Demand may exceed supply as CEO of one of the world’s biggest hotel groups sees ‘surge’ in bookings

Travel and tourism will begin to bounce back by second half of 2021, according to data seen by Keith Barr, chief executive of Holiday Inn owner Intercontinental Hotels


But the boss of one of the world’s largest hotel groups warns about capacity constraints across the industry, in an interview with MarketWatch, and says the rollout of COVID-19 vaccines is behind a “surge” in bookings at hotels, airlines and tour operators.

“If a market is open for travel we are seeing surges in leisure demand,” he says. “Talking to airline CEOs, and seeing our industry data, you’re seeing

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Israel welcoming vaccinated tourist groups into the country in May

Israel will start allowing tourists who are vaccinated against the coronavirus into the country next month. 

Earlier this week, the country announced that starting on May 23, Israel will allow tour groups who are all vaccinated to visit. 

Groups of tourists will be allowed into Israel first because they will be “easier to monitor,” according to a translated announcement from Israel’s health and tourism ministers. 

The country is expected to allow individual tourists who are vaccinated into the country as early as July, Travel and Leisure reported. 


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When will cruising resume? US Travel joins groups pressuring CDC

U.S. Travel Association, the national trade group that represents all facets of American travel, is joining the cruise industry in calling for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to lift its conditional sailing order, and for the agency to provide a path forward that allows cruise lines to resume sailing.

“We join the calls to identify the way toward lifting the Conditional Sail Order and allowing the phased resumption of cruise operations as quickly as possible,” Roger Dow, president of theU.S. Travel Association, said in a statement. 

The CDC order, issued Oct. 30, laid out a phased

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Airlines, tourism groups push US to lift COVID travel restrictions

Airlines and other tourism-related businesses are pushing the White House to draw up a plan in the next five weeks to boost international travel and eliminate restrictions that were imposed early in the coronavirus pandemic.

More than two dozen groups made their request in a letter to the White House on Monday.

They want people who have been vaccinated against COVID-19 to be exempt from testing requirements before entering the United States. They also want the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to say that vaccinated people can travel safely.

The groups say those and other steps will speed

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