Travel Forecast

Friday, January 21, 2011 - 11:26am

Recent surveys predict that both business and leisure travel will be up in 2011.

Pat downs, long waits, nor higher prices are going to keep Americans from traveling more this year.

"Travel is coming back, people are planning on spending a little bit more this year on their vacation, people are planning on taking two to three vacations this year on average,"said Senior Editor, Orbitz Jeanenne Tornatore.

Travel experts say after a few years of having to be frugal, leisure travelers, especially, are looking to let loose.

The same goes for business travel.

"Eighty percent of our respondents said that they are going to take the same number or more trips in 2011, which is very good news,"said Adam Weissenberg from Deloitte and Touche.

The survey on business travel, conducted by consulting firm Deloitte, found companies are still going to be cost-conscience, but airlines and hotels might not cooperate.

"For the business travelers who may not have as much flexibility, things are starting to get a little more expensive,"said Weissenberg.

For leisure travelers, industry experts vacation bargains to be plentiful, even in hot-spots.

"Places like Las Vegas, Hawaii, Cancun. We're also seeing new cruise ships launch this year. Allure of the Seas by Royal Caribbean is going to be the largest cruise ship in the world right now so that puts a lot of inventory into the cruise market,"said Tornatore.

More inventory should mean lower prices.


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