What Sequester? Americans Are Traveling Like It's 2007; Tours.Com's Travel-Intel Looks at the Data and the Destinations
SAN FRANCISCO, CA, Mar 12, 2013 (MARKETWIRE via COMTEX) --
The March deadline has passed and Americans are about to find out
just what austerity measures can mean. But are they worried Recent
surveys show Americans are traveling in droves this year, despite
economic woes and weary prophecies of falling skies.
The latest issue of Tours.com's Travel-Intel takes a look at recent
in-depth surveys of consumer travel plans and finds that more than
one in two Americans have travel plans in motion and are planning to
spend even more than they did last year on the road. Travel-Intel
looks at the top five national and international destinations on the
board for 2013.
Are travelers booking as much through Online Travel Agencies A
surprising study written about in the March 1 issue of Travel-Intel
reveals that consumers are getting fed up with the customer service
they get online.
What about the resort fees travelers are paying at the hotels they
are booking Caesars Entertainment in Las Vegas with its, now eight,
Strip properties has joined the many other resorts in Las Vegas that
automatically add fee bundles of $5 to $25 a day for such services as
Wifi and daily newspaper to the nightly rate. Travel-Intel has the
story and the chart to check the latest hotel fee add-ons around Las
For resort experiences farther afield, Travel-Intel offers a close-up
look at The Lodhi in New Delhi. Formerly the Aman New Delhi, the
property is now part of the Kurtz-Ahlers collection of exclusive
resorts and offers a rare pocket of peace in a chaotic and colorful
Finally, Travel-Intel shows how traveling to China just got easier.
It is now possible for North Americans to travel to China without a
visa. The latest issue shows: the caveats, the details, the savings.
Travel-Intel, a division of Tours.com, monitors the travel industry
with weekly newsletters on trends, news and updates about the travel
industry sent to a database of more than 100,000 travel agent
subscribers in the U.S. and Canada.
Although Travel-Intel is direct-mailed, current features and archives
can be viewed at www.travel-intel.com.
"The world of travel is changing constantly but this year it seems to
be in hyperdrive," says Lark Gould, content director for Travel-Intel
and Tours.com. "It's our job to keep up with it all and as hard as
that may be we are out there finding out what's new and what
travelers need to know. We are dispatching our writers to conferences
and destinations all over the globe and bringing it back home."
Gould, a veteran travel journalist who has been covering the travel
industry for more than 20 years, puts her incisive perspective into
the weekly publication, with features and news updates on the 1st and
15th of each month.
These issues are complemented by the Travel-Intel "packages"
publications that detail great deals to be found at hotels and resort
locations worldwide, all sent to more than 100,000 travel agent
subscribers in the U.S. and Canada, before posting on Tours.com.
Gould also serves on the editorial team for travel at the Washington
About Tours.com: Tours.com since 1995 -- The Official Directory of
Tours & Vacations Worldwide. Tours.com has a deep and searchable
database of vacation and tour companies searchable by company name,
destination and/or activity. A comprehensive one-stop Travel Resource
section, plus the Find a Travel Agent Specialist search allows one to
search for travel agents with in-depth knowledge in their chosen
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