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WHAT'S NEXT?: Online retailing will be one of the fastest growing channels between 2015 and 2019 as individuals do not have much time for leisure and seek convenience. Entertainment will continue to shift away from traditional broadcast media and print to reality augmented and deeply personalised content. The occupations with the largest new employment growth will be managers, professional and technical jobs, and caring and leisure occupations. Many middle-class professionals will be outsourced to machines within the next few decades leaving workers with more leisure time than they have ever experienced.

  • [New] Chengdu is expected to become a World Famous City of Sports Events by 2025, a World Famous City of Sports by 2030, and a World Famous City for living by 2035. PR Newswire
  • [New] H2M will feature many of the top leaders in aerospace, government, innovation, policy, STEM education, entertainment, and many other disciplines from around the world. Eventbrite
  • [New] In the UK, last minute announcements and changes to 'traffic-light' status of travel rules have dashed hopes of summer family holidays for many and wrecked airline planners. Royal Aeronautical Society
  • [New] The Taliban's return to power has raised fears not only that restrictions on sports will be reimposed, but also that the female athletes who emerged in the past 20 years will be subject to reprisals. The New York Times
  • [New] Women would not be allowed to play cricket - a popular sport in Afghanistan - or possibly any other sport because it was not necessary and their bodies might be exposed. LBCI Lebanon
  • [New] U.S. leisure travelers plan to significantly pare back travel plans amid rising COVID-19 cases, with 69% planning to take fewer trips, 55% planning to postpone existing travel plans, and 42% likely to cancel existing plans without rescheduling. eTurboNews | Trends | Travel News
  • [New] As classrooms across much of the world prepare to reopen after the summer holidays, a quarter of countries - most of them in sub-Saharan Africa - have school systems that are at extreme or high risk of collapse. The Guardian
  • [New] New York City will close 40 miles (64 km) of streets to cars next month to provide more recreation opportunities and to expand pedestrians' space to maintain social distance.
  • [New] Activity in the property market would almost inevitably slow down when the stamp duty holiday winds down at the end of the month, and property demand could stall if the end of the year brings a rise in unemployment as government support schemes come to an end. The Guardian
  • [New] Manitoba has announced plans for a vaccine mandate that will restrict restaurants, fitness centres, theatres and ticketed sporting events to people who show proof of vaccination. CBC
  • [New] New York City recently announced that it will require employees working at locations offering indoor dining, fitness, entertainment and performances to be vaccinated. The Drum
  • [New] Retail's second-biggest spending holiday is expected by many to bounce back in 2021 due to climbing vaccination rates driven by fears about the spread of the Delta variant, fewer social gathering restrictions and pent-up demand. Retailwire
  • Technology and healthcare activity will remain robust, but refinancing issuance in the transportation, leisure and consumer retail sectors saw an uptick in activity in the first half of the year, particularly in Q1. Debt Explorer
  • The success of 2021's holiday season will depend on understanding evolving consumer behavior, ecommerce experience, communication, and infrastructure in a post-pandemic world.
  • Gyms, museums, and any other place considered entertainment will require proof of full vaccination in the city of San Francisco with Los Angeles following not far behind. NextShark
  • The holiday period will be even more focused on online in 2021, given ongoing restrictions and considering many retailers now rely on the holiday season to make a heavy portion of their annual revenue. Power Retail
  • A nationwide labour shortage due to the COVID-19 pandemic has spurred retailers to raise wages in 2021, with many worried that they will not have enough workers in stores and warehouses during the holiday shopping season. ESM Magazine
  • With the holidays a few months away, experts are predicting that the year's busiest shopping season will be a perfect storm of supply chain bottlenecks. beSpacific
  • Chinese officials on Monday issued rules that will limit the time minors are allowed to play online games to just one hour a day on weekends and holidays. CNet

Last updated: 15 September 2021