FX Excursions

FX Excursions offers the chance for once-in-a-lifetime experiences in destinations around the world.

COVID-19 Impact on North American Destination Organizations

by Katie Skrzek

Mar 27, 2020

Hudson River, New York City © Ilja Mašík | Dreamstime

Trends / Top Trends

Marketing research company MMGY Travel Intelligence and nonprofit organization Destinations International Foundation recently released findings of a survey regarding the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on North American destination organizations. The survey was conducted in two parts: March 4–8 and March 16–22. Employees of city, region and state destination organizations in North America completed the survey.

 

More than 80 percent of the destination organizations surveyed reduced or postponed sales and/or marketing spend in the last few weeks. More than 60 percent of these organizations asked employees to work from home. The majority of these organizations expect COVID-19 to continue to impact business over the next six months.

 

Almost 100 percent of destinations report postponements or cancellations of conferences, meetings or events due to COVID-19. Only 30 percent of destination organizations had a pandemic emergency plan in place prior to the COVID-19 outbreak.

 

“This is a rapidly evolving situation for our industry, and it’s important for destinations to make decisions based on facts and hard data as they begin to prepare recovery strategies,” said Craig Compagnone, chief operating officer, MMGY. “While there is no precedent for this situation, we know that travel has spiked following previous crises, and data will help influence how destinations keep travelers and communities informed until travel restrictions are eased and bookings return.”

 

The full report can be accessed on the MMGY Travel Intelligence website.

#TrazeeTravel

Insta Feed
Caribbean
Aug 11, 2022

No Work, All Play in U.S. Virgin Islands this Labor Day Weekend

This Labor Day, spend the weekend with a long, relaxing trip to the U.S. Virgin Islands. The destination no longer enforces pandemic restrictions or COVID-19 tests and doesn’t require  passports for U.S. citizens.

Celebrity is celebrating Spring with 25% off Cruise Fares!

There’s no better time to plan the vacation you’ve been missing. Step aboard with your better half, your friends or the whole family and reconnect, reunite and rejoice with 25 percent off cruise fares for all guests. We’ll also help everyone get there with 25 percent off airfare from 20 major gateways across the country or $100 savings per person on flights from all other gateways when you book your air travel using Flights by Celebrity.*

Asia
Aug 9, 2022

YOTEL Announces New Flagship Hotel in Tokyo

Set to open in 2024, YOTEL’s first hotel in Japan, YOTEL Tokyo, will grace the desirable Ginza neighborhood of Japan’s capital city. The 244-room hotel will boast YOTEL’s signature robotic concierge YOBOT, motorized SmartBeds and fully integrated technologies for a touchless guest experience, from making reservations to checking out.

Products / Food/Drink
Aug 9, 2022

Baketivity

If you have kids in the house, you likely already know what a challenge it can be anytime they come into the kitchen. Whether they want to help with a batch of chocolate chip cookies or you’re just trying to make any ol’ dinner, messes — and maybe a few tears — are likely to ensue. Baketivity helps families streamline the kids-in-the-kitchen experience, with baking kits featuring everything you need, as well as easy directions, so you can enjoy more treats and fewer tears. This summer, it has even given its subscription boxes a travel twist, focusing on sweet treats from countries like Sweden, Mexico and Italy.

8 Reasons to Press the Green Button and Visit Ireland

Start planning that long-awaited trip to the island of Ireland. With all travel restrictions now lifted, there has never been a better time to visit.

Slideshow
Aug 9, 2022

6 Must-See Sites in St. Louis, Missouri

It’s time to start dreaming of your next trip. Here’s six must-see sites in St. Louis, Missouri, for inspiration.