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Travelers Can Now Book Winnie the Pooh-Themed House Rental

Travelers Can Now Book Winnie the Pooh-Themed House Rental

LACEY PFALZ | TravelPulse.Com Troy Warren for CNT #Travel   Airbnb is offering one of the sweetest house rentals yet: the Bearbnb, inspired by Disney’s Winnie the Pooh and set within the real-life forest that was the inspiration for A.A. Milne’s Hundred Acre Wood. The Winnie the Pooh-inspired house is available to book on Airbnb as part of the beloved children’s book character’s 95th birthday and was designed by Kim Raymond, a Disney illustrator who has drawn Winnie the Pooh for more than 30 years. Booking begins on September 20, 2021, at 8:00 a.m. CDT for stays on the 24th and…
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Boeing Forecasts When Domestic, International Flights Will Return to Pre-Pandemic Levels

Boeing Forecasts When Domestic, International Flights Will Return to Pre-Pandemic Levels

DONALD WOOD | TravelPulse.Com Troy Warren for CNT #Travel   Boeing announced revised long-term demand forecasts on Tuesday as commercial air travel has made a considerable rebound over the last several months when compared to predictions from last year during the height of the coronavirus pandemic. According to Reuters.com, the United States-based airplane manufacturer is forecasting that 43,610 commercial jets will be delivered over the next 20 years, an increase of 500 units from the 43,110 projected a year ago. The total estimated orders would be worth $7.2 trillion in the current market. From a 10-year perspective, Boeing officials predict 19,330 planes will…
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New Research Highlights How Vaccinated, Unvaccinated Americans Say They Will Travel Heading Into the Holiday Season

New Research Highlights How Vaccinated, Unvaccinated Americans Say They Will Travel Heading Into the Holiday Season

LAURIE BARATTI | TravelPulse.Com Troy Warren for CNT #Travel   MMGY Travel Intelligence has just released the results of its ‘Portrait of American Travelers’ survey, 2021 Fall Edition, which was fielded in late July. Its findings suggest that traveler sentiment is still going strong and indicate that the industry can expect a busy holiday season this year. It also showed that the vast majority of both vaccinated and unvaccinated travelers are to get out of town over the coming months, but that the two subsets of travel consumers are planning different types of trips. Among Americans, the intent to vacation…
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DOT Investigating Airlines That Delayed Refunds During the Pandemic

DOT Investigating Airlines That Delayed Refunds During the Pandemic

LAURIE BARATTI | TravelPulse.Com Troy Warren for CNT #Travel   In a report to the White House on Thursday, the U.S. Transportation Department (DOT) detailed its efforts to right the wrongs of those airlines that denied refunds to customers when pandemic-related issues caused flights to be changed or canceled.  The department said it had opened investigations into 20 different airlines after receiving a total of 30,100 complaints that they failed to provide passengers prompt refunds, 18 of which are ongoing. In April of last year, the government ordered air carriers to refund tickets for canceled or significantly altered flights in a…
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Airlines Reporting Lower Demand, Revenue Due to Delta Variant

Airlines Reporting Lower Demand, Revenue Due to Delta Variant

DONALD WOOD | TravelPulse.Com Troy Warren for CNT #Travel   Several major airlines in the United States announced Thursday that the rising number of COVID-19 cases caused by the Delta variant has hurt bookings and is impacting the travel industry’s recovery. According to The Associated Press, officials from American Airlines reported a drop in demand that started in August has continued into September, with the carrier lowering its third-quarter revenue outlook. Delta Air Lines CEO Ed Bastian recently said that while the carrier still expects an adjusted pretax profit for the third quarter, revenue will be lower than expected. The CEO also revealed business…
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TSA Numbers Show Strong Travel for Holiday Weekend

TSA Numbers Show Strong Travel for Holiday Weekend

RICH THOMASELLI | TravelPulse.Com Troy Warren for CNT #Travel   While many airlines are reporting a decrease in bookings as the delta variant causes a surge in COVID-19 cases, it appears travelers are getting in a final gasp of summer over this Labor Day holiday weekend. According to screenings reported by the Transportation Security Administration (TSA), air travel – which is generally considered to be back to about 70-75 percent of what it was two years ago – drew within 90 percent of 2019 passenger numbers. On Thursday, September 2, 1,896,846 people passed through security – 90 percent compared to…
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Fiji Readies To Reopen in December

Fiji Readies To Reopen in December

JANEEN CHRISTOFF | TravelPulse.Com Troy Warren for CNT #Travel   Travelers looking for a tropical escape will soon have one more destination to choose from. Fiji is readying to welcome visitors once again toward the end of the year after a successful vaccine campaign among tourism workers reaches 100 percent. TravelPulse caught up with Tourism Fiji CEO Brent Hill to discuss how the island nation is readying to bring visitors back. "It's quite a detailed and lengthy process to work through, starting with how to make sure our product is ready and at the international level that we want," said Hill. "There…
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Maui to Introduce ‘Modified” Health Pass

Maui to Introduce ‘Modified” Health Pass

RICH THOMASELLI | TravelPulse.Com Troy Warren for CNT #Travel   Maui Mayor Michael Victorino is implementing a county-wide ‘health pass’ starting September 15 where visitors to restaurants must show proof of vaccination, according to Maui Now. Victorino said the health pass is similar to, but not as restrictive as, the Safe Access Oahu program. The Oahu program is for restaurants, bars, gyms, movie theaters, museums, arcades and other similar establishments. The Maui program is just for restaurants for now, although that could change. “For Maui we have a modified version, where customers would be required to show vaccination–vaccination cards, or some…
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Netherlands Restricts Travel From US Per EU’s Updated Guidance

Netherlands Restricts Travel From US Per EU’s Updated Guidance

LAURIE BARATTI | TravelPulse.Com Troy Warren for CNT #Travel   The Netherlands is the latest European Union (E.U.) member state to alter its policy toward U.S. travelers in light of the European Commission’s removal of the United States from its ‘safe’ travel list earlier this week. Vaccinated travelers headed to the northwest European nation will now find themselves facing a quarantine period upon arrival, while unvaccinated tourists will have to cancel their plans altogether. Starting Saturday, September 4, The Netherlands is recategorizing the U.S. as ‘very high-risk’, according to the U.S. Embassy in the Netherlands. Unvaccinated American travelers will be denied access,…
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Mexican Tourism Ministers Looking to Add COVID-Related Requirements

Mexican Tourism Ministers Looking to Add COVID-Related Requirements

DONALD WOOD | TravelPulse.Com Troy Warren for CNT #Travel   State tourism ministers in Mexico are asking the federal government to implement new coronavirus-related health and safety protocols. According to Mexico News Daily, the country’s association of tourism ministers is looking for federal officials to require incoming international travelers to present a COVID-19 vaccination certificate or a negative test result before entry. Tourism Ministers Association head Juan Carlos Rivera Castellanos said the group would present their plan to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs next week. While Mexico currently boasts few COVID-related restrictions, the lack of protocols have been blamed for an…
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