Americans spend more on travel

Updated: November 01 2010(GMT+08:00)

Americans are planning to spend 11 percent more money on air travel this holiday season than they did last year, according to a new study.

In what appears to be a sign of increased confidence in the economy, 30 percent of about 2,000 people questioned in the poll said they would dig deeper into their pockets to pay for travel and entertainment between Thanksgiving and Christmas.

According to the statistics, families of four will spend an average of $1,800 dollars traveling this year. One in five of those queried said they will use the increased spending on dining out, a longer trip, or more varied activities and entertainment options.

Most planned to take domestic rather than foreign trips.

"We've found that people are spending more on things that matter to them, such as vacation, as it allows them to spend time with family," said Claire Bennett, the manager of American Express' Consumer Network.

"We've seen increases in spending in entertainment and dining, as that allows opportunity for creating memories," she added.

The results of the American Express Spending and Saver Tracker survey, which is released monthly, showed 88 percent of people questioned said they would travel within the United States.

New York City, Miami, Los Angeles, and St. Thomas in the U.S. Virgin Islands were among the top destinations.

More than half of young professionals, people under 30 who have an income of more than $50,000, said they planned to travel this season and 54 percent said that they were going to spend more money this year.

"With young professionals, as with the others, they are spending money on opportunities that are about experiences and creating new experiences for themselves," Bennett explained.

She advised consumers not to wait to book trips because increased demand would mean prices will go up.

News Source: China daily
Related News
Tulip Flower Show in Zhongshan Park Attracts Tourists
A one month-long Tulip Flower Show has been unveiled recently in Zhongshan Park in Beijing, attracting large numbers of tourists. Tourists can enjoy the sight of many rare breeds like the black...
  • Quick Links
  • Popular Tourist Cities
Shanghai Half-day
Find a China Holiday
Entry City
Hotel Name
Check In
Check Out

Hotline: 1-800-928-9298
If you want us to call you back,
Please click Here

Related Links  Travel Line  Links
Shanghai Tours Xian Tours Nanjing Tours Yangshuo Tours Tibet Tours Silk Road Tours China Tours 2011 Yangtze River Cruises
beijing Tours Chengdu Tours Hangzhou Tours China Vacations Guilin Tours China Travel Guide China Travel Agency China Tours
Yunnan Tours Chongqing Tours Suzhou Tours Mt. Yellow Tours China Tour Packages China Travel Service China Travel Specials Luxury China Tours
Partner sites:
Shanghai Travel 中國旅遊