While Americans are growing more familiar with sharing economy services, the intention to use these services is declining in favor of more traditional services. According to the fourth annual Allianz Travel Insurance Sharing Economy Index released by Allianz Global Assistance, 53% of Americans declared they are either “not very likely” or “not at all likely” to use sharing economy services during their 2018 summer travels.
Leading online travel agency eDreams, which has a presence in 33 countries including the U.S., has revealed that music really strikes a cord in the hearts of American tourists.
While some travelers prefer to stop at a highway rest area when they need a break, the latest poll from PEMCO Insurance found that a majority of drivers who travel long distances would prefer to stop at retail locations instead.
Before you hit the road this summer, make sure your vehicle is road trip ready so you can have any problems fixed before you go. A pre-trip vehicle checkup will help avoid the inconvenience, potential safety hazards and unplanned expense of breaking down miles away from home, says the non-profit Car Care Council.
The time between Memorial Day and Labor Day is one of the most popular periods of the year for travel. According to Expedia data, the average trip duration in the summer is two times longer than the rest of the year, meaning travelers are looking for their dollars to stretch even further for airfare and lodging.
One way to tell that the economy is getting back on track is to look at the types of consumer expenditures being made. Mintel’s American Lifestyles 2014 report indicates that U.S. adults are spending again nearly at pre-recession levels. The real optimism in this report is all about what consumers are buying. The healthy growth in nonessential purchases should give marketers hope for sustained sales increases.
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.
Airline passengers might be taking a closer look at the SkyMall magazine in the seat pocket in front of them, as more airlines add mobile payment options. More than a third (36%) of airlines plan to accept mobile payments on-board flights within the next two years, according to a new survey. Airlines expect mobile payment options to create extra revenue as more passengers pay for a flight, buy an upgrade, buy in-flight goods, etc.
Just over half of travelers (52%) plan to stay at a vacation rental in 2014, up eight percent compared to those who stayed in a rental last year. The top three reasons travelers will choose a vacation rental over a hotel stay this year are: more living space (67%), lower rates than hotels (53%), and better amenities (50%), according to a recent TripAdvisor survey. Summer is the most popular season for vacation rentals as 65% plan stays between June and August.
Spafinder Wellness 365 recently released its 11th annual trends report of the top 10 spa and wellness trends that will impact the hospitality, spa and wellness industry, as well as consumers, in 2014. As wellness takes on new dimensions and becomes a key ingredient in travel and technology, spas help people face life challenges; and new fitness and beauty trends help us all be healthier.
The U.S. travel industry is expected to continue growing in 2014, as consumers are increasingly becoming more confident in the economy and are comfortable spending more of their discretionary income on travel. New surveys highlight popular destinations and cruise trends for the new year. In addition, business travel will increase substantially in 2014 and further trigger growth in the travel and hospitality industries.
Approximately 34.1 million Americans are expected to journey 50 miles or more from home during the upcoming Labor Day holiday, a 4.2% increase from the 32.7 million people who traveled last year, according to AAA Travel. The anticipated increase in holiday travel is predominantly due to increased consumer spending and the improving housing market. The total number of 2013 Labor Day holiday travelers is expected to reach a new post-recession high.