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Midweek is the new weekend

Art Spot on Wheels allows people to paint in scenic locations such as vineyards. It’s among the special programs in the Midweek Membership Club.

With the pandemic allowing people more flexibility in their work schedules, midweek has become a new travel trend for 2022, one that the Midweek Membership Club in Visit the Santa Ynez Valley is offering through March 31.

Approximately 30 hotels, restaurants, wineries and other venues are participating. 

Guests who book an eligible consecutive two-night, Sunday-through-Thursday stay, will receive five digital passes, each of which can be redeemed at the locations for a wine tasting for two or $20 credit at restaurants, retailers and activity providers. Midweek Membership Club travelers will also receive club member pricing on wine purchases.

Three of the more unique venues are Art Spot on Wheels, Broken Clock Vinegar Works and The Ultimate Escape Rooms. 

“We’ve combined some of the best things in the world — art, wine, nature and people,” said Christi Belle, owner and founder of Art Spot on Wheels, which allows people to paint in special locations. “Imagine you and your friends surrounded by the unparalleled beauty of the Santa Ynez Valley with a paintbrush in one hand and a glass of estate wine in the other.”

“Art Spot on Wheels is a full-service art studio operating on wheels,” said Christi Belle, owner and founder. “We’ve combined some of the best things in the world — art, wine, nature and people. Imagine you and your friends surrounded by the unparalleled beauty of the Santa Ynez Valley with a paintbrush in one hand and a glass of estate wine in the other.

“Not just another pain-and-sip class, our signature ‘Painting in the Vineyard’ events will delight your senses with fantastic views and delicious wines from local wineries.”

Charles and Jody Williams started Broken Clock Vinegar Works in their home kitchen before expanding to Mission Drive in Solvang in late 2017.

“We use a double fermentation method to produce our vinegars,” said Ms. Williams. “First, whole fruits are fermented into a dry wine. Then that wine is fermented into acetic acid. Our lineup of vinegars, shrubs, pickling kits and lacto-fermentation products are designed to promote a healthy, probiotic lifestyle and provide a means of reducing food waste through preservation.”

They offer tastings along with pickling and fermentation classes at their production facility in Solvang.

“Midweek is such a special time to enjoy the valley. It’s a slower pace and visitors can really settle into the small-town feel,” said Ms. Williams. “So many of our customers are coming from big cities. The rural atmosphere is just what they need to re-charge and immerse themselves in the open-space.”

The Ultimate Escape Rooms is a type of physical adventure game in which people are locked in a room with other participants and must use elements of the room to solve a series of puzzles, find clues and escape the room within a set time limit.

“The rooms are a little like video games come to life. They are filled with gadgets, puzzles and clues that teams — usually of two to eight people — have to solve in order to escape,” said co-owner Annette Cortez.

“I personally love doing fun things during the weekdays when things aren’t so crowded and hectic,” Ms. Cortez said. “It’s such a great opportunity to enjoy a relaxing and fun getaway with friends and loved ones without having to fight the crowds. The added bonus of saving money makes this a deal that can’t be passed up!”

Other participating venues include Ampelos Cellars, Brick Barn Wine Estate, Coquelicot Organic Estate, Crawford Family Wines, Dana V. Wines, First Street Leather in Los Olivos and Solvang, Grassini Family Vineyards, Renaissance Antiques, River Grill at the Alisal and Toccata Tasting Room.

“A special experience any day of the week, the Santa Ynez Valley is particularly appealing midweek when the bustle has quieted, and the valley provides an even more relaxed respite to visitors,” said Shelby Sim, president and CEO of Visit the Santa Ynez Valley. “With the continued popularity of work-from-home and remote working, there’s never been a better time to visit. 

“It doesn’t take long to do the math and realize the value that this program presents, particularly when midweek hotel rates are already typically discounted from their Friday and Saturday night counterparts,” he added. “Yes, there are still deals to be had in travel. Yes, midweek is the new weekend. 

