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At present’s podcast appears to be like at U.S. visa wait instances, Dolly Parton’s new lodge, and a Canadian airline team-up.

Good morning from Skift. It’s Wednesday, November 29. Right here’s what you must know concerning the enterprise of journey as we speak.

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Prolonged waits for customer visas have harm the U.S. tourism restoration. The issue isn’t anticipated to die down in 2024 — particularly in Colombia, Mexico and India, writes International Tourism Reporter Dawit Habtemariam.

U.S. State Division representatives stated demand for visas reached file highs in these three international locations. Beforehand, the visa backlog had been pushed by pent-up demand and staffing shortages at a number of U.S. embassies. Each resulted from the pandemic.

Julie Stufft, deputy assistant secretary for visa providers, stated businesses now have to cope with robust demand that goes past the Covid hangover. 

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Prolonged U.S. customer visa waits will value the U.S. journey business roughly $12 billion in misplaced traveler spending this 12 months, based on the U.S. Journey Affiliation. 

Subsequent, Dolly Parton has been within the information lately, due to a lately launched album and a brand new e-book. Parton and her associate firm have additionally opened a brand new impartial lodge, studies Senior Hospitality Editor Sean O’Neill. 

Dollywood’s HeartSong Lodge & Resort is the most recent collaboration between Parton and Herschend Household Leisure. O’Neill writes they run accommodations on their very own, with out having to depend on a significant international model or a third-party administration. Parton and Herschend additionally finance their initiatives by way of their very own capital and financial institution loans, moderately than take the extra frequent path of getting a number of traders.

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Lastly, Canadian carriers Air Transat and Porter Airways are planning a three way partnership that will allow them to seize a bigger market share, studies Edward Russell, editor of Skift publication Airline Weekly. 

The newly unveiled pact would permit Porter and Transat to coordinate routes, schedules and fares throughout their networks. The 2 firms would basically have the ability to merge their respective operations with out the associated fee or challenges of truly combining. Russell provides Porter and Transat would have the ability to higher compete with Air Canada, which dominates the Canadian market. 

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