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The Thanksgiving weekend saw the most U.S. travel since the pandemic began. It's an indicator that people are anxious to get out, although the substantial dropoff from 2019 also points toward plenty of COVID caution. The next couple of weeks will tell us how successful prevention efforts were, and whether we can minimize the damage of the virus between here and the arrival of vaccines. On the latter front, the news continues to be excellent, with Moderna reporting its vaccine 100% effective in preventing severe infections.
NYC Tourism Updates for December 2020
The vaccine news of the last few days is nothing short of spectacular. Pfizer and Moderna have both developed 95%-effective candidates, and Moderna's has less of a deep freeze requirement, making the logistics side more promising. Accordingly, travel stocks have been shooting up. Less publicized is a recent NYU study showing that hospitalized patients with COVID had a 26% chance of dying in March; that's been cut all the way down to 8% now. The FDA just approved an at-home COVID test. All of it bodes well for continued recovery.
NYC Tourism News in the Election Aftermath
We are, at least, on the other side of the election. However things play out, at last being able to establish some parameters will allow our city and our industry to plan for recovery. For years we've heard an artificial emphasis on sectors like coal mining. There are 50,000 coal miners in the U.S. Tourism accounts for six times as many jobs—in New York City alone! Tourism and New York can be an accelerant for national recovery. In the links below we have several innovations and data points to that end.
NYC Tourism Updates This Week
More data points toward recovery. The city's unemployment rate dropped in September, now back into single digits. Schools have reopened but the positivity rate among students is minuscule—0.2%. In fact, New York state has the third lowest positivity rate in the nation (and that's with ample testing). Nationally, the Domestic Travel Safety Barometer score rose above 50% for the first time since the pandemic began. The TSA screened over a million air travelers for the first time since March. (Those passengers are primarily leisure travelers, too.) Despite the small spike in infection rates, indicators are looking good for a New York comeback.
NYC Tourism Updates This Week
Although the major tourism headlines this week were about postponements—both the Philharmonic and Broadway are pushing off to at least summer 2021—a scan of the wider scene reveals green shoots of rebirth. NYC luxury is making a comeback, suggesting the affluent may be making their way back to the city—Louis Vuitton is open again, Bergdorf Goodman is expanding its hours, and Per Se returns tomorrow. Read on for more on NYC and broader tourism trends.
NYC Comeback This Week: Horse-Drawn Carriages, MLB Flagship, a JFK Speakeasy
Despite the news of the last few days, there's actually plenty of data pointing toward optimism for NYC tourism. Scientists have found "no direct correlation between public transit use and COVID-19 spread, either worldwide or in New York City." Reopenings are continuing: horse-drawn carriage rides are back, The Kimberly Hotel and The Marlton Hotel are open again, and Steiner Studios at the Brooklyn Navy Yard is filming once again. Read on for more of the latest on NYC tourism.
The Latest in NYC Tourism
Another week brings some major stories—no in-person ball drop for New Year's, no Met Opera season—and also several opportunities for rebirth. Indoor dining is back today. New York's outdoor restaurant program will be made permanent and new rules will make cooler-weather dining easier. Continuing innovation will get us out of this—read on for more links of interest.
NYC Tourism News This Week
For the second consecutive month, the city's unemployment rate has dropped, this time by a healthy 25%—although overall unemployment remains high, about double national averages. With tourism and hospitality curtailed, it's not surprising, although the city's low rate of COIVD transmission means more and more is reopening. Read on for the latest New York City and global tourism news.
Tourism Happenings: Openings and Reopenings in NYC
The list of reopened cultural venues in NYC is lengthening; last week the FDNY FireZone reopened in a new space; the New Museum came back yesterday; today we add Fraunces Tavern Museum and the Society of Illustrators, and tomorrow MoMA PS1 returns. On the hotel side, the New York Marriott Downtown is open for guests again.
NYC Reopening This Week and Other Tourism Notes
You know the city's coming back when you score a seat at Carbone and they sit JLo and ARod next to you—as experienced by a Davler staffer this past weekend. Beyond celeb sightings, we're excited about the boatload of city reopenings the week is bringing...
Tourism Notes for NYC
As the Times put it yesterday, "if you’re worried about Covid-19, at this point New York is one of the safest places in America." Not exactly the fiery hellscape some have suggested this week. Enjoy the long weekend!
Latest Tourism Happenings for NYC
When you keep your community transmission rate low good things can happen. New York State is setting records for number of people tested and the results keep coming back the same, with less than 1% positive for the coronavirus. Accordingly, the reopenings are coming fast and furious.
Tourism Happenings: Cultural Institutions to Reopen in NYC
With the state infection rate below 1% for more than 11 days in a row—the rate is lower now than it was in June—the Governor has cleared the way for NYC bowling alleys, cultural institutions, and gyms to open.
Tourism Happenings Newsletter: Latest Updates for NYC
We have the latest for tourism professionals on what's going on around NYC.
Tourism Happenings: NYC Latest Tourism News
Another week sees another reduction in NYC's coronavirus load and another spate of reopenings.
'Tourism Happenings': The Latest Tourism News for NYC
Signs of renewal are everywhere in the city. The New York Botanical Garden reopened yesterday; Wave Hill is back as of tomorrow. The map of open restaurants shows 182 open streets in addition to 9,500 restaurants Read on for the latest in NYC tourism and Davler Media's new "Reach the Regionals" marketing opportunity.