“And yes, the Midweek Membership Club from Visit the Santa Ynez Valley is the very best of both.”

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Midweek Membership Club passes cannot be redeemed for cash or applied toward gratuity and are valid Sunday through Thursday only. For more information, including a complete list of participants or to plan and book a Midweek Membership Club visit to the Santa Ynez Valley, go to

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What Was on Trend During Art Basel Miami Beach 2021 –

Art Basel, NADA, Untitled, high-profile parties, runway shows, concerts, gallery dinners, performance art—there’s been a whole lot to see and do this week in Miami. Although the mood may have been slightly dampened by continued travel restrictions and the prospect of continued Covid spread, activity largely progressed as planned. But what did it all mean? And what might we stand to learn about the state of the market and art world at large? Below, six trends that could be gleaned by shuttling around Miami this week.

NFTs in Hiding

NFTs, which over the past year have sold for prices rising to millions of dollars, might seem to be dominating the art market. But it is telling where NFTs have appeared this week and where they have not. Within Art Basel itself, there were some works made in the medium. Pace Gallery said it sold an NFT by the artist duo DRIFT for $550,000, and Galerie Nagel Draxler, of Cologne, Berlin, and Munich, dedicated a portion of its booth to new NFT works by Kenny Schachter. But in general there weren’t many NFTs to be seen in the confines of the fair—which makes sense, given the medium’s digital form. Instead, most NFT-related events took place outside the fair in ritzy surroundings.

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The sustainable NFT initiative Aorist, for example, sold a Refik Anadol work for a whopping $851,130 at an auction held at the Faena Hotel, with the proceeds headed toward ReefLine, which will help build environmental habitats off the coast of South Beach. If the Anadol piece had sold at Art Basel, it would have been among the most expensive works at the fair. That it was bought outside Art Basel may be another sign that there is still a gap between what could be called the traditional art world and the world of NFTs. Marc Spiegler, Art Basel’s global director, seemed to speak for a lot of people in the former category when he called NFTs “confusing” at the fair’s VIP opening on Tuesday.

The Mask Comes Off, But the Covid Wristband Stays On

With the Omicron variant having now been located in the U.S., there are reasons to be worried about the spread of Covid. But pandemic anxiety seems to have been checked at the door of the fairs this week—literally. Art Basel, NADA, and Untitled all required visitors to show proof of vaccination, a recent negative Covid test, or documentation of recovery from the virus, and at Art Basel, attendees weren’t allowed in without a wristband to indicate that they had done as much. The fairs said in advance that people would still need to wear masks inside, and most people adhered. Yet as long-separated colleagues reconnected, the masks started to come off. (Florida itself does not have a state-wide mask mandate.) At certain events, such as an opening at the Rubell Collection packed with crowds that threatened to tip over a Yayoi Kusama sculpture, the situation was even more extreme—it was a rarity to see anyone with a mask at all.

Diversity Becomes a Priority at Art Basel

Art Basel Miami Beach’s selection committee relaxed its requirements for galleries this year in an attempt to allow in newer spaces and diversify the exhibitor list. Doing so brought in more Black-owned spaces, such as Housing and Kendra Jayne Patrick, as well as a few more galleries from Africa, including Zimbabwe’s First Floor Harare and Nigeria’s Rele Gallery. Generally, however, the exhibitor list looked familiar to those who follow fairs. But what many galleries brought to the fair looked different than in the past—there was a greater emphasis on work by young Black artists than ever before and strong showings of art by artists of all generations from Latin America. One could be optimistic and say that it’s good that artists of color are finally being showcased more frequently at fairs of Art Basel’s scale. One could also be cynical and consider it a market-driven attempt by blue-chip galleries to cash in on the effects of a larger systemic grappling with racism. The question is whether this diversity will continue going forward.

