Americans holding out hope for summer travel coronavirus

Americans are canceling travel at an unprecedented rate
because of Covid-19, but many are still holding onto plans for spring and summer

An Omnitrak poll of 2,505 adults who have traveled at least
once in the past year shows 29% have canceled leisure trips and 12% have canceled
business travel since January.

However, only 8% with plans to travel between March and
August said they have canceled leisure trips, while 6% said they have canceled
business trips because of the pandemic. 

Still, to maximize a rebound in travel as the pandemic
eases, the survey indicates consumers will need access to better and more
reliable information.

On a scale of 1 to10 — with 1 being not at all satisfied —
travelers rated the timeliness of pandemic information at a mean of 6.7 and
reliability at a mean of 6.5.

While 59% said the top factor in their decision-making is
advice from national health officials and scientists, just 29% said their
decisions would be based on advice from national political leaders.

“As the pandemic will clearly affect U.S. travel sentiment
for some time to come, it’s important that the travel industry help all
Americans to make sound decisions based on current science-based public health
information,” said Omnitrak CEO Patricia M. Loui.

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Airbnb Giving Out $1 Million for Fantasy Home Competition

Airbnb is calling for creative minds to participate in a new competition to bring the “most unconventional and unusual livable spaces on the planet” to life.

From March 10, 2020, to April 15, 2020, participants will have the opportunity to submit their ideas to Airbnb. The brand is already well-known for its unique vacation rentals, from a baked potato-shaped residence in Idaho to a life-sized Malibu Barbie dream house.

Designs will not only be judged on creativity and style but “feasibility, sustainability and social good,” according to Airbnb.

Ten winners will be selected by a panel made up of representatives from the architectural firm MVRDV, host of Airbnb’s Big Idaho Potato Hotel Kristie Wolfe and Emmy Award winner, Tony Award winner and style icon, Billy Porter.

Winners will receive $100,000 each to make their dream homes a reality. Upon completion, the winners will be able to live in their custom-built residences. The houses are expected to be built from June to December.

Reportedly, winners may also receive a personal visit from Billy Porter himself, who is looking forward to seeing the inventive and unique ideas presented to him.

“The only thing better than pushing the boundaries of style is empowering others to do the same,” Porter said in a statement.

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