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 2018 in this important survey of 2,902 U.S. adults who have had taken at least one overnight trip of 75 miles or more from home during the previous 12 months. The majority of the households surveyed have an annual household income of $50,000–124,999. Read more »

Ports of Call: Shoring up the Off-Ship Experience

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A cruise vacation means sailing on a beautiful ship, with comfortable accommodations, fine cuisine and more tantalizing activities than one can possibly do in a week. It also means visiting fascinating ports of call just about every day. So, the question becomes, what’s the best way to take advantage of exploring these iconic destinations? Read more »

Resort Buyouts: More Wow, Less Worry

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Resort buyouts are a trending concern among group travel agents and meetings professionals. They will find sublime rewards in the seen and unseen returns for their efforts. Resort buyouts can be even sweeter, especially for weddings and celebrations that need all the right stuff.  Finding the right hotel or resort for the purpose at hand is the key. Not every property is a good bet for a buyout meeting or event, Not every resort can handle a take-over by a flowing and happy party.      READ MORE …

Orlando Vacation Primer: To-Dos from the Experts

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Orlando, a perpetual top domestic destination, especially for families, welcomed 72 million visitors in 2017 – a five percent increase over the previous year, according to Visit Orlando, the city’s convention and visitors bureau. Various experiences, from theme parks to the Everglades, museums and nearby beaches is, once again, making Orlando one of this summer’s most popular vacation spots, according to a survey of travel agents in the Travel Leaders Network of retail travel agency organizations. Orlando took the second spot as the most-booked domestic vacation destination behind an Alaskan cruise and just ahead of Las Vegas. The network has more than a thousand travel agents who specialize in Orlando as a vacation destination. Read more »

Packing Light: You Can Take it With You

By Christopher Elliott

Scott Jordan didn’t mean to change the way people pack — or more specifically, don’t pack when he started SCOTTeVEST 18 years ago. He thought his multi-pocketed clothes would catch on with gadget users. But then 9/11 happened. Suddenly, checked bags were being scanned, rifled through, and restricted. Jordan’s just-launched clothing line clicked with time-strapped frequent fliers eager to avoid airport security delays. Read more »

Three Days in Suzhou

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Located just 60 miles west of Shanghai, travelers will discover vibrant history, grand canals, classical gardens, and authentic culture in the ancient city of Suzhou. Dating back 2,500 years, Suzhou’s stunning water towns and rich cultural life capture the romance of ancient China. Even with its old-world appeal, Suzhou is one of the most developed cities in the country. Modern transportation systems make it easy to incorporate 48 hours in the “Venice of the East” into any trip to China. Read more »