LTVA Bulletin – February

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Welcome to the February edition of the Lake Tahoe Visitors Authority’s South Shore Bulletin. Our goal is to highlight tourism trends, strategy, initiatives, and programs that increase visitor awareness, support our community and environment, and strengthen our economy.

Reno-Tahoe International Airport Flight Map Tool Help Your Guests Plan Their Trip

LTVA supports the Regional Air Service Corporation – a multi-organization collaborative that helps promote and maintain RNO air service. As well, the airport provides information and tools like this Flight Map to make it easier for our visitors and residents to fly to and from RNO.

This Flight Map allows people to see how to get from RNO to any domestic or international market or from any domestic or international market to RNO. An easy arrow toggle allows for inbound flights too. This tool shows how to get from Point A to Point B and which airlines will take you there. The system automatically shows you all routes, or you can filter for nonstop or connection options. All airlines, including Southwest, are listed. In fact, should you wish to book a flight, you just click on the airline name and it will link you to the air carrier’s website.

Travel Recovery Report

The LTVA’s strategic alliances result in access to many helpful sources of data that we are able to share with our partners. Tracking the recovery of the travel industry has been necessary after the pandemic left travel expenditures at a 25-year low in 2020. Today, travel has almost fully recovered since hitting these lows. Skift Research’s proprietary Skift Travel Index tracks the performance of recovery in 22 countries, using data from 20 data partners. The Index shows that globally the travel industry is nearing full recovery – just 15% below 2019 levels.

Additionally, according to data from the TSA, U.S. passenger movement is back to 95% of 2019 levels.

Did You Know?

  • January had a 70.8% rate of overnight visitors, compared to visitors only coming for the day.
  • In January, the top five markets – ranked by how much the average visitor is spending – are Honolulu, Denver, Santa Barbara-Santa Maria-San Luis Obispo, Phoenix, and Fresno-Visalia.
  • The top five spending categories for January visitors were food, accommodations, retail, gas & service stations, and attractions.