Despite a year of uncertainty, people let go of fear to reconnect with family, friends and loved ones.

By Cy White, Illustrations by Jessica Wetterer

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$369 million

According to a report released by the organizers of the Austin City Limits music festival, the event had a $369 million impact on Austin’s economy. This is a $78 million increase (or 27%) from the 2019 festival. This annual report is compiled by Angelou Economics and is the culmination of data provided by C3 Presents and spending surveys completed by 7,000-plus festivalgoers.

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$100 billion

According to the U.S. Travel Association Monthly Travel Data Report, travel spending hit $100 billion dollars in April 2022. This made revenue from travel 3% above levels in 2019.

100s

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Hundreds gathered to celebrate 30 finalists and 12 winners at Austin Woman’s seventh annual Woman’s Way Business Awards. The event honored women-led businesses, presented its inaugural See It To Be It award to Card My Yard and featured May cover woman Vasavi Kumar as the keynote speaker.

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55

According to a Bloomberg report put together by Justin Ocean and Marina Stanley, 55 countries have no COVID-19 restrictions in place for international travelers. Though, according to online travel booking agency Kayak, there are 31 countries whose borders are still closed to tourism.

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44%

Live Nation, one of the world’s largest distributors of tickets for live events, reported that in their first quarter they saw a 44% increase in concert bookings. This number is in relation to 2019’s first quarter.


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