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This Week in Travel News: 11 Stories You Need to See

A roundup of the week's most newsworthy travel industry press releases from PR Newswire, including summer travel trends and free camping locations across the U.S.

NEW YORK, April 28, 2023 -- With thousands of press releases published each week, it can be difficult to keep up with everything on PR Newswire. To help journalists covering the travel industry stay on top of the week's most newsworthy and popular releases, here's a roundup of stories from the week that shouldn't be missed.

The list below includes the headline (with a link to the full text) and an excerpt from each story. Click on the press release headlines to access accompanying multimedia assets that are available for download.

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  1. The Points Guy Releases First-of-its-Kind Trends Report Ahead of the Year's Biggest Travel Moments
    Overall, while fears of a recession are looming, it isn't currently hindering trips for Americans as they're continuing to travel and invest in these experiences. With work-from-home policies more prevalent than pre-pandemic, vacations are longer, with the line between business and leisure blurred.
  2. VAI Resort to Debut in 2024: Arizona's Largest and Boldest Hotel, Entertainment and Culinary Destination
    Imagine a $1 billion, 60-acre resort oasis destination rising from the Arizona desert landscape. Imagine a hotel room transforming into the most incredible concert seat to view world-renowned artists and entertainers performing from the $40 million VAI stage in an unprecedented amphitheater and live entertainment venue.
  3. Disney Springs® Resort Area Hotels Offer Room Rates Starting at $97 for Stays May 1 - August 31, 2023
    Disney Springs® Resort Area Hotels include seven properties conveniently located in the Walt Disney World® Resort with spacious accommodations, luxurious amenities, dining, and recreation offerings. 
  4. New Study Uncovers Whether EVs Can Compete with Gas Cars Traveling Iconic American Road Trips
    The study determined that for every 100 miles driven along these popular routes, an EV owner will save $11 but will add 25 minutes, on average. An EV trip increased travel time by over 13 hours on one route, but less than 2 hours on another.
  5. The Dyrt Releases Curated Collection of 5,000 Free Camping Locations
    Campers can use this feature to navigate more than 5,000 free camping locations including dispersed campsites, free established campgrounds, and free camping on public lands — and find out if permits are required and how to get them.
  6. Wallabing's Innovative Peer-To-Peer RV Rental Platform Offers RV Owners and Renters the Open Road to Revenue, Adventure, and Peace of Mind
    "Owners make more, renters pay less" is the simple but powerful concept at the core of the Plano, Texas-based company's business, which streamlines the RV ownership and rental experience, and has increased its inventory by 682% in six months.
  7. Wynn Al Marjan Island unveils design vision; upcoming resort to be new architectural landmark in the UAE
    Set in a pristine setting overlooking the azure waters of the Arabian Gulf, Wynn Al Marjan Island rises more than 1,000 feet (305 meters) above the sea, welcoming visitors to a premium luxury experience, including exceptional entertainment and gaming amenities.
  8. Alaska Airlines launches partnership with STARLUX Airlines
    With more of us looking to travel internationally this year, Alaska Airlines is celebrating its newest global airline partner: STARLUX Airlines, a Taipei-based premium carrier, which has launched its inaugural transpacific service between Taipei and Los Angeles.
  9. Carnival Jubilee Celebrates the Sea and Shores with Two New Zones
    Carnival Jubilee, the next new ship in the Excel class, will debut fun, unique and immersive ocean-themed experiences in two new zones: Currents and The Shores, along with guest favorites and, of course, the fleet's third roller coaster at sea when she debuts later this year.
  10. reveals Brit-mania as King's Coronation looms
    Analysis of flight bookings made between January and April 2023, for arrivals into the UK over the bank holiday period (May 1- 8) revealed a 70% increase, with flight bookings to the UK made in January 2023 increasing by a whopping 971% compared with January 2022.
  11. OTG Announces Expansion into Denver International Airport with New Farm-To-Terminal Dining Concept and Tech-Enhanced Hospitality
    This initial entry into the Denver market will include the introduction of Sunset Loop Bar & Grill, a new concept that celebrates the Mile High City's local food culture, as well as Starbucks. OTG will also integrate its mobile-first technology, flo™ Xgen, within the Concourse B-East experience.

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Can't-Miss Earnings

In addition to these popular releases, several must-read earnings reports crossed the wire this week, including the quarterly results for Southwest Airlines, Wyndham Hotels & Resorts, and Hawaiian Airlines.

Catch up on all the latest earnings reports here.

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