The Travel Ban Is Lifting, But Big-City Hoteliers Still Expect Sluggish Return
Multiple pandemic-era bans on international travelers coming to the United States are ending next week, but hoteliers in gateway markets aren’t predicting a major spike in bookings just yet.

“I think it`s just going to roll in slowly. I don`t think people are just gonna jump on a plane,” said Richard Born, whose BD Hotels owns more than 20 hotels in New York City. “Everybody`s been so stunned by what`s happening, everyone`s lives have been changed. ... There is enormous pent-up demand after a year and a half of being locked up, [but] I don`t see the reservations, and I just don`t mentally believe that all of a sudden, on Nov. 8, all of Europe and Asia is going to come to the United States.”...

RSK: Still a tough road for the Hotels and until people feel comfortable going to conventions again, it will no doubt remain that way for some time.

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