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Memorial Day travel forecast: Lonesome highways, desolate airports, empty hotels

Getting out of town for Memorial Day weekend?


Of course not. Nobody is, thanks to social distancing, business closures and the expert advice that people stay put.


Bluntly, the unofficial start of summer — when family vacations and weekend getaways keep hotels, restaurants and gas stations humming — is going to be a wipeout, another right hook to the jaw of the reeling travel industry.


Already, more than half of the 15.8 million travel-related jobs in the U.S. have disappeared since the outbreak of the pandemic, leaving the industry with 51% unemployment, according to data released Tuesday by the U.S. Travel Association.


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