A record 768 million vacation days went unused across the U.S. last year, with more than half of Americans failing to use all of their allotted time off, according to new research from the U.S. Travel Association, Oxford Economics and Ipsos.
Even more disconcerting, the 768 million figure signals a 9 percent rise from 2017 and amounts to an economic opportunity loss of $151.5 billion and as many as two million American jobs.
With all-inclusive resorts long a staple in Mexico and the Caribbean, Marriott International’s recently unveiled plan to expand significantly into the sector is seen by some as long overdue.
“I was very surprised they hadn’t done it sooner,” said Geoff Millar, co-owner of Ultimate All-Inclusive Travel and Ultimate Hawaii Vacations. “But in the early days, chains like Marriott and Hilton didn’t really think of all-inclusives as competition. Back then, all-inclusives were like three-star summer camps. But over the years, all-inclusives have really upped their game. They’ve become legitimately competitive.”
Marriott said earlier this month that it would grow its all-inclusive footprint under several of its luxury and full-service flags, including Ritz-Carlton, Luxury Collection, Marriott, Westin, W, Autograph Collection and Delta.
U.S. airlines have been bumping travelers at three times the rate of a year ago as hundreds of out-of-service planes force passengers to play a game of musical chairs at the airport.
Carriers denied boarding to 6,589 passengers in the three months ended in June, a rate of 0.3 per 10,000 passengers, compared with a rate of 0.1 for every 10,000 in the same period a year ago, the Department of Transportation said Thursday. That rate refers to travelers whom airlines bump, but not passengers who take a different flight voluntarily.
Road crews have cleared one lane in Alaska’s Denali National Park and Preserve, and buses returned about 300 stranded tourists to the park entrance safely.
The tourists became stranded Friday after heavy rains triggered mudslides and caused excess water from a culvert to damage the only road inside the vast park.
Park spokesman Paul Ollig told The Associated Press that all the stranded passengers were back at the park entrance by midnight.