Virgil Abloh’s Memory Lingers Around Miami

Just before Art Basel opened, Spiegler took time during a press conference to sound an elegiac note for one of his colleagues, the fashion designer Virgil Abloh, who died at 41 at on Sunday. Spiegler recalled texting with Abloh as late as Saturday about Rammellzee, the late street artist whose work, as it happens, is featured at the booth of Jeffrey Deitch gallery, which just started representing his estate. “Then he stopped texting back,” Spiegler said with evident melancholy. As creative director of Louis Vuitton and, before that, as founder of the brand Off-White, Abloh touched the hearts and minds of many in the art world. And while his work wasn’t seen at the fair itself, it could be spotted in a Louis Vuitton runway show where models wore oversized garments in rainbow colors. Rihanna, Bella Hadid, and Joe Jonas were among those reportedly in attendance.

Galleries Bring Out Understated Art for Darker Times

At the last Art Basel Miami Beach, in 2019, Perrotin made a big bid for attention with Maurizio Cattelan’s Comedian (2019), a banana duct-taped to a wall. That piece irked those who couldn’t believe it was art and amused others who are fans of Cattelan’s pesky readymades. Cattelan returned to the fair this year, showing taxidermically preserved pigeons at Marian Goodman Gallery’s booth. Even an artist who usually resorts to shock tactics seemed to have watered down his provocations this time. And in general, there was few stunts mounted at the fair—no one seemed to be trying for the Page Six headlines that the Cattelan banana piece generated. Still, mirror pieces, which tend to act as selfie fodder at art fairs, were present. One at Galerie Frank Elbaz’s booth by Mungo Thomson resembles a Time magazine cover bearing the words “Democracy Under Attack.” When viewers stand before it, they can see themselves reflected in place of an unseen cover star. During the opening hours of the fair, it went largely ignored.

A New Sculptural Style Emerges at Art Basel

The craze for figurative painting seems to be here to stay for a while, but there also appears to be a new desire for a very specific kind of sculpture in which human bodies morph into furniture-like forms. The style is not entirely new—Sarah Lucas, who had one such work made in 2021 at Gladstone Gallery’s booth, has been crafting lumpy abstract female bodies that loll against chairs since the ’90s. But other younger artists also appear to be picking up on the trend. At Simone Subal’s booth, Cameron Clayborn is showing a sculpture featuring grey-toned, fleshy limbs that appear to sprout from a divan. At Central gallery’s showcase, Marlena Manhães has a series of floorbound works in which bodily forms are placed beneath fabrics and accompanied by light bulbs, as though they are kinky design objects. They screeched with sound, too, as though they were living.

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HomeToGo Releases 2022 Travel Trend Predictions | National News


HomeToGo SE (Frankfurt Stock Exchange: HTG), a marketplace with the world’s largest selection of vacation rentals, today unveiled its predictions for the top travel trends of 2022.

HomeToGo, a marketplace with the world’s largest selection of vacation rentals, today unveiled its predictions for the top travel trends of 2022. (Photo: Business Wire)

With the increase in vaccinations globally, the demand for tourism in 2022 remains optimistic. New insight from HomeToGo reveals how travelers across the globe are scaling up their plans in anticipation of the year ahead, with notable increase in travel spend and length of stay compared to before the COVID-19 pandemic. In 2021 and compared to pre-pandemic on a global scale, the vacation rentals marketplace has recorded a global ~+54% increase in average booking value for vacation rental spending and longer trips worldwide with a ~+9% increase in the average length of stay

Dr. Patrick Andrae, Co-founder & CEO, HomeToGo: “Travel has entered a new era and alternative accommodation will continue to reign as the new zeitgeist in 2022, especially with travelers who have traditionally booked hotels but tried and enjoyed vacation rentals during the pandemic. As a marketplace with the world’s largest selection of vacation rentals, we are prepared to help every traveler find the perfect accommodation for their 2022 trip and beyond – whether it’s escaping the winter for a sunny workation at an airy island bungalow or going on a relaxing staycation in a rural cabin just a two hour journey from home. These new structural trends, along with the pent up demand for travel after lockdowns, have led to long-term tailwinds for the alternate accommodation market that will continue into the new year.”

