“In the U.S. sales of camping accessories and equipment have remained stable, up 0.2% for the 12 months ending March 2019 compared to the same timeframe year ago, according to The NPD Group. However, sales of camp accessories that bring the comforts of home to the great outdoors have steadily increased, accounting for most of the growth.”
“If you’re planning a summer trip overseas, you may be preoccupied with booking airfare and finding lodging, but certain destinations require an extra step of planning: travel vaccines.”
“According to Consumer Reports, fully 59% of travelers in a recent survey of 2,000 Americans conducted for AIG Travel said they’d been on a trip that didn’t go as planned.”
“Alcohol has long been embedded in American culture, from the bar to the home to the brew pub and beyond, reports Nielsen. When we think about how and where America will drink in the coming years, we need to consider today’s on-the-go, fragmented consumer landscape. The bedrock of travel stay is the hotel, where opportunities remain to up the ante in the alcohol industry.”
With temperatures warming up across the country, the countdown to summer travel season has officially begun. This year, as travelers start scouting out destinations, they’re picking places where they can feel good and do good at the same time.
With April acting as the unofficial kick off to Pride season, recognized annually and internationally throughout June, now is the perfect time to start planning a trip around the upcoming 2019 Pride festivities. Travelers planning a trip to celebrated Pride destinations including Los Angeles, Chicago, Washington D.C., San Francisco and New York City can browse hotels, booking tips and itineraries.
A new survey conducted by travel insurance comparison site TravelInsurance.com found that even though travelers are concerned with travel disruptions and many have experienced mishaps while on vacation, fewer than half of those surveyed have purchased travel insurance. Of those who didn’t purchase travel insurance, only a third even considered it.
The vast majority of Americans (75%) would consider working with a travel agent to plan their vacations, while some 27 million travelers plan to do so just within the next year, according to new research from AAA Travel. The outlook remains positive for years to come, with younger travelers embracing the expertise of travel agents. In fact, millennials are just as likely as baby boomers to say they are planning to use a travel agent for a trip in the next 12 months.
“Get ready for solar eclipse mania,” Beth Harpaz writes for Statesman Journal. “Destinations in the path of the Aug. 21 eclipse, which will be visible in the U.S. along a narrow path from Oregon to South Carolina, are going wild with plans for festivals, concerts and viewing parties.”
Gary Leopold makes a case for targeting HENRYs — High Earners Not Rich Yet – in Marketing:Travel. It’s a name that Fortune Magazine coined back in 2003, and today stands for a fast-growing audience that are in high-paying jobs and increasingly looking to experience luxury goods and services.
New technologies have the potential to offer hotel guests a range of personalized new services and tools. Mobile websites are the most widely used technology for hotels; apps are another great tool and hotels are using them for a range of purposes. The combination of customer service and engagement makes mobile devices a potentially effective means for hotels to connect with their clients.
Now that consumers have a non-stop flow of information at their fingertips, they’re using their mobile devices at all times of the day to handle tasks that may have been put off until the evening or weekends in previous years. This includes travel planning. Travel services operators are tapping into this trend in several ways and they’ve also discovered that mobile promotions might help them appeal to the spontaneous nature of some travelers according to a TravelPulse report.