Black leisure travelers spent $109.4B on U.S. travel in 2019 : Augusta Free Press

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Black U.S. leisure travelers spent $109.4 billion on travel in 2019, generated by 458.2 million U.S. traveler stays, representing 13.1 percent of the U.S. leisure travel market.

This from MMGY Global, which announced today results from the first phase of The Black Traveler: Insights, Opportunities & Priorities report.

Virginia Tourism Corporation is a sponsor of this study, the only state in the country to invest in this important research.

“Virginia Tourism Corporation is proud to support this critical research that will further efforts to make the travel industry more diverse, equitable, and inclusive. For too long, Black voices have been underrepresented, signifying a systemic problem within the tourism industry. These

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Where Travelers Are Going for the Holidays in 2020

Where Travelers Are Going for the Holidays in 2020

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Where Travelers Are Going for the Holidays in 2020

Should we go home to see family for the holidays? Should we go anywhere for the holidays? When it comes to these very real, personal questions about visiting loved ones, we’re struggling like everyone else to make a smart, careful decision. Everyone has different risk tolerances during the coronavirus pandemic and COVID contexts (for instance, I am in lockdown in London for the month of November, while family in Switzerland can travel more freely in Europe). Turns out, some people are still planning holiday getaways with responsible travel in mind.  

According to travel advisors, they’re booking every kind of trip: solo travel, couples, families with young kids, and extended multigen holidays.  Whether it’s a do-nothing beach holiday, a safari, or even leaning into over-the-top Christmas magic at a hotel, there’s something

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These states still require travelers to self-quarantine or present negative COVID-19 test results

EDITOR’S NOTE: This story is no longer being updated. Please refer to the latest state quarantine information for travelers here

States are slowly beginning to open back up but that doesn’t mean travelers are free to come and go as they please just yet. USA TODAY has an update on the states that discouraged interstate travel by imposing 14-day quarantines on visitors and residents returning from other states. See which have lifted their quarantine orders and which require them.


In Alaska, travelers arriving at state airports will be required to fill out a mandatory State of Alaska Travel Declaration Form and identify their “designated quarantine location,” which would be home for residents and a hotel room or rented lodging for visitors. 

The state’s mandate, issued in March and extended until June 2, requires travelers to go straight to their quarantine location from the airport and remain there for

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United adding and restoring October flights for leisure travelers

United Airlines announced Friday that it plans to add new routes and restore dozens more routes to its October schedule. The new and returning routes mean the Chicago-based airline will be flying 46% of last October’s domestic schedule, an 8% increase over September.

The airline is also restoring eight Hawaii routes, wagering that Hawaii will allow out-of-state visitors to return without quarantining for 14 days beginning Oct. 1. The Aloha State is already requiring both transpacific and inter-island travelers to submit a digital application with their health and contact information, and once it allows out-of-state visitors to return, officials plan to institute a “resort bubble” that will keep tabs on them but allow them to move between islands.

Forget about a Hawaii vacation until at least October:  COVID-19 spike delays tourism reopening

‘Safe travels’:  Hawaii to require visitors to fill out online form before travel

The airline said it

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