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Wealthy Millennials Set to Drive the Post-Pandemic Travel Boom: Survey

Wealthy millennials are busy booking tickets and packing their bags.

High-income millennials are set to drive the post-pandemic travel boom, according to a new survey from Accenture and TripAdvisor that polled 1,000 Americans. It defined millennial high earners as those raking in at least $100,000 a year. This cohort is most likely to spend big on travel this year, comprising the highest rate of luxury bookings (trips costing at least $5,000) among all other generations surveyed. 

Driven by a desire for self-care and relaxation, 37% of high-earning millennials have already booked or are planning to book a luxury trip, and

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Date set for groundbreaking for new recreation center in The Villages

A date has been set for the groundbreaking for a new recreation center in The Villages.

The groundbreaking for the First Responders Recreation Center is set to take place at 9:30 a.m. May 26.

Last month, the Amenity Authority Committee accepted a $5.9 million bid from Mark Cook Builders Inc. for the construction of the new First Responders Recreation Center. It will be built at the home of the former First Baptist Church in the Marion County section of The Villages. In 2018, the AAC purchased 18 acres and the former church building for $2 million.

The existing 9,446 square-foot

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Budget hearing set for Parks and Recreation

This afternoon, from 1:30 to 5 p.m., the Santa Barbara City Council will hold a budget review meeting and public hearing for the Parks and Recreation Department, including Creeks and Golf funds. 

Then, Tuesday afternoon, starting at 2 p.m., the Council will hear Sewer Lateral Inspection Program updates. The city’s Sewer Lateral Inspection Program, established in 2007, addresses the increasing number of private sewer lateral spills and public spills by working with property owners to replace or repair their failing private sewer laterals. The program has continued to develop and change in response to the community’s needs.

Staff will update

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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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Flights, airport busy as air travel pandemic record set

The United States set another record for the number of air travelers since the coronavirus pandemic set in, although passenger numbers remain far below 2019 levels.

Nearly 1.67 million people were screened at U.S. airport checkpoints on Sunday, according to the Transportation Security Administration. That was the highest number screened since March 12 of last year when air travel began to plummet.

However, it was still 35% below the number of airport travelers reported on the comparable Sunday in 2019, according to TSA figures.

Airlines started to see an increase in bookings around mid-February, and the TSA has screened

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Covid Travel News: Italy Island Ischia Set to Win From Europe Tourism

Residents of the small Italian island of Ischia are hoping that the 19-mile stretch of seawater that divides them from the mainland will help save their economy from another disastrous tourism season this summer.

They’re eagerly awaiting a boatload of vaccines, promised by a decree signed late last week, that will create herd-immunity among the island’s 70,000 inhabitants. Once everyone has had the shot, they can declare the island a Covid-free zone, helping to ensure an influx of wealthy visitors from across northern Europe and the U.S.

Giovan Giuseppe Mattera

Photographer: Alessio Paduano/Bloomberg

“An Englishman called just yesterday to ask

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