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Fall travel trends revealed by Travel Leaders Group
03/Sep/2015

PLYMOUTH, MINN. - Fall is the perfect time for apples, whether it's apple crisp or The Big Apple. Travel industry powerhouse Travel Leaders Group released findings from its most recent nationwide survey of travel agents and New York City ranks as the top domestic destination for travel during the remainder of 2015 – a spot typically held by Orlando or Las Vegas. Internationally, Americans are headed on Caribbean cruises, first and foremost, while the rest of the top five is rounded out by: Cancun, Mexico; London, England; European river cruises; and Rome, Italy. Travel Leaders Group travel agents also provided insights into Greece travel, top types of trips and destinations for Millennials – with Honeymoon travel leading the list, and more than 87% of respondents indicated year-to-date comparable bookings are better than or the same as last year.

This survey was conducted by Travel Leaders Group from August 3 - August 25, 2015, and includes responses from 1,152 U.S.-based travel agency owners, managers, and frontline travel agents from the flagship Travel Leaders brand, along with those affiliated with Travel Leaders Group's Cruise Specialists, Nexion, Protravel International, Results! Travel, Travel Leaders Corporate, Tzell Travel Group and Vacation.com units.

"Based on actual bookings, New York made a remarkable leap over perennial top destinations like Las Vegas and Orlando. It is an incredibly vibrant, world-class city for leisure and business travelers alike. From the fall right through the holidays, it's nothing short of spectacular," stated Travel Leaders Group CEO Barry Liben. "In addition, the data we have collected indicates travel will continue to be strong for the remainder of the year, which is leading to incredible optimism among our travel agent specialists. It's because of the work they do, on behalf of their clients – providing their knowledge, expertise and a safety net, if the need arises – that is helping Americans take full advantage of their travel budgets and discretionary income for travel opportunities."

Travel Leaders Group travel agents from across the U.S. were asked to name up to five top domestic and international destinations they're booking for the remainder of the year. The following information and trends are based on actual booking data.

Rank

2015 FALL - Top Domestic

Percentage

2014 Rank

1

New York City, NY

30.8%

4

2

Orlando, FL

30.0%

1

3

Maui, HI

29.7%

3

4

Las Vegas, NV

29.1%

2

5

Cruise – Alaska

20.6%


6

Los Angeles, CA

19.5%

8

7

San Francisco, CA

17.7%

6

8

Honolulu, HI

16.0%

5

9

Chicago, IL

15.6%

7

10

Washington, D.C.

14.1%

9


Rank

2015 Fall - Top International

Percentage

2014 Rank

1

CRUISE – Caribbean

33.9%

1

2

Cancun, Mexico

31.4%

2

3

London, England

25.7%

3

4

CRUISE – Europe (River)

21.5%

5

5

Rome, Italy

21.4%

4

6

Paris, France

20.2%

7

7

CRUISE – Europe (Mediterranean)

18.2%

6

8

Punta Cana, Dominican Republic

14.3%

8

9

Florence and/or Tuscany, Italy

12.2%

11

10

Montego Bay, Jamaica

10.1%

9


Additional Key Findings
Over 87% Indicate Overall 2015 Travel Bookings are Better or the Same as 2014: When asked to compare overall 2015 travel bookings so far to 2014 at this time last year, a majority (62.8%) indicated that their bookings are higher and 24.4% indicated that they are the same as compared to a year ago. - See more at: http://www.traveldailynews.com/news/article/67846/fall-travel-trends-revealed-by#.dpuf
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