A new national survey commissioned by the American Hotel & Lodging Association (AHLA) found that the majority of Americans are not expecting to travel this holiday season. Results show that 72 percent of Americans were unlikely to travel for Thanksgiving and 69 percent are unlikely to travel for Christmas, compounding the challenges for the hotel industry during this public health crisis.
Business travel has been even more impacted. Only 8 percent of Americans say they have taken an overnight business trip since March, and just 19 percent of respondents who are currently employed expect to travel for business within the next six months. Around 62 percent of employed Americans have no plans to stay in a hotel for business.
The survey of 2,200 adults was conducted November 2-4, 2020, by Morning Consult on behalf of AHLA. Key findings of the survey include the following:
• Only 3 in 10 (32 percent) respondents have taken an overnight vacation or leisure trip since March;
• Looking ahead to next year, 24 percent are likely to travel for spring break;
• 44 percent say their next hotel stay for vacation or leisure travel will be a year or more from now or they have no plans to stay in a hotel.
The city of St. Paul honored two foodservice businesses that were winners in the city’s annual Business Awards. Candyland, which is best known for its Chicago Mix popcorn, received the Traditions Award for being in business for at least 20 years, and Karibu Grocery & Deli received the New Kid on the Block Award. There were four awards in all.
Fans of James Beard Award-winner Ann Kim's Pizzeria Lola can now pick up her pizzas frozen from the location at 5557 Xerxes Ave. South in Minneapolis seven days a week. The pizzas can be ordered online at pizzerialola.com or by phoning the store.
Alex Robert’s Brasa Premium Rotisserie was selected by readers to be Minnesota Monthly’s inaugural 2020 Takeout Bracket Challenge Champion for having the best takeout in the state. Brasa beat out 64 contenders.
In an interview with WCCO, Roberts explained that the reason they were picked is that their food travels especially well.