Delta Variant Disrupts Rebound in Travel and Leisure

Travel agencies, hotels, cruise operators, show organizers see some impact from rising Covid-19 cases and want to show they can operate amid virus


By Katherine Sayre, Dave Sebastian and Anne Steele
. Photo: Apu Gomes/AFP/Getty Images

Americans returned to the road, skies and stadiums this year. But lately, the great reopening has lost some momentum.

Shows are being canceled, mask requirements are returning to casinos and locales, and consumers are reconsidering their travel plans thanks to a surge in Covid-19 infections.

The reaction to the increased cases isn’t as dramatic as last year, but it has caused travel and leisure executives to notice a recent dip in business.

“It’s people concerned about Delta,” Glenn Fogel, chief executive officer of online-travel agency Booking Holdings Inc., said in an interview this week. The operator of websites like Priceline and Kayak said it saw a slight pullback in booking trends in July compared with June.

Publish : 2021-08-07 15:13:00

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