Nashville hotels fight to regain footing in stormy travel industry

Honky-tonks are elbow-to-elbow on weekend nights again and traffic is back to being a headache.

But hotels haven’t enjoyed the same rushed return to normal business as other sectors of Nashville’s economy.

Tourism continues to thrive, with vacation travel as busy as ever. Convention and business meeting bookings, meanwhile, are slowly inching their way back. 

“Downtown Nashville relies very heavily on conventions and conferences, which have been slower to return than leisure travelers,” said Chelsea McCready, senior director of hospitality analytics at CoStar Group. “Leisure travel to Nashville has been fully recovered since last spring.”

McCready noted Music City Center 

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Leisure travel fuels a hard-fought recovery in Madison hotel industry | Business News

The hotel and hospitality industries are still suffering from the COVID-19 pandemic, but leisure travelers are fueling a recovery that’s generating higher-than-projected room taxes to support Madison’s city budget and fund tourism-related activities.

The city saw $18.9 million in room taxes in 2019, but as the pandemic took hold the amount plummeted to $5.9 million in 2020, forcing the city’s Room Tax Commission to slash funding for Destination Madison, Monona Terrace, Overture Center and other entities, as well as the general fund.

But it’s getting better.

In June, the city projected room tax

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UK eases travel restrictions as industry lobbies for more


The CEO of Heathrow Airport John Holland-Kaye gives a television interview at Terminal 5 of Heathrow Airport in London, Monday, Aug. 2, 2021. Travelers fully vaccinated against coronavirus from the United States and much of Europe were able to enter Britain without quarantining starting today, a move welcomed by Britain’s ailing travel industry. (AP Photo/Matt Dunham)


Britain opened its borders to fully vaccinated travelers from the U.S. and the European Union on Monday as travel industry leaders urged the government to further ease restrictions and allow people to enjoy the benefits of a successful COVID-19 inoculation

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Travel industry calls for ‘clear roadmap’ and financial support after ‘catastrophic’ year

Travel industry worker calls for a ‘clear road map’



Hundreds of crew, pilots and travel agents have gathered outside Westminster to protest and call for action. They asked the Government to help an industry that has been suffering for 18 months now.

Travel industry workers are demanding financial support and the sector to be reopened in order to save the summer.

Travel agent Kelly Cooks said: “The last 18 months for everybody in the travel industry have been absolutely catastrophic.”

She explained that what the industry demands is a clear plan to recover from the

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