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Outdoorsy Releases First Annual Labor Day Weekend Travel Report



Outdoorsy, the world’s fastest-growing marketplace for recreational vehicle rentals and experiential outdoor travel, has compiled its inaugural Labor Day Weekend Travel Report.

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The survey’s methodology relied upon information from customer bookings made for the upcoming holiday weekend through Outdoorsy’s online and mobile platforms.

According to the report, the most popular outdoor destinations among American travelers this Labor Day weekend are:

1. Rocky Mountain National Park, Colorado

2. Olympic National Park, Washington

3. Joshua Tree National Park, California

4. Columbia River Gorge, Oregon

5. Lake Michigan, Michigan

City slickers seeking a more urban setting in which to spend the long weekend appear to be heading to:

1. Portland, Oregon

2. Denver, Colorado

3. Golden, Colorado

Outdoorsy’s research revealed a few further U.S. travel trends and statistics for the Labor Day holiday:

—Outdoorsy renters in the U.S. have booked a total of more than 213,375 travel days over the 2019 Labor Day weekend

—The average holiday duration among Outdoorsy road trippers over Labor Day Weekend was shown to be five days and four nights, which suggests that vacationers are extending their long weekend and taking advantage of their last chance to soak up some summer fun

—Among Outdoorsy’s clientele base, budget-friendly and smaller-scale recreational vehicles were the preferred rental-types, with Campervans and Class B RVs being the most popular, and the average nightly rate for Outdoorsy renters being $135 during Labor Day holiday.

Outdoorsy also has some suggestions for under-the-radar Labor Day destinations for those who are still undecided about what to do with their three-day weekend:

1. Anchorage, Alaska

2. Reno, Nevada

3. Fort Worth, Texas

4. Boise, Idaho

5. Columbus, Ohio

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Amtrak Asks Government for More Bailout Money



Amtrak announced Tuesday it has requested another $1.475 billion in bailout funding from the United States government to avoid service cuts and route suspensions as a result of reduced demand caused by the coronavirus outbreak.

While the rail company received $1 billion in emergency funding in April, Amtrak officials said the continued impact of the viral pandemic on business has forced them to reduce operating costs by approximately $500 million.

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Amtrak plans to cut costs through restructuring its workforce and controlling discretionary expenses. The funds would be used to maintain minimum service levels and continue capital investments for the future.

“As the severity and duration of this pandemic and its economic fallout become clearer, we are seeking supplemental federal funding for the next fiscal year,” Amtrak CEO Bill Flynn said in a letter to congress.

“It is clear that Amtrak faces daunting challenges in Fiscal Year 2021, which will require us to take action to protect our rail network, our critical capital assets, and the livelihoods of our employees,” Flynn continued.

Even with the government assistance, Amtrak revealed it still plans to extend service cuts, as social distancing guidelines will continue to capacity limits as travel demand returns. Flynn also said the railroad faces “daunting challenges” that will require the company to take action.

Amtrak officials said revenue for the next fiscal year is expected to fall by $1.6 billion and to run a $1.4 billion loss after it nearly broke even last year. Employee expenses are expected to be cut by $350 million.

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