Travel Leaders website indicates people are ready to travel again: Travel Weekly

Organic traffic to Travel Leaders’ lead-generating website, TravelLeaders.com, has returned to 2019 levels, indicating consumers are again interested in traveling.

During a media briefing Friday afternoon, Stephen McGillivray, chief marketing and communications officer of Travel Leaders Group, discussed the return of organic traffic.

Stephen McGillivray

Unsurprisingly, in 2020, traffic “fell off a cliff” in March, he said. But from January to April 2021, things are improving and matching 2019 levels.

“Which is a great story, because we know in January through April of 2019, things were going gangbusters. So this helps us think that, look, we’re coming out of

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Norman, Oklahoma leaders, community members attend Campus Corner NOUN Hotel groundbreaking ceremony | News

People from across Oklahoma, including Gov. Kevin Stitt, attended a Thursday groundbreaking ceremony for a new hotel on Norman’s Campus Corner. 

The NOUN Hotel was first proposed in the Norman City Council meeting July 14, 2020. Sean Rieger, the attorney for the applicant and presenter of the project, proposed the construction of the hotel at 542–543 S. University Blvd. 

According to Scott Lambert, the NOUN Hotel managing partner, the hotel will open in December 2022. 

During the ceremony, Lambert said the hotel will include 92 rooms, two suites, a banquet hall, restaurant, bar and a speakeasy for all community members

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Travel leaders urge Hawaii governor to update travel restrictions ASAP

HONOLULU (KHON2) — Travel leaders are calling for Gov. David Ige to take action by lifting inter-island travel quarantines and moving forward with a vaccine exemption program.

Hawaii’s economy continues to lag.

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According to travel industry leaders, loosening inter-island restrictions and implementing a vaccine passport would give Hawaii a much-needed boost.

Hawaii’s visitor industry is ready for take off, but the governor is pumping the breaks.

Gov. Ige said, he is not ready to lift the inter-island

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Outdoor recreation leaders ask Congress to loosen rules restricting Land and Water Conservation Fund dollars

The pandemic has pushed an unprecedented number of Americans outdoors. It’s also crushed state and local budgets that are struggling to match federal dollars used to support public lands and parks. 

It’s an administrative paradox that the 13 states with outdoor recreation offices are hoping to fix.

The diverse Confluence of States — which champions outdoor recreation as a driver for economic growth and conservation, as well as public health — is asking federal lawmakers to help unlock the gates guarding the $900 million-a-year Land and Water Conservation Fund. 

“We want all Colorado communities to be in a better position

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Sarasota City Leaders Say They Need More Input Before Placing New Rules on ‘Hotel Houses’

For over a year, residents of Sarasota’s beach communities have asked the city to regulate “hotel houses” — large homes targeting groups of vacationers.

A recent public hearing at the City Commission offered no immediate solutions.

Residents have complained about problems with new large vacation properties being rented in their neighborhoods. The properties can accommodate 20 guests or more. Homeowners like Bob Zimmerman of Lido Key say they attract loud parties and traffic problems.

“I think these properties place most everyone in a bad position,” he told commissioners. “They affect the property manager who has to deal with irate residents,

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