STR: October U.S. Hotel Metrics Up From September


The U.S. hotel industry resumed its recovery in October, with key performance metrics showing improvement from September’s numbers, STR reported.

October 2021 U.S. hotel occupancy was 62.9 percent compared with 61.2 percent for September. The October figure is 8.8 percent below October 2019 levels. October average daily rate was $134.78, up from $133.11 last month and up 1.2 percent from 2019 rates. Revenue per available room was $84.75, a 7.6 percent decline from 2019, but an improvement from September’s $82.04.

None of the top 25 markets reported higher occupancy in October 2021 than October 2019. The top 25 markets did report higher ADR than all other markets, according to STR.

Nashville had the highest occupancy level at 71.8 percent, still down 11.9 percent from the 2019 benchmark. Boston (70.6 percent) and Los Angeles (70.2 percent) were the only other markets with occupancy levels higher than 70 percent. Only Oahu Island reported occupancy below 50 percent, at 48.9 percent.

STR and Tourism Economics earlier this month boosted their forecast, moving up their projected full U.S. hotel industry recovery to late 2022 for demand and ADR, and from 2024 to 2023 for RevPAR, at least in nominal terms. With inflation taken into consideration, real ADR and RevPAR won’t fully recover until 2025.

RELATED: September U.S. Hotel Metrics Dip Again Despite Group Bump



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U.S. Travel Agency Air Ticket Sales Increase 175% Year Over Year in September


ARLINGTON, Va.–()–Airlines Reporting Corp. (ARC) today released data showing ARC-accredited travel agency air ticket sales increased 175% year over year in September 2021. The consolidated dollar value of tickets sold by agencies in September totaled $3.2 billion, up from $1.2 billion in September 2020 and edging slightly higher compared to the August 2021 total.*

Month over month, September 2021 international trips and total trips increased by 3% and 1%, respectively. U.S. domestic trips increased less than 1%.

“Historically, we expect sales and total trips to decline month over month in September,” said Steve Solomon, vice president of global sales, marketing operations and customer experience at ARC. “This year, month-over-month sales started to decline between July and August due to travel restrictions triggered by the delta variant. We’re encouraged to see that decline leveling off, and ticket sales and trip numbers improving with the news of international travel to the U.S. becoming easier for vaccinated travelers beginning in November.”

Total passenger trips settled by ARC in September 2021 increased 103% year over year from 7.6 million to 15.4 million. U.S. domestic passenger trips increased 98% to 11 million YOY. International passenger trips increased 115% to 4.4 million over the same period. The average U.S. round-trip ticket price increased to $390 in September 2021, up from $343 in September 2020.

Year over year, September 2021 EMD sales increased 186% to $6,577,935. EMD transactions increased 142% to 133,179.**

More detailed information is available on ARC’s sales statistics page. Additional breakdown of corporate, leisure and online ticket sales can be found on the ARC COVID-19 data page.

About ARC:

As a leader in air travel intelligence and omnichannel retailing, ARC provides platforms, tools and insights that help the global travel community connect, grow and thrive. ARC enables the diverse retailing strategies of its customers by providing innovative technology, flexible settlement solutions and access to the world’s most comprehensive air transaction dataset. In 2019, ARC managed more than $97.4 billion in transactions between airlines and travel agencies, representing more than 302 million passenger trips. For more information, please visit arccorp.com.

Notes for Editors:

*Ticket Sales

  • Results are based on monthly sales data ending September 30, 2021, from 10,921 U.S. retail and corporate travel agency locations, satellite ticket printing offices and online travel agencies. Results do not include sales of tickets purchased directly from airlines.
  • The average ticket price (USD) is for a round-trip ticket settled through ARC for an itinerary that included only U.S. domestic travel.
  • Passenger trips include the total number of passengers taking a trip from one airport to another using direct or connecting flights. Newly issued trips are added, and refunded trips are deducted to provide a net view of traveling passengers.
  • U.S. domestic passenger trips include the total number settled through ARC where the itinerary is wholly within the U.S. International passenger trips include the total number settled through ARC where some or all the travel occurs to airports outside the U.S. or originates outside the U.S.
  • Total sales are equal to the total amount paid for a ticket, which includes taxes and fees.

