Help! How to support local communities on your travels
I know Europe will open up to fully vaccinated Americans soon, but are there any cities or communities in the United States that encourage vaccinated people to visit? I would love to travel again, but I’m not ready for a long flight. And I would also like to support national communities dependent on tourism, especially those who promote vaccinations. Hetal
In a May survey of 1,200 American adults from the tourism market research firm Destination analysts, nearly 59% of those polled said they were unlikely to travel outside the country until the pandemic was resolved. That’s a big difference from a year ago – when that figure was around 75% – but the data suggests the vast majority of travel this summer will be domestic.
As for the key question – where to go first? – there are many national tourism dependent destinations that encourage sightseeing and vaccinations in big and small ways.
Los Angeles, which attracted 43 million domestic visitors in 2019 and is projecting 35 million this year – and where more than half of residents aged 16 and over fully vaccinated – has a host of new initiatives to boost tourism. As part of its new #StartYourComeback campaign, Tourism in Los Angeles possesses assembled dozens of deals on hotels, spas and other local businesses, and in partnership with CLEAR, the most commonly used biometric technology at airports: soon, participants in local events and large meetings will be able to be screened at the entrance by CLEAR’s Health Pass, which can store Covid test results and vaccination records.
New York City, meanwhile, has made his vaccines available to any U.S. resident aged 12 and over, whether local or non-resident. In May, the city announced an initiative to deliver Johnson & Johnson’s single-shot vaccine from mobile vaccination sites around popular sites such as Central Park and the American Museum of Natural History. A February 2021 Report from NYC & Company, the city’s tourism promotion agency, and Tourism Economics, an Oxford Economics company, estimate the number of national visits this year at around 32 million (up from around 53 million in 2019), around 49 million next year and return to peaks by 2023.
Vaccine in progress incentives around town go from free Shake Shack goodies for CitiBike subscriptions. In May, the New York Knicks Free free game tickets (Los Angeles is do something similar with Kings and Galaxy subscriptions) and New York State distributed free two-day passes to its state parks.
In New Orleans, which drew 19.75 million visitors in 2019 – a 6.7% increase from 2018 – An advertisement for the “Sleeves Up, NOLA” campaign includes an illustration of a vaccine vial associated with the words: “May Cause: Tuesday Fat, Second Lines, Saints Games, Crawfish Boils, Parties. Around town this spring, vaccination events in conjunction with bars and restaurants included ‘bangs for bangs’ or piles of crayfish, and other local businesses also ran promotions for anyone with a shot. vaccination card.
In Charlottesville, Virginia, a charming college town that has long drawn visitors to its historic sites and nearby Shenandoah National Park, and has been eager to revive tourism since the violent “Unite the Right” rally in 2017 – Champion Brewing Company offers a free beer to customers who present a vaccination record attesting to at least one shot. Statewide Virginia, which lost $ 14.1 billion in visitor spending between January 2020 and April 2021, is making a big marketing push for road trips and car tours; one in progress wanderlove Campaign showcases Commonwealth outdoor attractions and the collection of 275 colorful, Instagrammable, roadside “LOVE” signs.
Beyond that, some domestic (and travel-related) travel companies have come out in favor of vaccines, even mandating them for their guests and staff. United Airlines’ Your shot to fly The lottery exchanges proof of vaccination for free flights. From his August departures, Lindblad Expeditions, a cruise company based in New York, is requiring all guests 12 years of age and older should be vaccinated. Since July 1 American Queen’s Steamship Company, an Indiana-based river cruise line, and Victory Cruise Lines, its sister company, require that all onboard crew members, off-board employees and passengers be fully vaccinated. And in partnership with the White House, Uber and Lyft offer free trips to vaccination sites.
Finally, if some Caribbean destinations are still complicated for Americans, Puerto Rico, which reached a record tourist income in 2019, just two years after Hurricane Maria, has alleviated some of its entry instructions: Fully vaccinated travelers arriving on domestic flights can skip the required Covid test and are exempt from the outdoor mask mandate.
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