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Business travel resumes, hesitantly

08/16/2021| 6:49:53 PM| 中文

The U.S. Travel Association now expected that business travel would “only achieve 50 percent of 2019 levels in the fourth quarter of 2021.”

Business travel has started again, but in fits and starts.

Hotels and airlines have reported a rise in bookings for travel in the United States in the last couple of months.

The expanded Javits Convention Center, New York City’s main convention hall, reopened on Sunday and had a number of big events on its schedule for the rest of the year, including the New York International Auto Show. Then last week, as Covid-19 cases rose, the auto show’s organizers canceled it, though the center said it was keeping other events on its books. San Diego’s convention center, which reopened last week, is still expecting a series of shows this fall. 

But the spread of the Delta variant of the coronavirus is throwing a new wrench into businesses’ plans, and the question is whether the spike in cases will be brief or more long-lived.

Travel experts said they remained optimistic that business travel will pick up substantially later this year and early in 2022.

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