Airplane pollution set to soar with post-pandemic travel boom

As vaccines ramp up and summer beckons, Americans are flying again, eager to make up for a year largely grounded from visiting friends, family and desired destinations.

Last month saw the highest daily average of air travel passengers since the start of the pandemic. Travel between the U.S. and Mexico is already shaping up to exceed 2019 levels. Europe has announced it’s opening up to vaccinated American visitors this summer.

But as the number of airplanes crossing our skies increases again, so do the massive greenhouse gas emissions that come from burning jet fuel. And in the urgent fight to

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In New Orleans, a Preview of a Possible Summer Travel Boom

NEW ORLEANS—For much of the past year, this city’s Frenchmen Street has been largely silent, the result of pandemic-related lockdowns and a nosedive in tourism. “Butt naked,” is how brass-band leader

James Williams

described Frenchmen, known for its typically bustling all-hours live-music venues.

But in recent weeks, the street—and much of New Orleans—has shown new signs of life.

In mid-March, Mayor

LaToya Cantrell

allowed musicians to resume live performances. Their return has corresponded with a surge in vaccinated tourists eager to experience the city’s celebratory culture that many say represents everything the pandemic isn’t.

“It’s like being reborn,” said

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Canadians avoiding hotel quarantines for air travellers fuel taxi boom on U.S. border

By Allison Lampert and Anna Mehler Paperny

Reuters – U.S. taxi and limousine services are seeing a boom in business from customers seeking to enter Canada by land to avoid a restriction on international travel that applies only to air traffic.

While both Canadian land and air travellers are required to take a test within three days of departure, and again on arrival, only those flying to Canada must spend up to three days of the country’s 14-day required quarantine period in a hotel.

That has led to a surge of calls for taxi and limousine services from Canadians who

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Destin Florida vacation rental properties in 2021 boom in spring and summer

After short-term rentals were shut down for a few weeks in the spring of 2020 because of the coronavirus pandemic, the doors are now open and the vacation rental business on the Emerald Coast is booming.

Ocean Reef, a 40-year-old locally owned and operated vacation rental and real estate company manages 550 vacation homes and condos, and business is on the rise. 

“Thankfully, our market has rebounded tremendously post the state-mandated COVID shutdown,” said Richard Olivarez, chief marketing officer for Ocean Reef. 

Summer of 2020:Waterfront businesses make it through season with pandemic, more ‘rain’ than anticipated

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Vacation rentals are selling out fast, positive boom for tourism

If you are looking for a nice vacation rental this summer, now is the time to plan. Places are filling up fast as more and more people get vaccinated and have the itch for a getaway with loved ones.

FOX 5 called multiple short-term vacation rental spots in Maryland and Delaware and they said this is the busiest they have ever been. 

READ MORE: DC among most

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Travel tech firm Hopper raises $170 million, gears up for vacation boom

Hopper, a travel-tech company based in Boston and Montreal, said Wednesday that it has raised $170 million in new venture capital, a sign that investors are betting on some form of travel returning in the near future.

Hopper’s travel-focused app uses an algorithm powered by artificial intelligence to make pricing predictions and travel recommendations for users. Over the past year, following a $70 million funding round last spring, employees at Hopper have been building out several aspects of its travel app as the company tries to emerge from the pandemic stronger. Hopper created a feature for car rentals and

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