Increased ATV sales lead to heightened safety awareness


ESCANABA, Mich. (WLUC) – Escanaba has become an attractive destination for off road riders. This has led to an increase in ATV sales over the summer.

“But as of right now we are doing pretty well. If we had more inventory in stock, we would be doing better, because it’s really hard to get right now,” said Sadie Strasser, office manager at Race Driven.

New drivers are hitting the trails and the Delta County Sheriff’s Office has some words of warning. “When you get more people on a trail, that’s typically when we see incidences on the rise. That’s because mirror, more travel, more traffic, more people,” said Daniel Lacarte, Delta County Sheriff’s Office Deputy.

In an effort to help educate new drivers, Race Driven hosted a female riding day. This provided valuable driving experience to the 147 women who participated in the event.

“There is so much that can be learned by coming into this sport. A lot of that comes from just jumping into it,” Strasser said. “Some of them are a tad intimidating, but just like a vehicle, you hit the gas and it goes.”

In order to still have fun while on the trail, the number one priority is safety. The Delta County Sheriff’s Office is ready to help the community stay safe. The sheriff’s office says the most common rookie mistake is forgetting trail permits. Lacarte says there are many reasons purchasing a permit is important.

“It’s a huge part of keeping our trials safe and keeping them in good condition. That’s where that money goes. It helps fund those things,” Lacarte said. “So, without buying the sticker you’re depleting your part of being a rider.”

The number one safety tip the Delta County Sheriff’s Office said was to create a plan. Let your loved ones know when and where you will be at any given time. That means if something were to happen, it is easy for first responders to find you.

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Avoya Travel Celebrates Largest Single Day of Sales in Company History


WHY IT RATES: Avoya Travel broke its own single-day sales record, previously set in May 2019, signaling that consumers’ pent-up demand for travel is bursting free after being suppressed for 15 months by the COVID-19 pandemic. — Laurie Baratti, TravelPulse Associate Writer


Avoya Travel just announced that June 1, 2021, was the largest single day of sales in the company’s long history. The record-breaking day was highlighted by a 21 percent increase in sales volume compared to Avoya’s previous benchmark set in May of 2019.

This extraordinary sales day follows an incredibly successful May 2021 that featured a continuation of Avoya’s “Vacations to Take Now” campaign focused on travel in 2021, and a “Memorial Day Sale”, encouraging travelers to book now for 2022 and 2023, while space is still available and early booking promotions are being offered.

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While the majority of booked sales depart in 2022 and beyond, 36 percent of the sales for vacations booked on June 1 depart in 2021, signaling a strong acceleration in demand for last-minute travel this year as the industry looks to rebound after the COVID-19 pandemic.

Destination-wise, Europe accounted for over 45 percent of the sales, followed by the Caribbean, and U.S. travel. U.S. travel doubled over 2019 for same-day sales while exotics and Africa were up over 200 percent showcasing the different mindset of travelers booking today—some still want to stay close to home while others have saved up and want to cross off a “bucket list” trip like an African safari. Luxury and upper premium brands were the largest share of sales on June 1 and escorted tours also saw significant gains over previous months, and more notably, over 2019.

Avoya sees the historic milestone as an extremely positive indication of the recovery of leisure travel. “It’s been incredibly encouraging to see the rebuild of leisure travel in recent months and to have our highest sales day in company history happen during the COVID-19 pandemic is astounding,” said Jeff Anderson, Co-President of Avoya Travel.

“We are thankful for our loyal travelers and proud of the resiliency of the Independent Agencies in the Avoya Network and grateful for our Preferred Partners, all of whom have supported Avoya during these challenging times. We have been passionate about continuing to innovate, being nimble and operating in a ‘start-up’ fashion, and looking at the last 14 months of the pandemic as an opportunity to have constraint drive innovation. We couldn’t be more pleased that not only has our focus worked to move us through a worldwide crisis, but we’re coming out the other side with record-breaking results, and June 1 is just the beginning.”

