A wide variety of industry experts and observers are suggesting that if there’s a silver lining to COVID-19 travel and tourism chaos and confusion, it’s got to be the ‘staycation.’
A collection of comments on staycations from various professional sources:
“I’m going to ask you to stay local…staycations. Take advantage of the discounts the hotels in our region are providing…and then continue to live your lives and not be paralyzed by fear.” – Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner
“We’re in favor of planning more domestic trips right now, and it might even be best to dust off that plan for a staycation. Or, stay at a local luxury hotel you’ve been meaning to check out.” – The Points Guy
“As fears of coronavirus stymie international tourism, New Zealanders are being urged to take a ‘staycation’ to support our own tourism industry.” – New Zealand Herald
“…People are beginning to question whether they should travel abroad, with many cancelling or re-arranging their summer holiday plans. However, one potential winner out of this could be staycations,” – Nick Wyatt, Head of R&A, Travel & Tourism at GlobalData, a leading London-based data and analytics company.
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“A lot of our patients who were going on babymoons are deciding to have staycations instead.” – Dr. Roxanna A. Irani, M.D., Ph.D., the medical director of outpatient obstetrics at the University of California, San Francisco in Parenting column of The New York Times.
“I believe people will do ‘staycations’ instead of vacations.” – Shirley Berg, Fullsail Travel & Cruises travel agent in Fayetteville, North Carolina.
“…Hotel operators are targeting (local) families with discount package deals and activities to shore up declining occupancy rates. Hong Kong’s hotel operators are looking at new ways to beat seven months of downturn, including tapping the staycation market with hard to resist discount package deals.” – South China Morning Post
“If this gets extended, we’re talking about the impact on Easter holidays, potentially summer holidays, (and) whether the ‘staycation’ becomes the default for all of us here…” – Ian Harnett, co-founder and CIO of Absolute Strategy in London, speaking on CNBC’s “Squawk Box Europe.”
“Airlines report slowest traffic growth in a decade, as UK cottages, campsites and glamping companies see surge in early bookings.” – The Guardian