The impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the Las Vegas economy has been extremely harsh given the market’s reliance on visitation and conventions. Following five consecutive years of accommodating more than 42 million visitors, Las Vegas hosted just over 19 million people in 2020 (the lowest number of visitors since 18.1 million in 1989). Continued weak performance is anticipated through the first half of 2021.
Declining oil and gas prices since 2014 have largely resulted in an economic retrogression in Alaska. Aside from the oil and gas industry, the tourism industry is one of the largest private-sector groups of employers in the state and accounts for one of every eight jobs. Therefore, the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic has been detrimental to the local economy. While the widespread availability of a vaccine has ignited hope, tourism recovery faces some obstacles in 2021.
Indianapolis was expecting another record-breaking visitation year in 2020. However, the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic brought the city’s thriving convention and sports/entertainment sectors to a halt, dragging the hotel industry down with it. Fortunately, certain factors, including the continued operation of the Indianapolis Convention Center in 2020 and a promising 2021 calendar of events, are providing a good foundation for its recovery.
While Lambeau Field, the home field of the Green Bay Packers, has been around since the 1950s, the area surrounding it has undergone many transformations over the past decade given the success of the NFL team. In this article, we examine the market’s historical trends, the impact of the pandemic, and the outlook for Green Bay.
The Twin Cities hotel market has suffered a greater loss than that of the nation given the combined impact of the COVID-19 pandemic and civil unrest. Many hotels suspended operations between April and June, with little activity taking place in urban cores. How far has the market fallen, and what will the next few years look like?
Recent stimulus passed through the federal government will significantly impact recovery for the travel industry. Publicly funded destination marketing organizations (“DMOs”), tourism agencies, and entertainment venues will benefit from provisions of the $900 billion COVID-19 relief package. HVS explains how certain provisions of recent stimulus and President Biden’s proposed stimulus package contribute to recovery of vital sectors of the US economy.
The COVID-19 global pandemic has significantly impacted lodging markets across the country; however, each submarket has been affected differently, which has largely depended on the supply and demand forces of that submarket. As a renowned leisure destination that has weathered economic downturns and natural/ecological disasters in the past, the Florida Keys has proven to be resilient, and this recovery should be no different.
Rod Clough, President – Americas, interviewed Kasia Russell, Managing Director and Senior Partner overseeing the U.S. Pacific Northwest region, on February 3, 2021, to discuss the current market dynamics and the outlook for recovery.
After Mardi Gras, hotels in the greater New Orleans area faced record declines in demand, similar to many major markets in the United States because of the COVID-19 pandemic. What has been the initial impact? How does this compare to historical declines in the city’s hospitality industry? What will the recovery look like?