Avoya previously reported a substantial lift in sales volume throughout the first quarter of 2021 including sales patterns that exceeded 2019 levels by several different metrics. With cruise lines set to resume operations from U.S. ports as early as June and COVID-19 restrictions loosening across the United States and around the world, Avoya expects to see the pent-up demand for travel continue to reflect in future vacation sales. In early 2021 Avoya was forecasting a full recovery to pre-pandemic revenue levels in the fourth quarter of 2022; however, with the continued increase in demand and positive sales trends, those expectations have been moved up to the second quarter of 2022.

For more information, visit avoyanetwork.com.


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Travel news: Icelantic airline Play launches ticket sales from Stansted from £30 | Travel News | Travel


Play’s inaugural flight will be London Stansted on June 24. The airline has given away 1,000 free tickets, which have gone within three hours of the website going live.

Play added 1,000 free tickets into the system for lucky travellers to win when booking their next flight.

The tickets were gone within a couple of hours of the website going live.

The airline believes that Iceland is a very desirable holiday destination for Britons.

With only a few countries on the green list, Iceland is a great alternative for Britons seeking wide open spaces, stunning scenery and top-quality cuisine.

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Since March, volcanic activity has been ongoing on Iceland’s Reykjanes Peninsula, located just 30 minutes from the airport.

Trips to view the eruptions are a must-see for those travelling to Iceland from the UK this summer.

With a flight time of only three hours, Play promises UK travellers will enjoy an unforgettable weekend getaway in the Scandinavian country.

Iceland offers bucket-list activities such as whale watching, geothermal baths, and the chance to witness volcanic eruptions and geysers.

CEO of PLAY, Birgir Jónsson, said, “It’s brilliant to be able to open up Iceland to UK travellers and offer competitive fares now that international travel has resumed.

“While the UK market knows Iceland well, the destination has changed a little recently with the (minor) volcanic eruptions in the Reykjanes Peninsula.

“Certainly, a must-experience for UK travellers.”

With very competitive prices, Play will be operating four times a week from London Stansted Airport on Mondays, Thursdays, Fridays and Sundays.





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Gauge on retail sales flat


U.S. retail sales stalled in April after a sharp advance in March when pandemic-relief checks provided millions of Americans with increased spending power.

The value of overall retail purchases was essentially unchanged last month after an upwardly revised 10.7% gain in March that was the second-largest in records back to 1992, Commerce Department figures showed Friday.

The total value of retail sales was a record $619.9 billion in April.

While consumers may begin to shift more of their spending to services such as entertainment and travel as pandemic fears dissipate, elevated savings supported by fiscal stimulus should help underpin retail demand.

The question is whether consumers will continue to spend without stimulus checks. “The April retail sales tip the odds toward slower sales in the coming months,” said analysts at Contingent Macro Advisors.

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Friday’s report comes amid other signs the economy is improving as vaccinations accelerate and business restrictions are relaxed. The number of Americans seeking unemployment benefits fell last week to 473,000, a new pandemic low. And consumer confidence hit its highest level last month since the pandemic began.

On Thursday, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said vaccinated Americans don’t need to wear a mask or social-distance outdoors and in most indoor settings, which may get more people to travel, eat out or shop.

Consumer spending, which makes up two-thirds of all economic activity in the U.S., is closely monitored by economists to gauge the nation’s economic health. Friday’s report covers a third of all consumer spending but doesn’t include services, like hotel stays or haircuts.

Eight of 13 retail categories registered declines in April sales, with the largest percentage decrease at clothing stores, which fell 5.1% after a 22.7% surge in March.

Sales at non-store retailers, which include e-commerce, fell 0.6% in April. General merchandise store sales fell 4.9% and the value of purchases at sporting goods outlets dropped 3.6%.

The value of restaurant receipts rose 3% after a 13.5% March gain as states across the country eased restrictions on indoor dining capacity.