**Electronic Miscellaneous Documents (EMD)

  • Includes fees for products and services such as upgraded seats, checked bags, an unaccompanied minor, pet-in-cabin, etc.

© Airlines Reporting Corporation (ARC). All rights reserved.



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STR: September U.S. Hotel Metrics Dip Again Despite Group Bump


The U.S. hotel industry reported lower key performance metrics in September compared with August, despite a strong showing in group demand beginning mid-month, according to STR. This was the second month in a row U.S hotel performance slowed after regular month-over-month increases since at least January.

Compared with September 2019, September 2021 occupancy was 61.2 percent, down 8.2 percent. Average daily rate was up 1 percent to $133.11. Revenue per available room declined 7.3 percent to $82.04.

Group demand for the week ending Sept. 18 eclipsed 1 million booked room nights for the first time since early in the pandemic, according to STR, and rose to 1.3 million the following week. At the same time, group average daily rate moved past $200 for the first time since February 2020.

Still, those bumps in weekly demand weren’t enough to raise the monthly performance averages past August levels. Group demand increased occupancy, but also “created a lowering effect on average daily rates, as group rooms for upper-tier classes are typically priced lower than transient rooms,” according to STR.

In the top 25 markets, none saw occupancy increase above 2019 levels. Denver reported the highest occupancy at 71.4 percent and was the only market above the 70 percent occupancy mark. San Diego was the next-strongest market at 67.1 percent. Orlando reported the lowest occupancy for the month at 49.2 percent, followed by Minneapolis at 50.5 percent. 

RELATED: STR: U.S. Hotel Recovery Slows in August



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Yellowstone sets September and year-to-date attendance records


(CNN) — Yellowstone National Park has done it again.

That number is 872,695 recreation visits, a National Park Service news release on Tuesday said. It’s a 4% increase from September 2020.

Perhaps even more notable is the record number of visitors year-to-date.

So far in 2021, Yellowstone has seen 4,463,599 recreation visits, up 32% from the same period in 2020. It’s as if the entire state of Oregon visited Yellowstone and invited along more than 200,000 friends.

It’s the first time the park has exceeded the 4-million-visitor mark this early in the year, even before the pandemic, NPS said.

Busy, busy, busy

“Never in Yellowstone’s history have we seen such substantial visitation increases in such a short amount of time,” said Superintendent Cam Sholly in the news release.

“We will continue working with our teams and partners to develop and implement appropriate short- and long-term actions for managing increasing visitation across the park.”

An influx of visitors is forcing Arches National Park in Utah to temporarily shut its gates almost daily. And disappointed visitors aren’t the only consequence of overcrowding. The National Park Service is anticipating one of its busiest summers on record, so Arches won’t be the only popular park where crowds could be an issue. CNN’s Lucy Kafanov reports.

This announcement comes as no surprise to people who have been part of the huge waves trying to gain entrance to popular national parks for months now.

Even into October, Arches still warns potential visitors that “parking lots at trailheads may fill before 9 a.m., causing the park to temporarily restrict access until congestion lessens.” Its website said restricted access can last from three to five hours.

Lots of people, lots of wildlife

You shouldn’t count on the crowds thinning out too much for autumn in national parks, the NPS has previously warned, as people are flocking to outdoor spaces after so much time cooped up indoors during the pandemic.

If you plan to enjoy Yellowstone, the NPS advises making plans well ahead of time and be ready share the space with other travelers.

More people means more potential wildlife encounters gone bad, too. The NPS says keep a minimum of 25 yards (23 meters) from all wildlife and 100 yards (91 meters) from bears and wolves.

NPS takes this warning seriously. Last week, a 25-year-old woman was sentenced to four days in federal custody and steep fines for staying too close to a grizzly bear and her cubs.

Be weather ready

You also need to be ready for all kinds of weather at Yellowstone this time of year. After all, it’s located in northwestern Wyoming and reaches into a bit of Idaho and Montana.