Three Types of Trips Emerge as Clear Winners for 2022

Based on search demand and a global survey of 4,000 travelers, HomeToGo has revealed the three types of trips that will reign in the new year. In 2022, tourists are looking forward to relaxing on sun-kissed islands, traveling safely to known regions , and discovering hidden gem destinations in their own backyards with a continued preference for domestic staycations:

Trend #1: Prioritizing Relaxation and Private Escapes

With 63% of participants in a recent HomeToGo global consumer survey listing relaxation as their main travel motivator, search insight now reveals that travelers will be heading to islands to find their zen next year. 2 Island destinations have seen significant growth in demand for short-term rentals in 2022, with Bali (+611% search increase), Sanibel Island (+567%), and Saint Lucia (+560%) taking the lead as the top three destinations growing in global search demand. 3

Trend #2: Resurgence of Touristic Regions

While the pandemic-influenced trend of rural travel still remains popular, touristic regions are set to regain popularity in 2022 around the globe, too. Among HomeToGo’s most-searched touristic regions, some well-known destinations are gaining additional interest in the coming year. As the majority of travelers prefer to walk on well-known paths, regions like Florida in the U.S. (+70.23% search increase), Sardinia in Italy (+57.40%), Majorca in Spain (+36.29%) and the Baltic Sea area in Germany (+23%) will be ones to watch as ever trending escapes. 3

Trend #3: Domestic Travel Continues to Rise

Building on the boom of 2020/2021, HomeToGo forecasts the rise in domestic travel to continue into the new year as a key trend. Amongst American travelers, searches for 2022 stays within the U.S. have seen an increase of +23%. 4 Elsewhere in the world, HomeToGo’s survey saw 28% of U.K. travelers aim to travel more within their country, even after travel fully reopens. 1 Amongst German tourists, the share of travel accounted for by domestic trips is forecast to see an uplift of +62% in comparison to 2019. 4

HomeToGo was founded in 2014 with a vision to make incredible homes easily accessible to everyone. To pursue this vision, HomeToGo was able to build and constantly grow a trusted and easy-to-use technology platform that brings together property suppliers with travelers from all across the world.

HomeToGo operates a marketplace for alternative accommodation that connects millions of travelers searching for a perfect place to stay with thousands of inventory suppliers across the globe, resulting in the world’s most comprehensive inventory coverage in the alternative accommodation space.

HomeToGo’s marketplace is beneficial to both of its customer groups: Consumers who visit HomeToGo’s websites gain access to the largest inventory in one place, and supply partners who use the platform’s reach and technology solutions are better able to serve a wide range of customers and generate more high-quality demand.

While HomeToGo SE’s registered office is located in Luxembourg, HomeToGo GmbH is headquartered in Berlin, Germany. HomeToGo operates localized websites and apps in 23 countries.

HomeToGo SE is listed on the Frankfurt Stock Exchange under the stock ticker “HTG”. For more information visit:

1 Findings are based on observed global bookings made through HomeToGo with a check-in date for 2021 and compared with a check-in date for 2019. Data was collected on 19 November 2021.

2 Research conducted by HomeToGo among a sample of 4,000 respondents in the United Kingdom, Germany, Spain, and the United States, with a confidence level of 95%. To participate in this survey, respondents had to be 18 or older. The survey was carried out online between 26 – 29 August 2021.

