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Even amidst an unprecedented pandemic, Americans still traveled for the holidays, just at lower numbers than usual. That’s according to Envestnet | Yodlee’s Income and Spending trends, as well as recent news reports. Airports saw depressed numbers for holiday season. According to the Transportation Security Administration (TSA), there were over 600,000 people screened at airport security checkpoints on Christmas Day, or roughly 23% of the number vs a year ago.


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November 24, 2020 / Travel

Americans take to the sky for Thanksgiving

From ForwardKeys
Research undertaken by ForwardKeys, the travel analytics firm, reveals that despite the COVID-19 pandemic and the collapse in aviation, many Americans are planning a last-minute return to the skies this Thanksgiving, travelling to be with their families at home; taking a break in sunny Florida or hitting the slopes
November 19, 2020 / Travel

Infographic: 2020 Top Growing Travel Destinations

From Similarweb
Travel has been hit hard by COVID, but in some — outdoor — locations, people are flocking to boutique hotels, outdoor camping sites, and other natural settings to get some long-overdue relaxation time. In the infographic below, we highlight five of the top growing destinations globally as of September 2020.
November 18, 2020 / Travel

Europe’s most resilient cities are leisure hotspots

From ForwardKeys
The latest edition of the ECM-ForwardKeys Quarterly Barometer Report, published jointly by ForwardKeys and the non-profit organisation, European Cities Marketing (ECM), reveals that Europe’s most resilient cities are leisure hotspots despite the devastating COVID-19 pandemic.
November 12, 2020 / Travel, Economy

European Spotlight: Resilience Tested in Q3 & Q4

From ForwardKeys
As the Coronavirus tidal wave rolls its way through the world for Round Two, European cities have been tested for their resilience in Quarter Three and Four. Will the theme of “Sun and Fun” help countries stay afloat? ForwardKeys examines the latest flight data to share with you the freshest insights.
November 10, 2020 / Travel

Aviation: The State of the States

From OAG
Since the week commencing the 5th October the US market has reflected a very different trend pattern to the rest of the world as the chart below highlights. Whilst the rest of the world has seen a steady decline in capacity and is now 9 points lower than at the beginning of September, the United States has seen a thirteen-point improvement; a twenty-two-point swing to use pollster terminology.
November 3, 2020 / Travel

Tourism After Lockdown: How COVID is reshaping attraction experiences

From STR
In late August and early September 2020, STR conducted quantitative research using STR’s Traveler Panel. We set out to examine attitudes to travel in this ‘new COVID world’ and to evaluate early experiences among travelers at a time when many economies were reopening and the industry was seeking to capitalize on pent up demand.
November 3, 2020 / Travel

When Vacation is Dead, Long Live Staycations!

From Consumer Edge Research
Although many sectors of the economy have seen declining sales due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the travel industry has arguably borne the worst of the declines. Cruises have been the worst-hit, with spend down -80% y/y in September. Airlines have not faired much better, with spend down almost two-thirds. Yet, other parts of the travel industry are doing comparably better.
October 30, 2020 / Economy, Travel

Americans are ready to start traveling again, even with the second wave of COVID-19 approaching

From Claire Chen
With the holidays top of mind, data from TSA shows that there is still a significant difference in the number of travelers passing through TSA checkpoints compared to a year ago. The daily average number of travelers passing through TSA checkpoints in 2019 was 2.4 million while in 2020 it is currently hovering around 570,000 a 76% decrease.
October 26, 2020 / Travel

Tentative Comeback for US Airports

From Advan
In our recent webinar, we spent some time looking into foot traffic trends at airports in America and Europe. Location data is a very reliable proxy for airline passengers, since there are few reasons to be at an airport other than to board a plane. Precise mapping can filter out people who have come to collect or drop off passengers from those who have passed security in order to catch a flight.
October 19, 2020 / Travel

Tourism After Lockdown: Accommodation Preferences

From STR
In late August and early September 2020, STR conducted quantitative research using STR’s Traveler Panel. We set out to examine attitudes to travel in this ‘new COVID world’ and to evaluate early experiences among travelers at a time when many economies were reopening and the industry was seeking to capitalize on pent up demand.
October 16, 2020 / Travel