NPS says “snow is common in the spring and fall with regular accumulations of 12 inches.”

in fact, at 6:45 p.m. local time Wednesday, the temperature at the park was a shocking 20 degrees Fahrenheit (almost -7 Celsius).



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Latest news updates: US small businesses say labour shortages worsened in September


UK house prices in September registered the biggest monthly gain in more than 14 years as the stamp duty discount came to an end while the “race for space” pushed buyers to look beyond London.

The average house price rose 1.7 per cent last month compared with August, the fastest monthly gain since February 2007, according to data from the mortgage provider Halifax.

Compared with the same month last year house prices were up 7.4 per cent, an acceleration from 7.2 per cent in the previous month, which pushed the average house to just over £267,500, the highest on record.

September’s spike in prices “shows the pandemic boom is still alive and well”, said Jonathan Hopper, chief executive of Garrington Property Finders.

Line chart of £ '000 showing UK average house price rise to a record high

The end of the stamp duty holiday in England and a desire among homebuyers to close deals at speed could have played some part in these figures, said Russell Galley, managing director at Halifax.

The fast rise reflects other factors as most mortgages agreed in September would not have been completed before the tax break expired, he added.

From October, thresholds up to which buyers in England and Northern Ireland could avoid paying stamp duty will decline from £250,000 to £125,000, the level before July 2020, when the tax holiday was introduced to stimulate the housing market following the first national lockdown. Until July 1, the threshold was £500,000.

“The ‘race-for-space’ as people changed their preferences and lifestyle choices undoubtedly had a major impact,” said Galley. Prices for flats rose 6.1 per cent, compared with 8.9 per cent for semi-detached properties and 8.8 per cent for detached.

Greater London remains the outlier, with annual growth of just 1 per cent and was again the only region or nation to record a fall in house prices over the latest rolling three-monthly period.

“The driving force [of the price rise] is now old-fashioned market fundamentals, and the chronic imbalance of supply and demand,” said Hopper.



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Wales breaking news plus traffic, weather and travel updates (Sunday, September 26)


Strictly fans tune in for first live show

Strictly Come Dancing saw its television audience grow to almost eight million viewers, according to overnight ratings.

The BBC said an average audience of 7.9 million tuned in on Saturday night to watch the couples compete in front of the judges for the first time.

(Image: PA)

The BBC One celebrity dancing competition was watched by a peak audience of 8.4 million and had a 47.9% audience share.

Last week’s launch programme was watched by an average audience of 7 million, with a peak of 7.3 million and 44.7% audience share.





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Caribbean Travel News – September 24, 2021


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Belmond La Samana in Saint Martin is reopening in Nov.

News Americas, NEW YORK, NY, Fri. Sept. 24, 2021: Here are the top stories making Caribbean travel news in 60 seconds for this week ending Sept. 24, 2021:

The Caribbean destinations listed as “Very High Risk” For COVID-19 By The CDC are: Antigua and Barbuda, Aruba, Belize, Bahamas, Bermuda, British Virgin Islands, Cuba, Curacao, Dominica, French Guiana, Grenada, Guadeloupe, Guyana, Haiti, Jamaica, Martinique, Puerto Rico, Saint Barth’s, St. Kitts & Nevis, Saint Lucia, Saint Martin, Sint Maarten, Suriname and the USVI.

The Caribbean, especially The leeward Islands, is being warned to Lookout for hurricane Sam. Sam is forecast to become a hurricane today, Sept. 24th and could become a major hurricane by Saturday.

The US Is Now Warning Against Travel To Guyana, Bermuda and Antigua & Barbuda as well as St. Kitts & Nevis, Belize, Grenada And Jamaica Due To A Spike In COVID-19 Cases There.

Canada is Still Warning Against Non-Essential Travel To The Caribbean Region.

Belmond La Samanna in Saint Martin, is set to welcome back guests on Nov. 7th.

Curtain Bluff, the luxury all-inclusive resort in Antigua, is set to welcome back guests on Oct. 23rd.

