I don’t know how many Americans will be willing to take a flight that flies over Russia to Hong Kong

I don’t know how many Americans will be willing to take a flight that flies over Russia to Hong Kong

Cathay Pacific Airlines, which has its hub in Hong Kong, recently announced they were restarting their Hong Kong to New York flight in the coming days. The new flight will fly the polar route which means it flies over eastern Russia. They originally stopped the route when Russia invaded Ukraine this spring however, now that Asia travel is opening up they want to add back the flight to NYC.  I think many people would hesitate to take any flight that flies over Russia right now.

Would you be willing to fly on an airplane that flew over Russia with the Ukrainian war going on? – Please CLICK HERE for this three-question survey.

Europe is hot, Asia is not, despite opening its doors after recovering from COVID – Some Asian countries are reopening post-COVID but few people seem excited to return. That is not the case with Europe as it seems like everyone who is headed to Europe this year, wants to next year as well.  China continues to be shut down and it seems that its zero-tolerance COVID policy will continue to shut out tourism and business today and in the future. While travel to Europe has bounced back quickly I think it will be years before travel to Asia returns to normal.

The new “work from anywhere”  movement now has almost 40% of business travel including a weekend stay – Business travel before COVID was basically leaving home on Monday or Tuesday and returning on Thursday or Friday. The new business travel trends show that business trips are now being “Blended” with mini-vacations that include a weekend stay. Plus they sometimes include family members. A recent “State of Travel 2022” report by Skift Research showed that business travel trends have changed dramatically and that the “work from anywhere” movement is also having a big impact on the length and stays for both business and leisure travel. CLICK HERE to read more.

Airfare sale by Southwest Airlines last week tells me things are slowing down for the travel industry – I think many people are starting to get a little uneasy about the direction of the economy and inflation this winter. The airlines are all reporting strong profits for Q3 of this year however it appears that the vacation travel mania experienced this summer and fall may be starting to slow down to normal levels in the coming months. A surprising $59 airfare launched by Southwest for a few days last week told me things may not be as rosy for future bookings this winter, otherwise what is the reason to launch a lowball airfare sale?  

Car rentals for the holiday are selling out fast – If you are planning a holiday trip that includes a rental car you may want to act fast as we are hearing that car rental companies have seen strong demand around the holidays and those cars will be very limited and may be sold out at some high demand locations. Please don’t procrastinate. Make your car rental reservations ASAP.

Last Call for Hawaii – Where else would you want to be in January and February? We are soon closing registrations for our two extraordinary tours to Hawaii. Who wouldn’t want to spend ten days in a tropical climate while there are freezing temperatures at home? The last call is soon up for our two escorted tours, January 24 – February 2 (couples and solos) and February 21 – March 2 (a women-only tour). Oahu, Big Island, Maui. Waterfalls, rainforests, bright-colored flowers, sandy beaches, whales, and so much more. Small groups of max. Twenty travelers are to your advantage. To see the detailed itineraries, click on the dates above and do not hesitate to call our friendly group department at (402) 435 8888 / GroupDepartment@executivetravel.com.

I don’t know how many Americans will be willing to take a flight that flies over Russia to Hong Kong – Cathay Pacific Airlines, which has its hub in Hong Kong, recently announced they were restarting their Hong Kong to New York flight in the coming days. The new flight will fly the polar route which means it flies over eastern Russia. They originally stopped the route when Russia invaded Ukraine this spring however, now that Asia travel is opening up they want to add back the flight to NYC.  I think many people would hesitate to take any flight that flies over Russia right now.

Would you be willing to fly on an airplane that flew over Russia with the Ukrainian war going on? – Please CLICK HERE for this three-question survey.

Europe is hot, Asia is not, despite opening its doors after recovering from COVID – Some Asian countries are reopening post-COVID but few people seem excited to return. That is not the case with Europe as it seems like everyone who is headed to Europe this year, wants to next year as well.  China continues to be shut down and it seems that its zero-tolerance COVID policy will continue to shut out tourism and business today and in the future. While travel to Europe has bounced back quickly I think it will be years before travel to Asia returns to normal.

The new “work from anywhere”  movement now has almost 40% of business travel including a weekend stay – Business travel before COVID was basically leaving home on Monday or Tuesday and returning on Thursday or Friday. The new business travel trends show that business trips are now being “Blended” with mini-vacations that include a weekend stay. Plus they sometimes include family members. A recent “State of Travel 2022” report by Skift Research showed that business travel trends have changed dramatically and that the “work from anywhere” movement is also having a big impact on the length and stays for both business and leisure travel. CLICK HERE to read more.

Airfare sale by Southwest Airlines last week tells me things are slowing down for the travel industry – I think many people are starting to get a little uneasy about the direction of the economy and inflation this winter. The airlines are all reporting strong profits for Q3 of this year however it appears that the vacation travel mania experienced this summer and fall may be starting to slow down to normal levels in the coming months. A surprising $59 airfare launched by Southwest for a few days last week told me things may not be as rosy for future bookings this winter, otherwise what is the reason to launch a lowball airfare sale?  

Car rentals for the holiday are selling out fast – If you are planning a holiday trip that includes a rental car you may want to act fast as we are hearing that car rental companies have seen strong demand around the holidays and those cars will be very limited and may be sold out at some high demand locations. Please don’t procrastinate. Make your car rental reservations ASAP.

Last Call for Hawaii – Where else would you want to be in January and February? We are soon closing registrations for our two extraordinary tours to Hawaii. Who wouldn’t want to spend ten days in a tropical climate while there are freezing temperatures at home? The last call is soon up for our two escorted tours, January 24 – February 2 (couples and solos) and February 21 – March 2 (a women-only tour). Oahu, Big Island, Maui. Waterfalls, rainforests, bright-colored flowers, sandy beaches, whales, and so much more. Small groups of max. Twenty travelers are to your advantage. To see the detailed itineraries, click on the dates above and do not hesitate to call our friendly group department at (402) 435 8888 / GroupDepartment@executivetravel.com.


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