3 Based on searches made for accommodation via HomeToGo’s websites,, .de, .es, .fr and .it with following parameters:

Search-Period 1: 1 January 2019 – 20 October 2019 with any check-in in 2020

Search-Period 2: 1 January 2021 – 20 October 2021 with any check-in in 2022

4 Based on most searched destinations in U.S. via, in UK via, and in Germany via that are among Top-300 most searched destinations per market with the following parameters:

Search-Period 1: 1 January 2019 – 20 October 2019 with any check-in in 2020

Search-Period 2: 1 January 2021 – 20 October 2021 with any check-in in 2022



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Southwest Looks to Tap ‘Clear, Steady’ Upward Trend in Corp. Travel Demand

Southwest’s Andrew Watterson discusses:

  • A surprise rebound in convention/meeting business
  • Channel shift from Southwest’s GDS strategy
  • Getting operations beyond “acceptable” levels

Southwest Airlines last week celebrated the 15th anniversary of its launch of operations in Denver, which since has grown into one of the largest centers of business for the carrier. Southwest EVP and chief commercial officer Andrew Watterson spoke with BTN transportation editor Michael B. Baker during the event about the effect Southwest’s growth in Denver has had on corporate travel, the carrier’s strategy to recover from recent operational challenges and his outlook for corporate travel recovery.

BTN: Airline executives generally have said they expect slower business travel growth this year and then acceleration next year. Is that what you expect?

Andrew Watterson: That’s the current supposition, though predictions for business travel return have been erroneous for a year and a half now, but it’s a clear, steady, upward trend that we’re seeing. [Small and medium-sized businesses] were first to get back out on the road, but we’re seeing the supermajority of our accounts are active. It’s the travelers per account that’s really depressed, but for the travelers who are traveling, their rate of travel is down only about 10 percent. 

A year or so ago, people would say conventions and internal travel are not coming back, but we’re seeing a lot of meetings and convention business, because those are open. People are traveling on business to Las Vegas or Orlando to have a convention or meeting and interact with others, and we’re seeing a lot of companies, especially professional services companies, getting together in their offices. They can’t go to a client site, so they’ll fly their teams to a centralized office, work there a couple of days a week and then go back to their home office. That has been a surprise, because if you’d asked anybody 12 to 15 months ago, they’d say those would be the last things to come back, but they’ve been the first things.

BTN: Will it ultimately return to pre-pandemic levels?

Watterson: A lot of times people get overly focused on whether we’ll get to 100 percent of travel demand. The business travel community just being back to 80 percent or 85 percent is material. There will be different types of business travel. While I don’t minimize that, it’s true with every recession. If you go back to the Great Recession or 9/11, those changed the nature of business travel, so it’s common for an economic downturn to result in a change of busines travel perception. After 9/11, we had the security hassle, which put a damper on short-haul flying. During the Great Recession, a lot of the big conventions were vilified, and so there was a stigma on conventions that lasted a few years. 

BTN: After your recent announcement of capacity adjustments, are you confident that Southwest will be ready for the upcoming holiday demand?

Watterson: You never know what the weather is going to be like. What we’re seeing is that with summertime, we had ramped up our capacity, and we didn’t lay anybody off or furlough anybody, but we did have people on extended leave. We were calling them back, and then we were hiring more people, and just like the rest of the economy, we found out we couldn’t hire people as fast as we used to be able to hire, and some people who came back from leave for whatever reason would turn around and ask for unpaid leave. A combination of coming up short in hiring goals and unpaid leaves meant staffing wasn’t right this summer. So, we immediately adjusted for capacity and brought down our capacity. We won’t be back to the same levels we were this summer until the earliest March or perhaps later on, so that gives us more time to ramp up the hiring we need. There will be less flights this holiday season versus the summer, and more people we’ve been hiring, which puts us in a good position.

BTN: Outside of that one weekend, how has Southwest’s operational performance been in recent months?

Watterson: Since we did the immediate reduction we started in September and beyond, we’ve had acceptable on-time performance. We’d like to do better than that, but it’s good enough. We’re not getting complaint letters from it. We know the day-to-day recoverability will be helped by a more dense network that we get each month that goes by. Right now, the reliability is at an acceptable level, but it needs to be better than that. We generally had timed the increase in our depth for the return of business travel, which we expect to be during 2022.