Sales at motor vehicle and parts dealers climbed 2.9% in April, even as automakers faced production constraints due to the global semiconductor shortage.

So-called control group sales, which exclude more volatile categories including food services, car dealers and gasoline stations, dropped 1.5% in April after an upwardly revised 7.6% jump in March.

The pandemic substantially reshaped consumer behavior. Grocery store spending surged during the pandemic while restaurant revenue dropped. Apparel sales plunged as Americans canceled events, and spending on outdoor activities and home improvements soared. As vaccinations have picked up and warmer weather has taken hold, the retail industry has been waiting to see if spending will revert to its prepandemic levels.

The Easton Town Center, a popular open-air shopping center in Ohio, has been getting “close” to 2019 levels of foot traffic, though bad weather in April dampened some of its momentum, said Jennifer Peterson, the center’s chief executive. She said the center was planning to create summer attractions like a “prosecco plaza” and resuming events like concerts and movie nights with new adjustments like social distancing and masks.

“We’re thinking of this summer as kind of a relaunch of Easton, knowing that the pandemic has really put people’s mindsets in a different place,” Peterson said. “We want to bring them back with joyful activities.”

Retailers will continue to walk a tightrope in the coming months as they work to attract shoppers while creating a safe environment. The latest wrinkle came Thursday with the CDC’s new guidance for masks, saying that it is safe for fully vaccinated people to remove face coverings in most indoor settings.

Retailers, from individual chains to shopping centers, are still reviewing that guidance and figuring out what it could mean for employees and customers. The CDC’s declaration does not override mask orders from states, counties or cities. The United Food and Commercial Workers union, which represents thousands of grocery store workers, called the guidance “confusing” and said it failed to consider employees who regularly interact with unvaccinated, unmasked customers.

Information for this article was contributed by Olivia Rockeman of Bloomberg News (WPNS), by Joseph Pisani of The Associated Press and by Sapna Maheshwari of The New York Times.



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Retail sales were flat in April as stimulus spending waned


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NEW YORK >> Retail sales in the U.S. were flat in April after soaring in March, when many Americans received $1,400 stimulus checks that boosted spending.

The report today from the U.S. Commerce Department was worse than the 0.8% rise Wall Street analysts had expected. But it wasn’t all bad: March’s number was revised upwards to 10.7%. Americans started receiving a third round of stimulus checks that month, helping retail sales soar.

The question is whether consumers will continue to spend without stimulus checks. “The April retail sales tip the odds toward slower sales in the coming months,” said analysts at Contingent Macro Advisors.

Friday’s report comes amid other signs the economy is improving as vaccinations accelerate and business restrictions are relaxed. The number of Americans seeking unemployment benefits fell last week to 473,000, a new pandemic low. And consumer confidence hit its highest level last month since the pandemic began.

On Thursday, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said vaccinated Americans don’t need to wear a mask or social distance outdoors and in most indoor settings, which may get more people to travel, eat out or shop.

Consumer spending, which makes up two-thirds of all economic activity in the U.S., is closely monitored by economists to gauge the nation’s economic health. Friday’s report covers a third of all consumer spending, but doesn’t include services, like hotel stays or haircuts.

The report today suggests Americans were heading out last month to eat instead of shop. Sales at restaurants and bars rose 3%. But sales fell at stores that sell clothing, sporting goods and furniture.

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Retail sales were flat in April as stimulus spending wanes


NEW YORK (AP) — Retail sales in the U.S. were flat in April after soaring in March, when many Americans received $1,400 stimulus checks that boosted spending.

The report Friday from the U.S. Commerce Department was worse than the 0.8% rise Wall Street analysts had expected. But it wasn’t all bad: March’s number was revised upwards to 10.7%. Americans started receiving a third round of stimulus checks that month, helping retail sales soar.

The question is whether consumers will continue to spend without stimulus checks. “The April retail sales tip the odds toward slower sales in the coming months,” said analysts at Contingent Macro Advisors.

