As coronavirus closures lift and vaccines are rolled out, the travel industry is seeing an increase in domestic travel, according to Virtuoso CEO Misty Belles.
There is currently a “ton of pent-up demand” for domestic travel, Belles told FOX Business’s “Mornings with Maria”.
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His comments come as many states begin to ease travel restrictions as the COVID-19 pandemic apparently ends. Now, a lot of people are looking to go somewhere in the United States rather than overseas.
Here are the best places people want to travel, according to Belles.
Belles says the first place people want to go is Alaska because of its many popular tourist attractions.
“Travel to Alaska looks a little different this year with the sales ban in place for the United States and Canada. Usually people used to go to Alaska on cruises and now they come by land,” she declared.
Belles said this travel boom was due to the plethora of outdoor activities and experiences the state has to offer.
“They still have an amazing experience and see some of the same things they would if they were navigating an inside passage and seeing the glaciers and the coastline. They enjoy Denali National Park, their hike, but they get there. a little differently. “
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“And what’s really also very interesting is that you see some really great people with Alaska. So the travelers who would normally go to more exotic destinations like Africa, Australia, Europe , who are not able to do that this year, they “are going really big and making big buyouts, they are doing yacht charters. And then we see another trend there, which is also multi-generational and multi-family travel, ”Belles added.
From beaches to vineyards, the Golden State is one of “Americans’ favorite destinations for road trips,” Belles said.
“They have over 800 miles of coastline that you can enjoy. You also have Napa Valley which is very attractive to people and does very well with their summer bookings. Even now, they are doing better than they are there. ‘were last summer – about 65% occupancy. So they’re doing very well there. And these wineries are starting to reopen with additional capacity. ”
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Belles also pointed out that people are returning to urban areas “hardest hit during the pandemic,” including San Francisco and Los Angeles.
Aloha state was also on the list along with Montana, Wyoming, Colorado and Idaho because of their “national parks and the great outdoors,” according to the travel expert.
“America West is truly a place for people to discover and rediscover,” she said.
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