Travel

Americans eye big summer breaks as economy rebounds

The cost of flights to all of the top destinations, except for Cancun, have fallen, according to Orbitz.  – Reuters picThe cost of flights to all of the top destinations, except for Cancun, have fallen, according to Orbitz. – Reuters pic

NEW YORK, May 3 — Nearly three-quarters of Americans are planning to take a summer break and many will be heading to the beach, which is the most popular vacation getaway, according to a report released yesterday by online travel company Orbitz.

Historical and cultural tours are the next most popular option, followed by cruises, Orbitz said.

With their balmy climates, Orlando, Las Vegas and Cancun are the top three summer destinations, along with Los Angeles, Honolulu and Maui, which were among the ten most popular destinations.

Seattle, New York, San Francisco and Denver also made the list.

“With the economy continuing to rebound, we’re seeing consumers move away from settling on a shorter summer road trip and thinking more about that big vacation to someplace like Cancun,” said Jeanenne Tornatore, senior travel editor for Orbitz.com, which based its results on flight and hotel bookings.

Tornatore said airfares have also dipped since last year, making travel more appealing.

The cost of flights to all of the top destinations, except for Cancun, have fallen, according to Orbitz.

The drop ranged from less than one per cent for Orlando to 14 per cent for Denver.

An Orbitz poll of 750 adults showed that three-quarters of travelers plan to keep their budget below US$2,500 (RM 7,581).

In addition to finding cheaper flights, 11 per cent of consumers said they would consider shortening their vacation and 34 per cent would eat some meals in their room, rather a restaurant, to save money. – Reuters