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 Jonathan Nez, President of Navajo Nation talks about the impacts the pandemic has had, and continues to have on his tribal community, and the funding challenges indigenous communities have had with Washington, DC. The president expresses cautious optimism about what’s ahead for Navajo tourism. Carrie Nelson of the Flagstaff Convention & Visitors Bureau shares her thoughts as a Navajo, and the personal challenges she’s had with family on the reservation during the pandemic. She also says Flagstaff is open for business, welcoming visitors. Tripadvisor’s Steve Paganelli reveals some great ideas for travelers to Explore Navajo Nation and other tribal communities. The “Hotel Guru,” Bob Rauch, discusses the hiring dilemma facing virtually every hotel in the US, and lists 5 key reasons for why hiring continues to be a problem. Has the surge in variants across the US concerned travelers, and what’s the temperature read on having vaccination passports? Dave Bratton shares some of the latest findings by Destination Analysts on traveler sentiments.

Kurt Burkhart extends a heartfelt congratulations to Charles H. Jeffers II on his appointment as the new CEO for the Bermuda Tourism Authority. He found that some Las Vegas casinos are expressing optimism that Baby Boomers will lead the return to tables, shows, dining and entertainment. And why now might be the best time to apply for TSA’s Global Entry.

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