Bookings to Mexico & the Caribbean look promising

From ForwardKeys
The global pandemic has wreaked destruction on the travel industry, with total international arrivals in the third quarter of the year down by 94% compared to the same period in 2019. As of 19th September, flight bookings globally for Q4 of 2020 were 83% behind where they were at the equivalent moment last year.
October 15, 2020 / Travel, Business

China, the Case-Study for the revival of duty-free shopping

From ForwardKeys
In 2019 there were 4.54 billion scheduled passengers worldwide. Analysts expected 2020 to set a new record of over 4.72 billion passengers, but instead, the coronavirus pandemic spread its tentacles across the globe, practically bringing international travel to a standstill.
October 13, 2020 / Travel

Tourism After Lockdown: Taking the Pulse of Travel

From STR
The twists and turns of the COVID-19 pandemic have contributed to seismic changes in tourism, which has included the cessation of international travel for some countries. As a whole, we have witnessed long-lasting shifts in consumer behavior and attitudes, producing an increase in active travel, soaring levels of e-commerce and, yes, even ballooning rates of pet ownership.
October 8, 2020 / Travel

5 key points on Asia Pacific hotel performance

From STR
Mainland China hotel performance is steaming, while occupancy in the Asia Pacific region (excluding Mainland China) presents low occupancy levels overall. U.S. occupancy has remained mostly flat in recent weeks even with a lift from post-natural disaster demand. Recovery in Europe, Australia and New Zealand is also flattening.
October 2, 2020 / Travel

Luxury Domestic Travel – APAC, the one to watch!

From ForwardKeys
Covid-19 and its influence on government decisions regarding its national borders, airports, and flights have dented the once strong international tourism sector. International arrival numbers are down by -94% worldwide with Asia seeing the dip at -97.4% – the hardest-hit region is clearly heavily reliant on air travel as the main source of tourism. However, the recent resurgence of the domestic market in Asia suddenly paints the future for hoteliers, tour operators, duty-free stores, and airlines with some promising colours.
October 1, 2020 / Travel

Caribbean Outlook – What does the data say?

From ForwardKeys
When examining the top five most booked destinations in the Caribbean over summer, we noticed that the same countries also are faring best in terms of forward-bookings and flight searches too. The lucky five are the US Virgin Islands, the Dominican Republic, Aruba, Puerto Rico, and Jamaica.
September 25, 2020 / Travel

US Major’s Heading for a Thanksgiving Roasting

From OAG
Throughout 2020 scheduled airlines have been looking for glimmers of hope in a recovery, but it looks like the last hope of the year Thanksgiving will be memorable this year for all the wrong reasons. The summer season saw a small spike in demand and then a rapid settling back to the new normal demand levels; labour day showed a similar pattern and the end of year holiday currently looks like being worse than both of those events.
September 22, 2020 / Travel

OAG Coronavirus Update - Week Thirty-Six When Everyone Went Nowhere

From OAG
In the week that Qantas introduced flights to nowhere that sold out in ten minutes it is perhaps no surprise that scheduled airline capacity also went nowhere significant in the last week. Although we have slipped below the 57 million weekly seat market to 56.9 million, week on week capacity is only down by some 98,000 seats which seems like a small victory given that this is the seventh consecutive week of declines. Maybe there is a future in flying to nowhere.
September 17, 2020 / Travel

COVID-19 webinar summary: 5 key points on Europe hotel performance, 10 September

From STR
How does Europe compare to other regions in the recovery cycle? China hit a 69.4% occupancy level on 18 August, the highest level during the time of the pandemic. Since that date, however, China has started to fall back a bit. During the first weekend of September (4-6 September), the market posted 57.6%, 57.5% and 57.9% occupancy levels, respectively.
September 17, 2020 / Travel

Winter Vacation was Cut Short, But Summer Tourism Showed Momentum

From Yodlee
Overall, Envestnet | Yodlee COVID-19 Income and Spending trends data shows that consumer spending in the summer resort category has recovered since bottoming out in April 2020. For this analysis, we looked at spending in resort towns during summer to see if the pandemic affected areas that would usually be bustling during vacation months. In our analysis, we took a closer look at U.S. towns like Truckee, California; Aspen, Colorado; Jackson Hole, Wyoming; and others.