● From a recent issue of FVW|TravelTalk, the respected German travel trade publication: “Where have all the workers gone? Aviation, tourism, the hotel industry, gastronomy, trade—suddenly there seems to be a shortage of staff everywhere, while three years ago unemployment was constantly increasing. Is this impression correct at all? And if so, what are the reasons?”
● International Visitors Spent $13.2 Billion in June 2022—Another Month with a Balance-of-Trade Surplus; Data recently released by the National Travel and Tourism Office (NTTO) show that in June 2022:
—Visitors spent more than $13.2 billion on travel to, and tourism-related activities within, the United States, an increase of nearly 95 percent compared to June 2021.
—Americans spent $12.5 billion traveling abroad, yielding a balance of trade surplus of $670 million for the month. This is the eighth consecutive month during which the United States enjoyed a balance of trade surplus for travel and tourism.
—Year to date (January through June 2022), international visitors have spent more than $68.8 billion on U.S. travel and tourism-related goods and services (up nearly 105% when compared to the same period last year), injecting, on average, more than $380 million a day into the U.S. economy.
NTTO is responsible for collecting, analyzing, and disseminating international travel and tourism statistics for the U.S. Travel and Tourism Statistical System. For more monthly travel and tourism-related trade data dating back to 1999, please visit the International Travel Receipts and Payments Program.. Keep up-to-date on the travel and tourism industry by visiting and subscribing to TI News.
● New Tourism Segment? “Blended Travel” works its way into the tourism’s industry’s book of definitions. From the TravelMarketReport: “The times they are a-changin. Seasonal high peak destinations are no longer getting the cold shoulder during shoulder season—thanks, in part, to people working remotely.”
Travelers have traditionally sought out the shoulder and off-peak seasons to snag the best deals, says Ginger Taggart, vice president, brand management, Global Crowne Plaza Hotels & Resorts. “My view, informed by the trends revealed in Crowne Plaza’s new ‘The Future of Blended Travel’ whitepaper suggests that is all about to change.” She adds, “Blended travel—business and leisure travel together—provides greater flexibility and has empowered the traveler of today.” Click here for the complete article.
● From GlobalData’s Company Filing Analytics—it reveals that environment, social and governance (ESG), COVID-19 and geopolitics are the top three themes mentioned by European tourism companies so far in 2022, respectively, indicating that these are the most pressing issues that the continent’s tourism industry faces. As shown by the leading data and analytics company, ESG is the most mentioned theme totaling nearly 14,000 mentions in 2022 (as of July 28, 2022), demonstrating its importance. For the complete TravelDailyNews article on the issue, click here.
● Destination Canada’s Tourism Outlook Forecasts Recovery by 2025: In its most recent Tourism Outlook, Destination Canada—the country’s official tourism promotion agency—the organization said, “travel demand is high and domestic travel will continue to lead recovery, with US following closely behind. Our other international markets have been slower to recover; international arrivals from Destination Canada long-haul markets have only recovered to 35 percent of the equivalent September to April period in 2018/19.” While recovery is uneven among our markets, the Outlook explained, “momentum is building and we are forecasting that pleasure visitor segments will return to 2019 levels by 2025, with an upside to 2024 as our best-case scenario.”
● From Expedia Group Media Solutions: “The Top 5 Takeaways for DMOs from Destinations International’s Annual Convention 2022”
- Inclusion and diversity are top of mind for DMOs in their organizations and in their marketing efforts
- Cultural experiences are important to visitors, and good for business
- The transition from destination marketing to destination management
- Sustainability continues to rise in importance for all destinations
- Pay attention to emerging platforms, including TikTok for user generated content
For the complete commentary, by Mark Churchill, click here.
● Food as a Market in its Own Right? Top Japan chefs group to open Japanese cuisine theme park in China: (From an article published by Kyodo News) A group formed by top Japanese chefs will open a theme park in China as part of efforts to further popularize Japanese food culture in the world’s second-largest economy. The celebrity chef/company, Chefoodo said in a recent press release that it would collaborate with leading Chinese food conglomerate Bright Food (Group) Co. to bring the interactive facility to life, providing visitors with the opportunity to learn about and sample different styles of Japanese cuisine.
● According to a survey by CheapHotels.org, Nantucket and Martha’s Vineyard, two island destinations located off the southern coast of Cape Cod in Massachusetts, are the most expensive places to stay in the United States this summer. The survey compared accommodation rates across all U.S. destinations during the month of August 2022. Only hotels or inns rated at least 3 stars and located close to a beach or city center were considered.
- Nantucket (MA) $525
- Martha’s Vineyard (MA) $485
- Montauk (NY) $416
- Long Beach Island (NJ) $384
- Bar Harbor (ME) $383
- Saratoga Springs (NY) $372
- Avalon (CA) $371
- Huntington Beach (CA) $357
- Kennebunkport (ME) $354
- Poipu (HI) $353
For the full results of the survey, please visit: