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UPDATE 1-U.S. road travel rose 11.5% in July as motorists near pre-pandemic driving


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By David Shepardson

WASHINGTON, Sept 23 (Reuters) – U.S. motorists drove 11.5% more miles in July as driving nearly matched pre-COVID levels and more Americans returned to offices and took leisure trips.

The Federal Highway Administration said Thursday motorists drove 290.1 billion miles in July, up 30 billion miles over June 2020 as overall travel was nearly back to pre-pandemic levels. In July 2019, U.S. motorists logged 292.9 billion miles.

Rural driving in June and July surpassed pre-COVID levels, while urban driving has risen but has not yet fully recovered. In July, U.S. motorists drove 95.6 billion miles on rural roads and 194.5 billion miles on urban roads and streets. The biggest increase was in the West in July, where travel was up 13.1%.

For all of 2020, U.S. road travel fell 13.2% to 2.83 trillion miles, the lowest yearly total since 2001. The current 12-month moving average is 3.03 trillion miles.

U.S. gasoline consumption is expected to average 8.8 million barrels per day (bpd) in 2021, up from 8 million bpd in 2020, the Energy Information Administration has said.

Still, the EIA added U.S. gasoline consumption will remain below 2019 levels through 2022 due to the proliferation of people working from home.

Traffic deaths rose 7.2% in 2020 — hitting the highest yearly total since 2007 — despite the decline in driving due to impaired drivers, speeding, a failure to wear seats beats and other unsafe behavior.

Earlier this month, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) said it estimated 8,730 people died in car crashes in the first three months of 2021, up 10.5% over the same period in 2020, despite a 2.1% drop in the number of miles driven.

(Reporting by David Shepardson; Editing by Lisa Shumaker)



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IATA: Global Traffic Continues Marginal Improvement in July


July global air demand fell 53.1 percent compared with its pre-pandemic level in 2019, according to the International Air Transport Association, a comparative improvement from a 60 percent fall in June. July 2021 capacity dropped 45.2 percent from its July 2019 level. Load factor was down 12.4 percentage points to 73.1 percent. 

July crossborder demand fell 73.6 percent from July 2019, comparatively better than the 80.9 percent decline in June. However, the gains in demand could reverse as Covid-19 cases rise again, which could trigger another round of governmental restrictions and lockdowns, according to IATA. July crossborder capacity was down 63.8 percent from July 2019, and load factor fell 23.1 percentage points to 62.1 percent. 

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2021-07 IATA Chart

Domestic demand continued to drive the recovery. July 2021 domestic demand was down 15.6 percent from July 2019, an improvement from the 22.4 percent decline in June. U.S. domestic demand reached 92 percent of the pre-pandemic level. Capacity fell 10.7 percent from the same period in 2019. Load factor fell 4.8 percentage points to 81.4 percent.

Based on the latest bookings for August, global air demand outlook will be weaker due to rising Covid-19 cases, according to IATA. In particular, domestic travel bookings are falling due to China’s imposition of strict domestic travel restrictions amid a growing spread of the delta variant in the country, the association said.

“Domestic traffic was back to 85 percent of pre-crisis levels, but international demand has only recovered just over a quarter of 2019 volumes,” IATA director general Willie Walsh said in a statement. “The problem is border control measures. A recovery of international travel needs governments to restore the freedom to travel.”



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RSW reports record-breaking July traffic


FORT MYERS, Fla. – Southwest Florida International Airport (RSW) reported a record-breaking number of passengers that traveled through the airport in July.

814,471 passengers used RSW for travel last month reaching a 218% increase compared to the number reported in July 2020 and 46% increase compared to July 2019, according to the Lee County Port Authority.

Year-to-date passenger travel is up 60% compared to 2020, officials said.

The top five airlines with the most traffic for the month of July include:

  • Southwest Airlines with 205,598 passengers
  • Delta with 156,658 passengers
  • American Airlines with 149,918 passengers
  • United Airlines with 114,151 passengers
  • Spirit with 66,167 passengers

RSW served nearly 6 million passengers in 2020 and is in the top 50 US airports for passenger traffic, the port authority reports.



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Choice: June, July RevPAR Exceeds Pre-Pandemic Levels


Choice Hotels’ second-quarter domestic systemwide revenue per available room declined 1.1 percent compared with the same period in 2019, with June results exceeding 2019 levels by nearly 5 percent and July by 15 percent, said Choice president and CEO Patrick Pacious during a Thursday second-quarter earnings call.

“It’s truly a remarkable achievement,” Pacious said, adding that the company’s goal is not simply to return to 2019 performance levels, but rather to capitalize on current and future investments to fuel long-term growth.

The company’s domestic systemwide RevPAR for Q2 was $51.54, up from $26.27 in 2020. Occupancy was 62.3 percent compared with 39.1 percent for the same period last year. Average daily rate recovered to $82.72 from $67.21 one year prior. In the third quarter, July occupancy was at 70 percent, and ADR increased 10 percent over July 2019, according to the company.

Though leisure demand has been driving lodging recovery, and Choice’s, the company also has seen “continuing momentum” in business travel trends, “with additional runway for growth,” Pacious said. “We have seen sequential quarter-over-quarter and month-over-month increases in our business travel booking trends in the second quarter. Likewise, with our recent refresh of our Comfort brand and the upscale penetration, we are well-positioned to not only recover existing business travel but also expand our guest base as business travel rebounds.”

Choice’s group travel bookings reached 90 percent of 2019 levels for the first half of the year, Pacious said, with lead volumes steadily rising close to 2019 levels.

The company awarded 200 domestic franchise agreements year to date through June 30, a 32 percent increase compared with the same period of 2020. Conversion agreements increased 43 percent year to date for the same period. 

The company continued to see strength in its extended-stay portfolio, with domestic systemwide RevPAR growth of 9.9 percent for the second quarter compared with 2019. Occupancy levels for this segment reached 82 percent and ADR increased 2 percent over the same period. The WoodSpring Suites brand achieved RevPAR growth of 16 percent in the second quarter compared with the same period in 2019, driven by occupancy levels of nearly 86 percent and an increase in ADR of 5.6 percent.

Choice’s second-quarter net income increased 15 percent compared to 2019 with $85.9 million. 

RELATED: Choice Q1 earnings



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Eye on Travel — Silver Moon in Greece — July 31, 2021


This week’s broadcast of Eye on Travel comes from the Mediterranean aboard Silversea’s new ship, the Silver Moon, as it sails through Greece. Peter is joined by Harry Theoharis, the Minister of Tourism of Greece, who talks about the country’s strategic plan to reopen, and why Greece was able to welcome vaccinated travelers back in May, ahead of the rest of the continent. Richard Fain, Chairman and CEO of the Royal Caribbean Group, is also on board and addresses the short and long term public health and economic devastation as well as the path to recovery. And since we’re in Greece, there’s no better time or place to talk about the Gods — with Kenneth Davis, author of Don’t Know Much About Mythology. There’s all this and more on this week’s Eye on Travel, broadcasting from the Silver Moon.

 


 

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Have a travel question? Then ask Peter. E-mail him at peter@petergreenberg.com, or tweet your questions to @petersgreenberg (include #AskPeter).

 


 

Harry Theoharis, Minister of Tourism of Greece, shines a light on all the work that went on behind the scenes so that Greece could open to vaccinated travelers and so that cruising could resume. He speaks about working with the country’s health experts to create rules and protocols that will keep everyone safe and healthy. He also talks about how they worked with the individual ports and imagined every possible situation and created procedures in order to ensure the ports could handle anything they encountered. He then speaks about the challenges the country faced when reopening including the large-scale coordination efforts that were needed and the fear many people still had and how they capitalized on the tools available to them to turn fear into care. He notes that Greece is taking extra steps to ensure travelers feel safe when they come such as providing medical care for visitors should they test positive for COVID-19 in Greece, and he also makes it clear that Greece is remaining vigilant with enforcing the current rules. He says Greece is not afraid to punish those who are not abiding by them and continues to encourage vaccinations. He shares his hope that travel reciprocity with the U.S. may be on the horizon soon. 

 

Richard Fain, Chairman and CEO of Royal Caribbean Cruises, speaks about the devastating impact that the pandemic has had across all parts of the cruising industry from the ships themselves to the small businesses the cruise lines rely on to provide an enriching experience for their guests. Fain also notes that no one knew how to handle COVID-19 in the beginning and how impressed he is with how people have been able to work together following a period of confusion in the beginning of the pandemic. Royal Caribbean even teamed up with competitor, Norwegian Cruise Lines, and a team of experts in order to properly implement the recommended design and procedural changes needed on board ships. He also speaks about how the cruise industry has been a model of how to handle the crisis using a combination of science, working together, and making sure to keep the spread of COVID-19 down by identifying and isolating cases as necessary. 

 

Paul Brady, Articles Editor at Travel + Leisure, speaks about how nice it feels to be in Greece once again and notes how normal it feels despite the new protocols in place and having to wear a mask in some areas. He encourages people who are thinking about traveling to take the leap as there are less tourists than normal, and he says that hotels are actually affordable. He also advises people who may not be able to take as many trips to make them longer and more impactful when they can. Brady believes this fall will be a good indicator of what will happen as we head into the winter months and into next year. He also notes that he views the amount of paperwork needed to travel abroad right now may be a barrier for many people, and he hopes to see it streamlined in order to encourage more people to travel internationally again.

 

Dr. Despina Ignatiadou, Head Curator at the Sculpture Collection at National Archaeological Museum, talks about what makes the National Archaeological Museum unique in a country that is full of museums and artifacts. Not only is it the oldest museum in Greece, but with over 11,000 exhibits on display and hundreds of thousands more in the museum’s store rooms, it is also the biggest. Dr. Ignatiadou and her team constantly rotate special exhibits to allow as much as possible to be seen. Some discoveries from inside the museum’s store rooms include portraits and objects that have been pieced together to form a larger object. Dr. Ignatiadou’s favorite discovery is the large statue of a youth that was found in the sanctuary of Poseidon. Dr. Ignatiadou then discusses the many reasons why so many statues often don’t have heads and how rare it is to find a head that matches a body of a statue. 

 

Melissa Douglas, British Travel Writer and Blogger based in Athens, came to Athens from the U.K. in 2017 to be a digital nomad and travel around the world. It turns out that she liked Athens so much that she decided to stay and now often finds herself homesick for Greece even when visiting the U.K. Her favorite part of Athens is what lies beyond the traditional tourist areas and in the outlying neighborhoods that all have distinct personalities. She also discusses the globalization of the city and how someone can find amazing Middle Eastern food near the Agora. Douglas also offers some of her hidden gems for breakfast, lunch and dinner that all put a Mediterranean twist on classic favorites. 

 

Kenneth Davis, Author of Don’t Know Much About Mythology, defines the word myth as sacred stories that are created to explain what can not be seen. These myths were essential to daily life in Ancient Greece and made up large parts of the Greek belief system. It was rare someone would make a decision without consulting a myth or higher being like the Oracle at Delphi. According to Davis, the impact of the Ancient Greeks and their mythology is incredibly important as it served as a blueprint for the rest of Western civilization. He also discusses the lessons we can learn from mythology and the dangers it can hold today. Then, Davis explains how the Greek Gods, though powerful, were very human-like in that they were fallible, ambitious, and sometimes lusty. And he also discusses the transitional period when humans began to want to be higher than the Gods and the danger in that mentality that can still be seen in modern mythologies that have been created. He further speaks about some of the travel myths that people face today. 

 

Mary Jean Tully, Owner of Tully Luxury Travel, explains what travel agencies have been experiencing in the past 16 months. Having many clients on Crystal Cruises, she recounts when outbreaks occurred and how her team dealt with it. She says it was fear of the unknown that drove so many clients to ask for refunds and attempted to draw out of their travel plans. Tully’s experience has proven that cruise lines have learned from the mistakes at the start of the pandemic. Tully also talks about taking her vaccine in Canada and how the United States is now not recognizing some European vaccine brands. 

 

Roberto Martinoli, President and Chief Executive Officer of Silversea Cruises, talks about how happy the crews were to be able to go back and do what they love. He explains how the cruise line follows the CDC guidelines and EU Healthy Gateways closely in regards to all of their policies and where they can enter. Every crew member on every ship is vaccinated and he tells us how this particular ship’s crew was vaccinated in Greece. The particular cruise is not sailing at capacity and Martinoli says that with guidelines changing so much, it began with the intent to sail at a lower capacity but now that’s changed. His cruise on-board regulations include wearing a mask inside and getting vaccinated at the beginning and end of the trip. Martinoli continues to explain how passengers do not need to be escorted when touring the destinations. Silversea Cruises is opening a new route in Iceland and he attributes this new product to the country’s opening up to visitors as well as the growing interest in the country. Martinoli compares Silversea policies to other cruise lines and further talks about the issues with refunding passengers in the past at the wake of the pandemic. He tells us that he’s learned that cruises are probably the safest option in travel and that a constant dialogue with the local governments has made it that way. He shares that his cruises are selling out and uses the 4-month cruise as an example.

 

Doug Lansky, Travel Writer & Keynote Speaker, converses with Peter about current traveling trends as the world enters a post-pandemic era. Many cities are dealing with overcrowding issues and transportation prices are soaring due to high demand. Some consumers are choosing to spend their money on staycations at hotels by their residences, which contributes to further overcrowding. Lansky also speaks about how the pandemic impacted his permanent home in Sweden and how it compared to other countries in Europe. He’s excited to travel again, but he warns of the added difficulty that a mandatory PCR test can add to a travel plan.

 

By Amanda Morris for PeterGreenberg.com





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Wales breaking news plus traffic, weather and travel updates (Saturday, July 31)


Cardiff named most expensive city to buy a puppy in UK

Cardiff has been named the most expensive city to buy a puppy in the UK – with the average dog costing £2,720.

Pets4Homes has published the second of its twice yearly Industry Reports to reveal the most and least expensive places to buy a puppy.

According to their research, Cardiff, Liverpool and Southampton ranked the top three most expensive cities.

Lee Gibson, UK Managing Director at Perts4Homes, said:

There is still plenty of variation in the prices for pets across different regions. Where you live can make as much as £800 difference in the price of a dog, with averages varying from £1,911 in Middlesbrough to £2,720 in Cardiff.

You can see the full list of the most expensive cities here.

Cardiff has been named the most expensive city to buy a puppy in the UK – with the average dog costing £2,720.





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US extends nonessential travel ban to July 21


The Department of Homeland Security announced that pandemic-related travel restrictions at border crossings would remain until July 21. 

DHS extended COVID-19 nonessential travel restrictions at border crossings with both Mexico and Canada. 

The travel restrictions have been in place since March 2020. 





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Del Mar Tip Sheet – July 31


DEL MAR TIPS – SATURDAY, JULY 31, 2021

Historically our BEST BETS have finished in the money 64% of the time at this track.

 RACE #1    $28,000 CLAIMING
 6 FURLONGS ON THE DIRT – POST TIME: 5:00 PM ET

BEST BET:  #3 KANAH

PICK ORDER

M/L

P#

HORSE NAME

JOCKEY

WIN

5/2

3

Kanah

J Valdivia Jr.

PLACE

8-1

8

Palaleo

K Frey

SHOW

9/5

2

Defense Wins

F Prat

WILD CARD

7/2

7

Rayray

J Pyfer

ALTERNATE 1

5-1

6

Prince Magician

T McCarthy

ALTERNATE 2

20-1

5

Maybe Sometime

C Ortega

* EXACTA: 3-8 BOX, 8-2 BOX, 2-7 BOX

* TRIFECTA: 2/3/8 BOX, 2/7/8 BOX

 RACE #2    $70,000 MAIDEN SPECIAL WEIGHT
 5 FURLONGS ON THE DIRT – POST TIME: 5:30 PM ET

PICK ORDER

M/L

P#

HORSE NAME

JOCKEY

WIN

9/5

6

Grace Adler

F Prat

PLACE

5-1

5

Travel Smart

F Geroux

SHOW

5-1

3

Sugar Sugar

JJ Hernandez

WILD CARD

5/2

1

Haute Lady

A Cedillo

ALTERNATE 1

12-1

4

Valentina Ghada

T Baze

ALTERNATE 2

3-1

2

Ice Maiden

U Rispoli

* EXACTA: 6-5 BOX, 5-3 BOX, 3-1 BOX

* TRIFECTA: 3/5/6 BOX, 1/3/5 BOX

 RACE #3    $70,000 MAIDEN SPECIAL WEIGHT
 1 MILE ON THE TURF – POST TIME: 6:02 PM ET

PICK ORDER

M/L

P#

HORSE NAME

JOCKEY

WIN

8/5

3

Lookout Point

F Prat

PLACE

3-1

5

Il Capitano

T Baze

SHOW

12-1

4

Quincey

D Van Dyke

WILD CARD

6-1

2

Fowler Blue

A Cedillo

ALTERNATE 1

5-1

8

Mackinnon

JJ Hernandez

ALTERNATE 2

20-1

6

Empires Fire

K Frey

* EXACTA: 3-5 BOX, 5-4 BOX, 4-2 BOX

* TRIFECTA: 3/4/5 BOX, 2/4/5 BOX

 RACE #4    $72,000 ALLOWANCE OPTIONAL CLAIMING
 1 MILE ON THE DIRT – POST TIME: 6:34 PM ET

PICK ORDER

M/L

P#

HORSE NAME

JOCKEY

WIN

5/2

2

Appreciated

T J Pereira

PLACE

8-1

1

Anitanewmercedes

A Espinoza

SHOW

8-1

3

Hapi Hapi

D Van Dyke

WILD CARD

9/5

7

California Kook

F Prat

ALTERNATE 1

2-1

6

George Herman Ruth

J J Hernandez

ALTERNATE 2

15-1

5

Asaro

E A Maldonado

* EXACTA: 2-1 BOX, 1-3 BOX, 3-7 BOX

* TRIFECTA: 1/2/3 BOX, 1/3/7 BOX

 RACE #5    $55,000 CLAIMING
 5 FURLONGS ON THE TURF – POST TIME: 7:06 PM ET

BEST BET:  #3 TIL I FOUND YOU

PICK ORDER

M/L

P#

HORSE NAME

JOCKEY

WIN

4-1

3

Til I Found You

J Valdivia Jr.

PLACE

6-1

7

Emmas Dance

D Van Dyke

SHOW

5-1

1

Mind Meld

T McCarthy

WILD CARD

7/2

5

Speeding

J Pyfer

ALTERNATE 1

4-1

8

Gayles Evening

K Frey

ALTERNATE 2

20-1

2

Malibu Mistress

W A Barnett

* EXACTA: 3-7 BOX, 7-1 BOX, 1-5 BOX

* TRIFECTA: 1/3/7 BOX, 1/5/7 BOX

 RACE #6    $25,000 CLAIMING
 1 MILE ON THE DIRT – POST TIME: 7:36 PM ET

PICK ORDER

M/L

P#

HORSE NAME

JOCKEY

WIN

3-1

4

Railsplitter

C Ortega

PLACE

4-1

6

Dr. Hoffman

F Prat

SHOW

12-1

9

Full Draw

M Gutierrez

WILD CARD

7/2

2

Unilateral

U Rispoli

ALTERNATE 1

2-1

5

Dark Prince

A Cedillo

ALTERNATE 2

20-1

7

Very Irish

T Baze

* EXACTA: 4-6 BOX, 6-9 BOX, 9-2 BOX

* TRIFECTA: 4/6/9 BOX, 2/6/9 BOX

 RACE #7    $72,000 ALLOWANCE OPTIONAL CLAIMING
 5 FURLONGS ON THE TURF – POST TIME: 8:06 PM ET

PICK ORDER

M/L

P#

HORSE NAME

JOCKEY

WIN

5/2

3

Alice Marble

F Prat

PLACE

7/2

7

Lava Lane

U Rispoli

SHOW

8-1

5

Ds Lovely Sophia

J Pyfer

WILD CARD

8-1

11

Acai

M Gutierrez

ALTERNATE 1

6-1

2

Ensleys Dream

E A Maldonado

ALTERNATE 2

10-1

1

Trina

J Bravo

* EXACTA: 3-7 BOX, 7-5 BOX, 5-11 BOX

* TRIFECTA: 3/5/7 BOX, 5/7/11 BOX

 RACE #8    $55,000 CLAIMING
 7 FURLONGS ON THE DIRT – POST TIME: 8:36 PM ET

PICK ORDER

M/L

P#

HORSE NAME

JOCKEY

WIN

6-1

2

Sea to Success

E A Maldonado

PLACE

5/2

6

Wipe the Slate

M Gutierrez

SHOW

30-1

5

Alpine Thunder

D A Herrera

WILD CARD

3-1

1

Herd Immunity

F Prat

ALTERNATE 1

6-1

8

Positivity

U Rispoli

ALTERNATE 2

8-1

7

Charge Cash

T J Pereira

* EXACTA: 2-6 BOX, 6-5 BOX, 5-1 BOX

* TRIFECTA: 2/5/6 BOX, 1/5/6 BOX

 RACE #9    $74,000 ALLOWANCE OPTIONAL CLAIMING
 1 1/8 MILES ON THE TURF – POST TIME: 9:06 PM ET

BEST BET:  #8 IRIDEO

PICK ORDER

M/L

P#

HORSE NAME

JOCKEY

WIN

8-1

8

Irideo

T J Pereira

PLACE

15-1

3

Media Blitz

J J Hernandez

SHOW

8-1

2

Me and Mr. C

J Bravo

WILD CARD

4-1

9

Rip City

M Gutierrez

ALTERNATE 1

7/2

6

Ready Soul

F Prat

ALTERNATE 2

6-1

5

Ocean Atlantique

T McCarthy

* EXACTA: 8-3 BOX, 3-2 BOX, 2-9 BOX

* TRIFECTA: 2/3/8 BOX, 2/3/9 BOX

 RACE #10    $300,000 STAKES
 6 FURLONGS ON THE DIRT – POST TIME: 9:36 PM ET

** BONUS COMMENTARY **  $300,000 BING CROSBY STAKES G1

PICK ORDER

M/L

P#

HORSE NAME

JOCKEY

WIN

7/2

8

Dr. Schivel

F Prat

PLACE

5/2

3

C Z Rocket

F Geroux

SHOW

8-1

2

Vertical Threat

J Bravo

WILD CARD

7/2

9

Brickyard Ride

JJ Hernandez

ALTERNATE 1

4-1

6

Collusion Illusion

T Baze

ALTERNATE 2

15-1

1

Shooters Shoot

T McCarthy

* EXACTA: 2,3,8,9 Box

* TRIFECTA: 2,3,8/2,3,8,9/2,3,6,8,9

COMMENTS: DR. SCHIVEL is two for two at Del Mar and working well for this spot. C Z Rocket missed as the favorite in his last, trainer Peter Miller rebounds at 25% with defeated chalk. VERTICAL THREAT is three for three at the distance, including the top, last race speed figure. BRICKYARD RIDE has won five of eight at the distance, can struggle without the lead.

 RACE #11    $72,000 ALLOWANCE OPTIONAL CLAIMING
 1 MILE ON THE TURF – POST TIME: 10:06 PM ET

PICK ORDER

M/L

P#

HORSE NAME

JOCKEY

WIN

4-1

13

Bench Judge

F Geroux

PLACE

12-1

9

Signofthecross

T McCarthy

SHOW

8-1

7

Constant Conflict

F Prat

WILD CARD

7/2

1

Sea of Liberty

J Bravo

ALTERNATE 1

4-1

2

Carmelitas Man

A Cedillo

ALTERNATE 2

20-1

10

Circleofchampions

R Gonzalez

* EXACTA: 13-9 BOX, 9-7 BOX, 7-1 BOX

* TRIFECTA: 7/9/13 BOX, 1/7/9 BOX



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