60% of Americans Won’t Travel to Visit Family for the Holidays This Year, New Survey Finds


The majority of Americans say their holiday plans won’t be business as usual in 2020.

The ongoing novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic is complicating plans for family gatherings and travel in the U.S. this winter. Sixty percent of respondents to Travelocity’s 2020 Holiday Outlook survey claim they won’t be traveling to see family and friends on Thanksgiving, Christmas and other holidays.

Of that group, 1 in 3 say they won’t be celebrating at all this year.

The survey, which was conducted in September, found, however, that not everyone is staying put at home however amid the health crisis. One in four people surveyed said they have a personal vacation planned later this year, while 45 percent of families with kids under 18 said they’ll be taking a trip before 2021 too.

“It’s going to be a nontraditional holiday season this year, so families are gearing up to make the most of it by planning a holiday away from home and using their vacation days to travel,” Katie Junod, general manager at Travelocity, said in a press release.

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The survey found that most who are traveling for the holidays this year aren’t waiting until the last minute. Nearly two-thirds of those surveyed said they’ve already booked their transportation and lodging for Thanksgiving and/or December holidays.

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Additionally, Travelocity indicated that a whopping 80 percent said they will be taking road trips as their preferred form of travel this season, while 1 in 5 will fly.

“Two-thirds of respondents said they’ve been able to travel to see friends and family since COVID-19 started, and almost half say they’re feeling happy and calm about the upcoming holiday season,” Junod said.

To see the full survey results, visit travelocity.com.

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‘They’re not forgotten’: A year later, Hard Rock Hotel collapse victims remembered with banners | Arts

An enormous banner featuring a photo of the late Anthony Magrette rippled gently in the breeze Monday near the Hard Rock Hotel site, where the construction worker died when the structure collapsed Oct. 12, 2019. He and the two other victims were being honored with an art installation on the east wall of a neighboring North Rampart Street building.   

Magrette’s wife Nova Espinoza and son Wallace watched as the four-story portrait was anchored in place. Espinoza smiled as she tearfully explained that she wasn’t sure how he might have felt about the huge, heroic artwork.

“He was so low-key to certain things. He didn’t like so much attention,” she said. “But his face looks so lovely.”

Espinoza said is was a bittersweet experience, seeing her husband and his workmates given such a tribute on the anniversary of their deaths.

“It does help,” she said. “It shows that they’re not forgotten, that they didn’t die in vain, that everybody knows who they are and they won’t be forgotten. Now, he’s bigger than life.”

According to artist Monica Rose Kelly, who orchestrated the project, the banners are meant to honor the families of the victims and call attention to “the injustices” that she feels accompanied the incident.


Angela Magrette is comforted by family as she mourns the loss of her twin brother Anthony Magrette at the one-year anniversary of the Hard Rock Hotel construction site collapse in New Orleans, Monday, Oct. 12, 2020. Monica Kelly Studio and People for Public Art led an art installation called Memorial for the Hard Rock Three, dedicated to Anthony Floyd Magrette, Jose Ponce Arreola and Quinnyon Wimberly, the 3 people who passed away in the building collapse a year ago. (Photo by Sophia Germer, NOLA.com, The Times-Picayune | The New Orleans Advocate)

One year ago, the upper stories of the 190-foot-tall structure, which was under construction at the time, crumbled, showering the streets below with debris. Two dozen construction workers were injured and three died. The body of Magrette was recovered a day after the accident, but the remains of Quinnyon Wimberly and Jose Ponce Arreola remained in the wreckage as 10 months of weather delays, equipment troubles and quarrels between city officials and the project’s developers postponed the removals.

“Everyone was very upset about how long it took to remove the bodies,” Kelly said.

The developers of the collapsed Hard Rock Hotel construction project for months have said that the only thing stopping them from taking down t…

In July, Kelly said she began conceptualizing a permanent memorial for the victims of the collapse. She envisioned laser-cut steel panels similar to the 22 she co-designed for the neutral ground of South Galvez Street, which recalled the neighborhood displaced by the University Medical Center in 2015 and the New Orleans Veterans Affairs Medical Center in 2016. The permanent public memorial will take time, require official approval and be costly. 

It’s easy to forget there was once a modest working-class neighborhood along

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