BELLEVUE, Wash., May 27：Expedia?, the world's leading online travel company, today released the new issue of the quarterly Expedia Travel Trendwatch?, focused on the upcoming summer travel season.
BELLEVUE, Wash., May 27：Expedia®, the world´s leading online travel company, today released the new issue of the quarterly Expedia Travel Trendwatch®, focused on the upcoming summer travel season.
The report highlights how some popular summer destinations are actually cheaper this year and gives advice on how to offset other rising travel costs. "The summer vacation is a cherished American tradition, and travelers are looking to share these experiences while making the most of their vacation budget," said Chris McGinnis, editor, Expedia Travel Trendwatch. "There are lots of affordable vacation options available this summer with many families finding their adventure in a road trip to a nearby beach."
Key summer travel trends reported in the current issue of the Expedia Travel Trendwatch include:
1) I Want My Summer Vacation!
-- Travelers will be more cautious with their spending and will be on the hunt for vacation values.
-- To make this value vacation happen, travelers will try budget- conscious tactics, such as shortening the length of their trips, staying at less expensive hotels, having more picnics instead of expensive restaurant meals or driving instead of flying.
2) Know When and Where to Book
-- Mid-week offers the best deals, versus travel on the weekend --flights are generally less expensive on Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday.
-- Not all prices are up this year -- hotel rates in some "fly-to" destinations are down including Hawaii and Alaska.
-- More hotels are willing to offer promotional rates this summer.
3) Latin America Increasingly Popular
-- While perennial European favorites -- such as Rome, London and Paris -- remain popular with American travelers, there is growing interest in Latin American destinations -- such as Mexico, Puerto Rico and the Dominican Republic.
-- The fastest growing Latin American destinations are more exotic, with more travel to Paraguay, Peru and Argentina. Argentina alone, according to the country´s tourism office, saw the number of U.S.visitors grow 35 percent between 2005 and 2007.
About Expedia Travel Trendwatch
Expedia Travel Trendwatch® is a quarterly report on consumer travel trends, plus insight and tips from Expedia.com®, the world´s leading online travel service, and Chris McGinnis, a 20-year travel industry veteran who is the editor of the report. McGinnis´ travel industry insight and expertise, coupled with unparalleled travel intelligence from Expedia.com, can be found throughout each report, providing a treasure trove of data, trends, and tips designed to help empower and inform travelers.