More US Travelers Are On The Road Again

US Traveler

Three thousand miles coast-to-coast with forests and deserts, mountains and prairies, and small towns in between, combined with unique regional flavors and culture, equals countless possibilities for the quintessential US road trip.  More and more Americans are doing this each year. The Times recently ran a piece about the “comeback” of the US road trip,… Read more »

Authentic, Experiential… All-Inclusive?

All-inclusive vacations have come a long way from the long buffet lines and less-than-stellar accommodations of twenty years ago. The all-inclusives of today provide everything from great food to romantic getaways to family friendly fun – with the ease and convenience of having everything at one price, and usually one place. The hottest trend in… Read more »

Bleisure Travelers Find Ways To Have It All

Business leisure (“bleisure”) travelers are getting plenty of attention. This growing segment of the traveling population is included in the WEX and Mastercard Travel Trends 2018 Report on US travelers’ attitudes and preferences, which found nearly 60% of those surveyed extend their business trips. Since one-third of respondents prefer to use vacation time for short… Read more »

Tours & Activities And OTAs: Partnerships With Benefits

The flurry of recent acquisitions and investments has made it clear – the tours and activities sector is now even more attractive to OTAs. Some of the largest players, including Booking.com, Expedia, TripAdvisor, Ctrip and Airbnb, have either purchased companies or expanded their tour and activities offerings. A 2017 Phocuswright report on tours and activities… Read more »

Vacations Less About Excess And More About Wellbeing

More and more travelers are ditching trips filled with too much food and drink for trips that allow them to maintain or restart a healthy lifestyle. In fact, Global Health and Wellness Tourism 2018 finds that “wellness tourism is growing at 12% a year.” In it’s predictions for 2018, Booking.com reports, “The trend for wellness… Read more »

Accommodation Attitudes Of US Travelers Evolving

WEX and Mastercard recently partnered on a survey of US travelers, identifying attitudes and preferences across a range of travel topics. The 2018 Travel Trends Report confirmed travelers’ accommodation selections are changing, and it found some interesting differences between the generations. “The evolution of the sharing economy, particularly within accommodations, has made it possible for… Read more »

Extreme Weather & Changing Travel Patterns Require Flexibility

Extreme Weather

Climate and weather are key factors when deciding where to visit, what to do while you’re there, how much you’ll enjoy the trip, and sometimes, how safe you’ll be. When booking a trip, tourists plan for a destination’s general climate, but during their trip they’ll be affected by the specific weather at that time, which… Read more »

German Travel Market Continues To Grow

Germany, with its strong economy and high consumer confidence, is Europe’s largest travel market, and a number of recent surveys show that it’s likely to remain that way for the foreseeable future. Spending Strong, Destination Preferences In Flux Phocuswright’s German Online Travel Overview reports that projected travel gross bookings by Germans reached 58.8 billion Euros… Read more »

Attracting International Sports Events Can Bring Big Rewards—Now & Later

international sports events

Destinations are turning to sporting events as a way to revitalize themselves. With technology keeping us connected to these events, it’s no surprise international sports events have grown in appeal. Decades of research find that these events can impact economic growth, urban renewal and social and cultural improvements, but not all host cities’ or countries’… Read more »