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ASTA Agents Report International Travel Need Not Be Costly

February 26, 2009 By: George Dooley


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ASTA reports that a recent survey of its members shows many value laden international travel options available to consumers. The survey found many budget friendly international destinations that, with a little bit of planning, can work for cost-conscious travelers. Mexico topped the list.

"People usually don't equate international travel with being budget friendly, but by tapping into the expertise of a professional travel counselor, a trip overseas doesn't need to be out of reach," said Chris Russo, ASTA president and chair. "A professional travel counselor such as an ASTA member will work with their clients on an individual basis to find the best value for them no matter their budget or travel dreams."

Overall, Mexico ranked as the most budget-friendly destination with two cities in the top five: Cancun (#1), and Puerto Vallarta (#4). Other cities that came in as budget friendly were Punta Cana, ranked second, London, which was ranked third overall, and Bangkok, which came in fifth.

Travel agents pointed to Cancun's close proximity to the United States and a multitude of all-inclusive offerings, as well as a favorable exchange rate and affordable airfare, in ranking the city as most budget-friendly. The same factors, in addition to inexpensive package deals, put Punta Cana into second place, while London scored the third spot due to its many hotel options and reasonable air fares.

ASTA said that although Puerto Vallarta was cited as being "cheaper than other Mexican cities," the destination came in at number four. Bangkok rounded out the top five thanks to an excellent exchange rate, strong value for the dollar and shopping.

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