Is Coronavirus Canceling Summer Vacation for 2020? It Depends on Who You Ask
As the annual summer travel season kicks off Friday amid the coronavirus crisis, travelers and the businesses that cater to them face unprecedented uncertainty and concern.
While the State of California and the City of Newport Beach have permitted the reopening of beaches and parks, hotels and amusement parks have found out last minute that they can’t yet open under lodging restrictions. With pervasive travel restrictions and stay-at-home orders still in place throughout California, many major tourist attractions and popular vacation destinations, such as Catalina Island, remain closed. Factor in continued increases in unemployment, and the question arises: Is summer vacation canceled this year?
The outlook is so murky that for the first time in 20 years. Last year, AAA projected that over 43 million Americans, the second-highest amount on record, would be traveling during the extended Memorial Day weekend. However, the only data they could provide this year was that holiday weekend travel volume will be weak.
Nevertheless, hope exists for families and the hospitality industry. As restrictions begin to ease in some parts of the county, such as Newport Beach, travel demand is picking up as well. The reopening of the country, particularly travel destinations, national parks, tourist attractions, and restaurants will be a significant determinant in how the summer economy shapes up and recovers.
The stay-at-home world has adapted to a life of social distancing and increased the amount of pent-up travel demand, as well for the appreciation of enjoying the great outdoors again. But with hotels and state RV parks remaining closed, what alternatives are there for travelers to have a place to set up basecamp? is the ideal alternative.
Newport Dunes Waterfront Resort & Marina allows guests to unleash their desire to “get out” and enjoy outdoor recreation. Immerse yourself in 110 acres of complete seclusion at Newport Beach’s luxury waterfront beach resort. Enjoy unparalleled views of the Back Bay and Fashion Island’s breathtaking skyline from your doorstep. Take a cruise aboard a Newport Dunes Duffy boat or rent paddleboards and kayaks and seek out adventures in the Back Bay. The health, safety, and experience of all guests and the community remains the resort’s top priority.
According to the 2020 North American RV Consumer Survey Report, over 19,000 current and prospective RV owners are unwaveringly committed to enjoying outdoor recreation again this summer, while still practicing social distancing.
RVing enables vacationers to feel more confident and secure that they can escape the confines of the stay-at-home orders and travel somewhere fun, but also allow the release of pent-up demand and stress.
The report also discovered that while 20% of vacationers canceled travel plans that included air travel and hotel stays, over 35% have yet to cancel their vacation plans and are determined, at the very least, to go to the beach in July for a family vacation. It remains to be seen whether or not that will materialize.
Of the survey’s RV-owning demographic, 79% said they will be utilizing their RVs at least as much as last year, if not more. The survey discovered that as a result of the coronavirus lockdown, there has been an increase in RV purchases, particularly Airstreams, among millennials and younger families. 78% of prospective RV owners intend to make a purchase this year. RV travel presents a unique opportunity to enjoy the great outdoors while maintaining a responsible, social distancing environment.
In these tough times, we know many people want to do what we always do — find peace and comfort in the natural beauty of the great outdoors. Outdoor activities aren’t simply a luxury in California, it’s an important part of our daily lifestyle. Contrary to popular belief, you are allowed to venture outside during the current coronavirus crisis. Public parks and beaches may be temporarily closed to stationary activities, such as sunbathing; however, you can continue to participate in outdoor activities as long as you’re practicing social distancing.