Analysis for The Americas

USA spotlight – POTUS infection and White House Covid spread could influence the shape and size of sentiment shifts

5 October, 2020

The news that President Trump has tested positive for Covid-19 and been transferred to a hospital after having difficulty breathing and that coronavirus is spreading through the White House and Capitol Hill could have an adverse effect on the travel, transport and hospitality sectors across the US. But even before this congressional Covid crisis there were suggestions that conversations had again stalled over an agreement on a coronavirus recovery package despite it appearing talks between the administration and the US House of Representatives were trending positively.

There is some light at the end of the tunnel for hotel profitability although the US market is lagging behind the rest of the world in GOPPAR recovery

1 October, 2020

The last few months have seen hotels across the globe see business crash to floor and while we are starting to see recovery in the main performance metrics of occupancy, average daily rate (ADR) and revenue per available room (RevPAR) there remain notable declines across the majority of geographical areas on levels seen last year.

Popular holiday dates could provide some winter cheer in a challenging year, but consumers still appear undecided on whether they will travel; late booking trend could prove beneficial

30 September, 2020

The fast-changing nature of the Covid-19 pandemic undoubtedly means consumers – both business and leisure travellers – will be booking much later than they have previously. While this will raise concerns for all auspices of the industry when it comes to future planning it could ultimately deliver unexpected eleventh hour boosts to embattled businesses.

DATA SPOTLIGHT: Colombia

30 September, 2020

This year the Corporate Travel Community (CTC) will feature some of the leading airlines, airports and country markets for air travel. Here, using the extensive profile insights available to CAPA – Centre for Aviation members to deliver a data snapshot at where they sit today in the Covid-19 impacted world, we look at Colombia, where air connectivity has for a long period remained below 10% of the levels seen last year, but is now beginning its slow rise.

Would you go out of your way to eat airline food on the ground? If you are missing that in-flight eating experience, now’s your chance!

29 September, 2020

When you book a table at your favourite restaurant it is probably the food that draws you back there. The same cannot be said for airlines, as it’s unlikely any of us book a ticket on an airline just to get a chance to sample their food.

USA spotlight – the shift from the summer travel season leaves the travel industry ‘more exposed to the virtual absence of business and group travel’

28 September, 2020

Travel spending across the US shrank by -5% last week continuing a downward trend since the Labor Day holiday weekend and suggesting the shift from the summer travel season "has left the travel industry more exposed to the virtual absence of business and group travel," latest findings from Tourism Economics have found.

DATA SPOTLIGHT: Hartford Bradley International Airport

24 September, 2020

This year the Corporate Travel Community (CTC) will feature some topical insights into the world's airlines, airports and country markets. Here, using the extensive profile insights available to CAPA – Centre for Aviation members to deliver a data snapshot at where they sit today in the Covid-19 impacted world, we look at Hartford Bradley International Airport, where JetBlue Airways has confirmed plans to introduce new domestic and international services before the end of the year.

Can you put a price on loyalty? In Delta Air Lines’ case it is a guarantee against a USD6.5 billion credit facility

23 September, 2020

The good times of travel seemingly brought with them a shift in attitudes towards loyalty as increased competition in terms of price, service, frequency, efficiency and quality influenced our thought-processes. It is clear that many businesses and individual travellers were attracted by some of the alternative offers open to them, but loyalty has remained strong. Now, in a very different environment that loyalty becomes even more important both to companies and travellers alike.

USA spotlight – the reality of the times brings us back down to earth with a bang after Labor Day holiday highs, but there remains an uptick in numbers who are ready to travel for leisure and business

22 September, 2020

Last week’s travel data across the United States of America (USA) was significantly influenced by the Labor Day holiday in the country meaning the gains recorded were always going to provide an artificial inflation on the general market performance. The return to reality in this week’s performance data from Tourism Economics for the US Travel Association comes with an added bang: with the end of summer nearing travel spending has hit its lowest level for the past four weeks.

A new more positive wave on US business travel – latest research shows more optimism about domestic corporate travel bouncing-back before the end of the year

21 September, 2020

It is hard to stay positive right now, but we are increasingly adapting to a new way of life. After the initial short-term thinking that the novel coronavirus would only have short-term impacts it was inevitable that as we came to terms with its true impact that we would quickly also start to feel some optimism at some later point.

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