We won’t be back to the same levels we were this summer until the earliest March or perhaps later on, so that gives us more time to ramp up the hiring we need. There will be less flights this holiday season versus the summer, and more people we’ve been hiring, which puts us in a good position.”

BTN: What feedback have you gotten from corporate customers regarding the new destinations Southwest has added?

Watterson: A good portion of them are leisure, and for business travelers, they like that, because they can use the points they earn on business to fly leisure. The one that have a direct business benefit are the bigger city airports, like Chicago O’Hare, Bush Intercontinental and Miami, but we also have medium-sized city airports like Colorado Springs, Fresno and Bozeman, (Mont.,) where there’s business going on there as well and corporations located there or that send people there are happy. We see in big metro areas, where we’re in multiple airports, that gives people choices.

Denver is a big focus for us. It’s our largest airport. We entered 15 years ago in a modest fashion and then, as we’ve seen an increasingly robust response, we’ve ramped up to be what we are now. We are getting 16 more gates as they finish our concourse, which is a total of 40 fights, so we’ll have ample opportunity to fly to new destinations and add more frequencies. We find Denver is a market where air travel is essential to doing business. If you think about big cities, in most you can drive to another big city. We’re based in Dallas, and you can drive to Austin if you want or Houston if you want. If you live in New York, you can drive to Boston or Philly or take a train. But Denver, the big cities aren’t within driving distance, so you need to fly to do business. It’s brought a greater utility to the business community in Denver, especially with our flexibility in and out. We keep adding more people here and more flights here, and we’re grateful to have been embraced by the city and business community. 

BTN: Now that you are live with all the major global distribution system suppliers, have you seen much channel shift?

Watterson: We’re seeing definitely incremental business from being in the three GDSs with full functionality. We know there’s some shift, and when we did the business case and plan for doing this, we counted on the big shift. What we are seeing now is that corporations will still use multiple channels for different purposes. There may be a senior group that gets high-touch support from the travel management company and goes through the GDS, and there may be a self-service, stand-alone business unit that uses Swabiz. Something in between might use a direct connect. The ultimate channel shift will depend on what the travel purpose is for each of those segments. 

BTN: What response have you seen to the recent announcement of a new Rapid Rewards Business program?

Watterson: We’ve been doing beta for quite a while just to get the kinks out. We had a real surge of interest once we went public on it, and we’ve seen lots of sign-ups. It’s a way for corporations that aren’t big enough to have a negotiated discount but still want to favor us with some activity to de facto to get a discount, in terms of earning points they can redeem for company travel. This is a way for them to earn a discount through demonstrated performance. 

BTN: What about your recent announcements on sustainability?

Watterson: We’re allowing multiple options for corporations, depending on their sentiment and how they want to engage. If your company is large enough that you can fund acquisition of sustainable aviation fuel, we can work together to get a direct line for that for you, all the way down to the lower end, as an individual or company, where we offer to offset a particular flight you are taking. We will give you Rapid Rewards points for that and match your gift, so we end up contributing more than you. 

BTN: Is codesharing or interlining with other carriers still something Southwest is considering?

Watterson: It’s on our radar. Each year we look at our tech budget to see what to spend it on. Things like [Extended-range Twin-engine Operational Performance Standards] to fly to Hawaii, the GDS or refreshing Swabiz. We also just went live with a brand-new maintenance system. You can also use it for something like codeshare and interlines, so that had not yet made it into that short list to do. It’s something we still want to do moving forward. We think it’s a good financial benefit as well as offering travelers extra options, but it’s the icing, not the cake, for us.

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the emergence of a new business travel trend brings Vacayz on board

NEW YORK, Nov. 2, 2021 /PRNewswire/ — As it slowly becomes safer for people to travel, businesses are encouraging their employees to have actual in person interactions with one another. Some companies such as Goldman Sachs have pushed 40,000 of their employees to return to their physical offices, while Microsoft sells out in-person conferences in locations like Chicago or Orlando. However, many companies such as Amazon, Google, Facebook, Apple, have adopted the hybrid working mode as the most successful one, which brings on new HR demands, and Vacayz – a travel fintech company – into play, particularly when it comes to traveling for work.