Friday’s report comes amid other signs the economy is improving as vaccinations accelerate and business restrictions are relaxed. The number of Americans seeking unemployment benefits fell last week to 473,000, a new pandemic low. And consumer confidence hit its highest level last month since the pandemic began.

On Thursday, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said vaccinated Americans don’t need to wear a mask or social distance outdoors and in most indoor settings, which may get more people to travel, eat out or shop.

Consumer spending, which makes up two-thirds of all economic activity in the U.S., is closely monitored by economists to gauge the nation’s economic health. Friday’s report covers a third of all consumer spending, but doesn’t include services, like hotel stays or haircuts.

The report on Friday suggests Americans were heading out last month to eat instead of shop. Sales at restaurants and bars rose 3%. But sales fell at stores that sell clothing, sporting goods and furniture.

Copyright 2021 The Associated Press. All rights reserved.



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Retail sales were flat in April as stimulus spending waned


NEW YORK (AP) — Retail sales in the U.S. were flat in April after soaring in March, when many Americans received $1,400 stimulus checks that boosted spending.

The report Friday from the U.S. Commerce Department was worse than the 0.8% rise Wall Street analysts had expected. But it wasn’t all bad: March’s number was revised upwards to 10.7%. Americans started receiving a third round of stimulus checks that month, helping retail sales soar.

The question is whether consumers will continue to spend without stimulus checks. “The April retail sales tip the odds toward slower sales in the coming months,” said analysts at Contingent Macro Advisors.

Friday’s report comes amid other signs the economy is improving as vaccinations accelerate and business restrictions are relaxed. The number of Americans seeking unemployment benefits fell last week to 473,000, a new pandemic low. And consumer confidence hit its highest level last month since the pandemic began.

On Thursday, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said vaccinated Americans don’t need to wear a mask or social distance outdoors and in most indoor settings, which may get more people to travel, eat out or shop.

Consumer spending, which makes up two-thirds of all economic activity in the U.S., is closely monitored by economists to gauge the nation’s economic health. Friday’s report covers a third of all consumer spending, but doesn’t include services, like hotel stays or haircuts.

The report on Friday suggests Americans were heading out last month to eat instead of shop. Sales at restaurants and bars rose 3%. But sales fell at stores that sell clothing, sporting goods and furniture.



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Traxo Tabs Butler to Lead Global Sales


Off-channel booking capture provider Traxo has named former Upside Business Travel head of commercial sales Brian Butler to the newly created role of chief sales officer. Based in Washington, D.C., Butler will oversee Traxo’s global sales activities, including the company’s growing network of partnerships with other travel providers, and reports to Traxo CEO Andris Fabris. 

Butler has nearly two decades of experience leading sales, supplier relations and customer success functions at travel providers including Upside, Hertz and corporate travel management companies Radius and Adtrav. He most recently served as vice president of sales for marketing intelligence startup SalesIntel.

Traxo said it created the new role due to a “surge in demand” for the company’s off-channel booking capture solutions in light of an increased emphasis on corporate duty-of-care responsibilities as business travel returns amid Covid-19. 



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Consumer News: Gun sales hit new record, High travel demand leading to raised prices and more!


CNN– Gun sales are hitting new record highs. The FBI says they conducted more than 3.5 million gun related background checks in April. That marks a 20% increase over the same period in 2020. The National Shooting Sports Foundation says more guns were sold last month than any April on record. The reason for the spike? It’s thought to be fueled by fears of more gun control legislation and rising crime rates.

Face masks will be required for U.S. travelers until at least September 13. Last Friday, the Transportation Security Administration extended a mask mandate that was set to expire next month. The rule has been in effect since February 2. Since then, the TSA says its received reports of about 2,000 people violating the mandate.

Speaking of travel, experts say a record number of people are gearing up to go on vacation or visit their loved ones, but that demand is now raising prices whether you’re traveling on the road or in the skies. Mandy Gaither has details.





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