And Thrify Traveler says now is the time to book your trip to the U.S. Virgin Islands with flights under $100. Flights are available from September – November from several U.S. cities, including Chicago, New Orleans and Tampa to St. Croix, USVI, from as low as $97 round-trip.



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Wales breaking news plus traffic, weather and travel updates (Sunday, September 19)


All the traffic, weather, M4, showbiz and sport from across the country on Sunday, September 19.

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Media Release – September 17, 2021


Arrest Warrant Leads To Additional Charges

On September 17th, 2021, at 1:44am, members of the Guelph Police Service were dispatched to an area located near the intersection of Stevenson Street North and Speedvale Avenue East in the City of Guelph in regards to an adult male allegedly walking around checking the doors of motor vehicles.

At 1:52am, police located the male.

Further investigation revealed that he failed to attend court on August 6th, 2021, in regards to the charge of Theft Under $5,000.

When the male was informed of the arrest warrant, he fled on foot through the backyards of nearby residences.

At 2:19am, police located the male in the area and he was subsequently arrested.

A search incident to arrest revealed a financial card not in the male’s name.

A 29 year old Guelph male has been additionally charged with:
-Fail To Attend
-Trespass By Night
-Possession Of Stolen Property

He will appear in court on January 7th, 2022.

Stolen Motorcycle Recovered

Some time between 7pm and 9pm on September 15th, 2021, a grey and black 2020 Husqvarna Svartpilen 401 motorcycle was taken from out front of a business located in the downtown core of the City of Guelph.

On September 16th, at 7:31pm, police found the unoccupied motorcycle parked near the intersection of Edinburgh Road South and Wellington Street West.

Anyone with any information is asked to contact Constable Jasmin Manani at 519-824-1212 ext. 7273, email him at [email protected], leave an anonymous tip at CRIME STOPPERS 1-800-222-TIPS (8477) or submit an anonymous tip online at www.csgw.tips.

Theft Investigation

Some time between 6:30pm on September 15th and 9:15am on September 16th, 2021, a double stroller was taken from the front porch of a residence located just outside the downtown core of the City of Guelph. The stroller is described as black with red canvas accents and seats positioned one in front of the other. It’s valued at $300.

Anyone with any information is asked to contact Constable Emily Richardson at 519-824-1212 ext. 7486, email her at [email protected], leave an anonymous tip at CRIME STOPPERS 1-800-222-TIPS (8477) or submit an anonymous tip online at www.csgw.tips.

Theft From Travel Trailer

Some time between 5pm on September 15th and 6:45am on September 16th, 2021, storage compartments of a Travel Trailer parked outside a business located near the intersection of Eramosa Road and Stevenson Street North in the City of Guelph were pried open.

Numerous items were taken including:
-Three 14.6 volt Sun Cycle Lithium batteries (valued at $3,300)
-30lb propane tank
-Two foldable Coleman chairs
-Two foldable Faulkner chairs with coolers
-Three carpets
-Mesh tent
-Portable fire pit

Anyone with any information is asked to contact Constable Derek Vanden Enden at 519-824-1212 ext. 7107, email him at [email protected], leave an anonymous tip at CRIME STOPPERS 1-800-222-TIPS (8477) or submit an anonymous tip online at www.csgw.tips.

Multiple Motor Vehicle Collisions And Driving Complaints

Over the past 24 hours the Guelph Police Service received reports of six motor vehicle collisions and six driving complaints occurring throughout the City of Guelph.

The Guelph Police Service would like to encourage the public to slow down and follow the rules of the road in order to help ensure everyone arrives to their destination safely.

 

Calls for Service in the last 24 hours: 236



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September Will Be Hot. Here’s How to Protect Your Pets (and Yourself).


For much of California, the arrival of September has brought extreme, scalding temperatures.

Sunday was the hottest day in Los Angeles in nearly 11 months, according to AccuWeather. Temperatures in the Inland Empire and the Sacramento region soared into the triple-digits over the long weekend. And in the next few days, dangerous heat waves are projected for large swaths of the state, weather officials warn.

Across California, September tends to be warmer than we might like. It’s usually the hottest time of the year in the Bay Area and when temperature records are most likely to be broken in Southern California.

