house and, as Morrell described it, one of her kids usually needs something from her.

So when she found out that the hosted buyer program Global Travel Marketplace (GTM) West,

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Holed up in Holbox on the first trip since the pandemic began: Travel Weekly

After seven months of being grounded by the pandemic, Jeri Clausing’s first trip out
of the country was a fast reminder of her two favorite parts of travel:
unexpected adventures and the people you meet along the way.

I flew to Mexico last week, for a little work and then vacation. 

After two fabulous days of sunshine and top-notch food and service El Dorado Moroma in the Riviera Maya, I

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U.S. Travel calls for another extension on Real ID: Travel Weekly

With the Real ID deadline one year away, the U.S. Travel Association called for a deadline extension, saying “full compliance is not realistically within reach” by next October.  

Citing data showing that the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) estimates that just over one third of Americans have Real IDs, U.S. Travel said that the deadline could endanger the recovery of a badly wounded travel industry.

“The last thing the struggling

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Hotel openings: Four Seasons Hotel Madrid is the brand’s first in Spain: Travel Weekly

The Four Seasons Hotel Madrid officially opened its doors on Sept. 25 as the first Four Seasons outpost in Spain. Located in close proximity to major landmarks like Retiro Park and the Prado Museum, the 200-room Four Seasons Madrid features amenities like a 15,000-square-foot spa and a 24-hour fitness center. The property’s culinary offerings include rooftop venue Dani, helmed by acclaimed chef Dani Garcia, and Asian-inspired gastrobar Isa.  


The Grand

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Apple Leisure Group touts advisors, says clients ready to travel: Travel Weekly

There has been a dramatic shift in consumer desire to get back on the road over the past few weeks, and advisors are key to providing the expertise that will give travelers the confidence needed to guide the industry to recovery.

Those were the key and oft-repeated messages over the past two weeks from Apple Leisure Group (ALG) executives, both at their virtual Ascend Summit and again in online briefings

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Big plans from Small Luxury Hotels of the World: Travel Weekly

Felicity Long

Felicity Long

It’s no secret that the pandemic has been tough on the hotel industry, so any positive news about European hotel openings provides an optimistic shot in the arm in an otherwise bleak travel landscape.

Small Luxury Hotels of the World (SLH), for example, is forging ahead with the addition of  several new properties to its roster, including Les Sources de Cheverny in France’s Loire Valley and the Galleria

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IATA again downgrades outlook for global air travel: Travel Weekly

IATA has once again downgraded its full-year 2020 global air travel forecast, reflecting a downturn in European travel demand amid a new surge in Covid-19 cases as well as other new restrictions in portions of the world.

The global airlines trade group now projects full-year 2020 traffic to be down 66% compared with 2019. Its previous forecast was of a 63% plunge.

IATA said that the recovery of air passenger

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Qatar Airways Resumes Four Weekly Flights To Ghana

Qatar Airways is pleased to announce it will operate four weekly flights to Accra, Ghana via Lagos from 29 September 2020 becoming the fourth new destination launched by the national carrier of the State of Qatar since the start of the pandemic. The Accra service will be operated by the airline’s state-of-the-art Boeing 787 Dreamliner featuring 22 seats in Business Class and 232 seats in Economy Class.

Qatar Airways Vice-President,

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Kensington pairs escape and immersion in new packages: Travel Weekly

Jeri Clausing

Jeri Clausing

As so-called “experiential travel” has become the norm for luxury in recent years, many hoteliers have gone beyond their traditional roles as providers of accommodations to develop packages that include activities both on and off their properties.

This week, the luxury private guided travel company Kensington Tours did its own flip on traditional roles in the luxury travel spectrum, launching what it has dubbed the Resort Collection.

The

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‘It’s a little better:’ Reports surface of September’s positive travel trends: Travel Weekly

Globus is preparing to run its first tours in more than six months. River and cruise lines continue to slowly ramp up European sailings. Mexico is easing hotel and meetings capacity limits. Hawaii plans to reopen next month with pretravel Covid-19 testing. And companies say travel sales have been on a steady rise after the early summer’s sudden drop-off.

Heading into the final weeks of month seven of the Covid-19

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Elton John announces 2022 tour date in New Orleans | Music | Gambit Weekly

Elton John announced dates for his resumed Farewell Yellow Brick Road Tour. It kicks off in Europe in a year. The first concert is scheduled for Sept. 21, 2021 in Berlin. 

If this tour is not altered again by COVID-19, it will begin its North American leg in New Orleans on Jan. 19, 2022 in the Smoothie King Center.

Elton John already performed a farewell tour show at the Smoothie

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Vacation rentals bouncing back more strongly than hotels: Travel Weekly

Vacation rentals are well outpacing hotels on the pandemic recovery front as Covid-era travelers seek out accommodations better equipped for longer leisure stays and social isolation.

“It’s no surprise that hotels have fallen further and haven’t recovered as fast,” said Robin Rossmann, managing director at STR, during a late-July webinar hosted by Cloudbeds, a hospitality management software company. “The advantage that short-term rentals have had is the increased focus on

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