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Wyndham Destinations Acquires Travel + Leisure for $100 million

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Wyndham Destinations, the vacation rentals and timeshare company, announced yesterday a deal to acquire the media brand Travel + Leisure from Meredith for $100 million.

A Match Made in Hawaii

Wyndham Destinations, which spun off from the Wyndham Hotel chain in 2018, operates 230 timeshare resorts around the globe.

Travel + Leisure, in addition to the well-known magazine, offers subscription travel services such as Travel + Leisure Family Club. 

Industrial Logic: Together, under the brand “Travel+ Leisure Co.,” management will look to use T+L’s content as a flywheel to drive new timeshare membership.

Historically, vacation clubs and timeshares have been unpopular with younger generations (the median age for timeshare owners is 51

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US airlines ask Trump to lift certain travel restrictions, approve ramped-up coronavirus-testing procedures

Industry trade group Airlines for America is asking the Trump administration to lift certain entry restrictions on international travelers while advocating for measures that would require more passengers to take a COVID-19 test before boarding a flight.

The group, which represents most of the major U.S. airlines, said in a letter to Vice President Mike Pence that travel restrictions should be removed and supplanted by a global testing program, which would provide “yet another layer of safety in the travel journey.”

“We believe a well-planned program focused on increasing testing of travelers to the United States will further these objectives in a much more effective way than the blanket travel restrictions currently in place,” the group wrote.

A Centers for Disease Control and

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Cincinnati named in 50 Best Places to Travel in 2021 by Travel+Leisure

Cincinnati has been named one of Travel + Leisure’s 50 Best Places to Travel in 2021. 

With people itching to travel in 2021, it was only a matter of time before Cincinnati was named a hot spot by a national publication. The Queen City frequently makes travel lists with attractions like Over-the-Rhine and the Downtown art and food scene drawing people in. 

Travel + Leisure tells travelers that Cincinnati’s “urban revival is official” but if they can “sneak in a 2021 visit and you can still claim to be a trendsetter.”

Travel + Leisure gives shoutouts to the newly-opened Kinley Hotel as well as staples like Please, Goose & Elder and the Cincinnati Art Museum. The Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Garden also gets a special shoutout for being “the only reasonable justification for keeping your Twitter account.”

The Queen City will also be the subject of a spread in the

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Letters to the Editor of Barron’s

The nexus of all the beneficiaries will be oil companies (“The New Shape of Travel: How to Play It,” Cover Story, Dec. 24). If airline travel returns to pre-Covid levels, the airlines will return to their pre-Covid levels of buying fuel. Cruise lines don’t run on electricity.

The big question is, will businesses give up Zoom meetings? Office buildings and the lack of commuters and wear-and-tear on cars might be negatives, but kids going back to school and coming home and finding Daddy unshaved and still in his slippers eating all the Snickers in the house might get things back on track.

Terrence Milan, on Barrons.com

To the Editor:

Steve Reynolds, CEO of Tripbam Analytics, is quoted as saying, “Everyone’s just itchy to get back to a conference or to a trade show,” I’m going to need to see some data to support this very sweeping assertion. The

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