Since the world is once more changing into a post-pandemic lifestyle, HR departments are having to adapt to the new need for business travel.

Many companies have been hiring all across the nation yet fly their employees seasonally to the HQ in order for them to work together, attend events, etc. This requires HR personnel to handle large bookings of hotels and other travel expenses all while dealing with the other pressing needs of the company, bringing a new HR need to life and the emergence of new business travel solutions.

Vacayz, a B2B travel fintech company, has been tackling just that: “We’ve been working with these HR departments and office managers and taking the lengthy and tedious booking process off their plate, so they can return their focus to HR matters,” says Vacayz CEO, Ally Wolodarsky, who aims to revolutionize business travel by developing a unique, multi-layered product that helps companies secure low rates in advance through a cost-efficient, risk-free, and flexible financial model for SMBs.

“Small businesses aren’t aware that they’re paying consumer prices when traveling for work, therefore we created a way for these small businesses to receive large corporate discounts and enjoy other benefits and perks,” says Ally.

Other HR-Solution companies for international payments catering to remote hiring, such as Payapa Global and Deel, have raised millions of dollars just in the past month alone, proving that this new HR trend is here to stay.

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New research suggest vaccine tourism trend in United States | News

The latest research from ForwardKeys suggests that people are travelling to the USA to receive a vaccination against Covid-19.

The trend is most pronounced in travel from Peru, and other parts of Latin America, especially to Arizona, Florida and Texas.

ForwardKeys’ analysis of flight tickets issued up to May 18th reveals a substantial uplift in international bookings to Texas and Florida, during the fortnight after those destinations opened up vaccinations to all adults, including visitors.

Bookings from all origin markets to Florida rose from 44 per cent of 2019 levels to 67 per cent, and bookings from all origin markets to Texas rose from 58 per cent to 91 per cent of 2019 levels.

Bookings from Latin America to Arizona soared from 126 per cent of 2019 levels to over 220 per cent and bookings to Texas rocketed from 180 per cent to 330 per cent.

The most eye-opening increases in flight bookings have been to Texas – from Peru, 684 per cent ahead of 2019 levels, followed by Costa Rica, 338 per cent ahead, and from Mexico, 317 per cent ahead.

The leading “post-vaccination” Latin American origin markets for Florida are Peru, 161 per cent ahead, and Colombia and Guatemala, both 88 per cent ahead.

Arizona has also seen similar strong increases in flight bookings – from Peru 166 per cent ahead of 2019 levels, from Ecuador 135 per cent ahead and from Mexico 129 per cent ahead.

Analysis of “post-vaccination” travel reveals that there has been an increase in both bookings for short stays (one-three nights), particularly for Texas, and an even greater increase in long stays (over 22 nights), particularly for Florida and Arizona, where the proportion of visits exceeding three weeks has more than doubled.

This would be consistent with people flying in only to receive a jab and also combining a jab with an extended vacation.

Olivier Ponti, vice president, insights, ForwardKeys, commented: “As the pandemic progresses, we are seeing how closely linked vaccination is to tourism revival.

“Last month, we saw countries like Greece and Iceland, which declared themselves open to vaccinated visitors, gaining many more bookings than competitor destinations.

“This month, we are seeing the emergence of what could be called vaccine tourism, which is travel to a specific destination to receive a vaccination.”

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In Happy News, Visiting Family Is the Top Travel ‘Trend’ for Summer 2021

Mask restrictions are easing up, vaccinations are rolling out, and summertime travel is looking much more promising (and dare we say, normal?) compared to last year. Of course, international sightseeing and exotic vacations are never far from the minds of travelers—but for the moment, people are still easing their way back into traveling, starting with shorter trips and off-the-beaten path domestic locales, and most importantly, prioritizing reconnecting with family.

