Americans Plan Summer Travel Well In Advance
by Richard D'Ambrosio
Americans Plan Summer Travel Well In Advance

Americans are planning beach trips in large numbers this summer. Photo: VisitNewportBeach.com

Americans are doing more planning this summer than in the past, a new survey shows, and doing more research—a trend that bodes well for travel agents.

Almost half of the respondents to the American Express Spending & Saving Tracker (46%) said they are planning their trips more than one month out from booking, vs. 37% in 2015. And they are visiting an average of six websites for information before booking.

The survey reports that 72% of Americans traveling this summer will vacation in the United States, while 15% will travel overseas.

Millennials are slightly more likely to be traveling this summer, with 89% of them saying they are taking a trip, vs. 80% of the general population.

Weekend getaways are extremely popular this summer, with the average American planning three between now and Labor Day; beach trips and family visits are the two most popular choices. Fourth of July weekend is the most popular, cited by 35%, while 24% got away on Memorial Day weekend, and 21% plan a trip for Labor Day weekend.

  0
  0
Tip of the Day
Daily Top List

Oldest Continuously Inhabited Cities

1. Damascus, Syria.

2. Jericho, West Bank.

3. Aleppo, Syria.

4. Athens, Greece.

5. Argos, Greece.

Source: MNN

TMR Recommendations
Top Stories
Joe Jiffo Plans To Bring ‘The Land Side’ To Cruising
Joe Jiffo Plans To Bring ‘The Land Side’ To Cruising

After seven years at Ensemble and Exclusive Group Travel, Joe Jiffo has learned a few things about consortia and home-base agents that will serve him in good stead as MSC’s new EVP of Sales for North America. (But did he know that Mark Travel was buying EGT? Click here to find out.)

Agents Speak Out: What We Need To Sell More Mexico!
Agents Speak Out: What We Need To Sell More Mexico!

Top-producing travel agents didn’t pull any punches when asked what they need to increase sales to Mexico even more. And their suggestions varied widely. Part three in our coverage of the new TMR survey.

Marriott Resorts In Caribbean And Latin America Launch Travel Agent Incentive Program
Marriott Resorts In Caribbean And Latin America Launch Travel Agent Incentive Program

Perks include free nights.

Quito Eyes International Markets From High In The Andes
Quito Eyes International Markets From High In The Andes

In ‘the capital of the Middle of the World, with spring weather all year round,’ new hotels, a new convention center and new partnerships bring UNESCO World Heritage Sites to a broader audience.

Smaller Properties Are Defining Luxury In Mexico
Smaller Properties Are Defining Luxury In Mexico

After a long build-up in large chain resorts, smaller luxury properties are beginning to establish themselves in Mexico.

All-Inclusive, Luxury, Romance And Family Travel Driving Mexico Sales, Travel Agents Say
All-Inclusive, Luxury, Romance And Family Travel Driving Mexico Sales, Travel Agents Say

Coming off a record year of welcoming 35 million international visitors, Mexico is seeing strong growth in a number of key segments among North American travelers, U.S. and Canadian travel agents report in a new survey by Travel Market Report.

News Briefs
Advertiser's Voice
Advertiser's Voice: Melia Pro