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Travel #12

  • After apple picking
  • Two Niagara mayors
  • Free plane seats?
  • Econ of loyalty
Published every Thursday

Denver Post

In Colorado mountain towns, restaurant owners shocked by a surprisingly strong summer

“Fantastic,” “crazy busy,” “packed.” These aren’t the words you would expect to hear from restaurateurs after six months of operating during a pandemic. But in Colorado’s resort and mountain towns, business owners say they were baffled by their numbers once they opened their doors in July and August.

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Stuff NZ

Could we see the free flights overseas analysts have predicted in New Zealand?

Chinese airlines’ success in wooing back travellers with ultra-low airfares is being held up as a model for other countries to follow, with one analyst saying carriers could even start offering free seats.

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Apple Picking Is Generally Considered Safe, but Local Orchard Owners Are Worried About Crowds

In the initial months of the COVID-19 pandemic, the outpouring of New York City residents to surrounding rural areas offered a boon to Twin Star Orchards. The U-pick apple farm and maker of Brooklyn Cider House cider sits just outside the small village of New Paltz, New York, about 80 miles north of New York City and halfway to Albany.

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Post and Courier (South Carolina)

‘An extremely difficult year to navigate’: Myrtle Beach area recaps COVID-19 summer

There’ve been people in tears while on the phone with the North Myrtle Beach Chamber of Commerce’s Visitor Center, simply trying to make plans to visit the area — but fearful of the outcome.

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Airbnb CEO: The pandemic will force us to see more of the world, not less – BNN Bloomberg

In the first month of the pandemic’s onset, Airbnb faced a loss of US$1 billion due to cancelled bookings, leading Chief Executive Officer Brian Chesky to declare: “Travel as we knew it is over.”

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The Conversation

Canadians are less willing to fly during COVID-19 than Americans

The International Air Transport Association, known as the IATA — the body representing the air transport industry — expects global air passenger traffic to fall 55 per cent in 2020 compared to 2019, and global passenger traffic not to return to pre-pandemic levels until 2024.

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‘Waiting for a tumbleweed to blow.’ Niagara Falls mayors on leading divided border cities

Few places better encapsulate how the virus changed the way of life for residents of many border towns than Niagara Falls, the sister cities in western New York and Ontario, Canada. The cities have long served as an international tourist destination.

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The Points Guy

The economics of airline loyalty programs during coronavirus

There’s no doubt that airlines and hotels have been hit hard by the coronavirus-fueled travel downturn. As passenger numbers dropped, airline stocks fell, international airlines filed for bankruptcy and others cut routes and massively reduced onboard service. This has led to one of the worst travel years in recent history, forcing airlines and hotel groups to seek other revenue sources.

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India Today

Agra tourism industry lost Rs 2,200 crores in past 6 months due to Taj closure in lockdown

From September 21, all religious places, training centers, and colleges will be opened for the general public in Agra, including the iconic Taj Mahal. Political and cultural activities will also be allowed with minimal restrictions.

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New York Times

What Month Is It? Pandemic Scrambles the Travel Calendar

With more families working and studying remotely, resorts are dangling attractive rates, enhanced Wi-Fi and the charms of autumn as reasons to forget summer is ending.

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