Americans plan to travel more frequently this summer, according to the results of a consumer survey released by the National Association of Convenience Stores (NACS). Consumers in the Midwest are most likely to spend more money this summer due to the harsh winter weather. And as more than 8 in 10 consumers (84%) say that they will drive for a summer vacation, convenience stores expect to see plenty of traffic at the gas pumps this summer.
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More Americans plan to travel with family this year than last. Of those taking family trips, 55% will travel with their spouse and children, and 20% will travel with extended family, according to a recent study by TripAdvisor. July is the most popular month for family trips. Sixty-six percent of family travelers will hit the beach, while 46% will visit the city and 33% will make their way to a national park.
Americans' vacation plans are shaping up for the summer, as travelers are preparing to get out and get away. According to a new survey, 42% of respondents who are planning to travel indicate that a family trip is in the works. A full three-quarters of respondents say that gasoline prices have not altered their summer travel plans. Likewise, 75% of travelers considering flying say that airline ticket prices have not changed their plans.
Despite concern over high gas prices, improving economic conditions and a pent up demand for travel are prompting Americans to spend nearly $16 billion more on summer travel in 2011 than they did in 2010. Not only are more Americans intending to travel on vacation this summer, but those that are anticipate spending more this year, according to a new survey by Mondial Assistance USA. The average family intends to spend $1,704 traveling in Summer 2011.
According to TripAdvisor's new summer travel survey, 86% of travelers are planning leisure trips this summer; up from 83% that said they traveled last summer. While most Americans appear committed to taking vacations this summer, they are conscious of gas prices as 39% said the rising cost of fuel is affecting their summer travel plans. Eighteen percent of respondents expect to take fewer trips by car, 12% intend to take shorter driving trips and five percent are not planning to travel at all this summer, as a result of rising fuel prices.
According to a new survey from the National Retail Federation, nearly 144 million Americans or 61.9% of adults over 18 years old will celebrate the holiday the traditional way by attending or hosting a cookout/barbeque or picnic, which is the about the same as in 2009 (62.6%). Independence Day is big business; more than one-quarter (27.3%) of consumers own patriotic decorations, and as July 4th approaches, 16.2% of consumers will head to stores to buy new patriotic merchandise. "Summer promotions and sales on beach wear, picnic food and accessories should bring Americans into the stores and out of the heat as they prepare for their holiday festivities, especially with many families still relying on strict budgets," said NRF President and CEO Matt Shay. In addition, more Americans will be traveling — AAA predicts the number of Americans traveling this Fourth of July holiday weekend will increase 17.1% from 2009, with approximately 34.9 million travelers taking a trip at least 50 miles away from home.
TripAdvisor recently announced the results of its annual summer travel survey of more than 2,300 U.S. respondents. The vast majority of U.S. travelers plan to take leisure trips this summer (91%), up slightly from 89% in 2009. Eighty percent of travelers will take seven or more days of vacation this summer, and only 11% of travelers say the recent volatility in the stock market impacts their plans. According to TripAdvisor site data, the top-searched destinations for hotels in the U.S. this summer are New York City, Las Vegas, Myrtle Beach, Orlando and San Francisco. Nearly a third of travelers (31%) plan to spend more on summer travel this year, while 42% will spend the same amount as in 2009. Nearly half (49%) said the economy does not affect their summer travel plans overall.