RISMEDIA, September 3, 2010—TripAdvisor, one of the world’s largest travel sites announced the results of its annual fall and Labor Day travel survey of more than 2,000 U.S. travelers. Eighty-six percent are planning leisure trips this coming fall, compared to 73% that said they took trips last fall. Seventy-eight percent say the economy is not having any effect on their fall travel plans, while 42% plan to take their biggest trip of 2010 this autumn.
Fall Travel Findings and Finances
-36% expect to take one trip this fall, while 41% are planning two getaways.
-45% plan to spend more on travel this fall than in autumn 2009, while 41% expect to spend the same amount.
-Of those planning fall leisure trips, 90% plan to spend more than $500 on their travels.
-21% of those planning leisure trips expect to spend $1,000-$2,000.
-33% intend to spend over $3,000 on fall leisure trips.
-Among those planning to travel this fall, 37% plan to travel internationally, with Paris, London and Rome the most popular overseas destinations.
Favorite Fall Settings
City trips are travelers’ top choice for fall, with 54% planning an urban getaway.
-39% plan to take a beachside break.
-32% will get back to nature in the countryside.
-15% will head for the great outdoors, with a visit to a national park.
-11% will set sail on a cruise.
Top 10 Most Browsed U.S. Hotspots
Below are the top 10 U.S. destinations that the millions of travelers on TripAdvisor.com have been browsing in the past month, suggesting these may be America’s travel hotspots this fall.
-New York City, New York
-Las Vegas, Nevada
-San Francisco, California
-Myrtle Beach, South Carolina
-San Diego, California
-Los Angeles, California
Top Five Fall Activities
-Viewing colorful fall foliage – 43%
-Wine tasting or visiting a vineyard – 28%
-Visiting a state or county fair – 23%
-Attending a football game – 21%
-Apple picking – 13%
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