Travel & Leisure

3 Top Travel Stocks to Buy Now

As everyone knows, the travel and leisure industry is in the dumps right now as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. Yet better therapeutics are coming to market every day, and with each passing day, we are getting closer to a vaccine. Bill Gates believes there could be vaccine approvals as early as December or January, meaning the pandemic could end by mid- to late 2021.

There is likely a lot of pent-up demand for travel after a year of restricted movement. Given the run-up in “stay-at-home” stocks this year, investors may wish to look at high-quality travel and leisure stocks that are still down on the year.

That’s why MGM Resorts International  (NYSE:MGM), Disney (NYSE:DIS), and Expedia (NASDAQ:EXPE) all look like promising “post-vaccine” bounce-back travel picks today.

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Singapore is going to start a travel bubble with Hong Kong



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Officials from Singapore and Hong Kong have agreed to a travel bubble that will allow leisure travel for almost all their residents without the need for quarantine or a controlled itinerary.

In a media briefing on Thursday, Singapore transport minister Ong Ye Kung said local health care experts had endorsed the plan, which would require travelers from both sides to have spent 14 days in either city before departure. They will also need to present negative Covid-19 test results.

Ong’s announcement, held at the same time Hong Kong’s secretary for commerce and economic development, Edward Yau Tang-wah, briefed the media, signaling that both sides have come to an agreement on most issues.

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Neither side had given a firm date for the start of the travel bubble, but they agreed

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Book some of NYC’s most beautiful hotels for (much) less this season



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Whether you’re planning a staycation in the city or driving in from a nearby state for a between-season getaway, New York City’s hotels are offering some solid deals right now. Prices typically drop in this season anyway. After all, summer is over and it’s too early for holiday shopping. Lower occupancy rates due to the COVID-19 pandemic are driving some good bargains, especially in higher-end properties. And without international visitors or the typical hoards of business travelers in town, the city could use the local support.

Remember: If you’re traveling to New York City from areas with elevated rates of COVID-19, a 14-day quarantine is required upon arrival. Read more about the restrictions and learn whether you’re

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Southwest adds service in Chicago, Houston, other seasonal locations

Southwest Airlines has its sights on Chicago and Houston.

Residents from these two cities will soon get extra opportunities to book flights with the commercial airline now that Southwest has announced its plans to expand travel routes.

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“We decided to see how our north side looks in Chicago and Houston,” Southwest wrote in a tweet on Monday. ”Keep your eyes here in the coming months for route specifics.”

The airports Southwest is adding service to include Chicago O’Hare International Airport and George Bush Intercontinental Airport, and will likely begin operation in the first half of 2021.

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Southwest already had established routes at the Midway International Airport in Chicago and the Houston Hobby International, which employ 4,800 and 4,000 people, respectively.

The airline noted that

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