So, given what’s probably in store for us, I’m sharing some tips today on how to cope with extreme heat: Earlier this summer, my colleague Jill Cowan put together this guide for staying cool and safe when temperatures spike. The federal government has more advice for you here.

Plus, I spoke to some animal experts about how to care for your pets when it’s really hot out. The American Veterinary Medical Association estimated in 2016 that 57 percent of California households have a pet, though I’d guess that number has risen since so many people (like myself) adopted pets during the pandemic.

Gagandeep Kaur, a veterinary medicine professor at Western University of Health Sciences in Pomona, told me that pet owners needed to help their animals avoid heat stroke, a potentially fatal condition in which body temperature rises beyond a healthy range. Though humans can also get heat stroke, animals are more susceptible because it’s harder for them to cool off.

“Local emergency clinics, they’ve seen hundreds of cases this summer,” Kaur told me. “It’s not something that’s rare.”

But it is preventable. Here’s what to know:

  • Be aware of risk factors. Dogs and cats are generally comfortable in the same temperatures as humans. But your pets are at higher risk for heat stroke if they are very old, very young, overweight, or have lung or heart disease.

    Dogs with short snouts, such as bulldogs, pugs and Shih Tzus, are particularly vulnerable because they tend to have breathing problems.

  • Provide water and shade. Always.

  • Dogs are more at risk than cats: Cats are usually better about keeping themselves cool by limiting their movement when it’s hot, said Steve Epstein, the chief of emergency services at the University of California, Davis’s School of Veterinary Medicine.

    In Epstein’s home in Davis, the air-conditioning doesn’t turn on until around 85 degrees, but he doesn’t worry about his cat becoming ill, he told me.

    Dogs, however, may chase after a squirrel or want to go on a walk even when it’s unsafe for them. Epstein said he recently treated a dog with heat stroke that had been racing around in a backyard when it was 90 degrees.

Here’s a shocking statistic: Amazon nearly doubled its annual profit last year to $21 billion and is on pace to far exceed that total this year. The company is undoubtedly one of the biggest economic winners of the pandemic.

But Amazon faces growing scrutiny of its treatment of workers.

A bill moving through the California Legislature would rein in production quotas at warehouses that critics say are excessive and force workers to forgo bathroom breaks. The legislation is part of growing scrutiny of the company’s treatment of workers.

The Assembly passed the bill in May, and the State Senate is expected to vote on it this week.

Read more from my colleague Noam Scheiber.


Thirteen delicious, original ways to eat eggs for dinner.


Today’s travel tip comes from Arin Kramer, who recommends an adventure in Marin County:

The perfect day: Take the whole family biking on the paved shady Cross Marin Trail through the redwoods of Samuel P. Taylor State Park, along Lagunitas Creek. You can bike all the way to the Inkwells swimming hole on a hot day. Afterwards, stop at the Marin Community Farms Stand.


When is the recall election?

Officially, the recall election is on Sept. 14. But because it is happening under an extension of pandemic rules that were created during the 2020 presidential election, that’s really more of a deadline than it is an Election Day in a more traditional sense.

Ballots returned by mail must be postmarked by Sept. 14. (You don’t need to add a stamp; you should have a return envelope.) Voters can also return their ballots to a secure drop box by Sept. 14 at 8 p.m. (Look up the ones closest to you here.)

Finally, voters can cast ballots in person — and in many places early voting is available. (You can find early voting locations here.)

Read answers to more of your frequently asked questions about the California recall election.

Tell us what else you want to know about the recall. Email your questions to [email protected].

An Oakland Brewery is now showcasing the irresistible faces of cats and dogs on its IPAs.

Ale Industries has partnered with the East Bay Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals to put photos of adoptable fur babies on beer cans to try to encourage people to take the pets home, reports SFist.


Thanks for reading. I’ll be back tomorrow. — Soumya

P.S. Here’s today’s Mini Crossword, and a clue: Chloe who directed “Nomadland” (4 letters).

Miles McKinley and Briana Scalia contributed to California Today. You can reach the team at [email protected].

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