One of the hardest parts of social distancing and travel restrictions has been the inability to visit family members, whether they live far away or have had to keep remote for safety concerns, or simply to travel as a family. As the world slowly begins to reopen, family travel and family reunions large and small are what travelers are most excited for this year, and survey findings from Travelocity back this up. So much so that Travelocity officially predicts summer 2021 to be “the season of family reunions,” based on its recent travel survey insights.

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According to Travelocity, socializing with family (followed closely by socializing with friends) is the number-one most-missed activity among survey-takers who haven’t traveled at all since the start of the coronavirus pandemic. As traveling becomes a reality again, 69 percent of respondents report having leisure travel plans in the books within the next nine months, and the most common upcoming vacation plans within that group include visiting family (24 percent), hitting the beach (26 percent), taking a road trip (13 percent), sneaking in a weekend getaway (12 percent), and finally an international trip (a small 9 percent). And concrete plans aside, respondents only thinking hypothetically about their next trip are most interested in visiting family (43 percent) over a beach vacation or hopping continents—unless of course these last two travel options bring them closer to relatives.

The biggest factors in determining whether a trip—to reconnect with family or otherwise—is even possible are the safety and cleanliness of accommodations and transportation options at their destination; personally receiving the COVID-19 vaccine; and availability of COVID-19 testing (particularly for respondents based in the Midwest). With that in mind, travelers still prefer travel experiences, like tours and activities, in smaller groups, as crowds present an easy way to spread germs.

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The Rise in Holiday Travel: A New Trend for 2021?

As vaccination rates continue to grow worldwide, some people are noticing a trend in travelers booking for this year’s Thanksgiving and Christmas holidays. Will holiday travel become the next big trend for 2021?

Club Med has noticed an 18 percent growth in bookings around Thanksgiving and a nine percent increase in bookings around Christmas for both this year and the next. Families are beginning to plan reunion-type vacations to celebrate the return to normal, vacationing and holidays.


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Club Med, according to Vice President of Marketing Omnichannel North America and USA Sales, Amélie Brouhard, has seen a large number of multi-generational families booking not only holiday get-togethers but also birthdays, reunions and other gatherings.

“We started to see an increase in families booking their 2021 and 2022 holiday vacations at the end of 2020, which showed us that families are more than ready to reclaim their holidays and time taken away from each other – and that they’re ready to seize their new-found freedom,” said Brouhard. “The pandemic has also undoubtedly affected the mental health and wellbeing of us all, and the act of planning vacations has been proven to boost mental health. We believe families were booking ahead to not only give themselves something to look forward to but to also provide them with a sense of optimism and that there are brighter days ahead.”

According to Club Med, the most popular destinations right now for future holiday travel are ski-type resorts in North America and the French Alps, as well as the Caribbean, including Florida.

James Ferguson, CTC, Luxury Travel Advisor/Cruise Specialist has seen holiday bookings as early out as August this year. He says it’s “full speed ahead,” on holiday travel, with his clients’ most popular destinations being Alaska by land, Hawaii and the United Kingdom.

On the other hand, Miki Taylor, Founder and CEO of Taylor & Co. Travel hasn’t seen an increase in holiday travel bookings yet, but there’s certainly an interest for it: “The bookings haven’t been pouring in, but requests for info have started and I am positive these will lead to bookings…I feel hopeful that travel is slowly starting to move, but it is going to still be a while for our agencies to be back to where they were pre-COVID.”

Taylor cites pent-up demand and vaccinations as the main reasons for this interest. While she’s been booking the U.S. and the Caribbean, including Mexico, for holiday travel, interest is also growing for France, Greece and Italy.

So while many of us would love to ditch the traditional turkey dinner at Grandma’s house for a margarita on the beach or a pair of skis on a mountain, perhaps it won’t be as big of a trend as others we’ve seen this past year and a half, like road tripping or visiting national parks. Either way, people are interested in traveling even as early as the end of this year, and that bodes well for all of us.

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