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Travel Leaders Reveal 2011 Travel Trends:
Top Destinations: U.S. and International Based on Actual 2011 Bookings:
Las Vegas edges out Orlando by a mere 0.36%, after losing its "top spot" crown to Orlando in 2010. Las Vegas has earned the #1 ranking every year from 2003-2009 and now again in 2011.
Over 88% Will Spend the Same or More on Travel this Year.
Optimism Mirrors Pre-Recession Levels of 2007; Cruises Take Two of Top Three"International Destination" Spots.
Minneapolis, MN (December 17, 2010) - Today, Travel Leaders unveiled the 2011 results of their authoritative annual Travel Trends Survey. After a one-year hiatus - the adult "playland" of Las Vegas has regained the top spot over the family playground of Orlando by the slimmest of margins. In addition, this year's findings show that 50.1% of Travel Leaders clients will spend more on travel this year while 38.2% will spend the same amount. Conducted November 3 - 30, 2010, and based on actual booking data, the 2011 Travel Trends Survey includes responses from 547 Travel Leaders owners, managers and frontline travel experts throughout the United States.
"The trends revealed in this year's survey lead us to be quite bullish on travel in 2011. Bookings are on the rise as people either feel more stable in their situations or decide they can't wait any longer to take a needed vacation," stated Roger E. Block, CTC, president of Travel Leaders Franchise Group, which includes locations from coast to coast. "Spending signs are encouraging as 50.1% indicate that their clients will be spending more per trip, while 38.2% responded that clients will at the very least spend the same as they did last year. Plus, what our Travel Leaders experts are seeing and booking for 2011 translates into the overwhelming majority feeling more optimistic in their outlook for 2011 than we've seen since late 2006/early 2007."
Travel Leaders is transforming travel with a name that boldly embodies our commitment to our vacation and business travel clients via a progressive approach toward each unique travel experience. As one of America’s top ten-ranked travel companies, Travel Leaders has assisted millions of travelers through our strong roots – the former Carlson Wagonlit Travel Associates, TraveLeaders and Tzell Travel Group joined together in 2008 to form one of the industry’s fastest-growing and robust networks of travel agents. Travel Leaders Franchise Group can trace its beginnings to 1984 as the franchise system “Ask Mr. Foster Travel,” which itself was North America’s first travel agency chain established in 1888.