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post-pandemic travel

  • What will it take for international travel to make its full return?

  • With warmer weather comes more positive traveler sentiment, that's according to a recent Longwoods International tracking study of American Travelers.

  • With vaccine distribution efforts around the world reaching more people each day, future travels are very much on the mind. Out of it all, an interesting development has emerged that has the potential to change travel as we know it post-pandemic: vaccine passports.

  • Much like everything else in the world around us for the last year and some months, what travelers are craving has changed and continues to evolve. In order for those in the travel and tourism industry to grow and thrive right along with their clients, it's vital to marry what worked in the past with what's anticipated to be coveted points of interest in the future.

  • The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has updated its travel guidance for fully vaccinated people to reflect the latest evidence and science.

     

    Given recent studies evaluating the real-world effects of vaccination, the CDC recommends that fully vaccinated people can travel at low risk to themselves. A person is considered fully vaccinated two weeks after receiving the last recommended dose of vaccine.

     

    The CDC says fully vaccinated people can travel within the U.S. and do not need COVID-19 testing or post-travel self-quarantine as long as they continue to take COVID-19 precautions while traveling—wearing a mask, avoiding crowds, socially distancing and washing hands frequently.

     

    Because of the potential introduction and spread of new SARS-CoV-2 variants, differences in disease burden and vaccines, and vaccine coverage around the world, CDC is providing the following guidance related to international travel:

     

    • Fully vaccinated people can travel internationally without getting a COVID-19 test before travel unless it is required by the international destination.
    • Fully vaccinated people do not need to self-quarantine after returning to the U.S., unless required by a state or local jurisdiction.
    • Fully vaccinated people must still have a negative COVID-19 test result before they board a flight to the U.S. and get a COVID-19 test 3 to 5 days after returning from international travel.
    • Fully vaccinated people should continue to take COVID-19 precautions while traveling internationally.

     

    The announcement has been well received by many in the travel industry, including NTA, which still advises travelers to continue to take protective measures while traveling, including wearing masks.

     

    "This announcement comes as welcome news to everyone in the industry," said Catherine Prather, President, NTA. "Many of our operators anticipated this next step and were scheduling tours that allowed vaccinated—or negative-tested—clients to climb aboard."

     

    Prather is also encouraged by the CDC saying that vaccinated travelers do not need to get tested prior to leaving the U.S. to visit other countries, although some destinations may require a negative test. She says while the association is eager to see more borders open up to travelers worldwide, this new CDC guidance is a positive step in a promising direction.

     

    Roger Dow, U.S. Travel Association President and CEO, also says the CDC's new travel guidance is a major step in the right direction.

     

    "The CDC's data suggests that vaccinated individuals don't transmit the coronavirus, which opens the door much wider for resuming travel, albeit while continuing to carefully follow other health best practices," said Dow. "Acknowledging that vaccinations eliminate the need for testing and quarantines removes a key barrier to domestic travel. Rescinding the recommendation that international visitors must quarantine also is an important incremental step."

     

    Dow also says the year-long halt on travel has devastated U.S. employment, with travel-supported jobs accounting for 65% of all U.S. jobs lost last year, and that this is an opportunity to begin reclaiming a lot of what's been lost.

     

    "The travel industry's mantra throughout the pandemic has been to be guided by the science, which clearly shows that now is the right time for this move," Dow explained. "Meanwhile, it remains important that all eligible Americans get vaccinated as soon as they can in order to more quickly recover the ability for all to travel freely."

     

    Written by Sarah Suydam, Managing Editor for Groups Today.

     

  • It's no secret that much has changed over the past year, leaving many in the travel industry wondering how the needs of their groups have changed. Trends for baby boomers, one of the largest travel demographics, have been switched up in a few ways—straying from their normal travel behaviors and outlooks.

  • From sparkling blue oceans and bustling cities to picturesque mountain ranges and woodsy retreats, we've all got our eyes set on where we'd like to venture to most in this post-pandemic world. But before you begin, there are some critical things to be sure you do—and don't.

  • After the year we've all had, travelers are increasingly looking for ways to plan future travel and have a trip that truly allows them to bask in whatever soothes the soul. That's where preparing for and understanding wellness travel comes in.

  • Now more than ever, it's no secret that securing travel insurance before embarking an unforgettable trip is a good and highly practical idea. However, since the pandemic hit, plenty has changed as it relates to travel insurance and the information groups want to—and should—know.

  • It's no secret that travelers are hitting the road in full force now that the light at the end of pandemic tunnel draws nearer. Because much of our daily lives have changed over the last year and a half, it makes sense that the spending habits of travelers have also been affected. A new survey from ValuePenguin reveals the latest.

  • While the pandemic has been a tumultuous time for many, one silver lining has emerged: the opportunities to learn and grow along the way.

  • At least 67% of people in the U.S. have now been fully vaccinated against COVID-19, spurring heightened levels of excitement and planning for the many trips we've all had to put on the backburner over the last year and half.

  • For many groups, setting sail on the open sea or a picturesque river is their favorite way to travel and see the world. As travel recovery continues to grow, travelers are eager to see the return of cruise ship travel. Recent news from the CDC shows this reality might be slowly but surely approaching.

  • A new fourth quarter traveler sentiment & influences study from Expedia Group Media Solutions has shed light on understanding the impact the pandemic has had on the hearts and minds of travelers globally in 2020 and forward into 2021.