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How Americans are Overspending on Vacation

  According to its tenth annual Vacation Confidence Index, Allianz Global Assistance finds 10 percent of Americans admit to going overboard on their budget while on vacation. Last year, those who did overspent by some 27 percent ($534) on average. Breaking down by age Generation X turned out to be the biggest offenders and overspent by 32 percent over their […]

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What They’ll Buy: U.S. Travelers in Focus

  MMGY Global’s Portrait of American Traveler (POAT) survey found, among other interesting fragments, that food is a driving influence when it comes to choosing places to vacation and ways to vacation. Being motivated to vacation in order to experience new cuisines has grown from 51 percent of travelers in 2014 to 70 percent in […]

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Airline Satisfaction Rises as Seat Demand Surges

A steep demand for air travel has airlines adding some 116,000 seats per day to accommodate the 246.1 million air travelers coming onboard. According to Airlines for America, a trade organization for the leading U.S. airlines, an average of 2.68 million per day are expected to travel on U.S. airlines between June 1 and Aug. 31, 2018. […]

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Romancing the World: Luxe Travel Tips

  While Valentine’s Day may be synonymous with romance in some circles, romantic vacations can last well beyond the bounds of Cupid’s arrows. The luxury travel experts with Travel Leaders Group offer five destination tips for romancing couples seeking an intimate getaway, along with ways they can add spice to their life, regardless of when they travel.

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“Trump Effect” is Boosting US Visitation to “Foe” Destinations

Contrary to White House policies, US travel to Cuba, Iran and Mexico is way up. One might think that foreign countries in the crosshairs of President Trump’s disparaging rhetoric and hurtful policies would see a slump in tourism, but surprisingly the opposite is proving true. Despite Trump’s attempts to close borders and restrict travel, Intrepid Travel has seen record […]

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Virtuoso Looks at “Fire of Desire” Influence on Travel Planning

Travelers in 2020 are seizing the day and prioritizing trips now, fired up by the belief that customized experiences are the best investment of their money and time, according to the latest Virtuoso Luxe Report. The luxury travel network  annually surveys its top travel agency members and their advisor sales force across 50 countries to predict […]

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Get Ready for the Rise of Green Cruising

Carnival Corporation, which holds the tag as the world’s largest leisure travel company, is partnering with leaders from maritime and engineering industries to pilot the world’s first fuel cell system designed to power large passenger vessels. As early as 2021, Germany-based AIDA Cruises will trial this innovative fuel technology on AIDAnova, becoming the cruise industry’s […]

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Gardens Around the Globe Set Aglow for the Holidays

By Susan McKee   As the daylight dwindles, city centers, botanical gardens and other public outdoor venues turn on fanciful light shows to attract visitors. November and December are the prime months for such extravaganzas. Now through December 29, the Royal Botanic Garden in Edinburgh, Scotland, features a one-mile winter trail with a laser garden, […]

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Nashville Tops Out at Priciest U.S. City for Spending the Night

Not all cities are created equal – especially when it comes to average daily rates at favorite hotels. To that end, Nashville may just be the the most expensive city in the United States to stay overnight, according to a survey released this month by Cheaphotels.org. The booking site compared hotel rates across 50 urban destinations. Looking at rates […]